It really should be required reading for all modest dressers.
Done reading? Let's discuss.
When you make the decision to dress modestly you MUST come to grips with the fact that there are certain things you can NOT wear. Attempting to modify any and all apparel will NOT result in flattering, good-looking outfits.
Case in point...
Please analyze it while I go bash my head against the wall.
Mr. Darcy has repeatedly had to hold me back from climbing up, ripping it down, and running around the store screaming, "THIS IS NOT ATTRACTIVE! If you attempt to wear this to a dressy function, people with a sense of style and half a brain will wonder what is wrong with you!"
Do I own a mod bod tee? Yep! And a Shade tee and a couple others.
Are there right and wrong ways to wear these tees? WITHOUT QUESTION!
And baby, that ain't it up there.
Nor down here.
Casual-layering gone wrong is easier on the eyes than dressy-layering gone so very wrong.
The basic fact of the matter is that the silky vest should not have been an option. Or if she was absolutely set on wearing it, a jacket/sweater/blazer should have been added to cover the arms. The third layer would have demoted it from a first-degree murder of style to involuntary manslaughter.
In order to look our very best, we modest dressers need to come to grips with the fact that spaghetti straps, deep cleavage, and sleeveless/strapless/backless items are no longer options. And that's ok!! I do not understand why there is such a war to incorporate these clothes into a modest wardrobe. At least in this unattractive way.
I have some sleeveless tank-style tops/dresses that I like, but they ALWAYS go under a jacket or cardigan. They are the base layers, never the outer layers.
When coverage tees first hit the streets the marketing was very logical. The ads featured women wearing the tees to help cover the midsection when a shirt might rise up too high when the arms were lifted. Or under a slightly too-sheer shirt/dress. Or to fill in gaping underarms. The key? The coverage tee was never the focus of the outfit.
It doesn't surprise me that these companies are trying to evolve their product into more of a center piece but a line needs to be drawn. For the sake of all things stylish, a line must be drawn by each woman in her own wardrobe. If you need some motivation, how about the threat of me and my phone camera finding you and featuring you as a What Not To Wear? I'm on a crusade, people. It has to stop.