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post #31 of 46
TJ Maxx is one of the better discounters with many locations.

Nunn Bush shoes that are loafers? Low-quality and might be too big for your feet if you continue to lose weight. To be more specific than "1-2 nice pairs of shoes" that aren't square-toes, also avoid bicycle toes and stick to lace-ups, in black and probably dark brown. You are unlikely to find decent new shoes for less than, say, $125.

Shirts should be button-fronts in basic medium shades. Solids - nothing black, nothing bright, nothing white (unless worn with a jacket). Plaid distracts somewhat from the outline of the torso. Avoid loud patterns. You should have at least a v-neck sweater, in smooth wool or cotton. Navy or gray is a good starting color for that.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by ZON_JR View Post
I don't understand why, when people come here with no clothes background or experience, they are advised to buy used, i.e. ebay or b&s. It takes a lot of luck and sophistication about clothes to satisfactorily and economically buy used, especially when there is no return policy.
These people should be advised to seek out a local Brooks or equivalent with a good, non-fashionable stock and a generous return policy. They can't really go wrong and, although they will be paying a bit more, they are a: buying new clothes which can be returned; b: developing a relationship with someone in the business; c: buying at a decent price a basic conservative wardrobe they can build on, grow out of, sell, etc.

Because they make money off the naive person that does that. Becuase who are usually the ones selling the high end clothes on ebay...SF members.
post #33 of 46
Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

Spend some time here and on "Askandyaboutclothes.com" (AAAC) and you will develop some sense of style. On both forums (as others have mentioned) look through the "What are you wearing now" (WAYWN) threads. You will see lots of body shapes and clothing preferences. From that thread, start saving some of the photos that appeal to you.

As for used, dont overlook thrift stores like goodwill and salvation army. Many of us do this and, with persistence, great deals can be had and it is cheap to experiment. Particularly if you are still working towards your ideal weight and dont want to invest heavily in clothes to fit your current frame.

Mostly, keep up the good work and continue to ghost and participate here and at AAAC. You will quickly learn to make the best of your assets.

Very best wishes.

Stewart
post #34 of 46
this will probably be taken as heresy, but

don't overlook non-SF-approved places like JCPenney and Sears for simple staples.

I too was a rather large man and had to search out cheap stylish clothing.

I used to buy $200 suits at Sears, Kohls, JCPenney, etc.. I also would buy 'interesting' items from Burlington Coat Factory (although be careful with a lot of their styles - it can be a lot more urban-chic...please don't end up looking like an NFL offensive lineman with a fuschia 5 button....)

I did also go to thrift stores and found some great items.

Like has been said prior - Don't go out and buy a ton of clothes just to have them not fit in 6 months. Believe me - It's fun the first couple times, but after the 5th time of having to replace your entire wardrobe it gets old (and costly).

If you don't NEED a suit, don't buy one yet. Buy a couple cheap Stafford shirts from Penney's, buy a couple pairs of dockers khakis (Sears always has sales) and a couple pairs of nice dress trousers. Pair them with a casual sportcoat and you'll probably look 150% better than you do now.

As you lose the weight, do this a couple more times and then when you get to where you think you will be for awhile weight wise, you can go out and start buying nicer clothing. It's almost a given that you'll want to buy nicer things because you'll start feeling better about your appearance and you'll naturally want to find things to flatter your newer figure.

The good news is: you are in the era of the large; therefore it will be MUCH easier for you to find nicer big clothes than it was even 5-10 years ago.

So like others have said - buy a few staples and mix and match for now and then replace those when you get smaller...rinse and repeat.

Cheers an best of luck!
post #35 of 46
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OP:

congratulations on your decision to lose weight... more than anything you just did yourself your greatest favor. as regards to clothing, since you're planning to lose more weight, if I were you I wouldn't go out and spend on clothes that will be 2 sized too big in the next few months... I'd probably stick with Gap or BR on sale just to get by... thing is you have to remember to buy clothes that fit you well at the present, and don't buy clothes that are 1 or 2 sizes too big to hide your girth- it doesn't work. keep us updated.


This.

And looks like you have gotten really great feedback from lots of people. There are a lot of folks on here who have lost significant weight and now look, feel and dress great (myself included). Dont give up and keep at it!!
post #36 of 46
Lots of sound advice for OP and FilmNoirWabbit in this thread.

- B
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Lots of sound advice for OP and FilmNoirWabbit in this thread.

- B

you dead wrong for this Vox ... lol
post #38 of 46
the lands end suggestion is a really good one. ross, marshalls, etc., will get you some great bargains, but they're spotty on sizes. lands end you can order almost anything you want and won't have to worry about finding something you love that only goes up to a 42 or something.
post #39 of 46
thread title of the year
post #40 of 46
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Haven't lost that much weight as I was planning on. The gym in my town closed down, just another sad sign of our economy.

I've purchased a couple of items, a few button up shirts and one pair of pants. I read somewhere that as a larger guy I should get "pleated" pants as they don't poof in the crotch area when you sit down. So that's what I went with.

I'm looking at getting my shoes now and there's a shoestore in my town that sells Red Wing shoes. The pair I was looking at look like this;

http://www.redwingshoes.com/productd...px?prodid=2019

Someone in this thread mentioned to stay with lace up shoes though. Why is that?
post #41 of 46
^^ Those Redwings look like they're for kids; lace-ups will look more grown-up. Good luck.
post #42 of 46
Do not buy those shoes. If you think those shoes look acceptable, it is not yet time for you to buy anything.

Clothes make a statement. The statement those shoes are making is that you have no style.

While you are working on your weight, keep lurking here. Look at the Streetwear and Denim forum. Look at all the What Are You Wearing pictures. Go to Ask Andy. Read Most Exerent, the Sartorialist, A Suitable Wardrobe, An Affordable Wardrobe, A Continuous Lean etc. Order catalogs from different companies and look at the clothes.

After a few months, look at those shoes again. If they look cool to you, then get them, and enjoy life. By that time you will have probably decided that this iGent thing is not really for you. If they look cheap and ugly, and you are more interested in some Crockett and Jones, or Alden, or whatever you have decided works for you, then maybe this is the place for you.
post #43 of 46
Rcarins84 - I sent you a PM.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by rcairns84 View Post
Haven't lost that much weight as I was planning on. The gym in my town closed down, just another sad sign of our economy.

I've purchased a couple of items, a few button up shirts and one pair of pants. I read somewhere that as a larger guy I should get "pleated" pants as they don't poof in the crotch area when you sit down. So that's what I went with.

I'm looking at getting my shoes now and there's a shoestore in my town that sells Red Wing shoes. The pair I was looking at look like this;

http://www.redwingshoes.com/productd...px?prodid=2019

Someone in this thread mentioned to stay with lace up shoes though. Why is that?

ralphlauren.com and zappos.com are probably your best bets for finding clothings and shoes for bigger sizes. Particularly at end of season sales when ralphlauren has up to 50% off. rochesterclothing.com are usually expensive but occassionally you may be able to find a good deal or two on sales for 50-75% off.

For casual shoes how about this one http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-brogan-dark-amber
They may not last you a life time but they are casual, simple and best of all very cushy with Nike Air technology.

For a leather jackets try schottnyc.com and vansonleather.com.
post #45 of 46
Don't be discouraged about the plateaus in weightloss - it happens, and as long as you don't let it discourage you from your original endeavor you are doing quite fine. I would also recommend LL Bean for shirts and pants - they have a very generous return policy, so should you find yourself not liking what you are wearing (or if they no longer fit), you could simply try to return them. I know I am not one to offer diet advices in a clothing forum, but as someone who has seen many friends go down this path, some successful and some not, my sole recommendation to you is to stay off from all diary foods, even those that are marked as fat-free or skim. I had a friend who manage to put off nearly 20 pounds in one month from a healthy and diary-free diet alone (and light exercise). Perhaps give that a try?
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