Weight loss bess – how did you handle clothing?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
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2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wrap dresses are perfect for this…plus they still look professional.

Post # 6
Hostess
9908 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
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220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Buy cheaper pants and blouses.

Get skirts and dresses taken in as you shrink.

Post # 10
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144 posts
Blushing bee

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 # 12
Hostess
9908 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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 # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
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2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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!

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