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Buying Smaller Clothes

AlannaWulf194AlannaWulf194 Member Posts: 11 Member Member Posts: 11 Member
I've got an amazon list of size large clothing (I wear a size X-large). I've been debating whether or not to buy an outfit or two in size large to try and motivate me to get to that level. Did anyone do this with success?


  • callsitlikeiseeitcallsitlikeiseeit Member Posts: 7,180 Member Member Posts: 7,180 Member
    different things work as motivators for different people. If buying clothing in smaller sizes helps motivate you, then go for it!

    I have a ton of clothes already in smaller sizes, so the idea of purposely buying them when there's no NEED to doesn't jive with me. I'd have to get smaller than an 8 before I didn't have anything that fit. I'm a 12/14 currently.

    When I was actively losing a LOT of weight (130 pounds), I primarily went to thrift shops. cheaper, I knew I wasn't going to be in that size forever, or even long, no need to spend $50 on a pair of jeans (or more) when I can get them for $5. That doesn't mean I wont buy random pieces new, but I abhor paying full price for pretty much anything LOL

    We purchased a horse (yes, a horse LOL) this weekend, and she wont be on our farm for a couple of months yet. I want to be able to ride her. She needs to gain some weight, and I need to lose some weight, so right now ... being able to ride her is MY motivation LMAO
  • LietchiLietchi Member Posts: 1,778 Member Member Posts: 1,778 Member
    I personally didn't do this, simply because I know that clothes won't necessarily fit me well, even if they are in the right size. So I might have bought clothing that I could eventually fit into, but not necessarily look nice on me and therefore never get worn.
    Also, I found that buying 'intermediate' clothes was pretty much a waste of money since I would outshrink them before getting much use out of them (particularly true in this pandemic, spending 99% of my time at home).

    I did however have some old smaller clothes in my closet, that I tried occasionally. It didn't motivate me particularly, but then again I'm not someone who's big on motivation :smile: I prefer just getting a good consistent routine going.
    I would say: go for it, if you think it will motivate you. But perhaps stick to cheaper brands and/or second-hand clothes, to keep the cost reasonable?
  • AlannaWulf194AlannaWulf194 Member Posts: 11 Member Member Posts: 11 Member
    Thanks guys! I should probably clarify that my "outfit" would consist of like a t-shirt and jeans or sweat pants. so they should fit pretty well on me. I def am not going to buy an entire wardrobe unless I have decided that I'm staying at that weight.
  • wunderkindkingwunderkindking Member Posts: 123 Member Member Posts: 123 Member
    I've bought some smaller stuff throughout - mostly used on Poshmark. Not so much as motivation, but rather that there is only so sloppy and oversized even I can stand to be.
  • MsCzarMsCzar Member Posts: 238 Member Member Posts: 238 Member
    Unless it was an absolutely incredible bargain, I don't think I would buy the smaller clothing - especially something like a tee and sweatpants. Plus, it's a lot more fun to lose weight and then buy new clothes. As for jeans, I have noticed that my smaller size jeans from back in the day don't fit my body the way they once did. So when it comes to jeans - I would say that is a hard 'no' - simply because jeans need to fit fairly well.

  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 308 Member Member Posts: 308 Member
    The one time I bought a dress in a smaller size because it was really pretty AND a really good deal, thinking "someday...." Well, when it finally was "someday" years later, I didn't really have an occasion to wear it. For me personally, I know buying clothing in smaller sizes isn't motivating, and can actually anxiety-provoking (strange, I know). However, once I reached my goal weight, I was ready to go all-out.

    More recently, I went down a dress size in reaching my new goal. My old pants fit loosely, but I bought a bunch in smaller sizes because I thought If I continued to wear those now too-big pants, it would be too easy for me to fit right back into them again.
  • DezYaoifiedDezYaoified Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    Shirts I don’t really worry about because I can always tie them off or just wear them baggy (tshirts)
    Pants and shorts tho, I do have a few in smaller sizes. I take pics of trying them on at different points in my progress. Nothing too crazy, just a few sizes smaller. I bought some size 14/12s when I was size 20. I’m size 16 now and for me it’s really helpful to see the difference in how the smaller clothes are fitting. Before I could hardly get the shorts above my knees, now I can get them all the way up. I can’t wait until I can button and zip them.
  • AndreaTamiraAndreaTamira Member, Premium Posts: 248 Member Member, Premium Posts: 248 Member
    I kind of do this.

    When my pants get loose I go to the second hand store and find a pair of jeans a size smaller than my pants. I don't fit in it yet at this point, but I take it home and try it on once a week till I do. I did this twice now (NZ size 16 and 14.)

    I also have an older t-shirt I am waiting to fit into.

    I don't think I would buy truly new clothes (especially trousers) in a lower size as they may just fit for 3 or 4 months or so and that's just a waste of money I don't have.
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