The Small Success of Sizing Up the Downsizing
Friday, October 15, 2010
Way back in May, after only a month of ‘dieting’, I blogged about going through my own closet and sorting the range of smaller-sized items that I was hoping to fit into. At that time, I was able to put on only the largest and roomiest pants in my collection, and I wore mostly jersey tops instead of blouses since they had the stretch I needed. After losing 5 pounds in the first month, I could fit into a couple more pieces in my wardrobe, and I was able to mine my closet for enough things to tide me over the summer. Six months into the diet, I have lost a total of 12 pounds and I can now fit into a few more pants and shirts.
Recently I needed some ‘professional’ clothes, and even after going through my closet, there just weren’t enough pieces that fit right and that were in good enough condition for the occasion. When I sorted clothes in May for the Fall, I thought I would have plenty of good clothes but somehow I slipped past the weight range that my ‘good’ suits are in, leaving me with only cargo pants and some pretty worn jeans. So now I really did have to go shopping.
Because I hope to lose more weight, I didn’t go overboard on buying a lot of stuff. Really, I only needed a couple of pants that didn’t cut into the waist and create ‘muffin top’, nor bag at the buttocks – both of those awkward fits can ruin the look of even the best clothes. When I left to go shopping, I wasn’t really sure what size to get, and I realise that sizes are all over the map depending on the line of clothing. I tend to shop at the same place for work clothes and I was wearing a 14 Petites at my heaviest. I find that when I wear a heel, the petite pants are too short, so this time I headed for the regular section, knowing I would have to hem. I looked at a size 11 pant, and thought it would be too big. In the end, I went for a size 9. The fit was a tiny bit snug, but since I am on my way down the scale, I think with just one more pound off, these will be a perfect fit.
It was a pretty small shopping spree -- two pairs of size 9 dress pants in synthetic fibres and two “medium’ sweaters in cotton-synthetic blends for a total of $125. But it felt nice to be rewarded with a few new clothes to wear! Now I get to sort through my closet again and give a few more things away to charity. And I still have some items from ‘before’ that are too small now, but maybe in a couple months they will fit and tide me over until my next shopping spree!