Today’s photo comes from…well, me. Chubstr was featured in the New York Times yesterday, and this photo made it’s way into the article. It’s from the Indochino photo shoot we did with Abbie Rudolph – one of the first really big features we ever did.

Seeing Chubstr in the NYT feels like another step in the right direction. We’re trying to show the world that there are bigger men out there who care about and embrace style, and we wouldn’t be where we are without all of the guys who have shared their looks with us by submitting a photo, or asked questions for Answerland.

The community is making this possible, and we thank you. You can expect more great content and a few surprises in the near future.

What’s He Wearing?

The suit is a three piece from Indochino, and though the exact one I’m wearing in the photo is no longer available, there are ten new ones to choose from on their website right now. If you’re not the suit wearing type, be sure to take a look at Indochino’s Essential Outerwear Collection, featuring wool and cashmere coats, and 100% Mongolian cashmere scarves.

If you’re unfamiliar with Indochino, all of their clothing is made tailored to your size. Simply input your measurements (note: we recommend you go to a professional to get the correct measurements) and you’re on your way. With their Perfect Fit Guarantee, you can get your suit altered on their dime if the fit isn’t exactly right.

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    PJ2015
    PJ2015 5pts

    @newyorkny2015 makes some great points. I'm 5'9" and 320, and that takes me completely off the racks of most major stores. I've got a long torso (all belly!) and shorter legs, so it's hard to coordinate. 


    I find that most stores like Casual Male/DXL won't have pants that work for me. They assume that if you are big in the waist, that you must be big AND tall, so the rises are impossibly long. If I try long rise + pleats? That makes me look like I'm wearing a very big, puffy adult diaper. And the hem at the bottom is always super wide, because again, they assume that big waist = ankle/calf circumference is huge, too. 


    I actually wouldn't mind paying a few extra bucks for something if it was at an extended size - if major stores borrowed the Wal-mart model (where extended sizes are more.) But what really gets me angry is how many stores refuse to carry any bigger sizes IN store. Old Navy was the worst example of this - basically, you were paying $8-10 (shipping) for the privilege of trying on an item that may or may not fit. Eddie Bauer and many other stores are the same way.


    This also got way worse post 2009-2010 (economic downturn) where a lot of struggling stores (Sears, Eddie Bauer) reduced or eliminated their big sections in store. Sears eliminated a lot of sizes about XXL, and EB did too. JCP was a beacon in the darkness for a while, but they too have slipped, and seldom have availability for anything in-store or online.


    I want something simple and contemporary or classic. I don't need runway looks, but there seems to be three choices these days: 

    (A) 20 different colors of pocket t-shirts (cigarettes not included) 

    (B) Bad, loud stripey preppy country club wear in every pastel color imaginable

    (C) The "Tony Soprano's henchmen" line, with velour trackpants and jacket

    newyorkny2015
    newyorkny2015 5pts

    Gotta say " Big & Tall" often means big bulky athletic with muscles (Body builders, football players) and guys over 6'2" / 6'3". It's misleading because they aren't really constructing them for chubby men. And by chubby, I mean - let's face it - chubby is a 38"/40" waist - once you're above that it's about being the "F" word: fat.  I am so angry right now because I don't have the budget for custom tailored suits.  I need a simple navy cotton twill blazer and I cant find a stylish version it anywhere  - Big and Tall stores are expensive and hit or miss with style.  I am 5'9", 250 lbs, 46" waist - and it's uber frustrating.  I am really angry.  Found out today that Uniqlo, Target and Gap have limited their XXL items and in the case of blazers, nearly elimated XXL. Grrrrr!

    2bears
    2bears 5pts

    @newyorkny2015 

    I know how you fell Iam 5,11 and have to make my clothes.

    We live in OZ

    See you mate


    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Totally agree with you, Adrienne Guckenberger! We'll get there, little by little.

    Adrienne Guckenberger
    Adrienne Guckenberger 5pts

    We've gotta change it! Don't say it'll never happen! Be the change you wanna see! Hey I used to have to go to the back of the store, wade through the racks, hope I'd find my size in all the bad lighting. Or go to the stand by stores (Avenue, LB, or Torrid). Or just take a risk and order online. But times are changing and plus size ladies have way more choices. And it should be the same for men! I'm so fed up w/it. No one should have to shell out a fortune to buy clothes! It sucks! Big guys wanna look cute too!

    Adrienne Guckenberger
    Adrienne Guckenberger 5pts

    Amen! My husband struggles w/this as much as I do! Why doesn't anyone fix it? Also, what about big guys who are tall? Severely underrepresented!

    PJ2015
    PJ2015 5pts

    OMG, glad to see someone talking about this. I could write an entire column on how I feel about this, and how frustrated I am about it!

    Gary Puleo
    Gary Puleo 5pts

    I buy most of my clothes at Kohls, Boscovs and JC Penney.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Glad you like the page, Marisa! It is tough out there, so it's nice to have somewhere to go to get resources. Thanks for checking us out!

    Marisa Nicole
    Marisa Nicole 5pts

    That's right baby, show the world those moobies! Xoxo

    Marisa Nicole
    Marisa Nicole 5pts

    No wonder I have a hard time trying to find clothes for my hubby. I like the page you have here for plus men. They and wives of plus men, need inspiration and ideas to dress his figure. It's tough out there with little variety for plus men!

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Some people just want attention, and very very rarely, people are actually asking a question. Usually not though. In this case, I figured we'd let the community correct him.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Thanks! Good that you have multiple reasons to visit the page :)

    Denzell McNeilly
    Denzell McNeilly 5pts

    There's also more women's +size stores available. All men have is Walmart of B&T

    Shina Randolph
    Shina Randolph 5pts

    That hair cut is love!!! \U0001f60d\U0001f60d\U0001f60d

    Brooke Blaise
    Brooke Blaise 5pts

    Try having the tailor taper the legs as well as hemming

    Serena Brontide
    Serena Brontide 5pts

    There's actually a really great big & tall store in Winchester, VA that does the alterations there. It takes some additional time, but they can take the measurements and whatnot for you and make sure they get it right. As I recall, the alterations are super cheap.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Unfortunately, the reality of things right now is that if you're short or wide, you're definitely looking at spending additional funds to get something altered to work for you. It does stink that we can't just get something off the rack, in most cases. I've begun to embrace getting things altered, and I know other guys who make it a standard part of buying clothes, because then they can make anything work for them. Read our interview with fashion journalist James Sanders, who works with a tailor to add pieces to his clothing in order to get the perfect fit: http://chubstr.com/2015/style/talking-big-mens-fashion-with-james-r-sanders/

    BrianFiddler
    BrianFiddler 5pts

    It's all good for more size options, but they just jack the prices and normal folks can't afford it, not everyone can pay $75.00-$120.00 for dress shirt or $95.00+ for a pair of jeans.

    srlake314
    srlake314 5pts

    @BrianFiddler Yes, so very true.  That's why we need more and more retailers to extend their availability of plus sizes.  I've seen how so many are not aware of what a true plus size is.  So educating them will help.  I think if even these concierge services were to extend their sizes to real men sizes, they would see such an increase in their revenue, but also would expand big men's options.

    Right now, as you said, retailers are far and few between and most are prices way too high for the common folk.  

    Too bad our wallets don't expand with our belly and waistlines.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Agreed. I thought Shamir was talking about the plus size movement in general, not just Chubstr. We're all about big men's style. There are lots of other places that are doing so much for plus size women's fashion, but very very few focused on the gents

    Andy Topser
    Andy Topser 5pts

    Yeah, I think it's ok to have posts that are exclusive to men, while other groups are exclusively focused on women.....

    Becky Jarvis
    Becky Jarvis 5pts

    I wish I had the capacity to expand to men's plus size clothing. It is getting harder and harder to find short-term vacant space just for my event let alone to be able to expand to men's plus size.

    Sarah Stakes
    Sarah Stakes 5pts

    I hate it because I don't want to look like I wearing jincos when they're just regular jeans

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    We must be the same height! I have to get them hemmed

    Sarah Stakes
    Sarah Stakes 5pts

    It's hard to find stylish jeans when your leg length is like 28" and everything is 30 and up and getting them hemmed kinda makes them look wide in the place they should go tight. Ya know?

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Big and tall is just a name - I'm short and wide!

    Sarah Stakes
    Sarah Stakes 5pts

    I'm all for the big and tall guy movement but what are short and stubby?

    srlake314
    srlake314 5pts

    One thing that even more specifically being missed out on is the growing trend of the online retailer concierge services.  Rather, they are missing out by only offering the usual xs-2xl.  Their 2xl's are not big man friendly.  I'm not that big of a guy at all, and the 2xl barely make their way across my chest, let alone my belly.  You'd think that these sort of services, catering to men that either don't like to shop, or don't have time to shop would want to assist big men, that don't have a lot of options, style wise due to their growing need for clothing that goes beyond sweats and t-shirts.  

    I know that I'd subscribe to a couple off the top of my head, Fashion Stork and Mott & Frank being at the forefront.  Both have great clothing and great deals, with Mott & Frank being slightly more expensive in the long wrong.  I wound up only able to keep the shoes for $82, which were really nice. 

    Either way, i know if concierge services were developed solely for the larger man in mind, there'd be a huge market.  Until then, most of us will have to shop from the pricier 3XL and above shops.




    Tiffany Weil
    Tiffany Weil 5pts

    We need to eradicate this!! I wish I had money to open a store. My fiance prefers "urban wear" brands like ecko, south pole, enyce, etc. So i shop at drjays.com for his clothes. I sometimes find stuff on amazon.com for him. I will be looking on your page for more info where I can buy him things.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    As far as pricing - it's difficult. Even through Chubstr, we see that some people want really inexpensive things, while others are willing and able to shell out a lot of cash for more expensive clothing. It tells me that there's an audience for both the big and tall version of Old Navy, and the big and tall version of Barney's or Harrods or whatever expensive brand. Basically, it's saying that there are a lot of needs not being met.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    As a bigger guy, I've basically come around to the idea that I'm generally not going to find clothes in my size in brick and mortar stores. I have to shop online. It's still sort of a pain, but if I'm willing to look, I can find things. It shouldn't be that way, but for now, it is. I do think that will change, though.

    Bettina M. Kirby
    Bettina M. Kirby 5pts

    I really have no Idea - Haven't been to Mall in Years. LOL!

    Tiffany Weil
    Tiffany Weil 5pts

    I order his clothes online. They have nothing for plus size up here. Men or women.

    Bettina M. Kirby
    Bettina M. Kirby 5pts

    There are No stores that I know for Plus Size men in My Area. And this is a Pretty Large Area of People.

    Tiffany Weil
    Tiffany Weil 5pts

    YES!! I only buy stuff from Torrid when it is on sale. and buying the fiance clothes is like pulling teeth!! Shirts are 30 bucks, jeans at least 50.. He isn't that big of a guy.. 2x shirts.. but normal 2x doesnt fit him.. he needs big and tall 2x.

    Bettina M. Kirby
    Bettina M. Kirby 5pts

    Yes, Like Old Navy. Stores like Torrid are So Expensive.

    Tiffany Weil
    Tiffany Weil 5pts

    I know there are stores out there for plus size men, but they are so expensive! (for women, too) I'd like to see a plus size store for men with style AND easy on the budget.

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    If it were me, I'd create a couple samples, get a model or two (or yourself), and get some super awesome photos. Put that stuff together on kickstarter, and give it a try!

    Alex Smith
    Alex Smith 5pts

    Yeah totally...maybe start small (no pun) on some etsy style made to order type of thing? Hmmm...

    Chubstr
    Chubstr 5pts

    Kickstarter! It could work

    Alex Smith
    Alex Smith 5pts

    If I had a spare 10K though I would totally start a big men's fashion line size L and up. I have designs too, like a cross between Fred Perry Laurel Wreath, Engineered Garments and Rick Ownes..but alas I have no capital..sigh..