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'Vintage Buttercream Eyelet Sweater & Boho Wrap Skirt' photo (c) 2011, jessjamesjake vintage - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Sorry that posting has been light, but I’m on vacation this week!

And as I’ve been here, we’ve learned something very important. My oldest daughter fits my clothes.

And we’ve been clothes shopping a lot, which has opened up a whole other realm of problems.

Becca hasn’t bought very much, because she’s on a clothing allowance. She has budgeted herself a certain amount to spend while we’re here, and she wants to look around and make sure what she’s getting is attractive; affordable; and unique. No sense bringing something home that she could buy there just as easily!

But down here in Hawaii everything is about boobs. You know what I mean: the deep V’s, the boobs outlined, etc. etc. I know that’s the fashion right now, but I’m not comfortable with it.

I don’t mind deep V’s if they’re paired with a modest camisole, which is how she always wears them. Absolutely no cleavage is my motto. But I’m also uncomfortable with shirts, dresses and bathing suits that don’t just plunge in the middle; they also plunge at the sides. If you have a wide band of fabric over the shoulder, and the dress goes nicely under the arms, you can still wear a bra and camisole. But if the dress comes down at the sides, too, so that you’re seeing the side of the you-know-whats, I don’t think that’s right.

Becca listens to me and agrees with me on the whole, but even some of the things that are pretty and modest by comparison I’m still not sure I’m comfortable with. When we were teens fashions weren’t close fitting, but now everything is. All curves are revealed.

She looks great, but I just don’t know. So tell me, all of you who have gone through this or have opinions, how do you decide what to buy for your children? What do you think is modest?

I often ask my husband, since he knows what teenage boys think, and if he says it’s okay, I go with him. But I’d still like some better guidelines. Anyone want to offer some?

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