Having trouble finding clothes that fit? Tired of sweats and leggings? I have this nasty habit of indulging and eating whatever I want in December only to go cold turkey in January. The problem with this weight fluctuating routine, is that January and February are a great time to buy clothes! Everything's on sale. It’s when the stores are clearing out their Fall/Winter apparel for inventory and bringing in new Spring lines. How do you know which styles to adopt if you’re looking to drop some weight and in some cases gain it? After all, you don’t want to risk looking frumpy, dumpy and lumpy during the transition. No, don’t wait on the weight to feel great. If you or someone you know is in the waiting place, these clothing options will be liberating. (Also lovely if you're pregnant or have a health condition that includes weight fluctuations.) These styles will adjust as you do, within approximately 20-30 pounds, and will give you more flexible options. A word of caution...continued reading may tempt you to wear something besides sweats and leggings.
YOUR FASHION STYLIST'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WEIGHT FLUCTUATING OPTIONS
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1. Double breasted blazers, move the buttons over to adjust for weight loss/gain. Boyfriend style cardigans are also a nice choice, meant to be worn somewhat loose. Other third layer options to consider are knit vests, duster coats and sweater coats.
2. Drop-shoulder and raglan sleeves are a wonderful way to camouflage weight changes in the shoulder area because the shoulder seam is not placed precisely on the shoulder joint. Cowl-neck collars are another option. Not limited to sweaters, find these styles for warm weather clothes as well.
3. Wrap blouses, vests and jackets adjust when do as you tighten or loosen the belted tie. Notice that some wrap tops and skirts are wrap "style" or faux wrap. Meaning the tie doesn't come around the back, limiting their adjustability. However, the wrap "style" below (navy and gold top) has an elastic waistline that will also transition as you do.
4. Wrap skirts and dresses are similar to the tops above. Follow the same principles and look for enough fabric in the skirt to provide coverage when you sit.
5. Shirtwaist dresses that are straight with a belt are lovely. The blousing around the middle allows the clothing silhouette to be dominant, disguising any tummy bulges. The floral float dress accommodates a wide range of sizes. Look for a descent fit through the arm holes or add a third layer. Other dresses to look for include empire waist dresses and jumpers.
6. Wear trouser-pleat pants with a belt. If they become too spacious, you can just add another pleat and no-one's the wiser. Same with the trendy paper bag waist pants.
7. Who doesn't love stretchy pants? The black pants, below, are both stretchy and professional looking. Elastic waistlines are a great way to go. Find them in the floral palazzo pants as well. Patterns aren't your thing? Palazzo pants come in many different colors, patterns and fabrics. Don't limit yourself. You have options!
What adventure is on the horizon for you in 2019? Do you have a new look in mind to get you there? Your clothes can be as flexible and as versatile as you are. Expand your mindset, expand your clothing options and let your wardrobe evolve with you. Contact me for your custom approach to the clothing that says who you are before you speak a word.
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Article adapted from Judith Rasband's Fabulous Fit Clinic.
Image consultant and personal stylist. Dani is happily married, the mother of 3 charming children, and an Aussie named Josie Wales.