When I started my weight loss journey last year, my ensemble quickly evolved into sweats, Nikes and an oversized t-shirt. Well after losing 80 lbs., I decided I needed to look more stylish. In short, it was time for a full makeover — hair, makeup and clothes.
Enter my personal Glam Squad! Two friends — Julie & Claire — who are makeover pros. Their task: to help me become fashion forward while I’m still losing weight, without breaking the bank. My transformation took 3 fun days. There’s a lot to cover, with great photos (compliments of my Glam Squad!), so I’m breaking it down into several posts over the next couple of days.
The Building Blocks Of A Stylish Wardrobe
We caught up over lunch last week and went over outfit ideas and hairstyles. Claire and Julie did a bang-up job. Since I’m still losing weight, they focused on the staples – jeans, dresses, blazers and sweaters. Easy, low-cost items to rebuild my wardrobe, but stylish enough to add some spice.
Since my current wardrobe is 90% black, their recommendations added a much-needed splash of color. Plus, much of what they showed me included new cuts and shapes – things to try with my new figure.
From there, we went over the budget and then hit the stores.
Do They Carry My Size?
My only anxiety about the shopping excursion was the list of stores. My Glam Squad lined up trips to Old Navy, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor. In the past, I’d stayed away from those stores for one simple reason: my size.
Up until now, 85% of my clothes came from Lane Bryant. Other stores didn’t carry my size – and if they did, never in the store, only online.
Yes I lost weight and went from a size 28 to a 20. But that’s a Lane Bryant size 20. Stores and designers don’t share the same formula for their sizes. A size 20 in one store is different from a size 20 in another (how annoying).
Alone in the Old Navy dressing room, my fear intensified as I held up the size 20 jeans Claire handed me a few moments ago. “No way these are going to fit,” I thought.
After losing all the weight, where the hell was this doubt coming from?
Well, not doubt, exactly. More like…weirdness. It felt overwhelmingly strange to shop at a “thin person’s store.” I kept telling myself, “I don’t belong here…it’s a mistake.”
Taking a deep breath, I tried on the jeans. A perfect fit. The weirdness vanished. I belonged.
In that moment, I became an Old Navy customer!
But I needed to temper my excitement or I’d blow through my budget.
Claire to the rescue! She sent me an Old Navy 20% off coupon. Awesome!
She encouraged me to sign up for the store’s email blasts to get coupons and sales alerts. Making my dollars go further, these two ladies found great deals, including cute tops for under $10. Amazing.
The next 4+ hours flew by. Clair and Julie picked out a ton of great outfits, many of which I never would have tried. I never felt so exhausted.
The great thing about the day, it gave me more confidence to try new and different styles and to go into stores that were completely off-limits before due to my weight.
Day one down. On the horizon, part 2: a new hairdo.