The big picture
Many women give the size of their clothing so much power. For the 20 million women in the U.S. struggling with an eating disorder, that power has a crippling hold over their ability to ever recover. Only one in 10 women will be lucky enough to receive treatment, which can cost up to $30,000 per month.
The small picture
“Because so much of a woman’s eating disorder revolves around her weight, it is best practice for treatment teams to keep size and weight information hidden from their patients at all times. After all of the struggles and all of the bills, the cost alone of rebuilding a wardrobe that fit my new body was out of the question. I was stuck with a closet full of clothes that didn’t fit my body or soul. It’s up to each woman to decide if and when she wants to know her weight after inpatient treatment. Most choose not to know for years following their recovery - myself included. Going shopping, trying on multiple sizes and being surrounded by mirrors is a vulnerable and ultimately intolerable experience for too many women.”
— Erin, Garment Co-Founder
With Garment, we save treatment and rehabilitation centers time and resources. Our staff removes all tags and sizing information for apparel prior to shipping it directly to clients. Our client is gifted clothing that she hand-picks according to her taste and lifestyle. Garment helps create a healthy community that is focused on maintaining the success that our clients worked so hard for already. We will partner directly with treatment centers to empower their outgoing patients by providing them with new clothing, individualized for their healthy bodies. When a woman is nearing the end of her inpatient recovery, her treatment team will communicate to Garment accurate measurements along with style and personality information. With this information, each woman will be guaranteed a basics package, which will include t-shirts, bras, underwear and jeans. Using the profile given to us by the treatment team, Garment will assess its inventory and pick out items that match the woman’s needs and lifestyle. We will then send the treatment team an individualized and secure web page that only our she can shop from. She will be able to pick sizeless items from her own store that will best suit her new, healthy lifestyle. Any items that are unwanted for any reason can be shipped back to Garment in a pre-paid box. Whether she is a working mother or a student, every woman in recovery will be able to restart her wardrobe with Garment.
After about a decade into my eating disorder, I could start to pinpoint things that were keeping me sick. Every time I would go through treatment, I would lose all sense of self since my core beliefs about food and life were being stripped from me. After months of hard work, I would return home to a closet full of clothes that at one point filled me with such (false) confidence, I would find myself unconsciously striving to fit back into them. Craving that positive attention since I sure wasn’t giving myself any. My closet ranged in sizes, but a lot of them brought up negative memories. I could not afford to buy myself a brand new wardrobe- treatment is expensive. Trying on clothes was overwhelming and quickly revealed my new size. In addition to all the other pressures I faced upon arriving home, I didn’t have a chance. I knew I could not be alone in this aspect of my struggle, so I decided to launch Garment. Garment will empower women in recovery from an eating disorder by providing them with size-less clothing individualized for their healthy bodies. We are not just giving clothing that fits, we are allowing our client to build confidence in other aspects of her life while tackling the worst part-body image.
Eating disorders were not a part of my childhood or adolescence. My only experience with that struggle was peripheral–a friend's younger sister had developed an eating disorder and although I could see some of the strain it put on my friend and his family, the topic was unspokenly off-limits. Eating disorders remained a scary and confusing subject for me as I started college. I met Erin as a freshman and it didn't take long for us to become inseparable. My love for Erin and the healthy relationship we developed together gave me the opportunity to learn what being a part of a support system really meant. Today, I encourage others who are intimidated by supporting someone who is struggling with their eating disorder to be the best role model they can be–to make healthy choices, radiate love, and set a good example for how many incredible things life has to offer.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15212