ClothingFilter: Where on Earth do men with "athletic builds" (big shoulders/chest; smaller waist relative to other proportions) reliably shop for fashionable,
upper-body clothing? What style blogs and resources exist for dudes like myself? I am pretty sick of having to try on a zillion things to little success at most stores or to rely exclusively on very large thrift stores for finding something by random chance ... and "Big and Tall" stores are usually much too big?!
I have recently begun to square the problem with formalwear (which has ended with "find a wonderful tailor" and "invest in semi-custom outfits"). I am 26, male, 6'0", and approximately 215 pounds; as described above, I have large broad shoulders, a giant ribcage, and a generally somewhat-basally-muscular-without-too-much-work frame (i.e., larger biceps), but with relatively smaller volume in the lower torso. I am a thicker, more "rugby player" than "swimmer" athletic. I rarely have trouble with pants and the like, wearing a 36-38 waist in slimmer leg cuts with a 30 leg length (most of my height is in my torso).
It's only relatively recently that I've begun to care about what I wear to any notable degree, essentially scared off by the fact that most stores I encounter can't accommodate my body type. I have realized that the majority of my t-shirts and similar puff out severely at the bottom. I've found that American Apparel tri-blend t-shirts fit me bizarrely well for a skinny hipster brand, especially with v-necks or deep v-necks. When I started switching into them this summer, people I had known through this past school year had thought I had very notably lost weight (I had not)—which was my signal that I really desperately need to flip my wardrobe, as the poor cuts were doing my body somewhat of an injustice. This question was inspired by trying to shop for late summer/early fall clothing today, determined to find something, and after trying on 15-20 garments (at e.g., American Apparel, Urban Outfitters) I ended up... buying an American Apparel tri-blend in a color I did not have. (I love late Fall and Winter the most; I can sometimes find sweaters that hug correctly to make me feel by no means skinny or normative, but that I have a particular type of "manly" body shape and that it can look good). I have, for example, one (one) button-up shirt that can be worn well untucked with no second layer, and it's actually a stripped-down police uniform shirt (???). I once had a perfectly-flitting flannel that I ruined in the wash that was from a freak American Apparel line that is no more... where do all those bears find their well-fitting flannel?!
I also have had trouble finding style advice to match someone of my build. Most style resources I've come upon are for slender fashionista, preppy, or hipster types, or Dudes Who Go To The Gym And Are A Little Swoler Than Other Bros and are usually recommended to go to Brooks Brothers for nearly anything imaginable. My style gist as much as it exists is "faux-hipster-academic." Are there any good style blogs you have read that might fit my needs, such that I may stop AskingMetafilter? :)
(I have seen this AskMeFi, but there has to be more information out there: Tshirts for the atypical American