Answerland: High Quality Tees, No More 70’s Pants

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It’s Answerland, the Chubstr feature where YOU ask the questions, and we get you answers. Ask your own questions via social media @chubstr. Today, Bruce is tackling reader questions. 

Corvado711 asks: So, my look is essentially a t-shirt & jeans, with an occasional jacket or sweater. But the tees I get from the usual mall store suspects are incredibly poor quality. They wear out super fast, lose their shape & stretchability, or just don’t have any, and overall eventually look sloppy. I need to up my game for a new job, but don’t want to lose my signature style. Where can I buy really high quality t-shirts at XL or larger that are good quality & comfortable?
The search for the perfect tee is an ongoing quest. There are so many brands doing t-shirts (t-shirts are a $20 billion per year industry in the U.S), that you’ve got a lot of options. That aside, you can be sure that everyone has an opinion on what the best t-shirt on the market actually is, and one person’s opinion will be different from the next.

Brands like Hanes has been doing t-shirts of varying types (and quality) for years, and they’re the go-to option for a lot of guys, especially with sizes to 6X. Are they made to last? It probably depends on what you’re doing with them. Try their Beefy-T. This shirt is reenforced, made to keep its shape after repeated washing, and offers a bit of a roomier fit, with sizes to 6XL. Plus, there are more than 40 colors available.

JCPenney also offers a variety of big and tall t-shirts to 6XL, from brands like The Foundry Supply Co., Claiborne, U.S. Polo Assn. that might tickle your fancy. There’s always the DXL big and tall t-shirt section, with a variety of tees in sizes to 7X.

Looking for something more upscale? Check out Nordstrom (sizes to 4XB), or James Perse, with t-shirt sizes to XXL and prices ranging from $50 to $195.

Bruce Sturgell in Levi's 541 Big and Tall Athletic Fit Jeans
Bruce wearing Levi’s 541 jeans

ryanat0 asks: Is there any specific cut/ brand of pants that are bigger around the waist and thighs yet more fitted at the ankles? Every time I put on jeans I feel like I’m wearing pants from the 70’s
It sounds like you need extra room in the waist and thighs, but still want jeans that have a bit of form to them. I love the AG Graduate Straight Leg Jean, and the Levi’s 541 Athletic Fit Jean.

Both of these options have a bit of stretch material built in, so they’re comfortable while keeping their shape. I normally wear a 44 to 46 jean, and though the AG Graduate says it stops at 42, they fit me perfectly, and are some of the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned. I can’t recommend them enough. The Levi’s are a newer pair I invested in, and they fit really well. I ended up with a 44 in these, and probably could have gone a size down. You can see them in the photo above.

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