Saturday, April 27, 2013
Last week, I pulled my Spring/Summer clothes out of storage and tried them on. Most were size 1x or 2x. Nothing fit. I put everything in a bag and will soon donate them to charity. Then, taking some of the funds I earned through my side job, I did some serious shopping. I shopped at consignment stores, second hand stores, thrift stores, outlets and upscale department stores. I must have tried on dozens and dozens of outfits. After nearly a week of wardrobe planning and shopping, I now have a Spring/Summer wardrobe in my new size.
For the first time, my fat clothes are gone. If I gain weight, I have no safety net of fat clothes to fall back on. I thought I would be scared like I was when I shopped for my fall/winter wardrobe. I wasn't because the habits that got me to this weight I've been practicing for one year and seven months now.
I'm also no longer feeling overwhelmed by shopping in the regular sizes like I did last season. I have figured out what styles work and what I need to avoid. I've read blogs about fashion, wardrobe-building and what to wear when you're over 40 and don't want to dress like a teenager or a senior citizen. I've learned new rules of thumb such as: 1) the more often you plan to wear something, the more money you should spend; and 2) if you need to choose, invest in quality accessories instead of pricey clothes. Overall, updating my wardrobe has been a super fun activity.
For the first time in a decade, I'm looking forward to the warmer weather because I have some cute, fun clothes in my closet.