Obsessed with fit

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ok, this might sound shallow. And when you look at my photos, which are mostly at the beach where I am dressed so as not to care about sunblock stains, you could easily be thinking, "Say what?" But for a while now, I have really been fairly obsessed with wanting my clothes to fit, if not perfectly, then pretty darn close. I have low tolerance for baggy clothes. A little loose is fine. Baggy makes me look sad and worn. Not that I am a fan of tight, mind you!

This obsession has cost me a good deal of money though I look for bargains as much as I can. I honestly never expected to land at a size 6 and so overbought 8's and 10's. I think after all the years of wearing clothes that ended with X, clothes that covered two sizes, featured a lot of elastic and I still sometimes didn't fit into them, I now need my clothes to fit very, very nicely.

It is sort of like a little kid clutching a favorite toy for security. My clothes are my transitional object as I adapt to my new size and look. A way to reassure myself that I have accomplished more than I ever dreamed I could when I began this journey. I'll never argue that I am especially deep. This blog no doubt proves that point, LOL.
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    So I guess I'm not the only one!! I've gone down from a 12 to a 2 in six months (and have had to purchase a few new things on the way down) and now I'm a clothes horse. I worked very hard for my new figure and don't like wearing the styles I used to wear. All of a sudden, I love pencil skirts and close-fitting jackets and sweaters. I've spent more money on clothes in the past two months than I have in the last few years. I kind of feel like I deserve it - and yeah, maybe it's a bit shallow to focus on this so much, but at the same time, it just feels good to look at myself in a mirror and like what I see. It's still a fairly new experience!! I still am astonished that my thighs no longer rub together when I walk (I actually never thought it would be possible). So wearing a slim-fitting outfit is a way to celebrate all the positive changes in my life. And I totally relate to making those mistakes at first - buying a size too big even though it's way below what you used to wear. It took a while before I actually believed I was a true size 2.

    1922 days ago
    So it's not just me! I, too, want clothes to fit - not big, baggy (even had a hard time not wearing my "good" jeans hiking cause all the rest are too large). This is new for me - mostly wore clothes too large always (except swim suits) and it did take me a while to feel ok in clothes that fit. Kanoe10, you and I can all shop together!
    1946 days ago
    Well fitting clothes is part of a healthy attitude towards self I would not say its obsessing but more of a having self confidence i still have not gotten there I still like baggy ot hide me in though I am getting to the point where I am tired of wearing elastic bands and now buying better fitting clothes

    You have a very healthy mind set YOu have done great
    1951 days ago
    The sad thing for me is that I've had a tendency, over the years, to buy clothes to 'remember' something... like the special Leap Day Disneyland shirt I've got that is now baggy on me. Oops. I guess I'll end up keeping those 'special clothes' to sleep in once I've lost more weight, but I know how you feel!
    1953 days ago
    Well, I can imagine that wearing clothes that fit contribute to a feeling of wellbeing. And if you feel well, you will be better company! So there's a good reason to look for a good fit!
    1953 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I did the same thing. I bought a lot of clothes in 8 and 10..and now many of them are too big. Like you I do not want to wear baggy clothes. I also have spent lots of money on clothes ..looking for bargains. Clothes are a transitional object as one adapts to one's new body.

    Enjoy your new clothes and the new you! We can shop together.
    1953 days ago
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