I was so inspired by Shams’ (Communing with Fabric) post regarding her impressive weight loss that I decided to tackle the pesky 13 extra pounds I’ve been lugging around for the last ten years. I hopped on board the same program as Shams (Eat to Live) since I already owned the book and believed the program promoted a healthy lifestyle.
Three weeks later I’ve made enough progress (about 7 pounds) to fit into several of my old, too-tight clothes! They have been hanging in my closet for years just waiting to see the light of day again and at last it’s here!!!
Sadly, they are no longer in style.
Let’s start with these Cambio jeans, which I’ve worn once.
The year was 2004 and I wanted a pair of “Oprah’s favorite jeans.” The salesperson (a man) told me a larger size would fit better, but I couldn’t accept the fact I was a size larger and bought the smaller size. I wore them on a long car trip and was in such pain upon arriving at the destination that I never wore them again. Now they fit but look ridiculous.
I was stuck with the super high waist, but cutting several inches off of the length eliminated the overwhelming pattern. What an easy fix!
When I paired my new shorts with the halter I made (years ago by combining Amy Butler’s Cabo Halter with an OOP Vogue pattern) I realized the high waist was a plus when worn with a loose-fitting, average length top. No skin to worry about when bending, sitting or stretching :)
These Worth slacks aren’t bad, but they are stained and the knees are stretched out.
Since the zippered pockets are the garments’ main attraction, I paired my new green shorts with a favorite cropped blouse for now.
…..and last but not least….
The chocolate brown Doncaster long dress and cashmere sweater with a mink collar.
( from New Year’s 2000)
I still love this ensemble! The sweater has received lots of wear throughout the last 13 years, but not the too tight dress. After careful consideration I decided to cut off the length so I can wear it – NOW and OFTEN! The dress is made of a very high quality rayon and polyester blend that wears like a dream.
Could it be:
1. Keep your old clothes that take up valuable closet and storage space for you might wear them again one day?
2. Get rid of clothes that don’t fit because once you can wear them again you won’t want them?
3. Learn to sew to justify Number 1 ?
4. Do not gain weight so this is never an issue?
Whatever it is I have Shams to thank for motivating me to finally shape up!
Happy Independence Day to my American friends and continued good wishes to my international readers!