Good riddance, old clothes!

I asked my twitter followers this not too long ago: if you’re losing weight, do you get rid of your clothes than no longer fit or hold on to them?

The consensus seemed to be to get rid of them. In the back of my mind I wanted to get rid of them, and needed confirmation that it was OK to do so. To me, hanging onto these clothes was in some ways holding on to the past. Holding onto them makes me feel like this change isn’t permanent, and I should hold onto them for when I get big again. However, I’m not going to let that happen.

Getting smaller and spending way too much time on Pinterest has piqued my interest in fashion. When I look at the things I’m getting rid of, I see a lot of drab clothes. Not a lot of color; dark colors are your friend when you want to look smaller right? I see my clothing choices as a reflection of how I felt in life before. I didn’t want to stand out, I was scared to take chances, and generally unhappy.

via pinterest

I’ve been looking at clothes in stores on and off and I’ve been disappointed by most of the trends out there. It seems like oversized clothes are still in. I’m working hard to lose weight, I don’t want to look like a shapeless bag. C’mon… After some major searching, I finally found a couple goodies, here are a few samples:

The top above is from Lauren Conrad’s collection at Kohl’s (link). All of her clothes were adorable off the rack but most looked silly on me or fit weird in the chest. I checked a few Kohl’s and could only find this pattern in L; I’m currently in a XL. I bought it because I loved the pattern, and later found a XL online. I’m thinking I’ll keep the L so I can enjoy it longer. No, I’m not crazy, it’s simply hard for me to find clothes I actually like and look good on me.

The top above is the same style as the shirt above, simply a different pattern. (link)

I bought myself a new dress, too. I typically don’t bother looking at Forever21 because of the issues I have with current trends. However, I found this gem of a dress and it actually looked good on me. (link)

I thought this belt might also go well with the new tops and dress. (link)

For those of you, who have lost enough weight to require buying new clothes, did you get rid of your old clothes?


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    April 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    At first, I didn’t. I probably held on to some things too long out of fear and out of laziness. Then as I fully to fit into my old wardrobe I’d been holding on to, I got rid of the larger things. When I shrank out of that wardrobe, I got rid of it (some of it still needs to make it to the thrift shops, but in my mind it’s GONE) and I’ve been slowly shrinking out of that 3rd wardrobe too. I probably wore things longer then I should have because I couldn’t find newer (thrift/consignment or brand new) clothing to replace what I had.

    I’ve gone from an 18 to a 8/10. Some of it is still a big baggy on me because I’m right inbetween sizes and not quite into the next one down. That said, I’m only a few pounds from my current goal weight so I’ve really let go of a lot of clothing at this point and spent good money on things that fit and I really like because I know I won’t be letting it go in 6 months time. I’ve even had to replace a lot of workout clothing because I shrank out of it and pulling up your pants every few minutes while working out or doing a workout class is not fun! In fact I think it might be time to do that again, too.

    Clothing is the hardest part of losing weight in my opinion. Not to mention expensive!

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      April 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Also, part of getting rid of the old stuff was that I knew beyond a doubt I never wanted to have it around to fall back on and that I was never going back to that weight/size. For me, this weight loss is forever and will always be something I work on and keep in mind (even if it’s just in the back of my mind).

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    Renée (@pinkypie)
    April 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    definitely get rid of the clothes! I know i have held onto clothes in the past “just in case” but that just gives my brain some excuse to go back to where I don’t want to be. Nowadays, the clothes go. I have to keep it in the forefront of my mind that there IS no going back. Losing weight can be expensive and I realise this is a luxury problem, but that’s fine. I wear a lot of clothes that are simply too big because I can’t FIND smaller stuff I like, stuff that is “me” but NOT because I want to hang on to those things!

    It’s so much find to find new things, makes us feel good, fresh, pretty, sexy, and confident!! Old baggy clothes have NO ADDED VALUE!

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