When I started my journey to health and wellness in November 2013, I weighed 285 pounds and wore an uncomfortable size 28. As I began to lose weight I pulled smaller sized clothes I had stored away thinking it was a waste of money to buy something that I would be wearing for a short time. By March I had lost over 40 pounds and was in need of new clothes because even my “reserves” were too big. I cleaned out my closet and made a trip to Kohl’s. It was at that point I realized just how important it is to update your wardrobe as your weight changes. The smaller clothes fit my body appropriately, highlighted my new figure and gave me a boost of confidence that I so desperately needed. One of my greatest joys on that trip was buying jeans with zippers; something I had not done in many years. The weight continued to fade away and I returned to Kohl’s for the next round of shopping a few months later. That trip brought a new summer wardrobe filled with short sleeves, capris pants and loads of color. Tucked away in the dressing room trying on stylish, colorful clothes that fit my ever changing figure I began to feel pretty and was excited to look pretty too! Feeling more confident than ever I spent the summer working out, eating right and losing more weight. Two more seasons have passed, I’ve lost 90 pounds and it was time to start my spring wardrobe update. Through the generosity of Kohl’s I was able to update my wardrobe with fashionable, affordable, clothes that fit my ever changing figure and boost my confidence as I continue on the journey to meeting my weight loss goals.
It is important to change clothing sizes as our body changes. Losing weight and getting healthy takes a lot of work and dedication and should be celebrated and shown off. Acknowledging weight loss in stages is important as it keeps you motivated, highlights your hard work and helps boost confidence. By holding on to the larger sized clothes I believe it gives us permission to go backward. I used to keep the bigger clothes “just in case” and every time “just in case” became a reality. Why? Because I had the clothes waiting for me to fail. A close friend encouraged me to “burn my ship” explaining that when the settlers came to the new world the king instructed them to burn their ship so they couldn’t return; they had to stay and survive. Getting rid of my “ship” was by far one of the most liberating, exhilarating experiences I’ve had. The “ship” was gone and left in its wake was a closet filled with beautiful colorful clothes I found at Kohl’s; clothes that fit, were stylish, affordable and highlighted the new me. There is no going back.
Here are just some of the brands of clothes that we bought:
My most recent trip to Kohl’s was wonderful not only because Kohl’s graciously sponsored me and that I was able to find great clothes at affordable prices but my best friend went with me. In the eight years we’ve known each other she has never seen me in a dress. As I stepped out of the dressing room in my size XL Simply Vera wrap dress her eyes fill with tears as she searched for words that stuck in the lump in her throat was beyond meaningful. We laughed, cried, smiled a lot and celebrated that I am five sizes smaller than I was when the journey began. Knowing that I have more to lose I am looking forward to my next trip to Kohl’s because I always find clothes that fit me appropriately, are affordable and make me feel and look pretty. Life is so much sweeter these days. I feel incredible and thanks to Kohl’s I can step out confidently in style. No matter where you are on the journey I encourage you to make the investment in new clothes as your body changes knowing that you are worth the investment. A big thank you to Kohl’s for giving me the opportunity and for sharing in my journey.
Are there Clothes that make you thinner? What if I told you there are. I believe that part of taking control of your health by eating right and exercising is to buy new clothes as you reshape your body. I always hear women say when I get “Thinner” I will buy myself something new. I always wonder why. If you worked hard to lose ten pound why wear jeans that are lose or shirts that are now baggy? Why not find clothes that fit and show off your shape. I would like to thank Kohl’s for allowing me to shop for Karla as she becomes the best version of herself and through the journey as she gets there. We have shopped at Kohl’s a couple times now because they have fashionable clothes for women of every size and shape and we believe in celebrating our accomplishments!
So what’s the secret on how to dress thinner? I truly believe that taking care of yourself as you journey toward a new lifestyle is not only important but it is the key to getting “thinner”. You see if you keep the clothes that you used to wear and you do not buy some new clothes you are more likely to go back to your old habit. The first thing I did when Karla decided to make healthy decisions in regards to her health was to support her. I encouraged her daily and celebrated her milestones because I cared about her moral and I knew she needed a cheerleader. Karla only ever wore black, grey, and navy in fact I had never seen her is anything cheerful. It was like she was trapped in despair. She was hiding from the world and trying to blend in. I decided enough was enough, why hide yourself? How about we celebrate where she is in her journey. We did that by shopping at Kohl’s for everything she needs. The first trip we started with fashionable clothes in size 24 and 22 and a year and a couple months later we are at XL and 16. Karla eats healthy and can kick my butt at the gym. I love the prices at Kohl’s and the selection. I was able to make Karla several outfits and save money at the same time. She no longer hides behind her prison of black, grey, and navy. She also now knows that everyday you are alive and healthy is a victory and every victory deserves a great dress. I truly believe buying new clothes as you move towards the journey of your best self not only helps you continue your journey but it allows you to see your progress and appreciate your hard work. It isn’t about your size or your weight but dress well is about having the confidence to believe in yourself. You are beautiful and you deserve to look great. I highly suggest you reward your gains. I was able to create a wardrobe for Karla for $256.18 and she looks awesome. The clothes will look great as she continues to her goal. They are of wonderful quality and when they no longer fit she can consign them. It is a small price to pay to feel good about yourself. They say you must dress for success and I believe that holds true as you journey towards the best version of yourself. I would like to thank Karla for sharing her journey and remind you that she used to get breathless walking up my drive way and now she is running 4 miles! Bravo!
These are my tips for finding clothes that make you look thinner:
I am Spanx girl I love mine and they are worth the money. Yes, I am thin but clothes never lay right on real people so a little help tightening those areas is a great idea.
Here are just some of the brands of clothes that I bought to build a wardrobe for Karla:
Stay tune next week to see Karla wearing the fab clothes that we bought!
Disclosure: “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a Kohl’s gift card to facilitate my post and as a thank you for participating.”
I love spring. I love the colors, flowers, and bold patterns this season. I find that a lot of my friends struggle with putting together a look. I thought about what I wanted to do for this post. I decided I would start with something every woman has. That would be a tank top. This one from Apt. 9 and it was less than $10 and it an easy piece to take a risk with. I would suggest going with a hot color link coral, pink, or blue. I chose coral.
Then I thought about how I would wear my tank and where I would wear it. I decided I would like to make a day to night look. I like materials that are forgiving, functional, and fashionable. I was able to find what I needed at Kohl’s they have the basics and a fantastic selection of accessories. I was stunned by the variety and I chose to change my look with accessories. The image above has an Apartment 9 necklace and the Apartment 9 tank. You could wear those items with jeans, shorts, neutral bottoms, black pants, white pants or what I chose.
I chose to pair those coral items with a bold and nautical print. I selected a skirt that was functional. I picked one that was washable and frankly was bold. I picked this awesome skirt from Elle.
Then I paired this look with a jean jacket. I think a jean jacket is something we all have or something we all should have. This one is also by Elle. It is long sleeved but I cuffed them for a more chic look. I truly believe I could wear this outfit anywhere. You can take it to the next level with heels or keep it causal with a ballet flat or a flip flop.
I wanted an outfit that could quickly transform to something a could use for a night out. I got rid of the jean jacket and the apt 9 necklace. I went and grabbed a Candies necklace that had a flower since floral is a big trend this spring. I put that one and voila!
I know you can do it! I am positive you can release your inner goddess you are beautiful let Kohl’s provide the gift wrapping! You can get everything I bought and more at Kohls or at Kohl’s.com