Welcome to Dressed for My Day. Today I’m tackling a reader request. I know I’ve had at least several readers ask me to suggest what to wear while they’re losing weight this summer. The way I see it, we actually benefit from looking our best as we attempt to lose weight; it’s just more motivating than “making do” with clothes that don’t fit or flatter. But I know we also don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes we’ll hopefully only be wearing for a season or less. So whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, I hope you’ll consider my suggestions because these are some reasonably priced options for summer.
Honestly, I’m a huge proponent of wearing clothes that fit properly. Whether we’re in the process of losing weight, we hope to lose weight or we’re actually gaining weight, I think it’s wisest to always wear garments that fit correctly. Tight clothes don’t really motivate us to lose weight and loose, baggy garments don’t do us any favors either. So fit continues to be key even as our bodies change.
Note: By the way, these suggestions work if you’re trying to gain weight, too. I realize we all have different situations, so I don’t mean to exclude those who need to gain weight. Really if you’re working to change your body composition, these tips should help.
Put Together a Small Transitional Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
To that end, I suggest that we do our best to wear clothing that fits throughout the process. So if you need to buy some new things for summer because your body has changed, but you’re still in the process, I suggest you invest your clothing budget in a small transitional capsule wardrobe that mixes and matches nicely. That way you’re not filling your closet with a lot of pieces that will not fit next year, but you’re also not wasting your money on things that don’t really flatter you and you’re not continuing to hang on to poor fitting items just because you’re not “done yet.”
Shoot, if you’ve toned up at all, you should celebrate that and motivate yourself to keep going (if that’s the goal) by wearing things that make you look and feel your best. So consider putting together a smaller but pretty and functional wardrobe that you can enjoy now.
Your small transitional capsule wardrobe might include:
- 2-4 pairs of casual pants and/or shorts in your preferred length
- 2-4 skirts
- 2-4 casual dresses
- 1 nicer dress for multiple occasions
- 3-6 t-shirts in neutrals and/or signature colors
- 1-3 button up shirts
- 2-4 toppers such as kimonos, denim jacket and cardigans
Consider your lifestyle and the types of garments you’ll need to wear the most often. Choose garments in solids or versatile prints such as animal print, polka dots or stripes, but steer clear of pieces that are so unique that they don’t play well with others. Remember, many of these items will be in your wardrobe only temporarily, so if you tire of them…that’s okay. Maybe wearing them so frequently will actually motivate you to stay the course with your weight change plan.
I’ve provided shopping information for the items in the above photo below.
Specific Items to Include
When putting together this temporary capsule wardrobe, I’d keep it as small as you are comfortable with. And I’d look for the following items with some specific features.
Casual Pants & Shorts
Fortunately right now elasticized waist band pants are trending. You can find joggers, paperbag waist pants, shorts and other pull on trousers that look fashionable and neat. So I’d definitely look for pants with an elasticized waist that you can wear as you go down a size. Look for pants that are supposed to have a sort of oversized appearance, but buy them in a slightly slimmer fit for now.
But keep these pants fashionable. They don’t have to be frumpy just because they have an elasticized waistband. Look for summer weight pants in cotton and linen blends. And look for modern silhouettes that also work well for your particular body shape and frame.
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Skirts & Skorts
Skirts and skorts are a good choice right now because they can also be found with elasticized waistbands. Choose pieces that are versatile and that fit your lifestyle.
During this transitional time if you can get by with just one nicer dress I’d choose a trending shirt dress that can be cinched snugger as you lose weight. Or another nice option would be a true wrap dress that you can pull together a little tighter as your size decreases. But then a stretchy knit dress with ruching will probably also work as you change sizes.
But for more casual dresses I’d definitely look for silhouettes with either forgiving fabrics or looser fits. Because these are meant to look more comfortable, you’ll be able to get by with them looking a little oversized as your body transitions. Look for tie belts, elasticized waist bands, t-shirt fabric or loose fitting silhouettes.
By the way, many of the options I’m sharing here come in other colors and prints, too. So if you like the silhouette, click through to see other options.
Now if it’s just too hot where you live to add a third piece, you can skip this category. But a topper of some sort can really help you out as you transition your size. So really even adding just a thin linen button up shirt over shorts and a tank or tee can be both cool and slenderizing. And as your clothes begin to outgrow you, that topper can keep your look more pulled together. Plus, you can buy the shirt or cardigan or jacket at your current size and probably still wear it oversized as you shrink.
Finally, a topper can be a great place to add a little personality and/or color to this rather minimal temporary capsule wardrobe. While I’d try to keep spending to a minimum in the other areas, this is the category you could splurge on a little if you’d like to find something that really makes you happy. Especially if you go with a ruana or kimono since those often come in one-size-fits-all sizing.
Let’s wrap it up with tops. Again, I’d keep these simple and versatile. Choose whatever type of tees you like and make sure you have them in the neutrals and/or signature colors you like to wear. These should fit you well. Remember, you don’t have to spend much to get a tee that works well for you, so it’s okay if you can no longer wear it next year or even next month.
For more information about the tees I can heartily recommend, check out my recent Women’s White T-Shirt Review post.
If you’re in the process of losing weight, congratulations! Keep it up. You can do this. And I hope this post has helped you map out your summer wardrobe while you keep the needle moving in the right direction.
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Blessed for My Day
When was the last time you absolutely marveled at the way God has blessed you? King David sat before the Lord and marveled at his goodness…immediately after he had been told “no.” David wanted to build a temple for the Lord, but God told him he could not. Instead, God would reserve that task for David’s son Solomon. But God would build a house for David, both a palace and a legacy. And eventually the Messiah would come from the house of David.
When God tells me no I’m more prone to pout than praise. But we can trust that if God closes one door He will indeed open another one which inevitably leads to even greater, richer blessings. Today let’s choose to praise God for the good things He has done…even when He has told us “no.”
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? ~ 2 Samuel 7:18