Are your straps showing?
Some of you might roll your eyes and think I'm taking modesty to the extreme here.
"Seriously Caroline-compared to what else is out there, letting my bra strap show a little isn't going to be a problem."
I can just hear someone say that : )
I've been surprised over the years how even ladies who dress modestly don't stop to think about bra straps showing. You can be covered from head to toe in a long skirt and a beautiful blouse - yet that blouse happens to be a sheer white blouse and you can see your whole bra outline from your back.
The dress you are wearing might be a bit wide on you in the shoulders, so your bra straps are always being exposed (or worse, the part of your body the bra was designed for is being exposed. Not good, but worth another blog post.)
You might not be wearing a bra that even fits you properly, so the straps come down into your arms, for all to see as you wear a short sleeve shirt.
And worse yet - the tank tops that do not cover the straps at all. They simply add another strap on top of the bra strap.
I know in a world of bikini swimsuits, strapless dresses, and mini skirts, we can simply forget about how important it is to hide those bra straps. I've been guilty of not taking the time to check the outfit I'm wearing before leaving, only to realize my outfit slipped around a lot and my straps were easily showing.
Ladies, these are our undergarments! There are only two people in the world who ought to be able to see them and you are one of those people, the other being your husband. If you are not married then we have narrowed the field down to one - you. In a different time period women would have been positively mortified to have their undergarments on display. We are so desensitized to the present culture's stance on modesty that we don't think twice about giving everyone a peek at whats beneath our clothes. Well, I can tell you there are some men out there who do think twice about it.
My husband is in college right now, and gives me wardrobe stories from time to time. He has to work in a dark room with ladies who wear fishnet stockings, mini skirts, and shirts that purposely hang off their shoulder with nearly half their bra showing (never mind the straps). He is saddened with how sloppy and ill kept these young ladies are. Let's be a faithful witness of modesty to these young ladies, even in this small thing and make sure we keep ourselves covered.
Here are a few tips to keep those straps from showing.
If you are wearing a sheer blouse, make sure and wear a camisole that covers your bra straps. Avoid the camis that simply add another strap on top of your bra strap. You want a camisole that covers all your shoulder so your straps will be covered.
If your blouse/dress has a neckline that is looser, you can safety pin your straps to your top so they don't slide around. I've done this before and it works great!
Wear a bra that actually fits you. This will really help the slipping around.
Finally, remember the example we are setting to those nearest and dearest to us-our daughters. I'm amazed over the things my young daughter picks up on and brings to my attention when it comes to modesty. I want to model modesty for her, so when she is older she will have images in her head to fall back on when it get's tempting to stray.