How long to maintain before buying new clothes?
galadrielandme Posts: 3 Member
I’m nowhere near my goal currently, but my clothes are loosening up and I’m starting to dread living in clothes that don’t fit for the next few months while I lose weight. I’m planning to save some money to buy new clothes when I’m in my maintenance range. But should I maintain for a while before I buy new things, since so many factors determine the best maintenance weight and I won’t know right away? What did you do?
Here's the thing: when your belt-less pants start falling off in public you either get new clothes or risk getting fined for indecent exposure 🤷🏿♀️
I ran to cross the street a few days ago and almost mooned everyone in downtown traffic because my leggings are now - officially and obviously - too loose.
Benefit from my folly and purchase basics when you need as you slim down. Not so easy in the mist of a pandemic but here we are.20
I bought clothes at the thrift store for a while12
That's a really good question. I think that maybe you should get a new outfit or two during your weight loss so you have something cute that fits you. Even going to get a couple of things on the clearance rack at walmart would be helpful. I think you will know when you are at a weight you want to stay at, and that is when I would suggest going all out for new clothes4
Reward yourself with new clothes!8
I'm grateful that you brought this up. I've lost 64 pounds with 123 pounds to go. About 1/3 of the way. I don't want to buy new clothes that I know I won't be able to wear for long, but I'm down to 3 pairs of pants & 2 pairs of shorts I can get away with. I like the idea of thrift store clothes, thanks! I broke down a couple of days ago & bought some smaller underwear, the least expensive I could get online.8
The thrift store option is a good one, or just one or two basic outfits you can change up the look of with accessories. Another option is to pick some styles that have more longevity through varied weights. For example, one useful thing I got was some dark, loose, plain linen pants that have a gathered inside drawstring at the waist.
Tops that have a tie in the side-seam then tie at the back may be an option, or a tunic-type style that can be belted for fit. In summer, tank tops with a lightweight loose, open overshirt can work in some situations (the tanks don't fit forever, but they're potentially pretty inexpensive). If you ever wear dresses, lightweight loose ones you can belt or tie can work, too.
What did I do personally? I hateHateHATE to clothes shop. I limped along as long as I could while losing, using some of the strategies above. Because I hate to shop, and don't like spending money on clothes ever at all, my clothes tend toward civilian "uniforms" anyway: Plain pants/slacks, plain simple t-shirts or tanks, plain/simple jackets or sweaters and overshirts, with the pants and jacket-y things in neutral colors (black, gray, navy, ecru) and the t-shirts/tanks in mostly jewel reds, purples and teals. I make and enjoy jewelry, so varying the jewelry (or sometimes a scarf/shawl) changes the look enough. No one really notices if one wears the same plain black slacks every other day, so while losing, I could do with just one or two pair, depending on how well the (soon-)previous size still fit, or the next(-soon) size was getting close enough. Just a couple of basic dresses (clearance or resale shop) cover dressy occasions: Right now, I have a black lace one for summer, and a red velvet-ish one for Winter, and I didn't buy either one until I needed them. It'll do.6
Thrift stores are your friend7
When I was losing each time I went down a size I bought a few key items, it really made me feel the benefit of the weight loss as it felt so good for the clothes to fit better and look more flattering.10
E-bay. If you search for expensive brands and buy in sizes that you feel quite sure will fit you - you will find some great 2nd hand bargains to cheer up your look. You might never pay full price again. If the things don't fit you can just sell them on again at minimal loss.5
springlering62 Posts: 6,154 MemberI visited an outlet mall the other day, and the retailers had things marked down 60-80%. I bought brand new things that they were selling at near- thrift store prices. I was shocked.
Bad for the economy but boy it was great for me.
It’s a wierd little window, but seems you can work it to your advantage.6
As I've lost weight I've bought a pair of cheap jeans here and there. The size I was before I started losing was an 18 or 16, I'm currently a 10, and will probably be an 8 or 6 when I'm at whatever weight ends up being my final goal. In no universe could I wear those 18s, even belted now, 9mths in. For the summer I've bought some dresses since they will be more forgiving of a shrinking me.4
Definitely buy yourself some new things along the way. I know it can be expensive, but you have worked hard. You don’t want to go around looking sloppy. You will feel so much better in some well fitting clothes and it will motivate you even more as those compliments start rolling in!7
I hit up Ross for cheap cute outfits while losing. Definitely get some clothes that fit, it’s highly motivating! You don’t really see how much you’ve lost until you buy clothes that fit properly. After buying jeans that I wore exactly once before they were too large, I learned to get temporary clothes with elastic waistbands and some flexibility in how they fit. I bought three tops, three bottoms, and a dress, that all worked together, and I was set for a while.5
At least for Tops, dresses, coats, these can come in handy for a while:
If you search "cardigan clips" a lot of the decorative metal versions will come up. Dritz makes a simple one with elastic connector. A lot of the "Mitten clips" are usually the same thing.
Hijab pins also come in useful if gathering a loose top in front or pinning a skirt..I've found them to work much better than safety pins.
I buy a couple new things for each season at the size I'm at that season. Wearing clothes that are too big make me feel frumpy and don't reflect the immense effort I've made. Celebrate your body at the size you're in right now.9
You could see if you can find some dresses at a thrift store. That way they will last longer on you since the waist can't fall off!2
I don't think you have to maintain before buying clothes. I lost so fast that I was 2-3 sizes smaller and my "old" clothes looked clownish and would fall without a belt. I had to buy 2 outfits just to get me through to the next size down. Then, my aunt told me I HAD to get new clothes because the other ones were too big and ridiculous. She insisted on taking me. I ended up 4 sizes down! Just try to find sales and things that mix and match so you don't need too many items.4
I don't think you have to maintain before buying clothes. I lost so fast that I was 2-3 sizes smaller and my "old" clothes looked clownish and would fall without a belt. I had to buy 2 outfits just to get me through to the next size down. Then, my aunt told me I HAD to get new clothes because the other ones were too big and ridiculous. She insisted on taking me. I ended up 4 sizes down! Just try to find sales and things that mix and match so you don't need too many items.1
I didn't downsize clothes last time I lost weight - and life got complicated, I lost track of staying with MFP and sooner or later those clothes started fitting again! I won't make that mistake again! If you can fit in the next size, go for it. You don't have to replace your entire wardrobe. Also - clothes that fall down all the time don't make you feel your best2
Lietchi Posts: 5,154 MemberBetween my starting weight and my goal weight, there is almost 60lbs difference. So waiting till maintenance to buy new clothes was never an option
My usual jeans are cheap - being obese, I never wanted to invest in expensive jeans at the rate I was wearing them out (thighs rubbing together). So I just bought smaller jeans when the old ones were too baggy. Alternating two jeans is plenty for me to keep my lower body 'clothed and presentable'.
Upper body requires a larger selection. I kept on wearing some of my older clothes where I could 'get away with' a looser fit. But I still went clothes shopping a few times:
- it's a really nice confidence booster to fit into smaller clothes, and I feel better wearing nicely fitting clothes
- I have meetings with other organisations sometimes and I need to be a bit more 'presentable' then, so I really couldn't wear those baggy clothes in those circumstances.
I focused on cheaper brands and sales, since I knew it was for a temporary wardrobe.
As the summer is approaching now, I've bought some more clothes, some slightly tight still, to tide me over till the fall and winter. I think I have about 5 tops/blouses/... that really fit my current size, plus some older stuff that's still wearable. That should be enough (especially since I probably won't go back to the office till September). I'm 2/3rds to my goal, so I like showing off what I've accomplished so far
I might try to sell some of the clothes afterwards when I've reached my goal, or I might just give them to charity.4
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