100 lb. Club - A slightly weird idea...




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MommytoGirls
02-11-2008, 06:06 PM
Ok this is embarrassing to admit but you know how when you have a lot of weight to lose you go through awkward periods of your pants not fitting (being too baggy) but you don't really want to go out and buy new pants since they (hopefully) soon will be too big as well? I know I have a lot of sizes to go down and don't want to buy new clothes for every size so anyway I dug out my Bella Band that I wore when I was pregnant and it helps a ton to keep my slightly baggy pants up. :o


aerotigergirl
02-11-2008, 06:28 PM
I'm not sure what a Bella Band is (I'm not a mom yet), but I think it sounds like a great idea! I'm also an advocate of recycled clothes: sometimes thrift stores have great deals on clothes that have barely been worn! That way, you get to have clothes that you feel good in without having to spend loads of $$$.

dali78
02-11-2008, 06:45 PM
I know some of the weight loss surgery support sites have a clothes swap thing where people will trade clothes who are in different sizes. Maybe we should look into doing something like that. Maybe if someone has a pair of pants to give someone who is in that size you already passed up. I know not everyone would be for that, but it's an idea. It seemed to work well for my friend that had the lap band.


amouse
02-11-2008, 06:47 PM
i go to op shops for my clothes atm .. its doesnt really matter if my tops are baggy but my bottoms are falling off .. lmao and that is not good at all so i go and buy second hand for about $2 a piece. bring them home run them through the wash with nappy sanitiser and im ready to go :)

fiberlover
02-11-2008, 06:50 PM
I am a thrift store junky! Goodwill, consignment - I shop all those. I bought 2 pairs of pants and a sweater that look new for only $12 total!!
I swear that once I reach goal, I will still shop at these places for those super bargains!

Heather
02-11-2008, 07:01 PM
I know some of the weight loss surgery support sites have a clothes swap thing where people will trade clothes who are in different sizes. Maybe we should look into doing something like that. Maybe if someone has a pair of pants to give someone who is in that size you already passed up. I know not everyone would be for that, but it's an idea. It seemed to work well for my friend that had the lap band.

It always does sound like a good idea, and has been tried before. But it tends not to work out (someone doesn't exchange or whatnot) and people get upset and get their feelings hurt. So, we recommend you use your local thrift stores/goodwill instead!

dali78
02-11-2008, 07:10 PM
Ok, yeah I didn't know how it would go here. Just brainstorming a little. I am new. Thanks for letting me know. There are a ton of thrift stores around me, I am almost ready to go down a size. I think I can use my current jeans for a little bit longer haha.

susiemartin
02-11-2008, 08:23 PM
Thrift stores are the way to go when you are losing.
They are also a great way to pass along some of your clothes that you have moved out of.

In fact I'd have to say thrift stores are always my favorite clothing stores :D

Janis427
02-11-2008, 08:35 PM
I wish I had this problem, but it will be a long time before I have to look for smaller pants.

kaplods
02-11-2008, 08:43 PM
I shop the clearance pages at Roaman's, Woman Within, and bcoutlet online alot. BCOutlet is the last chance clearance site for Woman Within (formerly Lane Bryant), Roaman's, Jessica London and other Redcat owned stores. Because at my size, I don't find much in the thriftshops (more in Wisconsin than in Illinois. I don't know if there are more fat people here, or just better dressed fat people).

I check bcoutlet daily, and the other websites clearances about weekly because the deals can be ridiculous. I've been wanting tights since winter began, but didn't want to pay full price. I bought 6 pairs in 3 different colors for less than $12. The full price was almost $17 for 2 pairs. I've been needing a bathrobe, and they periodically go on sale for less than $10, but I haven't caught the websites at the right times. Even checking daily, stuff in my size goes very fast, often while I'm shopping. I'll put it in my shopping cart, and by the time I check out it's gone. I check the maternity page too, because although I'm not and have never been pregnant, I've found some amazing sales in my size that don't look like maternity wear (I did pass on the cute t with a giant pastel stork on the front - though I considered it for jammies).

Last week at Woman Within, I bought two jumper dresses for $8.88 each, and $6 shipping. one in brown and one in blue denim. I never would have bought or worn them in Illinois (too grade school teacher), but they're pretty popular here - I think it's the winter layering thing).

Aside from buying REALLY cheap, I've been buying clothes that can transition several sizes. Elastic waists are nice, and I love drawstrings when I can find them in styles that aren't really stupid. A personal pet peeve is the "decorative" non-functional drawstring on some pants. In the catalog I'll spot the string and then find out it's not really a drawstring - why on earth would anyone want a "fake" drawstring. Like any fat girl is going to tuck in her blouse to display the stupid little bow.

dali78
02-11-2008, 08:52 PM
I ordered some sweaters from Jessica London last week, I should get them soon. I found a coupon online for buy two items get one free. So I used that for the sweaters. I am going to check out bcoutlet right now.

And kaplods, you are too funny with the drawstring thing, I totally agree.

missy3gal
02-11-2008, 09:32 PM
Great idea Liz!!

Shy Moment
02-11-2008, 09:51 PM
kap
Thought I would let you know this. This summer I had to have a couple of outfits. Everything I had was to big. We went to the store and found two shirts IDENTICAL one was a maternity shirt ( size L ) one WASN'T ( size L ). They were the same shirt lol, one had maternity on the label, one didn't. Hey, if you find something in the maternity section you like wear it, might be something just like it the regular section too.

Be very careful about elastic waists and draw string waists. Very easy to regain weight and not even notice it with clothes that have a lot of give. That is what I wore all the time. Now, no elastic or draw strings are allowed in my wardrobe except for exercise clothes.

kaplods
02-11-2008, 09:55 PM
That doesn't surprise me at all. When I got the maternity tops I ordered they weren't even cut overly generous in the stomache like you'd expect, and I'm thinking "now what exactly makes this a maternity t-shirt?" Now the pajamas I ordered were cut very differently - the tummy was cut VERY generously and I could have easily ordered a size smaller, but for jammies who cares.

LisaF
02-11-2008, 10:18 PM
Thrift stores are the way to go when you are losing.
They are also a great way to pass along some of your clothes that you have moved out of.

Instead of donating to a thrift store, I donate to my local domestic violence safe house. The women who end up typically left home with absolutely nothing. I'd been told that they never have enough plus-size clothing donated, and that was the deciding factor for me. That's where my nice casual and work stuff ends up when I go down in sizes. If anybody wants to locate a local center, you can find one through the Hot Peach Pages, http://www.hotpeachpages.net/

Lisa

CountingDown
02-11-2008, 10:41 PM
Lisa - we are blessed that my favorite thrift store is run by our women's shelter. All clothes that I donate are used by the shelter for families or sold in the store and the proceeds are used to run the shelter.

So whether I am donating or buying, it benefits women and children in crisis :)

hafowler
02-11-2008, 11:44 PM
Hahahah! Kaplods, I've only bought pants with drawstrings for YEARS. I have a wide selection of yoga pants, sweats, knits, you name it. I hate shopping for new clothes, so I've always tried to buy things that will transition up and down with me.

Of course, one of my goals is to fit back into my old Levi's, which used to be my favorite items of clothing...

kaplods
02-12-2008, 12:07 AM
I have fibromyalgia and my clothing has to be exceedingly comfortable, especially during flares. To quote someone on one of the fibro websites trying to explain what clothing can feel like for some people during a flare, imagine wearing all of your clothing backward - with sunburn.

It's really funny, because when I look at the clothes I find most wearable, they really could be worn backwards just as comfortably (except for the bras - that would be a trick!). Tunics and pants and skirts with drawstrings or soft elastic waists. I have some outfits that prove that manufacturer's can make nice, and even very dressy clothing comfortable and "flexibly sized."

I've always thought there would be a market for clothing specifically designed to span sizes, whether it be due to pregnancy or weight gain/loss (or siblings mothers/daughters wanting to share clothes). A catalog could show the outfits worn by people at various stages across the size spectrums.

bbbssheila
02-18-2008, 05:31 PM
I just recently found a woman who can sew quite well who is willing to tailor some of my things quite inexpensively. She's a teacher and sews as a hobby. I would much rahter do this and save my money for when I can by fabulous clothes when I am fit and thin!:)

Purplefirefly
02-18-2008, 10:04 PM
I had to buy new clothes for the first time a couple weeks ago. There were a lot of sales going on and I had a coupon for the JcPenney's for another 20% off any sale items. I ended up getting two pair of very nice jeans and a cute shirt for next to nothing...I never bought myself clothing when I was heavy and it feels so great to be in things that fit nicely now.

But, I had a friend with me and we found this outfit that just fit perfectly, and it looked very, very good on me. I loved it :love: But, even with half off sale it would have been about $50 for the pants and shirt and I didn't buy it. She was trying to talk me into it, but I told her I would put out that kind of $$ when I reached goal, but not for a size I plan on growing out of in a couple more months or so.

I might try Goodwill next time, but I just have no luck finding anything in my size at the two close to us. Now that I'm in a 16, should be a 14 or so before I buy again, so I might be getting small enough to find something there.