With so many fantastic shapes and sizes in the throwing community, being a bigger gent can sometimes have its issues when trying to look our best. Here are a few foolproof tips to ensure stepping out in style is not a disaster.
1. If i can see your Vastus Medialis in your jeans, they are too tight.
All those squats, thrusters and dead lifts make for a cutting edge lower body. Problem is, your waist is still skinny and buying a pant that caters for your waist and quads can be difficult. In fact thinking of it makes me the sweat like a gypsy with a mortgage. Look for a pant with elasticity. A pant that hugs the leg, not strangles it. This might mean you have to spend a little more than average but once you have a couple a good pairs you are set. Tone down the tightness with darker colours, blacks and deep blues. The lighter tones just don’t compliment the larger gent.
* extra tip: don’t wash your jeans, (unless you stain them badly) when they get smelly put them in the freezer for a few hours. This will ensure they keep their shape and the wash stays strong.
2. Button down shirts, minus the button bulge.
You are in the change room with a shirt that you want to believe is going compliment your recent pant purchase. The length is spot on, it contours your lats and stomach nicely and then you do up the second last button from the neck and stand neutral posture and “Boom!” there is the deal breaker! The button bulge. If you are like me and your man-pecs are on the larger side this happens 99.5% of the time. Don’t push your shoulders forward so it disappears, be honest with yourself. On the plus side this will allow for that extra size you get after you get your “swole” on
3. Singlets are for training, comps and skinny folks.
The meer fact that most of us throwers are 195cm+ and 115+kgs screams “you are big”. I know what you thinking “what do we care?” and you are right! however a nicely fit shirt shows off our hard work without saying, “look at me, look at me” Save the singlets for when functionality is important and for the vegan hipsters who love showing off their amazing ribcages.
4. No White, No Way!
The title says it all. White just does not work for the larger gentleman. Whether it be pants, shorts or shirts save the white for the models and folks under 80 kilos. I’m all for pushing a colour limit and self expression but white just doesn’t suit us. Get it. Save it for the pope, priests and people with a penchant for being hit on at 4:37am on a saturday night.
5. Flares are for ABBA, and Bootcut pants are to go with….boots.
Unless you live in the USA and tapered jeans/pants are like hens teeth there is really no excuse for not having a pair of pants that fit your body. For some of my American friends i feel like patience gets the better of them and they get to the end of their shopping day with “nothing fits, i’m just gonna buy me some boot cuts or flares and wear my sneakers with them” The “Jerry Seinfield” if you like. I’m not saying bootcut pants are bad, they look great with a pair of boots thats all. Hang in there men, there is hope for you but maybe wait until you get to somewhere like Sweden to go shopping.
6. Update your undergarments.
I don’t know about you, but if i’m rolling with a decent pair of man-jocks on I feel fresh, clean and ready for a potential public undie run. Nowadays the pants you have on sit slightly below your jock line and potential cuddle buddies aren’t going to be impressed or “put in the mood” with a pair of crusty busted old jocks that are discoloured and full of holes. Like my Dad always says, “Bad jocks make you look as broke as a bankrupt’s bastard”
7. Accessorise, access-for-eyes.
Some larger gentlemen are a little bit “funny” when it comes to accessories and this is where there is so much room to individualise. Depending on your age, classic and timeless peaces like a smart looking watch can really compliment an outfit. Also items like a slim subtle bracelets says, “i’m big, but I’m gentle and i pay attention to detail” Take the time to choose something unique and fine. Something that shows off some of your character. Just be mindful of overkilling masculinity. Remember you are already bigger than most humans.
* extra tip: I love to collect leather goods and headwear. There are some gems out there to be found, and shaping a hat to fit your head and style exuberates confidence and class.
Hope this has helped!