I just want to be able to buy plain t-shirts that fit. However, this special snowflake is a guy with a 52" chest and a 38" waist...
So, I've always been a "big guy" - when I got my first sport coat as a high school freshmen, I was 6'0" and only weighed 180 pounds and still ended up with a size 48 jacket (and 36" dress pants). For t-shirts back then I generally wore something that was technically too tight in the chest, but it looked alright since I was a skinny everywhere else. Then I got chubby in college, my waistline was more proportional to my chest, so I could wear XL t-shirts and not look like I was wearing drapes. Fat, but reasonably decently dressed.
But then last year I gotten into a fitness and weighlifting kick, and my 50" chest/40" waist have moved to a 52" chest and 38" waist (I'm 6'2"). On a skinny day I can even squeeze back into my jeans and dress pants from high school (only now I have an ass. If only I had known about deadlifts in high school...). And this is without really watching my diet - I haven't actually lost any weight yet, and I'm guesstimating that when I finally meet my strength goals and start a "cut" I could drop about 25 pounds.
I feel pretty great about all this, however...
My trusty lineup of XL band t-shirts and cheapo Fruit of the Loom black t-shirts are now tight in the chest, hanging off my back and stomach, and are perilously close to leaving stomach exposed when I start moving my arms around. They're obviously ill-fitting and increasingly uncomfortable. I don't have this problem with dress shirts (I have them altered) or polos (those seem to shrink to fit fairly well if I buy XLT sizes - a little tight in the chest, but they look okay), but, by God
, I'm a 20-something red-blooded American male and I want to wear t-shirts, damnit.
So, my question: any suggestions for specific brands or stores with the types of t-shirts you'd expect a MeFi user to wear in sizes that fit me? I'm okay with plain t's, but band or geek-fashion t's would be great to. Online is okay if not preferable.
For reference: on the American Apparel T-Shirt Chart
, I'd be a 2X or 3X chest and an XL waist. In the real world, their 3X shirts hang off of my stomach like I'm crossdressing in maternity clothes.