New Clothes On A Budget

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    Jul 25, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    I have lost 27 pounds and 5 inches off my waist, and added one inch to my chest and arms. I get to buy new clothes that show off the new me, but have a limited budget. I am still on my program and have not met my goal yet, but don't want to wear baggy clothes around 'til I reach my goal weight of 165 lbs. Any suggestions?
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    Jul 25, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    Nothing wrong with cheap "transitional" clothes - save your money for the good stuff when you achieve your goal; Armani's a powerful motivator.

    For both casual and officewear, basic stuff off the sale table at Brooks Brothers should work. Dare I even suggest the clearance rack at Walmart?
  • GQjock

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    Jul 25, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Jeans and khakis
    white tee
    some golf shirts
    cargo shorts
    sneaks
    loafers
    white button down and your good to go icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 25, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidNothing wrong with cheap "transitional" clothes - save your money for the good stuff when you achieve your goal; Armani's a powerful motivator.

    For both casual and officewear, basic stuff off the sale table at Brooks Brothers should work. Dare I even suggest the clearance rack at Walmart?


    Wow Armani, cool! Just looked up Brooks for the LA area, will have to visit Weho while there. Road trip, yah!
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    Jul 25, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    GQjock saidJeans and khakis
    white tee
    some golf shirts
    cargo shorts
    sneaks
    loafers
    white button down and your good to go icon_cool.gif


    With GQ, who could go wrong? I actually looked at your page first to see if you already had some ideas. Thanks for posting.
  • TristanLane

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    Jul 25, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    If you go to Kmart they have t-shirts made by Basic Editions. They are simple plain colored shirts that look amazing. During the summer I stock up on them because they are cheap ($5 sometimes buy one get one free) and you can wear them out of to the gym or whatever.
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    You can get some pretty cheap basic clothes at H&M. Their clothing seems to fit a little closer to the body than many U.S. stores. For example, their T shirts seem to come in a little towards the waist instead of hanging like a large woman's blouse. H&M clothing is probably not the quality that is going to last for years, but they don't look bad and you are only looking for inexpensive transitional clothing to last until you reach your goal.
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    What about American Eagle, Aeropostale, Hollister? Everything's so cheap.
  • Parker817

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    Jul 25, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    Yea, def Target/Walmart for the basics- solid tees, khakis, etc.

    Here in NYC they have something called Housing Works - it's like a cleaner, trendier Salvation Army. I've gotten some pretty awesome stuff there, for cheap. Plus the money goes towards AIDS prevention- a win-win!
    http://www.shophousingworks.com/

    Check around to see if they have something like that in your area.
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    Jul 25, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    Thrift stores, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Goodys, yard sales, etc. etc. etc.
    There's no shame in saving a buck when you need to.
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    Jul 25, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Crossroads Clothing... or Buffalo Exchange...
    I buy most of my shirts there and buy my pants (levi) at Macy's (when they're on sale). icon_razz.gif
  • DCguy2001

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    Jul 25, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    Old Navy is cheap, but there are good deals in the clearance racks at Gap, Banana Republic, and JCrew. Plus Macy's seems to have stuff on sale - I don't know how that place stays in business.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 25, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    Kind of hard to make recommendations since we don't know your personal taste.
    My suggestion is to wear clothes that are comfortable and show off the efforts that you have made.

    I wear athletic (meaning tighter) than what most people wear these days.
    My jeans feel great... I wear almost exclusively Ralph Lauren polo shirts unless I'm working in the yard, then I go without or wear a T. Cargo shorts are great and professionally I wear a nice cotton pant, dress belt, Ralph Lauren custom fit polo (unless its a major client day, then its an athletic cut dress shirt & tie.

    My suggestion is to make a couple of your new pieces of clothes nice ones...
    like a RL polo or Abercrombie, some new shorts (needn't be expensive). The "transition" clothing idea (above) is good, but you can't put your life on hold forever and if your progress seems to slow down or stall, you want some clothing with will help reinforce "where you are going".

    Good luck to you.... and congrats, fantastic you've come this far!
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    Jul 25, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    I went through this also. By the time I was done, I had been through about 4 or 5 pants sizes and from a XXL shirt to medium.

    Target actually has some nice stuff and I get a lot of compliments on their shirts.
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    Jul 25, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    Ross Dress For Less

    TJ Maxx

    Marshall's

    Designer stuff, REALLY cheap!
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    Jul 25, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    devilish_intentions saidWhat about American Eagle, Aeropostale, Hollister? Everything's so cheap.


    You're right. They are cheap. Cheap quality.

    TJ Maxx is great, by the way.
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    Jul 25, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    It depends on your style dude. My issue is that I am short and small framed so I have to spend a little more when I find my size because its seldom found on clearance racks.

    Places with good deals:
    Old Navy
    Target
    Macys (sometimes)
    Aeropostle
    TjMaxx
  • Runningonempt...

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    Jul 25, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    Dont forget H&M !!! Great cheap basics can be had!
  • Squarejaw

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    Jul 26, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    Go to Nordstrom Rack, if they have one near you. Great clothes at unbelievable price.
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    Jul 26, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Thrift stores all the way man. Some of my cutest tees, button ups, and even jackets, I've gotten at the thrift store... mixed with a little H&M and occasional splurge at Urban Outfitters, you got yourself an affordable, but cute wardrobe! icon_biggrin.gif

    Luckily in Chicago, we've got tons of great thrift stores...

  • Jul 26, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    i have to agree w/photosrus. thrift stores are the way to go. you can find stuff that no one else will have and at the fraction of the price. i like to mix and match as well. good luck bud.
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    Jul 26, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidKind of hard to make recommendations since we don't know your personal taste.
    My suggestion is to wear clothes that are comfortable and show off the efforts that you have made.

    I wear athletic (meaning tighter) than what most people wear these days.
    My jeans feel great... I wear almost exclusively Ralph Lauren polo shirts unless I'm working in the yard, then I go without or wear a T. Cargo shorts are great and professionally I wear a nice cotton pant, dress belt, Ralph Lauren custom fit polo (unless its a major client day, then its an athletic cut dress shirt & tie.

    My suggestion is to make a couple of your new pieces of clothes nice ones...
    like a RL polo or Abercrombie, some new shorts (needn't be expensive). The "transition" clothing idea (above) is good, but you can't put your life on hold forever and if your progress seems to slow down or stall, you want some clothing with will help reinforce "where you are going".

    Good luck to you.... and congrats, fantastic you've come this far!


    Thanks. I could have been more specific. However, your suggestions on style hit the mark. I do live in the boonies (look up Barstow, CA), but can travel to Vegas, Palm Springs, or LA to shop at the stores you mentioned. Since I am striving to get an athletic look your ideas on style are helpful. Thanks.
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    Jul 26, 2010 9:05 AM GMT
    H&M; eBay
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    Jul 26, 2010 9:34 AM GMT
    MohaveDiver saidI have lost 27 pounds and 5 inches off my waist, and added one inch to my chest and arms. I get to buy new clothes that show off the new me, but have a limited budget. I am still on my program and have not met my goal yet, but don't want to wear baggy clothes around 'til I reach my goal weight of 165 lbs. Any suggestions?



    Sales. Clearance. Sample Sales!
    H&M Is great design for a good price.
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    Jul 26, 2010 9:35 AM GMT
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