Originally Posted by Dapper Dandy
You should be able to tell roughly what your body is going to look like once you've put on as much muscle as you can, steroid-free. Once you've packed on as much muscle as your body can hold, you should only have relatively minor fluctuations in weight and body shape. I used to be a skinny 135 pounds, and my weight fluctuated pretty rapidly as I gained and cut to get to 175. Now, though, no matter how much or little I eat, my weight stays in a pretty narrow band. Cutting and gaining cycles result in much less dramatic differences once you've neared your peak.
So, given all that, I would buy clothes geared towards where I'm likely to end up. Any competent personal trainer or honest gym rat (friends may soft-peddle you) should be able to tell you, based on your body type, how much more muscle you can pack on before you hit your peak.
I just realized this could be contstrued as recommending buying clothes too big for you. I didn't mean that, only that you shouldn't splurge until you've neared your peak.
Yeah, I don't plan on cutting and bulking forever, just until I reach my desired level of musculature. The good thing is that I have all of my 44L suits and blazers, so now I'm looking on ebay for stuff that is 42L and 43L to basically give me a range of things that I can wear.
The good thing is that my office is business casual and my dress shirts still fit pretty well (in spite of all the cutting, my neck and shoulders have more or less stayed the same). So all I really need is a couple of 42L or 43L blazers to add to my 44L blazers and maybe 1 42L suit for court appearances or client meetings.
As for trousers, before I started cutting I was an inbetween size so I would buy size 38 trousers and have them taken in 1" to be a size 37. Now I'm about a size 36 so must of my trousers still fit relatively well (they used to be a little tight at 37 now they're a little loose at 36 - maybe 1/2", no big deal).