Weight Loss Support - Ever purchased motivational clothing?




LindseyLouWho
02-14-2007, 02:21 AM
I was just wondering if I was the only (possibly nutty :) ) one who actually went out and bought clothing for my future self. I went to JCPenney when I started my new healthy lifestyle and picked out a really cute size XL tank top and size 12 jeans. The whole outfit was pretty cheap, and I got it with the intentions of hanging it up on the door of my laundry room (visible in the kitchen) to give me something to look forward to, and also make me think twice about my food choices. Now, I already thought of the obvious flaw of this. Even if I get to be a size 12, my body might not be the right shape for those particular items of clothing. However, I decided that really wasn't the point at all. The only purpose it really serves is as motivation. If I fit into the outfit at some point, then that's great. Worst case scenario is that I'll have to go out and buy something else that fits. I know a lot of you probably have smaller clothes already that you'd like to fit into (or have already found yourselves fitting into), but I've never really been a normal size (last time I was a size 12 was probably 7th grade).

Am I crazy? Haha.

-Lindsey


SwimGirl
02-14-2007, 03:22 AM
I've totally bought clothes for myself when I'm a smaller size. I haven't gone out and bought an entire outfit though, usually just get things 1-2 sizes smaller than I am now.

I would totally like to buy a super cute outfit though - my bf would literally take them back if I bought something that is WAY too small.

OH! I had this skirt I used to wear a LONG LONG time ago, I was super tiny, well I go and LEND it to a friend and she never gives it back. Not only that, she SWEARS I didn't give it to her. So my skirt is gone :( So sad!

-Aimee

JayEll
02-14-2007, 08:25 AM
I posted on the Mini-Goals forum about my "new" jeans. I bought these size 16 jeans because I was sure I would "soon" fit into them. Well,... that was two and a half YEARS ago--and I gave up and restarted a couple of times in there--but yesterday was the day I could FINALLY WEAR those size 16 jeans.

But that's the only thing I ever bought smaller as a goal. I generally don't like spending money on clothes--maybe that's why it doesn't work so well.

Jay


nelie
02-14-2007, 10:35 AM
I buy motivational clothing but I buy stuff that is marked down a lot and aren't too off from my current size. Mostly because it is motivating to see the progress. So I buy a pair of $10 jeans, I try them on and they can barely fit up my hips, then I watch as I get to the point that I can button them, then zip them up and then get loose. Honestly, I'm always on the lookout for heavily discounted jeans more than anything :) Right now I have a few motivational pieces in my wardrobe that are very tight but they fit. I need them to move from tight fit, to comfortable to loose.

shelby897
02-14-2007, 10:46 AM
That sounds like a great idea -- not the size 12 I want to be again, but maybe down one size to get into. I had a lot of really nice size 12's from when I was thin but sadly :( I've waited so long to lose weight, they went out of style. :(

Cheryl14
02-14-2007, 11:34 AM
Hi Lindsey!

LOVE that term "MOTIVATIONAL CLOTHING"!!!:val1:

Clothing is a HUGE motivator for me! I first started doing this a few months ago with jeans. Lillybelle mentioned that she buys jeans smaller and tight and then works out/eats right until those jeans FIT. I was able to get rid of my size 20W jeans and am now in an 18 Petite! I now have added a dress with a beaded top jacket in a size maller than I wear right now to my "motivational clothing" plan! I want to have the arms be loose, and to do THAT I know I have to lose more weight.

The "motivational clothing" thing works for me because it is a very tangible tool for measuing progress! If the jeans are getting looser, you KNOW you are losing inches! Losing inches also means that you are getting firmer and less jiggly. LOVE THAT!!! :carrot:

To get you to that size 12 outfit you MAY want to start in increments. Buy jeans in a size smaller than you wear right now. Work to fit into them. Then move to another pair a size smaller than that. Before you know it, you may need an outfit SMALLER THAN that size 12 you originally picked out!!!

Go for it girl!!!

Cheryl

JukieF
02-14-2007, 12:06 PM
I haven't bought motivational clothing, but I've saved my favorite items from when I was slender. They're totally out of style now, but I like keeping them as my goal clothing. I'm just very careful not to hold them up to myself and look in the mirror! :-) That's not very motivational--realizing how heavy I've let myself get and how small I used to be. But when the day comes that I can wear those clothes--and I do believe it will come--I'm going to be thrilled to death.

I have clothes in three sizes waiting for me to fit into them. At least I won't have to buy new clothes as I lose weight!

nelie
02-14-2007, 12:13 PM
I don't have that problem. I am currently the weight I was in Junior High so it would be dreadful if I started wearing those clothes again :)

ennay
02-14-2007, 01:13 PM
lol I actually gave away most of my skinny clothes last year. I realized even if I ever did fit into them again, they were so out of date

I did buy myself a pair of jeans recently that were a little small, but not alot smal because of the body shape thing. I found the style that fit me or maybe a teeny bit snug and bought 1 size smaller

Sheila53
02-14-2007, 01:38 PM
Yes! I always pick up a pair of jeans or shorts at the thrift store that are a size smaller. Lots of gratification (when you can finally zip them up) for very little money.

zenor77
02-14-2007, 01:50 PM
I've never purchased anything, but I have a pair of black pants that I'm really trying to get back in to. I bought them right after I got married and then gained 25lbs (the dreaded marriage weight gain.) Of course once I fit into them, I may use this idea. Motivational clothing sounds like a great way to "get in gear."

veggielover
02-14-2007, 01:57 PM
while I think motivation clothing is great for women to remind themselves that its a treat to wear them if they diet right, sometimes I feel some people are out of line. My sister has 2 friends that do this- one will purchase clothes from my sister that she doesn't fit for cheap prices (my sister's a size 00 or 0, and she has some clothes are are too big for her that are like, size 2) and this girl's a size 10. Now, granted I know its possible to go from a size 10 to a size 2, this girl was never thinner than a size 4, and even when she was a size 4 at her thinnest, she dieted dangerously using drugs and purging. She constantly reminded herself that she wanted to fit those clothes badly and I never thought it was healthy for some a compulsive person. My sister's 2nd friend will go shopping with my sister, buy size 8-10 clothes and NEVER WEAR THEM even though she claims they fit her. Why doesn't she ever wear them? Well, maybe its because she's actually a 3X. She requests gift clothing be be 8-10, and she'll never diet. When i asked my sister why she buys an enormous amount of clothing (she spents A LOT on these clothes. Not just one outfit r two, but a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY) that she can't wear, she'll tell me that its her friend's "goal clothing". I think motivation clothing is nice, but only 1) for non-compulsive healthy dieter and 2) if its cheap, and you only buy a few items and you actually PLAN to diet (the 2nd girl i mentioned doesnt ever diet, ever)

BlueToBlue
02-14-2007, 10:01 PM
I did just buy a dress that I think is going to be very motivational in terms of maintenance, at least in the short-term. The dress is from J. Crew. The last time I bought something from J. Crew, I was 23 and it was an oversized (back when J. Crew still carried clothing that wasn't skin tight) size large sweater. The dress is sleeveless. My upper arms haven't seen the light of day since around the same time I bought that J. Crew sweater. And it is tiny (truly, a little black dress), but when it came in the mail today and I zipped it up, it fit perfectly (except for a little gapping under the arms)! I am so excited that I can wear this dress that I'm confident I'll be on track for at least the next two weeks (when I want to wear the dress to a wedding). Today, even just knowing the dress was coming in the mail (when I still thought I was going to end up sending it right back because I was sure it would be too small or my stomach would look poochy in it), I was easily able to turn down cupcakes at lunch.

Once I get past the wedding and don't have any place to wear the dress, I'm not sure how motivational it will be. But for now, it's working like a charm.

Angihas2
02-14-2007, 11:49 PM
I do. At the GoodWill or yard sales though. Mainly as something to aim for, but at the same time, when I get to that size, if its unflattering or not the right cut or whatever, at the most I've wasted 4 bucks. I bought a size 10 stretchy dress in a soft sage green color with white and dark green flowers on it. It's literally, hanging on my living room wall as I type. I have very little clothes left from my smaller days, since it took 4 years to put the weight on, I absolutely refused to buy alot of clothes, always planning on losing the weight before I had to buy even bigger clothes. I never got around to losing the weight, until recently, so I think I've got maybe 7 outfits in varying smaller sizes? And, I gave away most of my truly small clothes when I moved out to L.A. to save on shipping, so I am SO going shopping when I hit goal.

LindseyLouWho
02-15-2007, 12:14 AM
With me, I already have some clothes that are still pretty much in style that are all the way down to a size 20-ish. A lot of the clothes that are still in my closet are actually anywhere from a size 24 to a size 28. Unfortunately, most of my clothes were tight to begin with (I've always absolutely LOATHED the idea of actually buying the next larger size), so I'm already seeing progress with those. I just bought the "skinny" outfit as a long term wish thing. It's always been a dream of mine to shop for trendy clothing in normal sizes. I got large pretty quickly when I was younger, so I never got to experience the "joys of the mall", etc. That's probably for the best for my parents though. I'm afraid that I might have turned into quite the mall-rat if I had enjoyed shopping for clothes... haha.

FreeSpirit
02-15-2007, 12:20 AM
When I was a size 7, I had a pair of stretch black pants that were sooooo flattering.

I bought a pair on sale in a size 9. One day I will wear them!

Gamerchick
02-15-2007, 12:25 AM
I've done this =)

I remember stealing my sister's size 13 jeans when I was about a size 16 and trying them on, having them fit on my legs, and keeping them to when I could use them (later on, they were too big).

The jeans that I could shimmy into when I was 160 were size 11's. They were too tight. So one day I bought a size 9 in the store (I was fat then, but it was motivational). I hung those on the wall along with my boyfriend's shirt.

I have more clothes in smaller sizes I've never worn than clothes in my size XD

almostheaven
02-15-2007, 12:29 AM
I did it all through my weight loss. What I did though was to specifically NOT buy things on sale. I bought outfits I really really loved...and paid more than I normally would for them...one size smaller. Then I'd hang them on the front of my dresser. I'd practically try them on every day...at least every other day. LOL Once they fit, I'd go buy another to take it's place. Kept me going. I wasn't about to let that money go to waste...waist? ;)

trekkiegirl
02-15-2007, 12:32 AM
I haven't bought motivational clothing, but I've saved my favorite items from when I was slender. They're totally out of style now, but I like keeping them as my goal clothing. I'm just very careful not to hold them up to myself and look in the mirror! :-) That's not very motivational--realizing how heavy I've let myself get and how small I used to be. But when the day comes that I can wear those clothes--and I do believe it will come--I'm going to be thrilled to death.
I have clothes in three sizes waiting for me to fit into them. At least I won't have to buy new clothes as I lose weight!
That's me, too, Jukie. Remember the era of the the designer jeans? I've got a pair of old Gitanos, I think they are (or some other such label) from more than half a lifetime ago. :p I don't think I'll ever make it back into those, lol, but I do have a ton of jeans in a wardrobe closet in my basement that I've accumulated through the years, mostly your basic Levis, and they never go out of style. :) I've also got a few short leather jackets that I've been loathe to wear cuz they don't cover my butt...I wanna wear those jackets! I've got way too many motivational clothes in my house already from the past, lol! I had to buy about 5-6 pairs of pants to fit me now because I was growing out of most of the ones I've been using the last couple of years. They actually look better on me than the ones I'd been wearing. If I lose enough weight, I gonna kind of miss them...but I guess I can always buy duplicates in smaller sizes later, lol! :D

nelie
02-15-2007, 01:07 AM
I did it all through my weight loss. What I did though was to specifically NOT buy things on sale. I bought outfits I really really loved...and paid more than I normally would for them...one size smaller. Then I'd hang them on the front of my dresser. I'd practically try them on every day...at least every other day. LOL Once they fit, I'd go buy another to take it's place. Kept me going. I wasn't about to let that money go to waste...waist? ;)

I think I'm too cheap to even do that! I never buy anything unless it is on sale.

lilybelle
02-15-2007, 05:35 AM
When I first started losing weight I was in a size 20. The first new jeans that I bought myself were a size 12. They were tight but not uncomfortable. I did the same thing with my size 10's. Bought them tight and waited til I could wear them easily. As I lost more weight I eventually gave all my bigger clothes and the 10's and 12's away to my aunt and my SD that was pregnant. She traded me for her smaller sizes of jeans. It worked well. I didn't have to buy an awfully lot while I was losing. As someone mentioned I was more likely to buy things smaller at a yard sale at first, so I wasn't out much money if I didn't get down to that size. But, I think buying a cute outfit for motivational purposes is great. I was just cheap and didn't want to spend much if I knew it would be a while before I could wear it. (I like to wear anything new as soon as I get it, LOL).

almostheaven
02-15-2007, 11:37 AM
As someone mentioned I was more likely to buy things smaller at a yard sale at first, so I wasn't out much money if I didn't get down to that size.
I think that's part of why I specifically bought more expensive outfits. I'd been on diet after diet, wardrobe after wardrobe. I'd buy smaller clothes after losing weight, larger clothes after regaining. It was always IF I get there, IF I don't make it. This time I wanted the attitude of I WILL get there, I WILL make it. And to prove it, I gave every piece of clothing I outgrew to Goodwill and would buy that expensive outfit for my motivation. Ummm...yeah, I bought regular clothes to fit to. What? Did ya think I was running around neked? :D

It got to a point though that hubby brought up that I SHOULD have kept SOMETHING from my larger days for kinda show and tell. LOL And I did find one old sweater in the back of my closet that I hung onto for awhile, but eventually gave that up too. I'm just not interested in seeing the smocks I used to wear. ;)

CurvyCutie31
02-15-2007, 02:09 PM
I have done this, and am definitely doing this now. I think it can be a great tool for motivation - if used right! My problem before was that in the past, (when I was bigger than I am now - 218 pds and a size 22) I would buy things that were way too small, things I might never fit into - no matter how much weight I lost, and those clothes would hang in my closet taunting me, waiting for me to give up and give them away. Now I buy things that I can fit into now, but are a bit snug, usually things that are a size down from where I am now. So that gives me extra motivation. Because I know that with continued effort on my part, these things will not just be something to see in my closet, but something that will be seen on my body!!

nelie
02-15-2007, 02:57 PM
I think that's part of why I specifically bought more expensive outfits. I'd been on diet after diet, wardrobe after wardrobe. I'd buy smaller clothes after losing weight, larger clothes after regaining. It was always IF I get there, IF I don't make it. This time I wanted the attitude of I WILL get there, I WILL make it. And to prove it, I gave every piece of clothing I outgrew to Goodwill and would buy that expensive outfit for my motivation. Ummm...yeah, I bought regular clothes to fit to. What? Did ya think I was running around neked? :D


I've only gone up, never down :) As I said, I'm too cheap to buy any clothes full price or even outside my price comfort level. That being said, I just bought 2 pairs of pants from Eddie Bauer for $15/each (marked down from $75, I love sales). Size 18 petite, not 18WP, not 18W but 18 misses petite. Slipping into a misses size is something I've never done with pants so I'm a bit anxious about it but I decided I need to buy a pair of regular size pants to see where I need to be.

Reddalice
02-15-2007, 05:10 PM
LoL! I was reading this and thing- I would never spend money on something that doesn't fit because I have a whole bunch of clothes that don't fit now. lmao. Then I looked over my shoulder and saw my magical baby blue cargo pants I got with the tags still on them at Good Will- three sizes too small... but a dream I can fit into so clearly.

nikkimac76
02-15-2007, 06:32 PM
I have a few things that I bought, then they didn't fit, but I kept them because I am HORRIBLE about returning clothes! Most were cheap on clearance from Old Navy, but I do have a few items that I bought with my discount when I worked at a deparment store in college. One is a cute little black dress that is a size 10 or 12. I also got a few cute dresses from a Casual Corner that was closing. They are size 14.

I would be thrilled to fit in the little black dress.

samanthaf63
02-15-2007, 11:21 PM
Once or twice I did because I hated the idea of being a size up but I never found it sufficient motivation. Besides, just because we get down to a size XX (whatever XX is), it doesn't mean it's going to look good on the smaller body!

lilybelle
02-16-2007, 01:39 AM
almostheaven, I see that I had phrased that wrong. It was really not an IF I didn't get down to that size. It was more a HOW it would look on me. I did buy a pair of OLD NAVY khaki jeans that I never once wore and never took them back. They were a size 8. When I bought them, I hung them in my closet because the waist was too tight. The next time I tried and the waist fit it looked like someone had already moved out of the Butt and Legs. LOL. I have a hard time fitting clothes just right because my legs and hips are so much smaller than my upper body.

almostheaven
02-16-2007, 06:53 PM
The next time I tried and the waist fit it looked like someone had already moved out of the Butt and Legs. LOL.
LOL I didn't run across that problem. I pretty much lost fairly uniform all over. Just that tummy bulge that was the last to go.

ItsAboutTime
02-19-2007, 12:39 AM
I don't have to buy a whole bunch because my closet is still full of clothes from my last 30 pound weight loss. I have piles of jeans in all sizes to like a 10. I don't think I got to the 10 ever..the 12s were still a little snug...and I try a few of my faves on every now and then. I can't wait for the scale to budge a little!

My friend is getting married in April 08 and I found this awesome dress I'd like to get. I told her I am buying it and hanging it on the fridge. LOL!

boaterswife
02-19-2007, 02:53 PM
I haven't bought a whole lot of motivational clothing, but there are a few things.

Last fall when the pretty beaded tank tops, etc., were on clearance at Kohls I bought several for $1 each (I just couldn't leave them in the store for that price!) that were a size large (I was a 2X at the time) and hung them in my closet. I just pulled one out the other day to possibly wear under a cardigan sweater....well....drumroll please....all the tanks I bought are too big! Since I only paid about $6 total for them, I'm going to see if I can intentionally shrink them!

On the other hand, like Lilybelle, I do buy a new pair of jeans every time my size changes. I have always LOVED the Hilfiger and Calvin Klein jeans, and am willing to spend the cash for them. They fit my shape, no matter how large or small I am. Therefore, as my size changes, I buy a pair that is a size too small and hang them in my closet. Once a week or so I pull them out and try them on until they fit comfortably enough to wear all day, then I go buy the next size down. My 12's came out of the "holding" pattern yesterday, so today when I'm at the mall I'll get a pair of size 10's to put in their place. I think this is motivational to me because the Hilfiger jeans I was wearing in August were a 22W and were the same style as the 12 missy's i wore yesterday! Sometimes I look in the mirror and get choked up when the enormity of how far I've come hits me!

lottie63
02-19-2007, 02:57 PM
I do this too. I went to deb (because it's soooo cheap! :D ) and bought two shirts that I'm maybe 20 lbs from fitting into. I didn't want to buy them TOO SMALL because even though I have a zillion lbs to lose, I want some small goals along the way to make it easier.

nelie
02-19-2007, 03:04 PM
On the other hand, like Lilybelle, I do buy a new pair of jeans every time my size changes. I have always LOVED the Hilfiger and Calvin Klein jeans, and am willing to spend the cash for them. They fit my shape, no matter how large or small I am. Therefore, as my size changes, I buy a pair that is a size too small and hang them in my closet. Once a week or so I pull them out and try them on until they fit comfortably enough to wear all day, then I go buy the next size down. My 12's came out of the "holding" pattern yesterday, so today when I'm at the mall I'll get a pair of size 10's to put in their place. I think this is motivational to me because the Hilfiger jeans I was wearing in August were a 22W and were the same style as the 12 missy's i wore yesterday! Sometimes I look in the mirror and get choked up when the enormity of how far I've come hits me!

There is no single brand I really like but I will have to say Hilfiger has a special place in my heart. When I was around 290, I went shopping at Dillard's, it was the first time I was fitting into size 24 pants in the store. I saw a pair of Hilfiger jeans, size 22W (they were actually out of size 24 or else I would've tried that first) and they fit. Since I hadn't been able to wear any pants in a department store in a long time, I was so happy to buy them. They were also on sale for $16 dollars, or else I probably would've just gloated that I could fit them and left them there :) Today those pants are in my closet because I still can't part with them. They are really big now though so I can't even try to wear them.

Alora199
02-19-2007, 08:17 PM
I "used" to buy motivational clothing years ago but would get frustrated b/c the weight wouldnt' come off (by my own doing) and I'd end up giving them away. However, I saved several pairs of jeans that I wore before me and my hubby got married.. they were size 12's. I would lose a couple pounds, feel good, go try them on and though I could squeeze them past my hips there was about a seven inch gap from the button to the hole.. lol. But I dared not throw them away. Now that I'm in a size 8 I am happy to say that I have finally parted with them. By the time I could fit back into them they were no longer in style... lol

FullSteamAhead
02-19-2007, 09:08 PM
I have done the motivtional clothing thing many times! still do! I will get one size smaller, but never more than one size smaller. Leave the tags on and try them on as i lose weight, if and when they are not right, bring them back! no refund, but store credit! There are so many clothes in my closet, various sizes! anywhow, when it came to this or I just wasnt in the mood to shop, I would select the things i think would look good on me and go! My trying on clothes in the dressing room were at a halt! maybe a security person is watching? lol I couldn't even stand the thought of that! I so hated this thought as well as the mere fact of trying on the clothes under those horrendous flourecsent lights, that I not only stopped shopping altogether but just merely picked things up to bring home! Anyhow, I do beleive in motivational clothing, they can be a good gauge, but I recommend 1 size smaller..........and we all now how size varies from designer to designer, etc. I for one ladies, cannot waitttttttttt, until the day I enjoy shopping again! :) wishing you all the best of luck