Proper fit of clothing is key after weight loss

Fashion guru Tim Gunn helps Abby Dale, of Texas, shop for a new wardrobe. "She wasn't used to having clothes fit," he said of Dale, who had lost 92 pounds.

NEW YORK — There are people out there who really do stick to their New Year’s resolution and take off those last 10 pounds – or more.


Sometimes, says fashion guru Tim Gunn, they don’t know how to show it off or find clothes that fit.

“Once you’ve reached your goal, it’s time to go shopping or at least alter your old clothing. … My mantra about ‘getting’ fashion is silhouette, proportion and fit. When they are in balance, you’ll look great in whatever you’re wearing,” he says.

When women are in a transitional phase, he suggests a wrap-style top or dress, which basically adjusts itself to changes in your body. (It’s his must-have pick for all women, actually.)

He’d also steer people toward V necklines. V necks lead one’s eye up to the wearer’s face, he explains, which can make a flattering line.

Pants often can be taken in to accommodate a smaller size because they have mostly straight seams, Gunn says, but jackets and blazers are trickier for a tailor to fix if shoulder seams start to creep down the arm. Men especially have an issue with collars.

The least flattering look? Clothes that are baggy, says Gunn, the Project Runway mentor and soon-to-be host of the daytime talk show The Revolution.

Women and men are equally prone to hiding behind too-big garments, because they think showing their shape will draw attention to their shape, he says, but the opposite is true.

“The more fabric there is, the more of you there is to look at.”

As a new style consultant to Weight Watchers, Gunn guided a contest winner who lost 92 pounds through shopping for a new wardrobe. Abby Dale, of San Marcos, Texas, thought everything was too small, he says, “but she just wasn’t used to having clothes fit.”

“People think they know how to hide their bodies, but they don’t know how to show off,” he says.