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    Clothing Advice

    I have a dilemma. Probably like most of you, I have a big chest/back and small waist, which makes buying clothes difficult. I have approximately a 45" chest and 35" waist. I don't have a super crazy V-taper, but definitely more than average.
    I'm around 19-20% body fat, and carry some fat on my chest, so a shirt that fits tight across my chest reveals a tiny bit of man-boobage. I typically try to remedy this by wearing an XL shirt with some type of print on the front. This kinda breaks up the shape of my pecs.
    Do any of you folks have some recommendations for shirts that are bigger through the chest and smaller in the waist? I found that Nike sells some "athletic fit" shirts that fit the way I want, but they have so many different facilities around the world that make their products that it's hard to find the same fit shirts.
    Thanks everyone!

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    I prefer to wear loose clothing. Shirts are easy as getting a size up doesn't look bad and is much more comfortable. Pants use to be a lot tougher but now there are better choices with stretch pants. To each their own but seeing other dudes in tight clothing out and about looks ridridiculous. How is that comfortable? In the gym I don't see at as bad because of certain gym wear apparel

    Just get a size larger

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    Apeman strong makes some nice quality shirts with big shoulders and smaller waist. It is jeans that are the issue with most. Carhart painter pants work for my legs, butt and having a smaller waistline.
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    Originally Posted by tinymk View Post
    Apeman strong makes some nice quality shirts with big shoulders and smaller waist. It is jeans that are the issue with most. Carhart painter pants work for my legs, butt and having a smaller waistline.
    Hadn't seen Apeman before. Will check em out.

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    Apeman is mostly workout apparel. I've known about them but I guess you can wear their t shirts out and about.
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    I just shop at big and tall and for certain things like suits I wind up buying 2 b/c it can be cheaper than getting one tailored.
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    Originally Posted by DieYoungStrong View Post
    I only wear yellow stained wifebeaters and cut off sweats
    Jorts of course are always appropriate
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    Most shirts I have found that showcase a v-taper are going to be extremely unforgiving of any man boob-age. If you've found the nike athletic fit works for you, buy multiples in each color.

    Different materials will make a difference too.

    Pure cotton tee shirts fit a lot different than blends, which fit a lot different than synthetic materials.
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    Monsta clothing sells nice cut tees in colors& sizes! Just bought some 3xs tht fit right for my size!

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    I don’t get it. I’m 265 and regular XL clothes work for me just fine.

    Wife bought me some L size black Calvin Klein undershirts because she thinks the XLs don’t show off my physique well enough.

    I Must be doing something wrong.


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    I'm with Seeker on this one. Guys who sport a size smaller tshirt to look bigger look like sausages. I wear 3XL tshirts and they fit the way they're supposed to in the shoulders and are loose and comfortable. I wear 2XL shorts and sweats year round. For shorts and sweats I wear HTFU. That's my one guilty pleasure. Their quality is I credible but they are spendy. They make limited supplies and are currently sold out of most of their stuff. Good old California Crazy Wear makes good sweats, shorts, and Ts and their sizing guide is pretty much spot on.
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    Originally Posted by Jin View Post
    I don’t get it. I’m 265 and regular XL clothes work for me just fine.

    Wife bought me some L size black Calvin Klein undershirts because she thinks the XLs don’t show off my physique well enough.

    I Must be doing something wrong.

    Same here
    Tshirts
    Double weave cotton washed hot.

    pants:
    carharts for work
    fancy carharts for play.

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    Thanks I'll check out those brands out.

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    Originally Posted by Jin View Post
    I don’t get it. I’m 265 and regular XL clothes work for me just fine.

    Wife bought me some L size black Calvin Klein undershirts because she thinks the XLs don’t show off my physique well enough.

    I Must be doing something wrong.
    Those black Calvin Klein shirts are literally 90% of my shirt wardrobe. I actually like the fit on them and they are pretty cheap for the quality. I have some that are still in rotation from 2012 with minimal fading.
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    Originally Posted by BigGameHunter View Post
    Same here
    Tshirts
    Double weave cotton washed hot.

    pants:
    carharts for work
    fancy carharts for play.
    Carhart shorts, and pants for work and play, 559 levis if on horse. Don't much give a shit about a shirt, like mentioned a size bigger works every time.
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    I have a set of shoulders and a 34 waist..found years ago to shop around to find some nice shirts that fit the top half and have them tailored..it isn't as expensive as people might think..however with the man boob problem it might look bad..Nothing beats a nice tailored dress shirt

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    XL Lululemon 5 year (v-neck) tee, they're nice enough to wear in public initially, then go the distance (approx 5 years) as a favorite gym shirt.

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