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Training for Baby: Fat clothes

Posted July 12, 2011

Skinny jeans – those jeans that you fit into once after you had the stomach flu or mono. That crazy small size that one day you vow you will fit into.

I gave up my skinny jeans when I hit college. In high school, I was an impossible size 7 or 8. That was because I barely ate because I was so anxiety ridden. When I got to college, I started eating again and couldn’t squeeze myself into a single digit outfit again for at least four years!

When I started losing weight recently, I not only hit my smallest size, I passed it. It’s a great feeling, but what do I do with all the clothes in my closet that no longer fit me – my fat clothes?

For years, I’ve kept clothes in various sizes to accommodate for weight gain or loss, so I have accumulated a lot.

I have been trying to figure out what to do with them. I have decided to donate some to Goodwill. The rest I will store for the inevitable weight gain I have when the whole baby process begins!

What have you done with the clothes you can’t fit into anymore?

How long do you hang onto items before you either give up the dream of fitting into them or decide you will never gain the weight again?

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.


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  • snowl Jul 13, 2011

    I agree that after 2 to 3 years clothing that has not been worn should be donated. Purging the closet keeps things fresh and updated. It's not the size, but how you look in the clothes. I don't think the clothes are fat, it's how the body fits into them that's important. The clothing at goodwill is mostly very old outdated fabrics and styles, so that is obvious to me that other's keep them way too long...:)

  • draew Jul 13, 2011

    I've always said I had 3 sections in my closet -- the OK's, the maybes and the **LL NO's. Anything I haven't worn in 2 years makes it to the collection of clothes and other items I carry to Union Mission twice a year.

  • missparrothead Jul 13, 2011

    Avoid yo-yo diets- eat and exercise in moderation and accept your beautiful body at your setpoint weight and stature. Despite these efforts, my body has changed after having 2 children in being in my mid 40's. If pants don't fit (not very often), I donate them. I cannot get my thighs to super skinny even if I ate lettuce everyday, but they are strong and toned. Its not in my genetics. Don't obsess. Life is too short.

  • Killian Jul 13, 2011

    For me, it was a decision I made around 6mo into the process of losing weight. I decided that I was not going to allow myself to get back to that point because of the potential health risks. I gave whatever my MIL wanted to her, and donated the rest. Now I can't afford a new wardrobe, so it's great incentive!

  • Not Now Jul 13, 2011

    Dress for Success is an organization that takes clothing donations for underprivileged women who need outfits for job interviews and the resulting new jobs. If you have any suits, dress shoes, or accessories, consider taking them to DfS. I take all of my other clothes to the Durham Rescue Mission.

  • Go_APPS Jul 13, 2011

    Me too!!!! I had been hanging on hoping to get back into some of them, but seeing as I am 7 weeks from my due date I don't see it happening in the near future. My mom had gastric bypass almost a year ago and she is able to fit into some of them and I think that is more exciting for me than if I were able to still wear them! :)