If I were made of money…

27 Feb

this might be easier…the baggy clothes dilemma.

My clothes are getting too big.  Yes, this is a good thing – very!  But, it’s getting harder and harder to wear the clothes I have.  Belts can only help for so long. 

I DID have my dress pants altered and most of them fit pretty well now (though two pair aren’t perfect) – I’ve got about 6 pair I can wear in which I feel/look pretty good.  BUT, my casual clothes – jeans, etc. are getting really baggy through the hips and belly and they look (and more importantly) FEEL yucky.  It makes me feel sloppy.

Yesterday, I went to Macy’s to return a blouse, and while there tried on a whole dressing room full of clothes.  In an unusual turn of events, all of the jeans I tried on fit well and looked really good…all were 2 sizes smaller than what I wore when I started all of this back in September.  I was SO excited.

BUT, and yes, there is a but…the 2 pair of jeans I bought were $130 bucks.  (I know, for some of you this seems like a really good deal.)  If I were going to have these jeans for the next couple of years, I wouldn’t think twice about it.  But, it feels financially irresponsible to spend that much on two pair of pants that might only fit me well for 2 – 3 months.  Plus, I have to pay someone to shorten them for me – more $$$. 

I could have a couple pair of my jeans taken in, BUT, they may not be a perfect fit once they are done.  I’m torn as to what to do.  Especially since I’ve got a significant amount of weight to lose over the next year or so, which means I’m going to change sizes several times between now and my ultimate goal.

It shouldn’t be frustrating (gee, what a terrible problem to have – you are losing weight AND getting to buy new clothes) but it is.  I don’t know what to do. Can you put a price on feeling good in your clothes, especially when you haven’t felt good in a long time?  Another crazy thing is – I LIKE some of my current clothes and it can be a little hard to give them away. 

I’m not really sure what the answer is.  A friend yesterday suggested I check the Goodwill, which I hadn’t thought of.  I think I’ll try that.  Often times, there are items that still have the tags on them.  Oh yeah, and I’m DEFINITELY going to need a few new pieces before I go to Europe in May, which will be more money spent.  I’m thinking 2 pair of pants, a pair of shorts, and maybe a skirt, along with a few shirts.  Hmmmm…

Is it a worthwhile investment to buy a couple of new things every few months (or s0) when my size changes?  The baggy shirts aren’t quite as bad.  It’s the pants – the sloppy feeling when they become too big.

I am looking for any and all suggestions.  If you have some, please send them my way.  For now, I need to decide about the new jeans.  I’m leaning towards keeping one and taking the other back…

2 Responses to “If I were made of money…”

  1. moobabes February 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I know that saggy, poopy pants feel, it’s NO good. I also understand the cost, but gosh, it’s for you and your life I think you need to get the clothes that do make you feel good and show the you that are YOU.
    I’ve gotten and so has Kit, a couple of items from ebay. I scan for labels that I know and can pick ’em up pretty cheap, some ‘vendors’ even have return options. LandsEnd might be another reasonable option for some basic sweaters, etc.
    Way to go my friend, it’s so exciting and inspiring!!!! xom

  2. Diane February 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Yes, it’s a “good” problem, but a problem nevertheless! Kind of like maternity clothes in reverse. There ought to be a store for people like you! My only suggestion is Marshall’s–the clothes are pretty reasonable, especially jeans. I’ve gotten some good pricey ones there that were not too pricey. I don’t know..I’ll have to think this one over!

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