One of the more exciting non-scale victories that come with weight loss is updating your closet. Well-fitting clothes make all the difference in before and after photos, and they can help you feel more confident, as well as show off your progress. It may be tempting to replace your entire closet with designer brands and clothes that fit now, but it’s important to realize that your weight loss journey is ongoing and fluid, so it might be smart to hold off on dropping your next paycheck on brand new clothes. One way around this is to explore the process of shopping at thrift stores. Thrift stores are a great source of gently-used clothes that you can enjoy temporarily or even long-term.


Gina, one of our case managers here at the Bariatric Center of KC, has some great tips when it comes to thrift shopping for clothes as you embark on your weight loss journey.

“Find something that catches your eye, and throw it in your cart! Be sure to try it on before you purchase it so you know what it looks like on you.”

Gina says she’s managed to snag several name brand items of clothing for just a few dollars, and some still even had the tags on them.

She recommends shopping at thrift stores because an item might fit one day, and might be much too big the next. So, you’re only out a few dollars as opposed to what you would spend on a brand new item of clothing.


Thrift stores carry everything from dresses to work out clothes, so there’s a good chance you’ll find an outfit for a date night, a day in the garden, and one for work too.

We recommend washing any purchased clothes prior to wear in order to give them a “new” feel, and we recommend buying clothes that are in season, as there is no way to know what your size will be several months down the road.

What advice do you have for clothes shopping after weight loss surgery?

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