Definitely, for me it's very important to wear clothes that look good on me at any stage or body shape. I also love wrap-around cuts and stretchy fabric or intentionally loose/oversized clothing.
I also do most of my shopping for clothes at thrift/2nd-hand stores. I love spending only a few bucks on high-quality clothes and being eco-friendly at the same time. Win-win. Oh, and all the toxins have usually been washed out by the time the clothes are donated and you can see exactly how the material and the cut behave after being worn and washed several times.
I am also one who has clothes in many different sizes. I try to limit how much new stuff I get but if pants and shirts are way too loose I’ll get a few pieces for work. And if hubby points out that old baggy clothes are making me look bigger I see them aside to donate :p
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I think it's important to look professional and put together at work, so yes, I spend money on clothes. I tend to shop at the outlet mall, and places like Nordstom Rack, but it's important to me to look good, and as someone else said, I carry myself differently when I am dressed in clothing that fits well.
I do try to buy special occasion clothing at a deep discount, because it's frustrating when you wear something once or twice and it no longer fits. Sometimes the tailor can make it workable, but often he can't. Last year I took several formals to one of those organizations that supplies prom dresses to low-income girls. Evidently they are always short of larger-sized dresses so that is a great option if you have formalwear to get rid of.
My friend's yoga studio did a plus sized clothing exchange last summer and I was able to pick up 5-6 nice pieces and find homes for some of my clothing too.
Lauren Sri Lanka
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I would buy new clothes at predetermined goal weights. Usually I would get something cheap to get me through until that goal. Forever 21 for example was great to get cheap basics. Don't go nuts but also keep in mind it can effect your well being to not wear clothes that are fitting. You might be more motivated when you feel you look nicer. At least that's how my brain works!
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I'm in a close enough range that I don't need to update my wardrobe for that reason. Once I reach goal and maintain it for a time I will update my clothes, but in the meantime I'm also updating my current wardrobe so that I can feel and look terrific regardless of being at my goal or not.
I find that I walk taller, am more confident, and more apt to be active (surprise, surprise) if I feel like I look good than if I feel frumpy - and all of those things will only help me reach my goal!
So, I am of the opinion that you should be able to look good at every stage. Obviously if you're dropping sizes rapidly you may want to buy pieces that can be a bit more size-flexible (dresses, sport coats, etc) to save your budget a bit, but a few key pieces can remake your entire closet if you shop carefully!
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I'm trying to old off until I lost the bulk of my weight (that's also due to budgetary constraints). But, if the clothes start looking ridiculous on me I will buys a smaller size or 2 (would give me a goal to lose more so it will fit better).
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I don't have many casual clothes that fit me well at all (I can't find pants! I am not a jeggings/ skinny jeans person), but I do dress well and professionally for work as I have a high-level administrative job in an affluent community.
Years of low income at previous jobs has made me allergic to paying full price for anything - while I will occasionally shop the clearance rack at a mall store like Banana Republic, I rely heavily on thrift shops, consignment shops, and Marshall's to dress for work. Dresses are very forgiving and I can still wear some of my old things, but after going from a 16-18 to a 10-12-14 (about 30 lbs down), I looked and felt sloppy and frumpy. I did shop my closet, but I have reached the end of items I had saved for "when I lose weight." It's a lovely but unsettling feeling - where the sidewalk ends!
I just this past week spent a bunch of money (for me) at this fabulous consignment shop- I bought new dresses, blazers, tops, skirts, and even shoes as some of my shoes are now too big!
I loved the wardrobe I had built up over the years, but as someone else said, shopping is so much more fun now. I never dreamed I could buy a US size 10 Boden dress - for under $20 no less - and look amazing in it! I still have another 35 lbs to go, but I'm losing slowly so what I bought should get me through most of the winter anyway. In the spring I'll go through my last year's wardrobe, see what still works, and go shopping again to replace what I need to.
I definitely need to work on getting new underthings and casual clothes though - but I work so much that I'm mostly in my pj's when I'm not working lol. :)
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When I lost 80 pounds, and went from a size 16 to a size 4/6 I had to. I did buy a few pieces on super mega clearance or at thrift stores and then added as I could afford when I hit my goal weight. Now to get back to a size 4/6...
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It's really noticeable when your pants are too baggy or don't fit. When I lost weight last year (before gaining it back this year), I would buy pants any time I needed to go down two sizes. The shirts I wear aren't typically meant to be form fitting, so if they are loose it doesn't show as much. If I go down a few sizes, I don't need a new shirt. For dresses it depends on the dress. I did have to stop wearing a dress that was loose all over to begin with, and when I lost weight it was noticeable that the dress was too big. Not the case for a few other more form-fitting dresses I own, so I could keep wearing them.
I think overall it depends on how much you have to lose and how much has been lost already. If someone were to need to lose 300 pounds, I would think they would need some new clothes if they lost 200, even if they weren't at their goal weight. I'm ok with wearing loose clothing as 1) it's more comfortable, 2) people tend to notice more that I lost weight 3) I know it's temporary until I get to my goal.
IMO buying clothes is ok as long as you are not replacing your entire wardrobe, just getting a few articles to get you by for now.
no...if I need clothes but am still loosing I will go to Goodwill or someplace used and wear clothes from there until I am at my preferred weight. Ironically, I find a LOT of new clothes , never worn, at these places.
jmo but I think it's good for the self-esteem to wear clothes that fit. (and as Slimmerkiwi noted with her examples-- perhaps public decency, as well! lol) Your budget and wardrobe requirements would shape what/ how much you'd buy. Many of us have clothes that we saved "for when I lose the weight". I had several boxes in my closet, labeled with the clothing sizes, waiting for when I lost the weight. So I "shopped my closet" and then filled in with some other things.
I bought some "interim" clothing at thrift stores and off the clearance racks, some pants when they were on sale. Didn't want to spend a lot or buy too many, because I didn't intend to stay that size. Went on a bit of a shopping spree when I hit maintenance, as I didn't have any old clothes in that size. Got rid of all the bigger sizes. If I gain the weight back, I'll have nothing to wear.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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9/21/17 11:33 A
Sometimes you have no choice but to get different clothes while still losing. If the expense is a concern, I suggest going to resale shops or even garage sales. I live in a larger city and when some of the more upscale neighborhoods have garage sales, I often find really nice gently used clothes for cheap. For example, over the years I've gotten 2 Wilson leather jackets for $10 each. The both looked like they'd only been work a few times. Many people, especially women, recycle their clothes fairly often and put their "old" ones out on garage sales. They might not be this year's fashions, but who cares! Two things I will not buy used though is shoes or underwear- gross!
My suggestion though is that you get rid of the clothes that are too big for you as they become too big for you. If you don't have those clothes to fall back on, you hopefully aren't as likely to regain the weight. In fact, you might be able to do some bartering at a resale shop.
ABSOLUTELY!!! Though at first, I was going from a 3X to a 2X so I didn't need many of those since I had just JUMPED UP (I WISH I could have JUMPED!) I had the 2Xs.
About every 15 to 20 lbs I go down a size (AND A HUGE SMILE!) I do not like clothes at all tight on me, but certainly to fit well. At first, I shopped 2nd hand stores such as Goodwill etc. Hey, I KNEW I was NOT going to be in "those clothes" for long so to spend 5 to 10 per item was FINE.
Once into an XL (Rejoicing I may add!) I started at Walmart type of places and now that I am in an M I feel free to shop at any place I wish, though I am still doing my best to hit sales at the Mall.
I'm still 40 Lbs from goal. I THINK???? I'll revaluate as I get closer. Gone so far from 288 Lbs to 179!! NOT BAD!! Once I reach goal I will not mind at all paying whatever for whatever I want, but for now? Nah, these clothes are going to GW for the most part or to a friend if she likes them.
If on a strict budget no need to go CRAZY and buy a LOT of stuff at a time. One item here and there is fine. I have a friend who THINKS she needs an entire closet new of clothes immediately. It's not necessary.
HAVE FUN Shopping and SHOW THAT OFF!! CONGRATS!
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A lot depends on how much of a weight-loss your goal is as to whether you 'need' to buy new clothes. .
I only ever buy/bought new clothes when I needed them. (down to affordability.) What jolted me into buying my first lot of new clothes after some weight loss was rather funny.
I had gone to my Dietitian appointment. I knew I had lost a fair bit of weight (about 13kg) and that my slim-fitting tailored trou were getting a bit baggy on me, but didn't realize how much until I went to stand up for her to measure my waist. My trou fell to the ground, completely unaided by human hand - LOL!
My daughter went one better tho' - LOL! SHE had lost a fair bit of weight, and was going for a brisk walk around town. Part way through, she lost not only her trou but her knickers as well
I'm an old man who is retired and I don't give a crap what others think of how I dress, to begin with. I go to the grocery store and credit union and the woods. In addition to that, I've been yoyoing long enough to have a large collection of different sizes of the only clothes I wear. Jeans, khakis, t-shirts long and short sleeve, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and hoodies. The only new stuff I buy is the occasional hat or t-shirt with something written on it that I think will annoy others, underwear, and socks. I do need a winter coat. This question probably wasn't intended for me, was it?
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Dave A.- South Central PA, USA
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9/20/17 10:52 P
I definitely did - I had no choice since I went from a 24W to a 2. I didn't buy new clothes in every size, but needed new ones every 30 pounds or so.
It definitely gets pricey, but I used options like Old Navy, Target, and even thrift shop to try to keep the price down. I admit to some more expensive purchases before reaching goal, especially when I got out of the "big girl" stores and was able to fit into mainstream clothes. And at goal, I went a little nuts at first. It was way too much fun to try on clothes at that point. ;-)
I would think most people do, especially when they lose several sizes. You cannot go around wearing your old size 22s when you are size 16 working to a size 12.
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