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Replacing an entire wardrobe... finding it nearly impossible as much as it is necessary

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Life threw me for a loop due to some health issues, and because of that I found myself without employment. It has been a 10 year journey, with some sporadic job opportunities that did not pan out.

I am back in the hunt for employment (again) but am realizing that all of my attire no longer fits as it should due to weight loss. I have merely hesitated in trying to purchase "workplace" attire because I did not know how much more weight I would lose; and what I do have is so loose fitting that I look unprofessional.

When I interview, I often hide this by layering a zipper sweater over a shirt and tie; and the sweater is long enough to hide my cinched/bunched up pant waist. My struggle is that if I happen to get a job, I am going to have to have enough articles of clothing which I can mix and match to look professional.

Second hand stores are an option, but I am realizing that with what financial resources I do have, I am finding it nearly impossible to replace an entire wardrobe. Advice/remarks appreciated.
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What style of professional attire do you have in mind? Suits, perhaps?
A "make it work" shirt can be bought at any store for a reasonable price, so I am in need of at least a blazer and slacks, and a suit. I am seeing quality things at second hand stores that either are going to need tailored extensively to fit me, therefore will cost as much as a new coat/suit afterwards, or the articles are nearly worn out/outdated. I suppose I may need to adjust my personal standards as to what I find acceptable.
A blue blazer, tan and grey slacks, a few shirts and a few ties can go a long way in the short term. If you have lost more than a few inches in the waist then alterations are not going to work.
Exactly, in regards to tailoring... And, the search for items is difficult because of my overall body measurements. But I have to be patient, I suppose.
What sizes do you wear? Perhaps some in this group might be willing to share clothing that is no longer worn by them.
28 inch waist w/34 inseam ==>> nearly impossible to find unless specially tailored from onset
38 or 40 size Jacket with 36 inch sleeve
Before the Holidays, I took two suits to a tailor and learned that one will not be able to be altered to fit me at all because of my current shoulder structure; while the second one will take some work, but can be altered. Fortunately, I have one nice more formal outfit coming my way in a week or so.
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