The majority of clothing retailers nowadays seem to be tailoring their fashion towards the bodies of those who are petite or athletically built, mainly because it’s seen as more profitable and easier to do so.
So what about the bigger bodies amongst us? How difficult do you find it when you go out shopping for clothes, and the nicest shirts and jackets are designed for the smaller builds?
The first thing to do is to accept the body you have. If you’ve been in the situation where you’re trying on a nice pair of jeans only to get to the waist and find you can’t close up the buttons or zip then the best way to go about is to not get disheartened or depressed.
Over-thinking and worrying too much about your size and weight can lead to all sorts of problems, so avoid that and listen to my advice!
1. Don’t Buy Baggy
The easy option is to buy clothes that are a couple of sizes bigger than yours. But the problem here is that a big baggy t-shirt will make you look larger and more uncomfortable. At the same, don’t buy tight because that will draw on the fact that you’re overweight.
Finding a shirt for sizes upwards of extra large that fit well and look nice isn’t impossible. The trick is to find one which isn’t too saggy on the pockets and falls at the base of your wrists. Tucking it in is the best option, because it looks smart and makes you look more compact. This method, with a thick sturdy belt, will look brilliant and really compliment an overweight figure.
2. Use A Tailor
Using a tailor to sculpt a shirt or pair of jeans to your figure is a great way of balancing up your figure. It’s so much better to pay that little bit extra for a pair of jeans that fit loose on the thighs but come in a little more on the waist, and vice versa.
3. Vertical Stripes Are Slimming
Whether it’s a hot date or just casual wear, wearing shirts and t-shirts with vertical stripes, even if they’re faint, are perfect to give the image of a toned slender figure. The absolute key point to remember again is make sure it fits you!
4. Straight Legged Jeans
If you’re going for that straight looking figure, wearing a vertically striped shirt with a pair of straight fitting jeans with the hem being as wide as the thighs, is the way to go. The problem with jeans being tighter around the ankle is that they’ll give you an unflattering V-shaped lower body.
5. Keep It Light
You see many overweight people sporting the bulky cargo pants that were in fashion in the late 90s. Not only is this a crime against fashion, wearing them makes you look bigger and sluggish. That goes for shoulder pads and bulky sweaters. Keep it light with materials that fall nicely over your torso and waist, not just for comfort, but for looking good too!
So there 5 key things to remember when shopping for clothes as an overweight or bigger built man. The most important thing is to not get upset of fed-up with finding clothes that look great and feel great. Do you research, there is something out there for every body!