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When to Buy New Clothes After Bariatric Surgery

When you start to notice that your jeans are a little (or very) loose, it is an exciting moment – change is finally happening! Your first instinct might be to open your laptop and browse the internet for new clothes or speed over to the mall to have a shopping spree. Jumping to spending a pretty penny on a whole new wardrobe is a big investment. Is it the right time? When is the right time to buy new clothes?

Rack of clothes in shop ready for you to dress your changing body to improve confidence and comfort as you lose weight with bariatric surgery. VIPSurg logo at bottom left.

Buying New Clothes After Surgery

The feeling of wanting to splurge on new clothes is common. However, your body is just beginning to change! Focus on the essentials that you need. The size and shape of your body is going to continue to change as the months tick by, so you do not want to overzealously purchase clothes that will no longer fit in a few weeks – remember that you will be losing between and 1-3 pounds per week.

Buy clothes that are your current size. Not past and not presumed future. You may want to buy something a couple sizes too small. But you don’t know how clothes will fit your body as the numbers on the scale tick down. There is no reason to buy something that may not fit how you pictured and cause unnecessary disappointment.

If you are nervous that you may experience weight regain, as we all are, focus on your present state and whip out some old pictures or clothes to see how far you’ve come. Focus on positive change and remember on where you are in your journey. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

After you buy the essential staples to your closet, reconsignment or thrift stores are a great place to look for budget-friendly purchases. Thrifting can be a fun way to purchase things you wouldn’t normally wear and expand and diversify your style. Plus, if it doesn’t fit in a few weeks, just turn around a re-donate it with less guilt.

If you still feel the inkling to treat yourself to something big, treat yourself to something timeless. A beautiful accessory, a new set of golf clubs, concert tickets – these are all things that will bring joy without an end-date. Try to avoid congratulating yourself with food, of course.

The Bottom Line

Your bariatric journey does not end after surgery – it is just the beginning of a whole bunch of exciting, but difficult changes. Allow yourself to be excited and maintain a positive perspective on your present self. There are ways you can buy new clothes and give yourself fun and productive rewards along the way that don’t break the budget.

If you are interested in bariatric surgery or what life looks like after the procedure, set up an appointmentwith us today! VIPSurg has years of experience helping people get the most out of their bariatric journey.