Coldsnap posted on here. And few guys PM'd me asking me to post on how I feel muscular guys should wear clothing (just t-shirts and casual bottoms for now).
I’m not here to argue or push my views down people’s throats - just voicing my opinion with some grade level writing and some crappy, not too entirely accurate, diagrams.
First, let’s meet Mr. Athletic Guy.
As you can tell, he’s athletic all around. That means he’s built up top and also his wheels – no chicken legs here. If you’re “athletic” but have chicken legs, you can stop reading right here as this doesn’t really pertain to you.
Some of you reading this might be bigger than Mr. AG or maybe a bit smaller. But if you have muscularity that involves your chest and hips being similar in circumference and are in the possession of large thighs, this should help you a bit if you’re having trouble dressing to your body type.
Many will argue that “slim-fit” t-shirts are best for Mr. AG who has a 7-12” drop. In my opinion, it’s the complete opposite of what you want to be wearing if you want to seem muscular and bigger while also hiding the fact that you have huge hips and thighs.
For one, slim-fit t-shirts usually have more narrow shoulders seams. As you can see from the figure below, it kills the lines form your V-shape and makes you seem more narrow up top.
Another thing is that slim-fitting t-shirts usually huge your body throughout. Hugging your chest and arms is fine, but once it starts being slim around your waist/hips, you’re just setting your thighs up to be the center of attention. Yes, show the world you have a huge drop from your chest to waist. But at the cost of showing everyone your reverse-pyramid from your waist to hips/thighs.
I think regular fit tees work better for Mr. AG. It fits in line with your shoulders better, giving the illusion that you’re wider up top. And if you’ve got some decent size on you, it’s going to hug your chest and biceps already but give you some room in the body and hips. Also, having your tees a bit longer will help hide the initial slope of your thighs going outwards.
Next, let’s move onto your pants/jeans. A lot of people will say that straight-leg pants are best for guys with muscular thighs. This flies in the face of what I feel is best for someone that wants to hide their gigantic thighs. Straight-leg pants are going to be pretty slim in the thighs for an athletic guy to begin with and the lack of a hard taper just makes his legs look stumpy (figure below). A hard taper below the knees in conjunction with minimal stacking will make your legs seem slimmer and longer.
Now onto the rise of the pants/length of the crotch. I think drop crotch (even a slight drop crotch or just a higher rise with some sagging) is far superior to a normal rise for someone who wants to mask his thighs. A normal rise is going to show the tightness throughout your thighs with nothing to hide it (unless you have a dress on). A drop crotch will give you more room in the seat/thighs and it your thighs won’t look like sausages being stuffed into casings.
This last part is just putting A and B together. What most people think Mr. AG should wear is a slim-fit tee to show off his muscles and straight-leg pants/jeans due to muscular legs.
I argue that a regular fit, longer tee that has wider shoulder seams will help hide his hips/thighs and that a drop crotch with a hard taper below the knees will give the illusion that his thighs are gigantic.
I know this just covers your basic tee and pants, but if you’re smart about it, you can apply it to most garments.
Some of you guys might not agree with this assessment. That’s fine. I’m not 100% sure of what I just typed out anyways :P