Fashion and the Fat Man

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I don’t know about some of you, but I’m finding it harder and harder these days to find clothes that fit my body-shape and still look nice as well.  Everywhere I look these days, all the shops seem to only be selling clothes marketed at the ‘skinny’ man.

Skinny jeans.  Skinny-fit suits.  Skinny-tailored dress shirts.

It’s like the ‘fashion’ world has decided the only acceptable shape a man should be is a ‘carrot’.  That we should all look like lanky, prepubescent teenagers.

Or maybe this is just something that’s occurring in London/UK.  The whole skinny jean look is very East London gay-chic, and seems to be gaining in popularity.  Unfortunately.

Now I admit, I’m no fashionista in any sense of the word, but I know what looks right and feels right for me.  Though it isn’t easy, since I’m probably shaped more like a pear. 😉

A few weeks back I went shopping for a new suit so I’d look presentable for any upcoming interviews. As I’ve written before (Click HERE for past post), I’ve been out of work for months now and really need a job so decided I’d do my best to look the part at least.fat-man

Previously for interviews, I’d wear whatever smart trousers I had with a suit jacket I’d bought at Primark when I first moved to London almost 5 years ago (it was cheap and I’d never owned a suit before).  Problem is, the jacket doesn’t fit at all – the sleeves are too long and it won’t button up because of my belly.  And that store only stocks up to a certain size, but it was the closest fit I could find at the time.

Which I realised was true of most high-street retailers when it comes to things like a suit.  Some had some nice deals on cheap suits (£49 to £79 at BHS and M&S), but they weren’t quite big enough.  And the ones that did stock something my size wanted to charge upwards of £250 for one suit.. something I definitely can’t afford.

And oh boy, did I ever get attitude and the cold shoulder from that shop once I said I was looking for something under £100.  LOL

In the end, I did find something at a discount suit shop towards Tottenham Court Road.. once they added in the tailoring costs, it was just over £100 (though now I think the trousers are too short lol).

More than anything lately, I’m finding it increasingly expensive to find clothes to fit for whatever the purpose.

I used to like the clothes in Burton’s as they had a clean style to them and weren’t too expensive.  But now I’m finding they’re all about a certain look, and you’re lucky if you can find a pair of jeans above a 38 inch waist, or a t-shirt with a silly design on it bigger than a large (and even then, they seem to be cut like a medium..).  Their online store (http://www.burton.co.uk) has some bigger sizes, but it’s hit and miss for anything decent.

Their line of suits only go so large, and even then they’re pretty much all skinny-cut.

jacamoInstead I’ve had to resort to shopping online for clothes with Jacamo (http://www.jacamo.co.uk/shop/home), who specialise in larger sizes.. but with that you really have to make sure you’ve selected the right size since you can’t exactly go into a shop to try things on (they only have stores in Liverpool, Leicester, and Gateshead).

But even with them, although they have a larger waist-size selection, they don’t always have them in the shorter leg-length I need or in a style I like.  Or even at a price I can afford.

I think we all deserve to look and dress how we want to, and to feel comfortable in what we wear.

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