When you are losing weight it can feel as though your wardrobe is the last thing to catch up. As you descend through the dress sizes there is little point buying lots of new clothes until you have reached your goal weight or resting weight.
So how do you keep looking stylish when your clothes can feel like sacks?
1. Friend, Romans, Countrymen lend me your … clothes! Beg and Borrow is my first tip. Ask around friends, family, co-workers to see if they have any spare clothes in your size; you’ll be surprised what people come up with.
2. A great ‘tool’ in your weight loss wardrobe is a few trusty belts. Simply belt loose tunic tops, shift dresses, shirts and jumpers to create a more nipped in silhouette. They really are a cost effective way to make your weight loss wardrobe work – as you shift more lbs. simply have more holes punched into the leather!
3. Use accessories to divert attention to where you want people to look. Scarves tied at a jaunty angle around your neck, statement necklaces and earrings will all keep the attention up by your face. A big tote bag will draw attention away from your body.
4. Finding trousers to fit can be a real pain in the bum regardless of whether you are losing weight or not but they become an even bigger pain in the ass when you are losing weight in the hip, thigh and stomach area. You may find that your trousers are loose as hell on your waist but fit fine through the thigh. In this case you need to embrace some wardrobe DIY skills. Use a nappy pin (much bigger and sturdier than a normal safety pin) to take your trousers in at the back so they fit on your waist. You will be left with a bunch of material but cover this with a looser fitting top. Another option is to wear the trousers as hipster trousers and use wonder web to take the hem up.
5. If you are at the stage where you really are wearing sacks and have exhausted the kind donations of friends and family, then try eBay. A cheap and easy resource for new clothes, eBay will allow you to replenish your wardrobe for not much cash. Buy a few plain, basic items to see you through each size drop, including a few dresses which you can style a couple of different ways (check out my One Black Dress styling video for inspiration here). At this point I would really urge you to get friendly with your tape measure and work out your vital statistics: bust, waist, hip, thigh. Then look for listings which give the measurements of the garments. This will reduce the margin for error where sizing is concerned and you will (fingers crossed) get what you paid for.
6. Another way to re-stock your wardrobe is to host a Clothes Swapping Party. Always invite a range of women in a range of sizes so no-one goes home empty handed.
7. I love hunting down a bargain in a charity (thrift) shop. Go with an open mind and you’ll be surprised what you can find. As well as buying some new clothes you are also donating to charity. Win win!
8. Use your weight loss wardrobe to experiment with new colors, shapes and textures in your clothes. Challenge yourself to try everything you wouldn’t normally try on. Lots of shops now offer a complimentary Personal Shopping service so make use of their expertise and free advice where your new found shape is concerned.
9. When you have hit your goal weight/resting weight (congratulations by the way!) invest in some wardrobe basics: a cashmere jumper, a fitted white shirt, some nude heels.
10. You may find you lose weight from your feet on your weight loss journey. I would always encourage you to buy and wear properly fitting shoes to avoid any foot related nuisances like bunions. Be proud of your new figure and walk tall – in shoes that fit!
Let me know how you get on!
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