How soon do you have to worry about smaller clothes?

on 5/16/16 10:21 am

I'm getting sleeved May 23rd... I'm not trying to get too ahead of myself, but I dont have too much inventory... I was thinking of getting a couple of long skirts in smaller sizes but with a waist band to adjust or something... I work for a "biz casual" company, so luckily I dont have to get too dressed up. 

How did everyone handle the job-clothes situation?

on 5/16/16 10:44 am

I haunt the local Goodwill/Salvation Army stores. I normally will buy things that are too tight for me. Plus sizes are hard to come by in these stores, however, which is why I go so often. I've found some really nice stuff here, it's not all junk! I am not sure that, even when I level off and am not changing sizes every other week, I'll stop shopping there! I do love a bargain. :)

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Chris "Thick-to-Fit" T.
on 5/16/16 11:40 am - FL
VSG on 05/26/16

Thats a great question. Fortunately, I had lost a good amount of weight for my wedding two years ago. Since then I've gained back to where I am and held onto all the clothes on the journey. I'm stocked to around 235lbs body weight ;) Got some jeans... Shirts... Boxers (under armour) are elastic and should last me a bit.


One of the things I keep talking with my wife about is how excited I am to get to goal and shop for clothes. Actually have some style... Cant stop looking at those online companies where you put in your measurements and htey send you outfits lol


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on 5/16/16 3:38 pm

I was able to make do for a long time - lets face it most of us have a range of big sizes in our wardrobes - but at this point 9 1/2 monthes out I am on a buying binge! But  looking for bargains because Im still losing.  This is the fun part of the journey!

Kris R.
on 5/16/16 11:44 am - Walworth, NY

I'm still wearing my old clothes and yes, I have a friend who yells at me but too bad.  I can't swing new clothes right now and then again in another month ect... so, I bought a belt.  and it just keeps getting smaller and smaller.  my office is biz casual so I'm all set with my baggy dockers and oversized shirts.  my bra's . i take a pony tail holder and tie the back together so the straps don't slide down.  It's not perfect, but then again, neither am I.  Good luck.

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Gwen M.
on 5/16/16 12:38 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

I switched the elastic waist skirts and then to wrap skirts.  Great decision since finding pants that fit was a HUGE pain in the butt.  Still is.  Weird body :/  I think I didn't need new stuff until I'd lost 40-50 pounds.

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on 5/16/16 12:51 pm
VSG on 04/12/16

I'm 5 weeks out from surgery, and 7 weeks since starting the weight loss for pre-op.  I'm down a little over 50 pounds.  It's just now starting to become an issue for me.  A lot of my clothes had gotten tight, so I have a few things that now just fit normally, and the most recent things I purchased at my heaviest are now too big to wear.  My support group is having a clothing exchange on Thursday and I'm hoping to pick up a pair of jeans and a pair of work pants.  I think my tops will be fine for awhile. After that, will probably search thrift shops or my Buy Nothing group until I reach goal.

on 5/16/16 2:49 pm

I think I lost nearly 50 pounds before I needed to go down a size, but I am super tall. I couldn't do Goodwill given I need tall lengths, so I had great luck stalking the clearance items from Old Navy and I could spend $200 and completely replace my work wardrobe (teacher clothes). I replaced my wardrobe 6 times. Good thing I enjoy shopping!

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Laura in Texas
on 5/16/16 5:43 pm
RNY on 09/17/08 with

Goodwill. I like pants so I bought slacks without pockets so I could easily sew up the sides to take them in. I wore belts and drilled new holes in them as they got too big. JCPenney has great clothes on clearance online. 

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Darcy G.
on 5/16/16 5:44 pm
VSG on 04/07/16

My clothes are pretty much hanging on me. I have one pair of jeans I can wear, but they're supposed to be tight, and they're SO baggy. They just don't fall off yet. Most of my shirts end up gaping at the neckline and heading toward my shoulder. I basically have one pair of pants that look good and one sweater that looks good. Everything else hangs on me. I'm still waiting to hit stores, but it's getting harder!

I was asking about this a few months ago and someone suggested the clothing services like GwynnieBee, and that looks like a decent choice for when we're burning through clothes and need something professional that FITS.

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