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Morbidly Obese in the Public Eye, Is It Possible to Look Professional?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    Now, I don't want to be a shithead about fat people, because keeping my own weight within bounds has always been something I need to actively work on. But, as New Jersey's Governor Christie has been in the spotlight this week it has illuminated something I think could be discussed here: How much does being extremely overweight work against one ability to present themselves as being professional and competent, and how much can the right suit help?


    And since it's Friday, feel free to make fat jokes if you are a Democrat....



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  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    you can certainly try, but even well tailored clothing isn't going to look real good due to all the unusual buldges, rolls, etc.

    Christie tries, but he can't help but not look very good.
     
  3. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    He looks so fat without the jacket on. With the jacket, he just looks fat.

    One thing to keep in mind is height. Being "big" and fat always looks better than being short and fat.
     
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  4. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Senior member

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    Christie is shockingly heavy yet I think he comes across as professional. He talks a good game which helps. Nevertheless, when I see pictures of him, especially without a jacket, I wonder what he eats every day to have reached that state.
     
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  5. FlyingMonkey

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    You can certainly look imposing... though of course we'd all rather be Bogie.

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  6. ddonicht

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    I think part of it is the fit of the shirts. They seem to have more fabric than necessary which makes him appear even heavier.
     
  7. LeviMay

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    As was mentioned above, he most certainly looks better with his jacket on. As a gentleman of... Ahem... Some size, I always find I look better fully dressed, rather than sans jacket. Shirts never stay tucked in properly around a soggy, over-sized middle, and this results in unsightly wrinkles and creases that call attention to that area.
     
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    That one by the bridge looks bad.

    OT: He said he's not going to run correct?
     
  9. jrd617

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    If he gets elected, he needs to stay away from the bathtub:

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  10. chogall

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    fitting a big man is much much harder than fitting a slender guy.
     
  11. JayJay

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    Competence covers a multitude of sartorial faults. If he can lead well, then no one will care about his size. Suits do look as well as expected on him for a guy of his size; I don't think his skills as a good leader will be questioned if he demonstrates competency.
     
  12. Hayward

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    Having gotten up to 230ish (now 200 and hitting the wall in efforts to get below that) I found good tailoring and braces an absolute must. Shirts are difficult because the 18 inch collar ready to wear shirt is essentially a yurt, it makes you look bigger than you are already, especially when you make the mistake of wearing belts and constantly hiking them back up. In short, get your biggie shirts altered to fit and forget about belts with a suit. For casual, invest in bowling and aloha shirts, even if you do not bowl or are not Hawaiian.

    I suppose you could take the route Churchill did and have SIren Suits made up -

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    Alternate between meetings in those and the bath.
     
  13. Maquis

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    Perhaps a bit off-topic, but there's an informative thread on tailoring for corpulent men over at Cutter & Tailor:
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    The photos are historical (mostly from East & West Germany in the 60s), but they show nonetheless that good tailoring can do a lot to help. And the rest has to come from how you rock it...
     
  14. MrDaniels

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    I think the weight is so out of control I would have a hard time accepting him as the leader of anything. It's not like he just "has a gut."
     
  15. Texastyle

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    How does his weight have anything to do with his stance on the issues?

    Not that it really matters, but I think he should make a point to keep the jacket on. It keeps everything in place and you don't see all the bulging
     
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    To me his surplus weight looks simply disgusting. How can people keep situations under control if they do not even have themselves under control? I disapprove...
     
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    Another positive example:

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  18. MrDaniels

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    My thoughts exactly. Imagine if he were as addicted to something else as he is to food. And he has a full-time chef and can afford a personal trainer.
     
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    That was already posted, Properly.

    It is possible to look acceptable as a larger man in a suit. Things like Braces, pleats and a fuller cut trouser are a good start.

    The most important thing in my opinion isn't his look, but his movement. In the pictures above he is upright, and as long as he can walk with purpose and poise he should be ok. The negative impact tends to come from people who look nearly incapacitated by their girth, and as demonstrated by Churchill and the myriad others the larger man can often be the victor.
     
  20. Texastyle

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    This is so dumb. Was Obama unfit for office simply because he was addicted to smoking? That was addictive behavior and just as bad for your health.
     

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