Congratulations — you’ve done it! Whether it was for vanity reasons or for health reasons, you’ve managed to lose weight, and a significant enough amount to the point that your clothes are now too big. It’s a fantastic double-edged sword: You’ve lost weight and you’re healthier, but now your clothes don’t fit, which means you’re going to have to do something about it. You may have to start rebuilding your wardrobe, and a new life calls for a new look. Here are four tips on what to do style-wise when you’ve lost weight.
1. Remember you’re not the same size anymore
If you’re used to buying bigger sizes, it might be hard to break that habit when you go shopping. You might continue to buy large clothing without realizing it, but remember, you are not the same size as you were before. This means you shouldn’t be buying your old size in clothes.
2. Go through your closet
It’s time to go through your closet to see what still fits and what doesn’t. This is important to note: If a pair of pants or other garments are way too big on you now — give them to charity. Throwing out too-big clothing is significant, as you need to eliminate the mindset that you will possibly gain the weight back.
If pants are too large to salvage by a tailor, get rid of them. If you’re swimming in your coats and shirt, do the same. You need to embrace your new body and dress appropriately. You worked hard to get to this point and you should reward yourself by making an effort to look good in your clothes.
3. Get to your tailor
If there are clothes you can salvage, such as a suit or a jacket, take them to your tailor. They may be able to take them in a few inches as needed. You may also be able to save money this way, instead of having to go out and purchase these items again.
4. Go shopping
Take someone with you to help you pick out some key items (and please try and take along someone who is fashion conscious, and if not, don’t be afraid to enlist a personal shopper) and for moral support. A friend or significant other can offer an honest opinion on the clothes you’re trying on, and let you know how great you look in your new duds!