I fill my closet with nice thrift store finds from the clothing section. I buy at my current size or a little snug and stock my closet with cute clothes I can't wait to wear. If they don't fit on day 1 I pull it out of my closet the following week to see my progress. Exciting when they finally fit!
Since the clothes are usually between $3-$6 each I never feel guilty about getting them a little small and hoping to work my way into them nor do I feel bad about shrinking out of them. I also buy things that are a little more stylish than if I was at the regular store because I can get so much more