What do you guys think about Drew saying "stouter" guys should get something like a moto rather than a rider? Would short and a semi-muscular build constitute as "stout"?
I've wanted an MDR for a while now but recently I've been thinking about dressing more for my body type rather than just wearing pieces I like. Shifting my aesthetic from what I would want to wear more to what looks better on me.
It's true that DR style jackets tend to accentuate the width of the torso to some degree. It's because there is a ton of extra material in the front so when worn open, especially, it makes the jacket look that much wider, as if to accommodate a wider torso.
Motos are tricky because, yes, they can be better suited for "stocky" builds but they can also work against them if not configured right; band collars and cropped jackets are not good for stocky people. Go with a collar and get the length right and you should be good.
Keep in mind that anything that with horizontal lines or that accentuates the chest may not be good. I know Drew says 4zip > 2zip but I think in the case of stocky guys, I think the 4zip can sometimes bring unwanted attention to the breadth of the chest.
I think the collared CWU could be a good choice for stockier (not fat) guys as the big pockets on the stomach can balance out a wider chest. Just don't go too tight on the measurements or it can bunch up and get weird and work against you.
Also, stay away from quilting or anything that accentuates the shoulders.