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Rebuilding Your Wardrobe After Weight Loss

By Sarah S – Jenny Craig

You’ve been working hard to exercise and eat right—and it shows!  The thought of a different, smaller wardrobe might have been part of your motivation to lose weight. After hitting the gym and eating right, you’re beginning to notice that your pants can’t possibly be cinched with a belt anymore or your tops are hanging off of your shoulders. You’re finally beginning to see the healthy weight loss results you’ve been working so hard to achieve, and it’s time to go shopping! Reward yourself with a shopping spree to replace your baggy, over-sized wardrobe. Here are some helpful tips for shopping for smaller clothes that won't break the bank as you continue your weight loss journey. 

 

1. Form a plan

Start by taking a long, hard look at the clothing in that’s in your closet now. Weed out anything that’s too big, or oversized in a way that’s no longer fashionable—these, you can donate! Now select anything that’s more than a full size too small, and stash these in a spare bedroom for the future. The items that are left are your foundation, so lay them out on your bed to determine which new pieces will help you complete various outfits. Look through fashion blogs and magazines for ideas on what to buy and make a list of essential pieces, like jeans, blouses, and pencil skirts, that you need to replace.

 

2. Get a bra fitting
Make sure your undergarments fit first before you try on any new clothes. As the base of any outfit, a poorly fitting bra can make any new top look unflattering. Go to a specialty boutique to get a bra fitting and purchase a well-fitting bra.

 

3. Pick out pants
When shopping for smaller clothes, focus on closet staples. You’ll most likely need a new pair of jeans, dress pants, and shorts. Because your body shape has likely changed, don’t be afraid to try on different types of fits. Maybe those skinny fit jeans will look fabulous compared to those baggy boot cut jeans you had been wearing!

 

4. Try fitted tops
Avoid anything over-sized and baggy. You’ve worked hard to get in shape, so avoid shirts and blouses that look three sizes too big. You may be surprised by the size you can now wear! Like pants, be sure to pick up great basics, like t-shirts and button-down blouses, in various colors to replace the larger-sized pieces in your wardrobe. To make your new clothing budget stretch, purchase a belt to accentuate your slimmer waist on any shirts and dresses left in your closet that are a little too large.

 

5. Add the final touches
Scarves and fun necklaces add style and sparkle to complement your new wardrobe. Are you noticing that your cute peep-toe heels are sliding off of your feet when you walk? In addition to cute accessories, you might need new shoes, too. As you watch the pounds drop on the scale, your feet may also shrink. Pick up a couple new pairs of shoes to complete your new look.

 

6. Stretch is your friend
When you’re building a transitional wardrobe, you’re dressing both for the body you have now, as well as the body you’ll have in a few months. Knit fabrics with some stretch to them will be forgiving to your figure today AND shrink with you a bit as you continue to slim down. Look for styles that are not excessively clingy, which have figure-flattering details like draping or ruching—this will help the fabric skim over any problem areas.


You already know you’ll likely have to go shopping again in a few months—so now is not the time to look for investment pieces or designer brands. Stick with reasonably-priced mall retailers or boutiques, and look for basic pieces that work as part of more than one outfit. You may also need to adjust your mindset with regard to where you can shop. If you’re dramatically smaller, you may have “shrunk out” of a larger size. Yay you!

 

7. Find some structure
If you were self-conscious about your weight in the past, you may have relied on loose-fitting clothes or oversized styles to hide it. Well, those days are in the past—it’s time to show off your new figure! To complement your stretchy knit basics, look for a handful of structured pieces that will highlight your assets. This might mean a tailored blazer or an A-line skirt with a nipped-in waist. You may be surprised at how many styles flatter you now.

 

8. New-to-you is A-okay
You’re already making a trip to your local second-hand store to drop off all that stuff you’re never going to wear again—you never know what you’ll find! Your transitional wardrobe isn’t forever, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun and fashionable!

 

 

Edited by Sarah S – Jenny Craig


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