Post # 1
Ladies who have lost quite a bit of weight – how did you handle clothing in your transitional phases? I just bought some new work clothes and my husband tells me that the butt of my pants looks saggy and the pants are too baggy.
I am aware that this is not a bad problem to have. I’ve had the opposite happen too, where my clothes wouldn’t fit because I got too fat. I’ve been working hard though and want to get back into those clothes. That’s the dream.
So my question: what kind of transitional clothes did you wear? I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe every few months. I don’t want my clothes to look baggy and unkempt, but I am not spending money on clothes that, hopefully, won’t fit for long.
Do I just buy cheap clothes for now? Are there clothes that last well through weight loss?
Post # 3
@MrsPanda99: Whenever I’ve been in a transitional phase, I’ve worn stuff like stretchy leggings and dresses that can be belted. Loose tunic tops look good over leggings, and aren’t super dependent on size. Oversize sweaters also work.
For work in a more professional environment though? Dresses would work…a dress that is a little looser fitting is better looking than pants that are baggy because they don’t fit (IMO).
At some point you will have to bite the bullet and buy some cheap clothing. But congrats on losing weight, that is a great accomplishment!
Post # 4
Wrap dresses are perfect for this…plus they still look professional.
Post # 5
@sara_tiara: I don’t know what a wrap dress is 😛 I will Google it and get some! Lol.
@starlitgirl: I am hoping to avoid buying too much – I just want to fit back in my old clothes! I can’t go to work looking like a bum though so you’re right – I may just have to keep buying clothes. I will definitely look for some forgiving dresses.
Post # 6
@MrsPanda99: I generally hit up sales and buy mid range items – places like RW&Co, or Banana Republic. They almost always have sales on their suiting and you can get decent pants for not a ton of money. I usually only buy 1 new piece every 6 weeks or so, that way there’s always something that fits really well, something that’s okay, and something to be donated with the fat clothes 🙂
(if you want to spend even less, Suzi Sheir has okay dress pants that are super cheap, I also stalk Winners for deals).
A-line skirts are also good (instead of pencil) they’re more forgiving if they’re a little big
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: It sucks but even if you get one pair of pants and two dresses at somewhere cheap like Old Navy, you’ll be better off. Dresses can always be taken in too, once you have lost weight.
Post # 8
I’ve been in the process of loosing weight and having the same problem. Dresses and leggings are great, like the ladies above have said. When I’ve bought transitional size clothes, it’s been all pants (cheap as I can find) and belts (I didn’t have many before and I’ll still be able to use even when I’ve hit my goal weight). Pants because, as you said, look the worst when too big. Belts because we are lucky enough that flowy shirts cinched at the waist with a belt are in style right now. My used to fit me perfectly shirts are now my flowy shirts! For belts, try to find braided ones because they will fit you much longer – you don’t have to worry about getting skinnier than the holes!
Post # 9
Buy cheaper pants and blouses.
Get skirts and dresses taken in as you shrink.
Post # 10
I dropped weight so fast that I really didn’t have a transitional phase. I pretty much went from a 12 to an 8 in about 3 months and then I did slowly drop down to a 6. Luckily, I did the majority of my weight loss during the summer (and I am a teacher) so I didn’t have to worry about work clothes. I just wore a lot of stretchy shorts and loose t-shirts. Once school kicked back in, I did make the mistake of buying a few nice works pants in size 8, but within another month, they were all but falling off….so I wore a lot of the dresses and skirts I had that still fit around my hips. So, to be honest, I built up my wardrobe by going to Goodwill and consignment shops, just so I would have clothes that fit without breaking the bank. And now I am slowly adding nice clothes to my professional wardrobe. And I have finally donated all my big clothes to Goodwill. I tell you what, purging all those clothes that no longer fit is like the greatest feeling in the world.
Post # 11
@rosie.jonesy.9: Can I ask how you dropped the weight so quickly? That’s amazing!
@MsGinkgo: I’m so glad you listed Canadian stores I know, lol. However, I’d kill to be across the border on black Friday stocking up. Lucky Americans with their great selection and cheap prices! I actually forgot about Suzy Shier – that could work for transitional clothes!
Post # 12
@MrsPanda99: I know you’re my ‘neighbour’ 🙂 It’s sad that we don’t get all the great options that there are south of the border but I know that a lot of Canadian stores are doing big sales tomorrow/this weekend to compete. (I used to work for RW and they usually have a big sale this week/next week).
Suzi is a good option, as long as you don’t expect stuff to last a long time!
Post # 13
@MsGinkgo: Whatever I buy, I am hoping it won’t fit for long 😛 I can’t believe I let myself get fat! Never again.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: I second the vote for cheaper stores like BR. Also wrap dresses are your friend!
Altering some of your pricier items may be a good option as well. As I lost weight I found it hard to part with some items.. And especially pants, the alteration is quite simple and affordable.
Post # 15
I seriously LOVE old navy for work clothes. Also Joe Fresh. All of my work pants are from one of these two stores. Also, not sure how close you are to Mississauga but the Heartland outlets are AMAZING sometimes. The gap outlet is great for inexpensive work clothes (especially wrap dresses!) and you can find some stuff at H&M too. I got blazers for $10!!! Ya maybe not the best quality but great for that transition time. and I think those boyfriend blazers look good even if they’re a bit too big. I’m in the same situation right now and starting to fit back into work clothes I haven’t worn in over a year! It’s a great feeling!
@rosie.jonesy.9: i also wanna know your secrets!
Post # 16
@KC-2722: I’m so bored by fashion. I really hate it. I wear clothes because I have to in order to be socially acceptable 😛 having to shop so much sucks. You’re right though, I have to bite the bullet and do it. At least it’s fake Canadian black Friday so there may be sales.