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01-17-2012, 02:27 AM
I have a very long way to go before I reach my goal, but I was wondering if I should buy a pair of jeans, a few sizes lower than what I am now to help motivate me into reaching my first goal? I'm a 26 right now according to fashion bug. I was thinking of buying a size 18. Being able to fit into 18s again would make me dance with delight! Has anyone else done this? I figure i'd get so pissed off with myself for spending the money that if i didn't reach, i'd do everything i could to fit into them anyway. So it's kind of a win-win. :carrot:

01-17-2012, 04:01 AM
for me buying the smaller sizes clothes was a kind of procrastination.

01-17-2012, 04:03 AM
I don't know if it'll work... I think finding a friend that wants to lose weight as well and will do it with you is more motivating!

01-17-2012, 04:11 AM
I wouldn't. It won't really motivate you and it will take all the fun out of shopping for your smaller clothes when you get there!

Also, and this is the important point, just because a pair of jeans or whatever is the right size doesn't mean that they will look good and be flattering on you. It's much better to wait and choose clothes that make you look great when the time comes.

01-17-2012, 04:23 AM
It works great as a motivator for some people but as DietVet said they may not suit you when you get to try them on. I tried it until I had a few outfits in every size I was planning to get to on the way to goal - and as the time passed a lot of the stuff is outta style! I do find it good though to have something a size or two down from my current weight to see how far/close fitting into it is getting the more weight I lose though so my investments weren't a total loss :)

Personally I have a wardrobe fund instead so I save money here and there and plan what I'm going to spend it on once I get to goal rather than picking up something now!

01-17-2012, 04:26 AM
I think I will wait and save the fun of shopping for smaller clothes when I get there. Thank you. :)

01-17-2012, 06:28 AM
i find the next size down (the size i'll fit in next) = motivation

any lower seems to make me feel bad about myself x

01-17-2012, 06:39 AM
I find that buying a few things (even thrift store finds) that look nice right now , keeps me motivated.

01-17-2012, 07:34 AM
It really depends on YOU. You have to ask yourself if those jeans will motivate you, or depress you. Personally I was just too cheap to do that ;)

One thing I would suggest though is buying your jeans just a little tight—you'll get a bit more wear out of them as you lose weight. My rule was: "If you're inbetween, go smaller"

01-17-2012, 08:08 AM
I shop at the Salvation Army on Friday and Saturday when they have 5 pieces of clothing for $5. I buy jeans and sweaters in smaller sizes.
(Fur coats & down jackets also....But they are $15.)

I have quite a collection, and as I get smaller it is fun fitting into them.
$1 per item is a great bargain. And a lot of the clothes there are new.


01-17-2012, 08:28 AM
It really depends on wht you find works for you... I've found that buying smaller clothes seems like a good motivator, but has never really worked for me. Then i just look at it, wish I could fit into it, and then hate the fact I spent money on something that didn't fit to begin with. But it works for some people!

01-17-2012, 08:37 AM
I have a couple of tops that I bought, thinking they would fit, only to find they were too small. This was months ago, and I never returned them. Waste of money! They became goal clothes. I try them on now and then to see how they fit. One top fits! Very exciting. The next ones not yet, but by summer (and it's a summer top) it should fit.

I agree with what others have said. Even if the pants fit, they may not fit you right, or even at the right time. But at the same time, it's been kind of fun having something with the tags still attached to look forward to.

01-17-2012, 08:59 AM
Last winter I bought some basic sweaters in a size I thought would fit after I got close to goal. Some simple cabled pullovers in several colors and necklines on clearance for $3 at KMart. And 2 from Old Navy in a style I loved when I wore the bigger sizes that I felt were a safe bet. If it worked, I'd have a bunch of sweaters to get me going in the fall until things went on sale. That worked really well. They all fit and will still fit over a range of 10+ or 10- pounds. But I wouldn't risk it with pants. I have to try on every single pair. And, sometimes I skipped a pants size. I just sucked up the fact that what I was wearing looked a little baggy and went down 2 sizes before I bought new ones. Save the money and buy jeans that fit well when you get to a new size.

BTW - now is the time for winter stuff to go on clearance, so maybe take the chance on a couple cute sweaters instead.


01-17-2012, 09:04 AM
i work my size 14 jeans until i hit an 8. never bought 12s or 10s.

what if you skip the 18? just....SKIP? isn't that funner then digging out a pair of pants from your closet that may be out of season or out of style?

have a wardrobe fund!! 1 dollar for every lb lost? 5 dollars for every lb lost?

i found that i needed pretty much a whole new wardrobe every 30-40 lbs because i started looking clownish and it was only necessity peices (although i've replaced by underwear drawer 3 times now)

01-17-2012, 09:10 AM
I buy a size down and hang in in my bathroom so I see it every day :) I buy a pair of jeans I absolutley love and try them on every now and then. I did this with my 10's and gaged where I was in my weight loss. Clothes really help me to stay motivated cause I LOVE FASHIION lol so getting down into a smallesize and visualizing me in those smaller sizes really helps me. Now that I'm officially in a 10 I just bought a pair of 8's and they are now hanging in my bathroom :) If you totally love clothes and go find something you would love to wear? It really depends on you and if this would motivate you or not?

01-17-2012, 09:28 AM
If I had the money for it, I'd probably buy one used pair in a size down to try on regularly. I have a hard time with jeans because i have a big butt and really can only buy curvy ones (otherwise I have to go up a number of sizes and end up getting them altered anyways!) so you never know if the jeans will fit for sure... that's why I'd buy used one. Then you wouldn't feel as bad if the fit isn't perfect (even if the size is correct).

However, you need to decide if it's motivating for me. Sometimes having small clothes are motivating for me, sometimes not. Depends on my move. :dizzy:

01-17-2012, 09:40 AM
Why not just try them on in the store but not actually buy til you get there?

Like get them on, get them on AND zip, get them on and zip AND button...

But then by that point you could actually try several and find the flattering one.


01-17-2012, 10:09 AM
I have done it a few times when I find something cute on clearance, but it's hit or miss whether they will look good once they actually fit. So don't spend more than you are willing to waste :) I don't find it particularly motivating (or discouraging), it's just another way to measure.

However, if you find a cut/style of something you really love, buy another in the next size down. I went to buy new work slacks only to find they had changed them and I don't like them anymore :(

01-17-2012, 10:12 AM
This works well for me.

Before I was married, I had a roommate. We were very similar sizes (same height, within 10lbs of each other) and we had this pair of size 10 pink cords from The Limited hung over the bannister. We were racing to see who could fit into them first.

Now it is funny that I found my size 12 self fat. But I made it into those size 10s, and even as far down as an 8, before I got married, had babies and ballooned.

01-17-2012, 10:43 AM
So my original comment was going to suggest not doing it. I bought a really cute skirt about 5 sizes down as motivation 7 years ago and I'm still at the same weight 7 years later. Additionally now it just sits in my closet as a reminder of what I considered failure. I think that for me I don't want it staring me in the face making me feel discouraged if I can't get there fast enough.

However, when I read a few comments up above about buying a size down, I realized that that might work for me. I like the one size down idea because it's something that ideally you could attain faster than a few sizes down. You'll have a better idea on how you'll look in them now. And, best of all, you can try them on every week and check your progress but not get too discouraged if you're not getting there fast enough. For me baby steps work better and are less overwhelming. I might try this suggestion.

01-17-2012, 01:40 PM
I hate wearing baggy clothes, so I buy a mini wardrobe for almost every size (a few pairs of jeans, a few tops, a few skirts, etc). There are some really excellent thrift shops in my city, even a few plus size thrift shops, and most of them have half price days once a month (I got a gorgeous brand new Ann Taylor 100% silk skirt for 50 cents recently), so I never spend more $20 at each size. And I also saved some of my smaller stuff so I go closet shopping every 5-10 lbs.
I would, however, not buy more than one size smaller than you currently are. Your shape may change and those clothes may not fit right when you get there. I would be so disappointed if I worked hard to lose 3 sizes to fit into a super cute pair of jeans or skirt only to find it doesn't look good on my body shape.

Madame Souza
01-17-2012, 01:56 PM
I buy pants when they are on sale. I usually get a size smaller so I have something to work into. I don't go lower then that. I try them on and get them if I like them and if they almost fit. It 's fun to do this in a size smaller then you wear but I wouldn't go too much smaller because you don't know what season it will be when you are that size.
It is also fun to go to thrift stores and shop. I like that. I didn't used to be able to get my size in the thrift stores and now that I am smaller, I can.

01-17-2012, 07:24 PM
i found that i needed pretty much a whole new wardrobe every 30-40 lbs because i started looking clownish

That's me. When I did this before, I didn't buy new clothes until I had lost nearly 50 pounds. And then, the only thing that prompted me was that I got a new job at a bank and my old work pants literally wouldn't stay up!

I just hate spending money on something I'm only going to able to wear for a short while. I'd rather wait until I'm at my goal and buy a whole new wardrobe then. But, I do have some "motivation clothes" because a few things I bought right before I quit last time are far from fitting now. But they weren't intended to be that... :(

01-17-2012, 08:58 PM
I buy too-small clothes, but only if I can actually zip them up, and they're CHEAP. I still have 1 pair of jeans, a skort and a pair of capris waiting for me, and none of them cost more than $12. It's fun to pull something out of that tote and move it to my dresser. :D

01-17-2012, 09:44 PM
I'll only buy a size down pair of pants. Any more, and i'll just get depressed when I can't get them over my thighs xD...For the most part though I end up getting pieces of clothing that will last me a few sizes. Dresses have been my best friend for the past year xD. And like some people have said, pants that button and zip but are tight are great modivators. Really helps you from putting on a few pounds(although sucks when your pmsing and the bloat won't allow them to zip) -.- to expensive replacing a wardrobe every size or two.

01-17-2012, 10:42 PM
I wouldn't - I have a closet full of small jeans that I bought for those exact reasons, haven't been able to get my butt into a pair of them and it makes me feel even worse. Now I just think that, I will not buy anything new until I reach my mini goals and it definitely makes the hard work pay off

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