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Clothing: Everything in this outfit is vintage with the exception of the tank top I probably got from K-Mart back in high school!

Do any of you own a layering bib? I’m not sure if that is the official name for it, but it’s this little piece of layering garment that used to exist in my grandmother’s time. You put it on through your neck, and it just sits without having to button it. Some may have buttons, but they are really just there for decoration. The bib starts from above your collar bone to the bottom of your breast. It could have been either for modesty or for adding variety to your tops. Below is an example of layering bibs with a fake collar. I haven’t found these anywhere else with the whole bib attached to the collar. I see mostly just collars. Wish they made more of these! What I have on in the photos above is truly vintage, made of polyester (very light weight) and is decorated with lace.

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The trend today is to wear just the fake collar or bib necklaces (the other kind that you’ll see more), but I don’t really like those as much because most of them are too tiny and sit beneath the spot where your collar actually should be. There are also those fake collars made of fabric, and they look more natural. None of those satisfy modest clothing practices really, because they are so small and barely cover anything. I did buy myself fabric fake collars, because I like the style of uniforms and structure. The layering bibs are ones that actually work for covering up your chest, back, and collar bone, BUT… these things do NOT exist in retail, sadly. I’ve only been finding them at thrift stores. They’re all about at least 30 years old and are mostly turtleneck bibs.

Below is an example of a nice beaded fake peter pan collar you can wear over your top. Like all other fake collars however, you have to have a high neck top to begin with for these to blend in naturally with your outfit as if attached. Otherwise, there your skin will show in between.

fake peter pan collar I do find wonderfully elaborate vintage tops with gorgeous collars everywhere, so I need to make a tutorial for you all soon transforming oversized vintage tops into useful layering bibs. ;-)

Although this outfit doesn’t seem to be very comfortable to wear during the summer, I thought I’d put something together with this lace top that Half Tee sent me. Because the lace clings to your skin and is long sleeved, this might be better to wear during the fall or spring. The idea behind Half Tee is simple—cropped tees for layering. So this lace top ends right beneath my bust, and what I have on underneath is a black tank top. Nifty. The whole thing looks like it’s one piece! They also have this in white, which I’m sure I’d like as well. Thanks so much, Half Tee!

If there’s one thing I hate about layering (as much as I love doing it), it’s feeling too warm with multiple layers on. I know layering a lot of things looks so awesome, but it’s not wise to overdo it with full length tops. Even during the colder months, full length tops also add too much bulk, which makes you look worse than modest—big. Being cautious about how you present yourself shouldn’t have to mean being negatively self-conscious about your body image.

I know for some people being modest is to be conservative, and being conservative is to not love your body. I don’t think of it that way at all.  It’s the word conservative that gets me. It’s somewhat distasteful. It means too close to plain. I dislike simple outfits as much as I dislike bland food. If I were to go on about word choices here, I think being minimalist however is beautiful, even though that means too close to being simple. Because minimalist just means avoiding being extravagant, and being extravagant  is overdoing it. Ah, forget it.

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