So you’re putting on the bulk you wanted. Maybe you’re noticing that everybody wants to pick a fight with the biggest guy in the room, and that’s increasingly you. It never seems as big in the mirror as other people tell you it looks, but you’re noticing it other places – like in your clothing. It’s hard for bodybuilders to find clothes that fit, especially dress clothes.
You’re buying bigger clothes to fit your shoulders and traps, and discovering you are not the target demographic for big and tall clothes. Sizes XL, 2XL, and 3XL are built for fat men, not muscular men. Getting clothing big enough in the shoulders and arms leads to baggy (room for two) around the waist and sides.
Your workout clothes just don’t cut it everywhere you need to go. The old advice is to find a good tailor. While that advice isn’t out of style, it’s a little like paying for clothes twice. This solution is well-suited for more expensive purchases like sport coats, tuxes, and suits, but might be overkill for dress shirts.
Thankfully, there’s been an increase in the offerings in recent years for clothing specifically designed for bodybuilders. They’re cut right the first time, use the best materials to move with you, and feature your muscles instead of hiding them.
Stretchy materials keep shoulders from ripping and from being too tight around biceps and triceps. Even if the fabric isn’t stretchy, having the right proportions to your body helps with range of motion issues you’ll find in more restrictive traditional clothing.
There are a few companies out there explicitly designing for you. Here’s a few to get you started that won’t make you look like you’re wearing a painter’s smock. Some of these are more for an athletic build, others clearly for the powerlifters.
State & Liberty
“Providing athletes the fit and feel they deserve in a dress shirt.”
They offer dress shirts, short and long-sleeve polos, dress coats, and a few accessories. Solids, checks, gingham, polka dots, pinstripes, and more. Lead time on a white tuxedo shirt is about four weeks. You can get free shipping off your first order for signing up on their email list, and USA shipping orders over $120 are free, with free domestic returns and exchanges to make trying even easier.
Hot Bodz Clothing Company
“Bodybuilding Clothing to Fit Your Body to Perfection”
Designed from the more conservative occasion to the club scene their mission is to make sure “you own the style – the style doesn’t own you” Offering dress shirts and pants, jackets, pullovers, and more casual offerings including workout gear. You’ll find plenty of accessories here too. Shipping and 30-day return policies are clearly specified.
Oxcloth has considered every dimension of making clothes fit you right. They offer jeans and chinos, short sleeves, casual shirts, formal shirts including tuxedo. Email sign-up gives you members-only offers, fashion advice from athletes, and new releases. Since Oxcloth is located in Europe, customers in the Americas can expect their free shipping to have longer delivery times unless they want to upgrade. No reasons are needed for returns, and the shipping costs are refundable with your 30-day returns.
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