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Busty Clothing Swap

I attended my first clothing swap on Saturday and I had an amazing time. I met fellow bloggers, nibbled on cupcakes, and took home a bundle of fantastic swapped items. Darlene, from Hourglassy and Campbell and Kate, was a superlative hostess. She warmly welcomed and introduced everyone, mingled regularly, and possesses the perfect inclusive spirit for parties. Moira, of Bra La Mode, attended as well and I could've easily listened to her talk about the intimates apparel industry for the rest of the day. Please don't kill me for this, but I had the chance to hang out with Sweets, the Sweet Nothings NYC blogger, and she's so...sweet. Haha, I know. But get this: she was up for anything, brought baked goods, and was complimentary of everyone who attended. I've got three new girl crushes.

During the swap, I was able to try out two full bust companies and honestly, I hadn't known too much about them before the event. Campbell and Kate provided the full range of sizes for us to try out in their Signature Shirt. Wowza, it made such a difference to wear a button up with some busty room! When I pulled on the sample in my size, I instantly felt chic and pulled together. I've been wearing button-up blouses in a size larger than I need for my waist, which makes a supposedly clean or streamlined item look messy regardless. When the blouse pictured below, it was shocking to feel fabric around my torso. I'd seen this type of shirt fit like this on other women, just never on me.

 Bijte, a lingerie company for full bust women, was also a swap sponsor. Diana, the founder of Bijte, attended the event and brought samples for us to peek at. I'm not going to lie, I geeked out pretty hard over the feminine colors, lace, and seductive ties. While another lucky lady took home the raffle prize Diana donated, I did get the chance to try on the Lace and Silk Front-Tie Drawstring Bustier Cami. Good gracious, this piece puts me in lingerie heaven:
 I'm overjoyed Diana was there to educate us about her designs too. If I had seen her pieces in a lingerie boutique on my own, I wouldn't even consider them. Not that they aren't breathtakingly gorgeous (trust me, they are). However, when I see delicate and sensual lingerie, part of my mind just zooms right past. Even as a lingerie blogger, I'm still not used to considering sexy pieces in my size range. It was a revelation to attend the swap and handle these products; seeing them in person woke me up to the fact that there's more available in my size than I assume.

I've only recently gotten into shopping for secondhand or thrift clothing, but it feels great to find something that's been passed on. It's like treasure hunting and that element of shifting, organizing, and analyzing calms my obsessive side. I'd love to hear the experiences of other swappers or how full bust ladies shop. My tactic? I eyeballed for size, grabbed colors or fabrics I liked, and looked for pieces that would be the easiest to fit into. From the Busty Clothing Swap, I took away several pull over sweaters from brands like J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, and Banana Republic. They're stretchy, warm for winter, and I desperately needed these basics in my rotation.

One of the best parts of the swap? Getting to meet other full bust bloggers. While I love blogging and would encourage anyone who's interested in starting one, I've found that blogging solo can make me a little nuts. Like any passionate artiste, I have to watch out that I don't get too competitive, insecure, or achievement obsessed. It's harder than it sounds! There are tons of wonderful full bust blogs out there and on my "low" days, I have to talk myself out of comparing mine to others. However, by meeting and mingling with some of my blog heroes, it became clear I belong to a community of smart, funny, and down to earth ladies and there's no need to get all squirrel-y up in my corner of rural Massachusetts.

SO...please give me your tips! How do you shop at thrift or secondhand stores if you're DD+? Any tactics? Also, if you're a blogger, have you gotten a chance to meet other bloggers?

7 Comments

  1. I haven't gotten to meet any other bloggers, and sometimes I think "I am all alone!". I haven't seen many blogs from the States to begin with, let alone in Ohio. Boston is about 14 hours from where I am (I know it; we drove there in June....that drive was crazy!).

    I would love to meet other bloggers as I'm sure my husband and close friends tire of me talking about boobs and bras all the time.

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  2. So jealous! It sounds like a blast. I've had the pleasure of meeting Darlene already and that was beyond awesome. I just wish I would've been in NYC for this too.

    I really need to look into Bitje, that set is divine!

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  3. [...] come in a lovely Ivory, which would make stunning bridal lingerie. This cami, in particular, which Miss Underpinnings got to try and review, is very, very [...]

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  4. It was my first time meeting other bloggers, and it seemed like we couldn't talk fast enough, there were so many things we wanted to ask each other. I hope you get to see some other bloggers in person soon; it really is a gift to our friends/family who aren't bra-obsessed :)

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  5. Envious! I have found a few other bloggers in Christchurch (NZ) but they kind of have a little clique I'm a bit afraid to try to break into (plus when I emailed one of the girls, she never emailed back) and there are no other bra bloggers in NZ that I know of.

    I know I get all down on myself about my blog quality compared to others' (especially June's!), including yours, so it's kind of a relief to know that you actually feel the same sometimes. I love your blog!

    I've never really noticed having trouble opshopping (what Kiwis call thrifting) with big boobs. I suppose before I started blogging I just assumed that tops stretching over the bust was normal and didn't notice it unless it was crazy bad (I notice it now all the time though), but I think it was more that I rarely have any kind of luck with any clothes when it comes to opshopping, so I never specifically noticed my bust!

    I'll have to go opshopping more and pick up some tricks so I can share them with you xD

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  6. [...] train trip. Miss Underpinnings has a great write up of her clothing haul and the people she met here. I think next time this happens there needs to be a remote buyer and Skype socialization option [...]

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  7. It's good that the swap didn't happen this weekend! We would have been evacuated!

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