What to Wear as Your Weight Fluctuates: Style Sweet Spot

I know I’m not the only women whose weight fluctuates. It feels like I’ve struggled with the same 10 pounds for the last 20 years. OK…maybe the last 35 years 🙂 When I discovered I was gluten intolerant last year, I dropped 15 pounds, just by removing gluten from my diet. Sadly that didn’t stay off long…because I discovered all those gluten-free alternatives!

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pamela Lutrell from Over 50 Feeling 40!

Style Sweet Spot

Your Style Sweet Spot is when you know your appearance is sending the message you intend and feel confident you look your best. Last week Pam and I shared how we dressed for a casual day, running errands, this week we’re dressing for weight fluctuations.

These days I’m struggling with a thyroid gone crazy and it’s wreaking havoc on my waistline.

Ombre Mud Dyed A-Line Jacket


I’ve been on thyroid meds for over 20 years and doing fine until last January. As I struggled with my hip, my blood pressure skyrocketed, my hair fell out, my pulse raced, I was exhausted all the time and my weight plummeted. I will admit it was one of the worst months of my life…physically. They diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition where my body produces anti-bodies that attack my thyroid. I felt like Chicken Little with the sky falling. My normal thyroid dose suddenly became an overdose!

My endocrinologist has been slowly dialing down my medication and as a result, my weight is bouncing up and down. Losing weight isn’t always positive ladies. I ended up with lots of saggy skin to hide.

Wearing a column of color helps you look slimmer as weight fluctuates
For larger weight loss or gain, you’re going to need a new wardrobe… but for 5 to 8 pound weight fluctuations you don’t.


Here are some ways I slide by without having to replace my clothes.

When my weight is on the incline, I focus on wearing a column of color under a third piece…like a sweater, jacket or vest. The over piece hides the outer thirds of my body, making me look slimmer. It’s all about illusion.

This special jacket from Artful Home is a featherweight cotton which offers chic coverage without extra bulk. It’s A-line shape stands away from my body which helps me look narrower underneath. I love the shawl collar and pockets!

Ombre Mud-Dye A-Line Jacket

  • I put my pants that zip and snap aside, in favor of ones with elastic waists. They’re more comfortable and less likely to cause the dreaded muffin top!
  • I wear my tops that drop straight from the shoulders and chest, so they bypass my waistline.
  • I rely more than ever, on clothes with stretch built-in. They can hide many pounds…and still feel comfortable.
  • I put more focus on my accessories, because they’re not size dependent.

This is how I hit my Style Sweet Spot as my weight fluctuates. I hope to get this under control, once and for all. But my endocrinologist assures me this will be a life long battle.

Weight struggles are hard on a woman’s confidence. Dressing well is a critical tool to help us to feel out best.


Now let’s go see how Pam dresses for weight fluctuation.

Does your weight fluctuate?


Mieko Mintz Jacket // Metro Jeans // WHBM white top // WHBM hat


xo Jennifer

Disclosure: Artful Home supplied my beautiful Jacket, the opinions are my own. Affiliate links in this post may generate income for AWSL. My complete disclosure statement is here.

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  1. June 19, 2016 / 7:28 am

    I do the column of color too, works great. Like you, I’ve struggled with 10lbs for longer than I can remember. You become the master of disguise!
    Wish you well with the health diagnosis.

    • Jennifer
      June 19, 2016 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Kelli. We do become the master of disguise :). Great way to describe it!

  2. June 7, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Sorry to hear about your diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease…I have been on thyroid medication since our daughter was born about 37 years ago…I have recently had my medication reduced and have added a few unwelcome pounds. I know all too well about the fine balance of meds and energy as well as weight gain…

    Your column of colour is a great one with the third piece that skims the body.
    I think you choose flattering clothes and accessorize well…your image is very tasteful and polished.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! It’s really a constant challenge with Thyroid medication. I thought I was fine at my regular dose, but my body said no :(. These unwelcome pounds may be permanent

  3. debbie
    June 7, 2016 / 7:54 am

    I enjoy your blog.I used to be one of those people who never had to think about weight.I can relate to alot of your reader now.I successfully quit smoking 9 months go and didn’t gain weight until several montha after that.I became rather depressed and put on 10lbs.I know that doesn’t sound like much but it is very hard to take off.I have some issues in life right now that are evry stressfull too so it’s doubly hard.
    It’s nice to have some “friends” out there.

    • Jennifer
      June 7, 2016 / 11:45 am

      Congratualtions on stopping smoking!! I’ve done it and know how brutal it can be. Ten pouunds makes a huge difference on my short body so I understand completely. It’s hard to keep your spirits up as your weight climbs, so learning how to hide it helps me a lot! Many of us are in your boat Debbie…I’m glad you’re here!

  4. Canuck
    June 6, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    The 1970s women had caftans for this. I get it now.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:42 am

      You’re right!!

  5. June 6, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    For someone dealing with fluctuations, you sure do look amazing! I think nearly everyone, whether they’re having hormonal issues or not, struggles with this. Excellent post on this rather irritating topic!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2016 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you Lisa! It’s a common problem and oh so irritating!

  6. June 6, 2016 / 4:52 am

    I so get your current concern! After thyroid cancer and dealing with Hashimoto’s for a decade, somedays I just want to wear a sack!,

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:44 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles! It’s so important to make the effort to look our best so we can feel our best during trying times. Sending best wishes to you Caron!

  7. June 5, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I think we have all been there with weight fluctuations. It does help if you can find a way to still feel fashionable and look good when your weight is yo yoing!

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:46 am

      It does help to add that little extra accessory and fix ourselves up while we struggle with weight…or anything for that matter!

  8. Linda L
    June 5, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Great post! The column of color is a great way to dress. My sister has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease too. I guess I should have my thyroid checked as well. I have gained so much weight since menopause. I’m running out of ways to disguise it!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Be sure you have an endrochronologist check your thyroid Linda. My numbers were all “in range” and my primary care missed it. The specialists look at the ratios between TSH, T3, T4 etc.

  9. Pam B
    June 5, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    What a lovely, honest post. It helps to know we all have something…. You look great!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks Pam. I’m never sure if I’m over sharing but figure we all learn from each other. Thanks for reading.

  10. June 5, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I love the “column of color” idea. You always look great!

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Thanks Carol:)

  11. June 5, 2016 / 8:27 am

    The body is quite amazing…isn’t it? You can be eating the same as ever, yet the hormones & different imbalances can cause a war with the scale!
    I think almost every woman has had some kind of issues with this…so what a smart post!
    Love the jacket, and I agree with the accessories—they always fit (along with my shoes!!)

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Thank goodness accessories always fit us 🙂

  12. June 5, 2016 / 8:22 am

    A column of color and a third piece is also my go-to formula when my weight fluctuates, which, yes, it does…

    Great outfit! I love your necklace! And, yes, times of weight fluctuations are a great time to add to your accessories collection…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      You’re fabulous with your accessories Andrea!

  13. June 5, 2016 / 7:43 am

    I think the “column of colour” is such a great idea. I really like that Artful Home jacket. It covers without making it look like you’re wearing it to cover…if you get my meaning. And I love that pink shopper lurking in the background. Hope you’ve got the health issues under control now, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks Sue! I find myself Dressing in a column of color more and more these days. You’re so nice and tall, and slim! You look great in everything!

  14. Barbara Wilson
    June 5, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I am a column dresser also…..Comfy USA, Clara SunWoo, Sympli, and love Artful Home, although pricey.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Comfy has such fun pieces! I love those brands you mentioned.

  15. Judy Heyman
    June 5, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Thank you for today’s great post, so very helpful. Sorry that you are going through this difficult and frustrating time.

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much Judy.

  16. Karen
    June 5, 2016 / 5:50 am

    These are great tips! I am a column dresser, but will be more diligent about following the other tips when I’m in am “up” cycle with my weight. Seem to be always gaining and losing the same 10, and my stomach came out of nowhere when I hit 60!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      My spare tire was definitely flatter before menopause. I don’t think any amount of sit ups will cure it!

  17. Fernande Krahulec
    June 5, 2016 / 5:08 am

    Good morning
    I have the same problem.Tyroide.
    It is frustrating loosing and gaining.
    Love your choice of fashion wear.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a lovely day.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Thank you for reading and being here Fernande:)

  18. Robin LaMonte
    June 5, 2016 / 4:56 am

    I agree that my weight fluctuates now more than ever since I became a menopausal woman. I went from a 34B to a 36D overnight and my once 6 pack abs are now hidden! I may never have a flat stomach again but I refuse to let my rubineque body depress me.
    I wear lots of flowing tops to hide my every changing body and yes, I swap out zippers for pull ons.
    Great article!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I too, am embracing more flowy tops. We can’t let our shape get us down. Bravo for you Robin!!

  19. June 5, 2016 / 4:27 am

    Great points, Jennifer. It is hard on confidence, but when we work to look our best despite the ups and downs on the scales, we are more confident and can enjoy each day despite the challenges. This is a great jacket for that!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      I’ve been wearing this jacket constantly since it arrived. It goes with 90% of my wardrobe!!

  20. Jane
    June 5, 2016 / 3:52 am

    What a difficult time you’ve had! I hope things will settle down and become more easily managed for you. My weight has fluctuated often, and on my 4’11” frame every ounce shows. I’ve been pretty steady for the last couple of years but I’ve also been left with saggy skin to deal with. I try to stick with dark wash jeans or black pants, and tops that don’t cling to the dreaded menopot area. I also stick mostly with v-neck tops because they are more flattering on me. And always a great pair of earrings to draw attention up! Extra weight and saggy, crepey skin really are a blow to our feelings of femininity and confidence. Acceptance is the key, but sometimes it can be difficult to find that key. Wishing you good health Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      June 5, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks Jane! Acceptance is so important while doing our best to flatter the body we have. Making the extra effort always makes me feel better.

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