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Look Great at Any Weight

Forget the Skinny Jeans

My closet used to be divided into three sections: clothes that fit when I was 20 pounds heavier; clothes that fit when I was  thin but miserable (from my “never-eat-anything-fun” phase); and clothes I could wear at that moment.

Unfortunately, the clothes that actually fit me were the fewest in number. I was tired of either squeezing into clothes that were too small (and feeling like a stuffed sausage) or swimming in big, unflattering clothes. I needed a wardrobe overhaul—I needed to look good right now.

Sound familiar? I bet it does. What women hasn't held on to her "skinny jeans," dreaming of the day she'd wear them again, only to realize that 10 years had passed and they were now hopelessly out of style. Even worse is the woman who holds on to her "fat clothes" because she doesn’t really believe that she will be able to maintain the weight loss she has worked so hard to attain. And so our closets are jammed with clothes that just don’t fit.

Even if you need to lose weight you still deserve to look your best today instead of waiting for the day that you reach your goal weight. Whether you need to lose 50 pounds or just a few, with the right fashion tricks you can look great at any weight.

The trick to looking your best is to recognize your attributes and then play them up to your advantage. Have great legs? Show them off with a flattering skirt and a great pair of heels. Accent an hourglass waist with an eye-catching belt, and nobody will notice that your arms need a bit of toning. It all boils down to drawing the eye away from your weaker areas and calling attention to the parts of your figure that you do feel good about.
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Leanne Beattie Leanne Beattie
A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

Member Comments

  • Go with what works best for you! - 8/7/2014 1:01:23 AM
    One word: Spanx - 8/5/2014 2:25:49 PM
  • While I applaud the intention behind this article, I don't know that it is really applicable to those of us who are REALLY big. I have 100 pounds to lose and have little choice in the fit of my clothes. Most of my weight is carried in my stomach and in order to get clothes that fit around the middle, I get clothes that are much too big across the shoulders/chest or legs. If I get tops that fit in the should or pants with tapered legs, they strain across my middle. So I wear loose clothing. It looks terrible but until I lose the weight, I don't know what I can do about it short of having everything tailored which would be a lot of money that I don't really have to spend.

    So, I wear more flowy clothes that at least are supposed to look that way even though I know they don't look that good on me. - 2/28/2014 7:16:08 PM
  • This article is encouraging, but it's also not very realistic. I keep losing weight - constantly - and as a result, everything bags out on me because I'm losing it so fast. I don't know if I'm a 16 or a 14 or a 12 or what. So I have to keep all three sizes temporarily unless my body decides that it knows what it wants to be.

    Clothing manufacturers need to STOP with the vanity sizing. Seriously, if I'm a 12, that's what I should be - don't rename it a 10 to try and make me feel better. Every manufacturer has a different number and it's completely ridiculous. I need to know what size I truly fit - ONE standard size so I can go to Store A, Store B, Store C, wherever, and pick out that size to wear. Shopping is so much guesswork that I usually don't even want to bother with it. - 11/18/2013 2:08:40 AM
  • This article had alot of good information! - 9/30/2013 10:24:55 AM
  • Because I do not have money to go out and buy new clothing on whim, i've kept the clothes I had when I was slimmer. Recently I tried on one of my formal pants and they fit. This has happened with some of my old high school dresses. My prom dress can almost fit. I throw away most of my clothing if they are worn out but I won't throw them out just because they are too small or too big. Clothes too big can be for when I have lazy days and want that comfy relaxed look. My smaller clothes are for when I reach my goal. I am realistic. If the clothes don't fit me at my goal weight ( too small) I will throw them out.

    - 9/19/2013 5:55:26 PM
  • I have a pair of pants that I can't wait to fit into again because I love them and the other day I bought a "goal" skirt. But I generally have always liked flowy hippie clothes and wear them at any size. it sometimes makes it hard to tell when I've lost inches though! - 8/12/2013 7:16:41 AM
  • Love this article and very informative and encouraging. I will use this information and it is saved in my favors! - 8/7/2013 2:10:02 PM
  • Loving your advice. Great article. Thank you - 7/21/2013 9:09:33 AM
    Thank you for this article. I have been sitting here thinking....I cannot wait to lose 20 pounds so I look good...well there is no reason I cannot look good now. - 6/2/2013 4:15:35 PM
  • I don't keep a whole wardrobe of too small clothes, but I have a pair of pants in two different sizes, capris, tee shirts.. etc... to use as sort of goals. They motivate me. I put them on every once in a while a note how small, or not so small, they are getting. One pair is probably 5lbs away from fitting! I probably will never wear them because they are low rise. I wore them when I was in my lower 20s, but as soon as they are too big, off to the Goodwill they'll go! :) - 3/22/2013 10:19:47 AM
  • While I'm good decluttering my closet, my biggest fashion no-no is wearing too big clothes, especially shirts. I also have a couple pairs of jeans/pants that I have to hitch up all the unladlylike! I've been trying to get out of this mentality and buying more form-fitting clothes, but so often I'm still heading to the oversized tees, etc. Maybe I can make this a goal to wear clothes that look good for a week or so to get over that fear of showing my imperfections. I'm tired of hiding in bulky shapeless clothes! - 12/6/2012 1:00:37 PM
  • Great article! Love the advice! - 8/8/2012 9:03:01 AM
  • Good article; I agree that clothes that don't fit should go; if your weight is fluctuating, such as you are losing weight, or pregnant, then shop at charity stores until you're settled. I agree that sometimes you can vary day to day, month to month, but usually it's sufficient (for me, and the other women I know) to just have different styles of clothes, not different sizes; for instance, a pair of dark, stylish cotton pants with a wide, elasticated waist is good for the "fat" or "bloated" days, a pair of jeans and a pair of work trousers are good for the regular days (and your elasticated cottons will still fit just fine) and a no-elastic, high waisted pair of trousers (such as swede) and some control underwear are a knock-out on your confident days.

    The only thing I disagree on is pleated trousers; they can occasionally look really cool, such as; http://www.thefas
    th-pugh-culottes.jpg - 8/15/2011 4:04:53 PM
  • I am a firm believer that NO ONE looks good in pleated pants. - 5/6/2011 10:37:47 AM

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