Big Bust Fashion Options from Of Mercer

I used to think of the Campbell & Kate blog as Hourglassy-lite, but as I give my business the focus it deserves, the C&K blog is becoming more interesting to write. You’ll understand what I mean if you check out last week’s post about bust-friendly finds from Of Mercer that we styled with my shirts.

Here’s the original C&K instagram post that inspired the wrap dress look. Instagram is another outlet that I didn’t realize could be so fun! If you’re on IG, would you follow @campbellandkate?

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And here are a few more pictures of Lela in the Of Mercer’s Sutton wrap dress. It was a cloudy day, so we tried to find patches of light wherever we could–none were big enough for standing poses, but you get the idea! [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Roundup Part II: Winter Edition

After my last roundup of dresses from Trashy Diva, I’ve swapped a few and purchased a few more, so it’s time for another round! This time, I’m showing five winter options from the vintage reproduction brand. Really, they’re “mini” dresses, so they’re just as good for summer, but I wear them more in winter than my longer ones since they work well with tights and boots.

This time, I’m also going to list what the size chart says the measurements are, and will note if something feels smaller than the chart would suggest.

Once again, for fit assistance I’m 5’6” with a looooong torso and short legs. My figure is 37”-29”-41” and I’m between sizes for bras, at 28G/GG – 30FF/G. In the photos below, I’m wearing an Ewa Michalak PL bra in size 65G (30G).

Finally, I want to make a note about price. Trashy Diva is not cheap. These dresses are definitely an indulgence. However, I get many of mine second-hand through eBay and Facebook swap/sell groups, or wait until there’s a sale. So it is possible to be a TD fan on a budget. If the cost puts you off, I would suggest signing up for TD’s mailing list to be notified of sales, saving an eBay search for the brand, and checking sales apps often (such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari). It’s common to find dresses from past years, but sometimes you can even find ones from the current season at a discount, after the original buyer removed the tags only to later decide it doesn’t fit or suit her.

1. Dolores Mini

Print name: Venice Nights
Fabric: Stretch rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, half-length sleeves with puff shoulders, pockets
Measurements: Bust 37”, waist 29.5”

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Off the Rack ~ Springtime in Brooklyn with Miss Candyfloss: A review of the “Mariana” Dress

I’m back to another clothing review from my favorite bust-friendly brand—Miss Candyfloss! MCF just started releasing the spring’s new “Housewife” collection, and this time I had the opportunity to review one of the first pieces, which means it’s still available to buy (unlike many of my past reviews when I wrote about garments after most sizes sold out)!

Disclosure: This item was received as a review sample. All opinions are my own and based entirely on my experience.

At first, I was a little skeptical of the “Housewife” label; it brings to mind the era when women had no choice but to be a housewife. But when MCF started previewing the new collection on Instagram, it was immediately clear that they were taking a humorous, more liberated point of view. Check out some of the posts:

Sneaky little preview for all those fierce women who love the stereotype 1950s housewife look. A dress for the not so desperate housewife. This dress will be available mid March. #newcollection #50s #womenswear #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #fierce #killerdress #girlboss #modernpinup #stepfordwife #sneakpeak #editorial #lookbook

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We might be obsessed with the stereotype 1950s housewife look but it does not mean we envision women doing all of the house work. In fact, chores are more fun when they are divided equally. Gents, take out those ironing boards and get to work ???????? Thank you Andreas for your modelling and ironing skills ? #ourvision #modernhousewife #equality #housewife #newcollection #girlboss #modernpinup #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #pinupstyle #editorial #photoshoot #lookbook #misscandyfloss #fashionshoot #preppy #shirtdress #swingdress #swing #stepfordwife #desperatehousewife #notsodesperate

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“Morning coffee at its best”. We had so much fun shooting this collection. Miss C designer’s hubby Andreas jumped in to help us accomplish this shoot. We are so thankful to have the Miss C family we have. So blessed to have amazing models who can channel our design vision ? There is always so much laughter and hard work behind our shoots. If you would only know. #newcollection #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #editorial #fashionshoot #50s #50sfashion #womenswear #womensfashion #pinupfashion #household #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #retrohousewife #girlboss

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(Note that the gentleman in these photos is the husband of one of the MCF designers!)

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Big Bust Boredom Dressing No More–Shopping My Closet with a Professional Stylist

Our tagline–“Above average style for the above average bust”–often feels misleading because I’m so far from a role model for stylish dressing. On the other hand, I aspire to look stylish, and I know our readers do, too. So even if Leah and I are not professional stylists, we give busty women pieces that they can put together on their own.

Last week, Christina Frik, a friend who IS a professional stylist offered to “shop my closet” for me. I was amazed at the looks that she put together. SHE was amazed that I had so many “great pieces to work with”. She thought she was going to give me a long list of basics to buy. Instead, she suggested just four items that will help extend my wardrobe (that I share at the end).

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I set everything out in our living room, and Christina flitted around creating combinations I’d never considered.

Here’s my biggest takeaway about the landscape of big bust dressing: companies that produce clothing for D cups and up are doing their job. They’re providing big-busted women with great building pieces for individual style. We may complain about the lack of options–my side of our closet is practically empty compared to my husband’s–but the truth is, we have incredible essentials that can take us in all sorts of directions without having to compromise on fit. We ran out of time before we ran out of pieces!

Christina came up with options that fit into dress codes that are traditional business (think attorneys) and business casual (think techies), and I finally understand the power of accessories. Look at what she did with just 4 pairs of shoes, 2 necklaces, and 1 scarf. A variety of jackets, cardis and sweaters also helps.

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I had planned to donate this Urkye knit blazer and Express dress to our next Big Bust Clothing Swap until Christina put them together with my leopard kitten heels and new tortoise link necklace.

You’ll see that Christina came up with a lot of big bust looks for a button down shirt. That’s because my first priority was how to wear my own button-front shirts without looking like I’m going for an interview or ready to take food orders. The biggest lesson that bust-friendly designer Patricia McCaw of Bolero has taught me is: Wear your own designs. Now every time I go to an event where I meet new people who ask what I do, I’m ready for the question, “Are you wearing one of your shirts?”

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This 4-button Jones New York jacket that I bought years ago actually buttons across my chest without straining. The patterned pants are a new find from Alfani.

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The more I wear my Paige dress, the more I look forward to new lines from Bitter Lollipop in 2017.

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I still love this knit blazer from Express that I found at a discount store last year.

 

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Recognize this duster from last week’s cardigan survey? I think I’m going to keep it!

 

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This is the other cardi from last week that Christina tells me is a keeper.

As you’ll remember, shoes are always a challenge for me, and I’ve finally found a pair of high boots that fit my orthotics. However, I have a lot to learn about proportion. Christina has encouraged me to wear my ankle boots, t-straps and kitten heel pumps with low hems (like a knee or midi-length dress) and high boots with high hems (like a tunic over leggings).

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This sweater and the tunic below are two of the bust-friendly dolman sleeve pieces that I wrote about in the past.

 

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I don’t plan to keep this pleather jacket from JCP that I wrote about last week–I’m more comfortable with the faux-leather lined cardi–but this look is making me reconsider. Also, note the ankle boots with the low hem of this Rock Cotton tunic (that I’ve used as a swimsuit cover up and wrote about last year).

 

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This picture doesn’t do justice to the texture of the silk blouse from More Front Room.

Finally, I never would have imagined combining my Pepperberry moss-colored linen biker jacket and a brown belt with this Riley dress from Bitter Lollipop.

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My Doc Martin shoes are meh with this outfit, but they’re just a placeholder for one of the items on Christina’s shopping list for me. Here’s the list I promised you:

 

  1. a pair of taupe or tan ankle booties (she also thinks they’ll look great with my Samantha dress from DD Atelier)
  2. a long boyfriend blazer or cardigan with a hem that falls below where my legs join my torso
  3. a layering “shell”
  4. a long hem tank that falls below where my legs join my torso (could also be the same as #3)

Basically, I’m looking for everything that I saw this woman wearing on the subway the other day!

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I hope today’s post gives you some ideas for shopping your own closet! What pieces are you looking for this fall that will extend your wardrobe even further?

 

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