It's kind of hard to see the tiered layers of loose ruffles on this top which isn't a bad thing because that means it's also hard to see anything else that might be concealed underneath it. Even in semi-sheer layers it's still feasible to carry a defense tool. I used to think that proper concealment meant finding ways to distract the eye of a passerby and ensuring that there was no sign of printing at all. I've learned it's sort of a combination of both but alternatively it's also the mindset that it's not expected. Meaning, being a woman the majority of people don't expect me to be carrying a firearm. So it's about using that to your advantage. I think that unexpectedness gets solidified in the way we dress. Carrying concealed doesn't mean you have to pile on layers, ditch cute clothes, and start going full on GI Jane.
I think all my outfits are a good example of this. Yes, I've made changes in terms the types of tops I've chosen to wear but in general my style hasn't changed. I think how I dress and present myself reaffirms the notion that it's not expected that I'm carrying because I don't fit "the mold" that people have of a woman that carries concealed. This doesn't mean you have to wear heels and ruffles tops but what I'm saying is that don't feel you can't carry because of how you dress. Yes, it's not seamless integration like a new pair of shoes. It takes a little bit of time and patience to find what works for you. However, don't be discouraged because being a woman is your best asset against that feeling that we all have when we first start carrying that "everyone knows or can see the firearm." So carry confidently and safely, own your womanhood, and use it your advantage.