Winnipeg hosts its first curvy girl clothing exchange

The first Curvy Girl Clothing Exchange will happen at the St. James legion at 7 p.m. Talia Ricci / Global News

WINNIPEG — Heather Witherden is a fan of clothing exchanges, but finds that her size and style isn’t always available.

After talking with a few of her friends she decided to put on the first Curvy Girl Clothing Exchange. A fun “shopping” event where plus sized women can refresh their wardrobe and make some new friends in a body positive environment.

“Another good thing is that it’s kind of a green initiative, not just throwing things away,” Witherden said.

Witherden started collecting clothing donations a couple of weeks ago. Sizes start at 14 and go up to 30. Items range from blouses and jackets to purses and necklaces.

“It’s just a matter-of-fact that this is the size some people are, and it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look good or feel good and feel positive and support each other,” Witherden said.

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Women who donate clothing items or accessories will get a bag that they can fill at the event. Ladies who do not have clothing to donate but still want to attend can participate for $15. That money will go toward putting on the event and the Military Family Resource Centre at 17 Wing.
The clothing exchange is happening Friday January 15th at the St. James Legion at 1755 Portage Avenue at 7 p.m.