Esquire recently published a humorless article on fashion advice for fat guys. What they failed to mention was the author was not actually a style editor but instead a portly chef. This is all to say, there was no advice of substance in the article, but instead a “gotcha!” for every solution. How about some advice from a big guy** who actually knows a thing or two about fashion? Here you go.
**Am currently working to resolve my big guy-ness — see you in a couple weeks GoRuck.
FIT IS KING
Chris Pratt before the weight loss in a giant jacket.
This goes back to when I started gaining weight and my fashion sense hadn’t caught up with those extra pounds. I was still wearing jeans that were way too skinny for my frame. It never occurred to me this was actually making me look top heavy until my overly honest brother commented on how my jeans made me look fat. I proceeded to trade my pair of Nudies for a pair of Levi’s Made & Crafted and never looked back. And what about shirts? Wear regular fit. I know it seems like slim fit is all anybody makes anymore, but trust me, they’re out there. I use East Dane since I can refine by regular or slim fit.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE TAILOR
Get to the tailor, Jonah. This jacket needs help.
If money isn’t an issue, bespoke is the way to go. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for most of us. . First things first, head to the tailor and get your measurements taken. Most shops won’t carry clothes for bigger guy, you are restricted to online shopping. Since you’ll have your measurements, you’ll know if something is going to fit. Most websites are comprehensive with their clothing measurements now.
PATTERNS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Patterns are slimming, shoes are awful.
Patterns break up the lines that your bigger body has created. Some people argue bigger guys shouldn’t wear patterns and should stick to vertical lines because bigger patterns bring more attention to your body. But I disagree. With all the fun patterned shirts that have been coming out lately, skinny guys shouldn’t be the only ones to enjoy them.
BUY BIGGER CLOTHES
Sorry to pick on you, Jonah. But come on.
This may seem like common sense but it’s something I struggled with when I initially put on weight. Let’s call it denial. It took a long time for me to realize I needed to move from a Large to an XL, and when I did, it made all the difference. People actually thought I lost weight.
Obviously, this is incomplete. This list could be exhaustive, but these are the key principles. And if you don’t agree with them or think they are helpful, you could always lose weight.