One of the worse things about losing weight is that your favorite dress is just getting too big to wear! I know, it’s a great problem to have but here are some strategies to help cope with this fashion emergency.
A recent post on a Glamour Health & Fitness blog gave some decent but limited stop gap strategies. They talk about wearing wrap dresses and utilizing a cardigan or a belt to cinch up clothes that are too big on you. Well all three of those things should be staples in any plus girl’s closet. And they are just band-aid solutions anyway?
If you have lost 10 to 15 pounds these suggestions are just not going to cut it. One of the things you have to realize is that when you lose weight it is not always evenly proportioned. You can lose even twenty pounds but it might be all in your tummy or your butt. Your arms and back might stay the same so you really can’t drop a dress size because your buttons will still be popping or the arms might be too tight. So when we are talking a significant weight loss we are really talking about tailoring.
The first factor you must weigh is of course money. Is it worth it to fix this garment? I mean a sundress that cost you $20 at Old Navy is not something you are going to do $20 of alterations on as it is just not cost effective. We all have clothes that we bought just to “throw on” and go out. Well if you can just throw it on chances are you are just going to throw it out. But if it is a dress that you spent more money on then alterations are definitely called for because you still can get many more wears out of it. When you are out shopping it is a good idea to think about how easy or not so easy will it be to alter?
Are there princess seams that will make it easier to take it in an inch or two? Princess seams are long shaped seams which can be found on the front or back of a garment They are ideal because you can take it in to fit those areas where you lost weight like your tummy or hips but keep the top part of the dress the same because you basically stayed the same there.
Is there a lining? It is always more expensive to alter a dress with a lining because both the lining and the dress itself have to be altered. Any tailoring you do should be cost effective. Don’t make the tailor do extra work by altering both the lining and the dress if you don’t have to. A good trick is to take it in from the sides which can tighten it and make it more form fitting without having to mess with the lining.
Where is the zipper? If it is on the side, try to pull in your princess seams. Stay away from moving the zipper. This will be the most expensive alteration.
The summer is a great time to get dresses that will be easy to alter and that you might be able to use in three seasons if you pair it with that trusty cardigan. If you buy a sleeveless dress you don’t have to worry about taking off the sleeves when doing alterations and that saves quite a bit in expense and aggravation when altering your dress. With a cute cardigan you can extend the use of this dress well into the fall since it stays warm these days all the way into November. I guess that’s the one good thing we can say about global warming!
Another important factor in buying a dress if you are losing weight is the print of the fabric. Some prints will be thrown totally out of whack if you alter it so you might shop with an eye to the ease of alterations when you are losing weight. Some prints just don’t lend themselves to extensive alterations so that is one factor to bear in mind.
The best advice I can give you is that when you are shopping you should always buy clothes that fit you right now. Don’t buy something a size too small and think you are going to “lose” you way into them. They might end up hanging in your closet and just be a waste of money. Get a quality garment with a rich fabric that fits you right now. You can always take it in with an eye to the areas where you are losing weight without too much trouble. A better quality piece will save you more money in the long run if you can stretch it over three seasons and be able to alter it with a minimal cost.
What did you do with your wardrobe when you lost weight?