My Wardrobe, Myself

The intersection of clothing, emotions, and life

Over the years, I’ve written a lot about how to decide whether to keep wardrobe items or let them go. This isn’t always an easy decision to make. Ideally, we’d all just purchase pieces that are exactly right for us, wear them until they’re worn out, and then pass them on to charity or for textile recycling. But unfortunately, that’s not always how it works out…

There are many reasons why we might purge items from our closets when we haven’t worn them all that much, including purchasing mistakes, poor garment quality, and style aesthetic shifts. Another important explanation for passing things on relates to changes in our body size, which is the focus of today’s post. I’ll reveal some of my personal experiences with size changes and how I’ve managed my wardrobe through such transitions. I’m actually dealing with this type of situation right now and am still processing how best to navigate it, so I’ll share about that, too.

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How do you deal with your wardrobe when you gain or lose weight? 

My Menopausal Weight Shifts

I have long maintained what’s been termed a “hidden holding zone,” which for me consists of a large plastic bin that’s stored in my garage. This bin usually houses clothing that’s too small for my current size, especially since menopausal weight gain became an issue for me about six years ago. After “the change,” I went up about two sizes, depending upon the type of garment in question, without changing my eating and exercise habits in any way.

The dreaded hormonal shifts made it difficult for me to lose weight for the first few years after menopause kicked in, but I was gradually able to drop about a size over time. I think my hormones eventually leveled off, but I also needed to change the amount and types of foods that I ate and step up my activity level a bit. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but my metabolism took a pretty big dive after the change, so even when I ate less and exercised more, I still never got back down to my pre-menopausal size.

As my weight progressively increased during my early fifties, I periodically moved any clothes that were too snug into my “holding zone,” which eventually expanded to three large plastic bins. I initially held on to all of those too-small clothes, as I hoped to one day bring them back into my main closet. Sadly, the majority of those items never made it back into my regular wardrobe rotation. As the months and years went by and I was unable to slim down to my previous size, I gradually passed things on.

My style preferences were also changing over those few years, so I didn’t necessarily even want to hang on to all of my old pieces anyway. I reviewed my holding zone items at least twice a year to see what might fit, as well as what I did and didn’t still like. Anything that was still too small that I wasn’t excited to potentially wear again got donated. But even some of the garments that I would have loved to wear again were eventually purged because they were just too small for me and that wasn’t changing.

How Long to Hold on to Clothing that Doesn’t Fit Us

This begs the question of how long we should hold on to clothes that don’t fit us, whether they’re too big or too small. Again, there’s no one right or wrong answer to this. We all need to decide for ourselves, but I think it can be helpful to set some parameters around it, such as the following:

1. Number of Items and Storage Capacity

If you have a lot of extra storage space in your home (or a storage unit, but those can be problematic for many reasons), you may choose to hang on to more pieces. If you’re limited in terms of space, designating a certain number of items to keep or a particular container size in which to house them may be a better way to go.

In my case, although I kept a lot of clothes that didn’t fit me while I was going through menopause, I now choose to limit my hidden holding zone to just one large plastic bin. Not everything in that bin is for size-related reasons, either. In some instances, it has to do with styles that I’m not sure I like anymore but don’t want to be too hasty about purging. Occasionally, I’ll come back around to liking particular pieces, so I usually wait a little while before passing things on. However, having the limitation of just one bin for my questionable items prevents me from hemming and hawing too long about anything.

2. How Likely You Are to Fit into Things Again

A little over a year before I started gaining menopausal weight, I was at my lowest weight in many years. My weight was unnaturally low due to health challenges, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing new clothing in sizes I hadn’t worn in about twenty years. I was excited to be a lot smaller and I didn’t think about the fact that my lower weight would most probably be temporary.

Sure enough, after I started feeling better and was able to eat more food again, I gradually went back to my “normal” size and the new clothes no longer fit me. I kept those rarely-worn smaller pieces for a couple of years, but it soon became clear to me that I wouldn’t be that thin again, especially as my hormones started working against me as I neared fifty. A bit at a time, I purged those much-too-small garments until eventually they were all gone.

If you’re holding on to clothing that doesn’t fit you, ask yourself how likely it is that you’ll be able to wear them again. If pieces are off by just a size or two and you tend to fluctuate in weight, it might be a good idea to keep them (but not in your main closet!). But if you’re looking at several sizes up or down and you haven’t worn those items for years, perhaps the best option is to pass them on so other people can use them while they’re still in style. Even if you’re not all that into trends, clothing will eventually look dated and will be less likely to find a new home with someone who’ll actually wear it.

3. Do the Clothes Suit Your Lifestyle and Style Aesthetic?

When I went through my holding zone bins of two-small clothing following menopause, I started by doing a quick initial pass. I looked through all of the garments prior to trying anything on, holding up each piece and asking myself if I could see myself wearing it again if it fit my body. This question had to do with both lifestyle and style aesthetic considerations. I pondered whether I had occasions in my life for wearing the pieces in question, and I looked at whether I still liked the color, pattern, style, and silhouette. Such examination usually led me to eliminate at least a few items that would be better off in someone else’s closet.

My second pass involved trying things on, which was often demoralizing, as I discovered that a lot of it still didn’t fit me. But occasionally I’d be pleasantly surprised when previously loved pieces could make their way back into my closet once again. I continue to make a point of going through my holding zone regularly, even when it’s not for size-related reasons. Sometimes we think we’ll like something forever, but fashion styles and our preferences move on, even if the latter happens at what seems to be a glacial pace for some of us.

A New Wardrobe Dilemma

In recent years, when I’ve dealt with size-related “keep or purge” decisions, it’s been for clothing that was too small for me. However, my current wardrobe dilemma is the flip side of the equation, clothes that are too big. This is a welcome problem in some respects, but I still need to figure out how to address it.

Earlier this year, my blood work revealed that my A1C levels had climbed into the pre-diabetic range. This wasn’t a huge shock, as my levels had been “borderline” prior to the pandemic, and there’s a history of diabetes on both sides of my family. In fact, my father recently had to start taking diabetes medication despite being somewhat underweight and having basically good health habits. My habits were also mostly good (compared to most Americans, anyway), but that wasn’t enough to keep me away from blood sugar woes.

With the stress of the pandemic, my husband and I slacked off a bit on our good eating habits. I baked more often than usual, and we relied more on processed foods than we did previously. His blood sugar and cholesterol levels inched up as a result, but his A1C remained within normal ranges.

Receiving the pre-diabetic label scared me, so I vowed to make changes. I didn’t do anything too drastic, as I’m wary about strict diets and major restrictions given my history of eating disorders. I gradually cut out sugar and processed foods, and I also signed on to a meal delivery service to make it easier to eat healthy on days when I don’t want to spend much time on meal preparation.

Changing my eating habits has produced slow but steady weight loss over the past five months, which was accelerated recently when I was going through some difficult personal situations. I haven’t weighed myself in years, so I don’t know how many pounds I’ve shed (I also don’t know how many pounds I gained during menopause), but it’s enough to have many of my clothes feeling much too loose. This is especially noticeable with my pants, as I always gain and lose the most weight in my lower half. I’m grateful for the weight loss and I’m feeling lighter and healthier, but I now have a dilemma regarding my clothes.

Holding Zone, Alter, or Purge?

Fortunately, most of my tops and toppers still fit me, and some are even a better fit with my smaller proportions, as they predated the menopausal weight gain. But after trying on all of my pants and jeans, though, I found that there aren’t many that fit me well at this point. Some are passable at my current size, but many just look too large and sloppy now. So, what do I do?

  • Should I fold up all of the too-big pants and put them in my holding zone bin?
  • Should I alter them to fit my current size?
  • Or should I pass them on?

I’m still working through the best answers to those questions, but I’ll share some of my thoughts here.

Alter a Few Pants to Wear Now

First off, I need some pants to wear now, so I’m going to have a handful of favorites tailored to fit. I’m only going to tailor those pants that are an easy fix, such as taking in the waistband. This will be less expensive than buying new, plus it’s not easy for me to find pants that fit me well anyway. I don’t really need that many out-and-about pants, as I only wear them a few times per week on average. I also tend to wear plainer bottoms and use my tops and toppers to add variety and visual interest to my outfits, so having just a few pairs of pants and jeans to wear will be fine.

Unfortunately, the black cropped pants that were my absolute favorites over the past three summers cannot be successfully altered. They were always a bit too big for me in the waist, and now they’re much too baggy all over. It’s relatively easy to take in the waistband or narrow the legs on most pants, but when pants bag out in the derriere region, that can be a difficult fix. So, if that’s the issue with any of my existing pants, I’m not going to attempt to have them altered.

As I see where my weight will level off, I’m going to try to make do with what I have as much as possible. I’ll do the alterations that I mentioned above, and I also ordered some “perfect fit” jeans adjuster buttons to quickly and easily improve the fit of my jeans. These inexpensive buttons can be used in both weight loss and gain situations to either take in or let out the waistband an inch or so. I remembered that my mother-in-law used to have this type of contraption, so I sought it out and easily found it on Amazon. These buttons are easy to put on and take off, and they do make a big difference!

Making Do and Buying a Few…

The majority of my at-home pants are not so baggy that I can no longer wear them, although they’re definitely a lot looser than they used to be. I may alter a few of those, too, but I’ll probably just keep wearing the baggier pants when I’m at home since impeccable fit isn’t as critical there. For when I leave the house for walks or casual errands, I may try to purchase a size down in two or three pairs of the joggers that I like to wear. Fortunately, these pieces tend to go on sale often, so it won’t cost me a whole lot of money.

I don’t have many too-small pants left in my holding zone bin, as I gradually moved most of them on over the years. However, I did hold on to two pairs of pants and two pairs of jeans from my pre-menopausal days. I’m on the fence about the pants, as they’re both lower-rise and I now prefer at least a mid-rise option. But I’m going to try to wear them for a low-stakes occasion (i.e., a one-to-two-hour errand) and see how I feel.

One of these pairs (solid black) could potentially replace one of the pant options in the four-by-four wardrobe I wrote about last week, as I was kind of settling in terms of the length of those pants. I’m less certain about the jeans from the holding zone, as one pair is a bit too short and the other is somewhat too wide at the hem. I need to decide if I want to wear the short pair with flats (which I don’t wear all that often) and if I want to have the legs on the other pair narrowed. I’ll figure this out over the next few weeks.

Through all of this exploration, I’ve wondered if I had kept my too-small clothes from five years ago or so, would I want to wear them now? Perhaps I’d be excited to pull out some of them, but I realize that many of those pieces are just not my style anymore. I just looked back through my folders of purged items from 2017-2019, and I only identified a handful of pieces that I’d be interested in wearing now, so I did the right thing in passing most of the old items on when I did.

When to Hold on to Larger Sizes

I’m hoping this weight loss will be permanent, as I don’t intend to return to my previous way of eating. The specter of potential diabetes with all of its myriad complications should prevent me from going back to eating too much sugar and processed foods. Of course, continued aging may result in further metabolic shifts, so it’s possible that I may regain some of the weight down the road.

There are things that are unknowable, which makes me wonder if I should hold on to my larger-sized pants. I think I’m going to follow the same basic process that I used for the clothes that were too small for me, as it worked well then. I’ll keep any larger pants that I could see myself wearing again if they fit me (or if I later opt to alter them), until at least this time next year.

I don’t want to feel like I’m setting myself up for failure by keeping these pants, but I also want to avoid having to go out and buy a bunch of new clothes should my weight inch up again for some reason. These pants are too large to wear attractively, but not so ridiculously big that it’s out of the realm of possibility that I might wear them again someday. However, If I do multiple holding zone reviews and the pants are still too big, I’ll probably gradually pass them on, just as I did with the too-small clothing during my first few years of menopause.

I’ll likely pass on some of my rarely worn pants that are now too large, including two pairs that have pleats in the front. I now shy away from this detail because of its widening effect. Two other pairs of pants are on the short side, so I may opt to purge those, too. I’ve “settled” far too often with pant lengths because it’s very difficult for me to find pants that are long enough for me. Even tall sizes can be too short for my long legs, especially because I also like to wear at least a small heel. Realizing that I don’t need a wide array of pant options and not wanting to spend a lot of money on tailoring may push me to purge pants that I don’t love and have been hanging on to for too long.

Conclusion – and Your Thoughts?

I think I’m approaching the situation of too-large clothing in a prudent manner. I’m tailoring a few items, making a small number of strategic purchases, letting go of things I wouldn’t want to wear anyway, and storing the rest in my holding zone bin. I’ll continue to revisit my holding zone at least twice a year and bring pieces in and out of there as needed. And I will do periodic updates on the blog about my keep, alter, or purge decisions, as well as other wardrobe management topics.

Weight gain and weight loss are common issues for many of us, so it’s helpful to have a strategy in place for dealing with this. I’d love for you to comment about your experiences in contending with weight shifts over the years. You may have a tried-and-true method that you use, or you may have some regrets about the way you’ve managed your closet in the face of weight gain or loss. As with most issues in life, there is no one right answer, but perhaps we can provide tips and suggestions for each other to help make things easier. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

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18 thoughts on “When Your Clothes No Longer Fit You

  1. Gail says:

    Hi, Debbie–You seem to be handling this situation well. I have somehow lost about 10 lbs. over the last year or so, and I am 75, so remember that could happen as well! What I did was give away my too big regular pants and keep my gym clothes since they can be baggy and can sit at the hips (even though they are not intended to). It was easier in my case since I only keep a few pairs–less to deal with and to regret. I never have minded giving away clothes to Good Will or wherever as it may help somebody, but it is not fun to feel desperately, “Oh no..I am out of clothes!” That is the downside of having a small wardrobe and of NOT storing those holding zone boxes. You are safer😉.
    It is normal to change sizes, I think, and it is commendable to try so hard to be healthy as you are doing. That is a point of pride far more important than the pants issue, nagging pain as it is. Keep on being healthy and wearing what fits no matter if you have to buy a couple pairs, donate some, “hold” some. You’re doing well with this.
    I have L. L. Bean pants that have hidden elastic tabs inside so that when bloated, one can still fit comfortably. I love these even though expensive and requiring tailoring on my short legs. (I wear their smallest size petite and still drown. Sigh.)
    Good wishes, good luck, good health. Thanks once again for interesting an quality writing.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Gail. I would imagine when you have a small wardrobe, things eventually wear out and need to be replaced anyway, even if they still fit you. You have a good attitude about letting things go when necessary. I’ve heard of people losing weight when they get into their seventies. I guess everyone’s experience is different. I’m glad you have some pants that are working well for you now, but it’s too bad that even the smallest size can be too big. I’ve often wondered about those women who are really small because of all of the “vanity sizing” that’s happening these days. I appreciate your good wishes and I send them back your way, too!

  2. Miriam says:

    Hi, I am having trouble with commenting so keeping it short. You absolutely can alter baggy pants, take a look at how menˋs slacks are altered from the middle back. It is not difficult!

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your trouble commenting, Miriam. Sometimes that has happened for people and I’m not sure how to help. I didn’t see any comments that went to spam or pending, as can sometimes be the case when people say that commenting is difficult. I’m glad you were able to get this comment in, and I hope you don’t have further issues with the comments.

      I’ll have to check out the tailoring that you mentioned. I’m wondering if you mean just in the waist area or all around. I have had pants taken in a bit at the back seam, but with the favorite pants that I mentioned, my tailor said it was too difficult to do because they were too big all over. Maybe I’ll take them to someone else for a second opinion just in case, though.

  3. Mo says:

    I have had to address slowly changing size/shape as I entered my 50’s. The timing for me left me wondering what was really the cause, as living in New Orleans temporarily at the time, then pandemic shutdowns, then turning 50 all happened within 3 months. I was up in waist size, but what to blame? and what could i change and what would I have to learn to live with? Now 2 full years later I’ve settled in to about an inch gain in the waist from my pre 50’s steady size 4 self. I ended up selling off or giving away most everything that didn’t fit. I do keep some items that technically fit, if a bit too tight for comfort, but a size up would be too big. ‘Cusp’ items if you will. Add to the issue that as I age I no longer tolerate discomfort I might have 10 years ago. I now tend to just move on from things that don’t (or never did) fit well. Poshmark shopping had me trying to make a lot of final sale items work out. I got sick of them and sent them all to Thredup for pennies on the dollar earlier this year. I feel better not having them around, whether in a bag on the floor of the closet or the trunk of my car or wherever. The peace of having them just GONE is priceless.
    I do have a handful of items I’m unsure of keeping and I list them on Poshmark. That way if they sell for $$ I’m more accepting of moving on from them. If they don’t sell, I can still pull them out and wear them if I wish. At some point I’ll probably tire of them and purge the lot. But for now, that’s a happy limbo place for me.
    As for if I will gain/stay the same/lose in the future – who knows? I think I’m in the middle of the real deal and my creeping weight of the 2 previous years seems to have leveled off. I do know I need to keep cognizant of buying for the now and not too far off in the future, as changes very possibly could make a purchase today not fit in 6 months.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Good to see you comment here, Mo. It seems like you’ve done fairly well with menopausal changes so far. I’m sure you still look as svelte and lovely as I remember you. I gained more than you have, but I’m happy to have things level off now a bit down the line. I like your concept of listing the “iffy” items on Poshmark and letting them go if they sell, but otherwise wearing them occasionally. I might do something similar. I also sent some items to Thredup earlier this year because there was just too much to try to list on eBay or Poshmark. Like you, I was relieved to have them GONE! Your last sentence is very important, I think. I think it’s best to only buy for the current season and not to buy too much, as we don’t know if our size or shape will change (or even if our lifestyle will change). I hope things in general are going well with you and you’re enjoying the Tahoe summer (my favorite time of year there).

  4. Maggie says:

    Hi Debbie, Very interesting topic. I have purged most of my things that dd not fit anymore. Other items are on the brink of not fitting or being too tight for my comfort. I wear jeans with stretch and no zipper. I am starting to accumulate rayon palazzo pants with elastic waists or drawstrings in varying prints and a few hoodies. I replace my sneakers with slip ons with plenty of cushion. I did buy two dresses for an upcoming wedding but neither dress has a fitted waist and I can just pull them on over my head. One dress is sleeveless so I plan to accessorize with some bracelets which I already have.

    Although my weight is the same, things have shifted and I have decided to be kind to my jiggly bits. I may never wear anything with a zipper again and I am OK with new body as long as I can stay healthy and active.

    Best Regards,

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Yes, weight can certainly shift around with age, can’t it? It sounds like you’ve figured out a way to dress that works really well for you. Even if you’re not experiencing weight shifts, the clothes you mentioned could certainly accommodate that well, in addition to being more comfortable. I’m curious what brand of jeans you’re wearing with stretch and no zipper. I’m still looking for some good black jeans, but it’s challenging because I need tall sizes. I hope the dresses you bought for the wedding will serve you well for that occasion and others. Accessories always make a world of difference in terms of dressing things up or down.

  5. RoseAG says:

    I’ve maintained a steady weight through menopause, but my shape has changed. While most everything else migrates down, my fat seems to have migrated up towards my waistline.
    I’ll tolerate pants that are slightly tight through the waistband, they often loosen up as I wear them after laundering, but I have purged pants that are too big through the thighs. I figure sliming down there is a good thing and rather than focus on my rounder waist I should focus on my slimmer saddlebags. I’ve altered a couple of too big pants to be slimmer through the thighs and have given away others that were hard to alter.
    I don’t usually purchase expensive clothing and have found that things I haven’t worn for 3-4 years usually don’t appeal to me when I revisit them so if the inches return I’ll get new pants.
    The change that’s been even bigger for me than size is color. I quit coloring my hair 3 years ago and the grow-out is over. Clothing in warm tones does not go with my my new hair and that’s been my catalyst for change.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      That’s great that your weight has stayed steady through menopause, Rose. I think the shift in shape happens to most of us, though. I now have excess “fluff” in the back of my waist and it’s still there even with my weight loss. It seems like you’ve navigated your shape changes well. I probably wouldn’t want to wear a lot of things that I’ve held on to for three or four years, either.

      I have changed the colors I wear to some degree after growing out my hair, but I always preferred cool tones anyway, so it’s not as drastic for me as for many others. I have moved into wearing less saturated colors, though, which seem to suit my lower-contrast coloring more. I still love black and cobalt, but I also enjoy wearing some lighter shades of blue and other mid-toned pastels.

  6. One thing I’ve noticed is that there is an asymmetry in how we treat clothes that are now too big versus clothes that are now too small. It seems that people are much faster to ditch the now too big clothes after weight loss than they are the now too small clothes after weight gain. I assume this is rooted in a kind of wishful thinking that weight loss is permanent and weight gain is temporary, though as far as I can tell, weight gain is at least as likely to be permanent. Regardless of the direction of the weight change, I think it can make a lot of sense to keep *some* clothing of the off size, especially if they are favorite items, would be hard to replace, and/or are classic pieces that you can see yourself still wearing a little ways down the road. But certainly we shouldn’t be keeping them in our closets–I agree that a separate storing spot makes sense for them. But I think we also need to be realistic about whether we are likely to lose weight and in what time horizon that will happen. Obviously no one can predict the future so we may make the wrong call now and again. But if a person tends to experience weight variation, I can totally see keeping items across a couple different sizes. I think there is a strange and to my mind completely misguided belief that if we have (intentionally) lost weight and keep the items that are that one size bigger, somehow that will undermine our ability to keep the weight off, so you should purge those slightly too large items immediately. I have seen that idea in quite a few magazines/blogs/etc., and I don’t get it. I have never seen a citation that shows that this is actually true. Given how few people are able to maintain weight loss for a significant period of time, it just seems realistic to acknowledge that the weight loss may be temporary.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      As usual, you gave some astute observations, Sally. I agree that most women are more keen to hold on to clothes that are too small rather than too large, and I agree that it’s likely rooted in wishful thinking. I plan to hold on to favorite pieces that are too big for me. If I still like them a bit down the line and they’re still too large, I may opt to get a few other items tailored. It’s hard to know what the future holds and it’s true that BOTH weight loss and weight gain can be temporary.

      It’s true that the idea of holding on to too-large items being counterproductive is pervasive in our society. I’ve found myself falling prey to it recently myself! I don’t think it makes much difference whether or not I hold on to some too-large pieces in terms of whether or not my weight loss will be permanent. I will definitely store those items elsewhere, but there may come a day when I’ll be happy to have them. I don’t really regret getting rid of most of my too-small items because a number of years have gone by and my style preferences (and my shape) have changed. Time will tell if I will end up wearing the few pairs of smaller pants that I did keep. Perhaps their time has passed…

  7. Maggie says:

    Hi Everyone! I was told that the thing to be concerned about after menopause is frailty – as in muscle loss and bone density loss. So although the regimen for calcium and vitamin D supplements and weight bearing exercise has not changed, keeping my muscles strong and improving balance are the greatest priority at this time. I have incorporated more hiking on non-level terrain and stairs at home to focus on these goals.
    FYI – I don’t feel frumpy in my new style. I feel free!

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Thanks for sharing this important information, Maggie. Incorporating different types of exercise can definitely be beneficial in terms of staying strong and agile. I’m glad you don’t feel frumpy in your new style. It actually sounds very cool in additional to being comfortable. I’m sure the palazzo pants look very stylish.

  8. Katrina B says:

    Debbie, I can keep my answer short this time because your plans for these pants are exactly how I would deal with them! I’ve already regaled you with my regrets about getting rid of BOTH too large and too small pants, and I plan to never make that mistake again. But RoseAG made a really good point: even in the years when my weight was stable, there was a mass migration toward the waistline. My waist to hip ratio is completely different now than it was 10 years ago, even when I’m at a low weight. Some pants that should fit based on size do not because of shape. However I’m still a proponent of keeping things that you like and are in good condition, because you never know–at this age–when they might fit again.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      It’s true that even if you had kept your old pants, Katrina, you may not have been able to put them to use. All we can do is hold on to pieces we like that are currently too small or too large for us. Our bodies are bound to change in ways that we cannot foresee. My waist to hip ration has also changed, but that has actually made finding pants a bit easier than it used to be (although I still have the tall issue…). I’m going to go through everything this weekend and hold on to what I like even if it’s way too big. I like that I have the one bin limitation, but I can keep quite a few pairs of pants in there.

  9. LisaS says:

    This column really resonated with me. As an adult I have been up and down with my weight for years. Menopause hasn’t helped. I live in a four season state, needed dressier clothes for work, and. of course, really like clothes. But it is discouraging to have such a wide range of sizes. I’m just 6 weeks post-retirement and this year finally managed to shed 35 pounds with 10 to go. I’m hoping to hover around a 12 in the end. My plan is continue to donate as well as sell the outliers and keep a box or two in the size below and above. What has worked best -for me lately is to avoid very fitted structured clothes and look for stretch, elastic waist skirts, aline dresses, more flowy tunics, leggings, etc. These types of clothing allow for a little fluctuation.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Thanks for commenting, Lisa. I can imagine the weight changes are harder when one lives in a four-season climate and needs a wide variety of clothing options. Congrats on your recent weight loss and best wishes with getting to your goal weight. I think it’s a good plan to keep some clothes in a size up and a size down, especially if you have a history of weight fluctuations. Yes, avoiding very fitted clothes helps a lot. I used to always wear super fitted garments, and those don’t accommodate much of a shift in size. Having stretchy items and “streamlined” rather than snug pieces is a better way to go, and usually more comfortable, too. I’m planning to donate or sell some “outliers,” too (pieces that I no longer like or see myself wearing).

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