So many of you have probably heard the best part about losing weight is getting a whole new wardrobe right? As a big girl lets face it, our selection of clothes was pretty slim. It was the only thing slim, am I right? The bigger you get, the fewer choices you have. When I was topping out at 430-ish I was a 32/34W. I don’t wish to offend anyone, but I was HUGE!
My jeans would cost more than $65.00 USD a pair. Any normal person would need more than one pair right? So when one of those wore out, which they were prone to do fairly regularly it was expensive! Getting tops that would fit was also a challenge. This is why much of my wardrobe consisted of men’s pocket t-shirts. They could be purchased fairly cheaply, were comfortable and practical.
As the weight has come off I have shrunk in sizes obviously. However depending on how fast the weight is coming off keeping myself in clothes that make me look non-slovenly has proven to be a challenge. There have been times when my pants have been two sizes too big! I have shopped secondhand stores, but even those the larger sizes are often the fastest to fly off of the racks.
I am not ashamed to wear clothes someone else wore. I know there are a lot of people who are turned off by the idea of hand me downs, or thrifting but honestly if you think about the cost to buy a new wardrobe every time you change size it get expensive. I make purchases of key pieces that I need from places like Target and Old Navy but thankfully my friends have been so wonderful to pass on their old clothes to me. I have gotten over my feeling guilty for saying yes when people offer me things. My pants no longer cost $65.00 Unless I am trying to buy something fancy, they are more like $30.00 It is much more manageable, but is still an investment when you consider I am not planning on staying in this size forever.
So have you encountered this in losing weight? Do people ask you how excited you are to get all new clothes? I get asked all the time how much I like going shopping for all new clothes, and I just say the new clothes are awesome because they really are. I love shopping in my friends closets, I just hope they don’t grow to resent me for taking their old stuff and not being able to pass them anything in return. Do you have any tips for saving money while changing sizes? Do you have a favorite thrift store find that you would like to tell me about? I would love to hear about it! 🙂