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HOW TO DRESS AFTER LOSING WEIGHT

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress that is too big with a pair of suede tall boots

Losing weight is not an easy thing to do. I know that many of us struggle with our weight and have made losing weight a New Year’s Resolution. Today’s post isn’t a post of “how” to lose weight; it is a post on how to look good in your clothing while you are in the process of losing weight.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, a brown belt, and a pair of suede tall boots

Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone can still incorporate these tips. I am sure everyone has something in their closet that doesn’t fit well, whether it was a gift or an off-size purchase. For me, this gorgeous leopard print sweater dress was a miss-size on my part. I normally wear a size 12 in dresses, and I usually buy that size or a large when ordering. I was afraid that the sweater dress would fit too tightly, so I purchased the large.

This dress was ordered on Black Friday, but it didn’t arrive until the first of the year. Once I tried it on, it was obvious that it was way too big for me. Because I bought it at such a great price, I decided not to send it back since the postage, etc., would make it not worth my effort. Instead, I decided to show all of you how to take a piece of clothing that doesn’t exactly fit and make it look fabulous.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress and a pair of suede tall boots

Okay, here we are back to the first photo that I posted. This turtleneck leopard print sweater dress swallows me whole. The dress is made to fall straight instead of a fitted silhouette. I don’t mind the dress not showing my rolls and bulges, but it is way too big under the arms. As I said earlier, I ordered a large in the dress, but a medium or possibly even a small would have worked.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, a oatmeal colored cardigan, and a pair of suede knee boots WHY ADD A CARDIGAN

Did you see my blog post yesterday? This is the same cardigan that I showed you in that post, so you can see how versatile the cardigan is. Adding a cardigan works when you are trying to make your oversized clothing look better because it draws the eye inward. You will naturally look at the slim profile that runs down the front of the dress instead of focusing on the outside silhouette. The cardigan doesn’t allow your eye to see how wide your waist is, so it assumes that the slim column how wide you are.

The cardigan is a cashmere-blend, and it is super soft. I absolutely love how it feels, and the light oatmeal color is the perfect neutral. This is a piece of clothing that I will keep in my closet for years because it is well made, versatile, classic, and it feels luxurious when wearing it. I am wearing a size 1 in the cardigan, and it fits me great.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is showing the back of a oatmeal colored cardigan, and a pair of suede tall boots

Here is a great look at the cardigan’s length, and it is another reason that I like it so well. It is long enough to hide your rear if you are wearing leggings, and it looks great when worn with dresses. A lot of times, a shorter cardigan looks out of place, but this length works great.

I have white, winter looking legs, so wearing tights or knee boots is my go-to look with a dress. I love seeing others wearing booties with dresses, but I would have to lather up with self-tanner, which is way too much trouble. A tall boot looks just as good, and I think it is flattering and modern looking, so I mainly choose. These neutral boots are last year’s model, so they aren’t currently available online. However, a few other boots are similar that I will link to so that you can still achieve the same look.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, a stretchy belt, and a pair of suede tall boots

How a belt can help

When a shirt, sweater, or dress is too big on you, it can hang and create the illusion that you are bigger than you truly are. That is why you look thinner in outfits that fit closer to your body than you do in oversized and baggy clothing. Even though the baggy clothing doesn’t show your rolls, it creates the “illusion” that you are filling out the baggy space, and that makes you look bigger.

I don’t have a well-defined waistline since I am built like a ruler. So, for the most part, I stay away from belts because they draw your attention waist. But, the belt is the lesser of the two evils in this case. I would rather have a waistline defined (even if it is larger than I would like) than to have a baggy look. The belt can give me a waistline, but it can’t take care of the issue under my arms. As you can see in the photo above, the dress still looks oversized and too big on me.

I suggest buying a stretchy belt or having multiple holes so that you can adjust the belt as you gain and lose weight. Here are a few that would work for you.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, an oatmeal colored cardigan, a brown belt, and a pair of suede tall boots

In this photo, I added the cardigan and the belt, which took care of the issue under the arms. Jewelry also plays a big part in this outfit. The large multi-chain statement necklace draws your eye downward and helps to create the v-neck that I prefer. If I am wearing a turtleneck or a crewneck top, you will almost always see me wear a long necklace to create the v-neck look. Elongating my neck is the objective, and a longer neck helps me to look thinner. I also added the matching Ryder statement earrings to the look.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, an oatmeal colored cardigan, and a pair of suede tall boots

Clothing for the transition phase

You might want to make older clothing work for you after losing weight for a while, but you will eventually want to start purchasing a few items. While you are losing weight, you hate to invest a lot of money since you might continue to lose more weight. Here are a few items that I think would work for you in this transition phase. Wrap or faux wrap tops and sweaters are great when you are losing weight. Also, look for items that can be worn open, like the cardigan that I have on. Flare jeans are a great choice for jeans since they will help balance out the top and bottom, and almost everybody looks great in this style of pants.

Try pointy-toe shoes to help elongate your legs, and buy a neutral pair close to the shade of your legs to help your legs look longer.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking to the left in a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress, a noatmeal colored cardigan, and a pair of suede tall boots

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Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a leopard print turtleneck sweater dress with a statement necklace, a oatmeal colored cardigan, and a pair of suede tall boots

Congratulations if you’ve successfully lost those pesky extra pounds. Celebrate each milestone that you reach in your weight loss journey, and buy yourself a treat. Items like a new lipstick or nail polish are great for making you feel beautiful.

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  1. linda wrote:

    Nice outfit. I recommend you try this with gray opaque hose or tights. Cream would be ok too. I know the fashion is bare legs, but….

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  2. Holly wrote:

    Like it best with no belt & with cardigan

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  3. Theresa B McMaster wrote:

    I love your blog so much. Has there been a post about how to dress after gaining weight?

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  4. Fion wrote:

    Great post.
    Love the look with the belt.

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  5. Elizabeth Horsley wrote:

    Over the course of the last year and being away from my family I managed to lose 60lbs using virtual workouts and cutting most (not all….we still need to enjoy some treats!) sugar and carbs. (I do eat alot of cheese however!) I replaced my size 18-20 wardrobe with sizes 12-14, which is the smallest I have ever been!!! I suppose I could lose more weight, but I hate to have to replace another entire wardrobe!
    This week was very exciting in that I ordered the argyle sweater you featured from Nordstom’s and had to go down to a medium! I also am down to a size 1 in Chico’s tops!
    You have helped me more than you know….I almost feel “stalkerish” as I am copying your looks almost daily!
    I’m almost 55 and have been overweight my entire life, peaking at about 240 lbs. I’m now just focusing on maintaining around this weight, and getting fitter daily.
    Blessings for the day!

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
    • kim wrote:

      Congratulations and good for you Elizabeth! 😊
      With God, all things are possible 💕
      Kim🌻

      Posted 1.27.21 Reply
    • Angie wrote:

      Congratulations on your weight loss, Elizabeth! 60 lbs is pretty impressive especially during a time like this. Continued success.

      Posted 1.28.21 Reply
  6. Michele wrote:

    Belts terrify me! Lol. I am also built like a ruler and tend to shy away from them as well as tucking a top or blouse in! I love the cardigan and will try that tip. Waiting to hear how you are dropping pounds though, you look fabulous!

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  7. Sandy wrote:

    I like all the tips and putting the belt and cardigan both with the dress was my favorite, you’d never know the dress was too big. I very rarely wear a belt as I’m short waisted so the belt feels too high on where it lands on me.

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
  8. Karen wrote:

    Your hair looks so pretty! Are you still using the Hair Biology products?

    Posted 1.27.21 Reply
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