So what happens to your wardrobe when you lose weight? Do you still wear your baggy pieces or ditch everything and go on a wild shopping spree?
Whoa Nelly…let’s hold up and think about this for a moment.
We all know that our weight and body shape can hold a lot of power over our minds…shouldn’t but for most it just does. For me it’s all about the clothes, you know…how they fit and if they make me feel like ‘me‘
I’m not advocating everyone needs to lose weight, far from it. If you are happy with your curves then keep doing what you’re doing. For me personally I’ve been making changes since treatment ended in August 2013 and so far I’ve shed 36 kilos, in fact yesterday I quietly slipped under 100 kilos. Yup I was 99.9 LOL
While I’m keeping an eye on my weight it’s really for health reasons, having cancer shook me and these days I do things differently. I’ve been bigger and smaller but weight aside as long as my clothes reflect my personality them I’m happy.
But what happens when your clothes don’t reflect your personality? I had plenty of times I had to purchase clothes just because ‘they fit’. Wrangling with size 22 pants in a change room, getting hot n sweaty and hating my thighs n flabby stomach. Trying on a tee that looked plenty large enough only to get it on and look like a sausage butting outa it’s skin.
It’s hard to be on trend when you’re carrying extra weight (in my case a lot extra), when you’re crushing on fashion but it’s not sending the love back your way. More often than not I would ‘settle’ for certain looks and not ever really feel like I fit in…in society and in my own skin.
So these days I’ve lost some weight and I’m rediscovering looks that I’d missed, some feel like home and others are fleeting fashion.
But how do you get your wardrobe going again ‘while’ you are losing weight without taking the credit card for a frenzied whirl? How do you transition your clothes without shopping up a storm every time you lose a few kilos?
Start by sorting, yeah get rid of anything that’s too faded, worn or pilled.
Then check those inner thighs of everything you own…if they are rubbed down and thin get rid of them.
Skirts and pants can be taken in a little to get you through another size or two of losses.
Shirts and tees might need to be tossed because they will tend to hide your new shape, be wide in the neck and baggy under the arms.
These days we are crushing on relaxed pants from harems to boyfriend jeans so sling your slightly ‘too big’ pants down lower onto your hips and cuff the bottoms to give shape and flash your ankles. I pulled out these jeans that 6 months ago were skinnies…
four months ago I wore them with my Harlow ‘Riders in the sky Jacket’ and they were a little looser……
… and yesterday I wore them as a boyfriend Jean. I know, I totally saved myself some serious dollars, repurposed something from my wardrobe and tried a look I’d been crushing on. Oh, by the way I love this look and it feels like ‘home’.
Now add a new shirt and maybe even do a half tuck…see how the pants that were too big can now be repurposed? Good hey. Bigger tops can still have life just cuff the sleeve or push them up and do a tuck or belt. Adding a necklace can create a waistline (drawing the eye to your waist), and a scarf can also create shape.
Set clothing goals while you are on your weight/wellness journey. For every goal reward yourself with a new piece for your wardrobe, a good quality shirt, scarf or some basics.
Don’t forget about underwear either, treat yourself to some new knickers and for goodness sake go and get fitted for a bra because where your boobs sit can make a significant difference to your overall shape. I’m crushing on Bella Bodies bamboo range for everyday wear, it’s comfy, breathes, covers my tum and is resilient.
Don’t ever be afraid to step into new stores. Lots of ladies carry the weight with them ‘mentally‘ even though their bodies have shrunk and tend to continue to buy too big or shop at their trusted haunts. Don’t, don’t do that!
You worked hard, it’s now time to try new things and never ever be intimidated by a polished and well groomed sales assistant. It’s their job to look that way but believe me we all wipe our arses the same way and no one is better than anybody else. Be friendly, honest and flash a smile you will receive the service you need.
If funds are tight then head to thrift stores or outlet stores…gold is what you will find in these places! Trust me if your size is still moving then spend dollars on quality basics and underwear and get the rest discount. Save some dollars for a good shop up later on. Don’t forget to check online too, look at what’s on trend, get to know labels and even save pics to really understand what you are attracted to. It’s a great way to work out what your style is.
When you reach your goals then celebrate and reward yourself with good quality, well fitting pieces…because you deserve that!