Thanks to George for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of our favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!
Finding the right shirt fit can be a challenge, especially when you’re very muscular up top and have a narrow waist. We’re excited to be joined by our friend and fitness guru Steve Cook to discuss Ashley’s shirt fit tips for all of you fit, muscular guys!
In terms of fit details, there are four main areas you want to focus on in terms of a good or bad fit.
Make sure you’re buying your appropriate chest/shoulder size. Focus on this area first and foremost as other areas (sleeve, waist) can be tailored much more easily. Look for trim/fitted but not tight. You don’t want button-up shirts pulling at the chest or riding up into your armpit. When you’re shopping, look for slim fit or athletic fit t-shirts for the ideal starting point. From there, test out a bunch of brands so you can figure out which ones work best for your body type.
For dress shirts, make sure the neck isn’t squeezing or tight, you should be able to insert a finger or two between the collar. For t-shirts, I recommend going with a v-neck as it will highlight those neck and shoulder muscles you’ve worked so hard on in a really great way. Just make sure the v doesn’t extend too low, it should hit just above your armpit line. This rule goes for scoop neck t-shirts as well. In terms of polos and casual button-ups, you can mimic a v-neck by unbuttoning one or two buttons (but not too many, don’t be that guy!) and highlight those muscles we spoke about before.
Again, trim and fitted (depending on preference) but not skin tight is what you want. You want the sleeves to lightly hug your bicep but not pull. For short sleeves, I also recommend keeping an eye on sleeve length. Your sleeve should hit midway down your bicep, you don’t want too short of a sleeve. If your sleeves need a bit of taper, a tailor can help.
As with other areas, you want your clothing fit to accentuate the v-shape you work so hard for, and the waist area is a hugely important spot to keep an eye on. If the shirt fits your chest and arms properly but is loose and baggy around the waist it’s time to visit a tailor. Ideally, you want to be able to pull 1-2” max from the sides of your shirt, any more and it’s probably too baggy. The great news is, this is a simple alteration that a tailor can make, and trust me, it’s money well spent, even for t-shirts.
Don’t forget to check out our companion video on pants fit for muscular men over on Steve’s channel!
Extra special thanks to Steve for joining us, for more, check out his channel and site:
Your wardrobe should always be working for you, not against you and for those of you guys out there who are on the broader and bigger side, there are some simple tips and tricks you can use to help you look leaner. As a stylist, Ashely works with guys of all shapes and sizes, and we’re excited to share a few simple things she’s learned over the years.
1. Get the right fit
It may be a common misconception that bigger men should dress in baggier clothes. Wrong. It’s even more important to find the right fit that flatters your shape if you want to look slimmer. Get the right size first, then get things tailored properly as well. Don’t forget to check out all of our fit guides for more info!
2. Try darker colors
It’s true, dark colors are naturally slimming, especially on your lower half. Plus, a dark, monochromatic effect can also help slim you down
3. Go for larger-scale patterns
From there, you can introduce some patterns but keep them on the larger side to match your larger frame. And yes, it’s also true that you want to avoid horizontal stripes, they’re only going to accentuate your width.
4. Keep your blazers/suit jackets buttoned
If you’re wearing a well-fitting suit or blazer keeping it buttoned, it slims you visually and can take pounds off your look. (If you don’t believe me, believe Tom Ford, he knows a thing or two). By keeping it buttoned you’ll be nipping in your waist and giving you a leaner shape.
5. Keep casual jackets/sweaters unzipped/unbuttoned
If you’re wearing more casual items like a bomber jacket or cardigan you want to leave those unbuttoned to break up your middle and create some vertical visual aspects. Despite what you may think, keeping them zipped up will actually draw more attention to your stomach area and create extra bulk.
6. Choose the right materials
The wrong fabrics and materials can definitely work against you. Thick, heavy fabrics can make you look too bulky and super thin ones can be too clingy. The right textured fabric can also lean you down, as we discussed in our polo video, so find the right ones that work for you.
7. Add a layer or two
Throwing on a well-fitting jacket or blazer can definitely work in your favor to create a leaner visual look, but you’ve got to be smart about it. A common misconception is that a lot of layering will slim you down, but too many can make you look even bulkier, so keep it to just one or two. Try wearing a cardigan or vest underneath your suit jacket or blazer but be sure to keep the inner layer buttoned while the jacket stays unbuttoned.
For this edition of our Everyday Carry series, Ashley sat down with her friend, Ty Severe, to discuss his go-to EDC items and what helps get him through the day as a successful menswear and lifestyle influencer.
Thanks to Ty for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of my favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!
We see a ton of bags, some good ones and plenty of bad ones, and finding a good-looking AND well-priced leather weekender bag can be super tough. We recently got a chance to check out one of the weekender bags from Beckett Simonon and we were so impressed we had to make it our Pick of the Week!
The bag features excellent leather quality, a solid build and a nice set of features, all at a great price. We loved the tan color but it also comes in a few other colorways. Make sure to check out the links below for all the options!
H&M is one of our favorite budget-friendly stores and they have a huge range of items, from essential items to more trendy pieces. So, we thought it was time for Ashley to do a $100 challenge and show you three of her favorite looks, with each entire look coming in at $100 or under.
Pants (only available in-store)
Scarf (only available in-store)
A good nighttime routine is much more than just grooming, it sets you up for a good night of sleep. You can’t understate how important getting a restful night’s sleep is to your productivity and overall health. A good night’s sleep starts with a solid nighttime routine and here are our favorite tips to set you up for a relaxing night and a great night’s sleep.
1. Grooming routine
We’ve discussed before, but having a solid, regular nighttime grooming routine will help you feel better and train your brain to know it’s time to wind down.
2. Unplug from technology
Whether it’s getting off social media, reading, or listening to music, disconnecting from your phone and laptop are crucial for a good night’s sleep.
3. Create a good sleeping environment
4. Brain Dump
Make it a habit of turning all your to-dos and worries into notes, it will help you let go of the day’s events and tomorrow’s challenges for a relaxed, stress-free mindset.
5. Find things that help you relax
Whatever it is, it’s different for all of us. From reading to listening to a podcast to other relaxing entertainment, experiment and find what’s best for you.
We’ve talked about how important it is to regularly clean out your wardrobe of items that are old, out of style, and no longer worth it. This goes for your accessories too. Accessories are a key part of your overall style, and a few wrong choices or out of date items can easily ruin an otherwise great look.
1. Wide bracelets
My position on this is well known, it’s time to ditch the stacked bracelets and wide leather straps. Their time has come and gone.
2. Too-wide ties
It’s important to keep an eye on your tie’s width. Not everyone should wear a skinny tie (it should be proportionate to your body type and suit style) but anything wider than 3” is just going to look out of date and out of style.
3. Belts with big buckles or large logos
Another item I’ve talked about before, get rid of ‘em! Belts should be minimal. The same goes for super-wide belt widths and contrasting stitching, definitely a big no.
4. Lapel flowers/pins
I don’t mind a bit of flair, like a thoughtfully chosen pocket square or tie bar, but at a certain point, less is more. You don’t need to add on a lapel pin/flower in addition to all the other accessories you’re wearing, it’s too much.
5. Extra-wide tie bars
If your tie bar goes past your tie, you’re in trouble. Additionally, anything more than 2 inches wide, (unless you’re a broader guy with a 44” chest or larger), is just too long.
6. Colored shoelaces
Another trend that had its day, simple and understated is the way to go with shoelaces. You want that nice pair of shoes to do the talking, not the brightly-colored laces.
7. Big, chunky metal rings
A simple band or signet ring is just fine, but large bulky rings just look dated and over the top.