No, in my case, it’s the results of losing weight.
My clothes don’t really fit. Now that I’m a 12 (yay), I can’t just fold the top of my size 16 pants/shorts to make them fit (boo). And, before you ask, my shorts don’t have belt loops. I do have two pants in smaller sizes. They’re too heavy to wear in the Arizona summertime.
I tried a couple of thrift stores but the stuff there was too heavy and/or insisted (against all evidence) my waist is high and well defined.
Old Navy was no help either. Apparently the store has decided that no one would want lightweight pants or capris in summertime.
I finally found a pair of lightweight linen pants at the Gap outlet. They even have a drawstring, in case I lose more weight. They were perfect, except for the $35 price tag.
It’s not a bad deal by Gap standards. But I’d kind of been hoping for a beam of light and angel song that would lead me to a pair of fabulous $10 pants in the clearance section. $20 at most. (I suspect that I’m deeply out of touch with what clothes cost.)
Given the lack of divine intervention, I sucked it up and bought a light and a dark pair. That should hold me for awhile. But, really, $70 plus tax? Ouch.
And in case that didn’t ding the pocketbook enough, I’ve gone down a cup size. Even at department stores, bras are $30-40 retail. During sales, the bigger sizes are usually nowhere to be found. And on a more superficial note, the bras in my size tend not to be all that attractive.
I decided to go elsewhere and pay $10-15 more for something I actually liked and that would reliably be in stock. I was able to find two bras that were discounted to $30. Not really a sale price, in my opinion, but I’ll take what I can get.
But I ended up buying two more at full price. My shirts have varying cuts/styles/opacity. At least I was able to break the purchases up over two months. And I should be okay at this size for quite awhile. My chest is the absolute last place I lose weight.
As for pants, though, I’ll probably be a different size no later than 6 months from now. Probably less. I don’t know if it will be from weight gain or loss, but either way it doesn’t pay to stock up on too much in any one size.
That sounds like it would make things cheaper, but it doesn’t. It means the $70 of pants may be unusable in a few months.
And, yes, I realize this is the weight version of White People Problems. So I’ll stop now.
How do you deal (affordably) with weight loss and weight gain?