Fashion is a supremely subjective and personal thing, rarely are there “rules” to being fashionable that are universal, but there does exist one rule that transcends pretty much every style of fashion.
That rule is fit.
Now this doesn’t mean having clothes that are skin tight and stick to your body like paint.
Think of all the different styles we’ve seen in just the last decade – from baggy jeans to skinny jeans and everything in-between.
But even when you’re wearing baggy clothes, you’re still taking into account the proper fit or perfectly “improper” fit of baggy clothes, you’re not putting on ill fitting parachute pants and walking out the door.
So we know that fit is important, if you’re average in build like most guys are, clothes are literally made with you in mind. You are the target audience, so finding clothes that fit isn’t such a difficult task.
Now, if you’re on the bigger side…finding clothes that fit can be a problem.
It’s not that big guys can’t be fashionable – they can!
It’s that many brands don’t take bigger sizes into account when producing clothing, thus the “big and tall” men’s stores were created.
Now don’t get me wrong, this solved the problem for a small segment of the “big guys” population, but many found these stores to be lacking in modern and trendy clothing and generally uninspired.
There also exists a sizable amount of guys whom are too big for mall brands but not big enough for the “big and tall” stores.
This is a problem seldom talked about and I feel these guys suffer the most in the men’s fashion world.
Now the purpose of this article is to showcase brands that are doing it right and providing a solution for big guys.
Brands that have an extended size option for their popular and trendy clothing. Brands you want to support for solving a legitimate problem for many dudes.
It’s no secret Bonobos is one of my favorite brands for smart casual clothing.
It’s not just that their clothing is well-made and fashionable, it’s that they truly understand the importance of fit and how every guy differs in body shape.
It’s one of the few places I was able to find such a vast amount of sizes and fits for my body type that it really did blow my mind.
Well, they’ve done it again.
Bonobos has come out with their “extended sizes” clothing. (Up to size 54 and 4XL)
This doesn’t mean they’ve taken regular sized clothing and just made them a few sizes bigger, they’ve literally went back and designed the clothing specifically for larger men – from larger buttons to bigger pockets.
Below I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from their extended sizes collection – Smart casual pieces I think EVERY guy should own, and now bigger guys have the option to own too!