I’m at the point in my weight loss where my clothes aren’t fitting well anymore. I don’t like the way I look, but I really don’t want to spend money on new clothes just yet because I may not fit into them anymore in a couple of months. What do people do about “transitional clothing”? How often should I buy items in a smaller size or how can I make my old clothes last until my goal weight?
Ah, yes. The problem you aren’t allowed to complain about because other people will roll their eyes if you bring it up. It’s like complaining about paying taxes after winning the lottery. No one wants to hear about the nuisances that come with your good fortune.
But it’s a real problem. Buying a brand new wardrobe every few months is expensive. And the more you have to lose, the more clothes you have to buy! If you don’t handle it right, you could shuffle around miserably in clothes that don’t fit for months or years.
Here are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage.
1. Used Clothing Is Your Friend
Buy from thrift stores, consignment shops, and online (like Ebay or Poshmark). Used clothing is much more cost effective than buying new.
2. Consider a Capsule Wardrobe
This idea of a capsule wardrobe has risen in popularity over the past few years. It’s a minimal wardrobe where every piece works with multiple items. Think: one pair of jeans, slacks in a neutral color, a crisp white tee, a little black dress, that sort of thing. By choosing pieces that let you maximize mixing and matching, you can make a lot of outfits out of a few pieces of clothing.
Capsule wardrobes are usually spoken about in the context of people wanting to invest in their wardrobe, but it’s also great for people who want to get away with as few items of clothing as possible. Just be prepared to do a lot more laundry.
3. Don’t Wait Too Long
Buying clothes you know you’ll have to get rid of in a few months is depressing. It’s tempting to hold out for as long as possible.
Spending money on clothes that fit you every two sizes or so is worth it. And not just because you won’t have to worry about your pants accidentally falling down while you’re giving a presentation at work.
If your clothes don’t fit, they won’t look good, and when they don’t look good, you don’t feel good. It gets harder and harder to convince yourself that losing weight is worth it. I cannot overstate the emotional boost that you get from wearing clothes that not only fit but help you see your progress.
Let yourself feel good in your clothes, and show off a little!
Do you have any tips about buying clothes when losing weight?