Post # 1
I lost about 40 pounds for the wedding. That took me from a size XL (14-16) to a solid L (10-12).
I kind of went crazy after the wedding gained 15 pounds of that back, but am well on my way to getting back to my wedding weight (only 4 pounds to go!) and losing more. My goal is for another 15 pounds (from my current weight). I’m figuring that will put me solidly in size medium clothes.
What I’m finding is none of my formerly ‘skinny’ clothes fit me. They are what I’m wearing (size large and some skirts size 10), my skinny jeans are starting to get baggy, etc. They are passable, but my options are super limited.
I’m loving the weight loss and excited to be a size ‘medium’ (something I’ve never done since jr. high, probably!) – but, am at a loss when it comes to feeling good about my clothes.
It seems silly to buy clothes (even cheap clothes) in a size that fits me now, since I plan to continue to lose weight. I figured the best thing is to see where my weight loss ends and then redo my wardrobe… but that leaves me in this weird limbo stage right now.
For those that have gone through something similar (either up or down the scale) what did you do? or what would you recommend? Should I just bite the bullet and spend money (that I’d rather save!) and get some basic items – even though I probably won’t wear them long-term?
I’ve also heard it best to get rid of the clothes that are too big for you – I’ve packed them up and plan to donate them – but I’m a little gun shy to actually do it. What if I gain the weight again? Then I’m stuck spending more money on clothes… something I DON’T want to do!
Post # 3
I’ve gained and lost a lot of weight in the past due to medications and pregnancy. When I’m unhappy with my wardrobe, I just go to a thrift store or Ross and buy some new pieces. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe, just a few staples. I love Plato’s Closet b/c it’s cheap and they have nice, trendy clothes. Also, I try to buy things that will fit at different sizes. If I’m buying a skirt, I’ll try to buy an elastic one instead of a zipper b/c it will fit me longer if I gain or lose.
Post # 4
you should always have a wardrobe for your current size. plenty of women put off buying new clothes until they lose weight, but bad clothes just make you feel bad about your body, and then you’re less likely to keep exercising and eating healthy because you get a “screw it” attitude.
if you don’t want to spend a lot, shop at target or marshalls. but you really should get some clothes for the size you are right now!
Post # 5
Salvation Army. Seriously. Preferably in a “good” section of town. Dresses for $5-$7, sweather and tops even less. I honestly get more compliments on the Salvation Army stuff than I get from the clothes I buy that are brand new!
Post # 6
This hasn’t really happened to me, but I’d say you should buy at least a few pieces for your current weight. You need to feel good in your body, and you should show off your weight loss, even if you’re going to keep losing! Like artbee said, just go to a thrift store, or somewhere inexpensive like OldNavy. Check the sales racks, or look online.
Post # 7
Check out thrift and consignment shops. You need to have clothes that fit or you will feel “schlumpy”(made that up I think) instead of feeling good about yourself.
Post # 8
Pick up a few new pieces–they’ll make you feel good. In the meantime, maybe you can find ways to work with what you have. You can have some of the stuff tailored for cheap or belt all your baggier shirts.