Post # 1
I’ve lost about 10-15lb over the last few months, which translated into a noticible change, (already petite at 5’3″) My waist changed the most – went down by 3.5″! I did it by adopting healthier eating habits, and have every intention of maintaing after the wedding.
My question to all the bees who lost a significant # of lbs for the wedding (or otherwise) – did you also buy a whole new wardrobe? What did you do with your old clothing? My main problem is my pants and jeans -pairs I bought only 3 months ago barely stay on, and the waist is all scrunched with a belt, the crotch hangs low, and the hem is now too long, LOL! I don’t have money to buy tons of new stuff, especially professional clothes! My city apartment is also small, but I’m afraid to get rid of anything in case of regain or maybe maternity in the future…
I know it’s great to be healthier, and I love seeing the new tone in my arms and legs, so I’m definitely happy with the change – just wondering how other Bees handled it?
Post # 2
I lost over 100lbs. Most clothes I gave away or threw away because I stopped buying new things knowing I was losing weight. I then (gradually) bought a whole new wardrobe. For smaller weight losses/gains I keep stuff because I may need it again.
Post # 3
hm_bride: I lost a huge amount of weight years ago. I bought new clothes – mostly business clothes and suits-in consignment shops as I was still losing weight and sold my bigger sizes there too. I bought less expensive things like tees new.
If you have lost weight you deserve to look good and wear clothes that fit you.
I do not recommend keeping the larger clothes. It’s too easy to allow the weight to creep back on if you have clothes that fit readily available.
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
Keep a few of your favorite pieces incase of weight gain and ditch the rest? Like 2 or 3 shirts and 2or 3 pants, enough ti cover like a week so if you do gain weight you have enough to go out shopping but not enough to clutter the place?
Post # 5
I’ve lost about 30 pounds over the last two years. I’ve kept basically all of my dresses and shirts – I just bought a belt that I can put around my waist (braided ones are great since you don’t have to be at exactly a hole on it), so now I wear flowy shirts (that used to fit me right) with a belt. For pants, I bought new ones, but I’ve kept a couple of my old pairs just in case!
Post # 6
hm_bride: Yay! Congratulations, what a huge accomplishment. Here’s my advice:
1. Toss the old stuff. This is your new body. You’re going to keep it. Why hang onto old stuff? Especially if you live in a small space, don’t waste the bit you’ve got with something you won’t use.
2. Then, of course, shop sales! My tried and true is TJ Maxx – I get everything there from swimsuits (Marc by Marc Jacobs for $15 just yesterday), but denim is especially good; I’ve gotten Joe’s, Paige, Juicy Couture, 7 for All Mankind, Rag&Bone etc. jeans and shorts there for as low as $15 and never more than $40. I bought my Armani and Theory work pants there too for around $30. Their summer clearances should be starting soon. (Marshall’s, too, though I slightly prefer TJX)
Anyway, I’m cheap but also a huge label whore, so that works for me. If designer isn’t important to you, stacking coupons at Gap is always a good deal.
Post # 7
I had a fair amount to lose, so I slowly bought new pieces as I lost weight.
I good-willed all of my old clothes. I didn’t want to have the attitude “What if I’ll use them again?” This is for good! I will NEVER use them again!
Sales definitely became my best friend.
Post # 8
I just donated my old clothes and bought a new wardrobe. I lost about 40lbs (size 12 to size 2) so there wasn’t anything I can salvage really.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice – and congrats to all of you who’ve made amazing positive changes in your life! My weight loss isn’t quite as dramatic as some of yours, so I’m still thinking of keeping some clothes in case I ever become preggers, but I hear you on not being tempted to put weight back on.
What a great idea about trading/buying from consignment shops as the sizes slowly change. Luckily most of my tops and dresses actually fit better than they have before when I was heavier – it’s mainly just the pants and suits that don’t fit right 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON
I went from a size 12 to a size 4-6 and I had A LOT of clothes and I threw a lot of them out, I still have some at my parents’ house, in case I get pregnant! LOL
Post # 11
hm_bride: Before losing weight, I had a lot of clothes that I couldn’t wear or that I still wore even though they were really too small. I found fitting into that clothing way more satisying that going out to buy new stuff!
Post # 12
I lost 125 pounds. Went from a size 18 to a size 2. As I lost weight, I would buy new jeans when I couldn’t hold my pants up at all and would only buy one or two pairs. All of my clothes I let friends and family take what they want and then donated the rest. I did keep a couple of pants that are a size 4 but not any others because I don’t want to end up back in the big clothes. If I feel my pants are a little snug I just step up my eating and workouts.
Post # 13
msparks: you are totally right – I found “new” clothes to wear in my closet that didn’t quite fit right before as well – some that still had the tags on them! Yes, all the more reason not to cry over clothes that are now too big!
Post # 14
Get rid of ALL of it. Don’t keep any “just in case” pieces, that just makes gaining the weight back easier. Donate the lot and write it off on your taxes.