While I applaud the intention behind this article, I don't know that it is really applicable to those of us who are REALLY big. I have 100 pounds to lose and have little choice in the fit of my clothes. Most of my weight is carried in my stomach and in order to get clothes that fit around the middle, I get clothes that are much too big across the shoulders/chest or legs. If I get tops that fit in the should or pants with tapered legs, they strain across my middle. So I wear loose clothing. It looks terrible but until I lose the weight, I don't know what I can do about it short of having everything tailored which would be a lot of money that I don't really have to spend.
So, I wear more flowy clothes that at least are supposed to look that way even though I know they don't look that good on me.
This article is encouraging, but it's also not very realistic. I keep losing weight - constantly - and as a result, everything bags out on me because I'm losing it so fast. I don't know if I'm a 16 or a 14 or a 12 or what. So I have to keep all three sizes temporarily unless my body decides that it knows what it wants to be.
Clothing manufacturers need to STOP with the vanity sizing. Seriously, if I'm a 12, that's what I should be - don't rename it a 10 to try and make me feel better. Every manufacturer has a different number and it's completely ridiculous. I need to know what size I truly fit - ONE standard size so I can go to Store A, Store B, Store C, wherever, and pick out that size to wear. Shopping is so much guesswork that I usually don't even want to bother with it.
Because I do not have money to go out and buy new clothing on whim, i've kept the clothes I had when I was slimmer. Recently I tried on one of my formal pants and they fit. This has happened with some of my old high school dresses. My prom dress can almost fit. I throw away most of my clothing if they are worn out but I won't throw them out just because they are too small or too big. Clothes too big can be for when I have lazy days and want that comfy relaxed look. My smaller clothes are for when I reach my goal. I am realistic. If the clothes don't fit me at my goal weight ( too small) I will throw them out.
I have a pair of pants that I can't wait to fit into again because I love them and the other day I bought a "goal" skirt. But I generally have always liked flowy hippie clothes and wear them at any size. it sometimes makes it hard to tell when I've lost inches though!
I don't keep a whole wardrobe of too small clothes, but I have a pair of pants in two different sizes, capris, tee shirts.. etc... to use as sort of goals. They motivate me. I put them on every once in a while a note how small, or not so small, they are getting. One pair is probably 5lbs away from fitting! I probably will never wear them because they are low rise. I wore them when I was in my lower 20s, but as soon as they are too big, off to the Goodwill they'll go! :)
While I'm good decluttering my closet, my biggest fashion no-no is wearing too big clothes, especially shirts. I also have a couple pairs of jeans/pants that I have to hitch up all the time...how unladlylike! I've been trying to get out of this mentality and buying more form-fitting clothes, but so often I'm still heading to the oversized tees, etc. Maybe I can make this a goal to wear clothes that look good for a week or so to get over that fear of showing my imperfections. I'm tired of hiding in bulky shapeless clothes!
Good article; I agree that clothes that don't fit should go; if your weight is fluctuating, such as you are losing weight, or pregnant, then shop at charity stores until you're settled. I agree that sometimes you can vary day to day, month to month, but usually it's sufficient (for me, and the other women I know) to just have different styles of clothes, not different sizes; for instance, a pair of dark, stylish cotton pants with a wide, elasticated waist is good for the "fat" or "bloated" days, a pair of jeans and a pair of work trousers are good for the regular days (and your elasticated cottons will still fit just fine) and a no-elastic, high waisted pair of trousers (such as swede) and some control underwear are a knock-out on your confident days.
The only thing I disagree on is pleated trousers; they can occasionally look really cool, such as; http://www.thefashionpolice.net/images/Gar eth-pugh-culottes.jpg
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