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Monday, April 16, 2012

How do you dress while losing weight?


    Last week was a great week. My weight is up, but for once I'm not really going all Rathlin Island banshee about it. I'm calm, cool, collected and just making plans to be more focused this week. It might sound corny, but the positive self talk challenge seems to really have made a difference.

Anyway, you've heard of a fashionista? What about a receissionista? Maybe you have. I bet you've never heard of a brokeass-ista. But alas, here I am taking broke fabulosity to unchartered heights! Going from "in the red" to red carpet ready takes a very pacific set o' skillz.....and intelligents. Let me learn you a little something.

First off, do not be discouraged if you don't immediately see your clothes falling off you right from the beginning. If you are anything like I was, your clothes are probably too tight in the first place and the initial weight you lost just made them fit like they were supposed to. I was a little over 40 lbs down before my pants were falling off.


While you're actively losing weight, don't spend a whole bunch of money on new threads. Lane Bryant has GREAT clearance racks and you can combine those with with cheques for even bigger savings. I never spent more than 25 dollars on any one thing as I was losing weight.
I also got really familiar with Goodwill, etc. I found several items with tags still on them. I specifically remember a pair of black, size 20 bermuda shorts that were too little when I bought them and just months later they were too big. For 3.50, I more than got my money's worth. I still like a good bargain and frequent thrift stores even though I'm not actively shrinking. I recently went thrifting and found these two awesome skirts for 3 bucks a piece.
Making 3 dollars look good one skirt at a time!

Doing it again.


Pre weight loss surgery, I remember trying to buy the smallest size I could wedge myself into. That wasn't necessarily the best idea cause if they were already fitting like paint all it would take was a few more pounds for me to be looking like a busted paint can-spilling out of the sides and ruining the linoleum. But when you're in your active losing phase (especially the first 6 months) its not a bad idea to buy something that just fits or even one size down. Just don't forget that its in your closet cause you'll pull it out a few months later and it will be too big :)

I have a love affair with Lycra, aka Spandex, aka Magic on a Bolt. It loves me and I love it back, baby.  It hugs where it needs to hug and gives where it needs to give. A relationship can't work if it's too clingy. I have a pair of tights that I bought some 60 lbs ago and I can still wear them. They don't fit like they did 60 pounds ago, but they're one of two things that I can still wear.
 Some women hate tights and think that they should be banished from a proper wardrobe. I am SO not that woman. About the only place that tights don't have a place is church. I think you should even wear them to job interviews and if they judge you based on your fashion sense, well, you didn't need to work there anyway.To hell with working at all PERIOD. You can do like I do and sell pictures of yourself in tights to rich Europeans. Business is a little lethargic AND my only client is a low ranking Baronet in exile in the Caucasus mountains AND lately he's been a little slow on the paypal AND even though I've been sending him pictures on credit he SWEARS that his Nigerian Jeeves has a millionaire uncle and I will be getting my money AND damn it I love run on sentences.

$ Ching! $



What are some clothing tips that helped you during weight loss?

17 comments:

  1. HUGE fan of the tights thing I love em!! Who are these ppl you speak of that hate them!??! All I see is girls in them EVERYWHERE lol.

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    1. Tights can be dressed up, down, and all around. I must own like 7 or 8 black pair, two grey pair, and a brown pair. I LOVE mine.

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  2. OMG girl. Love ur run on sentence. Now I see why ur so damn secretive about "what u do" ;) but seriously this was a great post. Hubby keeps trying to get me to buy new clothes now that I'm losing but I refuse. I plan to keep on losing damnit. If you've got any more tips on what to expect when u start losing I'd love to invite you to guest post on vc. I'd be so honored.

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    1. I'd love to do a guest post as long as I'm not on the lam and running from INTERPOL. I'm on my international shit!

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  3. I've bought a couple of tights, but I haven't worn them yet. I'll have to try it soon.

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    1. i've seen your pics. they will look good on you :)

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  4. Dresses have saved my life. As have leggings (aka tights) and sweaters. i can get a stretchy knit dress, throw on some leggings and a little sweater or bolero and whoop! new outfit. Which reminds me.... It's about to be yard sale season (here at least anyway) and you can usually talk people down on the prices of stuff if it has a missing button, a small rip in a seam, stuff that can be easily fixed or disguised. I wouldn't buy anything with major work that needs doing but i did get an adorable shirt dress with a self belt that I swapped out for a black patent leather belt and it looks hawt! I need to post a pic of that one of these days before it gets too big lol. The only thing I have bought brand new (and always will) is undies but I started out wearing a size 8 in those and bought a few pairs in each size down to 5. Some of the 5's fit perfect now some are still a little tight. Which just goes to prove that even the same sizes at Walmart arent the same size but at least my booty isnt hanging in the wind lol.

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    1. I really like yard sales and thrift stores. I usually wake up too late to catch the really good stuff though.
      And undies are a great thing to buy new. lol

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  5. I had weight up and downs when I was pregnant and then nursing. Stubbornly, I tried to avoid maternity clothes as much as possible so I did have to buy clothes for work in many sizes.

    I found dresses to be great; especially the jumper kinds so you can use a tank top when it's warm and turtleneck when it's cold.

    Target is another great source. The clothes, especially on sale, are a bargain and are very fashion forward. Another bonus -- they are machine washable which saves money in the long run if you don't need to dry clean.

    Another trick -- safety pinning the waistband and then covering it with a longer sweater or top. A quick fix to make your bottom last a little longer.

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    1. Dresses again! You ladies might be on to something. :)

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  6. I Myself Diva in a reccession LOL....love the article ! Tights are my best friend they hold everything in, and now I find myself wearing alot of maxi dresses and skirts as well, I've just become an Bargin bETTY when it comes to clothes an try to find things that just compliment my shape !

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    1. OOH yes, maxi dresses are great. They look good as you shrink.

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  7. Congratulations with your achievement and continue to inspire others. For a senior limited with physical activity, unhealthy weight gain is hard to deal with. Surgery was considered as an option but, failed. As a different approach, our patient with Doctor Rafael was recommended with Roca Labs gastric bypass no surgery for treatment for over 80 lbs excess weight treatment. Whichever way, best of luck!

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  8. LOOK AT THAT BUTT!!!!! Kim K would give her left implant for that thing!!!

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