Weight Loss Support - Holding on to smaller clothes...good or bad idea?




FreeBird3
01-10-2012, 09:10 PM
I have several pretty skirts that are size 8. They are in great condition and still stylish even though I purchased them nearly 10 years ago. They are fall season skirts (i.e. you wear them with knee high boots).

I've been holding on to them with the hope of fitting into them again some day. Currently, I can't even get the skirts past my butt if I attempt to put them on from the bottom. If I attempt to put them on from above my head, then they can't even get to waist because they get stuck about 3 inches past my breast ! :o

I sometimes think it might be psychologically bad to hold on to these pretty skirts that I wore in my early 20s. Should I give them away? I've also been holding on to some old jeans I use to be able to fit into when I was in my early to mid 20s. Any thoughts?


luckymommy
01-10-2012, 09:18 PM
I think that's a personal decision only you can make. I can tell you that throughout my journey, I actually had a dress that I wanted to wear hanging up in my room right where I could see it every day when I woke up and every night before I went to sleep. Personally, I find that to be great motivation and it doesn't cost anything. I think sometimes people actually buy smaller things to motivate them, so the fact that you already have it seems like a great thing! :)

sontaikle
01-10-2012, 09:23 PM
Are you planning to get down into them again? If so, you might want to keep them just to have clothes to wear until you can buy them.

If you're never planning on wearing them again, why keep them?

Smaller clothes from middle school that I happened to keep came in handy for me when I was losing. They saved me money in the summer when I happened to get to that same size—especially since it was the end of the summer and I didn't really want to buy things I would only be able to wear for a few weeks!


makingthechanges
01-10-2012, 09:28 PM
I don't think it's a bad idea, IF you don't find it too daunting when you try them on. I would just worry about, when you're having a particularly difficult time, trying them on and thinking "what's the use, I'll never fit into this...."

I'm with Luckymommy, only you know if it's really helping you or not. If you do keep them, I would suggest not trying them on very often at all- make sure you will see a very noticeable difference each time. If they're that far from fitting, you don't want to try them on even once a month, IMO.

But if they're part of what inspired you, you may so love when you can fit them again that it's worth it. I have the same dilemma with buying smaller. I kind of wanted to buy a size 10, cos that's my goal, and try them on periodically. But on the other hand, I don't want to buy anything till I really CAN wear them, because I think for me that's a little more motivating.

shr1nk1ngme
01-10-2012, 09:44 PM
I donated all of my very smallest clothes (size 4's) to our church's ministry. They all went to clothe a young mother who had lost everything. I saved everything size 6 and up (at the time of the donation I was a size 16).

I am so very glad I saved the clothes, because I had clothes to wear as I shrunk (didn't have to go shopping every few weeks) AND I am now wearing the size 6's again. Some of them were quite dated and I gave them to charity, but most of them are timeless styles and I am able to wear them and still look fashionable.

Still, I have saved all of my nicer "fat" clothes. I did this because the last two times I lost weight it cost a fortune to buy new clothes when I gained the weight back. This time I plan to keep them for a year and WHEN I make it a whole year without gaining it back, at the end of the first year I will get rid of the top three sizes (16,14,12). WHEN I make it to the end of the second year without gaining it back, I will get rid of the 10's & 8's.

lin43
01-10-2012, 10:03 PM
For six years I held onto size 6 clothing that I could no longer fit into. Finally, though, I gave up on the idea of ever getting back into a size 6, and even though this past June, I started losing weight again, I still didn't believe I would get into a size 6, so I gave those clothes away. How I regret that now! I would have had an entire closet full of cool clothes.

So, it depends on how much room you have to store the clothes and whether your goal is to fit back into those clothes.

willbeayummymummy
01-10-2012, 10:13 PM
Its up to you :D, personally I have kept a pair of my "skinny jeans" to motivate me :) xx

Rapunzel
01-10-2012, 10:15 PM
It might be seen differently by different people. It could be a good thing or a bad thing....to me, I guess I feel indifferent about it.
When I started gaining weight a few years ago (I think because I went off a medication), the change was so rapid that I went through clothes so fast it would've been a major waste to get rid of them. I gained.....60 pounds in less than 6 months. It was bad.
So I've got a few boxes of clothing in the basement that are waiting for me. I don't keep them around or hanging in my closet as "motivation." I don't think it would work that way for me....they're already in the back of my mind, and it doesn't bring me anything but shame instead of motivation. I hope I keep losing weight because....damn.....I'm going to have a lot more clothes to wear than I do now, and for free!

crazygurl61
01-10-2012, 10:17 PM
It's totally your call. Just remember sometimes your weight sits differently when you get older, so don't beat yourself up!

berryblondeboys
01-10-2012, 10:17 PM
I've been holding onto a skirt for 19 years. I can finally wear it and it fits me better than it ever has as it was tight when I got it, and I will wear it this weekend. I knew I should be able to wear it again. I loved it and it was classic, so I kept it. I kept a bunch of other things too and guess what? They are now too big. It felt great to realize that these things I had been holding onto until now (about 6 pieces in all) actually weren't as small as they seemed when I started out.

So why get rid of them? Unless they are from a time and weight that is truly unrealistic for you to get to again?

And I don't agree that as you get older your body changes so much that you can't wear classic pieces. My body, a fit 42 looks as good in clothes, if not better, than when I was the same weight as an unfit 22. Now... Hoochie mama clothes arr an entirely different thing. But classic is classic.

astrophe
01-10-2012, 11:01 PM
I just donate it because I don't have the space. The only old thing I want to hold on to is a dress for my daughter. The rest? If it doesn't fit me NOW, I want it out of here.

There is a real pleasure in knowing I can fit ANYTHING in the closet.

A.

FreeBird3
01-10-2012, 11:07 PM
Thanks for your 2 cents worth ladies! I will fold them up, put them in boxes, and out of sight for awhile. They are hanging right up in front and center in my closet right now. Perhaps if I had only a couple of dress sizes to lose, then looking at them would motivate me. For now, I'll keep them out of sight and out of mind. Thanks again!

Delphi
01-11-2012, 04:37 AM
I have size 8 jeans I have had for 13 years and there is no way I am letting them go. I am not sure if I will every wear them beyond my house but I WILL see the day I will fit my butt back into them. Then perhaps at THAT point, I may decide to donate them but until the day I can slide into them, they will stay comfortably packed away in my closet. ;)

RudeImp
01-11-2012, 06:49 AM
this worked for me well. it kept me motivated through out my weight loss program n now i fit into most of those clothes....
still there are few jeans which i hope i can wear someday. also these clothes come in handy when u lost and ur previous clothes seems too loose to fit in..

so dnt give up...
cheers :)

Beck
01-11-2012, 06:56 AM
I saved boxes of my "skinny" clothing, went to reclaim some of it from the basement storage recently, and found that most were all too big for me now. I did alterations on some of them and donated some others. Overall, I was glad to have saved them.

caryesings
01-11-2012, 12:20 PM
The last time I was at my current weight I was in my 20s, so there were a lot of moves and closet cleanouts over the next 20+ years yet somehow some of those clothes always managed to survive the pare down.

So I was able to shop my own closet a bit during my weight loss and reclaim a few favorites from a lifetime ago. I found it fun and also helped with the entire clothing industry resize ("vanity sizing"). I proved it wasn't my imagination that even though I wear a size 8 now, I was size 12 then and still am if I wear my 80's clothes.

berryblondeboys
01-11-2012, 12:26 PM
The last time I was at my current weight I was in my 20s, so there were a lot of moves and closet cleanouts over the next 20+ years yet somehow some of those clothes always managed to survive the pare down.

So I was able to shop my own closet a bit during my weight loss and reclaim a few favorites from a lifetime ago. I found it fun and also helped with the entire clothing industry resize ("vanity sizing"). I proved it wasn't my imagination that even though I wear a size 8 now, I was size 12 then and still am if I wear my 80's clothes.

Exactly the same here. I wear a size 10/12 now. The saved skirt from 19 years ago is a 14. Which means when I was wearing a 20, I didn't realize how big that 20 was as i gained weight as the vanity sizes wrre changing, but i didnt need to change pant size. It was what used to be a 24 I figure.... Which ironically, is what size my mom always wore though she's 2.5 inches shorter.

That I might actually get down to an 8 is ridiculous. No wonder there's a need for 000. I'm a big girl with big bones and big hips. What about those tule tiny built women?

sontaikle
01-11-2012, 12:34 PM
Exactly the same here. I wear a size 10/12 now. The saved skirt from 19 years ago is a 14. Which means when I was wearing a 20, I didn't realize how big that 20 was as i gained weight as the vanity sizes wrre changing, but i didnt need to change pant size. It was what used to be a 24 I figure.... Which ironically, is what size my mom always wore though she's 2.5 inches shorter.

That I might actually get down to an 8 is ridiculous. No wonder there's a need for 000. I'm a big girl with big bones and big hips. What about those tule tiny built women?

Yes I wonder too! I just fit into some size 1s and I'm supposedly large framed. I'm at the higher end of a healthy BMI... So either I'm super muscular or something's up with the sizes. Where do he small-framed women shop?

I have a pair of 14s I wore about 10 years ago in middle school. When I was a 14 last year I couldn't even button them...I actually didn't get into them until I was getting into 10s

princessgina00
01-11-2012, 02:45 PM
Yes I wonder too! I just fit into some size 1s and I'm supposedly large framed. I'm at the higher end of a healthy BMI... So either I'm super muscular or something's up with the sizes. Where do he small-framed women shop?

I have a pair of 14s I wore about 10 years ago in middle school. When I was a 14 last year I couldn't even button them...I actually didn't get into them until I was getting into 10s

They shop in the children's or junior's departments.

Petite Powerhouse
01-11-2012, 03:21 PM
I not only kept my smaller clothes when I gained, but the new clothes I bought were in the smaller size as well. That was added motivation to get back to where I wanted to be. I knew I needed to expand my wardrobe, and in order to be able to wear my new clothes I had to lose the weight.

Aclai4067
01-11-2012, 04:00 PM
I like to hold on to them. I kept a lot of old stuff, that at the time seemed like simple "timeless" pieces. When I finally fit into them again, I found I didn't like a lot of them. But it was still an exciting NSV! ... then I went shopping!

Arctic Mama
01-11-2012, 06:16 PM
I saved a few pieces to motivate me, that don't look aged despite having been purchased ten years ago. And now I fit into them, so I've had the last laugh on that ;)

I don't save bigger clothes, that's asking for problems with me, but smaller clothes? Sure. I'm almost out of the sizes I owned and into all new clothes now, though.

Huzzahforska
01-11-2012, 11:02 PM
I have a hard time getting rid of clothing as it is and when I started putting on weight I just kind of stashed my "skinny" clothes of various sizes away in my parents basement in boxes. I kept some around me the whole time as a motivator but it usually just made me depressed. Once I decided I was tired of making excuses and ready to get healthy again I gained a new outlook on my "skinny" clothes, and now they're a big motivation for me. I have sizes ranging from 10 to 18 so as I lose weight and start wearing the size down I pull out the next size down and get rid of the largest size.. I just got from an 18 to a 16, and I started at 20.. so I got rid of my 20 stuff and when I'm a 14 I'll get rid of my 18's.. so I have room to fluctuate should my body decide to make me bloat or I have a bad week and feel like I want to wear my "fat pants".

I feel like getting rid of my big clothes once there's no way I would want to wear them is helping me with feeling like I'm never going to have to wear them again. And I am really glad I held onto all of those clothes I outgrew before, I'm pretty broke so having things that are already the size I'm trying to get into is helping cut my dread of having to buy new things.

Ruslana
01-11-2012, 11:08 PM
if it were me i'd keep the cutest things and hang them somewhere where i see them everyday..this has helped keep me motivated to get back into them.