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I've mentioned/whined about weight gain a few times here already, but just so you know I'm not exaggerating: I gained 40 pounds in roughly six months thanks to my medication. It's not that I simply couldn't lose weight, I literally couldn't stop gaining weight. No matter what I ate or how much I exercised, the scale kept creeping up and up. It's finally stopped and I'm working to lose it, but I'm left with a body I do not recognize in the meantime.
And you know, fine. I'd rather deal with some extra weight than the alternative (and hellooooo, I have some SPECTACULAR cleavage right now), but it's still frustrating. It's difficult enough to get dressed in the first place when you're battling depression, now add in the fact that you've outgrown everything in your closet in what feels like overnight. Yeah, you're gonna be REAL GENTLE on yourself about that, aren't ya?
(A sidenote here: I absolutely 100% do not intend to discourage anyone from going on any medication for fear of this particular side effect. It doesn't happen to everybody and/or can be super temporary for some people. Besides, anti-depressants are so not a big deal.)
But no matter why you've gained weight and no matter how quickly you plan to lose it -- hello pregnancy, postpartum, the holidays, news-cycle stress-eating, etc. -- YOU NEED CLOTHING THAT FITS YOUR BODY. THE BODY YOU ARE LIVING IN NOW. Living in sweatpants and not leaving the house for the next 10 pounds isn't an option.
Then again, dropping a ton of money to build a brand-new wardrobe from scratch isn't an option either. Which is why I am so, so grateful for thredUP, where you can take a major chunk out of your clothing needs without the subsequent chunk from your bank account. (In case you've never heard of this wonderful site: thredUP is the largest online consignment and thrift store with up to 90% off your favorite brands.)
Before shopping online, I went through my closet and selected a few pieces I consider to be my go-to essentials and favorite things to wear, but can no longer, you know, actually wear. Then I searched thredUP for similar styles in my current size. (The easiest way to shop if to save your sizes, then search by your favorite brands) Lo and behold, I was able to nab a few exact duplicates, from the same brand and store and everything!
I replaced all my Old Navy and Gap cami/shelf bra tanks for $6 and $7 apiece (rather than $10 or $15), and my favorite black evening blazer from H&M for $17 (I paid $30 in the store, grrr). A new-with-tags Gap denim skirt cost me $9.99 instead of $25, and I found the exact same Splendid ribbed cardigan that I literally wear over everything (especially the aforementioned cami tanks). And for only $23.99!!
Also from Splendid (one of my favorite brands that I otherwise cannot afford): Two stretchy, comfy minidresses (both under $31) and one black cotton miniskirt ($10) with matching leggings ($18.99). You know, for days when you want to FEEL like you're wearing pajamas but need to LOOK like you've actually put a lot more effort in than that.
And finally, two impulse buys that ended up being my favorite of the entire haul: A Madewell dress ($28.99 thredUP vs. $119 estimated retail) and Kimchi Blue cardigan ($21.99 thredUP vs $74). I wore these on Valentine's Day together and felt SO COMFORTABLE but also GENUINELY PRETTY in them.
This is my new favorite going-out outfit, because weight gain or not, depression/anxiety or not, I am GOING OUT and DOING ALL THE THINGS.
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Thanks to thredUP, the largest online consignment and thrift store where you can shop high-quality pieces for up to 90% off estimated retail, for sponsoring this post. (And for letting me go nuts on your site and the Splendid section in particular.)