Weight Loss Support - Buying clothing throughout weight loss journey?

12-20-2011, 04:41 PM
I posted this over in the 40 somethings section, but figured I would open this thread here too to get more suggestions....

I went shopping today (didn't buy anything - yeah for me!!!) and tried on some 14s and Larges. They fit! Not sort of kind of/can zip it up fit - they fit! The bad news is that I have all 16s and XLs in my closet. The other bad news is that I am NOT going to buy a new size 14 or Large wardrobe because that is not the size I want to be - I am nowhere near goal weight. So...it's baggy clothes for me for awhile. I might, when I have time, go to some thrift stores to see if there are any 14s worth picking up - meaning $10 items or less! However, I need to stay strong about not wasting money on intermediate sizes.

What did you all do about clothes sizes as you went down, but were not at your goal weight?

12-20-2011, 04:50 PM
I've lost 53 pounds so far, and I have the closet full of baggy clothes to prove it. *L* Yes, I went out and bought some things as I needed them -- for example, when my grandmother passed away in May, I needed a new outfit because everything was four sizes too big -- but other than that, I get along with my old clothes. Yes, they're baggy, and they don't look *the best*, but I'm still 25 pounds or so away from my goal and I don't see the point in wasting money on new clothes when I'll probably drop another size or two before I reach goal.

The killer for me, too, is that we don't even have a thrift store or anything here in town, so I don't even have that option. Bah.

12-20-2011, 04:50 PM
Every 40 or 50 pounds I would treat myself to some new jeans, and shirts. When I hit about 220, I started buying things that would give me some room to lose weight, like tights, and skirts to go over them, shirts that I could easily layer later on, dresses(which i'm a huge fan of). I can still wear the stuff I bought then, even though I'm 25 pounds lighter. And they all still fit nicely :)....

12-20-2011, 04:57 PM
I like to "window shop" online, but I have stopped myself from buying new clothes because I know that I will probably not get around to wearing them in the next three months, which has happened with prior clothes purchases. And, by then, I will definitely not be able to fit into those clothes. I did buy some clothes in size 16 (down from size 22W) because I needed work clothes and pants that I did not have to duct tape to my body in order to keep them from falling to the ground. I have also purchased two pairs of skinny jeans for $15/each in the next two sizes down (14 and 12), so that I may try them on weekly in order to measure my progress (I can now comfortably fit the size 14s!). Plus, size 12 is my initial goal size. I also purchased a new coat because my former one was HUGE on me and my new coat was only $20. Other than those purchases, I have really resisted the urge to purchase more clothes until I reach my goal weight. It's really difficult because there are so many great sales going on now for clothes that I can wear AND clothes that I can no longer wear (50% off the entire store, really Lane Bryant. You're killing me!). I think one should only purchase new clothes in smaller sizes before they have reached their goal weight if: 1) their current clothes look RIDUNKCULOUS on them or 2) they have a special occasion to attend and none of their current clothes look even remotely half-way decent on them. This strategy is proving to be a very difficult one for me since I LOVE clothes shopping, but I shall persevere. I will break the cycle of buying clothes that will no longer fit me when I finally get around to actually wearing them. I have too many clothes. I do not need more. And, I will continue to repeat this mantra until I reach goal and I will actually truly need a new wardrobe. Good luck with your own journey. And use that belt as liberally as you can.

12-20-2011, 05:05 PM
I wear a size 20. If I go down to an 18 I'll probably still wear my 20's until I can wear a 16. By then the 20s will be much too big. If you still have a lot that you want to lose, then you'll probably just have to give in and buy some intermediate sizes. Heck, I can't wait til I can go shopping for some new jeans! ;)

12-20-2011, 05:34 PM
I wrote a post about this on my blog (http://healthplusfifty.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/what-to-do-when-your-clothing-is-too-big/) because it can get pretty expensive on the way down!

I mainly stuck to the clearance racks and went to thrift stores. Also you might want to make sure to buy things that can work with you as you shrink.

Also, buy your pants a little tight (just tight enough that you might need a lose top) so that they last you through more weight. Remember: when in doubt, go smaller.

12-20-2011, 05:49 PM
I am lucky in that our city has several Goodwill's and nice thrift stores. Our Goodwill's also have monthly 99 cent sales. I have always gotten the majority of my clothes from here and I still do. I LOVE LOVE LOVE jeans and sweaters now. I can wear jeans other than the chick elastic waist and sweaters because I do not feel uncomfortable in them. I went goodwill shopping on a regular basis throughout my weight loss journey. It takes me longer now because I have more choices and now I try everything on, whereas before, I would just grab whatever was in my size or looked like it would fit. I have several pairs of 14 jeans but am down to a 12 now, I am working on getting rid of the 14's and adding in more 12's.

January Snow
12-20-2011, 05:50 PM
Trying buying new stuff on the snug side like sontaikle said. I'd also avoid buying things without any stretch for a while. For example if you buy some stretchy work slacks now that are a little tight, they'll probably still fit for another 20+ lbs. Whereas, if you buy a pair of non-stretch jeans today, they're going to get really baggy and ill-fitting as you lose weight. I also recommend stretchy knit sweaters. I have some sweaters that fit me at my largest and would still fit even if I lost 20 more pounds.

12-20-2011, 05:55 PM
i've asked for money/gift vouchers for christmas instead of presents, should lighten the bill a bit, i've already dropped 2 sizes so my old clothes aren't practical anymore!

12-20-2011, 06:06 PM
I buy myself 2-3 pairs of pants each size down. I refuse to wear pants that are too big. Way too easy to get comfortable and eat more.

12-20-2011, 06:21 PM
Well, I started a tight 18... when I was in the junior's 15, my parents came to visit and my dad gave me some money to get some clothes along with my mom who had also been working to lose weight. I can't wear ridiculously big clothing due to the corporate work I do, it is frowned upon to not look your best, but I have learned that certain things can last through a couple/few sizes. Shirts with dolman sleeves...as they get too large, I put a wide belt around the waist and wear them on the outside of clothes... can usually get 3 size differences and it doesn't look "off". Elastic waist or stretch dress pants... a good 3 sizes, only issue I have had is jeans. I LOVE jeans, but if they are 2 sizes off, they start to look frumpy and bad, I don't care how you dress them up. Also for tops, I do a lot of tight tops with vests and/or jackets over them. I buy select pieces that I can adjust for work and that's it to get me through. I have had to purchase a couple shoes too as mine have gotten too large on me, but basics... black heels, brown heels, and black boots - everything else has to wait.

Thighs Be Gone
12-20-2011, 06:25 PM
I became ADDICTED to thrift store clothing! :) If you hit the better areas, you will find some great bargains. The great thing is the tinier you become, the better the selection !

Yay YOU! :)

Bette k
12-20-2011, 06:43 PM
My suggestion is get a sewing machine and take things in. You can add some tucks or just take things in along the seams. A simple sewing machine costs less than $100 new. Or go to the fabric store and look for ads of people who do alterations. If you can get it done inexpensivly then you can take your clothe through several size changes

12-20-2011, 06:57 PM
My goal size originally was a size 10P or 8P. When I got down to a 10P, I was quite satisfied with how I looked, so I bought some a few clothes to celebrate. I didn't think I would lose much more. However, I've probably lost 10 lbs. since then even though I've increased my calories to maintenance (still working on figuring out what my optimum calorie range is). So, now that I'm wearing 8P/6P, my 10P stuff is loose---although I can still wear it. I'm a natural bargain hunter, though, so even during the process of losing, I would only shop on the clearance rack at Marshall's or TJ Maxx.

The bad part is that I was a size 6 about 6 years ago, and I never thought I would get that small again---actually, I didn't even care to try. So, I gave all my nice size 6 clothes away!

12-20-2011, 07:19 PM
What amazing replies! Thanks for all of your ideas. I also feel validated that losing weight - even if you are not subscribed to a commercial diet program - is expensive! I hear what some of you are saying about thrift stores being great for smaller sizes, with not as big a selection for larger sizes. I went thrifting about 2 weeks ago, and didn't find anything in size 14 that I liked - there were maybe a total of 10 things (in skirts and dresses) in 14 and 16. Of course, there were tons of cute clothes in the single digit sizes. Are all people who give away clothes to thrift stores tiny?

Anyway, this helps me to keep my resolve not to spend tons of money on new sizes until I reach goal. I will check out thrift stores when I can and will splurge if there is some kind of special occasion and my clothes look, what was the word, ridunkulous? Right now my clothes just look a bit baggy/frumpy. I can live with it! Although, I do hear the point about not wearing bigger sizes because it is all too easy to gain the weight back and fit into them again!

Thanks for the feedback!

12-20-2011, 08:12 PM
I've gone from tight 16's to 6/8's and from a 40K bra to 30GG/H, so you better believe I've had to buy some clothes along the way! :lol:

I was able to closet shop for awhile, however, eventually after size 12 that ended too. I've done a lot of things since then. I work in a semi-professional environment and have to give talks at times so I do need some nice outfits. I've had some of my clothes altered down (and some are due for some alterations soon!), others I bought and few basic essential in, mostly looking for sales.

I got a GREAT deal on a used clothes lot that included pants in 4's and 6's. Most of the 6's fit already and hopefully the 4's will fit soon. Definitely check out lots on ebay, you really can get some great deals there! Especially if you have certain brands that tend you fit you well. I also subscribe to a number of websites for coupons and definitely keep an eye on them especially if I need something.

Bras I absolutely have to buy otherwise I get some major back pain and, well, gravity can be a bit scary at times. :lol:Again, I subscribe to a number of sites+ebay for deals.

I've also done simple alterations myself just to extend some outfits longer. We don't have much in terms of thrift stores locally (actually they only send higher end stuff so i might as well buy new since I'm not looking for quality). I have found, though, that's it's really important for my motivation to have well-fitting clothes. Granted, that's not always possible and right now besides that lot of pants that I have, I don't really have anything that fits me well at the moment.

12-20-2011, 09:54 PM
Heh. I might be the only person whose MO is "wear it until it falls off." You'd be shocked at how long things will stay on. I'm very comfortable into size 20s now, and conditionally into 18s, but I still have my old 26s and 24s in regular circulation. They're baggy as heck, but they'll still stay on. My 28s, alas, were largely stretched out, and are way the heck too big to stay on.

Stretch jeans help; they seem far more likely to stay for longer than their non-stretch counterparts. I do, however, make sure to get a pair of jeans in each size as I pass; it's a nice sort of milestone, and it allows me to gradually replace jeans that've gotten to the ridiculous phase.

I tend to wear a lot of t-shirts, so tops have been five. Closet shopping was great at first, but I'm now at the point where most of my old clothes are just laughably big. I have this one leather jacket that was too small to wear last winter, and is swimming-big now; it only ever fit in the summer, when it was too hot to wear it!

One thing that I've noticed as my size has gotten (relatively) smaller is that I'm far more likely to be able to find things on the clearance rack. I've kept the balance of my shopping there; I'm not going to pay for expensive clothing that will only fit properly for a few months.

12-20-2011, 10:34 PM
I love shopping (more so especially since I've lost some weight), so I use every excuse to shop :D. I shop sales and use coupons since I can't (won't?) pay full price for clothes.

I believe in feeling good. I don't feel good wearing baggy clothes. I like clothes that fit well and show off my new figure. I'm not at my goal weight, but that's okay. I love What Not To Wear and their biggest thing for people losing weight is to shop for the body you have now.

You don't have to go crazy - I always have 1 pair of work pants and 1 pair of jeans. I have kept all my clothes as I gained my weight, so I go shopping in my closet as well :) I love skirts and they are great for multiple sizes (especially if they have elastic/drawstring waist) because you only have to worry about the waist/hips fitting (eh, usually). No one cares if it is baggy at the thighs :lol:

12-21-2011, 12:48 PM
You can get some famtastic deals on eBay, and often on new clothing at that.

Arctic Mama
12-21-2011, 01:15 PM
Especially given that weight loss can be a slow proposition, I have been in certain sizes for months at a time while working on this. I definitely just buy new clothes every size or two. Though I haven't done it yet, as I tend to shop sales at places like JCP, our local salvation army is awesome and I know my friends find tons of cute clothes there. I'm going to be needing some new stuff soon and I do plan on looking there, first.

I know when I donate clothes there or to our church garage sale, most of it is in great condition (some even still has tags on!) and high quality brands like Ann Taylor and Lands End. I can't be the only woman sending nice stuff out the door when it doesn't fit anymore, so I figure there must be some solid bargains to be had :)

12-21-2011, 01:55 PM
im the exact opposite (YET AGAIN!!)

I have actually started shopping FAR, FAR less since losing weight. i no longer feel the urge to have whatever is the newest, most stylish, and most expensive thing, because i no longer feel the need to hide behind my style.

the pants i am currently wearing, are a 14. i am 182 lbs, and a size 8, both top and bottom.

the top that i am wearing is a size 14 from h and m, as well as my bottoms actually.

while i do have some newer, well fitting clothing, i have not reached my gw yet and therefore don't feel the need to splurge on new things. when i buy clothes, i love them.

in fact i started around a size 18, xl, xxl and have just RECENTLY (like this past weekend) given away about 2 garbage bags worth of clothes.

it's been slow progress!!

12-21-2011, 03:04 PM
I don't have to dress up for work, so I when I went down a size I just bought 2 pairs of jeans that fit well, and several tops/sweatshirts off of clearance racks. Not that expensive, and its lasting me a while until I can fit into some of the smaller clothes that I have. When those are super baggy I'll go shopping again.

12-21-2011, 03:32 PM
So, I stopped by my local salvation army thrift store, and walked away with 11 skirts and 1 dress for $30! Most were in size 14s and 2 were in 12s! The deal I made with myself is that for every skirt and dress, I had to clear out the exact amount of clothing from my closet and donate it back.

So, that's what I did. I easily found 12 items in my closet (11 skirts and 1 dress) that didn't fit anymore or that I never wear. The bag is in my trunk waiting to be dropped off tomorrow. I am still wearing my XL tops, because I think I can get away with wearing larger shirts than bottoms which slide down.To think that in January I was a size 18 - 16W, and now I am a regular size 14 and moving into 12s? I am doing the happy dance! :carrot:

No more shopping for me until I am a size 8/10 - then it's back to do a thrift store swap.

12-21-2011, 03:45 PM
So, I stopped by my local salvation army thrift store, and walked away with 11 skirts and 1 dress for $30! Most were in size 14s and 2 were in 12s! The deal I made with myself is that for every skirt and dress, I had to clear out the exact amount of clothing from my closet and donate it back.

So, that's what I did. I easily found 12 items in my closet (11 skirts and 1 dress) that didn't fit anymore or that I never wear. The bag is in my trunk waiting to be dropped off tomorrow. I am still wearing my XL tops, because I think I can get away with wearing larger shirts than bottoms which slide down.To think that in January I was a size 18 - 16W, and now I am a regular size 14 and moving into 12s? I am doing the happy dance! :carrot:

No more shopping for me until I am a size 8/10 - then it's back to do a thrift store swap.

Just remember to document it all and get a tax receipt so you can apply to that to taxes.

12-22-2011, 03:25 PM
I think it is really important to feel pretty as you lose weight. My finances are not great, but I do whatever it takes....clearance racks, alterations, thrift stores etc....I may not be at goal yet, but its nice to savor your success as you go along.

12-22-2011, 04:21 PM
I always buy 1 pair a size down. It's a reward for me. I LOVE to shop, even when I was bigger, and I can't stand how baggy clothes look on me, it makes me look bigger than I am! Forget that, I'm tired of looking big! LOL I just fit into a pair of size 10's....they are stretchy, but snug. I'll wear these and my size 12's until the 12's are wayyyyy too big and the 10's are loose then move down to an 8 and so on. :) It's like a huge reward for me. I want my clothes to fit cause honestly if I keep wearing my bigger clothes it still makes me feel big, and there's room to grow....wearing my size keeps me in check ;) I don't buy a new wardrobe, I just buy a couple pieces and mix and match. I sometimes wear a pair of jeans 3 times in the week! You gotta do what you gotta do :)

12-22-2011, 04:33 PM
"I sometimes wear a pair of jeans 3 times in the week!"

I honestly do that anyways xD I hate the feeling jeans have when you wash them, so i'll wear them 3-4 times before washing. I don't wear jeans at work so they stay clean for a long time ^_^

12-22-2011, 10:07 PM
I've been pretty lucky because I still had a lot of clothes in smaller sizes. I always had at least one pair of jeans and a few shorts/skirts that looked decent and a handful of shirts that fit the season. I've bought a few shirts on clearance ($3-$7) and have looked at second hand stores but I don't shop well when its not organized like a normal store! LOL. Now I am in all my smallest stuff and am needing a size smaller jeans. I'll buy one pair from Wal Mart (tomorrow!) And that will be enough to keep me happy. I just like to have one pair of jeans that look good on me to wear in public (I don't get out much!) And a few shirts. I still have enough shirts that look good enough now to get me through winter. And I am needing a new bra but I usually buy from Lane Bryant and I don't want to spend that kind of money on an in between bra. But then I think that I'm close enough to my goal that the bra will still fit.

Good luck with your shopping adventures! I say look for sales!

Madame Souza
12-22-2011, 11:24 PM
I started at a size 26. I had some size 24 already from when I wasn't so heavy. I wore belts for awhile. After that, I went to a sale at Lane Bryant and got some 20's that I couldn't quite fit into. I lost into them and then that became my strategy. When there would be sales or find good things in thrift stores, I allow myself to get a smaller size then I am to wear and loose into them. Then I would wear them until I fit into the next size in my closet. I am not getting super cute things or any skirts or anything I want to keep, just things to wear to work and on the weekends. I guess I have bought more then I wanted to but it is a fun way to go. Another thing is when I go to a smaller size, I donate my clothes to a thrift store so growing back into them is not an option. I am now down to a size 16.

12-23-2011, 11:59 AM
I never thought I'd actually admit to this but I go to Goodwill to shop for some of my clothing. My best girl friend (soul sister) goes right with me.

My daughter and granddaughter got into hunting for "labels" at the store in Winston-Salem, NC and have bought some fantastic finds. That got me interested.

Yes, there's a lot of junk in Goodwill stores and they aren't all as clean as the ones I use but some of them are quite good. I'm always careful to wash everything as soon as it comes in the front door for several reasons, not the least of which is who handled it and what have they had healthwise.

This way I can have a large wardrobe of different sizes without breaking the bank and something new to wear when I want it. In this economy, I've been looking for ways to save along with everyone else and this is a painless way to do it. I mainly buy blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts. Haven't branched out to pants yet.

Blouses run from $2.99 to $4.99. Some are well-loved and it is a joy to wear them. Some things don't work out so they go right back for a re-donation along with larger sizes from the wardrobe that I swear I'm not going to fit into again.

12-25-2011, 10:22 PM
Ehhh.. I dont like to buy new clothes.. Only if i really really need some clothes ill buy a couple of essential pieces.. but for now Im saving up for a new wardrobe for my new body :)

12-25-2011, 11:09 PM
i started at 335 and had to buy new clothes at 285, now im 269 and i know at 255-260 i will need more.im going to buy clothes at 255ish then my bf is going to buy me some at 225ish.i figure every 30lbs i will need some staple items ie few jeans, few band tees, underwear and oh god definetly a new bra. im not gonna buy anything thats outside of my staples like say a sexy gothic mini skirt or leather skirt, new corsets , dresses, lingerie, or expensive coats and tops in my favourie alternative fashion labels cause that stuff i can wait for my goal to get. jeans and band tees however are staples. i need them elsewise id be naked. i waited the first 50lbs and my clothes just fell off in front of ppl. shameful lolll so i wont be waiting every 50lbs again.