Trying to get brolic? Wait, you already have that covered. Congratulations for putting in the work and creating a physique that is both desired and admirable.
That said, it’s not always easy dressing as a muscular man. You have similar struggles to skinny men, except on the opposite spectrum. That’s why I’ve put together this lookbook of many well-dressed muscular guys to give you some inspiration on how you can dress with style and flair too.
Let’s dive in.
Dressing the Muscular Guy
Muscular men are the next step above the athletic types, and while they don’t necessarily need oversized fits to look their best, know that there are some brands that cater specifically to your size.
By researching your size depending on the brand, you will better be able to get the best fit to enhance your personal aesthetic. At the end of the day, it is all about finding just the right fit and not fearing a bit of downsizing to optimize your look.
The Natural and Neutral Approach
Bigger men are always going to be seen no matter what they wear, but to downplay your size a bit, neutral and natural colors are a great way to tone it down so you stand out, but in a more subdued approach.
Color has its place in certain apparel for big men during the summer months, but in the fall and winter, opt for navy, dark blue, olive, and brown as essential outerwear. You have a towering physique that noone is going to miss.
Layer Light and Right
Muscular men don’t need to be concerned about layering as they are already bulked up, so outerwear should be kept to a minimum and with the lightest fabrics possible. Light knit cardigan sweaters, cashmere, and long sleeve shirts are ideal, while thick tweeds and puffer coats will only add more dimension which you don’t need.
In the summer months, leather or denim jackets are a good option that maintain a cool aesthetic and accentuate your silhouette without adding too much mass.
The Denim Dilemma
Those thick thighs demand a bit more coverage than the average man’s legs and for muscular men who want to maintain a modern approach to their denim, a relaxed or slim fit that will look best on your frame.
The best denim to consider for a body this toned is stretch denim that improves your range of motion while also molding to your body once they’ve been broken in.
Muscular men shouldn’t even need to be told the importance of a trusted tailor on hand, but just in case, we are here to remind you how necessary they are in customizing your clothes to the shape of your massive frame.
Bespoke suiting is your best bet and you should ensure that your pant and jackets fit properly in the key areas and from there, it is easier for your tailor to make alterations that are in line with your body type and personal sense of style.
Select Your Go-To Brands
There are plenty of brands these days that cater to muscular men and your mission is to sift through them all and find the ones that best represent your style and suit your body type the best.
Whether you are more into athleisurewear or are a suit and tie type of guy, you should be able to find plenty of labels that provide the fit and aesthetic that you prefer that gives you the most confidence and swag.
The Classic Concept
The standard silhouette doesn’t apply to muscular men, and the best direction to take to ensure that you remain in step with fashion is adopt a classic approach that is timeless.
That equates to stocking up on the standards that should be in every man’s wardrobe from crew-neck tees and chinos to cropped pea coats and the always classic trench coat in navy blue or black. Minimize the prints and patterns, optimize the cuts and you will have mastered the concept of classic style.
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Muscular Men Style Essentials
Accentuate your hard-earned V-torso and show off your guns in a cropped bomber or Harrington jacket to produce the perfect silhouette for your physique.
The best fabric options include a nice polyester-cotton blend that comes with form fitting or a wool-cotton blend that offers breathability and a bit of additional padding.
As you won’t need the insulation, a thin layer is probably more than enough during the cold months for a muscular frame, with cashmere and wool optimal for keeping you warm without adding any extra heft.
A light cardigan is another option as you can open them for a casual occasion and confidently rock knitwear.
This is one of the easiest areas to advise muscular men on as the single-breasted option is the only way to go as double-breasted suit jackets only make you look bulkier. Instead of patterns and checkered patterns, consider mohair or linen fabrics as they are lighter and sit flat against the body.
Relaxed or slim fit jeans that leave a bit of room in the thigh and seat are the best for muscular men, and the same goes for chinos that give thicker legs a bit of wiggle room for a full range of motion.
Slim tees and Henley tees give the best coverage and breathability for muscular men, while button-up shirts should ideally taper below the lats to account for your V-shaped torso. And last but not least – go big and bold on your color choices here from primary colors to pastels.
Muscular men need shoes that optically widen their feet, and thus a wing-tipped shoe that has more width will do that for your thicker thighs and shoulders. Add a bit more of a heel too in order to elongate the muscles in those developed legs.
Another look that men with great calf muscles can pull off are industrial or military-style boots. Of course, sneakers are always a win and you have the full range of color options available at your disposal to explore and experiment with.
FAQ’s About Muscular Guy Style
Which shirts are the best to display muscles?
Tapered shirts, especially henleys that provide a tighter fit on the shoulders and chest while tapering at the waist are the best for showing off a muscular frame.
Which colors give the appearance of a more muscular build?
White is the first color and best choice to display muscles, but also take into consideration beige, yellow, and pastel colors that add some dimension to muscular frames.
Wrapping Things Up
And there you have it, GW’s quick guide to dressing as a muscular man. I hope that this provided you with the inspiration that you needed to get out there and rock some killer fits.
What’s your biggest struggle dressing as a muscular man?
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