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.
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.