A lot of men spend hours in the gym to build up their bodies only to wear baggy clothing that hides all their muscles away. We think that – sometimes – men should have the right to subtly flaunt all of their hard work, so read on for our style guide on how to wear clothes to make you look more muscular.
Muscular Men’s Fashion
Building up muscle to gain a body that you’re proud of is no walk in the park. It takes a lot of motivation to drag yourself to the gym, a lot of hours spent training and a lot of self-discipline to eat the right foods to see the results. So, if you’ve put all of this work in to get the dream body, why would you not want to show it off?
Equally, you may not have the time to slave away in the gym with a busy schedule to juggle, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to look more muscular, right? We’re here to tell you how clothes can make your already existing muscles stand out more or simply make the best of what you already have. Understandably, showing off your muscular body isn’t always easy when you actually have to wear clothes, but it’s not impossible, either. Here are our style tips on how you can do it.
Short and Long-sleeved T-shirts
The first step to knowing how to look muscular is being able to identify the best T-shirt fits for you. This may sound too simple, but the right T-shirt can do absolute wonders when enhancing a good physique. The best T-shirts that make you look muscular are not going to be baggy. Baggy T-shirts will drown the body and give off no definition at all – there really could be anything hiding underneath them.
To get the best out of a T-shirt, go for a fit that is either a skinny or regular fit in white or grey. These fits will ensure that there is little or no excess material covering and hiding your body and will, instead, show off the right kinds of curves. The light colors of white and grey are the best for physique clothing as they are less forgiving when it comes to showing off these curves. This is a bad thing if you’re not muscly, but a great thing if you are. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘black is slimming’? This is why; black visually cancels out all body curves whereas white and grey will hug them.
Now that we know how wearing a T-shirt can accentuate your physique, it’s only right to discuss the best shirts that will make you look muscular too. So, what are the best shirts that show muscle? When looking for a shirt for this purpose, always go for a white one. Wearing a white shirt is so straightforward. You can wear it with a pair of jeans or with some suit trousers and it’ll look just as good both ways. An Oxford shirt is the most classic cut of a shirt that is easily transitional from daytime to night. The trick is to concentrate on what fit you’re buying the shirt in. Just like a T-shirt, a regular or slim fit shirt will serve this purpose best. However, unlike a T-shirt, a shirt won’t have as much stretch to the material and, as you well know, a shirt has buttons, so a size too small is a pretty bad idea.
If you go too small then the shirt will end up stretching across the body creating pull creases across it and worse, stretched buttons which will show your flesh in between them. No, this doesn’t make you look fit. It makes you look fat.
To avoid this terrible scenario, you’ll need a shirt that has stretch cotton in a regular or slim fit so that you don’t need to downsize to get the feature hugging shape you require. Our slim stretch shirt in white offers a breathable, stretch material with a curved hem for comfort – the only shirt you need for this. Finally, one of our muscular tips in regards to wearing a shirt would be to fold up the arms. This will show off your forearms without looking like you’re trying to show off. Just make sure you do fold them and not push them up. Pushing them up will crease the shirt and take the attention away from your arms and put it on the messy shirt instead.
Fitted Jeans and Trousers
Now we have T-shirts and shirts covered, let’s take a look at the bottom half. This is where a lot of muscly men can go wrong. Some men assume that if they have big legs, the only way to show them off is by wearing skinny jeans. True, this will show your muscles for what they are, but we don’t think it’s the best way to do it, and certainly not the most fashionable. Instead of delving straight to the skinny jean section of your wardrobe, why not take a look at some slim fit jeans instead?
So many men think that slim fit jeans, compared to skinny jeans, will be extraordinarily baggy and oversized. This is not the case. Slim fit jeans are actually one of the best jean styles that complements the legs. Our slim fit jeans come in a stonewash and a black colorway, giving you two staple color options to choose from. They are the best jeans for muscular men because they have slim thighs to show off the muscles without being too in-your-face, tapered legs to refine your body shape, and stretch material for ultimate comfort. If you want to know how to look muscly when you’re bigger, don’t make the mistake of always opting for the tightest fitting pieces in your wardrobe.
A well-fitted suit is a key to showing off all the good bits of your body. Actually, a proper suit blazer has a way of tricking the eye to make a man look broader than he actually is. The V-neck shape that a buttoned-up blazer creates gives off the illusion that a man’s shoulders are broader and hands are bigger. We don’t know how but trust us on this one.
When looking for a well-fitted suit, ensure that the shoulders, arm length, and trousers lengths are on point. It’s also essential that you go for a slim fit suit if you want to show off your muscles. There is nothing worse than a guy who wears a baggy suit – there’s no need for it. The best part about wearing a suit to show off your muscles is that you can pair it with that Oxford shirt we were talking about earlier. Finish off the look with a pair of smart shoes like loafers and you’re more than good to go.
Another great tip for showing off a muscular body is finding balance in your outfit. If you wear baggy trousers and a tight top, your top half will look more muscular. Likewise, if you wear a baggy top and tight trousers, your bottom half will look more muscular. If you want a well-rounded muscular look, you’ll need to find a balance between the two.
Fashion for muscular guys doesn’t have to be tricky. It also doesn’t have to be all tight clothing, either. We recommend going for regular to a slim fit for all areas of your outfit to accentuate the areas that should be accentuated and leave the areas that definitely should be left.
On That Note
There’s no point working so hard to get a body you’re proud of if you can’t show it off. That’s why we’re here to tell you how you can wear clothes to make you look more muscular and stylish at the same time. Forget what you thought you knew about grabbing everything skinny fit that you own and, instead, go for slim fit pieces that complement your body and all the muscular curves that come with it. Now that you have the basics, you can take a look at our store for a multitude of styles to play around with.
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