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    Lost weight and clothes don't fit; tailor, hold off, or buy new?

    After focusing on dropping some weight (read all about it here) I lost enough weight that my pants no longer fit. The wife things they look like diapers because I have the cinch my belt up to tight to keep my pant from falling down.

    So. I'm now faced with a dilemma.

    1) Tailor my pants so they fit properly
    2) Do nothing, in case I gain the weight back, and keep cinching up my pants as much as I can
    3) Keep the pants as-is, and purchase new pants that fit.

    What have other done in this situation? My concern with buying new pants is what if I gain the weight back? Winter is coming which means my level of activity will decrease. Heaven knows I don't want to gain the weight back.

    #2
    Having been there and am there again, have them altered. I find it is less trouble to take perfectly good trousers I already like and have them shaped correctly than trying to find new ones.

    An alternative is to get some proper braces and sew in suspender buttons. There is no consequence to this if you happen to gain the weight back. There is no consequence if you end up having them altered, either. I am terrible at sewing and admittedly overanalyzed the whole operation before actually doing it.m, but it only ended up taking me a couple of minutes per button once I started doing it. Remember to wrap the thread a couple of times and actually tie off the buttons correctly once you are finished. If you are good at sewing, kindly ignore my story of incompetence.

    I realize this may be cheating, but I also have the "tuck-it" shirt stay belt to keep my shirts tucked in with trousers that don't exactly fit.

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      #3
      I went through the same process. I had mine altered, but then ended up giving them away. I wore them for a bit, but my "big guy" pants with the pleats and the big legs just didn't alter right. They fit in the waist, but they just have a different look. Once I lost the weight, I wanted to wear slimmer cuts. I'm sure I could have had a tailor taper the legs, etc., but then I'm spending $75 to alter a $75 pair of pants. That doesn't make sense.

      So I'm in the Buy New camp. If it matters, I went from a 40-41 waist to a 34-35 waist.

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        #4
        Originally posted by lgball View Post

        So I'm in the Buy New camp. If it matters, I went from a 40-41 waist to a 34-35 waist.
        I would say that matters a lot. I tried to have some trousers altered 6 inches and even with altering the sides, they never looked right.

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          #5
          It may be a good time to just do an overall assessment of how much you like the clothes you have. I.e. a good opportunity to cull the items that don't fit you anymore and you may not have liked or worn much anyway, and replace them with things that fit that you like better; but hold onto the items that don't currently fit great, but you still like and would wear again if they do fit in the future. That way if you gain again (intentionally or unintentionally) you at least won't be starting from scratch.

          My weight yo-yos a bit between bulking and cutting and I am all too familiar with the problem of losing weight, getting rid of your "fat" clothes, and then having nothing to wear when you get bigger again.
          Ben

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            #6
            Are you trying to maintain the new weight? Are these lifestyle changes you’ve fully embraced or something you may not find sustainable.

            How bad is the cinching? I’d tend to ride it out through winter and see if sustainable. I’m not a big fan of reinvesting the time and money I’ve already spent unless worth it.

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              #7
              Originally posted by lgball View Post
              If it matters, I went from a 40-41 waist to a 34-35 waist.
              I'm not sure if it matters for the pants discussion, but I'm very sure it matters in life. That's tremendous progress, congrats!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Alex.C View Post
                I'm not sure if it matters for the pants discussion, but I'm very sure it matters in life. That's tremendous progress, congrats!
                Thanks. Best part is that I've kept it off for 4+ years now. I feel so much better and I still get a little thrill when I can order anything that is "slim fit."

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by lgball View Post
                  Thanks. Best part is that I've kept it off for 4+ years now. I feel so much better and I still get a little thrill when I can order anything that is "slim fit."
                  Right on man! (insert flexing muscle emoji here)

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                    #10
                    Body composition change! Keep the clothes and get swole. Fill The baggy clothes back up with muscles.

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                      #11
                      Get down to a healthy weight; make a commitment to keep it there; give away clothes you don't wear that much anyway; tailor some of the pants to get you through the transition period; and then start gradually replacing the old clothes with higher quality new ones. That way you'll upgrade yourself and your wardrobe.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        My concern with buying new pants is what if I gain the weight back?
                        I step on the scale every morning. When necessary, I will eat less today and/or jog some later tonight.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                          After focusing on dropping some weight (read all about it here) I lost enough weight that my pants no longer fit. The wife things they look like diapers because I have the cinch my belt up to tight to keep my pant from falling down.

                          So. I'm now faced with a dilemma.

                          1) Tailor my pants so they fit properly
                          2) Do nothing, in case I gain the weight back, and keep cinching up my pants as much as I can
                          3) Keep the pants as-is, and purchase new pants that fit.

                          What have other done in this situation? My concern with buying new pants is what if I gain the weight back? Winter is coming which means my level of activity will decrease. Heaven knows I don't want to gain the weight back.
                          Congrats on the loss! I think major investment pieces are worth tailoring, but as for some of the everyday items that rely heavily on proper fit to look good, maybe something like OCBD, I would consider getting a new one.
                          Have you thought about getting an indoor workout equipment? Doesn't have to be anything crazy, a compact and cardio machine should help your weight down.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
                            Body composition change! Keep the clothes and get swole. Fill The baggy clothes back up with muscles.
                            YES! Do this.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
                              Are you trying to maintain the new weight? Are these lifestyle changes you’ve fully embraced or something you may not find sustainable.

                              How bad is the cinching? I’d tend to ride it out through winter and see if sustainable. I’m not a big fan of reinvesting the time and money I’ve already spent unless worth it.
                              I am definitely trying to keep the new weight. I am implementing some lifestyle changes (reduce sugar, reduce booze) and keep the exercise level up.

                              I think what I'll do is get some of my clothes tailored and leave the other ones for the time being. If come 2020 I am at the same weight, then I can assume I'm holding steady get either a) get rid of the clothes and rebuild the wardrobe or b) get what I own tailored.


                              [MENTION=13479]lgball[/MENTION] congats on the weight loss. That's awesome!!!

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