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So this is a high class problem, but very annoying. I used to buy clothes and when I would finally wear them they were too small... I've now donated dozens of unworn clothes that I wasted money on. Now I have the opposite problem. I went and got clothes and went to wear them and they were all too big! I think clothing sizes are less forgiving in smaller sizes or something. Anyway I had a meeting yesterday and discovered nothing fit anymore, I ended up looking like a kid wearing his dad's clothes. Planning on getting new stuff, but only a cheap couple outfits... what do you all do for clothes? Anyone purposely get stuff that is too small?

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I get things that are form fitting or a little snug (even though I prefer loose clothes) because I know they will last me much longer!


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This isn't going to help you at all, but dresses are much more forgiving on sizing then pants are.

I did buy my favorite work slacks in 1 & 2 sizes down and get them hemmed. I'm on the next size down right now, and am glad I have the next smaller size ready to go. I will continue to do the same until I get to goal. It sucks to spend the money, but not many options if we need to look professional.

Thankfully women's work shirts tend to be forgiving, and I will be able to wear mine for a while longer still, maybe even a long while.

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I'm more of a suit man. And that makes it a bigger problem.

I also got gradually obese while being aware of it due to an injury, so I never got rid of any of my clothes, because I knew I'd need them again.

My suits are arranged by weight. I know I'll make progress when I move further down the rack.

In any case, are tailors where you live still a thing? Mine is old as hell, so it seems like it's a dying trade.

My best advice would be to buy clothes that fit, but not that many, and have them fixed as you lose weight. Then treat yourself to a few staples as you go on. Accessorize well and the fact that they aren't exactly form fitting won't show as much. Otherwise you may end up buying something that fits you, but you don't really like. It's like buying clothes without trying them on.

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1 hour ago, Losebig said:

So this is a high class problem, but very annoying. I used to buy clothes and when I would finally wear them they were too small... I've now donated dozens of unworn clothes that I wasted money on. Now I have the opposite problem. I went and got clothes and went to wear them and they were all too big! I think clothing sizes are less forgiving in smaller sizes or something. Anyway I had a meeting yesterday and discovered nothing fit anymore, I ended up looking like a kid wearing his dad's clothes. Planning on getting new stuff, but only a cheap couple outfits... what do you all do for clothes? Anyone purposely get stuff that is too small?

I only bought a few items at a time...I Invested in clothing once I got to goal.

I had some awkward weight loss stages. You can't control where you hold weight. Made it hard to find things that fit.

Clothing designers will sizes things differently. Vanity sizing Is to make you feel better about buying because you fit into a size 3........when reality is it's a size 6.

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Oh, kind of like my late MIL. She bragged to everyone she wore Size 5 Vanity Fair panties, Shoot, I could if I rolled them down below my gut like she did!😐

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I'm about to be bare-assed buck nekkidy. LOL. Everything is literally falling off me--even my magic pants. :(

Great advice everyone and cudos to all you big ol' losers! :D :395_shaved_ice::257_dromedary_camel:

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Everyone I personally know says thrift stores and yard sales until you are farther along and holding sizes longer. Also there are many clothing subscription companies advertised now. I personally think it's odd, but it's an idea.

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44 minutes ago, Malpraxis said:

I'm more of a suit man. And that makes it a bigger problem.

I also got gradually obese while being aware of it due to an injury, so I never got rid of any of my clothes, because I knew I'd need them again.

My suits are arranged by weight. I know I'll make progress when I move further down the rack.

In any case, are tailors where you live still a thing? Mine is old as hell, so it seems like it's a dying trade.

My best advice would be to buy clothes that fit, but not that many, and have them fixed as you lose weight. Then treat yourself to a few staples as you go on. Accessorize well and the fact that they aren't exactly form fitting won't show as much. Otherwise you may end up buying something that fits you, but you don't really like. It's like buying clothes without trying them on.

I did that as well, but recently hit the end of my clothes stock pile. A Taylor is a good idea for suits, I'm on my last one there, but it hasn't been taken in so that may give it new life.

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3 minutes ago, Chrisb428 said:

Everyone I personally know says thrift stores and yard sales until you are farther along and holding sizes longer. Also there are many clothing subscription companies advertised now. I personally think it's odd, but it's an idea.

Thrift stores are a good idea, maybe that will be a way to get decent stuff without spending a ton

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Yes thrift and consignment stores!! And only a few things at a time.

And absolutely—plus sizes fit for about a 40-50 pound range! And that gets smaller and smaller as you do. My size 4’s can get tight if I’m up as little as 3-5lbs!


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28 minutes ago, jenn1 said:

I only bought a few items at a time...I Invested in clothing once I got to goal.

I had some awkward weight loss stages. You can't control where you hold weight. Made it hard to find things that fit.

Clothing designers will sizes things differently. Vanity sizing Is to make you feel better about buying because you fit into a size 3........when reality is it's a size 6.

I have noticed this as well, I think at my largest I was a 3xl, but wore 2xl in brands that were over sized. Now downsizing I'm finding in each size range that I can get two sizes out of it (big xl and smaller xl) for example. It seems like clothing is more uniform at L and below for men at least.

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10 minutes ago, Chrisb428 said:

Everyone I personally know says thrift stores and yard sales until you are farther along and holding sizes longer. Also there are many clothing subscription companies advertised now. I personally think it's odd, but it's an idea.

I hated thrift stores before, I only liked them for vintage kitchen stuff. But I sell on eBay and I find Calvin Klein pants brand new sometimes for $5, designer stuff. I grew up in a "ritzy" area but now I live in country bumpkin world, they have no idea how good these designers are. I'm excited to get some cool stuff for cheap as I am transitioning to my new self. I just have to go when the car pee guy isn't there because my sense of smell is crazy strong!

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I bought a couple pairs of capris on sale that are too small right now. Made me smile to do it. They're size 18s.

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Clothing was absolutely an unexpected expense during my Weight loss phase. check out posh Mart online for some higher end options. In return I used his places to sell what I n


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