Ultimate Guide (2021): Clothing for Bodybuilders

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Athletic Physique Brands in Post

Introduction

After working out consistently, you have built a solid muscular physique. Perhaps you are newer on your weight training journey, and you are planning to have a physique like Mauro Fialho (mens physique pro), Laszlo Kiraly (classic physique), or Chris Bumstead (classic physique pro) one day.

The physique that is favored in physique competition—broad shoulders, thickly muscled back, lean waist (a V-shape), and well-developed legs—is a rare body type. So, outside of athletic clothing, it can be difficult to find clothing for non gym activities—a date, a job, and so on.

Josh Riquelme by Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar

(Fit guys like Josh Riquelme, Kyle Hynick, and Fraser Wilson have physiques that mass-produced clothing can accommodate. Still, most of the brands that I will discuss would suit these physique types as well.)

Kyle Hynick (jeans, Represent)

Fortunately, there are clothing brands that specialize in making clothes for muscular guys. The goals of this article are

  • To help the reader determine the right colors to pick for their skin tone.
  • To help the reader pick out wardrobe essentials that are easy to coordinate and easy on the wallet.
  • To compile the brands that provide clothing for bodybuilders for easy reference.

Note: While there are different levels of muscularity in a physique competition

  • mens physique
  • classic physique
  • 212 pounds bodybuilding, and
  • open bodybuilding,

for the purposes of this article, I will consider all levels as bodybuilding. The gym-built bodies differ significantly from the general population of guys.

The Right Color for Your Skin Tone

The Undertone

There are two types of undertones—cool and warm. Skin tone is different from skin color. The best way to tell whether you have a cool or warm skin tone. Stand in front of a mirror and hold a sheet of white copy paper next to your face.

  • If you see a red, pink, or blue undertone you have a cool undertone.
  • If you see a peach, yellow, or golden undertone, then you have a warm undertone.

When you determine what type of undertone you have, you can tell which colors look best next to your skin.

Color Theory

I have provided a very quick explanation of how to apply a portion of color theory. However, if you are interested in viewing the topic in-depth, I recommend Marcel Floruss‘s video on color theory (at right). Marcel is a fashion school graduate and provides technical information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Neutral colors should be the foundation of a guy’s wardrobe. Neutral colors are black, white, grey, beige, and khaki. Once you build a wardrobe based on neutral colors, you can begin to mix in more colors.

Wardrobe Essentials: The Foundation of Your Personal Style

Your wardrobe for non-athletic places should include essential pieces. If money is tight, you can slowly buy new clothes or find pieces at a trusted thrift shop until your wardrobe is complete.

For the thrift shop idea and style ideas for muscular guys, see the video with Nathan McCallum and Marcel Floruss (right).

Brock McGoff, The Modest Man at YouTube, explains why the foundation of your wardrobe should be based on neutral colors. He also provides his advice on what he would by if he were building up his wardrobe.

Wardrobe Essentials

JacketDark grey suit
ShirtsWhite dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, t-shirt
PantsDress pants, casual pants (chinos), dark denim jeans
OuterwearLeather jacket, lightweight jacket, overshirt, topcoat
ShoesLeather boots, dress shoes, white or black leather sneakers
AccessoriesWatch, bracelet, leather belt

Clothing Brands for Bodybuilders

The goal is to find wardrobe essential pieces that are made for bodybuilder physiques. There are several brands that focus on this unique fashion niche.

Oxcloth

  • www.oxcloth.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jeans, chinos, shorts, and shorts.
  • The brand has a specific sizing guide. (According to a blog post, the brand specifically added upper arm measurements to its sizing.)

Sizing

The sizing for Oxblood is based on particular dimensions of a bodybuilder’s x-frame (wide shoulders/upper back, narrower waist, and wider hips, and bigger thighs). For example, the “Greyman” fit is recommended for a guy who is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet two inches tall, up to 225 pounds.

  • Arms: 16.5 inches to 18 inches
  • Chest: 43 inches to 48 inches
  • Waist: 30 inches to 38 inches
  • Neck: 19 inches
  • Hips: 45 inches

The Angus fit is interesting. The 212-pound bodybuilding category is for guys that are 5 feet five inches tall or shorter. The Angus fit for this height recommends a body weight of up to 175 pounds for guys who have a height from 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches.

The brand does caution that not everyone can fit its sizing, but the brand can provide clothing for some big guys. Each product page has a bodybuilder’s photos and his measurement’s so that the reader can compare.

Dress shirt

Light-blue dress shirt, the Stallion.

  • 111.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent cotton

Jeans

Note: The bodybuilders featured at Oxblood have tree-trunk thighs.

Medium-blue denim jeans, the Mustang Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans

  • 118.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Quote from the brand’s product description: “Tested up to a 300 kg squat”

Model: Romane Lanceford

Chinos

Black chinos, the Mamba Ultra-flex

  • 97.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

The lengths for the chinos can run long if you have squatter’s legs but are short.

Tapered Menswear

Sizing

The sizing for Tapered Menswear shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and unflexed biceps measurement. The sizes range from S to XXXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 45 inch to 47-in chest and 17.5-inch upper arms. For polo shirts and t-shirts, the arm size decreases by 0.5 inch. For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

White tapered fit shirt

  • 55 Great Britain Pounds
  • 96 percent cotton and 4 percent Elastane

Polo shirt

The brand’s polo shirts are available in short- and long-sleeves. I have chosen the short sleeve shirt for this article.

Black tapered fit polo shirt

  • 40 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton mesh fabric

T-shirt

The t-shirts have a muscle fit, meaning that the t-shirt fits closer to the body and emphasizes a bodybuilder’s V-shape. The close fit of the t-shirt’s sleeve shows off the wearer’s biceps peak.

White tapered fit t-shirt

  • 25 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton

Father Sons

  • Fathersonsclothing.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jackets, jeans, jumpers (sweaters), pants, shirts, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing chart for shirts and for pants. (There is a context-based size guide tab at the right side of the screen for each product type.) The brand shows how their clothes fit on different types of physiques (one of them is a muscular physique, Andrei Deiu, an IFBB pro (mens physique)).
  • Readers can email the brand for sizing advice.

Sizing

The sizing for Father Sons is not explicitly designed for bodybuilders but they do have muscular models wearing their clothes, such as Andrei Deiu and Regan Grimes. Both Andrei and Regan wear shirts with stretch in it.

I do not think that an undershirt would fit under the shirt. The brand’s sizing for upper-body clothing (XS to XXXXL) is based on chest size. Bodybuilders tend to have huge arms that will not fit in fitted sleeves.

For example, Andrei wears the super-slim stretch black denim long-sleeve shirt (US$61.81; 69 percent cotton, 28 percent polyester, and 3 percent stretch). An interested reader may have to size up with Father Sons to ensure a good fit.

In the leather jacket (US$418.92, lightweight lambs leather), Andrei wears a t-shirt under the jacket. While the body of the jacket fits Andrei well, the sleeves look too tight (you can see the veins on top of his biceps through the material). The brand explains that Andrei is demonstrating the tight, fitted look (size XXL, 50-inch chest).

Still, I added this brand for consideration because of muscular models wearing the clothes. I think fit men like Elad Michaeli, Josh Riquelme, or Kyle Hynick would fit these clothes well.

Elad Michaeli

The brand’s sizing (30 through 38) for lower-body clothing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist (up to 38 inches), hip (up to 44 inches), and thigh (up to 27 inches) circumference. The pants come in four lengths (28, 30, 32, and 34).

The brand’s pants sizing would explain IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes’s experience. In Regan Grimes’s try-on video, he showed that it took some effort for him to put on the brand’s jeans.

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes tries on Father Sons clothing.
Andrei Deiu and Zac Perna
Andrei Dieu at Father Sons photo shoot (behind the scenes).
Mario Hervas, Spain (2019)

Dress Shirt

Oxford Blue Super Slim Stretch Dress Shirt

  • 55.53 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent stretch

Polo Shirt

Classic Beige Polo Shirt

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Sweater

Classic Navy Ribbed Knit Jumper

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 85 percent polyester, 15 percent viscose

Leather Jacket

Grey Lambs Leather Jacket

  • 416.54 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent lambs leather

The leather is unlined.

T-shirt

Classic White Crew

  • 55.53 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent cotton

Dress Pants

Slim Formal Plain Navy Stretch Trousers

  • 111.07 U.S. Dollars
  • 53 percent polyester, 44 percent virgin wool, 3 percent Elastane

Jeans

Barbell Apparel

  • barbellapparel.com
  • Based in the United States.
  • The clothing offered: chinos, dress shirts, dress pants, jeans, and polos.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (For example, see the chat function at the bottom-left of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Barbell Apparel shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest. The sizes range from S to XXL (38 inches to 52 inches). For example, for all brand shirts, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 52-inch chest. For pants, the sizes range from 28/S to 40/XXL. The pants sizes are based on a bodybuilder’s waist and thigh circumference. The length of the pants is 34 inches, which may be too long for shorter men (including me).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

Motive Dress Shirt

Shirt sizes range from XS to 4XL (36-inch to 61-inch chest).

  • 118 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent polyester, 13 percent rayon, and 9 percent Spandex

Polo Shirt

Havok Polo

  • 58 U.S. Dollars
  • 88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex

Chinos

Anything Chino

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent polyester

Jeans

Straight Athletic Fit

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • “Barbell advanced flexible denim”

Note: The inseam is 36 inches (for tall guys).

Legend London

  • legendlondon.co
  • Based in the United Kingdom
  • The clothing offered: jeans, pants, and shirts
  • The brand has size information on each product page.

Sizing

The sizing for Legend London shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and hips. The sizes range from S to XL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46-inch chest and 44-inch hips. For pants, the sizes are based on waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches)

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but there some UK-based YouTube Fitness channels that feature try-on videos with the brand (for example, Brandon Harding and Joe Delaney).

Dress Shirts

Smart Super Stretch Button Shirt in Muscle Fit

  • 51 U.S. Dollars
  • “High stretch dense mesh”

Casual Pants

Beige Spray-on Trousers

  • 71 U.S. Dollars
  • “Signature four-way stretch”

The model on the product page is muscular and lean. Tree-trunk thighs likely would not fit or look awkward.

Waist sizes range from 28 inches to 36 inches.

Model: Ryan Dengler (American football player and powerlifter).
Pants, Legend London.

Jeans

Tailored Athlete

Harry Simonis, CEO and Founder of Tailored Athlete

The CEO (and founder) of Tailored Athlete is Harry Simonis. Harry started the brand in 2016 (when he was 22 years old) to serve athletes wanting better fitting shirts without having to go to the tailor. He explained his idea in creating his brand’s “true muscle fit”.

Working out of his bedroom at his mother’s house in the United Kingdom, Simonis sourced hundreds of fabric samples, started sketching numerous new designs and began conducting market research on his own by measuring thousands of athletes at nearby gyms. “I got a lot of funny looks at first,” the entrepreneur laughs. “Some people agreed, some thought I was mad.”

However, it was through this arduous process that Simonis began to develop the “True Muscle Fit” – scientifically designed for their athletic physique.

Tailored Athlete article

Harry recorded a promotional video with Sergi Constance, an IFBB pro (mens physique) from Spain.

In addition, Harry recorded a video in 2020 to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the brand. He provided details from his life as well as his vision for the company.

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Athlete shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and waist. The sizes range from S to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 48 inch to 50-in chest and a 38-inch to 42-inch waist.

The dimensions favor a V-shaped torso. For more questions about fit, the reader can email a company representative. See also the brand’s size advisor (a button above the “add to cart” button).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress Shirt

The brand states that its shirts have a “true muscle fit,” which includes wider sleeves for bigger upper arms. Big arms of pro physique guys or open class bodybuilders may be too big for the sleeves, despite Tailored Athlete using stretchable performance fabrics for their clothes. I am thinking that fit, muscular guys (like the brand’s CEO, Harry) would be ideal for the dress shirts. (Examples are Kyle Hynick, Josh Riquelme, and Fraser Wilson.)

Essential Dress Shirt

  • 80 U.S. Dollars
  • 80 percent microfiber, 17 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Casual Shirt

Linen Shirt

  • 105 U.S. Dollars
  • 67 percent cotton, 30 percent linen, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirt

Essential Polo Shirt

  • 60 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

T-Shirt

Essential T-Shirt

  • 45 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Denim Jeans

The brand explains that their jeans fit true to waist size and there is no need to size up for big thighs. The jeans seem like they can accommodate moderate muscular thighs (like Dan Tai, former pro rugby player and current CrossFit athlete).

Tree-trunk thighs would seem to be too big to fit. (The models on the product page do not have tree-trunk thighs like Regan Grimes.)

Premium Stretch Jeans in Dark Blue

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Dress Pants

The dress pants appear to be able to accommodate bigger thighs. (It would be good for an interested reader to contact the brand to confirm.)

Essential Trousers in Charcoal

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent Polyester, 18 percent Viscose, 4 percent Elastane

Bradley Allen

  • Bradleyallen.com
  • Based in Denver, Colorado, United States.
  • The clothing offered: dress pants, dress shirts, hats, and polo shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).

Dr. Brad Poppie, Founder of Bradley Allen

The founder of Bradley Allen is Dr. Brad Poppie. Dr. Poppie explained in a blog post why he started his brand.

Dr. Brad Poppie, serial entrepreneur and bodybuilder himself, founded Bradley Allen Apparel when he personally struggled to find dress clothing to fit his body type. The current athletics retail industry provides limited dress apparel options for fitting the muscular physique. By focusing on fit, feel and a polished professional look, Bradley Allen Apparel has created the best athletic fit dress shirt and pants on the market.

Sizing

The sizing for Bradley Allen shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest, arms, and weight. The brand’s clothes are meant for guys with huge physiques. The sizes range from middleweight (S) to super heavyweight (XL). The middleweight dimensions are as follows:

  • Chest: 40 inches to 43 inches
  • Arms: 16 inches to 17 inches
  • Weight: 175 pounds or fewer

Compare that to the heavyweight:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 50 inches
  • Arms: 18 inches to 19 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260 pounds

The sizing for Bradley Allen pants is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, thigh, and calf circumference.

There are three sizes, S, M, and L. The dimensions for M:

  • Waist: 35 inches to 37 inches
  • Thigh: 24.5 inches to 27 inches
  • Calf: 16.5 inches to 17.75 inches

Dress Shirts

Physique Tailored Dress Shirt

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirts

Muscle Fit Polo Shirt

  • 64 U.S. Dollars
  • 30 percent Tencel, 50 percent recycled polyester, 20 percent cotton

Size L is for bodybuilders with the following measurements:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 55 inches
  • Arms: 20 inches to 24 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260+ pounds

Dress Pants

Physique Tailored Dress Pants

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 65 percent polyester, 35 percent cotton

Pants are unhemmed, but a customer can get the brand to hem them for an additional fee (note, no returns allowed of hemmed pants).

Fran Denim

  • frandenim.com
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).
  • The brand owner participates in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting, which involves many leg exercises. He could not find jeans to accommodate his big thighs and also fit his lean waist. This experience was the motivation for starting Fran Denim.

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but the owner seeks to make clothes that can accommodate muscular people with larger thighs. Tree-trunk thighs may be too large, but some muscular could find jeans with this brand.

Sizing

The sizing for Fran Denim jeans is based on the waist circumference (30 inches to 38 inches with 2 inseams-31 inches and 34 inches). The brand explains that you can focus on the waist size only without making an adjustment for your thighs.

Jeans

Daniel Straight Leg Rinse Wash

  • 103 U.S. Dollars
  • 92 percent cotton, 5 percent elasterell, 3 percent Spandex.

Kojo Fit

  • us.kojofit.com
  • Based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on each product page.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (You can also use the chat function at the bottom-right of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Kojo Fit shirts is based on several measures

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Chest circumference
  • Waist circumference
  • Neck circumference
  • Biceps circumference.

The sizes range from XS to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with the following measurements:

  • Height 5’11 1⁄4″ to 6’4 3⁄8″ (in feet and inches)
  • Weight 216 pounds to 238 pounds
  • Chest circumference 45 11⁄16 inches to 47 1⁄4 inches
  • Waist circumference 35 13⁄16 inches to 39 3⁄4 inches
  • Neck circumference 17 1⁄2 inches
  • Biceps circumference 19 5⁄16 inches

Dress Shirt

Bamboo Satin Stretch Shirt

  • 74 U.S. Dollars
  • Bamboo, polyester, and Elastane

T-shirt

Essential Bamboo T-shirt

  • 46 U.S. Dollars
  • “Organic bamboo Elastane jersey blend”

Jeans

Ultra Stretch Jeans-Tapered Slim Fit

  • 89 U.S. Dollars

The sizing for Kojo Fit jeans is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with the inseam ranging from 28 inches to 30 inches). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Chino

Ultra Stretch Chino Pants

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • Viscose, polyester, Elastane

The sizing for Kojo Fit pants is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with a 30-inch inseam). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Olympvs

  • olympvsjeans.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: cargo pants, chinos, dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, sweaters, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guide.

Sizing

The sizing for Olympvs shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest measurement. The sizes range from S to XXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46 inch to 48-in chest.

For Olympvs pants, the sizing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, hip, and thigh (leg-day lovers’ dream) measurements. For example—

Waist: 36 inches

Hip: 42 inches

Thigh: 26 inches to 30 inches

For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The brand makes muscle-fit shirts (basically accommodating a v-tapered physique (wide shoulders and narrower waist). Its shirts are designed to be worn without a undershirt.

High Performance Shirt

  • 79 U.S. Dollars
  • Gracell fiber fabric
  • 55 percent Gracell, 42 percent Terylene, 3 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Polo Shirt

Hyper Stretch Polo

  • 59 U.S. Dollars
  • 38 percent Rayon, 52 percent Nylon, 10 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

T-shirt

Short Sleeve Henley

  • 69 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Jeans

Note: The back pockets on most jeans have rivets. The lengths of the jeans are 30 inches, 32 inches, 34 inches, and 36 inches.

Sorbtek 365 Jeans

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 75 percent cotton, 24 percent Sorbtek 365 Fibre, 1% percent Lycra
  • Made in China

Chinos

The brand’s chinos have a reinforced crotch area (as well as extra room for the glutes and thighs) to prevent blowouts.

Hyper Stretch Chinos

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Tailored Titans

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Titan shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s height as well as chest, waist, and flexed-biceps measurements. The shirts have a small brand logo on the chest.

For more questions about fit, the reader can contact a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The Flex

  • 91 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Conclusion

Dedicated weight training produced your muscular build. You should be able to find clothing that suits a more muscular physique. While you can go to a tailor for made-to-measure or bespoke clothing, those options can be hard on the wallet.

Fortunately, there are some brands available that offer essential clothing for muscular guys at a reasonably affordable price. These essential pieces can be assembled in multiple outfits. Are you a weight training enthusiast that loves leg day or a competitive physique athlete? Perhaps, you are a friend or significant other of a muscular guy. What has been your experience finding non-gym-related clothes that fit well? What brands work well? Tell me in the comments or by email.