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Fitness is the Best Style- Building Your Wardrobe Around Your Body

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheWhat, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gym membership? Nah, I'll stick with my usual regimen.

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  2. Pawz

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    I'm 6' 170lbs. I used to weigh almost 200 (lost the weight in about nine months by cutting lunch). I'd say I'm doing ok.

    ...Somehow, though, my suit size is still 42. I don't think I'd ever fit a 38 (my height is a factor, I'm sure), but vanity size is vanity.
     
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  3. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I know what you mean. When I'm fit I'm a 38/32, and when I'm fat I'm a 38/34.
     
  4. Xenon

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    I think the issue though is expectation. I am 41 and still fit perfectly in the suit I purchased for high school graduation. I never expected to gain weight as I grew older despite everyone claiming i would. I think the slowing metabolism is a consequence of lifestyle and mindset. Also diets are becoming more focused on ready to eat food which is god awful in every way possible.

    Last advice to anyone concerned; Whatever and whenever you eat slow the *^(*&%)_(_) down, there's no race you know and no prize for whoever finishes the food first. No need to shovel the food into your mouth. I can't tell you how annoying it is to have everyone around the table starting desert while you are only halfway through your entree. There really is a correlation between body weight and how fast you eat.
     
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  5. marblehouse

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    I hide my horrendous body with fanciful garments until I've lured her into my lair and she cannot escape my lecherous grasp.

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  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I'm Chinese even more than I am Catholic. We don't rest on decorum. When all parties at the table have already demurred from the last piece of octopus, I'm not waiting for a second round of protestations.

    I looked good because the awesomeness of my Margiela jacket hid my hideous body.
     
  7. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    Lifestyle is certainly part of it, but there is a reason that men who never had to diet or watch what they eat tend to start gaining weight in their 50s. Slowing metabolism is a biological fact. For men, your testosterone production slows down, which makes you basically invariably lose some muscle mass. Less muscle mass, lower basal metabolic rate. You're only 41, this process wouldn't have happened for you yet.
     
  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Couple of points here: In the first place, developing a first-rate physique is by no means a guarantee you can look great in cheap suits. In general men with massive chests and considerable drops are hard to fit well with RTW clothes. Custom tailoring is usually required for such an individual to look good in a suit. Manton in his book The Suit devotes an entire chapter to this topic. I eventually found that with most RTW jackets the lapels would invariably buckle.

    Just because you are getting older, there's no excuse for turning into a slovenly fat man! I just took my chest and waist measurements this morning: They were 46.5/35.5, and I'll be turning 70 three months from today. No, I am not nearly as strong as I was in my prime, but just walking The Great Beast of Revelation (my Tosa, Cyrus) three times a day is enough to keep me in pretty good trim, and I try to supplement that with some barbell and elliptical training.

    I never liked going to a gym, much preferring a good home gym. I never liked the idea of exercising along with a bunch of grunting, sweaty, nearly naked men, and a well-stocked home gym is so much more convenient. I have a 400-pound Olympic set (certainly can't use most of that weight these days) and 300 pounds of exercise plates for dumbbells. Lately I have been training my wife, who is a zealous bodybuilder. Her intensity puts me to shame!
     
  9. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    ^THat's impressive JL.

    Actually, I think I ate the last piece of octopus...

    You looked terrible in that jacket; you should give it to me.
     
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  10. TheWhat

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    Very inspiring JLibourel. You are like a dapper Jack Lalanne! And I completely understand the issue with the bid drop. I have 9-10 inch drop, but most companies make what they call athletic cuts, and you can also buy the top and the bottom separately as well now.
     
  11. sborg

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    It's all about wearing a suit that fits your particular body shape. A bigger bbody obviously should be stopped from wearing slim fitting clothes in the same way that thinner bodies would look better/healthier with a looser fit yet still close to the body.
     
  12. Peter1

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    Dunno -- would the $50-100 for a monthly gym membership be better spent at your tailor's, tweaking what you own or buy to fit your body? I'd suspect that unless you're going for a massive lifestyle change, the answer is the latter.
     
  13. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Not in anything high end RTW.
     
  14. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    I've got shitty clothes, a doughy physique and a monster cock. What should I work on first, OP?
     
  15. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    ¡Hola, mis amigos gordos!
     
  16. Grey

    Grey Well-Known Member

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    I think this is a good thread.

    I want to look good in my clothing for ME, not so much for other people. I'm 30 and married and I'm not trying to pull bitches, but I like to look in the mirror and be slim and athletic and have my clothes fit properly. It makes me feel better about myself, which is priceless.

    Anyone who is gaining a lot of weight as they get older probably needs more muscle mass before it's too late. Lean muscle burns more calories at rest than fat, so lifting weights is what's going to help you keep the weight off. I see a lot of 50 year olds (i.e. my Dad) trying to lose weight just by hopping on the exercise bike, and it isn't going to happen, not in any lasting way. Cut the carbs, lift weights, and drink protein shakes.

    This is the biggest reason why older women find it so hard to keep fat off, because they've got very little muscle mass. SQUATS!

    I mean, do cardio ALSO, because it's good for your health (i.e. heart + lungs), but don't expect it to fix your shape.

    Also, it depends on the kind of clothing you're into. If you're Mr Super Trad and you like looser fits, this stuff isn't so much of a concern.


    My interest in clothing has skyrocketed since I've become a more appealing hangar though. I used to be frustrated when I bought clothes, but now I like trying shit on because it actually looks good.
     
  17. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Flexibility
     
  18. TheWhat

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    The clothes I suppose, wearing Ed Hardy, Tapout, and Affliction will accentuate your monster cock. Also, if you really want to be a trendsetter, bring back the codpiece.
     
  19. comrade

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    Follow the example of Ron Jeremy. Leave well enough alone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jeremy
     
  20. Patrick R

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    Jared from Subway is my style icon.
     

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