Buying clothes when losing weight

Have you hit that “There`s nothing in my wardrobe that fits” stage?

Are you finding that clothes that fitted you a few weeks ago are now baggy and unflattering, and as you are not at your ideal goal weight yet you don`t want to splash out on lots of new clothes?

It is possible to shop for new clothes whilst losing weight as why would you want to feel frumpy or uncomfortable at any stage of your weight loss journey? Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best during every stage of your weight loss journey.

When looking to purchase new items for your wardrobe look at what you currently have and what items you can combine to enhance the items you have, examples:

  • Belts – they are great for when things get a little baggy, and why not show off that lovely new waist you have appearing!
  • Scarves – tie them round your neck and tuck in your now loose top, this will give you a whole new look on the same item of clothing, as well as still giving you extra shape and style.
  • Boots – everyone knows how a new pair of boots can up the ante on any outfit, be bold go for long boot or a small heel to show case a whole new look.
  • Accessorise – A new bag, shoes, a little or a lot of costume jewellery, or even a bright new lipstick colour can all help to keep an outfit looking fresh.
  • Buy stretchy fabrics – clothes that can stretch to contour to your body at a variety of sizes are your best bet right now. Size down if possible, and you’ll get more use out of them in the near future and as you maintain your new weight.
  • Look at items from the basic range, which are mix and match, as these are great transitional items to have that do not cost too much.
  • Shop in the sales, Charity shops and Clothes Swap/Buy groups on Facebook. Try looking on eBay and you will then also be able to re sell them on again at a later date.
  • Revamp your undies! Buy bras that have slightly moulded cups. This way, as your body is sure to change, your bras will stay in place offering you shape and the coverage that you will need until it’s time to definitely change bra size. In order to avoid the saggy underwear look under your clothes try body shapers made out of clingy or stretchy fabrics.
  • Buy a Motivational Clothing Item! Place it somewhere you will see often, so that you always stay motivated and consistent throughout your weight loss journey Pin a note to it saying, “This is me, this is my dress!”

Have you got any tips on how to buy clothes when losing weight? Share them below to be in with a chance of winning a set of Bluetooth Scales. Our favourite comment will be chosen on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 4 pm!

By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor

20 comments

  1. I’m so used to this that I don’t buy new clothes…I keep on wearing my old and baggy clothes..
    There is this strange sense of satisfaction from doing so, wearing my standard vest and jumper with my one skinny jeans (now boot leg) haha.

  2. I bought some fancy braces to stop my trousers falling down. Great if you have a lot of weight to lose as you can still wear something 3 sizes too big!

  3. I thoroughly support using charity shops during this time. New well-fitting clothes for you, and money to charity as well which seems a great win-win!

  4. Make friends with a sewing machine or a friend with a seeing machine! This way you can quickly put darts in trousers, skirts and tops. Very simple to do. I’m a complete novice but I did it with a cheap sewing machine from poundstretcher. Lots of video tutorials on you tube and local sewing workshops. Plus you’ll be so busy learning to customise your wardrobe for the new you that you will forget you’re on a diet and have brand new skill at the end of it!
    Can already handsew? Buy some bias binding or webbing (lots of colours available). On shirts, t shirts and blouses, stitch a length each side at waist level to create an adjustable top that ties at the back.
    On shorts and lightweight trousers, cut either 2 x 4 inch lengths ( for each side of waist or 1 longer 4 -8 inch length for at the back). Make a buttonhole in each piece about 1 inch from the end, super glue around the open cut to strengthen it. Stitch these on with strong thread so buttonhole end is free. Then stitch a couple of buttons on same area. Can put a few. You’ve created adjustable trousers.
    A buttonhole alternative is a loop of elestic or thin cord stitched to the button end of your binding.

    Don’t want to sew? Light materials can be wonderwebbed.

    If there’s enough interest I can make a couple of tutorials or make up a few adjustment sets.

    A SNS swap n sell fb page is good idea. I’ve got sizes from

  5. Make friends with a sewing machine or a friend with a seeing machine! This way you can quickly put darts in trousers, skirts and tops. Very simple to do. I’m a complete novice but I did it with a cheap sewing machine from poundstretcher. Lots of video tutorials on you tube and local sewing workshops. Plus you’ll be so busy learning to customise your wardrobe for the new you that you will forget you’re on a diet and have brand new skill at the end of it!
    Can already handsew? Buy some bias binding or webbing (lots of colours available). On shirts, t shirts and blouses, stitch a length each side at waist level to create an adjustable top that ties at the back.
    On shorts and lightweight trousers, cut either 2 x 4 inch lengths ( for each side of waist or 1 longer 4 -8 inch length for at the back). Make a buttonhole in each piece about 1 inch from the end, super glue around the open cut to strengthen it. Stitch these on with strong thread so buttonhole end is free. Then stitch a couple of buttons on same area. Can put a few. You’ve created adjustable trousers.
    A buttonhole alternative is a loop of elestic or thin cord stitched to the button end of your binding.

    Don’t want to sew? Light materials can be wonderwebbed.

    If there’s enough interest I can make a couple of tutorials or make up a few adjustment sets.

    A SNS swap n sell fb page is good idea. I’ve got sizes from

  6. Loving charity bargains! I love the fact that the smaller i get the more choice there seems to be. I love to upcycle….my jeans were too baggy so i made them into shorts with a scarf belt…..and the shorts were at a length that i wanted…..not with my backside hanging out!

    I propose a Slim & Save selling or swap site on FB….a chance for us to declutter, earn some cash and pick up some bargains!

  7. Definitely ebay! I buy all my clothes from there anyway, lots have been brand new with tags on but for half the shop price!
    I also find getting rid of the bigger clothes once they are too big is a good motivator, and it also will give me the boost to stay at goal once I’m eventually there 🙂

  8. My friends and I arranged a swapping afternoon. It was fun as we all brought clothes that were good quality, nearly new, but didn’t fit for one reason or another. Each person went home with at least one new item, and it didn’t cost a penny.

  9. I’m maintaining now and I’ve bought a whole new wardrobe of clothes on eBay. I find it a challenge that I enjoy and it stops me from eating! I never pay more than 99p (plus postage of course). My friends always comment on my fabulous bargains. I bid on 30 things and only ever win 1 if I’m lucky but I never pay more than 99p. My golden rule x

  10. DO NOT buy a single new item until you have reached you goal weight. Instead, get creative with what you’ve got. Ties, belts, scarves and even braces can make a baggy shirt look sexy on a slimmer lady, and haven’t we all dreamt that we would be in this position? Let’s all embrace the big clothes and get a kick out of how they feel. Use them as a form of closure….a goodbye to the old you.

    You will know when the time is right to buy a new wardrobe full of clothes and when you do, keep just one souvenir to act as a deterrent from going back into your bad habits. Carpe diem x

  11. A floaty cold shoulder top will draw the eyes and still cover the bingo wings, looking great with jeans or trousers it’s a must buy and will be just the encouragement needed at a difficult stage

  12. I find that buying clothes that are easily adjustable with a needle and thread are my best buys. A quick nip and tuck and that over sized t shirt can be made into a tight fitted and fashionable top.
    Charity shops aren’t as cheap as they used to be so I tend to buy extra bits from car boots and eBay.
    Hold a swipe party. Very useful. Every one brings 5 or 6 items. Put them in the middle then people can choose from them. Make it fun and for charity by making people draw lots and take turns to choose.

  13. Asda Wonderfit jeans, the sizes are 18-20, 14-16 etc so they cover about 3 sizes and tighten and stretch out when needed. For the price they are subperb!

  14. Hit the supermarkets, they all sell clothes now and constantly have items on sale, just buy sale items till you get to the size you want to be at then you can treat yourself, if you have a shirt you love and it’s too big, buy a vest top to wear underneath and leave it open or tie it around your waist to show off your new shape. Stretchy jeans are great and a snap at around £12 a pair at supermarkets!!

  15. My biggest tip would be eBay! You can get lots of good condition stuff to tide you over until you are close to goal. Stretchy or fit and flare is a godsend as well as while you shrink it helps disguise any rollover you are working on but also hangs down nicely when its gone.

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