100 lb. Club - Do you get rid of fat clothes?

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07-23-2011, 05:00 PM
I read in a lot of posts how many of you have old clothes you are trying to get back into. I have been at 250 for at least 20 years and don't have any clothes that I used to fit - they were given away years ago. I never tried to diet in all that time and figured that was probably healthier than yo-yoing every year or so. (Not sure of the truth of that assumption, but that's how it was.) I wear jeans or shorts to work with casual sweaters or nice tees. I had / have very few dressy clothes because there is no need except the occasional wedding. A couple pair of nice slacks filled the gap between jeans and dresses.

When my 252 pound clothes no longer fit - size 22 and 24 pants, size 2X tops, a couple skirts - I gave them all to a friend who kept some and who gave the rest to a Women's outreach center at her church. I altered my jeans so I'd be able to get by without having to get new ones for a while. I gave away all my winter coats and jackets, which was probably the most expensive part of the whole shebang. In telling this to a couple friends, I was told I was crazy to give it all away in case I needed them again someday.

Well, I was hurt at first and then realized they weren't thinking that I gave away my huge clothing, not things that were just a size up from where I want to end up. Then I wondered if I would keep any bigger size clothes at all. I'm in a situation now where I don't have too much that fits because I want to minimize the overall financial damage and have been buying the bare minimum of what I really need. Summer isn't too bad - a few pairs of shorts and one pair of jeans (getting baggy now!) and a number of nice knit tees. The tops will continue to be fine for a long time - good in the shoulders and OK if they are a little loose. The shorts are inexpensive ones from K-Mart.

I bought a bunch of clearance sweaters in February and guessed pretty well at the sizes. All should be great if I lose even just 15 more pounds by the time I need them. I did the same with a fleece jacket and a casual winter coat. I can wait for clearances in the middle of winter to fill out what I still need, as I hope to be at (or very close to) goal by then.

Do you keep the clothes you've outgrown (if that's the correct word - maybe "under-grown" is better!) while losing? It seems like you're setting yourself up for possible failure. Keeping smaller clothes on the way up seems optimistic. Keeping big clothes on the way down seems like you are dooming yourself. I don't have enough stuff that fits to worry about saving, really. I'd have to make sure I only gained in the summer since I have ZERO winter clothes that fit right now! Keeping the stuff from the beginning of this journey would never have been a good idea.

I'm just wondering how everyone else plans on dealing with this. We should set up an exchange!


07-23-2011, 05:07 PM
I get rid of it. yes, I did save a few smaller clothes from a weight loss journey I took over a decade ago and hoped to wear those few special pieces again, but the big clothes? Out they went!

I haven't given away my coats and things yet, but I will when the season draws closer.

I simply CANNOT regain this weight for so many reasons - one being my health. It's simply not an option and if I have those old clothes hanging out in the closet, it's too easy to grab them if my current pants start to feel too snug. Much better to notice the snugness and then do somethng about the few pounds versus ignoring the weight gain (again).

Now I say this and I watched my MIL last year give away all her size 14 jeans when she lost weight when she first moved in with us. Guess, what? She was in a size 12 for a minute and had to rebuy all the 14s. In her case - being 75 years old and not active or trying to lose, it was silly for her to get rid of them. She's never dieted a day in her life and doesn't have the discipline to do a lifestyle change of no sweets at 76.

07-23-2011, 05:37 PM
i'm in a rotation with the salvation army haha.

i gave them my 24s, and bought 22s, then gave them back the 22s and bought 20s and 18s... when i get to goal i'll buy clothes that aren't 'pre owned' but right now a $3 pair of old navy jeans that still had the tag on them work just fine for me :)

07-23-2011, 05:45 PM
I lost weight in 2007 and got rid of my fat clothes. Then I had 2 kids in 2 years and part of me is wishing I had some of them back. That's the only reason, though. Mostly I'm glad I got rid of them.

07-23-2011, 06:25 PM
I have a tote full of clothes I've shrunk out of - even a 25 pound loss made my pants too big. I keep putting off taking them to Goodwill. I should because having them around gives me permission to regain and I am determined not to let that happen!

I have kept a gorgeous black linen jacket - flower with some wooden beads on them. One of these days, I'll take them to a dressmaker to see if it can be cut down a bit as it sort of swims on me.

07-23-2011, 06:26 PM
Two years ago when I lost a huge amount of weight, I just boxed up the clothes that didn't fit anymore with the intention of giving them away, but that never happened. I think now that it was a mistake to hang on to them because as someone else said, it was just to easy to go through the boxes when what I was wearing got snug.

This time around, I went through the boxes and picked out just enough to get through the summer and purposely got rid of the rest. I can't afford to replace the bigger size stuff so the incentive to keep losing is there since I already have clothes in the smaller sizes from before.

I do have a pair of jeans that barely fit at my highest weight that I do intend to keep as my reminder jeans.

07-23-2011, 06:28 PM
If you want to maintain that loss, get rid of them as soon as they become too big. I bought clothes from consignment shops and thrift stores when I was losing. Keep fat clothes subconsciously sends the message you are going to regain all of it.

Goddess Jessica
07-23-2011, 06:31 PM
I give away my fat clothes with the exception of some dresses that I had altered because I liked them enough.

After being pregnant, there were times when I wished I had my fat clothes (during and immediately after my pregnancy). However, it's totally worth it to me. I don't have the space for clothes that are too big so it's a good gauge for me to see if I'm staying on plan or not.

07-23-2011, 06:33 PM
Always kept my "fat clothes" in case I regained....and it was sooooo easy to bring them out again and grow up into them.

This time I gave everything away as I grew down out of it, and bought from Value Village. Well, "rented" would be a better word, as I kept taking in the bigger things and buying smaller. Just got a whole bunch of great clothes from a Dollar-a Bag event at a church sale today, plus a perfect, beautiful London Fog winter jacket for $2.00.

Clearing out the big clothes felt like getting rid of excess weight, and created more room for smaller clothes.

I am not on a diet, just count calories and exercise moderately. So I think it is a lifestyle that I can maintain. Hope I never see large sizes again!

Judy Lynn
07-23-2011, 06:37 PM
I have been on both sides of this fence. In 2000-2002 I had a major weight loss, gave everything away. Maintained that for several years, then had a regain and gained everything I had lost plus more. Had to buy all new clothes along the way.

Fast forward to two years ago, again I lost 50 pounds. This time I put everything in big bins and put them away. Well, guess what? I gained 20 pounds this past winter. Stressful job change, unhappy in new job, S.A.D., blah, blah, doesn't really matter. It happened. Well, I had to go shopping in my closet. And I'm glad I had the stuff because I don't plan to be here long.

If you put the clothes away in bins in the basement, maybe duct taped shut, I don't think that is admitting you are going to regain. Just being practical. Just tell yourself they are not getting opened "No How, No Way".

And, yes, I still have lots of clothes that are too small. I could open my own Goodwill store at my house.

07-23-2011, 06:45 PM
It's fun on the way down to go "shopping" in the back of your own closet, that part's kind of awesome LOL After 1 year, I gave all my big clothes away and felt kind of nostalgic and teary doing it, not sure why. A few things that I loved and wanted to keep, the seamstress in me knew they weren't worth the trouble of altering so I gave 'em away too. One piece of fabric from a dress I wore I turned into a little pillow and I notice it once in a while and think how far I've come!

07-23-2011, 06:48 PM
Well, it seems most everyone so far is in agreement. I can see the reasons for keeping things, but am afraid, for me, it might be permission to gain - even if the clothes are duct taped in bins.

Mandy - I like the fact that you are in rotation with the Salvation Army! Cleverly put. Same to you, Blueheron - rented from Value Village is a great way to put it.

I did keep one pair of size 24 jeans as a reminder, along with a big tee shirt. I hope to take apart all my sweatshirts (with my work's logo) and alter them for next winter. I bought them just before I started to lose and spent almost $100, so if I can take them in, I'll be good for work in the winter. I took apart and reassembled a favorite concert tee-shirt, so I think I can do the sweatshirts the same way.


07-23-2011, 06:52 PM
Gone, gone, gone!! I don't want to make it ANY easier on myself to gain any of that weight back! Part of it is emotional too -- getting rid of those clothes is somewhat symbolic. I'm done with that lifestyle. I tried to give it away to friends, but could only find bigger or smaller takers. So, I sold some of the nicer stuff on eBay. Made a little profit. And I donated the rest of it to Goodwill and will deduct the donation at tax time!

07-23-2011, 07:07 PM
I would love to do an exchange. I get rid of mine, I have some left though, cuz I was giving them to a friend, but only pants, I have huge boobs so my tops don't work on her. I don't want to throw them out and I am weird about taking clothes to goodwill after hearing some insulting horror story on here about it.

Anyhow, Maybe I'll take some pics of outfits I have and post them, first come first serve? Maybe a thread for it? I actually have a pair of size 18 dkny jeans from lb that fit like a glove only 2.5 months ago now and I'm in a size 16 now. These are 90$ jeans I can't bear to just throw them out.

I'm glad I work at lb now, the discount REALLY helps with getting new clothes, even if they are temporary.

I vote for an exchange!

07-23-2011, 07:59 PM
I got rid of mine, except for one pair of 28s that I held on to to remind myself where I had been.

I'm very glad I got rid of them. I have very few clothes now, since I was in the upper 200s for 20 years. But when the shorts I bought last summer, 14s, started getting to where a few more pounds and they wouldn't fit that was a SERIOUS reality check.


07-23-2011, 08:19 PM
I did the same as ubergirl, and kept back one pair of my largest jeans and one of my shirts. I have them on my closet shelf in a bag labelled "fat clothes". I want to be able to take them out one day and realize what I have accomplished.

07-23-2011, 08:46 PM
I sold all of my larger clothes (last time I lost weight) on Ebay and then went to Old Navy and bought cute capris, etc. for $10 or so. I'm donating my clothes to GoodWill this time, for I know there are a lot of people who could use them.

I dumped the clothes, not planning on needing to ever wear them again. I mean, gaining weight should hurt the pocket book as well, so in me gaining some of the weight back, having to buy new clothes has been a pain. Hope that makes sense.

I so can't wait to buy cute clothes at a great price. There are so many options and sales when you can wear smaller sizes.

Larry H
07-23-2011, 08:50 PM
I emptied my closet and donated it all to the Good Will. Then I went to a Good Will store and I bought some clothes to wear. :dizzy:

I guess Good Will got the best of both ends!! :D:D:D


07-23-2011, 09:06 PM
Every time I lose weight, I give my clothes away as I go.
Every time I regain weight, I have to go shopping again.
Even shopping in the very cheapest places, it still costs me a fortune.
Trying again......... Sigh.

07-23-2011, 09:23 PM
I have a skirt I'll be sad to part with, but I may be able to alter it one more time and keep it. As I said earlier, I hope to re-build my work sweatshirts. And I took apart that one tee shirt as an experiment - and it worked. How well does a concert tee shirt have to fit, really. So I have 2 more from concerts that can't be replaced that I'll alter when I get to my goal. You've all convinced me that everything in between will go.

For right now, shorts that are a bit too big are worn around the house and working in the yard, saving the 3 that actually fit for "public." And slightly too big tee's and cotton "gym shorts" can be worn as pj's.

I really hope that once I get to goal, I'll stay there. It seems like a no brainer, but so many go up and down that I just don't know how it will be for me. I DO know this - my daughter and my one brother will be all over my case if I gain much - so that's a good thing. I feel very blessed that there is very little stress in my life at this point. Sometimes it's difficult being alone (of course I have friends) in a city away from family. Sometimes that makes things easier! I think I've always been the sort of person who "rolls with it" and my weight was due to loving to eat - anything and everything - and not so much to compensate for what I thought was lacking in my life. I hope the realization that this is so much healthier is enough to keep me going after I hit goal.

Thanks to all for the input - in this thread and in others. We really do support each other.

Larry - if we do set up a clothing exchange, you're gonna look funny.


07-23-2011, 09:26 PM
The last time I lost weight, I kept the bigger clothes-only a size or 2 bigger, which was a mistake. I ended up relying on them when I was regaining. This time, I plan to give them away. I have enough clothes in other sizes for the most part when I lose to have something to wear :) Like everyone else, I intend to keep one pair of pants as a reminder of what never to look like again,

07-23-2011, 09:56 PM
I have 2 pair of pants from my largest size. 1 of them is because I want that pair as my reminder pants and for a picture when I get to goal. The other pair is because they somehow technically still fit. They look baggy and unattractive, but they still fit. They are labeled 17, they fit when the rest of my clothes were 22s and they fit now when my others are 10s. DH is curious what size I will have to get to before they actually do not fit, then they can go. I also have a t-shirt and a bra from my largest clothes. The bra is because I am undecided which way I want to go with the girls after I get to goal and one of the ways that have worked for other women to get my particular insurance company to pay for a boob job is to prove they once had larger breasts. So, I have the bra and pics of me in it.

All other clothes are gone as soon as they are too big. I go through my closet every month or two hunting things. I refuse to make it easy to get bigger again. I am, like Mandy, in rotation, though mine is with the base airman's attic for the most part (they are free). I do buy a few things new, but I refuse to get anything very expensive since I won't be in any size for long until I'm at goal. I have also altered a few favorites.

April Snow
07-23-2011, 10:12 PM
I'm definitely getting rid of EVERYTHING this time around. Last time, when I lost over 40 lbs, I kept it all, didn't even purge out my closet and it made it all too easy to kid myself into thinking I wasn't gaining, even though the smaller things I had been fitting into no longer fit.

I'll be purging this year's summer clothing when the seasons change, as I WILL not be wearing them next summer- or ever again. And I am going to make sure that not having too-big clothing to slip back into keeps me honest going forward.

Larry H
07-23-2011, 10:36 PM
Larry - if we do set up a clothing exchange, you're gonna look funny.


Lucky that I was not drinking coffee, I would have sprayed everyone!!
That was too funny, LMAO :rofl:


07-23-2011, 11:48 PM
i'm in a rotation with the salvation army haha.

i gave them my 24s, and bought 22s, then gave them back the 22s and bought 20s and 18s... when i get to goal i'll buy clothes that aren't 'pre owned' but right now a $3 pair of old navy jeans that still had the tag on them work just fine for me :)

I do the same exact thing :] I own 27 pairs of jeans from my pre pregnancy days, I'm gonna get back into those.

07-23-2011, 11:51 PM
I think you can get rid of the fat clothes....my new goal is to never see certain numbers again...so I should never need those clothes again.....

07-24-2011, 01:00 AM
With the exception of one dress, my fat clothes are gone as soon as they get baggy. Went resale shopping and couldn't find anything in my current size (24) and ended up having to go buy a couple of new tee's and a pair of capris to get through the rest of summer, but I'm not spending anymore money on this size considering I didn't even have to unbutton the capris to put them on. Kicking myself for not trying on the 22s first.

People will just have to deal with seeing me in the same 4 outfits till I move down a size.

07-24-2011, 01:09 AM
i'm in a rotation with the salvation army haha.

With me it was Goodwill, but same principal. I can't gain, I'd have to go naked!

07-24-2011, 01:35 AM
The last time I lost 60ish pounds I got rid of a bunch of clothes, but I kept only a pair of pants and a pair of shorts. They still fit somewhat, just a bit loose. I actually never really did get too far down into the next size so even though I gained that weight back I can still wear most of my clothes. So I haven't really had this problem yet. I have a pretty full closet so I anticipate getting rid of things once they get too big.

07-24-2011, 04:28 AM
I give away or throw out all my baggy clothes.
I have a pair of nice slacks that have to go this week. And I found a smaller pair in a box that will replace it.
I buy a lot of smaller clothes in the Salvation Army stores. Most of them are new with the tags still attached.

When I started my diet I made up my mind to lose the weight permanently, then go on maintainance forever.
It just takes too much of my time and effort to lose weight.
It would be ridiculous to regain the weight and ruin my looks and health, only to go through dieting all over again.

07-24-2011, 08:12 AM
GETTING RID OF THEM ALL!!!!!! I will not EVER wear them again.
Positive affirmation there... gee I hope I'm right...

I too can go shopping in my closet - I have 16s 18s 20s not many 22s for some reason, some 24s bought but ended up being small makes so are more like 22s, and 24s that I am in now. I am hopng my MIL can take in a couple of 26 tops I really like, but the rest of 26s are gone - chucked them all this weekend.
I never want to see a label that says 26 again.

07-24-2011, 09:36 AM
Having recently dealt with a regain, I can say some clothes are very accommodating and you can keep wearing them as you creep up the scale, and at least in my case, that definitely helps with denial. I went into a period when I wasn't weighing, and was telling myself that "my clothes still fit"... It had to put on a pair of shorts that were loose last summer and see that I was just about to have trouble buttoning them before I had to force myself to look at what was going on.

07-24-2011, 09:51 AM
I've always had a hard time finding plus size clothes at thrift shops. I know that I kept my clothes until I pretty much wore them out. I guess if you find something that fits, you keep it. Maybe style isn't as important as the fit when you're big? At any rate, now I can find stuff in regular sizes.

If this thread has shown me anything, it's that we are all optimists. That in itself is a great place to be, don't you think? In my OP I said that 2 friends told me I was crazy for giving my big clothes away. I'll just now keep that thought as an added push to prove them wrong. Both of them are long term members of WW. Both lost weight but have never met goal or stayed at their lowest weight. I'll have to be the proof that it can be done.


07-24-2011, 11:16 AM
Lin, I almost cried the first time I went to a thrift store and easily found items that fit. It was great. As for your friends, be their inspiration. Maybe after they see you get there and stay there they can figure out how to do it for themselves. I have a couple people in my life that I am hoping to inspire.

07-24-2011, 07:53 PM
I recently had my best friend and one of my sisters loose a considerable amount of weight. There clothes that they grew under came to me. I now have lots of clothes to undergrow into. I am so happy that I have this much to get down into from them. You would not believe the amount of piles that I have in various sizes. That being said, I have thrown away most of my clothes that are too big for me. They were not fit to give to anyone. At least the pants were not. Most of the shirts and dresses my mom has been able to alter. As she alters them though she cuts off the fabric. There is no going back to let them out. This is what I plan to do, either find a friend that is bigger than me, but losing or to give the non worn out stuff to good will. If they are worn out I will throw them away.

07-24-2011, 09:47 PM
I love that term "undergrow"!!!!

I am looking forward to undergrowing into my closet as the months go by! By Christmas I'll have undergrown into a whole range of things I haven't worn for 7 years!!

07-24-2011, 09:58 PM
Mrs. Tee - every time I see your ticker in a post, I have to tell myself - "it's kg, not pounds." I keep this picture in my head of someone whose goal is 90 pounds! Keep up the good work - the pounds (oops - kilograms) are just falling off you!


07-24-2011, 10:00 PM
I toss mine because if I don't, I'll allow myself to grow back into them. I like to think positive - I never wanna be there again!

07-24-2011, 10:32 PM
I agree with everyone here. There's no way I'm keeping these fat clothes hanging around. It's one thing to keep skinny close around "in case" I lose weight, but it's a whole 'nuther story keep fat clothes around because what? Just "in case" I get fat again?!?! Sounds scary!!