Dear Clara and Nora,
I sometimes wonder if it's that big of a deal to be so strict with what my little girls wear (or what I wear, for that matter). Some of the cutest outfits are sleeveless and I want to buy them so bad. Does it really matter what you wear now as long as you learn to cover up eventually? That's the thing. If I let you wear whatever you want now at what age do you start dressing modestly? I think it has to begin early so that it won't ever be an issue.
I want you to respect your body. I want you to dress appropriately so that you're never purposefully causing boys/men to think inappropriately. Do I want you to wear dresses to your ankles with sleeves to your wrists? No. I believe a woman can still be stylish, feminine and gorgeous while being modest. I believe righteous men find women even more desirable if they are trying to live the Gospel fully.
Sometimes people just don't get my strict standards and that's okay. They think I'm strange and they might think you're strange too. Being strange isn't such a bad thing. Different is good. Embrace it. :)
adj. strang·er, strang·est
1. Not previously known; unfamiliar.
a. Out of the ordinary; unusual or striking.
b. Differing from the normal.
3. Not of one's own or a particular locality, environment, or kind; exotic.
The poster and the following information is taken from the Friend magazine.
When you get dressed to go to school, church, or just be with your friends, look over this checklist to make sure your appearance reflects what you believe. Ask yourself, “If I were with , would I feel comfortable with my appearance?”
P.S.S. Update 3-27-13: I think it's totally ok and appropriate for babies and toddlers to wear tank tops and sleeveless clothing. It seems like the time to start dressing more modestly coincides with the time kids start spending more time around other adults and children. Preschool age.