STYLIN or NOT: Muscular guys wearing tight clothes

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    Jul 07, 2007 12:35 AM GMT
    I bought a nice shirt at the Gap. When I got it home It felt like it was made for me..fit like a glove but I could bust out the seams at the shoulders and under the arms cus it is cut slim/athletic. Do you stylin guys think it looks ridiculous to wear clothes that are too tight? Is the slim /metrosexual cut for the swimmer/ twink builds only? I'm not what i would call ripped but the next size up would be like 8" too big in the waist..I hate that.
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    Jul 07, 2007 3:33 AM GMT
    If you have it why hide it?. However depend on where you at. It not really look professional to wear one at work place. My job required standing infront of 50 people doing sales presentation. I really need them to concentrate on the screen not on my cloth or body.

    However at dinner function, go for a date , shopping and other leisure activities definately I will wear one. I look so much thinner with my black, vertical stripe shirt. The material is so elastic that it kinda figure hugging. When I go to some dark dancing club , I guess it time to look....dangerous.

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    Jul 07, 2007 9:59 AM GMT
    Sure why not? If you've got it then flaunt it.
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    Jul 07, 2007 11:36 AM GMT
    Lot's of times you have to search for brands that fit you just right. Personally, If I feel that I am being strangled in what I am wearing - forget it. There are stores and designers that know how to cut.

    Try looking for different type fabrics. some have a bit more stretch and even if it is a tight fit cut you can still move.

    Good luck!
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    Jul 07, 2007 12:50 PM GMT
    Although I read recently that the fasionistas say tight is only suitable for the young, I've decided to go by experience rather than rules.

    I'll wear tight or tighter fitting clothes so long as they meet the 3 requirements.

    1. They fit and feel good on me.

    2. My real friends would deem them age appropriate (they're not an extremely conservative or wild bunch).

    3. If I get more compliments than 'gaping horrified stares' then they're good to go.

    Veni, Vidi, Visa.

    (We came, We saw, We shopped)
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    Jul 07, 2007 1:29 PM GMT
    First, don't shop at the gap. They have to cater to the average shopper. Look around, the average shopper does not have a body like yours. That's why the next size up is 8 inches too big at the waist for you. I went from a large (which was always too loose everywhere) to a medium and the medium is generally too loose at the waist these days, depending on the cut of shirt (or trousers for that matter). Look for clothes online. Try skater, skiier cut clothes (686, volcom). They're a little more unique than the gap too and their tees don't say "the Gap".
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    Jul 07, 2007 1:29 PM GMT
    Oh, and Helly Hansen.
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    Jul 07, 2007 1:32 PM GMT
    Even though I am not huge, a lot clothes seem to look really tight on me because they are cut to be "form-fitting" on "skinny dudes".

    Before I started working out, I was one of the "skinny dudes" (emaciated?), so I am not complaining. It feels great when the tailor realizes he's gonna have to take 5 inches off the waist in order to get you into a suit jacket that fits.

    It's just disappointing when you find something you like but can't even wear it an XL because it feels ridiculously tight.



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    Jul 07, 2007 2:43 PM GMT
    bgcat - GREAT point.. it's all about age appropriateness.

    In re: tight shirts...

    I work near the financial center of Boston, and let me tell you.. when the shirts are a little tight in the sleeve, clinging to muscles.. mmhmm. SO hot!

    As a thinner person with apeshit long arms i TOTALLY understand the need to balance sixe with fit.. I prefer outdoor gear (i.e. patagonia, the north farce) because they are built to be worn in layers, are cut to fit the body, and fit so that theyare not skin tight.
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    Jul 07, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    If it's comfortable, go for it.

    If I EVER find an article of clothing that fits comfortably, my inclination is to buy as many of them as I can, as if preparing for the end of civilization. It's such a rare occurrence - I guess my body proportions are just too far off the "average" mark.

    I guess I limit myself a bit, because I won't even consider anything with a big logo or brand showing. Unless they're going to pay me a monthly fee for advertising space.

    BTW, I've recently read several disturbing articles to the effect that clothing companies are changing their standard sizes to accommodate the more... bulbous shape of the average american. I noticed this last fall when I bought some hoodies with tags that read "NEW! More comfortable fit!" They fit at the shoulders, but have enough room in the middle for me to smuggle a beach ball inside.

    Also, medical suppliers are increasing the length of the needle in pre-packaged hypodermic drugs. It seems that something like 30% of "intramuscular" injections were failing because the needles didn't penetrate the fat layer. I guess that means that the rest of us are going to start getting stuck in the bone.
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    Jul 07, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    Whenever I want to feel really fat, I visit Universal Gear. One day I was in there and told the clerk I wanted to try on a pair of jeans. He said: "Don't bother. You'll never get your thighs in those."

    Then I tried on a shirt. He said: "That looks really good on you. One problem: Never wash it, since it will shrink a bit."

    Anyway, I've found that Kenneth Cole's XXL fit me well.
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    Jul 07, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    I think if you got an athletic body, show it. But not show it to the point in which the seams are stretching and breaking. :-)

    So, wearing athletic-fit clothing instead of the pillow-case look that most conventional manufacturers have is good. And, burninman, you sure look ripped to me.

    But I agree you need to pick and choose.

    For example, some of UnderArmour's athletic gear is so tight, that to get that "athletic look" I have to buy XXL (I'm 41"c, 30"w) and it still looks "fitted". On the other hand, they have a series of short sleeve conventional sport shirts...and if I buy a large, it looks like a pillow case on me...so I buy a Medium.

    And so on.

    To summarize, you don't need to look like a twink wearing shirts much too small for them, but wearing stuff that highlights your definition, and athletic frame is fine.

    (*My guess is that the current style of wearing shirts NOT tucked in is a nod to overweight people...since that flouncy "look" hides many a spare tire.) :-)

    John
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    'If you got it, flaunt it' is not only good for you but for those of us who like it.

    However, if a shirt was so tight that I could rip seams, I'd get the next size up as there is a difference between showing development and getting in someone's face.
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    Uhh... John, this may sound dumb, but you do realize that most (though not all) of the under armor styles are supposed to be compression garments? Many people wear an outer, "modesty" shirt over them, depending on how proud they are of what's underneath. I use them as part of my layering system in the winter. I have had a couple of slightly embarrassing moments when I thoughtlessly discarded the penultimate layer in mixed company. But the comments that got back to me were more or less positive.
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:07 PM GMT
    I was gonna say the number of people who look good in UA's compression garments alone is pretty small. I wear nothing but their stuff to the gym and they make plenty of stuff not meant to hold your organs in place.
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    You don't need tight shirts to show off your muscles.

    A well dressed man wins hands down in my book over a muscle guy in a tight shirt.

    Age appropriateness has already been mentioned, and it's true. Any shirt that you might "bust out of" is too small to wear...
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    It seems like clothes that are marked as "athletic cut", "custom cut", etc. are actually not designed for guys who workout, but for skinny guys who want to look like they workout.

    If a normally cut Large looks fitted on me, it usually looks good. But anything that is "custom cut" usually looks like it's cutting off bloodflow to some area of my body even in the XL (and the XXL usually has enough room around the waist to fit another person).

    FYI, Brooks Brothers will sell a suit jacket with a pair of pants of any waist size (i.e. rather than the standard "generous" pair that comes with a 44R), so there are still some "off the rack" options out there if you don't want to wear pajamas to work.
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    Jul 07, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    mindgarden...Right...I meant, of course, to the gym...the workout clothes. They have various styles, and the "Tactical" is so tight that even a low body fat person looks like a sausage, yet if you get the XXL it still is tight, but not ridiculously so.

    They also make sportshirts...those are not workout gear.

    But you're right, I realize that burninman was talking about conventional street clothes, and I was just throwing in examples of other garments for which the labels M, L, XL etc have different meanings.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 07, 2007 7:52 PM GMT
    Age apropriate is where it's at. I like athletic cut stuff because my chest is a 41-42 and my waist is a 30. I've been told at work I look good by the woman so I go with that. You can definitely see a nice body and muscle through nice, well fit clothes! Buttons pulling and stretched out short sleeves look silly on anyone over 25. If your a man b one, not a boy or boi.- Just my opinion. You won't see me in a small T. I wear large or sometimes medium if regular or full cut T. If u are a huge guy you can still find the right fit just you won't be able to wear stuff right outta dept. stores, but there r plenty of online stores for big muscle guys.
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    Jul 07, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    Speaking as one of the skinny and non-trendy, I have to point out from the flip side that even smaller sizes in supposedly athletic cut clothing don't really fit a lot of thin guys. A large size t-shirt from Hanes is the right length for me, but a medium will still have 6 or so extra inches around the waist. A "small" from Nordic Track (their logo is small, and the single color shirts which stay dry even as I work with a bunsen burner are appreciated) has a waist that's about 10 inches or so larger than I need even not wanting it to be tight against my body.

    The idea that clothing retailers are increasing sizes to deal with increasing sizes of Americans isn't surprising at all. Look at the prevalence of "Relaxed fit" jeans--which, if you're in the US and outside one of the major shopping centers of the country, are pretty much the only style in stock in the smaller waist sizes of a normal department store. I ran into massive problems a few months ago trying to buy a suit when I found out that most styles aren't even manufactured in a size close to mine, and I need to just get something somewhat close and get it tailored.

    At the end of the day, I don't think a lot of normal clothing is actually cut to be form fitting on skinny dudes. I think it's manufactured for a very specific target market, and both people thinner and people thicker than that target get screwed over. People wearing clothes too tight for them can look like they're trying to fool themselves and maybe others that they're as thin as they used to be; people wearing clothing too baggy for them can end up looking like they're anorexic and trying to hide it with bulky clothing. The fashion industry is out to get all of us. ;)
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    Jul 07, 2007 11:02 PM GMT
    I think the bottom line is that many of us would like to have clothes cut for a V shaped torso, but most are actually cut for an A shape (complete with belly fold, I note.) About the best one can find is plain tees and such cut square... H shaped perhaps.

    Hmm... can't seem to remember ever seeing anyone with a tailored lab coat, although they used to have some with belts in the middle to cinch in the extra material.
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    Jul 08, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    Burninman, the tailor is your friend. If you find a shirt that fits you great through the shoulders and the chest but is too big at the waist, have it taken in! I have to do the same with button down short sleeve casual shirts. I'm only 5'5" so what is a short sleeve shirt for the average guy is 3/4 length sleeve for me that goes past my elbow. I take them and have the sleeves shortened to an appropriate, comfortable length. I do the same in the body and have it tapered to fit me better. I'm no ripped, zero body fat guy but I'm not a big boy either. I have a 10 to 12 inch drop from my chest to my waist, respectable but it's not a 45 chest to a 28 or 30 waist. Still most standard sizes don't even accomodate a 10 inch drop and your choices in athletic fit stuff is usually pretty limited. So maybe instead of buying a ton of stuff that doesn't fit, buy a few things you like and spend the rest of the money on tailoring.
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    Jul 08, 2007 5:02 AM GMT
    I would have to agree with shortnsexystud; it may seem like a splurge, but tailoring is well worth it.

    Now there's just the hard part of finding a good tailor.
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    Jul 08, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    Sarongs. They always fit. And they are HOT HOT HOT.

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    Jul 08, 2007 10:05 AM GMT
    Sorry obscenewish, I am from South East Asia. Those are not sarong, more like an over size towel to me. Sarong is usually make from batik material. They are really common here. We use it pretty much for everything from daily use, sleeping , praying, covering the deceased before funeral and for women folk to work . Those Westernize vision of people wearing sarong to the beaches are really just that "western invention". I am not sure about those thing they wore in Hawaii, but the word sarong it self is a Malay word for glove. Of course in this case , a glove to cover one body.

    Sorry, off the topic.