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Look Great at Any Weight

Forget the Skinny Jeans

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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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Member Comments

  • In addition to all the comments above, I would also say don't buy clothes that 'experts' say a twist here or a bow there will draw the eye away from the parts you want to 'hide'. They don't - the actually draw attention to it! I bought two dresses on the say-so of a self styled 'expert'. One had fabric twisted on the left hip which drew attention to my middle which I would rather hide. The other had a bow placed strategically on the waistline - again drawing attention to my middle part. I disliked them as soon as I put them on and they have been in the wardrobe ever since - unworn and unloved. - 3/11/2016 9:38:23 AM
    For those who need help with this I recommend http://www.missus There is a yearly subscription but it averages to about $.08 a day and will pay for itself overtime. This article is a good start but people like myself who are (were) clueless need a little more than the basics. - 9/22/2015 6:51:31 AM
  • I don't wear a lot of clothes that go out of style (khaki pants, plain t-shirts, etc.). While I do plan on getting rid of clothes that are too big on me, I only get rid of too small clothes if I don't like them.

    I still have clothes that fit me that are over 20 years old! Mostly t-shirts that were put away in boxes that I later rediscovered and started wearing again.

    I can now wear one size smaller than I could a couple of months ago. I bought a couple of new t-shirts in the smaller size, and a pair of shorts. My other clothes still fit, although much more loosely.

    Assuming that I continue to get smaller, I'll have to rely on clothes that are a little loose, along with old clothes that now fit me, because I don't have a lot of money to spend on new clothes. Probably about one new outfit per size. - 7/8/2015 7:48:41 PM
  • About two weeks before I decided to get healthy again, I cleaned out my closet and drawers of all of the smaller clothes I just knew I'd never fit in again. I was in a 3X and sizes 22/24. I don't know, maybe that's what prompted me to lose weight again. Now, I can fit a size large and size 16/18 I'm drowning in my clothes and even had a co-worker bring me a bag of the scrubs she's outgrown because "your pants look like clown pants!" LOL! Since I don't have the multiple sizes in my closet now, I'm having to hit the thrifts stores to recreate my wardrobe at multiple sizes as I drop the weight. Wish I'd just left my closet alone and kept my skinny jeans! - 6/11/2015 9:57:48 AM
  • Funny, I have had to buy two complete wardrobes in the last year. One for Africa, which was an adventure cut short and one for Jamaica. Although the climates are similar my "jobs" are very different. I cannot wear a maxi dress to wander in the farms of Jamaica. The last time I bought a whole new wardrobe was when I got done with my bike trip and all my clothes were basically bike shorts and jerseys, not practical to work in. You would think my closet was over whelmed but it really isn't. Maybe because I only keep the clothes that really look good on me. BTW for the ladies with pant size issues try those nice loose fitting yoga pants, not the kind you actually do yoga in but those that are loose fitting in closer material with loose legs. I love them and with the right shirt they look great! - 1/18/2015 5:32:17 PM
  • When I went from 350 to 150 I shopped at thrift store. waiting for the goal weight to splurge on a wardrobe. Then I realized I had been buying fantastic beautiful well made, stylish clothes all along. I don't care for some of the trendy clothes. Thrift store many times have expensive clothes , rich women donate. Just what I want.
    Make sure to try on clothes before you buy. It can look great on the hanger, but terrible on you. think of how you will accessorize it. that can make or break a look.
    Dress for now, don't put off till you are that desired weight. You don't have to have a packed closet full of clothes. Some well chosen pieces that you can mix and match will go far.
    Life is too short to play the waiting game.
    I post thrift fashion blogs a few times a year. Give ideas what and how to get the look.
    Spark on.
    Tisha - 11/3/2014 11:16:59 PM
  • I try to get rid of my big clothes and get ones that fix my new smaller size. If clothes are a larger than you need to wear, it does not show off your new figure. I do shop at thrift shops, so I don't feel guilty buying and love to re donating my big clothes. The price is right. I will start paying more for clothes when I reach goal. - 11/3/2014 1:13:44 PM
  • I usually wear clothes until they fall apart. I have several pair of pants that are in that condition.

    The problem with shopping for clothes is that the clothes today are not made for real people. You either have to be at least 5'10" and anorexic or be 15 years old. I cannot stand shopping. When was the last time anyone saw a pretty dress blouse? They don't exist.

    If you're 5"4" or under, even if you buy "petite short" pants, they still have to be hemmed. Unless you sew, that means taking them to be altered and spending more money. - 11/3/2014 10:58:27 AM
  • For me comfort and practicality trump fashion every time. I'm happy to wear clothes from 10, 20 or 30 years ago. I'm so happy that they fit. I'll call them vintage not out of style. Another article in this email tells us to be ourselves. So this is just me. - 11/3/2014 6:56:03 AM
    I agree with RELYK5. I get tired of people judging other people's appearance or choices. If it works for you, go for it, even if it means the skinny jeans. Others may avert their eyes if they find it offensive. There are more important things to worry about. Who decides what looks good anyway? - 11/2/2014 1:02:00 PM
  • 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

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