Dressing Your Body After Weight Loss Surgery Is A Learning Experience

People who have undergone bariatric surgery like gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy experience rapid weight loss in the first year after surgery. Dropping the excess pounds and no longer needing medicine to control your diabetes are just a few health benefits of going under the knife. But this surgery also comes with some mental and physical changes as well. Often times post op patients struggle to see the physical changes when they look in the mirror.

Moving from shopping in a plus-sized clothing store to one that only carries standard sizes should be a joyous event. But many people struggle to figure out what clothes and styles work best on their new bodies. Heather Furr, a fashion consultant, has helped many women find clothes that flatter them after massive weight loss. One of her biggest tips is “to just be willing to try on 10 different pairs of pants until you find your ideal fit.” Experts say that a weight loss of ten pounds should result in moving down a pant size. “All bodies aren’t the same and don’t lose in the same places,” said Furr. Also sizing between retailers can also cause a lot of confusion for these consumers.



This bohemian style cardigan fits well, but does it compliment this woman’s newer, smaller frame? Photo by Sarah E. Iorio


Those looking for new, smaller clothes don’t have to spend a lot to get a new look. Instead of shopping at the mall, Furr suggests “visiting consignment shops and retailers that sell gently used clothes.” Chain stores like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor sell brand name clothes that have been gently worn for 70% off of retail. There are also so creative ways to extend the life of your bigger clothes. “You can belt a top to make it fit you better or use an elastic band to hold up pants that are a bit too loose,” explains Furr. There are so many great tips and tricks on Pinterest on how to modify your clothes.

Just remember, you haven’t had your new shape very long. It took you a long time to learn how to dress when you were heavier. Furr adds that “it will take some getting used to now that you are smaller too.“



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