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Thursday, December 15, 2011

I don't like buying clothes. For years, I only shopped for shirts and jeans when I needed to replace others that I had outgrown (often in a state of emergency). Now I need to replace the clothes that I've... What's the opposite of outgrown? Outshrunk?

Luckily, I had a bunch of clothes in reserve for when I would fit into them again. However, with my waist now 4 sizes smaller, I've reached the point where my reserve has been depleted. For a lot of people this would be a point of joyous celebration. But, for me, the actual act of buying new clothes brings me little joy other than knowing what size I can comfortably fit into now. Part of the problem might be that since my sizes have been dropping pretty quickly, I can't really reconcile the idea of buying anything nice because I know that in another month or two the new clothes will be too big. At the same time, I don't want to buy anything too low-end, because then I think, "gee, I lost all this weight and this is my reward." So, there you have it, stuck between a rock and a checkout line.

My temporary solution was that I bought a really nice pair of jeans that were on clearance. I hesitated to buy them because they were a little snug when I tried them on. But, I am still losing weight so it seemed to make sense. I ended up hang drying them (per the instructions and a friend's advice concerning the snugness). Then, when I went to put them on at home, they were already too big! Hopefully, it was the lack of heat drying, so I've rewashed and am going to dry them normally tonight. If not, I'm back to square one.

What should I do? What do you do?
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    I was thinking second hand stores until you said that you didn't want low end rewards..... There are certainly cheap and expensive places to buy things. I choose cheap and where I used to have a wardrobe FULL of clothes now I have an outfit and a change for the bottoms and tops...well the old ones are very lose but at least they don't fall off like the trousers were. So only the bare necessities is my way of not wasting too much money on something that will not last me long. AND there's always workmates/friends/ friends of friends who are grateful for good quality clothes, not worn too much when I "outshrink" them!!!!
    2191 days ago
    LOL!!!! I know exactly how you feel!!!! Either that or buy one pair of pants and wash them every day . . . or two. Gets old really fast. Thrift stores are good if you can find a good one. Then buy in a couple of different sizes if you can find stuff. Remember, it's only temporary and if you have the right shirt or sweater it's not so bad. Regardless of what you wear, it is a reward for all your hard work and one day you'll be at the maintenance stage and it won't be an issue.
    2193 days ago
    Oh, and perhaps an Outlet store, if you're near one.
    2194 days ago
    Start haunting Thrift Stores. I know, some people have an aversion to 'second-hand junk' but, to be honest there's a lot of gems hidden there. Sizes range from 5-6X all the way down to 0, and I've found all kinds of beautiful garments that still have the tags on. Like anything, it takes time and patience but it's an option while you're shrinking so fast.

    Additionally, consider buying a few REALLY nice things new and then finding a good alteration shop. Taking a garment in is usually between $5 and $15 and they can do that nearly indefinitely so long as you don't start going back the other way.

    2194 days ago
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