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How To Be A Fat Man, Dress Well, And Not Look Dumpy

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How To Be A Fat Man, Dress Well, And Not Look Dumpy
This is the first of a six part article about factual fashion advice for fat guys. Read Part 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Fat guys have a hard enough time in life, and looking good in clothes is one of those chores that is inherently difficult and fraught with shame. The main difficulties for dressing while fat are lack of options, poor fit, weight change, the expense of big and tall clothes, and, of course, sheer embarrassment. A common pitfall for fat guys is looking dumpy, when one’s clothes are poorly worn, ill-fitting and weirdly proportioned, giving the impression he is slovenly and bigger than he truly is. Looking dumpy is the first thing a person notices about a guy. It’s human nature to notice flaws first and dumpy details about your dress can speak louder than the real person inside the clothes.

I spent a year working in a men’s Big & Tall suit shop during college and fit big and tall guys in suits daily, and I found myself addressing the same issues over and over again as I tried to help my clients look their best. These suggestions became my personal guidelines. I wanted to check myself so I hunted up other fashion advice offered for fat guys on the internet for a comparison and I found what passes as fashion advice for fat guys was mostly written by skinny guys and amounted to choosing clothes for the purpose of hiding yourself in shame or somehow tricking people into not realizing they were dealing with a fat man. Most articles felt obliged to offer an admonishment about exercise and eating healthy, sending the message, “If you want to look good, don’t be fat.” I know these are the wrong messages for guys looking for actual help so I felt obligated to publish my suggestions in case others might find them helpful.

My pointers aren’t about camouflaging your flab and I promise you aren’t going to get health advice from me. This advice is about choosing the right clothes and wearing them properly, and a little bit about accepting who you are, at any size. If a guy doesn’t care about how he looks, and that can certainly be a defensible position, then this list isn’t for him. I know there are guys who want to look their best in professional settings and everyday life but their intuition isn’t serving them well, I am writing for that guy; I love that guy and I am that guy some days, still.

Nothing you wear is gonna make you look skinny.

This isn’t a rule as much as it is a guiding principle. You are fat; accept it. Forget all the tips and hints you think you know about vertical stripes and baggy clothes and dark colors. It’s all useless. The objective here is to look your best and avoid looking dumpy. You want to maintain all the visual proportions of a normal person, because that is what you are. If you are fat, you need to dress like a fat person, and you need fat clothes. By “fat clothes,” I don’t mean baggy t-shirts and sweatpants, I mean good looking clothes made for a bigger frame and girth that are going to fit you well. You don’t need to hide yourself under a tarp and you certainly shouldn’t squeeze into skinny person clothes. If you want to look skinny, consume less calories than you expend. If you want to be well-dressed, then make sure your clothes fit you right and start to choose the right garments that suit you

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Start with your measurements.

If you don’t know your sizes, walk into any reputable, upscale suit shop (avoid retail) or legitimate tailor (not a dry cleaner) and ask them to measure you. It will take two minutes and most are happy to oblige and all will insist if you say you are shopping for a suit. Write down every measurement and either commit them to memory, record them in your phone or write them on a card and stick it in your wallet. Ask to be remeasured anytime you are buying anything north of a dress shirt. The essential measurements are your neck size and sleeve length for dress shirts, chest size and waist size measured for suits and sport coats, and waist size and inseam for pants.

measurementsDon’t settle for clothes that aren’t cut for you.

The most common reason some fat guys look dumpy is wearing clothes that are the wrong cut for their bodies, creating unnecessary volume and bagginess that is not substantiated by actual flesh and bone underneath, or restrictive tightness that pulls clothes in weird directions, creating unnatural shapes and silhouettes of your body that deviate from the normal proportions of a human being. It is crucial to choose the right clothes for your shape and proportion, with the right cut, and walk away from the rack if the store doesn’t have what you need. Common designations for Big & Tall clothes like Big, Portly, Long, Tall, Short, Regular, and Relaxed all have specific implications to the overall cut and shape of an article of clothing and you cannot assume you know what they mean because you know those words generally, and you also cannot ignore those categories when it comes to choosing the right clothes. The objective difference to your eye may be subtle, perhaps a half an inch or an inch here or there or the angle or depth of a pleat or a dart when comparing the different cuts side-by-side, but when those clothes are on you, variations in cut make a huge difference in the way you look. You cannot squint at something and settle for “close enough” if you want to look your best.

Read Part 2345, and 6.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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5 Haircuts For Men With A Receding Hairline

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If you’re noticing that your hair is beginning to thin out, or your hairline creeping back, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

There are ways in which you can help reduce the appearance of a receding hairline, volumize your hair and make you look younger. One such way is by considering a new hairstyle that can completely transform your look.

Let’s take a look at some that can help you look and feel younger!

1. The Comb Over

A comb-over is one of the most popular hairstyles for men who are losing hair. The style is parted at one side and the remaining hair on top is combed to one side, hence the name!

This can be done at either side and gives men the opportunity to cover their balding sports or their receding hairlines with the rest of their hair on top. It adds volume on top, giving the impression that you have more hair than you actually do.

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You also have the choice of length on the sides, although if you’re looking for a more youthful look, it may be an idea to go short on the sides. If you’re more experimental, you can even shave in tramlines or patterns to spruce up the look a bit!

If you’re worried you haven’t got enough hair for this look, there are many professional, qualified businesses that can help, such as a Tampa hair restoration service. Although it’s the most expensive choice, getting a hair transplant is the more permanent solution, guaranteed to make a difference and solve your hairline problems.

2. Slick Back

Using quite a bit of hair product, follow your hairline and comb from the front to the back of your head to create a slick back look. This hairstyle is elegant, neat, and sophisticated and has been worn by many high-profile celebrities such as David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt.

This hairstyle is great for men of all ages and is particularly useful if you’re aiming to highlight your widow’s peak.

3. Buzz Cut

The buzz cut has come back into fashion with a vengeance! Suitable for all age groups, the buzz cut is a fantastic way of eliminating the noticeability of a receding hairline or bald patches. By cutting your hair the same length all around the head, you’re making the thin and shorter parts of the hair less noticeable.

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You don’t have to experience hair loss to have a buzz cut, but it may be useful to find out if you are losing hair to make it easier to maintain in the future. There are things to look out for if you think you may be losing your hair or your family are susceptible to male pattern baldness, so be sure to check them out!

The buzz cut creates a rugged, but simultaneously neat look, and it’s one of the easiest hairstyles to maintain!

4. Short on Top With A Beard

This is a very popular choice for men susceptible to male pattern baldness. Cutting your hair short on top has the same benefits as the buzz cut, making bald patches and receding hairlines less noticeable. But, by adding a beard, you can compensate for the lack of hair on top!

Growing a beard will draw attention away from the lack of hair on top and acts as more of a statement feature. Beard also opens up more styling options, so you can experiment with your look through facial hair instead of head hair.

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5. Mohawk

You may look at that word and think: absolutely not. But, Mohawks come in many sizes and shapes and can be as eccentric or toned down as you wish. By concentrating your hair on the central strip of your head, you can cover bald spots and redirect attention away from bald spots and receding hairlines.

You can experiment with the back and sides and leave the top as long as you’d like!

Final Thoughts

Hair restorations are an easy, permanent solution to receding hairlines, but it’s not for everyone. So, any of these 5 hairstyles can help you hide your areas of concern and help you create a more youthful look!

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What Are Tactical Pants?

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The type of apparel known as tactical trousers is unique. They have greater utility, are made of sturdy fabric, and feature a few extra components. Unlike camouflage pants, they are usually plain and are often suitable for wearing in both extreme and urban conditions. To take full advantage of all the benefits of tactical work pants, buy quality pants from the Galls brand.

What makes tactical pants different from regular pants?

There are several factors, each of which is important and without which tactical trousers would be the most common trousers.

● Practicality. Practical tactical gear pants are needed for tactical actions since you need to be effective. They serve to both hide your body and facilitate your performance. They must thus offer a certain degree of comfort, mobility, and well-designed pockets for transporting valuables. Design choices should be sensible, and there shouldn’t be any pointless components. Practicality and versatility are complementary traits.

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● Multifunctionality. Widely adaptable tactical pants should enable you to distribute mission-critical gear to the front, rear, and sides as you see appropriate. Carrying equipment is crucial, but it’s not the only consideration. Furthermore, your pants should protect you from the environment and, most importantly, the opposition. In the end, you want useful pocket designs and materials that can withstand fire and water while still offering some degree of disguise.

● Durability. Military cargo pants need to be strong and able to take more strain than typical. These are work clothing that you wear under challenging circumstances; they are subjected to filth, abrasion, chemical and physical elements, as well as UV radiation. Dynamic tactical circumstances frequently call for quick mobility and repositioning. The groin and knee regions frequently experience the most strain and rip the fastest. For this reason, you need materials that are dependable and long-lasting, such as ripstop textiles and combinations of materials like nylon and cotton or polyester and cotton.

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4 Tips To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition

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Making a good first impression by dressing up could make or break a deal. And in today’s work-from-home world, dressing for success even means putting some thought in, albeit for your reflection in the mirror.

As psychologists report, over and over – success starts with your mindset, and your mind cares about how you feel. So, if you feel successful and you look like success, who’s to stop you?

Are you really selling it with the way you dress? Below are 4 tips to dress for success!

1. Don’t Wear a Clip-On Tie

Clip-on ties are out. In the professional realm, they’re viewed as a lazy alternative to learning to tie a tie. What’s more, a clip-on gives such a poor first impression that it could be your potential employer’s subconscious “no” to your otherwise sturdy resume.

So, if you have a birthday coming up and are looking for gifts for the stylish man, a fancy tie is the way to go.

If neither you nor your man knows how to tie a tie, check out a YouTube tutorial. It will take practice to get it down right, but there’s no excuse to use a clip-on.

2. Stick to Classic Shirts

It’s a good idea to have shirts that will resist the test of time.

Start off with a neutral-colored shirt if you’re at a loss as to how to create an outfit. Neutral colors include black, gray, white, brown, and navy. Lightweight linen is a good option for a more relaxed but dressy look.

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Neutrals are timeless because you can wear them in any season. Plus, they look great with either a suit or jeans. Neutral-colored classic shirts are also easy to match, and you can dress up or down with accessories.

Make sure your shirts are well-fitted to ensure a clean and polished look.

3. Iron Your Clothes

It may not seem like a big deal, but making sure your clothing is clean and pressed actually makes a huge difference. Washing your clothes isn’t enough to make them look fresh and neat.

Ironing your clothes does more for your appearance than just removing wrinkles. You get a more sophisticated look, plus ironing increases your clothes’ longevity because of the high temperature that removes bad smells, protects the lining, and seals the fabric.

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4. Get a Pair of Nice Shoes

Your shoes are a basic part of your outfit that makes a huge difference to your look. When looking for a pair of shoes, pick something that will go with many types of events and occasions.

Black or brown shoes go well with a wide range of colors. Go extreme and opt for black or cream, and you should still be able to coordinate with anything in your closet.

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For casual days, choose elegant sneakers. They’re trendy but still dressy enough to go with your outfit.

And of course, take good care of your shoes so they last you years. Keep the leather and suede in good condition by polishing and shining from time to time. Invest in a cleaning kit to give your shoes the care they deserve – they take you everywhere!

Final Thoughts

Staying up-to-date with the hamster wheel of style trends as a successful man is nearly impossible. However, using a couple of tricks of the trade to keep your closet timeless and functional can make styling your outfits easy. You might even find yourself the best-dressed man in the room.

Take a step in the right direction – your success might just start in your closet!

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