How Do You Deal With Clothes That Don’t Fit?

Whether your clothes are too large or too small, having nothing to wear can feel like the ultimate fashion disaster. If you’re a larger size woman and your clothes are too small, a trip to the store can be a daunting prospect. Not only do most stores not carry clothes in your size, but when they do it’s usually a very limited selection of frumpy styles. This can leave you feeling frustrated and disheartened—but you’re not alone!

If you can hold onto clothing long enough, there’s a good chance that it will come back into fashion.

The fashion cycle tells us that trends come and go, and if you can hold onto clothing long enough, you’ve got a good chance of it coming back into fashion. But your own personal style will never change—and it’s worth taking the time to get to know that person.

Know what you like. Know what looks good on you. Know what you feel good in. Look at the styles of clothes you buy most often—are they preppy? slouchy? edgy? Do they tend to be form-fitting or loose? Do you prefer bright colors and bold prints, or do earth tones and neutrals win out every time? If these questions are hard to answer right away, take some time with a pen and paper—or an Excel spreadsheet, whichever makes more sense for your organizational style—to jot down notes about the clothes that make up your regular rotation.

Then think about why those pieces work for you: do they have a specific cut or color that flatters your body type particularly well? Or is it more about how they make you feel while wearing them?”

For some people, putting a pin on the item is enough to keep it in the rotation.

The fix: a pin. For some people, putting a pin on the item is enough to keep it in the rotation. Pins are great at turning an item of clothing that’s too big into something that fits your frame better—like if you want to wear a dress with spaghetti straps but can’t because your boobs are falling out. Another hack: Pinning the waistband of a skirt or pair of pants that are too loose around your waist.

But let’s get real here: This technique will not work for everyone. It can be pretty uncomfortable to have pins jabbing you all day, and this is especially true if you live in one of those tiny studio apartments where there’s no room for furniture and you spend most nights eating instant ramen off the floor instead of sleeping in an actual bed like a normal person (been there, done that). If you don’t want to use pins or find yourself needing more than one or two every time you need to make an adjustment, it may be worth considering other ways to deal with clothes that don’t fit.

When you do finally get into those jeans again, you can look at them as a reward for all your hard work.

Having a concrete goal in mind—whether it’s a reward or an incentive—can make all the difference in getting yourself motivated to shed pounds. A reward can be something like a vacation to somewhere warm and sunny, or buying yourself a big, fancy dinner after you’ve hit your target weight. Letting yourself have that new pair of shoes (or even just wearing those old jeans) can also work as a great motivator.

If you have misplaced your original label or used the wrong type of thread, this method won’t work.

If you have misplaced your original label or used the wrong type of thread, this method won’t work. You could replace the label with a new one and attach it yourself, but that would be pretty tricky to do without some sewing skills.

You can buy a new label and attach it with your own thread by hand if you are willing to go through the hassle of picking out a new one and learning how to use a needle and thread. But why bother? If there’s any way you could try finding an old one lying around somewhere that would make things much easier!

There’s really no such thing as “too fat” when you’re pregnant.

There’s another question that preoccupies many of us in the months before pregnancy: how we’re going to look. That is, will we be able to fit into our clothes?

For this I have only one piece of advice: relax! The thing about being pregnant is that you’re carrying a lot of extra weight around, and it normally doesn’t stay on your belly alone. It spills out to other places too, like your butt and your thighs. And even after you’ve given birth, it can take up to a year for the weight to come off — and sometimes you’ll still find yourself with bigger hips than before.

So always remember that there’s really no such thing as “too fat” when you’re pregnant.

It takes time to build up a collection of clothes that fit and flatter you, so it’s worth protecting your investment.

In order to build up a collection of clothes that fit and flatter you, it is worth the investment to protect your new purchases.

To start, look for good quality clothes. Just like with any product, you can find low-quality clothing at a cheap price. However, the pieces will wear out quickly and won’t hold their shape well. But if you invest in high-quality clothes that fit and flatter you—and are made from fabrics designed to last—they’ll maintain their appearance over time and make getting dressed in the morning much easier.

There are many ways to take care of your clothing so they stay looking new longer:

  • Wash clothes according to instructions
  • Don’t wash clothes too often (especially denim)
  • Protect buttons from snagging other clothing

Try taking the item to your local tailor or seamstress to see what they can do to make it fit better.

You don’t have to live your whole life with clothes that don’t fit. If you buy a garment, and it doesn’t fit quite right, take it to your local tailor or seamstress. Tailors and seamstresses can alter a piece of clothing so it will look like the way you want it to look.

Some tailors and seamstresses may charge more money than others to perform their services, so do some research ahead of time on this topic if possible.

So many of us have clothes that don’t fit because we are either too small or too big

You’re not alone in having clothes that don’t fit. So many of us have clothes that don’t fit. But you know what? That’s not a bad thing. If your clothes are too big, it means you’ve made great progress and have lost weight! And if they’re too small, it’s because you’ve gained muscle and now look even better than before. It seems counterintuitive, but those baggy shirts and ill-fitted pants are proof positive of the work you put in to improve yourself—and if that isn’t worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!

So don’t get down on yourself for having a closet full of unwearable clothing. Be proud of your progress, set new goals for yourself, and rock those stretchy pants until they burst at the seams.


Now that you know the proper ways to care for and store your clothing, you’re ready to go forth, declutter, and bask in your newfound organization. Just remember that when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes, the most important thing is this: Don’t let clothes that don’t fit weigh you down. If you can hold onto clothing long enough, there’s a good chance that it will come back into fashion. If all else fails and it still doesn’t fit after some time has passed (or if it never fits), then pass it on so someone else can enjoy wearing it.


Q. Dealing with clothes that don’t fit is hard; what do I do?

A. It’s a real problem, isn’t it? We’ve all been there: You buy a garment, get home and try it on, only to find out it doesn’t fit. The same thing happens when you lose or gain weight over time—you still have clothes in your closet that don’t really fit anymore. What can you do if your clothes don’t fit? You’re in luck: There are several options available to you!

You could give them away to people who could use them, donate them to charity, or sell them online in exchange for money (assuming they’re in good condition). That last option is especially rewarding because someone else gets the use of a garment that no longer fits you and you get some cash for yourself in the process.

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