My Skinny Jeans Won't Fit...

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 07:47
They're waaay too big! This is kind of ridiculous. I lost all this weight, and everything looks way oversize and baggy. It's a good problem to have, but buying all new clothes is expensive.

I've tried a few things, so it won't cost so much:

I shop at thrift stores - they're cheap.
I've used a safety pin to pin over my skirts in the back.
I've put clothes that will shrink in the hot water wash - that kinda works too.

Any other suggestions until I can afford all new clothes?

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 08:09
I've started wearing lots of swingy dresses. Most of my weight is in my hips and thighs, so they're way less susceptible to looking baggy and ill-fitting.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 08:18
Find someone who can alter your clothes. Perhaps at a community college where they are taking a design course. Maybe a student there would be able to help at a low cost.
Good luck with the "baggy bum"... just kidding LOL

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 08:21
Shop sales - Dillard's and Kohl's usually have some good sales - maybe you can buy a new pair of pants once a month or so??

Old Navy has cheap clothes - you could probably find some jeans or slacks for work on sale.
I never pass up a good bargain at walmart or target.

Depends on how high your standards are for clothing. I love Talbots and Ralph Lauren, but can't afford them unless there are some serious sales. So, I am willing to buy cheaper clothes until I get to my goal weight. Then I will save up and buy the better quality clothes.

Ask for gift cards or clothes for Christmas, assuming you celebrate Smile

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 08:48
Waist belts for dresses to give them a nice fitted trendy look

For Jeans and trousers- you're gonna have to either take them in or buy cheep ones in 2nd hand shops or wherever you find them, or if your egood with a needle and thread you can take them in yourself! youtube can help with tutorials Smile

For tops you can also use waist belts on them or Tie the sides to get a new look
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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 08:59
Skirts are definitely more forgiving. Also, I do a lot of bargain shopping. My preference is for well cut, fashionable clothes so I tend not to buy them at places like Walmart, but find a lot of bargains elsewhere. NY & Co is a great place to come out with a bag full of stuff for $100-150. I'm on their mailing list and keep an eye out for when they discount everything in the store (like 40% off or BOGO 50% off) and then run a coupon for $X dollars off your purchase beyond that ($30 off $75, $60 off $150)- it really adds up. I do a lot of browsing at Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx and hit up outlet stores wherever I can. Even places like Macy's will run good deals. I feel like this gets me a lot more bang for your buck than buying from a big box retailer where honestly, they clothes sometimes just look cheap. I find it hardest to find things like camis, as they don't often go on sale and it's absurd to me to pay as much for one as I would the real shirt I wear over it!

How you shop is also important- stick to basic pieces you can mix and match and layer. If you have a limited wardrobe because you're losing weight, the last thing you need are statement pieces you can't wear very often without notice. You can do a lot by dressing up your basics with shoes, jewelry, and scarves (these are great to get second hand).

I definitely agree with Hoser that I buy much more for my lower half than my upper half. I have pants I bought a few months ago that are baggy but some shirts, sweaters and yes, dresses, from when I first started still fit me Smile
- Natalie

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 09:47
Good for you! I'm having the same problem with my jeans, they just look baggy and ill fitting, but with the holidays so close by I can't buy anything for myself right now, because I'm very picky and will only buy the expensive brands. I will splurge after the holidays, because I know I will be resisting so much I will be thinner yet.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 14:01
Find a good tailor and have the bum and waist taken in. I have done that several times over this year with my "nice" clothes (good pieces are worth investing in to keep them well fitted - like my nice wool winter coat from J Crew and a pair of se7en for all mankind skinny jeans I got as a honeymoon gift that had gotten super baggy on the top).

But do buy yourself at least one pair of brand new skinnier jeans to reward yourself. Target has surprisingly nice, affordable jeans now that are made for lots of different figures and heights. Since February I bought the same pair for $27 in a 7 Long in February, a 5 Long in July and a 3 Long last weekend. It feels good and I don't feel awful over the expense.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 14:24
Wow - that last post got me flagged for spamming since it mentioned a few labels! FatSecret, you're silly.
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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 15:10
Great Problem!! Shop Consignment stores or Thrift shops in bigger cities/metropolitan areas. The Salvation Army has lots of jeans but they are not very stylish at my salvation army. I shopped at a Rummage sale and found 2 fitted Talbots jackets for $5 each and a gorgeous chicos blouse for $5. My daughter found several pairs of junior cut jeans that were hardly worn and name brand.
You can get there from here.

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 15:35
I can't wait until I incur this problem. It will be so nice to wear smaller size clothes and they fit. There are so many things that I am looking forward too cute clothes, skinny jeans, dresses/skirts is one of many. Sales, Sales, and More Sales...I wish you continued success on your goal....

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Posted: 08 Nov 2011, 17:56
Good tips, thanks, I thought I was the only one, but it looks like other people have the same wardrobe issues. It's nice to need to buy new sizes, but it does get spendy,

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Posted: 09 Nov 2011, 11:28
I was just going to post something similar! And luckily just as I was thinking about this issue last night, I got an invite to a clothing swap from a girlfriend of mine.

A clothing swap is where you get together with your girlfriends (hopefully of all shapes and sizes, although for me this is usually not the case as I am much taller than most of my friends), pool your clothing and accessories that no longer fit or that you no longer want and basically have a free-for-all of finding things that might spruce up your wardrobe a bit! I have a ton of stuff (pants especially) that I need to get rid of because they're too big (yay!) and I'm hoping some of the girls might have some things that fit me! Anything leftover can be donated. It's free and fun!

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Posted: 09 Nov 2011, 15:54
I used to shop the clearance racks at Kohl's and JCPenneys, but it was still too expensive at 50%-60% off. I decided to check out Goodwill and other thrift stores in the area for casual work clothes. OMG, I found a freaking goldmine! I was able to get a lot of gently used name brand or semi name brand clothing for really cheap. Not just for me but for my kids also. I guess living in a bigger city pays off sometimes, I now have pants (in different sizes) to shrink into. You can't beat getting a $70 (retail) pant for $2.

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Posted: 09 Nov 2011, 15:58
Ebay is also a good place to get some great deals. When my daughter was younger and "HAD" to wear A&F and Hollister, etc...I used to get some great buys for off of Ebay.
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Posted: 10 Nov 2011, 16:19
Check out and they have some super great prices on quality clothes.

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