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Eliana
12-03-2009, 10:28 AM
I gave up all my "skinny" clothes not long ago with the thought that if I ever did manage to lose the weight, I deserved some new clothes. But now, I have nothing that fits! (A wonderful problem really)

I can't afford to buy all new wardrobes for each size.

I'm thinking I may go to the thrift store and buy a basic pair of jeans, black pants, and khakis for every two sizes, as I go. For instance, I started in 20's. So I think I'll buy some 16's. Then I'll buy 12's. Etc...

What have you all done?


Aclai4067
12-03-2009, 10:51 AM
Thrift store is good, also you could alter some items, it's cheaper than buying new. I kept my "skinny" (read less fat) jeans and just recently got back into them, only to remember why I stopped buying jeans from Lane Bryant... they're all too short. So I think I'll be taking a couple pairs of my fat jeans to be altered.

starfishkitty
12-03-2009, 10:56 AM
That's basically what I do.... wait til they get really baggy and totally unwearable and then go buy some things that will grow down with me a bit (i.e. I buy them a TINY bit tight). Typically that means I buy stuff for every other size I go down like you're saying. :) Don't invest in TOO much though... basically stuff really.


Eliana
12-03-2009, 10:57 AM
Funny you say that. I'm at an odd height of not quite petite, but definitely not regular. Usually petite is ok, but not at Lane Bryant. They're too short. Maybe regular would actually work for me there. I do like about Lane Bryant that petite relates ONLY to length. At most places, designers think I'm petite all over.

time2lose
12-03-2009, 11:11 AM
I have not had much luck at thrift stores. I buy cheap clothes at a factory outlet or somewhere like WalMart. I just keep 2 or 3 pairs of basic pants and wash often. Usually I wear at least 2 different sizes and don't quit wearing a pair of pants until they get huge on me. When I buy tops, I often buy them so tight that I have to wear a shell with them. As they get loose, I quit wearing the shell.

This has not been hard for me. At my highest weight, I only kept a bare minimum of clothes so I find that I have more clothes now than I did then but still don't spend much money.

Gracie789
12-03-2009, 11:25 AM
this past year i've gone down almost 5 sizes so i really understand not having any clothes that fit. thankfully i kept some of my 'skinnier' clothes but now they're too big! i can't afford to buy a new temporary wardrobe, and i'm really on a tight budget too, so the last two months i've been shopping thrift stores with mixed results trying to get some basics that fit. if you don't mind buying online, i'd highly suggest ebay. a friend suggested i try going online for deals and i hit the jackpot a two weeks ago on ebay. i bought a mixed lot of clothes sized 14-16 for $125 (including shipping), it had 35 pieces (tons of tops/bottoms and a few accessories) and all was gently worn. i'd highly suggest trying ebay, especially if your local thrift stores are working and you don't want to buy new (aka expensive) clothes. good luck!

cathydoe
12-03-2009, 11:33 AM
One of my friends buys clothes on ebay. I am not to the point of needing new clothes...but it is a worry. And like Elaina said actually a good worry. I was the size I was for years and years and years (well maybe not that many :) ) I know yesterday I put on a pair of jeans that were always tight and they fit. Interesting thing is they are the same size as my favorite jeans that I considered loose. Sizes. So weird.

You ladies talking about pants being too short...I still have to alter the petite sizes because they are too long!

I haven't had much luck buying clothes from 2nd hand stores. I am all about WalMart...the just my size brand works great for me.

L R K
12-03-2009, 11:44 AM
I just wear my clothes a little too big and maybe buy a few key pieces each time I drop a size.

TJFitnessDiva
12-03-2009, 11:48 AM
I either bought them on ebay or went to walmart....now that I'm close to goal I've kind went crazy with the clothes but while I was losing I'd get what I just needed to get by.

I did hit up thrift stores too but the time I had without my kids was limited and I would have rather cut off my arm than take them all in there with me :lol:

Smiling_Sara
12-03-2009, 11:52 AM
one word: EBAY!

I get name brand awesome clothes for much cheaper than what I"d pay in the stores. When I'm done with them, I resell them. Come out about even. :)

bargoo
12-03-2009, 12:20 PM
I bought my clothes at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or consignment stores. You can often find brand new clothes at these stores and cheap. You need to check often as stock goes out quickly.

JulieJ08
12-03-2009, 12:30 PM
I found that skirts looked better across a wider weight range than pants did. I also made do with only a few pants/skirts, as they aren't as noticeable in an outfit.

The tops need a little more variety, but those I also found to fit across a wider range than pants, especially with knits.

The whole belting business never worked too well for me. The bagged up waist and baggy butt and crotch looked terrible, although I did use belts to extend pants a little bit.

catherinef
12-03-2009, 12:48 PM
Outlets, clearance racks, TK Maxx, and a bit of thrift shopping. I've spent quite a lot as I've gone down, but with few exceptions, it's all been deeply discounted stuff. Fortunately, I'm now on the verge of dropping to one solid size down from my mother-in-law, and instead of just sending the stuff that's too big to the charity shops, I can give her first crack at anything particularly nice. I mean, she's not going to want my short skirts, but I have some lovely sweaters and blouses she might like.

cfmama
12-03-2009, 12:49 PM
I buy a pair of new Levi's everytime I go down a size (in 16's now!!!) and a couple of cheap wal-mart t-shirts... and then wear them until I cannot any more!!!

I do spend a LOT of money on underwear though that I can only wear for like a month.... lol!!!

Eliana
12-03-2009, 12:51 PM
You ladies talking about pants being too short...I still have to alter the petite sizes because they are too long!



In my family, I am tall! My mom is 4'10" and loves to hand clothes down to me. The problem is, she alters them, and does not understand that her pants are way too short for me.

Most of the women in my family are 5 feet even. I really am tall! :D

Eliana
12-03-2009, 01:00 PM
I buy a pair of new Levi's everytime I go down a size (in 16's now!!!) and a couple of cheap wal-mart t-shirts... and then wear them until I cannot any more!!!

I do spend a LOT of money on underwear though that I can only wear for like a month.... lol!!!

I am embarrassed to say I still wear the same size 8 underwear I wore in high school! I'm 35 and many pounds heavier. :o Somehow they still fit...with a little plumber bottom going on. :o I did finally buy some underwear that really and truly fit. But now they're way too big! So I'm back to the size 8's! :D

I really don't know how I wear size 8's...

catherinef
12-03-2009, 01:05 PM
I buy a pair of new Levi's everytime I go down a size (in 16's now!!!) and a couple of cheap wal-mart t-shirts... and then wear them until I cannot any more!!!

I do spend a LOT of money on underwear though that I can only wear for like a month.... lol!!!

Oh, yeah, I have to replace my underwear very frequently, because it gets so big it bunches up under my clothes, and whoa, that is so unflattering. The size 14 (US, they're 18 UK, but I'm an expat, and my brain still thinks in terms of US sizing, so it's a number that really COUNTS for me) jeans I just bought at the Gap probably won't last long, but that was SUCH a major NSV for me, and one I've been desperately looking forward to, that I can't say I regret it at all. The occasional "to heck with it" clothing treat really keeps me going, you know?

toastedsmoke
12-03-2009, 02:20 PM
I'm still wearing the clothes I was wearing at 275 lbs and yes they're baggy but I belt the jeans and will get other clothes adjusted. Things like t-shirts don't really matter because I just wear them to the gym, but like suits and stuff, I got taken in at the dry cleaners before I moved. I'm thinking of trying out a pair of jeans with a tailor here... we'll see though... If I was home, my mom knows how to take stuff in too, so that would have been an option. I think I'm going to wait till the fit of the clothes are ridiculous, before shopping at a new size. I don't really have any skinny clothes either (except stuff I wore as a child of 12- maybe size 12s) since with moving through college and grad school, a lot of stuff got given away.

Judy Lynn
12-03-2009, 03:51 PM
You ladies talking about pants being too short...I still have to alter the petite sizes because they are too long!

At least you can alter them to make them fit. :smug: It is hard to make them much longer. I have been known to let the hem down to get an extra 1/2".

VernDern
12-03-2009, 04:30 PM
I have a friend thats losing weight too so Im hoping to inherit her clothes! haha =P

But seriously, I just plan on buying a few things as cheap as possible to get me by until Im where I want to be. I have looked around on ebay and think buying a whole lot of clothes seems likes a really good deal! Im probably going to go to like burlington coat factory, tj max, ross, etc.

All I know is that I want to save the majority of my budget for a huge warddrobe shopping spree when I get to goal!!!!

FitGirlyGirl
12-03-2009, 04:40 PM
I shop mostly at Goodwill and other thrift stores with some clearance items from wal-mart and cato thrown in. I did get a brand new, non-clearance pair of jeans as a reward for getting to onederland. When I'm at the thrift stores I always shop ahead for the sizes I am headed to since the stock does turn over so quickly and I have no idea how much they will have in that size when I actually get to the point of actually needing it. Right now I am wearing 14s and shopping for 12s and 10s. The only things I regularly purchase new and not on clearance are panties and bras. Since July I have gone from 10s to 7s and a 42FF to a 36D. I have probably spent more on panties and bras than on outer clothes.

duckyyellowfeet
12-03-2009, 05:07 PM
I beg, borrow and steal clothes. I'm not kidding. My SO was just a size smaller than I am now at her highest weight, and I've started stealing her clothing when at all possible. I do this to my mother and my best friend, all of whom are about the same size. So if you have friends who have lost/gained weight, see what you can borrow from them.

Otherwise, I buy stuff on clearance at Torrid and Old Navy; plus, I look for things that will carry me through farther. I just bought a $15 dress at Torrid. I need Spanx to wear it now, but in 20 lbs, it will still look fine. So I avoid clothes (like jeans) that have a very short size life.

Lori Bell
12-03-2009, 06:00 PM
I just bought a $15 dress at Torrid. I need Spanx to wear it now, but in 20 lbs, it will still look fine. So I avoid clothes (like jeans) that have a very short size life.

LOL...:D You sound like me. I'll spend $25 on a pair of Spanx to make a pair of $10 slacks look nice. ;)

duckyyellowfeet
12-03-2009, 06:04 PM
^^^^ LOL...yeah. Luckily, I already had the Spax, so I didn't have to spend more money on them. Plus, I really think everyone should own some sort of "foundation" underwear, no matter their size.

TamiL
12-04-2009, 04:50 AM
I shop mostly at Goodwill and the childrens section at Target and Walmart.

kaplods
12-04-2009, 10:18 AM
For the past few years, I've been buying most of my clothes as BCOutlet.com (the clearance outlet for Roaman's, Women Within and other Redcat-owned companies).

The deals were awesome, but I got so sick of mail-order shopping. If I wanted to find anything in my size, I'd have to check the site at least twice a day - they'd run out of my size that quickly.

I thought I'd have to wait longer to buy off-the-rack, but I can fit into jeans at Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug. Walmart tops fit, but I hate that they're so short (when tops end before my hips, I look like Humpty Dumpty in them).

This year, I've had awesome luck at thrift stores. There must be at least one (very-well dressed) lady in town who wears a 4X. The last time I was at a local church thrift store, I bought four tops. Never-been-worn, from the looks of them - one still had on the store tags. I left four behind (and wish I'd picked them up).

Even a high-end "boutique" consignment shops have been getting some really nice clothing in my size. I almost bought a gorgeous red corduroy dress for Christmas. It was a little to "cutesy" and way to Christmassy, though. It had a little applique of Winnie the Pooh and the gang opening Christmas presents. It was adorable, but I'd only get one month's wear out of it, so I didn't take it home.

I'm starting to remember how much I like clothes shopping.

ubergirl
12-04-2009, 10:20 AM
Every one is different, but it is REALLY IMPORTANT to me psychologically to wear clothes that fit and look nice on the way down.

One of the reasons I never stuck with anything before is that I never reached a point where I (and others) noticed how much better I look.

So, I've spent money on a few articles of clothing that really flatter. I feel so terrific when I wear them that it really helps keep me on track.