Top Tips for Putting Together a Wardrobe as You’re Losing Weight


When you’re in the process of losing weight, you don’t want to be spending lots of money on clothes that you won’t have for long as you pass through that weight, but you will need clothes to wear, preferably ones that you feel are flattering as you reach your new healthier weight.  Look for more wardrobe basics (rather than heroes) so that you can accessorise and make the outfits feel more different – as these will help you create a more versatile wardrobe.
  1. Get a great belt, you may find that belting over the top of your tops to define your newly emerging waist will get you a few extra months from some of your shirts and tops that are now too big for you. Plus belts can keep up your pants and skirts as they get loser around the waist.
  2. Learn to ways to take the volume out of a too loose garment – you can do a half-tuck, a belt-look tuck, or a kimtuck.
  3. Focus on accessories, wearing a scarf or great necklace or earrings to draw attention up to your face and to dress up your basic clothes and create lots of different looks.
  4. Check the sales racks first, look for stretch fabrics which will accommodate you more as you become slimmer. Buy only basics that are easy to mix and match so that nobody notices you’re wearing the same clothes over and over.
  5. Get some alterations on your existing wardrobe.  Taking in a waistband can make a garment wearable for another few months and is a much cheaper alternative than buying new all the time.
  6. Create a capsule wardrobe, any new items that you buy to get you through which need to work together, so pick 2 colours and 2 neutrals that all work together and stick to them to ensure that all your clothes mix and match for maximum versatility.
  7. Look for skirts over pants as you buy for your temporary wardrobe, they are easier to fit and are more easily altered and have the ability to fit you at a couple of sizes without looking odd.
  8. Try charity shops, consignment stores and ebay for well-priced clothing items to get you through your transition.
  9. Resell your larger clothes on ebay.  If they’re not in your cupboard then you won’t be tempted to ever put back on the weight!

Get more tips for your specific body shape and style as you’re losing weight in Jill Chivers and my ebook Svelte in Stylefind out more here

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  • Also, Target jeans, at $40 a pair, mean that you’re not too upset when they start to get so loose you can take them off without undoing the fly or buttons

  • Hi, so many people are obese these days and they tend to wear huge shirts over long skirts or leggings.
    Would you do a polyvore of clothes to dress an obese person in a stylish way?

    Thank you.

  • Jennifer – polyvore doesn’t have a huge number of plus size clothing pictured, but I tried to pick clothing styles here that would work for a range of plus sizes (they would just be a larger version of these kinds of garments). Like the petite and other sizes of women, plus size women come in different body shapes too – sure, more of them end up as O shapes, but I’ve seen plenty of X shape, A shape and the occasional V shape plus size woman. Is there a specific shape you’re after?

  • Great tips, Imogen. I lost 30 pounds over the past year, dropping from a size 12 to a 6 and did a lot of those very things: capsule wardrobe for work, sales rack, and yes, a belt! Another point is that your shoe size may change when you drop a lot of weight. I got by for a few months during the transition by using insoles to help make shoes fit more snug, but eventually had to buy all new shoes for work and weekend.

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