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8/5/17 8:00 P

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If you are having problems with water redistributing throughout the day then focus on going clothes shopping towards the end of the day, just like you would with shoes. Do be aware that you tend to be puffier in the morning, so don't go for a super tight fit.

Spend some time perusing the websites of clothing companies that you like the look of. Remember that clothing can enhance and distract, so figure out what you want to emphasize and look for items that meet that need. So if you wanted to emphasize your chest/neck area and minimize your stomach you might go for a v-neck top with some sort of decoration and a straight to slightly tailored/darted stomach area. Get an idea of what you like and what might work and then search out similar items at stores in your budget range. Consider signing up for emails and you'll likely get coupons and sale notifications, which can maximize your budget if you are willing to acquire slowly.

You will have to take into account your shape (and you'll probably have to do this at least a few times as you lose and your shape changes), so hit a store with a lot of different lengths of clothing in it. Bring along a trusted friend and try to pin down where your shirts should end, your pants should begin and whatever is covering your bottom ends. Some people look better with higher waists and hems, others right in the middle and still others right below. Figure out what works best for you and remember that as you start to poke around for things you actually like. You might also have to ditch some things that you conceptually like but that hit you in all the wrong places. There are plenty of trends to embrace out there that will enhance your figure.

Since you have looked at what you like and figured out where it needs to go you compare that to what you want to avoid. Buying appropriately sized clothes instead of too small clothes does wonders for making you not look like a stuffed sausage. As to what's frumpy, well, what do you consider the mark of frumpiness? Either avoid those clothes or find a piece that defies your convention. Figure out what it is that you don't like about it (a ruffle in a certain place, a certain cut, whatever) and avoid pieces that have that. So if a pirate blouse is not your style, perhaps a ruffled deep v or a keyhole with a pussy bow might be more to your liking. A wrap dress with a belt might give you a little more flexibility to flatter your figure.

Finally, fabric. Some fabrics have no structure and ooze, while others are more tailored and hold their shape. Know your fabrics and know the care of those fabrics to get the most out of your clothing.

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8/4/17 10:55 P

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"You can figure a size change for every 5-10# as a rule at least that is what works for me. "
You lucky duck, you!

I lost 40 pounds, and I am in the same size everything, even jeans.

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8/4/17 9:07 P

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Buy some good basics that really fit - one set in a dark color (black, brown, navy) and one in a light color (white, off white, tan, beige, yellow). A competent sales person can do wonders with this. If your waist is large, buy a shift dress and either a short (bolero type) or long (hip length) sweater. For a skirt, buy a trumpet or tulip type. Tops tunics.

You can figure a size change for every 5-10# as a rule at least that is what works for me.

Mid-price stores like Christopher and Banks, Dress Barn, Coldwater Creek and Northstyle (catalog only) have lots of choices that won't break the bank.

With basic colors concentrate on colorful accessories - and those can be fun and super cheap. I love picking these sort of things up at Goodwill.

The other thing, depending on where you might live are consignment or resale shops - They tend to have better quality and you can often make an offer if you think it is too expensive.

The thing is to have some fun with it. See to it that the clothes fit and the colors are good for you. When you look good you feel good and that helps with motivation. Sunny

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7/26/17 9:49 P

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Hello Bithoo,

I hear your frustration. If the clothes you are buying stretch out then buy clothes that don't stretch. I love linen! It is one of the strongest fabrics which means long wear and is cool in warm weather and can be worn with leggings when it gets cold. My favorite skirts are these that are flattering and have elastic waist for scale fluctuations.(made in USA, in linen which is all natural fabric) Most of mine are maxi lenght and several are mid calf. They work for me for everything from at home to going out.

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7/26/17 2:26 P

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so I thought "I'll stop checking the scale," so I wouldn't drive myself crazy.

But now I'm going nuts over clothes! First I thought, "just buy clothes that fit. you're big, so buy big clothes."

So I bought bigger clothes -- and while they seemed to fit in the store, they stretched out so much so fast that they were literally falling down in two hours!

So I bought smaller clothes -- which seem to lovingly outline every lump and bump.

So I bought different styled clothes -- which wind up making me look like I'm breast feeding triplets or like I borrowed my big sister's outfits.

So I went back to jeans and big shirts, which would be fine if I were sixteen, which I'm not...

How the heck do you figure out how to buy and wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself, that aren't going to fall down, that aren't going to make you look like a stuffed sausage, that aren't frumpy, that don't cost a fortune??

And how do you tell if you're losing or gaining weight if all the clothes at the store are made with some kind of weird stretchy fabric that expands two sizes in one hour??

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