Today's topic was posed by Nurit from Family, Friendly, Food. Nurit asks:
"Losing weight is a long journey. So what do you do about shopping for clothes while trying to lose weight?"
When I first started my weight loss journey 36 lbs. ago, I was wearing tight, size 18 pants. Now I'm wearing a loose 14, but believe it or not, I haven't needed to shop for a lot of clothes.
Firstly, the jeans that I had were the "tummy tamer" jeans from Coldwater Creek. These jeans have a little panel in the front made out of stretchy material. I found these invaluable as I was losing weight as the panel kept the jeans in place. Obviously they were baggy, but not so baggy that I needed to buy new pants at every new size. I was able to put off buying new jeans until I hit a size 14. I plan on keeping the size 14 jeans I have now until I'm a size 10. (I'm on my way!) I also have some dress slacks from Coldwater Creek that are a little stretchy. Again, these are a little more forgiving than other types of pants when you lose weight. Plus, it's easy to shrink stretchy material in the dryer a little!
Unfortunately, I am still wearing a lot of my baggy sweaters from last winter. I did break down and buy a few new sweaters this season to fit my new body. I also invested in about 5 tank tops from Eddie Bauer last summer. The tanks have slight ribbing to them which gives them a little stretch. These got me through last summer, and they also have been serving as undershirts throughout the winter. They will also get me through this summer as, even though I am smaller, they are stretchy and have shrunk.
Undergarmets have been a little bit of an issue. I needed to buy new bras almost immediately upon starting to lose weight. But I only invested in two of them and wash often as these suckers are expensive and kind of a critical thing to have a good fit. I felt better investing in only two at first because as I lost more weight and changed sizes again, I could buy other bras that fit. Obviously with losing 36 lbs., underwear fit also becomes an issue. I've bought cute but cheap underwear from WalMart until I reach my final weight and can splurge on something more expensive.
Last summer, I was able to get by with my very loose shorts that had a tie that I embarrassingly tied until they were puckered all around, but since I have lost a few more pounds since last summer, and it is a few months from short weather, I am going to have to buy more shorts to get me through this summer. I plan on buying a couple pairs of capris in beige or jeans color to take me through late spring and early fall, as well as a couple pairs of shorts. This should take me through the summer and shouldn't be a huge investment either.
I also love dresses. Dresses are very forgiving. I bought a size 10 dress on super clearance at Coldwater Creek at the beginning of Weight Loss Weekly to motivate myself into it by mother's day. It is already fitting even though I am nowhere near a size 10 pant yet. But because most dresses are flared, if you fit into the dress at the top, you usually fit into it at the bottom. This dress should last through a lot of dropped weight.
My fellow Weight Loss Weekly bloggers are Nurit, Giyen and Sunny. Here is what they have to say!
"I love to shop for clothes. Don’t you? I have told you before about the ping-pong game that I play with my smaller size clothes when we talked about The most ridiculous thing I’ve done. But what do I do in the meantime? Can’t just sit and stare at those teeny tiny clothes for years and years until I lose those @#$%&! 18 pounds (now 14, yippie!)… Read more at 1 family. friendly. food.
"I hate to admit this, but I have been hoarding skinny clothes for years. At this point I have more clothes that fit the "future me" than I do the "real me" - this is sad, I know." Keep reading more at Bacon Is My Enemy.
"After gaining 20 pounds, I finally had to break down and just buy bigger clothes. Grrr! It makes me so mad when my skinny sister comes over and puts on a pair of my jeans, they're so big on her they're practically falling off...." keep reading at That Extra 20 Pounds