Big Boy Bamboo Presents: Fat Fashion Roundup
Fat fashion might be considered a sensitive topic by some people, but let's be real:
Fat guys want to look good, too.
And we can! There are tons of handsome guys who just happen to wear extended sizes, and some of them are even willing to share their secrets with anyone who has an internet connection. We scoured the web (in other words, we did some light Googling) to find you the best style resources for guys with girth, and after several grueling minutes of intense focus and deliberation, we compiled a few of our favorite blogs and websites to share with you.
Chubstr is more than just a plus size fashion blog. It's a community driven by an impressive array of people from all backgrounds, brought together by the challenges we all face as fat guys. The style guides and resources are fantastic, and the pictures are fun, inspiring, striking, and hilarious. Readers are regularly featured, so you'll get real advice from other actual dudes, plus expert answers to those burning questions you've always wondered about, like: How the hell does a guy with no butt find pants that don't droop? We love the Spotlight and Crush features that highlight big people doing cool things, and it's especially convenient that the style guides are divided into three distinct categories so it's easy to find exactly what you're looking for. Chubstr is our pick for the best all-in-one lifestyle resource for the well rounded man...pun intended.
The Big Fashion Guy
Detroit based Michael-Anthony has some pretty good tips to help big guys achieve a modern urban style. Of course, he is a stylist, so it's not exactly a shocker that his style advice is solid.
Though some of the looks featured on the Big Fashion Guy Blog are Michael-Anthony's own designs, he also reviews and recommends other brands that actually fit guys with a less than traditional physique. If you've ever wanted to be the kind of guy that could qualify as "dapper," you should probably browse his pictures for inspiration and take some notes on how to accessorise a big body correctly. We really like the individualism and creativity at The Big Fashion Guy - especially the way he takes a simple tee and imaginatively styles it into something that could be called an "outfit."
The Art of Manliness
With a name like The Art of Manliness, we already knew we'd found a winning website. These guys are masculine, practical, and badass enough to cover topics like How to Fight Multiple Assailants. Come on, who doesn't need to know that? But aside from fulfilling our action hero aspirations, the guys at TAoM impressed us with their guides for male grooming, accessorising, and generally becoming a well-dressed badass. Our favorite article, of course, is this one: 7 Style Tips for Large Men: The Big Man's Guide to Sharp Dressing. Did you know that you can usually take an ill-fitting, off-the-rack shirt from baggy to classy for under $20? And that trying to hide your weight generally makes you look heavier? We wish there was more big-guy-specific content from TAoM, but we're pretty satisfied with their overall levels of testosterone and expertise. Check them out.
Brian Parra's Mini Series
Yeah, we're going to feature an event planner on the Big Boy Bamboo Blog. We know it's a little weird. Just trust us. Brian Parra is kind of all over the place on his website, but despite the memes, the random pages talking about inventions that have yet to be completely invented, and the podcast that we're never going to listen to, there's sort of a hidden gem underneath all that rambling. His 6 part series, How To Be a Fat Man, Dress Well, and Not Look Dumpy, offers some spot-on advice for finding clothes that fit and dressing for your body type. Even the hand-drawn diagrams are pretty useful, and we like that all of his advice is centered around a personal approach to help you find what works on your body. We're not really sure what's going on with the rest of the blog, but this mini-series is well worth a read.
Here's the skinny on fat fashion:
There really aren't that many fashion resources for guys who aren't skinny...or at least ideally proportioned. For some reason, there's a common idea that fat men don't care about the way they look - and as fat men ourselves, we know that simply isn't true. Shopping for nice looking clothing shouldn't have to be a demoralizing experience. Fat men's fashion is about more than how we look; it's also about how we feel. When we find the right clothes and look our best, we just feel better, and that's really what this roundup is all about. What's YOUR style? Do you do your own thing, or do you look for advice from blogs like these? Share your thoughts in the comments!