So, you want to shave but have no facial hair. Well, here's some interesting news for you—you don't have to have any facial hair growth to shave. In fact, if you're 15 or older, it's a good idea to shave even if you're not on T (testosterone—male hormone that most trans men take in injection form) and have no real facial hair. The reason is simple: women and pre-pubescent (before puberty) children have peach fuzz, men don't. So shave it off.
So what should I use?
Gel is far better than cream or foam, and it's best to get something for sensitive skin to cut down on irritation. Twin blades are better than triple blades for the same reason. Gillette is your best bet—both Sensor and Atra are good. Mach 3 is used by some, but that can cause ingrown hairs if you're not on T. The gel costs a few dollars and will last you a good six months, since when you first shaving you should only be doing it about every four days. My razor came with two blades (for about six bucks) and you can buy replacement blades in packs of five, ten or fifteen. (The more razors in a pack, the cheaper it is—i.e., buying a pack of 15 is cheaper than buying three packs of 5.) You should replace your razor after it's been used about nine times, 'cause after that it'll be too dull. Even with just peach fuzz.
Okay, I've got this stuff—now how do I do it?
First off, your face should be warm and wet. The easiest way to do this is to shave right after you shower, but if that's not convenient, put a hot washcloth on your face for about five minutes beforehand.
Anyone who remembers the old Cosby Show will remember when Theo, the family's only son, started shaving. His father told him to lather up and he'd talk him through it, and Theo came out of the bathroom with his face covered in gobs of shaving foam. He asked his father if he had used too much, and his father replied, "No, I use three, four cans a day, myself."
You need very little gel. There should actually be instructions on the back of the can as to how to use it, but I'll tell you anyway. Leave your face wet, squirt a little glob of gel onto your fingertip, and rub it onto the skin. It should lather a little on its own when you rub it. Paint a beard on with the gel. It shouldn't cover your cheeks or go down to your collarbone. About one inch below the jawline should have gel, but no more.
Use DOWNWARD STROKES ONLY. This means you start up near your sideburns and drag the razor lightly over the skin towards your jaw. (Some cisguys use upward strokes, but if you're not growing in real facial hair, you're likely to get ingrown hairs if you do that.) When doing the moustache area, don't pull the razor over your lip. You should be using minimal pressure—more than that and you risk cutting yourself. (Cuts really aren't that bad, but they sting at first and are annoying to shave around while they scab over and heal.) Even on your throat, use downward strokes. Don't worry about slashing your throat open. It would take a lot of pressure—and a significantly bigger blade—to do that, and you should be using almost no pressure. It'll feel right if you're doing it correctly. (Plus, if you use too much pressure, odds are you'll end up with razor burn—your skin will turn pink and get sore, like when you have a sunburn.)
If you're on T and have actual facial hair growing in and are just starting to shave, one cis guy offers this advice: "Always shave down first...THEN lather up again and then shave UP. Much closer shave that way and no ingrown hairs (yes, even we bioguys get them). I learned this one when I saw the former Royal Barber of England interviewed on TV."
After you shave for the first time, your skin will feel really weird and almost rubbery. That's normal. As the months go by, that will go away.
As for aftershave, the same cis guy says: "I use Aqua Velva and I swear by it. Yes, it stings at first, but it basically sterilises your face after you drag a blade across it (reducing infections/acne) and it makes your face hurt much less the rest of the day. Also, it cures razor burn almost instantly (well, within a few hours, anyways)."
Once again, from the same friendly cis guy: "One more thing. Styptic pencils. You can get them at the drug store. They make a shaving cut stop bleeding instantly. Beware, however, that you have never felt such intense pain before in your life. Goes away in 30 seconds, though. Never share them with anyone else since it's touched your blood."
Will shaving really make my facial hair grow in thicker, darker, etc.?
In a word, no. It will make the hair that's already on your face (peach fuzz) grow in faster, and the hair will seem slightly thicker at first, but you're not getting a beard or even convincing stubble out of it. The reason is this: When hair sits on you for a long time, it wears down and becomes softer. But when you shave it off and it grows back in, it's just a blunt end, and will seem a little prickly. If you shave once and let it grow back in and that's it, it'll seem a little prickly at first but will wear down and just feel like peach fuzz again. And it will start growing in faster, though not right away. One person says:
"When I started shaving (August 1999), I shaved once every four days in order to avoid razor burn. After a few months (I forget how long exactly), I started shaving every two days and had no trouble. About a year (maybe a little less, I forget) after I started shaving, I started doing it every day, which I still do now. And I don't get razor burn. Thus, the hair is growing back faster and I'm still shaving hair each day, not just irritating the bare skin."
What's razor burn?
If you have razor burn, you'll know. It's not just a pink tinge in your cheeks. It hurts. It feels basically like a bad sunburn. If you get it, put aloe or something on it and (duh) don't shave until it goes away. Razor burn typically comes from applying too much pressure or from shaving when there's no hair there (or if you're a lazy illegitimate child like me, attempting to shave without using any gel), and thus (either way) irritating the skin with a blade. But if you're careful, there's no reason for you to get it. Don't worry about it.
Another way to limit or prevent razor burn is to sterilise the blade on your razor before use. After each use your razor will still have on it a small amount of skin/hair, and in the time before you use it next, bacteria will move in. Sterilising the blade removes this before you use it so doesn't let bacteria back onto your skin to irritate it, especially if you shave quite close.
A trans woman writes: "In a former regeneration I suffered immensely with razor burn on my face after shaving. I tried everything from the most expensive razors to exfoliation soaps to moisturisers and nothing seemed to work. Then I tried sterilising the blades after noticing that brand new out of the sealed box blades caused less to no razor burn than blades I had used before did. I sterilised the blades by pouring a measure of Dettol (UK brand name—may have a different brand name in other countries) into the bottle's cap, then dipping the blades in and leaving them for about 30 seconds before rinsing them. It certainly helped a lot and I subsequently suffered a lot less with razor burn."
Sensitive Skin Shaving Tips
According to the Palto Alto Medical Center, people with sensitive skin often report razor burn and other irritations caused by shaving, like ingrown hairs, folliculitis, razor bumps and blisters. These can be mild to painful. Luckily, you can put many of your shaving problems to an end.
Always trim long sections of hair with scissors before shaving. This applies to the underarms, body, face and pubic areas. Long hair dulls and clogs the razor, which causes you to make extra and more forceful passes with the blade. These extra passes irritate delicate skin. Trim as close to the body as you can, leaving no more than one-half inch.
Prepare your skin and hair for a good shave by soaking it in warm water. This plumps up the hair shafts and opens up hair follicles, giving you an easier, closer shave. This is easy to accomplish in a hot shower. Expose skin to warm moisture for at least 10 minutes.
The products you use can make or break your efforts to protect sensitive skin. For starters, never shave with soap. Soap dries the skin, making it more prone to irritation. It also loses its lubricating effects faster than products designed especially for shaving. Choose a shave oil and a shaving cream designed for sensitive skin. Avoid scented or dyed products.
People with sensitive skin should always apply a shave oil first to lubricate and moisturize the skin. This helps the razor glide across skin without pulling or scraping. On top of shave oil, apply a generous layer of shaving cream. According to the FTM Guide, always use a new, sharp razor and shave with the grain, or in the direction the hair grows. Shaving against the grain can cut too close and lead to ingrown hairs. Rinse off your razor between each stroke. Try to only pass over each area one time. Multiple passes strip moisture from the skin and cause razor bumps.
After Care Tips
Rinse the area with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply an after shave product designed for your particular problem. There are products for preventing razor burn, redness, ingrown hair and dry skin. Last, apply a light moisturizer to replace the oils lost during shaving.
Why Get a Straight Razor Shave
It’s relaxing. The straight razor shave is the facial for manly men. The experience is definitely a treat. There’s nothing like a hot towel on your face or the manly fragrance of shaving cream to sap the stress right out of your body. The few times I’ve gotten a straight razor shave, I’ve fallen asleep because it’s so darn relaxing.
It’s manly. When you get a straight razor shave, you can almost feel the testosterone increasing in your body. It feels cool to be taking part in a ritual that thousands of men from history experienced. Plus, in a world where women are pretty much doing everything men are, a straight razor shave is one of the few activities that is still completely and exclusively male.
It’s dangerous. At least it feels that way. There’s nothing like letting another man hold a razor sharp piece of metal to your neck to remind you that you’re alive.
What to Expect from a Straight Razor Shave
Cost. The barbershops that I’ve been to charge $20 for a straight razor shave. Some places will be more and some places may be less. But $20 seems to be the going rate.
The process. The two places I’ve gotten a straight razor shave had a pretty similar process. Here’s how it typically goes. You’ll sit in a cool barber chair, and the barber will tilt it back. He’ll start off putting a nice hot towel around your face to soften up your whiskers. After the first hot towel, some barbers rub cleanser on your face to open up the pores and to make sure your face is nice and clean for a good shave. After that, another hot towel.
Next, they might put some conditioner on your whiskers to soften them up, followed by another hot towel.
Now it’s on to the shaving cream. Most barbers have their own secret recipe for shaving cream that has been passed down for generations. The shaving cream will come from a heated dispenser. It feels really nice on your face.
They’ll then take the razor to your face. Because of health codes, most barbers use disposable straight edge razors as opposed to traditional straight razors. Some men would argue that you’ll notice the difference. Honestly, I haven’t.
After a first pass with the razor, you’ll get another hot towel. Shaving cream is reapplied, and another pass is made.
When the barber is done removing your beard, he’ll give you a cold damp towel to close your pores and then splash on some manly smelling aftershave.
Bada bing! You just got a straight razor shave. You’ll walk out of the barbershop feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and uber-manly.
Today’s Task: Get a Straight Razor Shave
Today’s task is to get a straight razor shave. Not all barbers do them. So you’ll have to call around to find one that does.
For our bearded brethren, have a professional trim and clean your beard up. I hear some barbers have some nice shampoos designed specifically for beards that smell particularly manly.
How To Make A Sock Packer?
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there a lots of diffent ways to make a packy and its all by trying them out and see what you like the best and for what reason you want to wear it for. its takes soeming use to walking with soenmthgin down there. so you may wnat to walk around ur room and sit aroudn with it on so you get use to it. its takes getting use to also seeing the small buagle in ur pants/jeans. so that that in to mind guys.
How to look and feel Stylish (for men)
Look no further for a guide for those who are tired of the same old man.
1 Choose a nice razor. If you already hate shaving, why make it worse with a dull blade that marks up your skin? Use a manual razor as opposed to an electric one, as you get a closer shave.
2 Use aftershave. So many men forget about this. Take the extra 5 minutes to put it on, as it provides a nice smell and a disinfectant to help prevent razor burn.
3 Moisturize. It makes for smooth unblemished skin, and softens the hair follicles, making for an easier shave.
4 Take care of acne. Wash your face at least twice a day, use some acne medicine (acne gel, cleansing pads, etc..), and moisturize after.Use a "Vanishing Lotion" as this will help camouflage the redness of your zits, as well as fight them. Make sure it contains at the most 5% benzoyl peroxide.
Buy some good quality shampoo and some very good quality conditioner. These will help keep your hair clean and moisture rich. Do not wash your hair with soap. Gel is a nice all around styler. It will keep your hair in one place all day, even in severe wind. The only downside is, it tends to dry out your hair and may tend to flake. Try this for short to medium length hair. Wax is literally that. Think like that stuff you use to seal your bathtub. Almost exactly the same as gel, but not as liquidly and a much thicker texture. Use this for short to medium hair length. Mousse. This works well for curly hair, and it allows you to obtain curls without having that stuck together hair you get from gel and wax. Short to medium length hair ;it may not provide enough hold as gel or wax. Find a good quality barber or stylist. It won't help if you have the right clothes, attitude, or products if you have a bad hair cut. It takes away from your whole appearance. Make sure you shampoo less than you condition. Don't shampoo your hair today and tomorrow. The first shampoo will clean your hair. The second robs your hair of natural oils.
Cutting one's body hair(aside from face and head) used to be considered quite effeminate but these days its completely acceptable in most western cultures. Many men have regular waxing or laser hair removal treatments to rid themselves of unwanted body hair including their pubic regions. Back and shoulder hair is considered to be highly unattractive. Many women encourage their male partners to remove excess hair. If waxing is not for you at LEAST make it look somewhat neat & clean.
Brush your teeth everyday, when you get up and when you go to sleep. Not right when you wake up, but after your breakfast and shower. Whiten your teeth. Most of those 'Whitening Strips' cost about $20 - $40 while getting it done professionally can be much more costly. Floss. This prevents more stain on your teeth and numerous gum disease. Also improves your breath. Brush your tongue, as this eliminates bad breath.
Don't dress, act, walk, or talk like a gang member.
Don't wear jeans (or other pants) halfway down your butt and super baggy at your shoes. These do not look cool.
If you buy clothes from companies like Quiksilver, Volcom, or companies like that, you will look like every other wannabe shmuck. Check out Hugo Boss, Matinique, Versace, etc.
On the other hand, Clothes from Quiksilver, Animal and other surf styles can be perfect for many people. Just go with what looks best on you. Get others opinions!
Do not write anything off, generalizations mess you up, "H&M is too preppy!" not good to say, stores like H&M sell for Gap prices but offer more European styles for a younger crowd, it is still costly but it will encourage you to save.
Dealing with Acne
Upon starting testosterone therapy, many guys experience problems with acne and related skin conditions. There are two main reasons that breakouts often begin after starting testosterone. First, testosterone causes the the skin's sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (oil), which can cause plugged pores and lead to acne lesions. Second, testosterone also causes increased hair growth on the face, neck, chest, arms, and back, which can lead to irritated follicles and ingrown hairs in those areas, causing puss-filled lesions. In tandem with the increase of hair growth on the face and neck, many trans men begin shaving, and improper shaving technique can lead to rashes and ingrown hairs that can further affect the skin.
There are a number of things that you can do to prevent and treat conditions like acne, ingrown hairs, and shave bumps, but it is important to know which problem you are trying to treat in order to be effective. It may be wise to see a dermatologist (a doctor who is a skin specialist) if the methods listed on this page are not helping-- you may be dealing with a particularly stubborn case of acne, or you may have a combination of multiple skin problems that a dermatologist could better help you to address.
What is Acne?
Acne is a disorder that effects the pilosebaceous units (PSUs) of the skin. PSUs consist of a "sebaceous" gland (oil-producing gland) connected to a canal called a "follicle." The follicle contains a fine hair, and the hair grows out through the open end of the canal at the skin's surface. This open end is usually called a "pore." There are numerous PSUs on the face, upper back, and chest (where acne problems often are worst).
The sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called "sebum" that normally empties onto the skin's surface through the pore. Trouble begins when the follicle becomes plugged, thereby preventing the normal draining of sebum. If a follicle becomes blocked for some reason, the mixture of oil cells within allows the bacteria "Propionibacterium acnes" (P. acnes), which is normally present on the skin, to grow inside the plugged follicle.
The P. acnes bacteria multiplies inside the plugged follicle, causing the body to send white blood cells to that follicle, which in turn causes the area to become inflamed and painful. This leads to a variety of skin lesions.
The basic acne lesion is called the "comedo." It is simply an enlarged and plugged hair follicle. If the comedo remains beneath the skin, it is called a "closed comedo" and produces a white bump called a "whitehead." A comedo that reaches the surface of the skin and opens up is called a "blackhead" because it looks black on the skin's surface.
A "papule" is an inflamed lesion that usually appears as a small, pink bump on the skin that may be tender to the touch. A "pustule" is a papule topped by a pus-filled lesion that may be red at the base-- this is commonly called a "pimple." A "nodule" is a large, painful, solid lesion that is lodged deep within the skin. A "cyst" is a deep, painful, pus-filled lesion that can cause scarring.
What Causes Acne?
The exact cause of acne is unknown, but a major contributing factor is an increase in testosterone, as testosterone causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Other factors that are believed to contribute to acne include: heredity, frequent irritation caused by rubbing or picking the skin, pressure from tight-fitting hats or clothing, environmental irritants, colognes or other scented products, and scrubbing the skin too hard or too often.
For trans men, the beginning of a testosterone regimen might bring on acne. This might be a temporary condition that clears itself up over a period of months or a couple of years (much like in puberty), or it might remain a persistent problem that requires rigorous treatment.
How is Acne Treated?
The goals when treating acne are to heal any existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, and to prevent scarring wherever possible. Treatment is aimed at reducing the problems that play a part in causing acne in the first place: abnormal clumping of cells in the follicles, increased oil production, the presence of bacteria, and inflammation. Depending on the severity of a person's acne, one or more strategies or products may be utilized in a treatment regimen.
There are a variety of tips and techniques that have been reported to help reduce breakouts, as well as numerous over-the-counter (OTC) products to treat mild to moderate acne. Such products and methods are listed below.
For more severe or persistent acne, it may be wise to seek the advice of a dermatologist. A dermatologist may prescribe medications in combination with OTC products, and/or they may diagnose additional skin problems (such as ingrown hairs or other types of skin irritation or infection) that might be contributing to breakouts on the face, back, or shoulders. The most common prescription acne treatments are listed near the end of this page.
How to Dress like a Modle (for men)
1 - Grab a mirror and take this article with you, we're going to take a closer look at you.
2 - Examine your face: Your face needs to be cleanly shaved, unless you've been told that a little bit of facial hair is cute on you (but only a little).
3 - How do your eyebrows look? Brows need to be filled in with brow pencil or tinted,brushed and trimmed keeping the natural faint arch. (No tadpoles or shapes please.)
4 - Look at your facial shape. Pick a hair style that complements it. If you have a squarish jaw or round face then a soft layered cut is best. Whatever you choose it has to be a striking but natural colour on you, shiny (dyed) and no longer than jaw length. (this looks more model-like)
Side burns look better on rounder faces as they look slimming
5 - Experiment!
6 - Hair colour recommendations: try them out at times but donlt do it too much can hurt ur hair
7 - Work out if you're cool or warm colouring and choose hair dye that indicates that.
8 - If eyes are blue they look brighter with icy blonde shades, hazlenut or chestnut shades bring out brown eyes and green eyes can take more of a variety of shades from golden blonde to black.
9 - The exception is the natural redhead who looks better enhancing that colour with ginger shades.
Body: do you have long legs or short legs?
If short, you can wear shirts loosely tucked in with tight dark pants or jeans and a darker coloured belt. Also look out for the 3/4 sleeve shirts. Shorter jacket styles look good too eg:(leather bomber). Pinstripes and prints both top and bottom work well too. Choose dark shoes that are shiny and tapered toward the toe, to visually lengthen.
Note:The 'Pea coat' is flattering on most body types.
If long, you can have long coats, untucked shirts, 'bootleg' cut jeans, long scarves that hit thigh length and skin tight t-shirts.
Are you skinny or muscular?
If skinny, you can wear horizontal stripes, skinny leg jeans, wide belts, double breasted jackets/coats, and sweaters with stripes at chest and shoulders. Look out for details like epaulettes because they look good on as well (military styles).
If muscular or overall broad build, you will look best in single button coats/jackets. Deep v-neckline in t's, shirts and zip up hoodies. Avoid detail over shoulders and horizontal details.
Colours etc: look at your eye colour, if blue then get shirts that bring out that colour best(grey,blue,black,purple) If green wear bright green and yellow tones and if brown then wear red and icy pastels. This goes for beanies/hats and scarves as well.
Bling:-simple pendants, a tooth,cross,pearl,diamond,tag or coin on fine chain or leather string,cuff band,cuff links or nuckle duster ring. Only wear all silver or all gold accessories at once.
Hats: wear the latest styles, wider brimmed hats on slim faces and shorter brimmed hats on rounder faces. Make sure it fits your head well.
All together now: All clothes should be clean and pressed. No fraying or loose threads. T-shirts,jackets tank tops and jeans need to be close fitting ALWAYS(its way more flattering). Mix formal with day-wear.eg formal blazer with jeans etc.
Look at second hand stores for Blazers and chain stores for the latest fashion shirts and belts if you're on a budget. Wear t-shirt scarves in summer and long scarves in winter.
Model outfit examples:A singlet with an unbuttoned shirt,a fitted hoodie under a leather jacket,3/4 sleeve shirt under fitted vest and jeans.
Fragrance: has to be designer or as good as
Hands: trim nails and clean
Teeth: clean and white
Skincare:light facial scrub once a week,moisteriser if needed
Makeup:(not compulsory) Tinted darker lashes and brows,light spray tan,concealer on blemishes.
The WALK: shoulders back, chin up and walk proudly, with fingers in loose clench. Have a slight smile on as well;)
Make a commitment to yourself to look HOT!
If other men insult you, remind yourself that they're not gutsy enough to look their best, but YOU are!
Taking on these tips will make you feel better about yourself when out and about and will attract the right attention.
Flip through GQ magazine or look at celebs your age to see what the latest styles are.
Remember to get dark denim, because it looks more expensive.
Don't hide behind your hair.
Get enough sleep.
Now that you look nice don't be stuck up about it, girls hate that.
Taking drugs, binge drinking and chain smoking will hold you back from being and looking your best.
Also present yourself, don't hide from the crowd, but don't act as a fool.
Things You'll Need
good eating and exercise habits
a confidence to look better
How To: Suit that shape your style
The Short Man
Apolo Ohno: Gold-medal-winning Olympic speed skater, Dancing with the Stars champ
“All the suits I buy have to be tailored, no matter what. But it’s not just because of my height; it’s because I’ve been skating for so long. My waist is very small, but my legs are just huge. Most really nice suitmakers are Italian, and usually they make suit pants for Italian men. I’m like, Those Italians must have pretty skinny legs.”
• Don’t wear a longer suit jacket. It just makes your legs look shorter.
• Don’t wear fat ties and wide lapels; keep it slim.
The 5 Tips Every Short Man Should Know
1) Be honest with yourself. Admit you’re short and buy short-length suits.
2) A pant leg with very little break will help you look taller.
3) Show some cuff to lengthen the look of your arms.
4) A peak lapel helps elongate your physique.
5) A lower button stance creates long lines, and that essentially stretches you out.
A Belt Makes You Look Shorter…
The more pared-down you are, the taller you’ll appear. So ditch the belt. Going beltless looks cool, and if your suit fits properly, your pants will stay in place.
Short Man, Slim Shoe
You don’t want to look like you’ve got weights around your ankles. Wear slender shoes.
The Tall Man
Raja Bell: Shooting guard, Phoenix Suns
”When I first got into the NBA, I tried to buy a couple of suits off the rack, but they didn’t fit. To get the length I needed, I also got boxiness. They would have to taper the jacket, but then I felt like I had wings under the armpits. So I started going to a tailor. And that’s the key: Pick out a good tailor and just trust him… You want the suit to fit the way you want it to fit, but let him handle the details. That’s what he gets paid to do.”
• Don’t buy suits with oversize, padded shoulders. They swallow you up, making you look frailer, not bigger.
• Don’t wear extra-slim ties. You need ties with a bit of width so they won’t appear to elongate your torso.
The 5 Tips Every Tall Man Should Know
1) Lighter colors add width to a narrow frame.
2) A two-button suit works great on a tall man—as long as the suit has relatively high-cut lapels.
3) Just because you’re tall doesn’t mean you need an extra-long suit size. Try on a long first.
4) Keep the amount of cuff you show to a minimum.
5) Ask for a decent amount of break in your trousers, so your long legs don’t look too long.
Tall Man, Rounded Shoe
Take a pass on those pointy dress shoes—you don’t want to make your feet look longer than they are. Opt instead for a slightly rounder toe, to help keep your foot size in check.
Get in the Loop
After you knot your tie, never have enough length left to reach the back loop? Don’t buy a new, longer tie; just ask your tailor to move up the loop.
Divide and Conquer
When you’re tall, you want your clothes to play down your height—to keep things in proportion. Accessories that cut across your body, such as belts, quarter-folded pocket squares, and horizontally striped ties, help accomplish this
The Large Man
Horatio Sanz: Actor/comedian, Saturday Night Live alum
“One of the problems I have is with shirts: Getting my neck size to match my body size is difficult, and sometimes the collar is too high, too—I end up feeling choked. With pants, I wear mine a little high, and sometimes they ride up too much or feel like they’re going to fall off if they’re not high enough. Basically, I’ve spent my life trying to avoid wearing suits on a regular basis. The last suit I bought from a store was for my junior prom. It was kind of silver in color, and my mom adjusted it for me.”
• Don’t wear a roomy suit. It doesn’t make you look slimmer—it makes you look sloppy.
• Don’t go untucked.
The 5 Tips Every Large Man Should Know
1) Wear a pocket square. It brings the focus to your chest, not your gut.
2) Keep your jacket buttoned unless you’re sitting down.
3) Wear a simple, elegant shirt. Avoid plaids and checks.
4) You can wear flat-front pants. They are engineered to be comfortable, even without pleats.
5) Avoid superskinny ties and lapels. Proportion with your torso is key.
Suspend Your Weight
Avoid having to choose between strapping your pants above or below your belly: Wear suspenders and float your waist.
Big Man, Solid Shoe
Choose shoes that have a substantial sole. You need something solid to anchor your weight.
The Athletic Man
Chuck Liddell: Ultimate Fighting champion
“I hear ‘You actually look good in a suit!’ a lot. It’s kind of a sideways compliment. Like, What, you don’t expect me to look good in a suit? But the fact is, it’s hard finding something that fits right everywhere. Some of the shirts I get are too short in the torso because of my shoulders. And I have a pretty big neck for my size—between eighteen and a half and nineteen inches. A normal shirt isn’t made for that big of a neck. If it is, they think you’re three feet wide and weigh 300 pounds.”
• Don’t wear peak lapels. Your chest and shoulders are broad enough—no need to accentuate them.
• Don’t wear a pocket square. It’s not necessary to call more attention to your already proud chest.
The 5 Tips Every Athletic Man Should Know
1) A solid build doesn’t mean your suit should be a size too large.
2) Two-button jackets sync up with the V shape of your torso.
3) Low-collar shirts work well with a thicker neck.
4) Your jacket will likely need to be taken in at the sides.
5) Yes, you can wear narrow-cut trousers. It’s your chest that needs room, not your ankles.
Fit Torso, Fitted Shirt
Look for shirts labeled “slim” or “athletic.” You don’t need excess fabric hanging off that toned midsection of yours.
Strong Man, Solid Shoe
You don’t want anything clunky on your feet, but you also don’t want to look like you’re wearing ballet flats.