Congratulations! You have worked hard and lost ten pounds (or 20 or 30 or more!). This is a huge accomplishment that involved a lot of mind shifts and learning.

One way to cement this accomplishment in place is to put some effort into how you dress your new body. There may still be a little work left to help sync the new thin you into your closet. And some of this work is mental.  Maybe you still have some ghosts of your past self hanging in there. Maybe you haven’t yet embraced your new body. Maybe you can’t believe you will keep this fabulous new body. All of these thought symptoms show up in your closet and they may prevent you from keeping the weight off if you aren’t aware of them.

Investing in new clothes as you lose is one way to recognize, reward and acknowledge your accomplishments. 

Here’s what you should consider:

  • If you have lost a clothing size (this is typically 10-15 pounds)) and your clothes are starting to hang on you, for goodness sake go out and get some clothes that fit. Celebrate the new you. The mental lift that comes from being a size smaller is nothing short of miraculous. If you hesitate because you still have weight to lose, don’t let that stop you. You may have gained weight initially because you didn’t believe you deserved the time and effort it takes to care for yourself. Don’t keep that old thought of not deserving things in your head. It is part of what kept you stuck and I want you to keep moving forward towards whatever great things the future holds for you.
  • Take your actual measurements and compare them to a size chart with your favorite brand to save time in the dressing room (or to save time on online returns)
  • Buy clothing that fits you well right now. Don’t buy clothes that are too small because they will make you feel fat and may defeat you mentally.
  • Don’t keep the clothes that are now too big (unless you want to keep one item as a reminder of your accomplishment). You don’t ever want to wear those clothes again and leaving them in the closet is like an invitation to return to them and the thoughts that got you there.
  • If you are still in transition to a smaller you, buy only the basics to get you through this period. If you overbuy guilt may keep you in this size that is only a stepping stone to your next stage. The basics are different for everyone. Only you know what you need to get you through a typical week.  And a week’s worth of clothes is all you need. A new bra, underwear for a week and  2-3 bottoms, 3 tops and 1 or 2 third pieces could take you through this transitional phase in style. If you aren’t sure of your clothing needs you can download my activities evaluation and the instructions for filling it out here.
  • I have discovered that when you have been overweight you may have had a tendency to hide behind your clothes or wear a lot of black. If this is you, consider experimenting and trying new color or styles.

Ways to transition your wardrobe without spending a lot of money

When you are in transition (and even after) consider buying clothing at consignment stores. I prefer in person but there are online options for this also including Postmark, Thread UP and the Real Real. Consignment stores typically carry clothing that is in season and has been vetted for stains, tears and condition.  At some consignment stores you can find new items with tags still on as well as designer items. Clothing is arranged by type, color and size making it easy to shop. Having a pre-determined  list of the clothing you need will make shopping even easier. Most consignment stores also carry all the accessories you need including shoes, handbags and jewelry.  You can bring your old clothing that is now too big to a consignment store and get a little cash to purchase your new wardrobe with.  Clothing should be in season, in good condition and not dated or old fashion. Any old clothing that doesn’t meet these conditions can go to a charity. They will typically sort out clothing that isn’t useable anymore and sell it to a clothing recycling facility that pays them by the pound.

As a bonus this kind of shopping is also much kinder on the environment than typical retail and fashion production.

Once you have reached your final size, carefully consider what clothing you need. Invest in a good set of basics and expand seasonally from there. If you aren’t sure how or where to begin, consider hiring a wardrobe coach to help you begin your new wardrobe at your new weight. You will be surprised at how much you learn and how much time and money you will save by having a plan.

Congratulations on your weight loss!

Beth Dewey is a sustainable image consultant and wardrobe coach at Joyous Style. Joyous Style solves the problem of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. She works  with business owners and salespeople to make sure the image they are showing on the outside matches the value and feeling that is within. She also helps you clean your closet of all those past selves disguised as clothing that no longer works for us and that is simply consuming valuable head and closet space.  She can be reached at 206.792.6171 or