You did it!! You’ve lost so much weight that your clothes are starting to drape off your shoulders like a curtain instead of that fitted tee you purchased years ago. You were a size 22/24 when you started this journey. It’s time to start looking at new clothes. You know you’re going to rock this new body, but you have to learn how to dress it. You have different curves now and you can’t remember the last time you saw them.
One of the most exciting things about losing weight is going clothes shopping! You know when you start that you are going to have to eventually replace your wardrobe, but how do you replace an entire closet full of clothes? Very slowly…Don’t stress about replacing everything all at once. Get what you need, as you need it. Do you really need 6 pairs of pants?
After gathering all the cute little outfits you head into the dressing room, and that size 14 fits!! What?! YESSSS!! You feel amazing!! Wahoo!! So you buy it, floating somewhere above cloud nine as you strut your stuff out the door.
Feeling the high of self-confidence, you decide to keep going. The next store will surely have another outfit you can’t live without. You grab the size 14 off the rack. Can’t get it over your thighs. Size 16…nope! The 18s are going to fit, you just know it! But they don’t. You finally cave and try the 20s. What is going on here?! You know you’ve lost weight, you know your tummy has shrunk. You have the measurements log to prove it!!
Ok, so maybe it’s not you. It’s me. This was my experience. Wanna know why it’s so frustrating? Because clothing manufacturers do this to us!! They do not all follow the same standard measurements for clothing. As I stood in a dressing room, there was a chart of two popular brands and they explained how one measured large and one measured small. Ya know, so you don’t waste anymore time trying on the wrong size. Because heaven forbid they actually label it correctly. Ugh!!
So, I’m taking all of my frustrations and turning that frown upside down in hopes that it will help you as you have to find a way to replace your wardrobe. Even though I don’t consider myself a fashionista, here are a few tips that I have learned:
- Shop clearance or Goodwill. I would venture to say 90% of my closet is filled with clearance finds. I always have good luck at CATO and Kohl’s. And don’t forget about Walmart. They’ve really stepped up their clothing game lately. I like to get skinny jeans and cardigans there. I just can’t bring myself to pay crazy prices for clothes that I know won’t fit for too long.
- Choose things with elastic/stretch. Like stretchy jeans. Buy them a little snug- just make sure you can actually breathe- because they will last you longer if you have to shrink into them fitting and then you can keep shrinking out of them until they become too baggy.
- Buy your shirts fitted. Baggy shirts make you look bigger than you are. If you are self-conscious wearing fitted shirts, you can add a cardigan to help hide your trouble spots.
- Leggings are your friend, but before you buy them, please make sure you can’t see your undies. Because no one wants to see you walking around in all your glory. Pair leggings with a long shirt, cardigan, and some cute boots and you’ll be styling!
- Dark jeans are so versatile. You can dress them up with a nice blouse and comfy flats, or dress them down with a cute tee and flops.
- A simple pair of tan flats can dress up anything. Don’t ask me how, I just know that it works.
- Look for clothes that you can mix and match. Have you ever looked into capsule wardrobes? I aspire to be able to be that minimalistic…one day. But, not today! Today, I like having several shirts to choose from without having to do laundry every day. Pinterest has some great capsule wardrobe ideas.
- Don’t forget to look in every section for Women. I have a bad habit of heading straight to the Plus Size section because that’s where I was able to buy clothes for as long as I can remember. The other day, I couldn’t find anything and a friend asked, “Did you check the Junior section?” It didn’t even dawn on me to look in the other sections! Sometimes, I forget that I am shrinking.
- I’m not much of an accessories girl, but if you are…you can really change the look of an outfit by adding a belt or chunky necklace.
Those are just a few of the things that I have learned along the way. What are some of your favorite tips and tricks to dressing your new body?