I bought clothes last night. I desperately needed to, but I dread buying clothes. I do so less than once a year.
This is my method:
- Go to the store during non-peak hours
- Go straight to the area with the type of clothing I wish to buy, this time, summer dresses
- Pull out every article that I might even remotely like and is around what size I think I might be this time, sometimes buying 2 or three sizes of the same thing just to be safe.
- Go home and try everything on.
- Sort things into “fits,” “slightly too small, need to lose weight,” and “too big or too small, return”.
- May or may not get around to actually returning what’s too big or small.
- Work hard to lose weight to be comfortable in the items that are just slightly too small.
I also only wear loose/flowing skirts and dresses. I don’t wear pants unless absolutely necessary. Skirts and dresses work better for someone who’s weight is constantly fluctuating, in my opinion. Also, I’m far more comfortable in them. In pants, I feel like everyone is looking at my body, and that every fold and bulge and layer of fat shows. I can’t feel calm ever in pants. Wearing a comfy dress is like wearing a socially acceptable and fashionable blanket all the time.
Last night, I bought 5 new dresses that fit, 4 dresses that “fit” (other people think they fit, but I feel are too tight), and 2 that didn’t fit (one was too big, the other too small).
Now to lose enough to feel comfortable in the smaller dresses.
I feel the same way about clothes, I prefer clothing so impossibly loose no one but myself thinks they fit me. I had to teach myself to wear fitted clothing for a job. It was hard.
I have this fine line in my head between “just right” and “too baggy”. If something is too baggy, I feel like it makes me look even fatter. If something touches my skin too much, I feel extremely uncomfortable.
My fine line is at “so baggy you can see down my neckline and I might as well not be wearing anything at all”. I think yours is at a more practical stopping point. It took me a long time to get used to clothing touching my skin, now it finally feels friendly, after a few years.
I can’t stand trousers (pants) that fit around the waist, they need to be hipsters, otherwise I feel them pressing against my waist and it makes me feel fat. I also have a pathological hatred for skin-tight clothes, which in my job is pretty much the done thing (exercise teacher). However, I have managed to find these loose sleeveless T-shirts and now I have brought them in 6 different colours and a few more extra just in case Nike stop making them and selling them next season. Lol.
I bought a maxi skirt and can see my cellulite through it 😦