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5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans

Your Old Clothes Could Prevent You from Losing Weight


No one should allow the size of his or her clothes to determine their self-worth. Much like your weight, a clothing size is just a number, and sizing varies wildly from brand to brand. It's much more important to wear clothes that flatter and fit you, regardless of what the tag reads. Sometimes, simply wearing a well-fit pair of jeans can boost your confidence. Refusing to buy a larger size, even though it's more comfortable and flattering, or squeezing into a smaller size, even though it's too tight, can make you feel worse about yourself.

Today, I encourage you to open your closets and drawers. Gather everything that doesn’t fit you TODAY, especially clothes that are too small. Free yourself from the past and the silent criticism of your skinny jeans once and for all! Here are some ways you can get rid of your old clothes instead of sending them to a landfill:
  • Donate your clothes. Local shelters, Goodwill organizations and other nonprofits usually accept gently worn clothing. Giving back to the community allows us to help those who need our assistance, so this is a win-win.
  • Resell your old clothes at a consignment shop or online (eBay and craigslist are good ideas). You could make a few extra dollars, and you might find a deal on some "new" things in the size you currently wear. While many women don't want to buy new clothes until they've reached their goal weight, feeling pretty and attractive is important for everyone, here and now. You deserve to feel good about yourself and your wardrobe every day.
When I finally let go of my old clothes, I realized that I was not the clothes and the clothes were not me. These days, when I open the closet, I don't see all the clothes I can't wear and think, "What if?" Now I open the closet and think, "What will I wear today?"

Letting go of your skinny jeans can release you from the past—and the unrealistic expectations that you may have put on yourself. By living in the present, you can accept yourself and your life at this moment. It allows you to move ahead in your life with dignity and self-respect. By focusing the positive and looking forward, you build greater confidence, which can increase your chances of success.
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Nancy Howard Nancy Howard
Nancy is an avid runner and health enthusiast. A retired pediatric nurse, she received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University and is also a certified running coach and ACE-certified personal trainer.

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  • Oy. I just got rid of a closet full of clothes that were too small. Reason 1 - too small. Reason 2 - I retired and don't need so much business casual anymore. 3 - Out of fashion, or will be by the time I can wear them again. 4 - downsizing. There are a few pieces however that I'm hanging onto as they looked great on me 20 pounds ago and I'm finally motivated enough to be successful. I agree with another write who mentions 'size creep'. A pop-up ad that appeared here indicated that a women's large size catalog carries size 10! Since when is size 10 in any decade fat??? This stuff sure doesn't help my self image. - 6/17/2015 12:03:15 PM
    i have to disagree. if i put on my favorite skinny jean and they feel snug it reminds me that i need to get myself back on target. i lost 35 lbs over 5 years ago and i want to stay that way. i don't squeeze myself in clothes that make me look like a stuffed sausage but if something is just a bit tight it motivates me to do things like skip seconds or pass on dessert. if i kept buying a bigger size to accommodate every few pounds i put on i'd be a size 12 in no time. just my two cents... - 4/26/2015 8:26:14 AM
  • Friends and members,

    I agree and disagree. For some people it's not a good idea to hold on to a whole closet full of clothes that are too small. It's also not good to hold on to too large sizes for some people. But for me I have a realistic goal. I need to lose 50 lbs. The clothes in my closet will definitely fit me when I lose the weight so I'm keeping them. They are not clothes that used to fit me before I had my two children. Those clothes are long gone. Lol. They are neutralclothes that don't lose their fashion, too. For some people purging clothes is cleansing and uplifting, but for me, having clothes even visible gives me an incentive and motivation to lose weight. Plus,there are some people that can afford to get a whole new wardrobe. I can;t afford one. So, in the end, it's a purely individual thing, Just the other day I looked at a bathing suit I can't wait to wear. I'm almost able to fit into it. It makes me happy just to imagine what I have to look forward to. Actually, once in a while, if I see something I would love to wear one day, I buy it. I have a small collection of incentive clothes in my closet. I'm so looking forward to being my old size 10 and I know I can do it, too! :)

    Thanks for reading my post :) - 1/24/2015 7:42:27 PM
  • In my case they would have to go to a "vintage" clothes shop. I'm no longer that flower-child of the 60s, but I'm keeping those clothes.

    They remind me that once at 120 lbs (5'6") I wore a size 10. I gained 35 lbs as I aged and STILL wore a size 10. Sizing Creep and scale avoidance kept me in denial.

    Now at 130-135 I wear a size 6. Hah! The fashion industry does women no favors by making them "feel better about themselves" No wonder we have size zero. By the measurements, we used to call it a size 8. - 9/14/2014 2:30:26 PM
  • For Sunflowernut: In our area, Goodwill helps support people with intellectual disabilities. Besides providing an opportunity for work or volunteering, the money generated at stores goes back into housing, employment & social services programs.

    p.s. and, Yes, Salvation Army is a wonderful charity, too! - 9/13/2014 5:03:49 PM
  • Leaving clothes to the "goodwill" was mentioned. Instead of them why not the worth while Salvation Army or other local group of the sort? Those mentioned in the prior sentence have good intentions to help others, not their pocketbook as the fore mentioned. - 9/13/2014 12:38:45 PM
  • I used to hang on to some too small and some too big clothes, since I roller coastered up and down so often. Now that I am maintaining my goal weight, I got rid of everything that was too big, except for the one giant pair of jeans that were getting too tight when I started this final weight-loss journey. I like to put them on every now and then, just to marvel at how much different my body is now. - 9/13/2014 10:18:05 AM
  • Sorry, Nancy. I celebrated when I got back into my skinny jeans from10 years reminded me of a time when I felt good about myself.I went out and bought more skinny jeans.I do agree that we hold on to too many clothes. I only keep those special pieces that I felt great in, smaller or larger. - 9/13/2014 8:51:50 AM
  • I disagree. My weight doesn't define me, but I need tangible reminders of my goals--like those skinny jeans that I still have on my Sparkpage. And also having goals that are real challenges don't discourage me -- they spur me on to victory. It's been 3 years getting back to goal weight, but I'm here again, and loving the look of the fit of those "skinny" clothes. - 9/13/2014 8:31:10 AM
  • I go through my closet every year and get rid of things I no longer wear. I do have a one size rule. I keep a few items up one size and a few down one size. Anything over or under one size gets tossed. I think it really is hanging on to the past and not living in the present moment to hang on to the clothes of the person you used to be, whether that person was smaller or bigger and besides...styles change. - 9/13/2014 1:07:06 AM
  • Can't do it! I have so many cute size 8 clothes!!! I got rid of everything under size 8, but I really want to wear these clothes again. I'm stuck at a size 12. But I know 1 day I'll be back in size 8. Giving them away feels like giving up. - 9/8/2014 9:08:02 PM
  • I have lost and regained a number of times, and honestly no matter which direction I was going in I was grateful to have at least a few things that fit me. I'm down 50+ pounds and was really happy that I had a few pairs of pants, capris and shorts that I had hung onto. Buying a whole new wardrobe may be fun, but it's also expensive! I did donate anything that I no longer liked or were *still* too small. Yes, childbearing & losing/regaining has altered my body shape, and I accept that.

    I also boxed up a group of my larger clothes and had them stashed in my attic. Given my history with losing/regaining I wasn't comfortable with donating all of my old clothes just yet. I figure that if they are still too big on me in a few years, I'll be ready emotionally to let them go. :) - 6/27/2014 9:45:42 AM
  • This article has some valid points. I actually got down to the correct waist size for some of my "skinny jeans", only to realize that my legs had become so muscular they still wouldn't fit! We may improve our bodies, but that doesn't mean they'll become the same bodies we had in college. Better to look forward, not back. - 6/26/2014 11:38:18 PM
  • I say whatever works for you is what you should do! Think critically about whether the things you do to motivate yourself actually work FOR YOU, and let go of what doesn't. My take-away from this article is that there are things I do because I assumed that they will motivate me, because they work for other people or (as in the case of the "skinny jeans") because it is just so much a part of the culture of weight-loss and dieting that I never questioned or even really thought about it...but I have to be mindful of what works for me without perseverating - 6/26/2014 10:08:19 PM
  • The article has a lot of valid pints, however, I just fit into a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear for 10 years!!! - 6/26/2014 3:55:29 PM

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