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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (71,866)
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12/16/12 11:10 A

I've had similar issues the past few months as I have gone from an Women's 18-20 to a 14-16 petite. I have yo-yo'd over the last few years, and these are the strategies I have learned to help look decent, but be frugal.

1. I by underwear to fit as needed. You won't look good at any weight if the foundation isn't appropriate. Watch for sales. Only by enough to get by.

2. I find that skirts with elastic waists (or drawstrings) work wonderfully because they can shrink or stretch as needed. They don't have to fit perfectly and you can wear the same skirt at a wide range of weights.

3. Buy slacks (and skirts) in basic colors. You can then buy inexpensive tops to change up your look.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
12/16/12 7:04 A

When I was in the middle of losing weight I also went to thrift stores because I knew I wouldn't be wearing the clothes for long. I also went to Ross and checked out their clearance racks (as well as stores like JC Penny's).

I splurged on a lot of jeans when I got to my original goal weight that I had set up but lost more weight and didn't get much wear out of them at all (sigh.....). As a result, I had to go and do another shopping expedition and learned my lesson the hard way.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
12/16/12 4:58 A

Jeans are tricky! The will fit well the first couple of times. But after a few washes, they tend to expand! That's it! I'm buying a size smaller next time!

12/15/12 9:05 P

I have found some beautiful clothes at thrift stores and even get compliments when I wear them It does take time to dig through the racks and sometimes I don't find anything but when I do find a designer piece in my size at a fraction of the cost it feels great.

Wal-mart has some great sales on their underwear after Christmas. Actually a lot of stores have some huge markdowns after Christmas. The down side is just searching through the sale racks for what you need and it does take a lot of time.

Good luck.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (505,330)
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12/15/12 8:49 P

How wonderful to have this problem! Definitely try thrift stores. There are some nice ones popping up all over with great clothes at great prices. Keep up the hard work!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,822
12/15/12 8:36 P

Clearance racks at regular stores. And stores like TJ Mass and Marshalls are often cheaper than the thrift stores. At least the ones in my city.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 12/15/2012 (20:37)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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12/15/12 7:10 P

I have this same problem, I started at a 14/16 and now I'm easily in a 10. I haven't found much I liked in thrift stores... I'm really picky... plain t-shirts and sweaters don't do it for me. I also shop at stores like TJ Maxx. I got a really cute cocktail dress for New Years there for only $40 the other day. Also, I just keep my eye out for sales at my favorite stores, and buy 1 or 2 things here or there, and visit an outlet mall near here every few months. There's a J Crew store at one where they have a clearance rack, and then often have an additional 40% off the clearance prices, so tops end up being under $20 usually. The only thing I really splurged on so far was 2 pairs of Lucky Brand jeans when I hit my goal weight since I wear jeans every day, even to work. I've lost 5 more lbs since then and one of the new pairs is getting baggy so hopefully these upcoming holidays will cause me just to maintain my weight instead of losing so I can wear them for longer!

Also for underthings, I got an early Christmas gift from my mom... a Nordstrom gift card for so I can go there to buy a couple new bras. I don't buy cheap bras (I have a large "rack" and cheap ones either aren't supportive enough or they just fall apart after a few months) and the Nordstrom bra department is awesome and will measure me so I can figure out my new size. I didn't really notice my size there going down until the last 10lbs or so.

While I was still in the process of actively losing, I hit up Old Navy to buy jeans. They have sales pretty often so I could buy jeans for like $20 a pair and I would shop their clearance racks to get tops for like $5 or $10.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 12/15/2012 (19:12)
THOMASINA57 SparkPoints: (212,969)
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12/15/12 11:03 A

I too support the thrift shop or consignment shops.. the consignment shops cost a little more, but sometimes the quality of the clothing is better. As for underwear.. some inexpensive items from Walmart perhaps.. nothing more uncomfortable than baggy underwear!

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (206,092)
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12/15/12 10:57 A

Check out thrift stores. You can get pretty good clothes there at very low prices. Congrats on the weight loss!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/15/12 8:34 A

Thrift Store

Or, do you have any friends who (heaven forbid) have gained weight, with whom you could swap your "too big" for their "too small"?

Just a thought

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
12/14/12 5:28 P

Thrift store is where I went shopping. I bought a few jeans to get me by and maybe a few tops. I did buy new lingerie, bras and underwear, since I just felt better wearing a smaller size.

PEACEHOPE1 SparkPoints: (15,057)
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12/14/12 4:54 P

Yes I second the thrift store idea...especially if you could at least afford to purchase new slacks that fit. I think tops can be more forgiving and it's easier to get by with large tops if finances are super tight. Often they can be belted if need be. But on the bottom, it's nice if you could have a couple slacks that fit properly - purchased secondhand for the value - you don't need to have a large number of slacks, just a couple in basic colors to rotate back and forth until you move down another size.

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (250,810)
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12/14/12 4:35 P

I go to a thrift store!!!!!

JCULTON SparkPoints: (10,641)
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12/14/12 4:33 P

So I've went from around a size 14 to a size 8/10 over the past year. I feel great! The only problem is my clothes size is down and seems to keep shrinking (a nice problem to have, I guess!).

Nothing fits... my bras are too big, most shirts are baggy and jeans nearly fall down. I would love to buy new clothes but I'm really short on cash and plan to keep working out and eating right and may go down another size or two.

What do you do when your clothes don't fit and are on a tight budget? Clothes are so expensive but I don't want everything to be baggy!

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