One of the things I found tricky when losing weight was adapting to my newly baggy wardrobe. When I lost the first 10 kilograms on my own I didn’t need to buy too many new clothes, but the next eight kilos that I lost with the help of Weight Watchers also translated to dropping two dress sizes. It also brought with it the inspiration for Style Unearthed. My pants were hanging off me, tops were baggy, and although I had lost weight and looked different my clothes told a different story.
This was a size 14 suit that had fitted snuggly a few months before this photo was taken. You can see how baggy the legs are, and how much give there was in the waist. Since I’ve upped the exercise recently, my jeans and pants are starting to do the same again and today I bought a size 10 pair of jeans (I was previously a 12). The suit above made me look a lot bigger than I was, as it was hanging off me in all the wrong places.
While it is tempting to hold off on buying new things until your weight has stabilised and you’ve finished your weight loss journey, having a few items that fit properly will make you look and feel great. It will also show others what you have achieved and let them notice all your hard work and effort. Updating your wardrobe during weight loss doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise, and today I want to share some tips about what clothes to buy when losing weight.
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
Make sure that as you lose weight, your underwear fits properly. Chests and bottoms are often things that will shrink first, and underwear that is too large will irritate you and also effect the way your clothes sit. Many chain stores now have specialist bra fitters on staff, or at least very good guides about how to fit yourself. Make sure you adapt your underwear as well as your outerwear.
Before I lost weight I would try things on when shopping and think ‘near enough is good enough’ just so I could buy something. I would get it home and not wear it because it didn’t fit properly. Now, I won’t buy something unless it fits perfectly, and I absolutely love it. Try on a variety of sizes and make sure you are 100% happy with something before you take it to the check out.
A Change is as Good as a Holiday
If you have a particular piece of clothing that you love, consider having it altered. Most large shopping centres have alteration shops you can use, or you may be a handy sewer. If the item isn’t too complicated to alter (with linings or a difficult pattern) then you may be able to keep your favourite clothes with a new lease on life.
Experiment with belting dresses to cinch them in and show off your new shape. There will come a time when arm holes gape, but until that happens, a belt can give them some longevity. Place the belt at the smallest part of your waist, and it will help to create a nice hour glass shape.
Step Outside Your Zone
Don’t be afraid to try shops, labels and brands that you have never shopped at before. If you have lost a lot of weight, you may have only shopped in plus size stores for years. You don’t have to buy anything, but feel free to do lots of trying on to see what suits you. Shop assistants are usually very helpful and can suggest different looks for you.
Watch Your Pennies
While it is tempting to go all out and splurge on a new wardrobe, my suggestion would be to buy a few new items at cheaper price points. These will see you out and make you feel good while you’re still on your weight loss journey. Save your money until your weight has stabilised and do a big shop when you are confident of your new size and shape. Shops like Big W, Target and Kmart all have fashionable clothes at great prices and at the end of the season you can pick up some great bargains. Once you are ready to shop, consider hiring a stylist or taking advantage of a free styling service major shopping centres offer from time to time.
Do you have any tips about what clothes to buy when losing weight? Did you have to make over your wardrobe after weight loss?