The first time I bought clothes that weren’t plus-size, I expected confetti to fall from the ceiling.
It didn’t, of course, but my elation at ditching my size 24 jeans for size 14 made me feel as if it did.
I remember standing in the puny dressing room of an Old Navy store near my home, trying not to stomp my bare foot on one of the pins from previous customer’s clothes that lay scattered across the thin carpet. As I pulled the size 14 jeans over my hips and easily slid the zipper up and buttoned the jeans, my heart pounded with excitement.
After a decade of wearing plus-size clothes, I felt as if I had realized a dream. I didn’t even care that the curtain that separated me from the dressing room hallway that bustled with other shoppers didn’t close completely. I didn’t have to hide anymore.
That day taught me a lesson that would have served me well months earlier: When you’re losing weight, you should buy smaller clothes as soon as possible.
- Why Smaller Clothes Are Motivating
- New clothes needn’t be expensive; it’s better they’re not.
- Why Clothing Matters
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- smaller-size clothing: motivating or not?
- 1. RELAX ON THE FIT RULES (FOR NOW)
- 2. THE 10LB RULE
- 3. SPEND LESS (BUT DON’T BE CHEAP)
- 4. HAVE A TAILOR ADJUST YOUR CLOTHES (BUT NO MORE THAN 3 TIMES)
- TO SUM IT UP
- WANT TO KNOW MY PERSONAL FAVORITE BRAND TO BUY WHILE WORKING ON MY FITNESS GOALS?
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- 6 Ways to Build a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget
- Lose Weight, Save Dough
- Buy Smart
- New Body Nerves
- Your Old Clothes
- Rebuilding Your Wardrobe After Weight Loss
- 1. Form a plan
- 2. Get a bra fitting
- 3. Pick out pants
- 4. Try fitted tops
- 5. Add the final touches
- 6. Stretch is your friend
- 7. Find some structure
- 8. New-to-you is A-okay
- Build a Weight-Loss Wardrobe Without Spending a Fortune
- Before Tackling Your Wardrobe
- How to Build a Wardrobe That Shrinks With You
- How to Shop for Clothes After Weight Loss Surgery
- Shop In Your Closet
- Buy the Minimum
- Buy Practical Basics, But Splurge on Accessories
- Purchase For Your Current Size
- Consider Alterations
- Embrace Versatile Pieces
- Shop Consignment and Thrift Stores
- For Women Only
- Organize a Clothing Exchange
- Enjoy Yourself and Have Fun
- How to Shop for Clothes While Losing Weight
- More Tips for Looking Good While You Lose
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Why Smaller Clothes Are Motivating
As I moved along to lose 100 pounds in 12 months, I kept wearing the same clothes I always did — right up until I bought those size 14 jeans. To me, that made sense. The size 24 clothes that had been tight had started to loosen and were actually comfortable. I figured I’d just wait until they were way too large — sloppy-looking — and then buy new. I told myself that it was a great way to save money.
There were a few problems with that notion. The most significant was that the looser my clothes became, the more praise for weight loss I received. That sounds great, right?
It wasn’t. The praise and loose clothes made me feel as if I’d already hit a major goal — and that feeling could easily translate into a license to skip workouts and overeat.
Thankfully, I would put myself right back on track when my weekly weigh-in showed a slight (1, 2, or 3-pound) gain. One reason was that Wayne, my husband, was also losing weight (and dropped 100 pounds, too!). He never criticized my eating, but witnessing his consistent exercise, portion measurement, and wise food choices kept me on track.
I was incredibly lucky. Not everyone has that type of role model. And even when they do, it’s easy to let the pounds pile back on when your clothes feel loose.
New clothes needn’t be expensive; it’s better they’re not.
I did mourn a few pieces of plus-size clothing when I lost weight. They were splurges, and no matter how I tried to wear them on my smaller body, they just didn’t work.
Now that I think about it, that’s how I discovered Poshmark, an online second-hand clothing site. The reason I chose that site over others was that many of the clothes they sell are gently used — as was the pink suede skirt and velvet swing coat I listed — and there were safeguards in place for both buyer and seller.
I funneled the money I earned from the sales into smaller-size pieces that I could wear. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that until I was 10-sizes smaller than when I started. If I had bought smaller clothes earlier, it would have given me a chance to get to know my new body and the styles I liked without a significant financial investment. And it would have been a big ego boost, too, because that was physical proof I was succeeding.
Plus, shopping was suddenly fun! Rather than buying whatever fit, I finally had choices. But I did limit what I would spend, because I hoped to be smaller in not too many months. And I was.
So where do you buy smaller clothes at reasonable prices? You don’t need to shop at Poshmark or Old Navy, of course. There are plenty of department stores, specialty shops, boutiques and online options; take your pick. And you don’t need to replace your entire wardrobe. In fact, you shouldn’t. You want to wait until you hit your goal weight and develop your style before you make costly wardrobe investments. As you lose weight, just choose a retailer or online site you like and buy yourself a smaller piece or two.
Why Clothing Matters
I recently read an essay by a writer who discussed how each piece of clothing from her weight-loss journey reminded her of emotional highs and lows.
I know what she means.
I have an investment piece or two that I bought when I was larger (say, size 14). I make that too-large clothing work in different ways — wearing one linen shirt as a jacket, for example — and it reminds me of how excited I was when I first fit in that size. And it also makes me feel great that it’s now so large on me.
There are clothes in my closet that inspire me for the opposite reason. Now that I’ve gained back a bit of weight, I look with longingly at my size 8 jeans. You can bet they inspire me to do what it takes to get back into them.
As you lose weight, reward yourself with some new clothes. You’ll likely find, as I did, that spending just a bit of money on them pays off in extra motivation.
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Who doesn’t love a great buy, even if the item doesn’t fit you — yet. If you’re like me, you’ve bought smaller clothes that were on sale and told yourself it’s motivation to fit into the jeans or skirt eventually. Below are the pros and cons of buying smaller-size clothing as motivation as well as ways to foster that motivation in a healthy way.
smaller-size clothing: motivating or not?
Who doesn’t love a great buy, even if the item doesn’t fit you — yet. If you’re like me, you’ve bought smaller clothes that were on sale and told yourself it’s motivation to fit into the jeans or skirt eventually. Below are the pros and cons of buying smaller-size clothing as motivation as well as ways to foster that motivation in a healthy way.
You go to a store and see an awesome pair of jeans or pretty skirt, but it’s a size or two too small for you. You buy it anyway and tell yourself you’re going to lose the weight and fit into it eventually. You even decide the cute new outfit you just bought will give you the kick you need to eat healthily, exercise and lose weight. But could buying smaller clothes be detrimental to weight loss?
It rewards you for the goals you’ll achieve
It’s almost like telling a child she can have cookies once she finishes her homework. In your case, you’re telling yourself you could look hot or cute in that fabulous new dress when you lose enough weight to fit into it. The skinny jeans or beautiful little black dress hanging in your closet could give you the extra push to pass on dessert or second helpings of dinner. It could also give you the extra drive to go to the gym or run an extra 20 minutes. Any motivation is always welcome during a weight loss journey, even something as simple as clothing.
It gives you that “end goal” image of yourself
Have you ever imagined yourself wearing a dress you’ve been eyeing? Having a pair of skinny jeans or a sexy skirt you can’t wait to wear gives you something concrete to imagine yourself in. This image of you in smaller-size clothing also usually means you’re a few pounds lighter. That “end goal” image of yourself is another motivator for your hard work in losing weight and becoming more healthy. It’s not as drastic as imagining yourself in a bikini with a Victoria’s Secret model’s body.
It might leave you lacking confidence now
As I wrote in last week’s column, we have a tendency to think we’ll be happier and live our lives better after we lose weight. This leaves the “now” lacking, because you’re stuck in the in-between. It’s almost like telling yourself you can only feel happy, dress in nice, new clothes and do activities you’ve always wanted to do once you’ve lost the weight. The same mentality affects your habits when shopping for clothes. Why should you wait to wear beautiful outfits, look good and feel happy? If you still want to buy those dream jeans you’re aspiring to fit into, why not also buy a pair of jeans that fit you right now? You don’t have to spend a fortune if you’re saving your money for a new wardrobe after you’ve lost weight, but don’t wait to look good and boost your confidence. You deserve sexy clothes now too.
Don’t buy “skinny” clothes that are impossibly small
While buying smaller clothing could motivate you to stick to your healthy eating habits, it could also leave you feeling down. Some of us get on the scale every few days to see if we’ve lost weight, while others try on their skinny jeans to see if they’re still impossible to zip up. If you buy jeans that are more than two or three sizes too small for you, you could be setting yourself up for failure. If you buy jeans that are half your size and expect to fit into them a month later, you will be left disappointed, and this feeling could lead you to give up on your healthy eating and fitness habits altogether.
Instead, take baby steps, and buy jeans that are only one or two sizes too small, as these are more realistic to fit into in a shorter time frame than the jeans half your size. Evaluate your goals, and be realistic with yourself to avoid disappointment. More important, be sure to celebrate your accomplishments, and don’t downplay your results, even if your new pants are only a size or two smaller than your current pants. You’ve earned it, so flaunt whatever you’re wearing no matter the size.
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I got this question last week from reader John. He asks:
“I’m working out a lot and watching what I eat. How do I stay stylish while my body is fluctuating and losing weight?”
Great question. Hitting fitness goals while trying to stay stylish can be tricky. You don’t want to have to keep buying clothes, but also, you don’t want to resort to living 24/7 in your gym clothes. So what do you do?
Luckily, there are a few principles you can follow to ensure you look good with your clothes on, while you’re working hard to look good without them.
1. RELAX ON THE FIT RULES (FOR NOW)
This is one of the rare times where I’ll give you a pass on getting the best fits possible.
Clothes are replaceable, that body you got isn’t. I’d rather you focus on getting in the best shape of your life, then worrying about your clothes, than being bogged down juggling multiple goals.
Pants a little too loose and falling off your butt cause you lost 5lbs of pure fat? Awesome job! Wear a belt and enjoy the results of your hard work.
There is a point and time when you’ll need to replace your clothes that are too big, however. And here’s when:
2. THE 10LB RULE
What is “The 10lb Rule” you might ask?
For every 10lbs of bodyweight you drop, you drop roughly ONE FULL clothing size.
Now, this rule isn’t 100% perfect. Some of us carry more weight in our legs (like me), while others might gain more weight in their gut. Still, this is a good rule of thumb to go by based on my personal experience with my weight loss and styling men hitting fitness goals.
How to use this rule:
If you’re doing a smart weight cut, 1-2lbs of bodyfat a week, you can guestimate that you’ll need to buy some new clothes every 5-10 weeks.
- Clothes in your closet right now will likely be one size too big for you after you drop 10lbs.
- You probably shouldn’t buy anything new until you’ve dropped at least 10lbs (assuming your goal is at least 10lbs or more)
- It’s better to get something tailored the closer you get to each 10lb milestone versus, say, after you only lose 4lbs. More on tailoring later.
PHOTO VIA DENIM HUNTERS
3. SPEND LESS (BUT DON’T BE CHEAP)
For the most part, you’ll be working with clothes you already have in your closet.
When you need to pick up something new, It really doesn’t make sense to spend hundreds on something like jeans if you’re going to need to replace them in a couple of months. And that’s why I recommend spending less, but not being cheap.
What’s the difference?
Spending less is remembering that quality and fit comes before price.
Being cheap is putting price before quality and fit.
You go to a store you know has $30 jeans and buy them, even though you hate how they feel on. They might even be a little too baggy on your ass, but you tell yourself it doesn’t matter. You’re getting rid of them in a month anyway.
I’m guilty of doing the latter myself! I would pick up clothes at H&M and Topshop, only to have them pile up next to my wardrobe because I never wore them. The jeans felt like they were made from construction paper, and the sweaters itched like hell.
There are instances when both low price and good (enough) quality line up.
I’m a big fan of Uniqlo for t-shirts, socks and casual dress shirts. They’re excellent quality for their price. But producing things that are excellent quality at a low price is really hard, and most brands are cheap for a reason.
Feeling good in your clothes is just as important as looking good in your clothes. Enjoy the work you’re putting in at the gym and in the kitchen by shopping smarter.
One more thing:
Don’t buy clothes in your “aspirational” or “goal” size as motivation.
It’s often hard to predict how your body will look, and in every case I’ve seen it always ended up in clothes that don’t fit (either too small or often too big).
If you want a goal, set aside some money and schedule a shopping trip when you hit your ideal weight.
MY TAILOR OF NEARLY 10 YEARS, JOSEPH TING OF DYNASTY TAILORS
4. HAVE A TAILOR ADJUST YOUR CLOTHES (BUT NO MORE THAN 3 TIMES)
Say you spend $70 on a button-up shirt at J.Crew.
You’re shooting for a 30lb weight cut. Using the “10lb Rule” you figure you need to replace the shirt about 3 times, which would cost you $210. Say the cost to slim the body and sleeves is $30. For less than half the cost of 1 shirt, you:
- Didn’t waste perfectly fine clothes.
- Didn’t need to visit the store every month and spend $70 each time.
- Assuming it was a shirt you really liked, you don’t have to worry about it no longer being in stock.
- At the end of it, you’re left with a shirt YOU CAN STILL WEAR!
In my experience, a great tailor can adjust your clothes 2-3 sizes before it starts looking a bit strange.
TO SUM IT UP
- Relax, put your style on the backburner while you focus on your fitness.
- Cut back on spending on high quality clothes for now, since they’re going to be replaced a few times.
- Use a whole new wardrobe/nicer clothes as motivation, but don’t buy clothes in your “goal” size yet. Save that for the end.
- Keep in mind the 10lb rule: For every 10lbs you lose, you can expect to go roughly down 1 size in clothes.
- You can have a tailor adjust your clothes to fit 2-3 times before it starts throwing off the proportions. This is a great cheaper and less wasteful option than buying a new pair of jeans 3 times.
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Dress for Weight Loss Success
Looking back at pictures from my “skinny days,” I just love the way my outfits looked on me. (Don’t we all?) My jeans fit well, everything seemed to cling to me in the right place, and even my swimsuit photos don’t make me cringe.
But today I dread scavenging through my closet to find something to wear. And shopping? I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to walk into a dressing room with a rack full of pieces hand-picked by me, excited to try them on. In general, when I’m overweight, dressing is a drag.
But just because I’m working to get back to my desired shape doesn’t mean I need to sit and stare at my skinny jeans, longing for the day when I can slip into my favorite looks. This revelation came to me after I had the opportunity to meet Carly Gatzlaff of À La Mode Wardrobe Consulting who has experience working with clients who need help dressing for weight fluctuation. With her advice, I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe with every 10 pounds that I lose, and I feel better about the way I look during the process.
Gatzlaff recently came over to my house and took a peek in my closet to see what I was working with. I learned so much during her visit. She came up with outfits and pairings I never would have considered!
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Here are six tips she gave me that are helping me feel and look amazing in my clothes while I work toward my goal:
1. Dress for now. Gatzlaff suggests I don’t look too far ahead, but rather put together outfits for my current size that make me feel confident and good in my skin.
2. Stock up on everyday basics. For now, she says, invest in essential day-to-day basics, and save accent items for later. Have at least two of each “basic” that fit you at every weight. That means you should have two pairs of jeans, dress pants, or skirts (depending on the frequency of use) that can be switched up with accessories.
3. Invest in clothes that can shrink. She told me to purchase items that can get smaller as I get smaller. For example, tops and dresses in matte jersey or materials that have some stretch to them are great options.
4. Accessorize. Have fun with accessories! They jazz up any outfit regardless of your weight.
5. Go with prints. When I first met Gatzlaff, I was wearing a bulky black scarf. She pointed out that a better choice would a lighter, printed scarf. Small prints do wonders for hiding lumps and bumps-add them to your wardrobe!
6. Don’t be afraid to flaunt your form. Gatzlaff says we shouldn’t hide under excess material (guilty!). Instead, make sure your clothes fit well and accent what you do have. (Gatzlaff pointed out that I have a natural waist-news to me! An easy way to accent it: Tuck in and belt.)
I’ve finally realized that my fashion shouldn’t have to suffer just because I have some weight to lose, and it’s okay to have some fun along the way! Plus, trying new styles and tailoring my closet is a great motivator.
- By Beth Blair
I cannot tell you how much weight I’ve lost this year because I refuse to own a pair of scales. I can, however, tell you that I have lost about two dress/jeans sizes since January.
Left (dress details); Right (dress details)
Pictured on the left was me on my first day back at work after the Christmas-New Year break. I’m wearing a size 16 stretchy dress and was pushing size 18. On the right is me late June in Italy wearing a non-stretchy size 14 dress.
I’m perfectly happy in both photos. Oh, you got me, OF COURSE I was very happy in the photo on the right because I was at a fancy bar in Positano with fancy people at every turn and a fancy drink in my hand. I felt #fancyaf.
I may be happy in both photos but in the photo on the right I’m also feeling stronger – mentally and physically. My mission to get healthy this year has not been motivated by weight loss but that has been a welcome by-product. You can read my health back story here – I’ll write an update soon as my latest fitness goal has been to learn to run (who even am I?).
This post is not a how to lose weight post – it’s designed to help you make your wardrobe work for you while losing weight, if that’s something you’re doing right now.
At the core of my tips is my firm belief that you should feel good about yourself every day – well as good as you can feel. And I do believe that getting up, getting dressed and putting on a lippy can help you get a head start on those good feelings. It’s a tried and true tactic that works for me.
It’s never about waiting for the next 5kg or the 5kg after that before allowing yourself to feel good. It’s about the here and now. Life is way too short to think and act any differently.
That’s why I can tell you that the “me” on the left was perfectly happy that day. I’d had a fabulous break with family, friends, a whole lot of Champagne and accompanying brie cheese and I was excited to be back at work doing a video shoot to kick-start the working year.
I wasn’t waiting until some fictitious time in the future to be happy and content. I wanted to feel the best I could feel that day and each day that came afterwards. And I want you to feel that too.
So, with that little sermon out of the way (I devote a whole chapter to it in my book), onwards with my tips. A lot of these would also apply to women who are pregnant but who also don’t want to break the bank with a complete new wardrobe at every trimester.
Tips for making your wardrobe work for you while losing weight
1. It’s tempting to just keep buying new clothes as you lose weight because how our clothes fit is usually the first thing we notice but I say go slow with this one. Allow a little mindfulness to set in. It makes no economic, environmental or practical sense to buy a whole new wardrobe each time you drop a clothing size.
2. Edit your wardrobe – and do it often throughout your weight loss journey. I’ve found that I’ve been doing mini edits of my wardrobe every month and that’s been prompted by trying on something I had planned to wear, only to find that it was no longer making me feel fabulous. By keeping in my wardrobe only those things that do make me feel fabulous, it meant that the daily “what to wear” is not so tricky. It also makes no sense to hang on to clothes that no longer suit or serve us.
3. Get rid of the clothes that are now too big for you. I know this is a very big mental shift for a lot of us. What if I put the weight back on? What if you don’t! But I spent so much money on that dress? Why not find someone else who can love it like you did. I’ve been sending a girlfriend quite a few items from my wardrobe. She’s about a size or so bigger than me but on her own weight loss journey, so not wanting to spend a lot of money on new pieces. I also donate my clothes to Dress for Success, a global organisation which works locally to help disadvantaged women get back into the workforce.
4. Have key pieces and favourites altered to better fit you. Some clothes are easier to alter than others. If you have good quality favourites then it’s worth investing in having them altered to fit you. Ask around for recommendations. Or maybe you’re a gun at the sewing machine and can sort it yourself? I took quite a few of my summer pieces to my dry cleaner to have altered before heading to Europe. It was the wrong time of year to buy new summer items so it made sense to do this so that I had a travel capsule wardrobe that worked for me.
5. If you have favourite jeans, pants, shorts or shorts, buy them in a smaller size as you lose weight. I’ve found that if my “bottoms” fitted me then I could work my existing tops back with them, without the whole outfit looking overwhelming. I bought two new sizes in my fave jeans and shorts and that’s meant I’ve always had something to work back with my tops. If you are pregnant, you can apply this concept in reverse. Your current tops will serve you most of your pregnancy but it’s your bottoms that you will need update to accommodate your bump. (On a side note, because exercise is very much a part of my daily motivation, I’ve also bought new tights as I’ve lost weight)
6. Do embrace clothes made of stretch fabrics to prevent the saggy baggies. I’m not talking nana-wear, I’m talking good quality jerseys, bamboo, modal and knits. You probably have pieces like this already in your wardrobe – they’ll mostly work through to the end. Think tube skirts, tunic dresses or tops, leggings, jersey wrap dresses.
7. Make friends with thrifting. If you love a good op-shop haul then go to town. You’ll be able to treat yourself to a new outfit on a regular basis without busting your budget.
8. Borrow from girlfriends. My girlfriends and I joke about “cataloging” each others clothing purchases and happily open up our wardrobes to each other for borrowing. This works particularly well for event or occasion dressing when you’re not too keen to buy new as you may not be that size for the entire season.
9. Treat yourself to new shoes and accessories. These are the “icing” on any outfit, they always fit and never fail to keep your existing outfits feeling and looking fresh.
10. When you reach your goal, mindfully plan out a new wardrobe to suit. There’s a fair chance that your style may have changed or you need to find it again. The best place for you to be to get support to build your new wardrobe from scratch is in my Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program. See below for more details on that.
So tell me, do you have any tips to share? Been through the process of dropping sizes and not knowing how to keep your wardrobe fresh without busting your budget? Share away below.
Join the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style challenge
Looking for care and support to craft a wardrobe that works for you? Want to learn how to create outfits that make you feel fabulous – and fit your lifestyle?
The concept of my Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style challenge is a simple one. I’ve chosen 30 spring-summer clothing and accessories pieces and I will show you 42 different ways to wear those 30 pieces. That’s right – six weeks’ worth of outfits sorted for you to make getting dressed each day a no-brainer.
The idea behind this concept is that I help you get organised so that you make the most of what’s already in your wardrobe. You may choose to buy new items but I know you have great substitutes sitting there ready and waiting in your wardrobe right now.
I also realise that spring takes a little longer to arrive in some parts of Australia. With this in mind, I offer style tips and suggestions on how to adapt your capsule and daily outfits to suit that. I also include shopping and styling suggestions for office wear. You’ll find links to shop for budget, plus-size and petite capsule items.
The six-week plan is your blueprint for the entire season. It becomes your reference point when the warmer months drag on and you’ve lost your outfit mojo. Capsulers, as we have nicknamed ourselves, revert back to that six-week plan for inspiration. And we also shop mindfully to add pieces throughout the season, knowing that they’ll work with that plan.
We hang out in a super supportive closed Facebook group – the magic really does happen there as we get sorted and find our style mojo for the season ahead. The group is where we share our outfits to inspire others – and where you can ask me any burning style questions you might have.
Our members range in age from their 30s through to 60s and beyond. We dress for our attitude, not our age because why should style come with a use-by-date?
The 2017 spring-summer Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style challenge launches on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The cost remains the same – pay $99 for up to eight weeks’ personal style support from me.
Will you join us on September 7?
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If you ever stared at your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear,” imagine how Amanda McQueen, a 28-year-old from Alabama, felt during her weight loss journey. “I’ve lost 115 pounds in total. I started at 260 pounds and a size 22, and now I’m at 145 pounds and a size 8,” she says. “I’ve gone through five or six wardrobes in the weight-loss process.”
If it weren’t for her smart shopping tactics, Amanda could’ve burned through her checking account faster than she burned away the fat. Instead of going wild with her credit card, Amanda purchased clothes that would last through several sizes and shopped at second-hand stores. Now in maintenance mode, she focuses on buying quality essentials, like the little black dress, that works well for many situations. “Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I’d be a size 8,” she admits. “I’m still working on rebuilding my wardrobe for good!”
Lose Weight, Save Dough
For Marisa Gizzio, a 42-year-old who lost 65 pounds, buying new clothes was an important emotional milestone in her weight-loss process. “It makes you feel good about yourself to wear something that fits you well,” she points out. “It doesn’t have to be expensive – just treat yourself to a nice fitting outfit because you are worth it and deserve it!”
To reward yourself for your healthy weight loss, save some cash for each pound you lose. “It is such a great motivation,” notes Beth Klein, who saved $5 for each of the 55 pounds she lost in the last year. “It was so exciting for me to see the jar of money get more and more full, and was great to have it there when I really needed new clothes.”
Don’t be tempted to rush into a pricey department store. To save at name-brand stores, sign up for their e-mail blasts to get coupons and take advantage of seasonal sales. Alternatively, spend some time browsing the racks at discount chains like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Ross, to get more bang for your buck.
If you love to hunt for a good deal, second-hand stores or thrift shops are another excellent option. “I shopped at Goodwill a lot, especially during the early stages of my weight loss,” says Marisa. “Believe it or not, I got some really nice, name-brand pants/shirts (like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy). At $3 per pair of pants and $2 per shirt, I could shop away and not feel guilty about spending clothes that weren’t going to fit in a few months.” Additionally, try asking your family and friends if they have any gently-worn items they’d like to donate to your new wardrobe. Marisa’s mom cleaned out her own closet and donated many essentials to her daughter.
Depending on how much weight you have to lose, you may have to buy “transition” clothes as you get closer to your goal. Alexis Burnett, who lost 50 pounds, tried to only buy a few new items during her transition stages. “Once I realized this was a long-term journey, and that I planned to lose even more weight, I would not to buy expensive things in my intermediate sizes,” she notes. Instead, Alexis used belts to cinch larger tops and altered skirts and dresses to fit her new body.
As you rebuild your closet, you may be tempted to buy trendy clothes to show off your new frame. At first, “stick to the basics,” advises Alexis. “That way you’re covered in any situation.” Women should invest in dark denim jeans, a crisp white button-down, a stylish dress, a blazer, a practical winter jacket, and other staples. Men should focus on purchasing a crisp polo shirt, great-fitting jeans, a versatile jacket, trousers, khaki pants, and button-down shirts. Try on items in new shapes and cuts than before – you might be surprised at what looks great on your new body.
Consider materials that are more forgiving, like stretch jeans or wrap dresses. “I found stretchy, but not too-tight dresses to be my savior during the weight loss process,” says Beth, as the dresses would look great through several sizes. Also, buy some clothes a tad too small if you anticipate you will continue to lose weight.
Don’t forget the most important essential – underwear! In particular, a properly-fitting bra makes or breaks the entire outfit. Buying underwear in your new size is a fun way to increase confidence and feel sexy in your new body.
New Body Nerves
Shopping for new clothes can be more than a drain on your bank account – it can also be an emotional drain. “It was always weird shopping for smaller sizes. I would always be convinced it was a mistake. I would think, “There is no way I’m a size 4! These pants are marked incorrectly,” Alexis remembers.
Katie Suchman, who lost 50 pounds, agrees with Alexis. “It definitely felt weird shopping in regular mall stores at first. It was a strange mix of being overjoyed that I could even find clothes in regular (non-plus sized) stores, but at the same time, I sometimes felt embarrassed that I always had to start my search at the back of the racks where the big sizes were,” she recalls. Over time, Katie says she adjusted to her new body. “The joy of being able to find clothes that fit well eventually overcame the rest of those insecurities.”
It’s common for people who have recently lost a significant amount of weight to struggle with their body image. Shopping can elicit feelings of self-doubt, fear of regaining the weight, and other negative emotions. View each shopping trip as a chance to celebrate your accomplishments and reaffirm your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. To further increase your body image, get in touch with your new body through body-mind exercises, like yoga.
Your Old Clothes
Negative feelings are the exact reason Amanda gave away or donated all of her larger clothes. “I saw it as a commitment to myself to not go back to that place,” she says. “By keeping the clothes I would have felt like I wasn’t fully committed to myself and my new lifestyle. I wanted someone to have them that needed them.”
If you choose to donate your old clothing, save the receipt for a tax credit. Alternatively, sell your larger clothes to a second-hand shop, such as the national chain Plato’s Closet, for extra cash to fund your new wardrobe.
However, you may want to hold onto one pair of larger pants! Whenever Alexis feels overwhelmed or stalled in her progress, she pulls out her size 12 jeans to comparison next to her size 4 body. “It’s like my personal trophy,” she says.
Rebuilding Your Wardrobe After Weight Loss
1. Form a plan
Start by taking a look at the clothing that’s in your closet now. Weed out anything that’s too big or oversized in a way that’s no longer fashionable — these, you can donate! Now select anything that’s more than a full size too small, and stash these in a spare bedroom for the future. The items that are left are your foundation, so lay them out on your bed to determine which new pieces will help you complete various outfits. Look through fashion blogs and magazines for ideas on what to buy and make a list of essential pieces, like jeans, blouses, and pencil skirts, that you need to replace.
2. Get a bra fitting
Make sure your undergarments fit first before you try on any new clothes. As the base of any outfit, a poorly fitting bra can make any new top look unflattering. Go to a specialty boutique to get a bra fitting and purchase a well-fitting bra.
When shopping for smaller clothes, focus on closet staples. You’ll most likely need a new pair of jeans, dress pants, and shorts. Because your body shape has likely changed, don’t be afraid to try on different types of fits. Maybe those skinny fit jeans will look fabulous compared to those baggy boot cut jeans you had been wearing!
4. Try fitted tops
Avoid anything oversized and baggy. You’ve worked hard to get in shape, so avoid shirts and blouses that look a few sizes too big. You may be surprised by the size you can now wear! Like pants, be sure to pick up great basics, like t-shirts and button-down blouses, in various colors to replace the larger-sized pieces in your wardrobe. To make your new clothing budget stretch, purchase a belt to accentuate your slimmer waist on any shirts and dresses left in your closet that are a little too large.
5. Add the final touches
Scarves and fun necklaces add style and sparkle to complement your new wardrobe. Are you noticing that your cute peep-toe heels are sliding off of your feet when you walk? In addition to cute accessories, you might need new shoes, too. As you watch the pounds drop on the scale, your feet may also shrink. Pick up a couple new pairs of shoes to complete your new look.
6. Stretch is your friend
When you’re building a transitional wardrobe, you’re dressing both for the body you have now, as well as the body you’ll have in a few months. Knit fabrics with some stretch to them will be forgiving to your figure today and shrink with you a bit as you continue to slim down. Look for styles that are not excessively clingy, which have figure-flattering details like draping or ruching—this will help the fabric skim over any problem areas.
You already know you’ll likely have to go shopping again in a few months—so now is not the time to look for investment pieces or designer brands. Stick with reasonably-priced mall retailers or boutiques, and look for basic pieces that work as part of more than one outfit. You may also need to adjust your mindset with regard to where you can shop. If you’re dramatically smaller, you may have “shrunk out” of a larger size. Yay you!
If you were self-conscious about your weight in the past, you may have relied on loose-fitting clothes or oversized styles to hide it. Well, those days are in the past—it’s time to show off your new figure! To complement your stretchy knit basics, look for a handful of structured pieces that will highlight your assets. This might mean a tailored blazer or an A-line skirt with a nipped-in waist. You may be surprised at how many styles flatter you now.
8. New-to-you is A-okay
You’re already making a trip to your local second-hand store to drop off all that stuff you’re never going to wear again—you never know what you’ll find! Your transitional wardrobe isn’t forever, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun and fashionable!
Build a Weight-Loss Wardrobe Without Spending a Fortune
It’s no secret that weight loss comes with countless lifestyle changes. Day after day, you’ll find it easier to walk up the stairs and lift groceries. Joint pain, blood pressure and cholesterol will all improve, potentially taking medication out of your daily routine. And then there’s the change of fitting into and wearing new clothes, one of the most rewarding results of weight loss.
Yet, this can also pose a tricky situation. It’s not exactly practical (or cheap) to buy the same item in sizes 14, 12 and 10 as your waistline shrinks. By the time you reach your final goal, you’ll have a full closet and an empty wallet.
Understandably, it’s tempting to go on a shopping spree every time you hit a milestone. You’re excited, and there’s nothing wrong with that. “It is common to be impressed with the changes you in the mirror,” shares Candace Rhodes, a personal trainer and creator of Rhodes To Strength. Strength training will bring on even more changes, ranging from defined arms to a perkier behind.
Needless to say, it’s exhilarating to slip into a shirt or dress that shows off your new body. But what happens when the credit card statement arrives? Is it even possible to lose pounds without losing money?
With the right mindset, it most certainly is. To start, check out these basic tips and tricks, topped off with advice from real people who have found the perfect shopping-budget balance.
Before Tackling Your Wardrobe
Remember, healthy weight loss takes time—the Centers for Disease Control generally defines this as losing one to two pounds a week.
Of course, this may differ from person to person. “Everyone loses weight at a different rate based on body composition, food intake and training program, but a weight loss of one percent is a common healthy guideline,” explains Rhodes. It’s also a culmination of little habits over time, and the clothes will reflect that.
In other words, you won’t need a brand-new wardrobe in a week—and that’s a good thing.
How to Build a Wardrobe That Shrinks With You
Whether you’re on a mission to drop five or 50 pounds, your current wardrobe will likely need some fine tuning. Here’s how to make it happen without spending a pretty penny.
1. Buy Stretchy Clothes
During this transition, elastic is your best friend; the stretchiness will see you through several sizes. SparkPeople member DREAMERSPIRITT also suggests drawstring waistbands, which can be adjusted as needed.
If you’re all about functionality, take a tip from SparkPeople member HAWKTHREE. “Look for stretchy workout pants that are similar enough to work clothes that you can actually wear them to work,” she suggests. This Lucy Everyday Pant is the perfect example: According to the reviews, one customer wears her pair on the tennis court then straight to the office.
Stretchy fabric will also contour your body even as you drop weight. Better yet, you’ll feel comfortable all day long, too.
2. Avoid Baggy Fabrics
Loose tunics and dresses might be comfortable now, but what happens when you drop the pounds? You’ll be swimming in your clothes that are a constant reminder of the old you, while hiding the body you worked so hard to achieve.
If you love this style, wait until you’re closer to your goal weight. Until then, T-shirts and tank tops that are too big can be used to your advantage. Keep them in your car in case you find unexpected time to go workout, a clever technique suggested by Rhodes. She also recommends having at least three to four workout outfits so you’ll always have clean clothes on hand.
3. Visit the Thrift Store
Thrifting gives you the thrill of shopping without the heart-stopping price tag. If you can, look for clothes made with stretchy fabric or elastic to get the most bang for your buck.
DREAMERSPIRITT is all about the second-hand game: “Thrift stores are your friend! Without them, I don’t know where I’d be. I simply can’t afford to buy brand new clothing every time I drop a size.”
Later on, you can pay it back and donate clothes that are still in good shape and no longer fit your new figure. “This way, you never feel like you’ve lost money,” says SparkPeople member ARCHIMEDESII. “You wore the items, and once they are donated, someone else will be able to get some use out of them.”
4. Buy Basics at Each Milestone
From blouses to sweaters, most clothes can wait. However, basic essentials like a good-fitting bra and flattering pair of jeans are an absolute must. These items are the base of almost every outfit, so it’s worth focusing on these garments at every milestone.
Keep your lifestyle in mind, and consider what pieces will bring you the most value and function. From there, make a “milestone purchase,” like an excellent pair of work pants, when nothing feels like it’s fitting right.
5. Use Belts
As you drop pounds, don’t be so quick to toss loose-fitting tops. A belt can be used to cinch around your waist. For instance, a loose sweater can accentuate your waist just by adding a thin belt or sash. Just put in place, wear over jeans, skirts or leggings, and show off that hard work.
6. Get Crafty
If shopping is out of the question, consider altering the clothes you already own. “A lot of times, it’s the shoulders of clothing that begin to look to wide as you shape up, even with minimal weight loss,” shares HAWKTHREE. “You can another smaller size by placing safety pins on the inside that pinches the fabric in.”
Simple stitching can create the same effect. Don’t worry, though—you don’t need a degree in fashion design. All you need is a needle, thread and a few straight stitches to take certain items from flat to flattering.
7. Don’t Rush It
There’s nothing more exhilarating than seeing a new number on the scale as you start your journey to weight loss. Whatever you do, though, avoid jumping into a shopping spree. It’s a great way to end up with an empty wallet and clothes that won’t fit down the line.
And when you do reach your final goal? Continue to take it easy and avoid buying pieces just because you can fit in them. Building a wardrobe with intention takes time, especially if you want to let your personality and body shine.
The idea of new clothes may be a driving factor to lose weight, but don’t let that be your only motivation. Achieving a healthy weight also comes with the reduced risk of chronic conditions and related risk factors. Every time you slip into those new threads, take it as a reminder that you did something amazing for your body and health.
How to Shop for Clothes After Weight Loss Surgery
It’s been six months since your weight loss surgery. You’ve adjusted to the post-bariatric diet. You’re enjoying tasty high-protein, low carbohydrate foods and learning that small portions are satisfying.
Most days you’re fitting in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, reaping the benefits of working out regularly. After years of looking, you’ve discovered the formula for weight loss: bariatric surgery followed by lifestyle changes.
It’s not easy, but it’s working. Week by week and month by month, your body shrinks while your confidence grows.
You’re going to need a whole new wardrobe. At first blush, that doesn’t sound half bad. You’ve been working hard to lose weight, and you deserve clothing that looks good.
There’s just one problem: Almost before you have the opportunity to wear a new outfit, it’s too big. After bariatric surgery, weight loss can be dramatic and swift. Some people drop pounds and sizes almost overnight.
Many people love shopping for clothing, but others would just as soon spend their time and money elsewhere. Whether you belong to the first group or the latter, it’s expensive to replenish your wardrobe continuously.
Immediately after bariatric surgery, you’ll begin losing weight. Some people lose rapidly at first, then continue to shed pounds gradually for several years. Because your body will continue to change in size for a long time, it’s smart to come up with a strategy for clothes shopping.
Here’s how to make your wardrobe dollar go a little farther after weight loss surgery
Shop In Your Closet
Do you have a great pair of jeans you haven’t worn in years? Most people hold on to a least a few items even after they no longer fit into them.
Many of us have clothes in multiple sizes buried in our closets or tucked away in drawers. If that describes you, organize your things. You’ll be getting progressively smaller, so group items of similar size and arrange them from biggest to smallest. They’ll be ready to wear as you lose weight.
When an item gets too large, give it away. You’re not going back, and you’ll want to make room for the new clothing you’ll need to buy.
Buy the Minimum
It’s tempting to buy too much when you start losing. After all, it’s exciting to see the results of your hard work. It may have been some time since you’ve enjoyed shopping. But resist the urge to fill your closet with new things. Buy no more than what you need until the next change in size. It won’t be long before you need to shop again.
While you shouldn’t buy too much while you’re losing weight, do purchase things you love. An item doesn’t have to be expensive or have a designer label to become a favorite.
Buy Practical Basics, But Splurge on Accessories
Basics are practical, versatile and are usually affordable and flattering. You can wear a simple black dress anywhere. A pair of dark pants and a basic top will always look good. If you crave color and style, splurge on a great looking tie, scarf, shoes or jewelry. These accessories will make you smile, and you can wear them no matter how much weight you lose.
Purchase For Your Current Size
You need clothing that you can wear now. Even though it’s a safe bet that you’ll soon go down a size, don’t buy for the future. If you’re between sizes, you can choose the smaller size as long as you’re comfortable wearing clothing that’s a close fit. The more flattering your clothing, the more confident you’ll feel. Clothes that fit well, no matter what your size, will always look good.
Find a tailor and get items altered as you lose weight. Garments can be taken in to accommodate a least a couple of sizes. Altering saves you from having to buy as often, and clothing looks better when it fits perfectly. Getting things fitted is particularly helpful if you wear tailored clothing, such as a blazer or business suit.
Embrace Versatile Pieces
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a little stretch built into their clothing? Most jeans and pants these days have a small amount of spandex in the fabric. Choose stretchy items that will fit even after you reduce down a couple of sizes. Leggings, for example, will fit reasonably well over a range of weights.
Also look for loose, flowing clothing. Tunics for women and relaxed tops for men look stylish through a couple of size changes. As you lose weight, belt the tunic or tuck in the shirt.
Take advantage of the current trend of athleisure wear. We’re not talking about an old dingy pair of sweatpants. Casual clothing that’s a hybrid between active and sportswear looks right in many settings, including some workplaces. Plus, athleisure wear is built for comfort and movement. Because they usually have and easy fit, they’ll look good as you lose weight.
If you need to wear a suit for work, you may be able to find separates with a traditional cut made from knit fabrics that will look good as you lose weight.
Shop Consignment and Thrift Stores
Consignment stores have some of the best buys around. Shops usually carry current fashions in good condition. While the clothing is used, it doesn’t show wear. You can also sell your too-big items on consignment. Drop off things and pick up some new items during the same trip.
Don’t forget about thrift stores. Many stores offer great clothing, some even with the tags still on them. As you shop, remember to pick up no more than what you need immediately. Prices are so low that it’s easy to buy too much.
For Women Only
A bra that fits properly is a must-have for comfort. A well-made bra can cost a lot, but it’s worth it if it imparts confidence. Make sure you have at least one that you love.
Organize a Clothing Exchange
If you’re in a support group for weight loss surgery, consider organizing a clothing exchange. Others in the group are no doubt going through the same thing as you. Set a time and place for the swap. Everyone should bring an item or two that’s in good shape.
Set ground rules. The swap will go more smoothly if everyone in the group knows what to expect. For example, let the group know that items should be almost like new, freshly laundered and in current styles. You might also want to decide in advance how many pieces each person can take.
Keeping clothing organized by size and gender to make it easy for people to find what they need. If clothing remains at the end of the swap, donate it to a charity.
Enjoy Yourself and Have Fun
After weight loss surgery, many things in your life will change. Most of the changes are positive. But, even good change is an adjustment. It will take time to get used to your new physique and the accompanying emotions. Shopping for new clothing is one way to celebrate your successful weight loss. Each graduation to a smaller size is a milestone that you can mark with a new piece of clothing. Even with the tools of bariatric surgery, most people have to work at weight loss. Reward yourself by dressing as the confident and beautiful person you are,
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It can feel like a hard-fought victory to lose weight — but buying a new wardrobe for every size on the way can be an expensive habit! So how can you look stylish and put together while your weight is fluctuating? Reader K wonders how to shop for clothes while losing weight…
I’m in a male-dominated business casual office. I am getting ready to start positioning myself for a promotion and want to up my dressing game this summer. I’ve lost 40 pounds (yay me!!) and want to lose another 30. I’d appreciate any advice on managing a transitional wardrobe as I lose weight. I’d like to watch my spending before I hit my goal, but also look pulled-together and not be frumpy. Bonus for ideas that work well in a pretty hot part of the country!
Great question, Reader K, and CONGRATS on your huge accomplishment! We haven’t talked about how to step up your wardrobe for a promotion OR about favorite weight fluctuation clothes in a while, and I can’t wait to hear what readers say. For now, here are some thoughts for you:
How to Shop for Clothes While Losing Weight
- Make sure you have at least one bra that fits you at every size. Bras can be expensive, but foundational garments make a huge difference in general appearance! We just discussed our favorite lingerie for office looks last week.
- Look for items with a lot of stretch. A number of the budget-friendly interview suits we just rounded up had a ton of stretch, including Express and Talbots — similarly, a lot of our favorite blazers under $50 have a knit/stretch component.
- Wrap dresses are, of course, an easy bet. Some of the wrap dresses that have been around for years and are great bets are pictured below, including this one from DvF (the classic!), this Kiyonna wrap dress for plus sizes (at Amazon and Zappos), this Maggy London wrap dress (in a zillion prints at Amazon and Nordstrom), and BCBG wrap dresses (which may or may not be available going forward now that BCBG has been sold) (affiliate links). (Curious what to wear beneath wrap dresses? Our favorite underpinnings are here.) Shift dresses and A-line dresses are another great look that should fit, even if they’re a size larger than you’re wearing now.
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- Look for these signs for when to retire or tailor a piece that may be too big:
- Hems are dragging on the ground or permanently turning up.
- Skirts are turning around on you entirely.
- Armholes are gaping and showing your bra (although this may be a simple fix for the tailor depending on the garment; stop in and ask!).
- Non-drapey fabrics (particularly lined ones) are draping.
You know your career, weight loss schedule, and budget the best — but I will encourage you to resist the impulse to shop exclusively at fast-fashion chains and instead look to secondhand or consignment stores to reduce the financial impact of your quickly changing wardrobe. (You may find better quality stuff there anyway that will be worth it to you to take to the tailor for alterations!) Depending on your size range, you may also want to look into a clothes rental subscription at a spot like Gwynnie Bee, Le Tote, or even Rent the Runway.
Readers: What advice would you give Reader K about how to shop for clothes while losing weight? What are your best tips in general for what to wear to work when you’re losing weight, or what to wear if you’re looking for a promotion?
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More Tips for Looking Good While You Lose
Several experts suggested buying a new belt to cinch in your loosening pants and let your shrinking waist show without a lot of hand-punched holes. Or get a slide-ring belt — no holes at all!
Some other suggestions:
- Start wearing colors you may have shied away from before. The bottoms may need to be black or brown, but go a little wild with tops. Fernstrom says white is “the new black,” but confine it to your top — few people can really get away with white pants.
- Knits go the distance. Susie Galvez, owner of Face Works Day Spa in Richmond, Va., says knits adapt to changing sizes better and can look nice longer.
- Take a look at clothing lines that offer comfortable, basic pieces designed to mix and match. Just make sure they skim over your new frame and don’t envelop you.
- Wear long with short. Galvez recommends pairing longer blouses with shorter skirts. Long skirts, meanwhile, look better with shorter blouses. The idea is to avoid cutting the torso in half.
- Invest in some good shoes. Depending on how much weight you lose, your shoe size may change. And you may want to ditch your sneakers for something a little sexier: Fernstrom notes that even an inch of heel does wonders for your calves, while Haver points out that you may be comfortable in thinner-soled shoes now.
- Get a new handbag that compliments you, advises Galvez. A tiny purse carried by a large woman is not in proportion, she says. Adjust the straps so the purse rides higher than your hip line.
- Buy bathing suit tops and bottoms separately to ensure the best fit. Some retailers, like J. Crew and Lands End, allow you to mix and match, including in the tummy-cinching tankini styles. Buy a suit in a basic color like black or navy, and splurge on the pareo or cover-up. “That’s the place for hot pink,” Fernstrom says.
- Wear nice hosiery and gorgeous lingerie. Successful dieter Judy L. says she used to think Victoria’s “Secret” was that Victoria hated people with a weight problem. “I hit the jackpot when I could wear that underwear!” she exclaims. She recommends buying good lingerie as a reward.
- When you’re considering buying an item, ask a trusted friend how it looks on you. “Don’t buy it just because you can get into it,” advises Judy L.
- Get a manicure, pedicure, or facial. Melinda T. lightened her hair and dove into her new life as a blonde.
Buying Clothes While Losing Weight
Buying clothes while losing weight is a challenge, especially if you’re planning on losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. If you’re following diet plans like the ones you will find if you , then there is a high chance you will loose weight effectively and quickly, meaning it could be hard buying clothes during this time as they may not last very long. As an image consultant, I witness a lot of my clients revamp their entire image by losing weight and firming their bodies, while trying to recreate their style. The main concern when buying clothes while losing weight is spending hundreds to thousands of dollars buying a new wardrobe that you will have to donate 6 weeks later because nothing fits anymore. It is possible to shop for clothes while losing weight; I actually encourage it! Here are ten tips for buying clothes while losing weight, and why you should invest in transitional weight loss clothes.
10 Tips for Buying Clothes While Losing Weight
1. Wear Stretch Fabrics
Anything with a lot of elasticity and the ability to bounce back into a smaller size is a great idea. There are a lot of stores that also carry items that are one size fits all or it might be a transition size like “S/M” for small medium. These styles are great as they really give you room to lose weight.
2. Shop for Sales or Thrift
Another option is to simply buy your clothing on sale with the plan to donate them later. If you buy items while they are on sale or thrift, you will get them at a great deal, so it will be less painful when you have to give them away after losing weight.
3. Wear Little to No Prints and Patterns
If you’re feeling a little weighty in some areas, you can minimize the look of weight gain my wearing little to no prints. For example, if you’re carrying a lot of weight in your torso, and stomach area, I would avoid tops that have eccentric or eye-catching patterns. Wear a top that is dark and simple to avoid bringing too much attention to these challenge areas.
4. Wear Your Best Colours
I stress colours every time, because it’s the number one factor in finishing your look. When you wear your colours it will automatically give you the look of weight loss. If you wear colours that don’t suit you, then you will actually make yourself look larger. Not cool huh? Click here to find out what colours suit you.
5. Pay More Attention to Your Accessories
So you may notice that the clothing you buy while losing weight is boring, because you are trying not to spend an arm and a leg during this transitional period. That’s why I would suggest investing more into grooming and accessories. This will bring more personality to your basics as you transition. For example, if you choose to buy a loose t-shirt blouse as a transition piece and wear it with stretch jeggings, you can swap out multiple accessories to create different looks.
6. Buy Your Clothes in Capsules
A capsule is a collection of clothing that usually consists of 6 – 10 items (2 bottoms, 2 over pieces, 4 tops, 3 – 6 accessories) that when mixed and matched create up to 12 outfits. I would suggest getting 1 capsule of clothing while losing weight. That way you are able to make 2 weeks of clothing and rotate them during your weight loss season. It’s a great way to really stay focused on buying a few items while getting a lot of options.
7. Belt It
After you have lost some weight and things start to get baggy, a lot of your items can simply be cinched in be wearing a belt around your waist.
8. Get Alterations
Why not get you baggy clothes taken in or altered for a few dollars. Tunics and t-shirt blouses are great options because the style of the shirt is meant to be worn loose so, even if it is two sizes or so bigger, it still looks great!
9. Remember Sizes Don’t Mean Anything
When you are buying clothes while losing weight remember not to pay too much attention to sizes. What I mean is, don’t focus on trying to lose weight to become a size 4 or the like. Sizes really do vary from store to store, so to say something like this doesn’t really make sense. Make your weight loss goals around a specific weight number and not a dress size.
10. Buy a Motivational Dress
After you have bought a capsule or so, it’s okay for you to buy one motivational piece. This may be a dress that you absolutely love in one size or two smaller. Once you buy it, place it someplace you will always see it so you are motivated to stay consistent with your exercises and healthy eating habits. It ends up working out like a goal or vision board that you would post on the wall. Just beware not to buy it too much more smaller. A maximum of 3 sizes is ideal. You should take things one small step at a time, so you don’t get discouraged.
If I Lose Weight WIll I Have to Buy New Clothes?
Absolutely! I know buying clothes while losing weight is one thing, but you definitely need to make sure you get new clothes after you lose weight. Why not adorn your new body with great new clothes. Plus, if you wear too many baggy clothes, you will end up looking frumpy, and it will appear as if you never lost any weight in the first place.
If you just lost a lot of weight and you want to get started with buying a new wardrobe, I would start with my Seven Step Style System. It will walk you through the keys to creating a great image and style.
As you can see, buying clothes while losing weight doesn’t have to be a waste of money. In the end, it will help you maintain your image and help motivate you while you go through your weight loss transition.