Spry editor Lisa Delaney is one of the rare souls who know what it’s like to be an “after.” This journalist and author of Secrets of a Former Fat Girl shed 70 pounds—and six dress sizes—and has kept it off for 20 years. She answers your questions here each week.
QUESTION: I have a few fancy parties to go to over the holidays, and nothing to wear! I’ve lost about 30 pounds and none of my nice clothes fit me any more (I know, good problem to have). I am not at my goal weight—yet—so I don’t want to spend a lot on clothes right now. What should I do? —Jill
DEAR JILL: Yes, it IS a good problem to have, unless you’re on a tight budget. But lucky for us frugalistas, it’s cooler to get a bargain nowadays than it is to splurge. I also think that it’s important for you to give yourself little rewards along the way, particularly in the form of clothes that show off your shrinking shape. That will help you get more accustomed to the new you, as well as enhance the pride you feel from having lost a good chunk of weight. Some shopping suggestions:
Hit consignment shops. You can find high-end items at low-end prices, much of them party-appropriate at this time of year. You can even get great finds at thrift shops, if you have the time and the inclination to do a bit of hunting.
Buy one special piece. Don’t think you have to outfit yourself head-to-toe. A chic blouse or jacket can dress up a basic black pant or skirt. Even a colorful shawl or a chunky necklace can add zing to a basic ensemble.
Stick with flattering silhouettes. Three-quarter sleeves provide coverage; V-necks elongate; jackets and tops with nipped-in waists give definition; dresses with empire waist create length and hide flaws.
Have an evening wear swap. Chances are, you’ve got friends with closets full of party wear who would love to trade for a night. No matter what you wear, have a great holiday!