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arilib
10-13-2008, 02:26 PM
I guess this falls more under budgetary advice: How do you maintain your wardrobe as you lose weight? Seems like when I buy something, it's too big in a few weeks. Not that I'm complaining (more like constantly celebrating), but I'm a grad student, and strapped-for-cash by definition. Any suggestions?


Iconised Ghost
10-13-2008, 02:37 PM
i have the same issue. All i can think of so far is to have things taken in by a seemstress but i havent tried that yet so i dont know how well it works or how cheap it is. Alternatively we could just take them in ourselves.

zenor77
10-13-2008, 02:39 PM
Look at thrift and consignment shops as well as sales.

I believe you have a Buffalo Exchange in Austin. You can take in your too big clothes and get credit towards other stuff. The Buffalo Exchange here has some pretty cool stuff that's in great condition.


kelly315
10-13-2008, 03:20 PM
I saved a lot of my clothes from when I was size 16 (and 18s), but didn't really buy a lot in size 20, because when I was gaining weight I always thought it was temporary and wore too-tight clothes or my boyfriends clothes instead of buying anything. I finally gave in when I reached size 22, and bought a bunch of things, none of which I can wear now! So now, I'm stuck in between these two piles of clothes!

I can't really afford to buy a whole new wardrobe either, especially since I only expect to be in this size for a few months. So what I did was went to wal-mart and bought a pair of jeans for $20, so I don't always have to wear something baggy or tight. I also went to the thrift store for t-shirts. Luckily, shopping at thriftstores seems to be the trendy thing around campus, so I don't have to worry about it! (But I probably would have gone there anyway, I want to save my "new wardrobe" money for when I can really get cute things).

Nicole
10-13-2008, 03:52 PM
I live in ND and we have Plato's Closet which excepts nicley used clothes that in return you can receive in store credit or money... Is there maybe an option for that in your area? Or have a garage sale before it gets too cold out to get some extra cash for a few things for in between sizes as you are losing your weight? Also thrift stores are abundant with cute clothes too, you just have to be a great bargain shopper and take time to look!

RememberHowToSmile
10-13-2008, 03:57 PM
That is the hardest part. My mom has been really great about when I go to see her buying me a couple of new pieces of clothing mainly suits. I buy clothing tight and wear spandx to try and stretch out the life. I also try and shop sales and clearance.

Try and buy a few staples and go from there. You can always accessorize to change things up. Layering is another key to make it look like you have a ton of clothing.

Lastly I shop at resale shops. You can get a ton of nice stuff really cheap.

SavingServo
10-13-2008, 04:08 PM
Good Will and Salvation Army are good for jeans. And really anything, you just have to have a good hunk of time to sort of invest in looking for stuff. But all thrift store shopping is like that.

Chele615
10-13-2008, 04:11 PM
I try to use belts until I just can't handle it anymore. Then, I usually hit up clearance racks or go to stores like Burlington Coat Factory that have the brand names for cheaper.

HeatherMcG
10-13-2008, 04:21 PM
I know that a lot of people shy away from altering their own clothes, but it really isn't that difficult! If you have a sewing machine, or know one that you can borrow, it is fairly simple to take in the seams to make it a few inches smaller. As long as the pants or shirt have a straight seam, use a sewing gauge or ruler to pin and mark your desiered amount to take in. Say you are taking your pants in 1 inch all the way down, turn the pants inside out, measure pin, and sew! If you would feel more comfortable, use the marking pens to draw yourself a line to sew on.

And if you are off a bit on a couple of stitches, is it really going to matter? No one will inspect your seams! This is the best way that I have found to extend the life of my fat clothes! :) By doing this, I can keep stashing money away for my skinny clothes!!!!

Star2Be
10-13-2008, 08:53 PM
Personally I am quite handy with a sewing machine, so I've been taking in a few of my things as I go along. Whenever a shirt gets so big that I honestly can't wear it anymore because it looks like a sack on me, it gets the special treatment! Haha. I haven't tried sewing any of my pants yet, but it's looking like I'm going to have to try very, very soon... I got three pairs of jeans before I started school a few weeks ago, thinking that they'd fit me for a pretty long time, but they're already getting loose! I think I've gone down a size. I'm not complaining, either, but it feels like just a waste that I have these almost brand-new pants that I might not be able to wear anything... Which is why I'm going to have to try to sew them. :p I highly recommend the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Plato's Closet, etc too. That's definitely where I'll be getting my pants now until I reach my goal, heh.

junebug41
10-13-2008, 08:58 PM
Look at thrift and consignment shops as well as sales.

I believe you have a Buffalo Exchange in Austin. You can take in your too big clothes and get credit towards other stuff. The Buffalo Exchange here has some pretty cool stuff that's in great condition.

Love love love the Buffalo Exchange.

Also, I would scour the clearance racks at Old Navy- home of the $4 work pants.

JulieJ08
10-13-2008, 11:55 PM
Hmm, I hopped over to my sister's tonight to get some basil from her garden, and got sent home with a whole bunch of pants to try on (she lost weight ahead of me). Got the basil too. And a really scrumptious smelling chili powder - my sister is such a food pusher ;), in the very best way.

sh3l5
10-14-2008, 02:14 AM
Ive only ever bought cheap clothes....
ones from car boot sales or the local cheap stores....
can get a top for £1-£2 when they have reductions....
just lately I have been spending a little more, what with it getting colder....

im trying to save most of my pennies until after christmas....
when in January i hope to go on a massive shopping spree....
im hoping it will be a size 8 one too....
but thats wishful!....

garstar
10-14-2008, 06:25 PM
What about jeans. I also take in my tops, but Jeans - AGH. Anyone know how much it would be to get them taken in? My sewing machine doesn't do jeans haha. I need new ones, but I'm not planning on loosing much more weight, hopefully one more pant size. I hate waiting.

Smiling_Sara
10-14-2008, 08:33 PM
I guess this falls more under budgetary advice: How do you maintain your wardrobe as you lose weight? Seems like when I buy something, it's too big in a few weeks. Not that I'm complaining (more like constantly celebrating), but I'm a grad student, and strapped-for-cash by definition. Any suggestions?


one word, ebay.


you can buy clothes that fit you, and SELL the ones that don't. Virtually a win win situation and VERY easy on your wallet.

kamesennin
10-15-2008, 03:46 AM
I'm having trouble with my bras--I am buying one a month! And nursing bras aren't cheap, either. I just bought a new one and I'm on the smallest setting. I guess it is a silly thing to complain about since I'm obviously losing but I can't go without a proper fitting nursing bra, and they cost so much money.

Elwing
10-15-2008, 04:52 AM
I have trouble with bra's too... my old ones are poking in my armpits (nasty feeling btw) but my smaller ones don't fit yet. I'll go underwear-shopping from my birthday money methinks. I'm caught between wanting my breasts to go smaller and not... not because I like their size (and guys like it too) and I do because there is a certain dress I'd like to wear for Christmas, and it's mainly too small in the breast area.

ghost
10-15-2008, 04:16 PM
I'm with borntofly, Ebay is the answer. Sell the clothes you have barley worn and buy new one on the cheap. I recently got two pairs of jeans for less then the price to ship them.

angelanicole23
10-15-2008, 05:04 PM
I HEART SALVATION ARMY..got me thru sooo much...as well as bargain sales at the mall! Amazing how cheap smaller sized clothing is when theres a good sale on!

peachcake
10-15-2008, 05:24 PM
I lost the first 20 quickly now it's SOOO SLOW going, so I'm in a pretty good spot as far as clothes and I've really only dropped one size so things that were snug before fit a little loose now so are still wearable. I will keep an eye on this thread though because i hope to be having the same issue soon!!

Blcarter84
10-15-2008, 07:22 PM
I totally second the e-bay thing. I buy and sell on there all the time! i used to sell a bunch of stuff for my friends too and they would give me some of the money for it. I buy my son a ton of stuff on there because I am broke and I want himt to look nice.(without paying full price) for myself I just wait until target has like 75% off on a lot of there clothes and buy them then. For now though I have a ton of clothes that are only one size away that would fit me. But in the end I am definitely goign to have to go on a huge shopping spree!!(hopefully I make it there by next summer):):) Good luck to you on your shopping adventures

garstar
10-15-2008, 07:41 PM
ebay hu.... i've never actually used it. I just sell books on amazon... I'm going to give it a look :)

zenor77
10-15-2008, 07:47 PM
I have to try things on, there is no way I could shop on ebay for clothes. I find too many brands are inconsistent in their sizing, so trying it on in the store and buying on ebay wouldn't work. I do love ebay for other things though.

jasmine987
10-15-2008, 09:00 PM
I do a lot of buying on Ebay or Goodwill. I also have had a few people give me their old clothes as they are a bit ahead of me on weight loss.

Its too bad we couldnt all just have a clothes swap....imagine if everyone from this site met up somewhere with all our old clothes! I would be awsome to do a huge swap like that.

joyra
10-15-2008, 10:09 PM
Ebay is great for barely worn stuff, especially if it's name brand. My boyfriend sold a couple very used pairs of Guess jeans for over $50!

Just a warning about places like Buffalo Exchange--they don't seem to stock much over size 12 or 14. I think I've seen a handful of 16s and nothing higher. I love me some Buffalo Exchange but their selection is definitely on the smaller side.

Blcarter84
10-15-2008, 10:48 PM
What I do a lot if your not sure what size and stuff is try everything on in the actual store and then find it on E-bay for cheap!! It's GREAT!! If I dont know if it will fit I obviously wouldn't bid on it.

arilib
10-16-2008, 01:12 AM
Thanks for all the great advice! I'll definitely be hitting up the thrift stores and sales soon. I may even venture into selling some of the old things on ebay. :)

I've also been finding great deals at Old Navy recently, especially since they have all their summer stuff on clearance, and it's still pretty warm down here.

SwimGirl
10-16-2008, 01:42 AM
Sales!! I can always find t-shirts for 4-5 bucks! We have different stores here in Canada so I'm pretty sure if I rattled off store names you likely don't have them. However, if you can find a Smart Set - hit them up, they have the BEST sales!!

-Aimee