I despise clothes shopping!

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    Mar 14, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    Okay, so I've lost 25lbs since I started my diet/fitness routine at the beginning of the year. I was app~ 205lbs then and wore X-L shirts and 38" pants. Now, as of the end of this week, I am at 189lbs (yes, I'm being specific here because 1. I have a scale now and 2. I've busted my ass with the gear I've got to work with)

    Of course, with the weight loss comes clothes that are now too big. I've bought and replaced clothes a few times, but today was just wrong! How in the hell can I fit into 34" jeans just fine but 34" slacks are still too small? How is that possible? And it's not just the waist, for some reason some pants leg lengths are fine at 30" but too short in others ... or some pants leg lengths are fine at 32" but too long in others. I thinkg I have that type of body that needs 31" legs ... but I only see those lengths in pants that have 33" waists and below. I seriously hate shopping for pants.

    But on the bright side, being able to fit into 34" jeans means I can fit into 34" undies and medium-sized shorts and PJ's. So I guess that's a good thing icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 14, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    I know what you mean. One thing I have learned is to take sizes up and down from what I think I need with me into the changing room and not focus on the size, just on the fit. Somethings I wear a 34, some a 32, some a large, some an XL.

    btw - congrats!
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    Mar 14, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Congratulations! I know what you mean- Jeans are one size, dress pants another. Like Timberoo said, look at the fit, not the size. Also depends on the brnad you are buying..
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    Mar 14, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    Shop at thrift stores, they are funky places that not only will make your shopping experience a little more externally interesting/stimulating, but you won't have to worry about spending a lot of money on clothing that will soon become too big on you and during this economic recession, there's something to be said about being frugal. However if your pride or high standards for yourself prevent you from walking into such places, no harm done, congratulations on your weight loss.
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    Mar 14, 2009 8:45 PM GMT
    Become a nudist.
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    Mar 14, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    Thanks for the congrats, guys. I'm lovin' it and feelin' better everyday. Yeah, going by the way clothes fit is basically what you gotta go by...but it'd be nice to get everything under 36" hehe icon_wink.gif

    and onmyway, I have no problem with shopping at thrift stores. Atlanta has a few good ones I like to visit. As it is, I mostly shop Wal-Mart and Target because I refuse to pay $50 for one shirt, $100 for a pair of pants, and $300 on shoes. I feel it's ridiculous spending and a waste of money.

    And I don't have much in the way of high standards when it comes to money, I've lived in places that would give most gay boys nightmares...not because I wanted to, but because I had to.

    hhmmm, and I would love to become a nudist...but I live in the South, so there's your answer. However, if anyone ever wants to go to Lumberjack's Campground, lemme know. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 14, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    most clothes are designed for sedentary people: if you have a 30 inch waist it´s because you are a skinny teenager with no ass or legs, and if you have big legs it´s because you have big everything. I was shopping last month and most of the jeans in my waist size I couldn´t even get over my legs. I was stuck between 32 and 31 inch waist and got the 32 and now that I have lost my travel fat (those who travel understand) they are too big. Grrrrr.. They all have different cuts. Gap jeans work for me, and I have wasted SO much time trying other makes and never finding anything that does I have given up and buy GAP… But I am really a 31 at the moment…. And if I keep up the hit then a 30 next time, but the legs may not fit icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 14, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    Well...

    1. Denim is more resilient to stretching.

    2. Each brand (and sometimes within the brand) has different sizing.


    I know how you feel. You'll have to find brands that accomodate your size and budget. I cant find a decent priced pair of 28 waists or small button down shirts. It's pure hell. So I'm stuck with Hugo Boss and John Varvatos for shirt. They're not cheap, but I know where to find the sales. Banana is for pants.
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    Mar 14, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    looknrnd saidWell...

    1. Denim is more resilient to stretching.

    2. Each brand (and sometimes within the brand) has different sizing.


    I know how you feel. You'll have to find brands that accomodate your size and budget. I cant find a decent priced pair of 28 waists or small button down shirts. It's pure hell. So I'm stuck with Hugo Boss and John Varvatos for shirt. They're not cheap, but I know where to find the sales. Banana is for pants.


    You are evil and must be destroyed! icon_twisted.gif hehe
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    Mar 15, 2009 12:06 AM GMT
    Congrat's on the stellar weight loss success, Arjay.

    But being fit also means you're a freak when it's time to buy clothes.

    Somebody recently told me the "ideal" male form is 32x32 waist/inseam and 42 chest....model spec's or something. But they don't stock many clothes for guys like that or even close to that size. (Except in "Young Mens" sections = cheap prom stuff).

    On the plus side, a button down shirt that will fit that guy with a 42" chest contains enough fabric around the waist to pass for maternity clothes if he ever decides to get pregnant
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    Mar 15, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    I work retail and what you need is to ask for help when you go into stores for clothes. We as employees aren't greeting you and offering help because we like hearing our own voices, we're doing it because its our job and we're trained to outfit you with our clothing. That being said, we know our clothes and how they fit, so yes, let us help you, lol.

    Heres a few tips for ya'll.
    - 90 percent of jeans will stretch out about 1/2 a size after wearing them a short period of time.
    - shirts should fit you right at the shoulder, this applies to all shirts.
    - when wearing a shirt (button down) on its own, make sure it has darts in the back (the fabric is pulled in to give the shirt a v shape)
    - v neck t-shirts are always better than crewneck if being worn on their own
    - v neck t-shirts also look great with sweater vests, its casual and looks good on most guys
    - club monaco should be the only company allowed to make khaki's, any others just havent caught on yet.
    - jeans dont have to be expensive to look good
    - know when its time to throw away your clothes - use common sense.
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    Mar 15, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
    Good work man....

    I am lean all over. I wanted that look and I feel good with it.

    I m a size 31 waist. Some are to big for me and I might go to a 30. Seems like depending on what you get, the size can vary. I really slip good into a pair of 501 Levi's. Love em.

    I also like the new suits from Banana Republic and they fit like a glove...

    When you get thin, and have lean muscle mass with no body fat, you will freak out. It's an entirely new feeling to see your abs!!

    KEEP GOING!!
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    Mar 15, 2009 5:33 AM GMT
    I hear you! I've just bought a whole new wardrobe because of losing a lot of weight, and I'm happy that I have to, but it does get frustrating. I've been shopping a lot of higher end stores, but at the outlets, and have been getting some great deals. I actually bought 29" shorts this weekend, and I never thought I would fit into those again (was wearing 34" in Sept.)

    Every clothing manufacturer will have slightly different sizing, but you need to keep trying on lots of things, and see what fits for you. I've been finding that Kenneth Cole works really well for me.