How Do You Shop For Clothes While Losing Weight?

I need new jeans really, really badly. Not only are the jeans I have from when I was in my early 20’s (and therefore they’re far too low-cut), many of them have holes in inconvenient places, and they’re all starting to fall off my ass.

This is a good thing. That means I’ve gone from wearing a size 20 to a size 12/14 (depending on the brand). But I really need new clothes.

Between my home and my office is an outlet mall. I stopped by on the way home today, hoping to find some jeans that fit me prior to my business trip this weekend. I went to two stores (Banana Republic and Ann Taylor) and didn’t find a single pair of jeans that fit me and didn’t look like mom jeans.  I also seem to be between sizes (medium and large) in t-shirts and dresses.

I’m definitely not going to find what I need at the outlet mall, because the selection is far too limited. But I hate shopping even in normal situations, and I don’t want to invest in good clothing that might not fit me in a few months. I know I should probably go to a thrift store, but I don’t have the patience to sort through a bunch of stuff. I’d rather go to a big department store (although the thought of it makes me want to gag), where I have rack after rack of clothes to choose from. But I’m not going to like it.

I don’t even know what size I wear, since companies are anything but consistent in their sizing. This makes shopping even more frustrating, because I have to bring two or three sizes of every garment into the dressing room. And then I feel like a jerk because I leave without buying anything.

I’m hoping that when I reach my goal weight, I can go on a shopping spree and enjoy every single minute of it, because I’ll be investing in clothes that I plan to wear for a few years (probably a decade, given my adherence to fashion trends). But for now, it’s just not appealing.

How do you deal with clothes shopping when you’re in the middle of a weight loss journey?

Food Log

I did pretty well again today!

Breakfast: Peanut butter granola bar, string cheese, apple
Lunch: 1 cup split pea & ham soup, carrots & cucumber with black bean dip, 1/2 cup rice mixed with 1 cup spaghetti squash and 1/2 cup roasted mushrooms
Snack: 4 oz fat free Greek yogurt with 1T strawberry jam, 1/2 cup skim milk
Dinner: Grilled turkey & cheese sandwich

32 Weight Watchers Points Plus

5 thoughts on “How Do You Shop For Clothes While Losing Weight?

  1. I like getting jeans at the Loft. They have a curvey cut which works well. Also White House Black Market jeans are good too. Their salespeople are really helpful in bringing in different sizes to the dressing room.

  2. Shopping in the middle of weight loss is frustrating. If you are looking for jeans, I recommend the Lee Comfort Waist jeans (usually at Kohl’s or other department stores) because they have a little elastic on the inside of the jeans that prevent the gap in the back. I’ve found not only does that fit my waist better, but it helps the jeans fit throughout a little more of the weight loss! Lee Comfort Waist is also in some of their capris and casual pants, not just jeans. I like going to Kohl’s only because they usually have a lot of variety in sizes and brands, so that helps with the ‘go to one store’ thing. And don’t feel bad about taking a ton of stuff into the rooms – that is the premise of shopping and they pay their employees to put it all back! You’re helping the economy by employing people even if you don’t buy 🙂

  3. They can be a bit expensive but I would sya check out Macy’s. Their denim department is crazy extensive, they have normal wasited boot cut jeans and a good pair of jeans will last you a lot longer than a couple of pairs of cheap jeans.

    But, if you want to wait to do that until you’re at you’re goal weight I would say Old Navy or JCPenney.

    And if you find a brand and a size you like, buy one pair the scour ebay for some gently used stuff in that brand and size.

  4. I put off buying clothes until I absolutely have to buy them, so I won’t be any help here. But I also tend to go to place like Old Navy or Target and bring a whole ton of clothes into the dressing room with me.

    If you find a good brand let us know!

  5. being between sizes myself I feel your pain — I like thrift stores because I dont feel like I wasted the money – you may find even at goal you are between sizes, or a different size at every store… frustrating but it can be very rewarding when you find something you like… keep trying !

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