Visiting a tailor: money well spent
Finding dress shirts, suits, even polo’s, jeans, and slacks that fit how they’re actually supposed to is nearly impossible.
I have NEVER found a dress shirt that fits properly and odds are you’re in the same boat. Dress shirts are usually fit for the bodies of the “average man”, which in North America often means a smaller neck and a bigger belly, or the toothpick look – which I used to have so please know I’m not hating by any means.
Both my neck and chest measure larger than the average guy that shares my same waste measurements. So when I try on a dress shirt that fits my neck, the chest is normally a bit tight and the waste is too big, making the shirt puff out when I tuck it in; which leaves me with the dreaded muffin top look.
I used to search and search for the right dress shirt until I completely gave up and now get them either custom made or I head to the tailor who’ll adjust a shirt for around $17. Money well spent in my mind.
The same goes for slacks, jeans, sport coats and various other articles of clothing, it’s tough to find the right fit, but find the right look and getting it altered is a lot better than wearing something that doesn’t fit the shape of your body.
Bigger muscles don’t mean baggier clothes
It’s funny how guys add muscle, get a body they’re more confident with and they feel as though their clothes should drape off them like, well, drapes. Not the case!
Your clothes should always fit, especially if you have a physique you’re happy with and proud of.
I fell into this trap when I first began adding on some good weight. As my shoulders began to get bigger, and as my arms and quads began to fill out, I felt that I needed to wear clothes that were a bit baggier, that hung off me rather than fit snug, or even fit.
Don’t go overboard and only wear cut offs – the goal in building a better body isn’t to then look like a douche bag – but wear your clothes that fit snug enough to let people know you’re in good shape. Which is at least part of the point of being in good shape – part of it, not all of it.
A better body also doesn’t mean your clothes have to cut off your circulation
A part of wearing clothes that fit also means wearing clothes that aren’t too tight as well. Ultra skinny jeans and clothes are everywhere now, but men don’t wear jeans that can be mistaken as spandex leggings: fact.
Imagine seeing your father or grandfather wearing ultra skinny jeans, I know styles go in cycles and they’re not going to have the same style as our generation, but there’s just something wrong when dudes start wearing pants that are tighter than their girlfriend’s pants. Girls can wear skinny pants because they’re not carrying anything between they’re legs, the whole world doesn’t need confirmation that you’re a dude – please.
I talk about pants but it goes for everything. Yes, be proud of the body you’ve built up, but don’t be so insecure that you have to show it every chance you get. Wear clothes that look and fit well, don’t wear something simply because it shows a muscle or two.
Dress with class, and dammit dress like a man!
Agree or disagree? Let me hear about it.