Donating Old “Fat” Clothes to Goodwill

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  1. david says:

    i tried on my 2xl shirts i bought a year ago from the Gap. Like 5 shirts that don’t fit. That’s some dough in fat clothes! Anyone know if you can get shirts altered for cheap?

  2. Chuck says:

    Congratulations on being below the 2x mark and never looking back! I’m sure these will go fast at the Goodwill since I’m sure they never get clothes this size very often. (at least guy clothes)

    Weird question, but when you were wearing these sizes did you dry your closes (shirts/pants) in the dryer or did you ‘air’ dry your clothes?

    As a guy that is currently in the 4xlt range I can say that I have not dried an article of clothing other than socks and underwear for the past 7+ years. I always find that the bigger the clothing the more it shrinks and when your paying a premium for your clothes its not worth risking.

    Just wanted to know if anyone else did this.

  3. Mark says:

    When I started I was size 3XL and 48 inch waist pants, now down to L and 36 inch waist. I remember the first time I bought pants under size 40. I never thought I would do that again. I always told myself I was just built differently. And, truth be told, I couldn’t remember the last time I wore a pant with a waist size under 40. What a wonderful gift!

  4. Kyle says:

    Awesome job Tyler. I donated 99.9% of my “fat” clothes to Goodwill a few months ago, and it felt great! The only thing I kept was a dressy outfit I bought specifically for my friend’s wedding. I had to go to Casual Male to get it of course, and the outfit cost me $325.00! I remember barely fitting into the jacket, and now I can wrap it around me. I keep it for two reasons: To emphasize how far I’ve come and to emphasize how much it costs to be fat (both in a health and monetary sense).

    When I started my journey (right after the wedding), I was wearing up to a 5XL shirt and size 60-inch pants. Now (depending on the brand, fit, etc.), I wear a size M-XL shirt and size 32-inch pants!

  5. Chuck says:

    Wow Kyle thats awesome!

    If you dont mind me asking, how long did it take you to make such a drastic to your weight and whats your secret?

  6. Allan Klein says:

    With you. 6XL, now 2XL, never going back.. Thanks for the inspiration !!!

  7. I’ve gone through the same experience this year, several times (I did it in batches), as well. I went from 5XL to XL & 2XL shirts. From 58 pants to 40’s and I still have more to lose. It’s an amazing feeling and feels even better donating the clothes as well instead of wasting them.

    Congrats on deciding to go through them and also on the weight loss. Keep up the awesome work!

  8. I know exactly what your talking about … after about 3XL in size I never ever dried anything, they always shrank, especially in length. Now that I’m back down I do dry things though I still find that a number of times get shorter still and it pisses me.

  9. Bubba says:

    I am still new to losing weight so I am still in my fattest clothes (but not for long). I am currently wearing a 6XL and a 60 inch waist…both are starting to feel lose.

  10. MikeW says:

    I actually did a little closet digging last night.

    For YEARS now I have been in 2XL/2XLT button up shirts for work. When it came to t-shirts, 3XL. Pants/jeans were all 46 inch waist.

    Last night, for the first time since I started this new, healthy lifestyle, I dug out a regular old XL button up shirt, and it fit great. Problem is, I only had two this size hanging in my closet–everything else the aforementioned 2XL’s. By the time I reach goal, I may even be able to comfortably wear a regular “L”.

    As far as the pants–I am sitting here typing away in a comfortable pair of 40″ jeans. I NO LONGER HAVE TO SHOP IN BIG & TALL! Yes, all CAPS on that one, because it is such a great feeling.

    I look forward to making a significant Goodwill donation next spring.

  11. MikeW says:

    Same here. I always insisted that the wife not throw my t-shirts in the dryer. There was nothing worse than finding a t-shirt that fit just right, and did not cling too much, then having the dryer ruin the fit.

    On the other hand, I am discovering now that I have a PILE of t-shirts in the back of the closet that are going hopefully going to be a bit too large next year.

  12. Kyle says:

    Chuck – Thanks!

    I lost 200lbs in 15 months. My “secret” was just a near-constant success with the gym and my eating habits. I had a couple hiccups along the way, but I never allowed myself to get derailed past a day or two tops. I kept telling myself all this day-to-day hard work will pay off, and it has!

  13. Candice says:

    In July 09 when I started I was in a 22 in pants and wearing 2x in tops. Now I wear a 10/12 in pants and Medium or Large top depending on the fit. I still have a little more left to get off, but ultimately Im far healthier and happier this way.

  14. eric b says:

    Was a 5xl/6xl shirt and 50 in pants
    Now I’m a XL/2xl and 42in pants

    Idk about you tyler..but do you still find it hard to find clothes? I def do…I see alotta big man clothes now tho

  15. Brandon says:

    When I started losing weight back in February I was wearing a 4x shirt and 46″ pants. I now wear XL shirt (some L but XL is definitely comfortable) and 36″ pants. I cleaned my closet a few months ago of my largest clothes and kept one outfit. It’s a reminder to myself of the hardwork I have put in and how easy it could be to get back to that point. As most have stated, being fat is definitely very costly. Casual Male XL is not cheap and I still struggled to find my sizes there, being that I was really big and tall, not just big or tall. I still struggle finding pants for the length of them but that is something I will take any day, over having to find them big and tall.

  16. Gone from 371 to 245lbs

    Before I started I was in 3XL/4XL shirts and 48″ jeans, now i’m in L or XL shirts and 36/38″ jeans.

    I, too, have kept one old shirt and one old pair of jeans. Just to compare.

  17. Matt says:

    Yeah, I still have a pair of pants and a shirt from before, and it’s interesting to think I used to wear them.

    48″->34″ pants in a year.

    Shoulders are too broad to get out of XL shirts, though.

  18. Lisa says:

    I’ve written about this before on my own blog. At my heaviest (250) I was wearing size 24W jeans. As I lost weight, none of my clothes fit anymore. Some of them I gave to other friends who were also big and trying to lose weight. So as I went down in size, they got new clothes and then they’d lose weight and donate the clothes and so on.

    I spent a LOT of money on new clothes. Thousands of dollars. I should have been smart and shopped at Goodwill. Why? Because I was losing sizes monthly. It was so expensive. But shopping for smaller sizes also became really FUN. I loved being able to go to a smaller size!

    I went from a 24W jeans to now a size 4/6. It depends on the brand of jeans. 🙂

  19. Rachael says:

    I definitely think the most shocking thing to me about my weight loss is my measurements. I haven’t changed a huge # of sizes because of my body type, but I have lost 13 inches from my waist and 15 from my hips. I’ve lost almost 50 lbs, and my goal is another 60. I have already gotten rid of 1/2 of my pants, and have a ‘too big’ pile in my closet with several shirts in it.

  20. Tyler says:

    I don’t think so. I know it’s expensive, I probably donated 600+ worth of clothes in those two trash bags.

    I didn’t wear a whole lot of shirts as I was shrinking in size, as I couldn’t/didn’t want to buy 10+ new shirts when I hit XXXL, XXL, XL, etc.

  21. Tyler says:

    I know exactly what you’re talking about, as well. It does seem like the bigger clothes shrink more, and a 4XL would quickly shrink up. Even though I’m not that tall (6 feet, 1 inch), I had buy tall clothes because they’d quickly shrink after washing.

  22. Tyler says:

    I agree, it’s a gift being able to go buy pants anywhere, not just in specialty stores.

  23. Tyler says:

    Congrats on the drastic change! I remember Casual Male very well, it was extremely expensive, like $35 for just a t-shirt.

  24. Tyler says:

    You’re welcome! Thank YOU for the motivation!

  25. Tyler says:

    Now that I think about it, I should have donated the clothes to somebody on 344 Pounds… I’m sure someone along their own journey could’ve used them here, but I have no doubt they’ll be put to good use being donated to Goodwill as well.

  26. Tyler says:

    Good, Bubba. Nice blog. Starting at 440 pounds, you should be able to quickly drop a lot of weight with such a few changes.

  27. Tyler says:

    THAT DEFINITELY DESERVES ALL CAPS! Once you get down to that 44, 42 inch size jeans, etc., you can start shopping at “normal” stores like Target, Sears, Belk, etc.

    It’s a great feeling.

  28. Tyler says:

    Congrats! Now that I’m married I know what those sizes actually mean, and it means I bet you’re lookin’ good! 🙂

  29. Tyler says:

    Not really to be honest. I just go to the local mall and shop at Belk or Dilliards, tons of selection.

  30. Tyler says:

    You’re right, Casual Male XL is expensive no matter what you buy, whether it’s a t-shirt or a dress shirt.

  31. Tyler says:

    You should post some before & after pictures!

  32. Tyler says:

    You’re right, it’s really fun. It’s nice taking some foreign size (like 36-inch jeans!) into the dressing room, trying them on, and realizing they’re not only cheaper than 50-inch jeans, but they look a lot better. It’s awesome.

  33. Tyler says:

    Nice! Time to donate those “too big” clothes, too.

  34. Nathan says:

    Needy folks plenty.
    Hope it finds it way to someone who needs to be warm.
    (I will never live in a cold place.)

    Taipei, Taiwan

  35. anon says:

    started the journey at 1x (women’s)… I think it was equivalent to a 16/18. I’ve been comfortably at a size 2 or 4 since last december (I’m a shortie, so this is at a FINALLY healthy BMI).

    good news is that I’d saved good, classic pieces of my smaller wardrobe from, well, when I was smaller. and I shopped lots at the goodwill on my weigh down. still shop at the goodwill (can find lots of vintage and gently-worn goodies there). I donated most of my larger-sized clothing to the goodwill and friends, but saved some good pieces in sizes 6 and 8. (not because I’m planning on gaining the weight back, but because the clothes are nice.) the longer I maintain this weight, the more likely I’ll be to ‘gift” the rest of the larger sized clothing. maintenance is hard… but not any harder than losing…and SO worth it!

  36. Just happened across your blog this morning and wanted to comment on how inspiring your progress is. It’s great to see you giving back and helping other people try to lose weight, too.

    Since I work with Goodwill Industries International, I also wanted to thank you for your donation. When people buy your donated clothes in our store, we use that revenue to fund our job training and career placement programs that can change people’s lives. You can find the exact impact with our calculator at

    Keep up the good work of inspiring people to be their best!

  37. J.Emerson says:

    When I was at my highest weight, I was wearing mostly 4XL shirts and jeans, although I was starting to end up in 5XL too. As of now, I’m down to wearing 3XL comfortable, along with many 2XL items depending on the brand. Some fit, some are a bit tight. I look forward to the day when I can grab a 2XL shirt and have no doubt it’ll fit. And then hopefully after that an XL shirt!

    Casual Male is one of the things I miss least. Being down to between a 2X and 3X means I can find clothes at stores like JC Penney, Walmart, Old Navy online, and many regular sites online. Casual Male’s prices are just ridiculous.

    BTW, I did donate all of my expensive 4x/5X Casual Male clothes to Goodwill.

  38. lori lattimore says:

    i love your blog you are so down to earth and helpful. i started my weight loss journey on sept 3 2009 with gastric bypass surgery. i weighed in at 393 pounds one year later i weigh 254 pounds. now that the pounds are coming off really slow i joined a gym started a more healthy way of looking at food and am doing okay. i will keep reading your blog thanks for sharing your story.

  39. lori lattimore says:

    my size before surgery was 34 my size now is 22

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