The Swapaholics Uncapped Clothing Swap

This past Saturday the Swapaholics organized and executed another great Boston-area clothing swap! This time we landed in a space near Fenway Park and were also lucky enough to meet the original Outfit of the Day blogger – Jessica Quirk from What I Wore. She was there, chatting it up and signing copies of her new book. It was great to meet Jessica and see a number of the other local bloggers at the event; even if there isn’t much time for talking when you are grabbing for your next favorite clothing item.

For me, each swap I’ve attended (four now) has been a little different. The first one I walked away with nothing. The second one I scored big time, landing a couple dresses, skirts and tops. The third one I also lucked out. And this last swap… well I managed to grab two dresses that fit me perfectly as well as two for my younger sister – so I’d call that a win-win! The thing I’ve learned about clothing swaps is not to look at the size of the item. If it catches your eye grab it and stuff it in your bag. Later on, when you have peace and quiet you can try it on and see if it works for you. If not you can always give it to a friend or return it to swap at the next event. This philosophy has served me well. For instance, this past time I grabbed a white linen dress that still had the tags on it. I figured from eyeing it that the dress would be WAY too big on me – it looked a little like a mu-mu; but I shoved it in my bag anyway. Well, I’m glad I did because when I got it home and tried it on I noticed this oversized dress actually has a empire waist draw string that makes it adorable and oh-so flattering. Score!!

Tip: Check out the Swapaholics and see if they have an event in your area. If they don’t maybe you want to plan on yourself. You’d be surprised at what you can get at one of these events.

Dress: Dress Barn
Sweater: Ann Taylor LOFT
Necklace: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless
Ring: H&M

Here’s a pic of the lovely ladies who planned and set up the event: Amy from PunkyStyle, Julie from OrchidGrey, Jessica from What I Wore, Jen from Jen Loves Kev and Amy from Stylish Year. M (Pic taken from the Swapaholics.)


Katy Rose
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45 thoughts on “The Swapaholics Uncapped Clothing Swap

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks hun. Better put the next swap on your calendar so you can make it. We will have some Blogger events in August too. Can’t wait till you get to meet the other bloggers here in town.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Yup, new cut. Just had the urge to get rid of all the bulk.
      One of these times you should make it out to a swap. Would love to see you at the next one during Boston’s fashion week.

      1. STYLE'N

        Well it looks fabulous! And I did make it to the first swap in Boston and blogged about it :) But unfortunately I did not make it to the past couple of swaps. Naina

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Well we have the next one during Boston’s fashion week. Put it on your schedule!!

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      It will make ALL the difference. Plus this way I get to give a dress each to two of my sisters. So I lucked out for me and them. The rest will be going back to the fashion week swap.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks Gina. I love seeing all the new makeup techniques you are learning. You need to pass some of those tips over my way. With this short hair I’m working on playing up my eyes a littlw more.

  1. Kasmira

    I’m always afraid of Dress Barn (because I figure it’s farmer-wear or something), but your dress is so adorable! I love it!

    And I’m digging the hair, too.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I was unsure about Dress Barn too, but last summer I was desperate to find dresses that were long enough for my tall frame. I went in on a whim and found three dresses that were stunning. This was my fav so I went with it. It’s the perfect go-to summer frock.

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  3. Lina

    My Dear,
    You look great and I love what you’re doing! Have I told you about my friend Ashley Judge and her amazing biz: TraTutti. You two have to meet! Check it out: I have another good friend at RueLaLa. I feel like there could be some great synergy among the three of you! Let me know and I’ll make the connection…Are you based in Beantown now??

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Lina, Yup I’m in Boston now, moves out here last August and am still trying to get my barrings. Would love to connect with you and your friends.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      LOL. I went with a friend this time and we were commenting on how you could tell the bloggers from the others in the crowd. We were dressed up. Everyone else was in jeans or shorts – for the most part.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks. The short hair cut was a total whim, but so worth the ease with which I can style it.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks Andie. It’s a personal favorite of mine. It’s so easy to wear and ultra feminine. I love that combination.

  4. Amanne

    I’ve never been to a clothing swap so it’s interesting to read about your different experiences. I’m going to check out Swapaholics to see if they’re doing an event in my area anytime soon. It’s worth checking out, especially now that I have these new tips :)

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Is you find one in your area, you’ve got to go. They seriously are a ton of fun and usually well worth the time and registration fee.

  5. A Fine Balance

    I love swaps! I have a few pieces that I have gotten from my swaps that I wear almost weekly :)

    such a great way to meet people too and revamp your wardrobe!

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I love that it is a cheap, almost free way to switch up your wardrobe. It doesn’t get that great, even at a thrift store.

  6. Shea

    I can’t get over how much I love your hair! I had to tell you because it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post–aaah, I love Katy’s hair! I thought I’d made the decision to grow my short hair out, but now I’m having second thoughts.
    And I’ve never been to a swap, but I hope there will be one in my city soon! If not, I might have to make one happen!

  7. Kinsey Michaels

    wish i had been there for this one, it looks like it was a blast!!!
    you look fabulous in coral, gotta fill your wardrobe with more of that color! :)
    we’ll have to catch up soon to talk boston bloggers. i don’t know if i’ll have enough time to PLAN an actual event, but i do want to come into the city to see you all before i move!

  8. noelani

    We didn’t get a chance to chat at the swap! Probably because I was so overwhelmed with my first “swap” experience (and did I mention I am also mildly claustrophobic?). I made it out with some very mod capris and was so glad I finally made it to a swap!! But had we chatted, I would have told you that I LOVE your hair cut. Gorgeous!

  9. Maryna

    I really like the idea of swap parties – such a pity it’s not that popular in my city. In a year of so I saw only one announcement, and when I fond it the newspaper was a month old) Just my luck I guess)
    BTW, I love this dress – it suits you perfectly and the color is great on you)

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  11. Katie

    Yet another amazing dress! I love the style of it – it fits perfectly and flares in all the right places… so pretty! The color looks great on you.

    I am dreaming of a swap event coming here. Will have to look into that! :)
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