What to Wear While You Lose Weight
On your way to a smaller size? Here's how to deal with wardrobe woes
What Should I Buy?
Sharon Haver, founder and style director of FocusOnStyle.com, advises
dieters to concentrate on flattering, well-fitting basics. "A shirt, a pair
of pants; things with a bit of stretch -- meaning some Lycra or an elastic
Pants without a set-in waistband are easier to take in. A-line skirts show
the "you" underneath, and, when they get a little loose, won't look as
baggy as a too-large pencil skirt would, she says.
"Why would you want to feel frumpy at any stage of your journey?"
Haver asks. "You want people to notice every pound you lose and say, 'You
If you don't want to break the bank for clothes that will be discarded 10
pounds down the road, shop online auctions, thrift shops, discount malls, or
simply buy less expensive brands of clothes than you normally would, Haver
Melinda T. has lost 57 pounds in 67 weeks. At first, she winged it,
borrowing smaller duds from friends.
"I waited until I had lost two sizes to get clothes," says Melinda,
who also asked that her last name not be used.
"They tell you not to buy elastic waists because you can't tell if your
pants are getting tight on you again, but I like elastic in back. I shop
everywhere -- Wal-Mart, a hosiery store that has some clothes, thrift
Melinda bought dark bottoms and mix-and-match tops. "Very basic,"
Though experts advise showing off your slimmer body with proper-fitting
clothes, stay away from overly tight ones. Philip L. Goglia, PhD, founder of
Performance Fitness Concepts in Santa Monica, Calif., advises clients to buy a
slightly larger size than they need while they're actively losing.
"Buying smaller reminds you of feeling tight," he says. "Let
your new physique come naturally. You don't need a big old potato sack, though.
You need to see your shape change. It's very motivational."
Although Fernstrom doesn't advise buying clothes in your target size, Goglia
says it's all right to buy one piece that might have really "spoken" to
you and gotten you inspired to lose, be it a swimsuit, special dress, or
Put the garment on a hanger, he says, and put it in the kitchen or someplace
else where you'll see it first thing in the morning. Attach a note to it,
saying, "This is me. This is my dress."