I like comfy clothes. I work in comfy clothes. My work dress code is fairly relaxed as an Independent Contractor Driver. I usually sport a mens pocket t-shirt or on occasion polo shirt with the company name (or not) and jeans. When I go out to do errands, what do I throw on… same thing. So what does my wardrobe look like? T-shirts with pockets (mostly) a few without pockets for the gym and jeans, I have a few (very few) nicer tops, that I can (and do) wear when I am going out somewhere nice. The green one in my Blog-bio photo, is like most of my clothes much too large for me now it was a v-neck stretchy t-shirt type material. I loved the color on me. I have a few other pieces here and there a black skirt that is quickly becoming much too large for me, it hangs on my hips and will soon start sliding right past them to the floor. A few tops that I like to mix with that skirt or jeans to go out in but that is about it.
Recently, and by recently I mean the last few months, I have concluded that part of why I had been unable to SEE my weight-loss for so long is because it was hidden. Hidden under my bad clothing. I was a lump! A lump of blah! At 400+lbs It really did not matter what I wore, it was a band-aid on the problem. My bra was likely ill fitted (now that I know what a good one feels like i know it was), my jeans, well I was lucky that I could find ones that fit right? I was a big round lump. Now I glimpse in the mirror as I leave the gym and I see my bag pull my t-shirt across my smaller self and think, HEY you have a shape! You look like a person, you have collar bones now, and a neck! You have an hourglass from the front, show it off! and from the sides you don’t look bad either! Why are you dressing in baggy clothes? You look like a sad sack!
So how do I learn to dress with a shape? I am still losing weight. I still have another 100 pounds I would ideally like to shed. I don’t want to blow a ton of money on new clothes. So I have been buying a new pair of jeans here or there. Mostly because, seriously… I can only wear the old ones for so long, the belt and 3 size too big pants just looks BAD! I keep an eye on the clearance racks at the fat stores and women’s sections at the other retailers , but because I am in a common size I end up not finding much.
I did take the first big step. I have a good everyday bra, I have a good sports bra being shipped to me. So now what? I am on a limited budget. So what am I to do? Anyone out there have any ideas of key pieces of wardrobe items that would help define my shape? Show me that I have a better body? Help me appear as a trendy woman? I don’t spend a lot of time at super fancy parties, but I do go out on occasion and would like to at least look nice.