Weight Fluctuation and How to Dress for It

Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

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Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

Weight Fluctuation featured by top US life and style blogger Alicia Tenise; Image of a woman wearing Veronica Beard dress, Sole Society handbag, Schutz shoes, & Other Stories sunglasses, Madewell bandana and Kendra Scott earrings.

Dress: Veronica Beard (Rent or Buy) | Handbag: ℅ Sole Society | Shoes: Schutz | Sunglasses: ℅ & Other Stories | Bandana: Madewell | Earrings: ℅ Kendra Scott

Weight Fluctuation

Quite a few people who read my blog are older than me, so apologies in advance if this isn’t a groundbreaking revelation: but man, your body changes a lot in your late twenties.

If you’ve been reading along, I gained 20+ lbs over a year. And even though I didn’t make it through a fitness program and my travel schedule is still insane, somehow over the past month, my weight fluctuation has been crazy. It doesn’t make any sense, and it’s made dressing in the mornings a bit difficult.

So, what’s a girl to do whenever her weight changes daily? 

First and foremost: Rent the Runway has been an absolute godsend over the past few months. I have the Unlimited program, and if I order something that doesn’t fit, it’s no big deal — I ship it back and get a brand new size in the mail in a couple of days. I don’t think I’ll ever fit into the same clothes I did when I was 20 lbs lighter, so it’s nice to have Rent the Runway in my life while I’m slowly rebuilding my closet.

Second thing? I’m avoiding clothing splurges at this time, and the only thing I’ve invested in during this time is new denim. I get most of my jeans at Madewell, and I think the quality is fantastic for the price. I’m also ok to invest in accessories and other items that I know will last me a while, regardless of how much I weigh.

Lastly? Shop for new sizes in person. Trust me: I love online shopping. There’s nothing more satisfying than ordering everything from home and not having to step foot into a mall. However, I went into a weird spiral of ordering things from Shopbop, not having anything fit, returning the order, ordering the wrong sizes again, etc. Just go to a store and try things on. And don’t worry about that number on the tag either: I can still wear an XS in some things at Free People, and I wear a size Large in some items at Urban Outfitters. There’s no rhyme or reason to sizing, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or a size 40. Just embrace your body and buy things that fit!

Have you ever dealt with weight fluctuation?

Photos by Tom McGovern