One of our readers left a comment but asked be remain anonymous. Since this is one of my most asked questions, I thought I would go ahead and put her question in a post:
I just passed my CC class and am waiting for the bureaucratic red tape so I can get my certificate and apply for my permit. In the meantime, I am researching deep carry options for my curvaceous frame. I am a very affectionate person and often hug or get hugged by people and children. I thought maybe an ankle holster would be less alarming for this circumstance then a upper body carry. I have reviewed a few of your suggestions, and am searching the web for options. I would prefer an upper body carry as I think that would be faster should the situation, God forbid, ever arise. I think I would collect too much sweat for a chest or side carry.... do you have any suggestions on how you overcame this in the beginning years of your CC? Thank you for any help or advice you can give me.
Being a bigger girl, I know first hand that sometimes our options for concealed carry are less than our thinner sisters. I have found the MOST comfortable and hug friendly holster is the Marilyn by Looper Law, the Company that makes the Flashbang.
Living in the Texas Panhandle during 120 degree summers, the sweat issue sometimes concerned me as well. Sitting in church one hot Sunday afternoon wearing the Flashbang, I noticed some sweat dripping from under the holster location. I found the answer to that on those super hot days was to wear a light cami between the bra and my body or simply tuck a paper towel in between the two. It never really was an issue unless it was over 100 degrees outside, though.
I also sometimes would opt for the Sophia holster by the same company. This belt holster allows me to wear a cute tank with a light breezy vest or cover shirt without having a holster against my skin. Practice side hugs with your spouse, immediate family and you will quickly learn how to give great hugs avoiding accidental "exposure".
If all else fails, there are always purse holsters, although I would always recommend carrying on your body instead of in a purse ESPECIALLY since you have and are around children. It is my personal opinion that body carry is much safer than purse carry, since you don't always have your purse in your hands, leaving your firearm out of reach and sometimes within reach of tiny or strange hands.