Congratulations! You’ve worked hard and sweated countless hours at the gym. You’re well on your way to the body you’ve desired. Not only that, you’re also stronger, leaner, and much healthier. This is all great but with body changes comes a particular frustration. Suddenly, your favorite t-shirt no longer fits properly. What gives? This is a common issue as our body goes through healthy transformations. Not to worry, we got in touch with Monica, a Share Some Style personal stylist, who helps men with this kind of thing all the time! Here’s what she had to say:
What are some of the first items guys should replace as they lose/gain weight?
Pants! There’s nothing worse than walking around with a saggy bottom or too-tight pants.
What are some common challenges you’ve seen guys face in this area?
Men generally don’t know what fits and think that things that fit appropriately are too tight, especially if they’ve gained muscle. Proper fit transcends everything and is always the most important thing.
You helped out a client named Tim, who had recently gained some muscle up top. How did you help him? What sorts of things did you do during your closet audit?
During the closet audit we went through his entire wardrobe and we assembled different outfits based on what Tim already owned. We assessed what still fit and what didn’t. From there we sorted everything into “keep, donate, and throw away” piles. Tim didn’t have a lot of “middle of the road” clothes. He had either t-shirts or extremely fancy “banker shirts”. We also made a shopping list of item he needed including new t-shirts, jeans, short-sleeved button downs, and a lightweight multi-purpose jacket. We created 5 new looks combining his new clothing with his current wardrobe all within Tim’s budget.
What are some good tips for guys when shopping for new clothes if they have recently built muscle in their shoulders and legs?
Fit is key
Your shirt seam should sit at the end of your shoulder, now this might mean that the back part of your shirt may be a bit loose and this is where the tailoring comes in, and this rule is primarily for dress shirts. It is important the dress shirt properly fit your shoulders to avoid awkward tightness or looseness and discomfort. Get measured! Many men’s clothing stores will measure you for free and find clothing that fits you. Indochino and J Hilburn are great brands for custom dress shirts and pants.
Buy less clothing
Buy less, wear what you have more often, and purchase clothing that matches a wide variety of items in your wardrobe. This is perhaps the best advice I can give a man going through a weight transition. This simple rule saves you money because you buy less and get high mileage from what you have. Cost per wear (how much something costs divided by how many times you will actually wear it) is extremely important.
Stock up on timeless items
Purchase clothing that is classic in style, simple in color and pattern, and timeless in cut. Your goal is not for people to remember what you wore, only that you looked great wearing it. I’ll reiterate this point because I see so many people do the complete opposite – they own 10+ pairs of jeans/trousers, 20+ shirts, 5+ pairs of shoes, and 2+ suits yet wear less than 20% of those items more than 80% of the time. If you expect to gain or lose weight, and if especially if you’ve gained muscle, things will fit differently than before.
Hold on to old clothing for at least a year
Whether you go up or down in size, you’ll want to hold onto your old clothing for at least a year and preferably longer if you have the storage space. Some weight loss experts advocate getting rid of and even burning your “large” clothing after hitting certain weight loss goals. I personally feel this is wasteful especially if the clothing is timeless in style. Also, as many men can attest to, weight fluctuations happen multiple times over a man’s life; you may find that you are in between sizes or you’ve changed your workout routine so things start fitting differently. The most important thing is to ensure that you are dressing to the best of your ability regardless of your body size.
Find a good tailor
A good tailor or seamstress is your friend – he or she can often help you fit into your old clothing despite a weight swing of 25 pounds or more. Experienced tailors can adjust jackets down two full sizes without incident at a cost significantly lower than buying a new jacket. Tailors are only limited by their skill, the amount of excess fabric in the garment, and the limit of the garment’s proportions. I can’t express how having a phenomenal tailor can change everything. You should wear clothing that highlights your hard-earned results without looking like you walked off the cast of Jersey Shore.
You’ve worked hard on your body don’t let it go unnoticed with clothes that don’t fit properly!
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