Since I was twelve or so, my body has had quite the Madonna/Whore complex. Not in the clinical sense, of course. But in the sense that all clothing made me look either matronly or EXTREMELY proud of my assets.
Now, as a feminist, I am very much in favor of women wearing clothes that reflect who they are. This means that I support women who wish to convey motherhood in their attire, I support women who wear badass professional attire, I support women who are proud of their bodies and wish to show off as much as possible, I support nudists, and I support women who do not particularly care about clothing because they are too busy kicking ass in other areas of life. These are all valid choices and I support them all.
But for myself, I very much wanted a wardrobe that reflected my personality, my interests, my goals.
Chief among those goals was to look Classy as FF.
Because I wear a 34FF and have a terrible sense of humor.
Years ago, I would watch What Not To Wear constantly to find a way to achieve this goal. Sadly, their advice was typically to buy an expensive piece that fit the largest measurement of one’s body, then tailor down from there.
This is, of course, a fine idea in theory. But in practice? Hit or miss at best.
Beyond that, without a $5,000 starter fund, my budget was more Ross than Neiman Marcus. Spending $30 to alter a $20 shirt seemed counter-intuitive, and the standard $50 shirt looked terrible on me. Beyond that, I had no concept of what pieces were worth the investment.
And so, for years, I would settle for various versions of “close enough.” I wanted a gorgeously tailored skirt suit, so I bought a $30 stretchy polyester suit that fit my waist and squished the offending bits together beneath my camisole. I wanted a button-down shirt that didn’t gap, so I held my Old Navy shirt together with a safety pin.
Finally, after much frustration and even more Googling, I came across Thin and Curvy, the first of many blogs I would find that were devoted to finding fashionable, affordable clothing for ladies of my particular condition. From there on, my wardrobe was forever changed.
In the time since, I’ve amassed a rather unhealthy amount of clothing, some bespoke and some designed with large busts in mind.
I’ve been amazed at the range of clothing styles that I could wear. For years, I thought the V-neck was the only acceptable silhouette for busty ladies. I thought patterns would naturally be distorted by my body shape. Instead, I’ve found that I can wear nearly every shape and style of clothing provided it fits properly.
And my clothes do fit. They fit my body and they fit my mind. Above all, they make me feel Classy as FF.
As I finally feel I have enough knowledge and articles of clothing to join the Big Bust Blogging Community, I decided to will share my outfits, my research, my successes, my failures on my own blog, Classy as FF. I hope that in doing so, I can inspire other ladies to reach their own wardrobe goals.