As I was getting ready for work, not for the first time, I stared blankly at my wardrobe. We are all guilty of this: staring dumbly at hanger after hanger of clothes and the familiar I’VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR screaming inside our head.
Recently the hours at my Big Girl Job (where I’ve worked for over 18 years in varying capacities) changed. I’ve worked part-time there for the past six-and-a-half years on a regular two-shift-per-week schedule which has now been bumped to three shifts per week.
You know what that means, right?
That means extra wardrobe change. Of business attire.
Of I’VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR.
Except in my case, it’s true.
And now I’m wardrobe malfunctioning all over the place!
All because I got my shit together and dropped a bunch of weight and NOTHING FITS!
And yes, yes, I know this is a good problem to have, but as a result I’ve got a huge storage bin full — FULL — of wonderful clothes. While it is satisfying to be able to thin out my closet, I realize how attached I am to so many favourites. Weird, huh? Because it’s just clothing!
But, my Silver jeans!
So now what? Sell them? Donate them? Get some favourite pieces tailored?
Keep them? Just in case I need them again? — the words what if I put the weight back on? replaying constantly in the back of my mind.
DON’T KEEP THE CLOTHES!
But, what if…?
NO! DON’T DO IT!
OK, fine. But who’s going to take me shopping?
I’m still faced with a dwindling supply of wearable clothing and, since I’m not, y’know, made of money, I can’t just replenish an entirely new wardrobe in one shopping spree. Plus, I don’t want to commit to too many new items because I still have not reached my weight loss goal (close, though!)
So for a while I may look a little ridiculous in that too-loose grey skirt that I love and those comfy pants that gape at the waist until I can make a full wardrobe transition. Oh, and I can alternate between those two pairs of black pants that actually fit and a whole lot of okay-but-kind-of-tired-looking shirts and blouses.
It’s not a perfect system, but in the journey of weight loss, there’s a lot of in-betweening. Now that I’m closer to my end goal, however, I will gradually add a new piece here and there and weed out all the unflattering items — right down to the last loosey-goosey bra! It’s a definite work in progress but at least it’s a fun one!
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