Time for another installment of My Incredible Shrinking Clothes! To see the previous installments, go to My Favorite Posts at the top of the page.
I was inspired to write this post this past weekend, because I had to dress up all fancy. I was volunteering at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra‘s annual Concert Gala, which was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown LA (a frequent Oscar venue from the ’70s-’90s). It was a formal affair, and I wore the only formal outfit I have right now, which is made up of elements I’ve blogged about before: the jacket you readers helped me pick out, the pants that I bought at the same time, and the dress shirt that I picked up last month before my grandmother’s funeral.
When I was getting dressed for the Gala, I pulled out the wrong dress shirt by mistake – my old dress shirt, that fit me at my heaviest. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Wow, what a big shirt! I knew I had to write an Incredible Shrinking Clothes post, and well, now I am!
Here’s both dress shirts: The white one is the one I wore at my heaviest, and the blue one is the one that I wore just the other night:
I lined up the seams along the side of the shirts to fully show the difference. I don’t exactly remember when I bought the white shirt, although I know I bought it at Casual Male XL, because I recognize the label, Comfort Zone, as being one of their lines. I know I bought two suits (both from a catalog) in the 2 years prior to beginning my weight loss journey – each one for a different wedding. I have a hunch I bought the white shirt in June 2009, before going to the Jersey Shore for the wedding of my friends Lisa and Matt. Here’s a picture of me from that trip – I’m pretty sure this is the same shirt:
That was a really fun wedding, and here’s a fun fact that’s indicative of the way I used to eat: I was in New Jersey for probably 48 hours max, and I distinctly remember going to Dunkin’ Donuts three times in those two days – and that each time was at a different Dunkin’ Donuts location.
Anyhoo – if you’re not familiar with how men’s shirts are sized, there are two numbers. The white shirt is a 22 37/38, which means that the neck is 22 inches around, and the 37/38 refers to the length of the arm. The bigger the neck number, than the wider the shirt will be.
The blue shirt is a 16 36/37, which means… DRUM ROLL PLEASE!… I’ve lost 6 inches around my neck!
I’ll leave you with a photo my friend Lacey took of me at the Concert Gala, before all the festivities began.
Keep it up, David!