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04-17-2013, 06:15 AM
Another 3fc blip--original post is after this reply.

I love my looser clothes!!! But some had to go in the donation bin sooner than later as they were literally falling off!!

I buy the half-off clothes at the Goodwill and they cost me $2.50 each. I have got some brand name goodies for that price!! Some brand new too! And I'll donate them back later so it's like I just borrowed them for a small fee!

04-17-2013, 06:34 AM
How to deal with your clothes getting too big, yet you still have a way to go.


04-17-2013, 09:38 AM
I replaced an entire wardrobe at least 3 times on my downward journey!! Sale racks at Kohl's were and are my best friend!!

04-17-2013, 10:13 AM
I'm about to donate 4 trash bags full of clothes that were falling off to Goodwill! It's a great feeling but I have such a phobia of clothes shopping!!

04-17-2013, 10:50 AM
I'm going to have to try good will. I just had to buy new work pants cuz I couldn't stand walking around holding them up at the same time any longer lol. I'm going to wait til I get down to a 12 or 14 which is 1 or 2 sizes more before I start buying. I just bought a size 14 for work but still fit comfortably in some of my sizen16 jeans.

04-17-2013, 11:05 AM
I have a feeling I will be frequenting the thrift stores in the near future. In the past the plus sizes have been rather limited so I am hoping that I will be able to find better stuff as I get smaller. I don't want to spend much money now if I can and save up for a big shopping trip when I reach my goal!

I have a sewing machine, I should learn how to take my clothes in to make them last longer!

04-17-2013, 01:37 PM
I have a feeling I will be frequenting the thrift stores in the near future. In the past the plus sizes have been rather limited so I am hoping that I will be able to find better stuff as I get smaller. I don't want to spend much money now if I can and save up for a big shopping trip when I reach my goal!

I have a sewing machine, I should learn how to take my clothes in to make them last longer!

I have been thinking the same thing about going to the thrift store and actually being able to find a good number of things in my size.

Unfortunately, I have been down this road before. I started out around 125 in my 20s, started gaining around 27, and now I am pretty sure I've got jeans to fit all the way between here and there. Then a couple of years ago I lost down to a couple of pounds below where I am now, so I have a few things I bought and sewed for myself last time around.

But mostly I gotta say that i'm kinda rockin' my 3X tops. :carrot: I don't feel like I'm swimming in them at all. I feel like they're nice and flowy and much more flattering than when they were more fitted, when I was nearly 40 pounds heavier. If I were to buy new tops, I'm not even sure I'd be thrilled to go to a lower size right now. I think I'll get through the summer without buying new stuff, even if I get down another 20 pounds before fall. I will need some new fall tops for sure though. But I look forward to that. :smug:

04-17-2013, 01:52 PM
I'm dealing with this with my work pants right now.

I have two pairs of black pants that I trade of wearing, and wash each night.

They were WAY too tight when I started (they are size 10s and I should have at least been in a 12) and now they are annoyingly loose.

I pull them up constantly and reposition them the whole time I'm at work.

I really would like to wait until 'goal' before I buy new ones, and that was always the plan, but I don't know how practical that will be.

I shop almost exclusively at thrift stores and sales for clothes, so it's not the money, its that I'm so darn short I have to hem and 'adjust' everything I buy. It takes a bit of effort to get them actually wearable.

Then there is a part of me that LIKES them being that loose b/c I can really feel the difference where I've lost weight.

I think I can at least keep them for 10 more pounds, my hips are plenty big enough to keep them up, so I'll just reevaluate around 140ish.

04-17-2013, 02:18 PM
This is the main problem with my decision to just maintain for the past few months. Most of my clothes are too big, but I'm hesitant to spend a lot of time or money on clothes when I'd like to drop 5-10 more lbs and don't know how that'll impact my size. Thrift stores are always the answer to this dilemma, but I moved last year and the ones near me don't seem to yield the same kind of treasure. :/ Whine whine whine, right?

I keep putting this on the back burner for other bigger life issues and then being surprised the problem hasn't magically solved itself. ;) I have only one pair of jeans and several yoga/sweat-type pants that fit me right now - not a single pair of dress pants that isn't droopy. :lol:

I wish this desire/need to settle my wardrobe down was enough to kick me into "one final push" for weight loss, but no dice - just don't feel up for it yet. Ah well. Maybe I'll have to make a pilgrimage to my old thrift store stomping grounds soon.

04-17-2013, 04:19 PM
I took tee shirts and jeans in as I lost. If you sew, you can do this pretty easily.

For tees that sort of still fit at the shoulder, just sew from the edge of the sleeve to the armpit and then down to the waist. Knit fabric is very forgiving. I totally reconstructed several favorite tee shirts from concerts that couldn't be replaced by taking them completely apart except for the neck.
Jeans can be sewn straight down the side seam if there are no rivets. I cut the waistband and laid it flat open to reduce bulk. That got me through about 30 pounds at the beginning. Then the seat got too baggy so I sewed the inner leg seam from about the knee up to the crotch and back down. That was good for another 15 pounds or so. I started in women's 24s and this got me to regular 18s without having to buy jeans or casual slacks. About 45 minutes per pair total.

And thrift shops were great once I was in regular sizes. Good luck!


04-17-2013, 05:26 PM
I can't wait for this to happen to me!! I do have a sewing machine and know the basics of sewing, so I think I will teach myself how to alter my clothes. Especially my work shirts because they are all pretty dressy and were pricey. Not that I won't love buying new and smaller sizes! :D

The problem with being so overweight is that finding clothes in thrift stores or on sales racks is almost impossible. They either don't exist or are too ugly and that is why they ended up in the clearance rack to begin with. However, I always see tons of cute things in the smaller sizes that I would snap up in a heart beat. I want lots and lots of clothes when I reach goal so I better learn to shop smart. ;)

04-17-2013, 07:45 PM
I went to goodwill on Friday and bought two pairs of Jeans--which were a whole pant size smaller than my usual! :carrot: It was awesome.

I had to do some errands yesterday and I was washing those pants, so I threw on an old pair of Jeans and they were so loose and practically slipping off me-kind of annoying but I had to remind myself, it's a good thing!

I'm going to keep picking up pants from thrift stores until I'm at the weight I want to be-THEN I will update my wardrobe entirely! Excited for that :)

04-17-2013, 07:46 PM
I plan to turn all my old t-shirts in to other things. I'm kind of crafty like that.I'm planning on having a Led Zeppelin dress once I lose 70 pounds. Sounds trashy but it'll be cute. :) The jeans will be cut up an put in to patchwork. Or rebuilt in to some Frankenstein jeans haha. I love old clothes.

04-17-2013, 07:48 PM
Also, it feels SO WEIRD to be packing away my clothes that have been my size for years--I don't want to give them away because it feels strange to part with them; they've been my "cute clothes" that I hand picked when I wasn't interested in losing weight, and my brain keeps thinking,"What if you need them, just in case?".

Normal feelings, right?

04-17-2013, 08:03 PM
Mama2Four - a word of advice: GET RID OF EVERYTHING THAT'S TOO BIG!

Now that the shouting is over, I think we are giving ourselves permission to relapse when we keep the things that are too big. While not wanting to part with favorites is certainly natural, it might not be the best thing. Think of the joy those items will bring to someone else.

Actually, I'm OK with keeping oversized shirts. They can look cute in their own way - I have 2 Old Navy sweaters that are huge now but are so comfy and I wear them with jeans that fit. If you get rid of the pants, though, you won't be able to gain unless you're willing to buy bigger clothes. That's something I've refused to allow myself to do. When my smallest jeans feel a bit snug, it's time to pull it all in for a couple weeks and get back on plan.


04-17-2013, 09:09 PM
I just keep buying. $$$$$

04-18-2013, 06:05 AM
Its nice to see all your comments and feedback everyone.

I've also had to get rid of bags and bags of clothing. I gave some to my mom's domestic worker, and also donated some to the church to give to the homeless.

I have to admit it was a very emotional thing for me to give my clothes away. It was like I was saying goodbye to the person I was, and hope to never be again! I have kept one dress though, the one I wore on my 21st party, where I was probably my heaviest. It was brand new, I have only worn it once, and I want to keep it as a reminder to myself that that was me in the past.

We don't really have "thrift" stores here in South Africa, but we do have cheaper shops which I like to buy from. And some of the things are actually really nice, just not the best quality Lol.

04-18-2013, 10:36 AM
This is a great topic! I will never forget the day I went through my entire wardrobe and separated items into three piles: clothes I'm throwing away, clothes I'm donating and clothes I'm going to try and get altered. To see clothes that was once too tight and uncomfortable now swallow me was truly a wonderful feeling.

When I was dropping sizes I lived at the clearance rack at my fav. stores. I remember buying a nice blouse that just had a missing button 50% off!

This may sound silly but also with some of my lounging/yoga pants they would eventually start dragging on the floor as I got smaller. So I would take my fabric scissors and cut maybe 3 - 4 inches off the bottom and get another month or so wear out of them. They did not fit properly obviously, but those were just for around the house or cleaning, not for wearing outside of the house.

I unfortunately didn't discover thrift store until near the end of reaching my goal which is a shame because I found some great finds there.

04-18-2013, 03:12 PM
When I put something on and it's too big it immediately goes in a box. (The box goes to my aunt who is larger for her "goal clothes" I want no excuses to get back in them. I get a few pieces from the thrift store to keep me clothed until goal. At goal I'm rewarding myself with a New wardrobe

04-18-2013, 03:21 PM
Go shopping!!! I celebrate every size I go down

04-18-2013, 04:03 PM
I did keep things a size bigger when I stopped to have my maternity break--because I knew once I had the baby I would probably need a little bit bigger clothing. Now I need to get rid of that stuff because I have no reason to keep the bigger size stuff

04-18-2013, 09:00 PM
Life's too short to wear clothes that don't fit, especially when we are trying to feel better about how we look. I didn't go crazy with new clothes in my intermediate sizes, but made sure to have a couple of pairs of work pants and 1 or 2 pairs of jeans. I staggered my purchases, so I did not shrink out of all of my clothes at the same time. I also hate to shop, so I would buy the next size down when I found a pair of pants at a good price. For example, I found dress slacks at Ann Taylor for $15 on clearance and bought the 10s, 8s, and 6s. Wearing the 6s now.

Moving Forward
04-19-2013, 12:56 AM
It was very emotional for me to give away the bigger sized clothing too. It brought up lots of memories and worries that I would regain and need them later. The best advice I got was to just let them go, which in retrospect I don't regret one bit. I did save a few pieces in the hopes of having them altered. I have celebrated each size and have felt so much better in clothes that fit right. I also notice that people notice my weight loss more when my clothes fit right. I don't care where you get your new clothes, but I think it is well worth it to have them as you are shrinking down.