How do you deal with clothes that are too big after weightloss?

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I've been having a hard time emotionally dealing with this huge weight loss and I’m not even at goal yet. My entire wardrobe is too big. Like 2-3 sizes too big. You would think that would be a great problem to have….not so much on my end. It used to be that even at my heaviest, my mindset was “I might be the biggest thang in this room, but I’m almost the best dressed and stylishly put together so take that skinny bishes”. Yeah now I feel like I’m a walking advertisement for “What not to wear” and I fully expect Stacy and Clinton to ambush me with video footage of my saggy booty pants and potato sack shirts. I used to LOVE going through my closets and putting together outfits that showed off the best of me but now getting dressed in the morning is such a chore and is overwhelming and stressful and I dread it daily.

I spent last night going through my closets with a close friend of mine and she made me try on every stitch of clothing…right down to my draws and bras and forced me to get rid of everything that was potato sackish. There went of my clothes…literally we filled up 4 huge plastic bins. The remaining stuff though still too big, can be modified with belts and such to mask the size difference and will get me through the winter. I don’t know what I’m going to do come spring because none of those clothes are going to fit and who wants to drop $$$ on new clothes that will be too big in 1-2 months?

Compounding the issue is that I’m having issues letting go of the too big clothes. In my head I *know* they are too big, I can’t wear them, they are taking up space in my house, and that I should give them to someone or a charity that can make good use of them. However, emotionally, it’s hard parting with them. I keep thinking “what if I gain the weight back…now I’m gonna have to buy all new clothes again”. I mean I’ve got suits and clothes that still have the tags on them…never even wore them, can’t return them to the store don’t really want to be bothered with trying to sell them on ebay or anything. I don’t understand why I’m having such a hard time parting with clothes…things…it’s just…SIGH.

Any advice or words of wisdom?
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I know exactly how you feel!!!!! I'm in the same situation. I have got a few new things here and there that are on sell but mainly its just jeans. And then I've got those from garage sales or thrift stores. I haven't fone thru any if my clothes yet tho

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Honestly, I didn't deal with it very well: a lot of it is right upstairs in my storage loft, collecting dust.

I think that giving things away to a person or group that can use them is cleansing, though I agree that it's also oddly painful. It's like you're giving away a part of yourself.
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Girl, I just wanna say what an amazing job you've done! I've been following your journey. What an inspiration you are Keep up the awesome job!
I mentioned your fabu weight loss on another thread awhile back, tho I'm guessing you never saw it...so, I just wanted to make sure you did this time!
btw...I'd love to see before/after pics
What are you doing for ur weight loss? And yes I agree b4 and after

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Congrats on losing so much weight! You're already on the right track, but for "just in case" I'd keep only a 5 day work wardrobe of the bigger clothes and donate the rest. Hopefully, you will never need to go back to the bigger clothes and if you don't then really get rid of them. I lost about 50 lbs in 2002-2003 but I've always yo-yo'd up and down at least 25 lbs due to overeating, holidays, stress, etc., so I keep a few of my nicest bigger clothes along with the best of my smaller clothes.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Bekka I think I will keep a few things...maybe 3-4 pairs of work slacks. Just the thought of covering the "what if" makes me breathe a bit better. I hate that I feel this need to keep any of these clothes but I honestly don't have a frame of reference for having to buy smaller clothes...like ever. My weight has always steadly increased...and would stay within a 10 pound range for a few years...and them boom...it would jump like 40 pounds. It would always seem like the weight gain happened overnight or within a very short time span of a few weeks.

Curlybran I had gastric bypass surgery in August. After about 2 years of following a medically supervised weightloss program and working out with a trainer several times a week and not seeing any weightloss I decided to have the gastric bypass surgery. My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner and I allowed other people to make me feel like I was taking the easy way out by having the surgery...when in reality its been one of the hardest things I've ever done.

WileE...I didn't see your post, but thanks for the kind wors as well! I actually have pics...but (call me vain here)...I want to get this last 6 pounds off so that I've hit 100 pounds before I post pics. I PROMISE that I will start a thread with before/after pics.
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Honestly, I didn't deal with it very well: a lot of it is right upstairs in my storage loft, collecting dust.

I think that giving things away to a person or group that can use them is cleansing, though I agree that it's also oddly painful. It's like you're giving away a part of yourself.
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YES!!! This (the bolded) is what I'm struggling with...espically the giving away a part of yourself thing. Even at my heaviest, I liked me. I didn't like the weight or the health implications....I didn't like the fact that it was hard to move at the gym or that clothes cost more, any of that stuff but I liked ME and my clothes were a reflection of me (does that make sense?).

I do have a friend who's GF is about my size. They recently have been having some financial problems because of medical bills and the GF has gained some weight due to medical issues. She's coming over to my house tomorrow and is going through the clothes and is taking her pick of the litter. Hearing her voice and knowing that someone who needs this stuff and will put it to good use does make it a tad bit easier.
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I know exactly how you feel!!!!! I'm in the same situation. I have got a few new things here and there that are on sell but mainly its just jeans. And then I've got those from garage sales or thrift stores. I haven't fone thru any if my clothes yet tho

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I need to hit a few thrift stores and garage sales but I've been reluctant to do so....not quite sure why so thanks for the reminder of that option. I think I should start NOW to find a few spring pieces...I should be ok to get through the winter.
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Congratz once again on your weight loss. You are awesome!

I didn't lose nearly as much as you, but I understand. Most of my clothes I can still work with and I'm very thankful for that. But it still stings when I look in the mirror and see the jeans that used to be very flattering are now saggy. I have bought a few new pairs, but none that looked as good as my old ones.

I think if I had to replace most of my clothes I would cry. It's like getting blindsided with a break-up. You spend so much time thinking about all the great things that will happen in the future, you don't notice the good things you have now slipping away. It would be different if you chose to get rid of it on your own, but when it's collateral damage like that it sucks.
hey girl, yeah for you on the great weight loss!

i think you definitely have to part with anything that doesn't fit well. anything that can be altered cheaply or belted you can keep. buy a few nice pieces that fit and you feel good in until you can go down again. think of it sort of how women have to buy maternity wear, you can not buy the maternity clothes or squeeze into stuff and not feel cute but life is too short to feel bad about your appearance when you can do something about it! shop sales, use coupons, buy smart pieces that you can keep if you want, keep it simple but don't let go of your fashion sense just because you're losing weight and not at your desired size yet. also, i've found that in general it's best to always be buying a few pieces here and there AND getting rid of a few pieces here and there no matter what size you are. this is a good time to reassess your wardrobe philosophy in general. i'm going through that too as i see how many things i have that i never wear or that are 5+ years old and just need to go at this point. just my 2 cents.
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I lost about 40 pounds this year, and I ended up only getting rid of the pants. My personal style is kind of vagabond-starving-artist though, so I like when shirts, and in the summer, shorts, are oversized and baggy. But when I wear jeans I want them pretty tight. I didn't get rid of them yet, they're still taking up space in my closet at the moment, but eventually I'm going to make them into shorts or use the denim for SOMETHING. Everything gets recycled; I go to art school.
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How about taking some of your favorite pieces to the tailor? You could get them taken in to fit your new body.

Congratulations on all your success! I've lost some weight and dumped all my clothes at the Goodwill. I have so little now but it was cathartic to get rid of the stuff that doesn't fit.
How about taking some of your favorite pieces to the tailor? You could get them taken in to fit your new body.

Congratulations on all your success! I've lost some weight and dumped all my clothes at the Goodwill. I have so little now but it was cathartic to get rid of the stuff that doesn't fit.
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+1 I totally agree! Take some of your nicer pieces and have them taken in and you can continue to do this. It is cheaper than buying several different wardrobes (I know from personal experience). As you continue to lose weight you will eventually get rid of all of the items but just at a slower rate.

I also have been following your journey and I'm so impressed. You are doin great and I wish you so much more success on your journey.

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I agree w/ getting them taken in. I have technically dropped a pant size but the next size down doesn't fit quiiiiite right but the old size is too big but I made the mistake of buying the smaller size. Getting clothes taken in is a great way to hang on to those pants that you really love. I have actually done this before and love it. I don't regret buying my workout pants smaller size though cuz they're stretchy and the old pants were trying to slide right on down as I jogged. *blushes*


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Congrats on your amazing success!! I can't wait to see your pictures!

I think I'm a weirdo in that I was never sad to part with the stuff that was too big, even the high-quality stuff I once loved. I was all "see ya... now to the mall!!!"


I don’t know what I’m going to do come spring because none of those clothes are going to fit and who wants to drop $$$ on new clothes that will be too big in 1-2 months?
Oooh ok so Goodwill IS your new best friend!

You can drop off the too-big clothes and then go shopping. I'm serious that you can find some cute stuff for cheap that you can wear in the interim until you hit your ultimate goal. Then you MUST go on a truly fabulous shopping spree---you've earned it!!
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Thanks everyone. I'm in the middle of a plateau and the scale is making me crazy! I've been up an down the same two pounds for 2 weeks so all the congrats is making me feel better.


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Can't wait to see those pictures, NappyCC! I agree with the posters who suggested having a few pieces taken in.

If you wear makeup, when you buy new clothes that excite you, maybe have a dept. store give you a makeover - as long as it doesn't cost you a bundle. Or buy one fabulous piece of jewelry to commemorate your success. Way to go!
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