Recommended Clothing Designers?

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    Dec 11, 2007 5:23 PM GMT
    So, in the past year, I have put on some serious muscle, especially in my lower body. I still have a small waist (29") but I have gotten much bigger and I am now having problems fitting into many of the clothes that I bought in the past year.

    Does anyone have recommendations for jeans or shirts?

    I typically wear either diesel and Earnest Hewn jeans, but the legs are a bit too tight when I try to get into them recently. I don't like my legs looking like stuffed sausages (in a couple pairs of jeans)

    Shirts are another problem: I like tailored clothes, but my body shape now gives me the options of either buying shirts that fit my chest and bulk out at the waist, or shirts that are WAY TOO tight across the chest to get closer to my waist size.


    anyone have a brand that works with a more muscular physique?



    (my body pic was taken about 30 pounds ago/8 months ago... I know, I need to update it)
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 11, 2007 5:41 PM GMT
    Well I know what you mean about clothes. It can be hard to give advice in this area since we all want our clothes to fit differently it seems.

    I mentioned in another threat about the shirt issue. I have a thing about polo shirts and large polos always fit tightly.. An XL is nice, but I don't need all the material around the waist. I just have to try them on. A&F is almost out of question. I got an XXL polo and its still tight across the back. As far as jeans, I wear Levi's and typically wear 505's and they are always tight in the thighs. I think the 550's are better, but I like the feel of the 505's. Probably others could you advise you better along those lines

    With professional clothes, I find the whole thing pretty aggravating. I always focused on brands that provide an "athletic cut"... meaning broader shoulders and a smaller waist on the pants. Austin Reed was great, but I understand that they are NOT making as many of those.. and when I asked.. it is because of all the overweight people!!
    So I could always take the underhanded approach and switch out 2 suits.. larger coat and smaller pants, but you screw up the other suit as a result.icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 11, 2007 5:49 PM GMT
    I was hoping to find a brand that I didn't have to take to the tailors for resizing. I spend a mini fortune at the tailor every time I buy clothes. And I LOVE to shop for clothes. But the added expense has made me limit purchases in the past year.

    as for the jeans, I don't mind them snug (hey, I'm working out hard and it's nice to see some definition), but when you can see the muscle flexing through the denim, I don't think that looks good. A little too snug or sausage-y
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    Dec 11, 2007 6:20 PM GMT
    I have a swimmer's build and not a weightlifter's build, so if this advice is for the leaner type then buyer beware.

    I think that Kenneth Cole can do no wrong. His clothes are designed to fit around a fit body. He accentuates the male shape in a way that no other designer does, though Calvin Klein comes close. You can get Kenneth Cole at most high end stores like Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, but you can also get his stuff at Macy's. Even check the discount racks at Macy's. I've found some great stuff there.

    While I've never heard it stated, ExpressMen is clearly imitates Kenneth Cole and Calvin Kelin. The colors and lines are elegant and smart and the fit is about the same. AND ExpressMen has fantastic sales as well as a credit card option.

    Avoid Nautica like the plague! I call it Soccer Dad Ware, with big sleeves and boxy cuts for people who don't care about their shape or don't care about how it's presented. I also find Geoffrey Beene to be a little too undefined in its cut.

    Ralph Lauren is hit or miss, mostly hit, but his is a uniquely preppie look that doesn't suit everyone.
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    Dec 11, 2007 6:40 PM GMT
    Hey, I had a somewhat similar question, and I got lots of good responses, so you might want to look at the thread on Clothes for the Middle Aged Man.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 11, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    Middle aged???? OMG. Just kidding....icon_surprised.gif
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    oh s**t! does being 36 make me middle-aged? I just turned 36 and that's the worst inference I've gotten to date!

    doesn't having a 29" waist knock some years off my age?
  • waltex

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    Dec 11, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    dude,

    if your body is looking good, don't be aftraid to show it off.

    My advice is to go to Armani Exchange and try things on.

    If you're in good shape, they will be very flattering.

  • GQjock

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    Dec 11, 2007 11:14 PM GMT
    Going shopping for clothes for me is sometimes very frustrating...
    It seems like guys with anything below a 34 waist are supposed to be 4 feet tall!!!
    Everything on the rack is like 36 and over
    and if you find anything with a 30 waist it's 30 inches long
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    Dec 11, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    I work at Express, and you should go there and just browse. There are a variety of styles that fit perfectly for all men. I also like Armani Exchange as well. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 11, 2007 11:32 PM GMT
    Express is great! I have always found Banana Republic to be good for that kind of stuff too. I know it isn't exactly designer, but it is still decent.
    It is so unfortunate that Diesel's sizing is so hard for guys with broad shoulders and wider chests. I have a few Diesel shirts that I am always worried about busting through the shoulders in. It sucks.
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    Dec 11, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    I recommend 7's or Citizens they fit amazing and hug and hide all the right places. if you're looking to spend a little more on jeans though true religion jeans are an option as well and a bit better fitting. Diesl is one of my favorite tshirts, which yo've mentioned but i would also consider theory, and hugo boss.
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    Dec 11, 2007 11:37 PM GMT
    I detest clothes shopping.

    Oscar de la Renta, Jones New York, Ralph Lauren Chaps, Tallia, Calvin Klein, and DKNY all claim to make suits in 'athletic cut's. Whether their fit is your fit is of course open to god and a damned good tailor.

    If you are going to put $600+ down on a new suit, might I suggest having your dress shirts custom made - about $80-100 provided you want something simple.

    You might also try http://www.paulfredrick.com/

    You didn't state in your profile where in the US you lived, so I will suggest that Barney's in NY has a good selection too.

    IME, frankly it is usually easier to just buy what you need for your upper body and then have it tailored.

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    Dec 12, 2007 12:14 AM GMT
    thanks guys. I am in NYC right now, but am leaving to go traveling for 6 weeks. then back to NYC.

    I guess I just need to invest in new clothes and have them tailored. ugh
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    Dec 12, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    for me...i find that Express X2 jeans and the Banana Republic Skinny jeans fit best and get me a good deal of compliments regarding their fit...in shirts I stick wiht polos alot.

    Dressy shirts i go for Zara...their clothers are slim fit so if u a large in most brands than u're XL or XXL for Zara but the fit is amazing because alot of their shirts go in at the waist a bit. Zara Jeans r good too but i only have 1 pair of them.

    Of course u can never fail wiht Old Navy...its cheap and everything seems to fit
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    Dec 12, 2007 3:11 AM GMT
    Try Kenneth Cole. Love his stuff. Everything is very flattering on a muscular body and doesn't need tailoring
  • kasch33

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    Dec 12, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    I think a couple of guys said it already...A/X definitely has great jeans and good fitting tees (I finally had to throw a pair of mine away that I had worn completely out because I loved them so much...it was a sad day!!).
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    Dec 12, 2007 4:09 AM GMT
    oh s**t! does being 36 make me middle-aged? I just turned 36 and that's the worst inference I've gotten to date!


    No, Growing, but being 43 makes me there. The title is a reference to me, not you. You've got a few years to go. I'm just embracing the term myself. I'm just looking to be a hunky (and stylish) middle-aged guy. icon_lol.gif

  • Artesin

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    Dec 13, 2007 5:32 AM GMT
    Theres only three pair of jeans I own that Ill ever wear, bullhead, Gas and Quicksilver. All three are different fits and gas fits the best but they cost a bit supposedly. Gas fits well above your knees and gets a bit baggier below that, kinda like a spin off of bell bottoms, but not quite lol.