Best Transition Clothing Styles When You’re Losing Weight

posted: 01/03/18
by: Katie Morton
Two plus size women exercising in Central Park, New York during a beautiful day.

Losing weight should be celebrated. Congrats, you're crushing it! One good problem to have, as you get fitter and healthier, is finding clothes that fit and flatter your new figure.

While your current wardrobe may suddenly be too big, investing in an entirely new closet overhaul may not make financial or fashion sense. After all, you may still have more to go on your weight loss journey. The good news is that with a few tweaks and tricks, you can still look fit, fashionable, and fabulous while you're working hard to get healthy.

1. Don't Start from Scratch

There's no need to toss out all of your clothes and start over! Many of your current pieces can still work, even if you've lost a few pounds. For example, roomy dresses can be belted at the waist to show off your newly svelte mid-section. Sweaters that are too large can be layered with a white collared shirt. Think outside the box for new ways to wear your "old" clothes.

2. Find a Good Tailor to Make it Work

Some of your current clothes can be altered to fit your new shape. It's worth saving your higher-end pieces to see if tailoring is possible. A good tailor will work their magic to give you a bespoke garment for your new shape! Bonus: Alterations are usually far less expensive than replacing the piece of clothing outright.

3. Purchase Versatile Pieces Which Work on All Shapes

Now that you've lost weight, you may want to celebrate with a shopping trip. However, you don't want to spend a ton of money on items that may not fit in a few months. Have no fear! You can still shake up your fashion game without breaking the bank.

Look for versatile pieces in flattering colors to add some panache to your current look. Consider this lightweight asymmetric poncho to wear with skinny jeans or leggings, or even to use as a scarf. The bright, cherry-red hue can add just the right touch of cheerful color to your transitional wardrobe.

For practical tips on how to shop for your new shape, check out Anuschka Rees' Rebuilding Your Wardrobe on a Budget: What to Buy First.

4. Invest in Some Eye Catching Bling and Sparkle

You know what always fits? Jewelry! Regardless of the number on the scale, a statement necklace and sparkling earrings can light up your look. Have fun picking out great statement jewelry pieces that will work with your wardrobe--now and 20 pounds from now.

Stella and Dot's Feather Necklace is a showstopper on every shape and size! Pair with face elongating (code: slimming!) chandelier earrings for a million dollar look.

5. Work with Figure Flattering Fabrics

Certain fabrics are more figure-friendly than others. Matte jersey is a universally flattering fabric that skims curves and always looks polished. Look to fit-and-flare jersey dresses for an instantly chic, go-to outfit. Note: Contrary to old wives tales, bright colors and bold patterns can work on all figures. Find a jersey dress in a pattern and color that puts some spring in your step.

Pat yourself on the back for working hard to lose weight. You're striving to have a healthier lifestyle and you should be proud of yourself! With our tips, you'll look fit and fashionable, every step of the way.