During the rapid-weight loss period following bariatric and Lap Band® surgery, or while undergoing medically supervised liquid diets, patients can burn through clothes faster than they could ever have imagined, often dropping two or more sizes in a month.
That’s why enterprising sisters Robyn Riep and Myrna Krohn founded Wear-n-Share, (www.wearnsharellc.com)
“We understand the challenges and rewards of going through rapid weight loss. Wear-n-Share is a wonderful resource for people who want to look great without spending a fortune,” says Ms.Riep.
Ms. Riep was struck with the idea when she noticed a co-worker in a beautiful Chanel-style suit cutting her food into bite-size pieces. Her friend confided that she had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery and shared her biggest post-surgery issue: Not only would her beloved Chanel-style suit soon no longer fit her, she had another expensive suit hanging in her closet with the tags still on because she had lost more weight since its purchase.
Since the average woman spends 40 percent of her income on clothing, losing weight fast can become an expensive issue. Although doctors, nutritionists, and counselors explain in detail what to expect when losing weight, they rarely touch on the serious cost of replacing clothing again and again as pounds are shed.
As they continue to lose weight and no longer need barely worn items, Wear-n-Share members can sell to others and continue buying stylish clothes for a great value. While many resale shops only share 40 to 50 percent of the sale price, Wear-n-Share allows its members to keep as much as 85 percent of the proceeds.
“The decision to undergo surgery is about health, but it’s also about how one looks and the impact personal style can have on self image,” says Ms. Krohn. “We wanted to provide people with an easy, private way to trade in their barely worn clothes and buy new pieces that fit them now at great prices.”
Since serious weight loss is often an emotional process, the site is also all about offering support, health tips and encouragement to its members. Wear-n-Share invites members to share their stories to inspire, motivate, and educate others who are experiencing the same thing under the “Your Story” section of the website.
“People who make the commitment to a healthier lifestyle are incredibly inspiring, and we’re on a mission to help them look as outstanding as they feel as they go through this life-changing endeavor,” says Ms. Riep.
About Wear-n-Share, LLC
Wear-n-Share, LLC was founded by sisters Myrna Krohn and Robyn Riep in 2011 as the first online resale boutique to cater to the specific wardrobe needs of those undergoing rapid-weight loss surgery or medically supervised liquid diets. These Texas ladies are no strangers to thinking up fresh ways to make life easier. Daughters of an inventor, Ms. Krohn and Ms. Riep were inspired to start their company after Ms. Riep had lunch with a co-worker who shared how expensive it was to replace her wardrobe while losing weight after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Dressed in a beautiful Chanel-style suit, she relayed to Ms. Riep her regret that it would no longer fit in a few weeks.
Not long after the lunch, the sisters put their creative heads together to create a unique online resale boutique where weight loss surgery patients could find fashionable new and almost-new clothes and then trade them in as they continued to shed pounds. The WearNShareLLC.com website went live last spring and officially launched Oct. 1, 2011.
Membership fees are kept a low $15 per year allowing members to sell unlimited items through the site, purchase as often as desired, and share their own stories to inspire, motivate and educate others. Helpful links to national organizations and support groups are also included.
Wear-n-Share LLC is based in Plano, TX. For more information contact Ms. Krohn at Myrna.Krohn@