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The Shrinking Man: dropping below size 30

The last time I bought a pair of jeans was around the turn of the year 2011/2012, about 3 months ago. I was pretty proud of the fact that I could fit into a size 31, which I picked up out of the clearance bin at Uniqlo Vivocity.

Ah, the pleasures of being able to buy sizes nobody wants.

So, last weekend, I walked into Uniqlo again, this time at Somerset 313. I’ve actually been wanting to buy a second pair of jeans to replace all my wookie-sized jeans from my Fat Era, since said turn of the year, but I never got down to it.

I suppose it was a good reason to be negligent. Read on.

So, last weekend, as I was saying, I walked into Uniqlo again. Truth is, I was glad the Winter season was over, since, well, Winter season wear mainly elicits wry smiles and awkward looks in tropical Singapore. Yes yes we do have genuinely cold weather here, but it isn’t wintry. At the most, we could do spring cool. And yes, thank goodness, the clothes look fabulously wearable this month.

Yes, as I was saying, I walked into Uniqlo again, looking for a new pair of jeans. I was stopped immediately at the main entrance….

$69.90 –> $49.90 LIMITED SALE

Yes.

Darker blue. Fine. I fingered through the rack. 34, 32, 34, 34, 31, 32, 33, 31, 30, 32…

Yes, there’s a 30, one single pair! And I have to say, it is a totally new feeling for me to be picking out clothes from the slimmest end of the size range.

I brought it to the fitting room, with jolly. No queue! I quickly slipped it on and…. looks good!

Waitaminute… it’s loose.

It can’t be. I thought to myself. I’m still a little fat. See here, ouch, still have love handles. Surely 30 is right…. OK, here’s something interesting, I can alllllmost use this pair of jeans without altering the length, cos I’m more or less standard proportions now. In the past, I needed to cut like 3½ kilometres from the hem so it wouldn’t look like a squid’s denim jacket. Now that I’m slimmer and can fit into a 30, the length of the jeans becomes relatively shorter too.

Except, this 30 is loose.

I stepped out, slightly perplexed (and secretly a little gleeful). I hunted down a size 29 (this time from the main shelves, nearly hidden in one corner) and returned to the fitting room. Cool, still no queue, on a Sunday afternoon. (Where is everybody….)

As I slipped my legs into the jeans, it felt a little tighter than I expected. But then again, I’d always lived life wearing loose jeans, since I needed more waist space. I proceeded to zip up. Nah, I thought. Here is where it’s going to fail…

10 minutes later, I had the alteration measured, paid up and “Sir,” the young Uniqlo lady said to me at alteration services, “You can collect it at 2.30pm”.

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Never in my adult life did I ever imagined I would ever fit into a 29.

 

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Old jeans, new jeans

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Old jeans on the bottom left, new jeans below.

I’ve finally bought my first pair of long bottoms since starting my weight loss programme. I was at Uniqlo Vivocity and was looking for a 32″er in the main section for jeans. This based on that last pair of Bermudas that I bought a week or so ago. Along the way to the main section for jeans, I spotted a somewhat messy bin full of light blue jeans – my preferred colour. I checked the stocks but they were only available in 31″ size. I picked one to try anyway.

The main jeans section was filled with jeans… but tellingly (since much of it was on sale, I must be late), there was little choice for size 32. Most size 32″ers were out of stock and the ones that remain were too dark for my taste. I picked one anyway just to test the fit.

In the fitting room the dark blue 32″ jeans looked awful. Even the fit wasn’t right. I tried the light blue 31″er….. And was surprised it fit very snugly! I could hardly believe it. It was a very snug fit for me, for the record, but that’s fine for jeans since they will expand.  I can’t even remember if I have ever fit into a 31″ in all my life!

And it was on clearance sale. :)

I must confess now I truly understand that one of the greatest rewards of losing weight is the thrill of having and seeing clothes actually fit nicely (again, or for me, practically the first time). And while you already know this, reaping the reward is another thing all together.

In the past, even if I picked, say, a shirt that fits my shoulder width, my paunch would make sure my “equator” looked…. well, equator-ish. I used to wear 16″ (collar size) shirts for the simple fact that any smaller and my stomach would show. I needed something bigger to give my stomach some…. “breathing space”. But wearing a 16″ meant that the sleeves tended to be too long, as would the hem. And the shirt tended to look a little big. You know what I mean when you look at people in the “slim fit” category – their clothes look incredibly small.

On the same day I bought the jeans above, I also picked two short-sleeved shirts from G2000. I’ve always bought more formal wear from G2000 as their cutting fits me. I’ve not bought formal shirts from any other brand for many years. In the past I wore 16″ shirts. But when I tried on a 16″ the other day, it felt just a little roomier than I imagined. So, I tried on a 15.5″…. and it was a snug fit, the sort that I’ve never ever fit into before. I actually looked good.

And it was on clearance sale. :)