One of my favorite pastimes has always been inventorying my wardrobe. But after my weight loss surgery, my closet looked unfamiliar, and each time I entered, I had to remind myself where I was, and who I was too. A regular activity was figuring out what to do with all the plus size dresses, suits, gowns, etc.
At first, I considered getting them altered. After all, I did spend lots of money on my wardrobe and had some especially nice work clothes, but I suddenly realized I didn’t like the same style anymore. It all looked so dumpy to me—and too long and heavy.
And, for God’s sake, why did I wear so much black, gray and navy blue? I mean, I know why—dark colors make us look slimmer, but it just wasn’t me!
There is one suit jacket I’ve held on to. Weirdly, I received lots of compliments when I wore this particular jacket, and it made me fill thin even if I wasn’t. Pretty ironic, since I kept this jacket around to remind me of how far I have come, and slip it on sometimes when I’m feeling fat. These days, you could almost fit 2 of me in it.
Anyway, I had a ton a clothes that needed a good home, so I finally took a trunk-full of suits to my local Dress for Success organization. This is an organization that helps women in transition find clothes appropriate for interviews and new jobs. Guess what? They were ecstatic because they were in dire need of size 20 and above. I felt so good about it. It felt like I was building good karma that would help me maintain my weight loss and create opportunities to buy new clothes without breaking the bank.
Various friends advised me to sell the rest of my clothes on eBay and other sites, but I decided to give them away as well. I put a flyer up in my neighborhood, and a neighbor happily claimed everything I was getting rid of, so I know they’ve found a good home.
It felt so liberating to let go of the past and move on. You don’t need to hang on to those plus size dresses anymore. You’ll rebuild your wardrobe. Accept the fact that you are allowed to bring new style into your life. You’ll look good on the outside. And it will make you feel good on the inside too.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Tao Te Ching
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