Monday, December 10, 2012

Overhauling my wardrobe

Today I went to Marshalls with one purpose: Find a pair of flesh-colored thermals to wear as a costume for tonight's broomball game. Instead, I walked out an hour later with over $150 worth of t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts.

What had started as an "Ooh, that's a really cute shirt," turned into a much-needed overhaul of my closet.

This isn't the good kind of overhaul that comes with weight-loss since I haven't lost enough to need any new clothes. It's the opposite kind of change where I've refused to buy bigger clothes and thus only wear the ones that still fit, which tend to be the baggy pajama-y t-shirts I've had since college. And I'm kind of tired of making due with what still fits.

Every year I make a birthday resolution to dress better and take care of myself more, and it usually lasts all of two weeks before I go back to the comfort of workout shirts. But I really feel serious about this one because I've started liking looking pretty.

And by that I don't mean that I'll suddenly start wearing heels and putting on make-up. I'm very far from that degree of dressing up. But putting on a nice shirt with some cute jeans a few times a week is definitely something that I'm ready and excited for. And the shirts I got today were both shirts for the bars and also for everyday life, so they're very versatile and not overly fancy.

My only concern was that I wouldn't get much use out of these clothes because I won't fit into them very shortly (yet another instance of wishful thinking with regards to weight-loss). I didn't want to blow all this money on stuff that would last maybe one season. But I've been saying this for years now and instead of losing weight, I've been wearing frumpy clothes that I'm not exactly happy with.

So I'm taking a different approach this time and dressing myself well while I'm still at this weight and if I have to buy new clothes in a month or two then so be it. At least it'll be for a good reason (weight-loss!) that time around.

Also, most of the shirts I bought today are stretchy and will still look good if I drop down a size or two. Or they can turn into real pajamas if I they look too big. Either way, I think I'll keep these guys around for a while. They're really cute!

Lastly, I'm mostly down to a M/L in tops, which greatly confuses me. I don't think I've lost any significant weight since last time I went shopping (maybe 5 lbs) so I'm thinking it's just a difference in material this time around. Whatever the reason, it's nice to get out of the XL section.

Now I'm thinking that I'm more of a L rather than M because the one M shirt I wore today is so tight that you can see the creases from my bra through it. I mean, it doesn't feel tight or even all that snug, but you can tell it's stretched over my body since every fold of my back is visible through it. Then again, that's pretty evident with every shirt I wear so maybe the size of the shirt isn't the problem after-all. Also, when I tried on the L, it seemed a bit droopy so I think this is the better choice of the two sizes.

Ay ay ay! I am so indecisive about everything.

On another note, I am indeed losing weight and gaining will-power. I turned down a beer last night after my broomball game so that I could get an accurate weigh-in today. And I'm down to a weight I haven't been since April of this year, which was also my lowest weight of the year thus far (214.0 lb). Woohoo!

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