I'm now a men's 30x30 pants and small shirt. That's down from 36x30 pants and large shirt. I'm 5'7"/170cm and 152lbs/69kg.
Unless I want to spend some serious money, and I don't, it's nigh impossible to find decent clothing that fits me. If I can even find smaller sizes -- and a "small" shirt can be too tight or way too large -- the styles are either grandpa or teenage boy. Even in the same style, different fabrics are different sizes, e.g. Levis 501s 30x30 in black-blue fabric fit great but the same size 501 in indigo blue do not, too tight. It's infuriating. I've even had to buy boys size 18 or 20 in shirts and the fashion isn't really my taste. I spent hours today at the outlet/remainder stores and only found two pairs of pants and one shirts, at least at prices I was willing to pay. The stuff at the Calvin Klein store fit well but it's so overpriced and even there a small in one style fit completely different from a small in another style. This one place I went had NO small size in anything, though I did find a great pair of winter-weight "Kühl" pants 30x30 that are, well, flattering :)
The goal was winter clothing e.g. coats and flannel shirts but I only found one shirt that wasn't a freaking tent and the coats are absurd. I have to replace all my winter gear because it's all way too big now. I guess I'll check out Costco next, or maybe LL Bean. Ugh.
There's no shortage of clothes for fatties. How about a "short, skinny, angry" shop? I know, I'll call it Kneebiters!
I know, not a question, but all my friends are like "STFU, I wish I had your problem" so I really have no other place to vent, thanks for listening! If anyone has suggestions for US stores that aren't Abercrombie or other peddlers to teens etc I'd be appreciative.
Had the same problem as you; lost over 100lbs and had to buy a completely new wardrobe. You might try a thrift store in your area. You likely won't find anything too trendy, but you'll probably be able to find some basic classics. Button up shirts, slacks, chinos, etc. All for pretty cheap. Then have what you can tailored. Eventually you can put together a wardrobe for pretty cheap that fits you like a glove.
As for jeans, I'm a big fan of 501 shrink-to-fit jeans. Hope that helps.
I've always been a difficult frame to find clothes for - at first it was because I had a big bust for such a young age, then I shot up absurdly tall with big feet, then I had big arms when I was competing in shot put and swimming events year-round, and then I got fat! And even as a fat person, I held it in my thighs and love handles, which meant pants were painful, skirts sat weirdly on my waist, and tops would either be too tight at the bust or hip, and usually hang like a sack from my boobs and over my flat mid-section. Yuck!
But losing the weight wasn't always helpful - although losing the thighs and love handles meant I had better like finding well-fitting bottoms (if they were long enough), and my arms and shoulders aren't as butch as they once were, I'm always going to be busty. When I'm chubby in other areas, my rack isn't as prominent and dominant. Now, if I can find a brand that is made for curves, I have to work hard to find pieces that don't leave me looking like a showgirl! Downplaying the bust is a must if I want any chance of having my students pay attention to what I'm teaching, rather than focusing on other things...
There is definitely some vanity sizing going on with men's clothing these days. I'm six-foot/194lbs, and had to buy a "Men's Small" bathing suit this summer (and no, I wasn't going for that revealing Euro banana sling look). I second Stephen-Aegis on the "Athletic Fit," although I have yet to find that perfect T-shirt which fits in the shoulders and then comes all the way in at the waist (i.e., doesn't make me look like I still have a gut). And then there's the fact that most of my wardrobe is still left over from when I was a couch potato weighing 252...
Your rant reminded me instantly of an article that I just came across.
I was just shopping for a new pair of jeans yesterday at Eddie Bauer, and the ones that fit best were 30x30. (Pre-Paleo, I was a 36x30.) My wife stood there with this look on her face of happiness (for me) and disgust (for me) at the same time. "You need to eat some pizza."
I pointed at the jeans I had on. "These are 32-30's, hon. Every brand measures 'em different." And it's true. A 32 in one store is not a 32 in another store these days, especially with nineteen different "fits" of jeans/pants. Relaxed fit/classic fit/boot cut/carpenter jeans/builder jeans/worker pants...it just means trying on jeans is much more of an issue than it was back when we were younger, and Levis had four or five basic styles.
This is incredibly frustrating, and I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem!
I'm down to approximately 30x32, and the only clothing I can find in that size is for hipsters. The problem is that hipsters are skinny with skin-tight pants, and my muscular thighs can't even fit into them! I'm starting to wonder if I will have to get pants custom-tailored for my muscular but lean paleo frame. Right now I am wearing everything in "relaxed fit" which is also extremely hard to find in these sizes.
(This, incidentally, is one reason I've been hesitant to engage in any kind of mass gain program. My thighs can't get any bigger. Really, they just can't.)
I'd say that you have two viable options :
Option 1 is to buy clothes that you like, in a size closest to your desired size, and then have them altered by a local tailor or seamstress. If your budget is tight, focus on your everyday work-clothes for the most bang for your buck.
Of course this is a bad idea for those who are still losing(or gaining) weight og working certain places.(I don't think garbagemen tailor their jumpsuits and overalls).
Option 2 is not a suggestion to visit a plastic surgeon, but to visit the gym. 69 Kg on a 170 cm isn't very bulky and you may consider adding some muscle, to fill out those shirts and pants.
My problem is neck size! I still have about a size 16 neck (not sure what weight lifting regime grew those muscles haha) and dress shirts for men with that size neck are for dudes with bellies much larger than mine. I go for athletic fit shirts or get smaller neck size and never button the top button. Might need to go to Europe to get clothes before their sizes adjust to the obesity eppdemic.
I have grown to HATE clothes shopping.Being 5'3, 34-26-37 makes everything off the rack fit weird.Dresses bag on top,pants becomes low rise whether they mean to be or not, (slide right off the waist to the middle of the hip and bag in the crotch),legs drag on the ground.Not to mention that in women's fashion, you can only choose between"pre teen/teen" "skanky club clothes""soccer mom" or "grandma".Nice,but not office wear, clothes for late 20s/early 30s women like me are very hard to find without spending a fortune.
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