The thing with shrinking by a stone or two is that your wardrobe inevitably shrinks with it. There was an awful in between bit where I was losing the weight slowly but surely and nothing fitted me properly but there was no point in buying anything new until I had lost more weight. Back then, when I said that I had nothing to wear, I really really really had nothing to wear!
My weight evened out probably about a year ago now and slowly but surely I began to build up my wardrobe again but not before I had a huge clear out. Some bits I sold on eBay to make some pennies to buy new clothes that fitted me but actually, selling clothes that I once treasured for literally pennies wasn’t always worth the effort so most of it was packed off to the charity shop. Oh how I wish that I could have gone out and bought a whole new wardrobe but that was never going to happen! The kids have got to eat and all that!
But actually, I can see now that there are in fact advantages to rebuilding my wardrobe slowly. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself? But it has made me really think about what I want and more importantly what I need. It made me look at what additions I needed to make my outfits go further so I’m not neglecting the clothes that I have already bought. I’m at an age now where I know what I like. And for me, that has definitely been a coming of age thing. Gone are the days when I buy whatever a magazine tells me what I should wear, I buy things that I truly love. Fashionable or not.
Over the summer in particular I had the tiniest of wardrobes but I loved every single thing. I would rather have a handful of dresses that I truly love than a wardrobe full of clothes that don’t quite fit properly or don’t much like anymore. To make the cut these days, a dress has to blow me away. As we have moved into winter though, I have more clothes to wear as I started to revamp my wardrobe about this time last year but it still feels so good to have completely streamlined my wardrobe. I have some gorgeous jersey dresses from LK Bennett and Baukjen that are donkeys years old. (One thing that I have learned is that decent jersey is your friend through fat times and thin!) And I also have some lovely new additions from Boden, H&M and La Redoute.
I might have fewer clothes but I always have something to wear these days. Less is sometimes most definitely more. I never thought that I would say that. Ha!