We're continuing our look at how one can stylishly employ coverage tees. We started last week with some Spring looks and major Do's and Do Not's.
Today's it's Sheer and Lace!
I've been getting emails from folks asking, "What are you talking about with these shirts? Are people seriously wearing them like that?" While modesty tees can be found most anywhere, I don't think anyone can deny that the looks I showcased in How NOT to Wear Coverage Tees are mostly a "Utah thing" or a "Mormon thing." I love that Utah is the hotbed of modest dressing. The Mormon community definitely carries the torch for modesty high. But admittedly, it can be a challenge to inject variety into a wardrobe with some pretty defined rules. It seems that when these coverage tees hit the big time, more than a few folks figured they could be used to wear anything and everything. And that's where we ran into some serious style trouble.
But no more! We're getting the coverage tees back on track!
- Stay within the lines. You'll find the most flattering and stylish look if you keep your coverage tee within the boundaries of your top. That means FIRST choosing a top with generally modest lines, as showcased above.
- Try some contrast. You don't always have to choose a flesh-colored or white coverage tee. A coordinating color will make the layering more interesting, especially with slightly sheer, lace, or open knit (think crochet) items. If you're nervous to add bright colors to an outfit, layering a bright tee under a top like these is a great way to experiment.
- Tuck your tee. It bears repeating. You'll look shorter and wider if your coverage tee is sticking out of the bottom of your top and ending down at the top of your thighs.
Get it. Use it. Love it.
There's no need to wear an entire coverage tee just to help with the tiniest of gaps that might happen at a neckline. A little strip of double-sided fashion tape at the underwear/bra line will keep that top/dress in place all day. You can find it at most sewing supply stores and online. I like the pre-cut strips as opposed to the rolls. They're much easier to remove from the backing and you can take along a couple extra strips.
A few tips for expert taping:
- Make sure the skin where you'll be sticking is dry and cream free.
- If you've never used it before, practice once or twice. The placement can be tricky. You want your top to lay flat, not pull or pucker. Stand up straight, position your top then slip the tape under. Remove the other backing and stick down your top. Press firmly.
- You can stick cloth-to-cloth, if that will look better than cloth-to-skin. This works well with wrap or crossover style tops, even button down blouses that gap at the bust.
- Don't mummify yourself! If more than a small strip or two of tape is required, move on to layering or forget the top entirely.