Ultimate Guide (2022): Mens Tech Pants

Ultimate Guide (2022): Mens Tech Pants

Introduction

With the pandemic, I was fortunate to have a full-time job that I could do from home. My employer is starting to make plans to open to a hybrid arrangement (part of the workweek at home and part of the workweek at the office).

While working from home, I did not have much need for the dress clothes that I wore to the office. I did not do telework in casual clothes, as I found that I could not get into work mode without dressing somewhat more formally than jeans and a t-shirt.

Now that 2022 looks like the year that I will return to a commute (maybe?), I had an interest in refreshing my wardrobe. Perhaps, the reader is in the same position. One of the types of clothing that I looked for is pants. I tend to wear wool dress pants that I pair with a blazer or sports coat.

It is a neat outfit. However, rain can present a problem—soaking the wool and ruining the crease. This happened to me several times. While I will not give up on wool pants, I was searching for pants that are formal enough for the office and can deal with rain well.

I found a category of pants called men’s tech pants. The pants typically have cotton, some elastane for stretch, and polyester for some water resistance. I found several brands that sell this type of pants, most are formal for a workday, a few others have a casual design.

I also added two pants from Mott and Bow for comparison: The Everyday Chino and the Mercer Twill Denim. Both pants have mostly cotton with some elastane for stretch.

Brands of Tech Pants / Stretch Chinos

PantsWaist SizesFabric Composition
Perk Feel Good Chinos
($108)
28 inches to 42 inches97 percent cotton twill, 3 percent Spandex
Western Rise, AT Pant
($128)
28 inches to 40 inches97 percent nylon, 3 percent Spandex
TAYLRD Tech Chino Pants
($89)
28 inches to 44 inches96 percent cotton, 4 percent Spandex
Rhone Commuter Pant (five styles-regular, slim, skinny,five-pocket, and jogger)
($128)
28 inches to 40 inchesProprietary “Flex-Knit™ fabric”
Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino
($128)
30 inches to 44 inches78 percent cotton, 17 percent Lyocell, 5 percent elastane
2Eros Bondi Pants
(Australian $120)
S, M, L, XL (28 inches to 37 inches)84 percent nylon, 16 percent elastane
TAYLRD Warp Knit Pants
($108)
28 inches to 44 inches100 percent polyester
Mott and Bow, The Everywhere Chino
($99)
30 inches to 40 inches97 percent cotton, 3 percent elastane
Five-Pocket Pants

FourLaps Traverse Pant
($98)
28 inches to 40 inches89 percent recycled polyester, 11 percent Spandex
Mott and Bow, Mercer Twill Denim
($118)
30 inches to 42 inches98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane
Western Rise Evolution Pant
($149)
28 inches to 40 inches96 percent nylon, 4 percent elastane

Review: Maverick Tech Chino

I decided to try Mack Weldon’s Maverick Tech Chino. I was familiar with Mack Weldon through previous orders. I decided to try the Maverick Tech Chino because it was like the pants that I had worn for work from home days (100 percent cotton). I bought the belt that Mack Weldon recommends for the pants. I wore the pants as some when I received them.

Despite the cotton in the pants, the fabric is a little stiff. (The pants get a little less stiff with wear.) They are comfortable for my sedentary job. While I planned to use the pants for work, I also wore them to the supermarket and the coffee shop.

The pants have been working well for me. I will likely buy another pair.

Conclusion

New pants to suit at-home or in-office wear. Also, they can be used for casual events.

Have any for the stretch chinos discussed interested you? If so, let us know in the comments. If you have any questions about these pants, please send a message or write a comment. I will try to answer it in the blog.

Mens Underwear (2022): Shortys Apparel

Mens Underwear (2022): Shortys Apparel

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Introduction

Jordan Morello is an online fitness coach, social media personality, cookbook author, and apparel brand owner, Shortys Apparel.

Jordan’s social media pages are on his link page.

What does Shortys Apparel Sell?

Shortys Apparel sells–

Jordan models his clothing while doing his workouts or other content.

Why Shortys Apparel?

Shortys Apparel is a brand to consider because you work with the owner directly.

In one of his videos, Jordan showed the room in his house where he stores his product for sales. He also shows where he packages an order for customers.

It is also good to see Jordan wear Shortys clothing as he does his day or workout tasks.

Jordan Morello’s leg-day workout. Shorts, Shortys Apparel’s Hammocks (boxer briefs).
Jordan Morello tries on his brand’s clothing.

Fabric Composition of Shortys Apparel Underwear

Shortys calls its boxer briefs “Hammocks.” The fabric composition of Shortys boxer briefs is 95 percent Modal and 5 percent Spandex.

Benefits of Modal

Benefits of Spandex

  • Elasticity

If you are interested in the fabrics used in making men’s underwear, see a link located in another blog post.

See a separate post for a mention of Jason Hoeung, the owner of 2Eros and Supawear in Australia, who made a video explaining the features of modal and elastane in men’s underwear.

Colors of Shortys Apparel’s Boxer Briefs

At the time of this post, the colors for sale are white and navy blue. Jordan announced on a YouTube post that Shorty’s would add three colors: light blue, coral (light red), and grey.

My Order

I placed an order for four Hammocks boxer briefs after Shortys Apparel released the new colors. Ordering from the website (built with Shopify) was straightforward. I received my order within three days.

The underwear is made in China. The fabric is silky smooth and stretchy, which Jordan demonstrated in his try-on videos.

Photo Shoot with Photographer Stevan Reyes

Jordan announced in a YouTube video that Shortys will be expanding its product offerings.

To capture images of the new products, Jordan had a photo shoot in a cabin (The Love Lodge Lithia) with Florida Photographer Stevan Reyes.

Jordan by Photographer Stevan Reyes.

Note: Jordan and Stevan released The Adonis Project on December 25, 2021. The first round of the joint project ended in January 2022. You can sign up for updates on the next release.

Photo by Stevan Reyes.

Photos of Shortys Hammocks Boxer Briefs

Conclusion

What color of Shortys boxer briefs was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Ultimate Guide (2022): 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 Ehrensberger, 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 Ehrensberger by Michael A. Downs

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. Muscle guys can avoid layering clothes. 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
Model: Mario Hervas.

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

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 are 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
Model: Adrian Santos, wearing a Tailored Athlete polo shirt.

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 builds 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 an 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.

Mens Essentials-Basic, Everyday Underwear Brands

Mens Essentials-Basic, Everyday Underwear Brands

The desire today is to express one’s individuality through clothing. This desire extends to underwear. Many brands focus on creating basic, everyday men’s underwear, sold in department stores and online. It can get confusing to know that these brands are available, so I have tried to collect the brands into one post for your convenience.

The basic forms of men’s underwear are briefs, trunks, boxer briefs, and boxer shorts. (Read a separate blog post on the styles and types of men’s underwear for more information.)

Brands

Sold in Physical Stores (and Online)

PVH Corporation: Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger

Although Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are separate brands, these brands have the same owner, PVH Corporation.

Calvin Klein started in New York in 1968. According to the PVH Corp. website, the Calvin Klein brand had US$9.4 billion in retail sales (2019). PVH Corp. acquired Calvin Klein in 2003.

Calvin Klein underwear ads were forward. (I did a blog post on Calvin Klein’s relationship in Times Square, New York City.)

Kyle Hynick by Jade Young
Fitness model Kyle Hynick from Canada poses in front of an electronic billboard in public for a photoshoot with Photographer Jade Young.
Kyle Hynick in pre-Covid Times Square. Photographer: Jade Young.

Calvin Klein is sold to all men with all kinds of body types. Typical colors are black, white, and blue. There are reds and oranges in the lineup.

Model: David Čiháček. Photographer: Pantelis.
Model: Derek Yates. Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar.
Model: Josh Riquelme. Photographer: Peter Rock
Model: Nick Sandell. Photographer: Michael Hallenbeck.
Model: Shane Crommer. Boxer Briefs, Calvin Klein.
Model: Andrei Gutiérrez, a mens physique competitor and engineering student in Mexico.
Model: Erick Bolivar. Photographer: Pavel Anton.
Model: Ramon Schijns. Photographer: Sunny Jagesar.
Personal trainer and model: Jorge Darek.

The Tommy Hilfiger brand started in 1985. It started as a department store brand. PVH Corp. acquired the brand in 2013.

Notably, Tommy Hilfiger brand has professional tennis player Rafael Nadal as a model for its clothing. The brand had US$9.2 billion in retail sales (2019).

Tommy Hilfiger brand underwear comes in solid colors or with printed designs.

Photos of Josh Riquelme by Photographer Peter Rock.

Franco Mayorga, Argentina

Franco Mayorga (aka Kito Shelby) is a football player, model, and personal trainer who lives in Argentina, South America.

Moschino

Moschino is a clothing brand based in Italy. The brand sells briefs and boxer briefs at a higher price point.

Bang and Strike

Bang and Strike started in 2006 as a retailer of men’s underwear. In 2019, the organization decided to focus on selling its stock of men’s basic underwear.

The focus of the brand is “to create a brand that had a familiar yet modern feel and that was uncomplicated, clean cut and aspirational. Underwear for guys that appreciate low key style.”

Stance

Stance started in 2009 with selling socks with vibrant colors and designs. Later, the brand offered boxer briefs and other clothing for sale. The brand offers two types of boxer briefs, one with an internal pouch (the “Wholester) and the boxer brief. The brand calls the fabric used to make its boxer briefs the “butter blend,” 66 percent modal, 26 percent lyocell, and 8 percent elastane.

Hanesbrands, Inc

Hanesbrands, Inc., owns three brands: Hanes, Champion, and Bonds (in Australia). The company started in 1901. The company notes that it manufactures 70 percent of the clothes it sells. The brand offers boxer briefs, boxer shorts, and briefs.

Jockey

Jockey started in 1876 and is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The brand’s underwear is sold in major department stores. The brand has a wide selection of underwear, from boxer briefs to thongs.

Fruit of the Loom

The Fruit of the Loom brand started in 1851. The company focused on producing textiles in Rhode Island. Later, the brand made underwear and other clothing. The company protected the brand name under trademark in 1871. The Berkshire Hathaway Group acquired the brand in 2002.

Muchachomalo

Muchachomalo is a brand based in the Netherlands. The brand name translates to “bad boy” in Spanish. The idea for the brand is to place art based on life and feelings on the underwear, suggesting that the bad boy wears underwear to be shown. The brand has solid colors for sale.

The brand sells boxer briefs and trunks for men.

E-Commerce

Pair of Thieves

The links in this subsection are affiliate links, which means I earn a small referral payment if you choose to purchase the product.

Pair of Thieves is an e-commerce underwear brand. However, the brand’s underwear has a presence in the brick-and-mortar world through being sold at Target stores.

The brand offers mostly boxer briefs and trunks. Briefs and boxer shorts are available but have fewer options. The patterns range from one-color fabric to more vibrant designs.

The brand has three founders, Cash Warren, Alan Stuart, and David Ehrenberg. The goal of the brand is to offer well-made basics (socks, underwear, t-shirts, and loungewear) that can handle whatever the owner does. For every order, the brand contributes clothing to those who experience homelessness.

Pair of Thieves | Briefs are back – Shop Now!

Walking Jack

Walking Jack is an underwear brand based in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2018. I wrote previous blog articles about Walking Jack:

The goal of the brand is to improve the fabric, fit, and feel of basic, everyday underwear. The underwear is made in Portugal.

The pouch is contoured to fit the male anatomy perfectly. It offers support and room exactly where every man needs it most.

Almost all our seams are flat lock to avoid any friction or irritation against your skin.

It took years of research, effort, and hard work to create the garments you buy from us.

We source the best materials, fabrics, and manufacturers so we can offer our customers nothing but the best.

We are present in every part of the production and look after every detail.”

Walking Jack website

The brand has underwear styles in black, white, blue. Printed designs are also available.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is a brand based in New York City. The creator is Yasemin De Mirci, who created underwear based on discussions with men explaining what they wanted in underwear.

The brand has several collections, each with its targeted style. In the Basic Collection, the brand offers boxer shorts, boxer trunks, briefs, and trunks.

Saxx

Saxx is an clothing brand based in Vancouver, Canada. The brand’s underwear has a pouch feature that maintains “order”. The brand sells mostly boxer briefs, and a few briefs, across its collections.

Ballistic Menswear

I wrote a previous post about this Canada-based brand. The brand sells boxer briefs and briefs.

Unsimply Stitched

Unsimply Stitched is a brand based in Los Angeles, California.

The brand offers boxer briefs with a wide selection of designs. (The company sells socks as well.)


How often to change underwear?

Daily. Underwear and socks should be washed after each wearing.

How often should guys replace underwear?

Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, has some top tips on when to replace items – not just for cleanliness, but also to get the best out of them.

He told Metro.co.uk: ‘Generally speaking, and this applies to any garment, how often you replace your underwear will depend on how many pieces you have in your rotation, how well made they are.

‘How well you care for them is also key. Don’t throw items away simply because you’ve read that they need replacing every year. You’ll save yourself a lot more money in the long run.’

Avoiding Fashion Waste: Recycling Used Underwear

The World Economic Forum encourages the recycling of washed, used underwear to address the issue of textile waste.

“What do you do with your unwanted underwear? Chances are you throw them away.

Now a clothing company in Philadelphia, US, says it’s time to stop casting our undergarments aside. About 5 million kilogrammes of unwanted underwear ends up in landfill sites across the US every day, according to The Big Favorite.

It says it’s bringing circularity to underwear – “the one category remaining that can’t be donated or resold” – by encouraging customers to return their old undies to the company for recycling instead of throwing them away.”

Conclusion

The market for men’s underwear is huge, with many brands available for purchase. Do you have a favorite brand? Write about it in the comments.

NYC Male Fitness Model: Andrew C. Morrill

NYC Male Fitness Model: Andrew C. Morrill

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy

Table of Contents

Introduction

Andrew C. Morrill is a Texan who lives in New York City (like Josh Riquelme). Andrew was based in Hong Kong and London, United Kingdom for a few years. He has been in the modeling industry for over a decade.

Andrew is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer.

Andrew Morrill at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, NYC. Andrew explains in his post that he is a cancer survivor.

Athletegy New York

Andrew is a co-owner of a New York-based athletic clothing brand, Athletegy New York.

Andrew works out outside in New York City.

Sign up for Athletegy updates at https://athletegy.com/.

The brand name is a combination of athlete and strategy. Athletegy products will combine hard-working, durable fabrics with no-fuss workout style.

Model: J. Taggrey

Athletegy: A Review of My Order

My Order

I reviewed the Athletegy website while updating another blog post. I decided to purchase a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for a review. The sizing for the Quad Short runs from small to extra-large. I could not determine which size would fit me. I sent a question to the customer service about this. I received a reply from Andrew. 

After reading Andrew’s email, I decided to try on the extra-large. I would guess the extra large would fit waists measuring 36-40 inches. I note that there is the brand offers a 14-day try-on period, so you could buy two sizes and return the one that does not fit. Also, I selected the large size for the Ace Tee.

The price for the clothing is on the high side (58 U.S. dollars for the Quad Short and the same price for the Ace Tee). The price is comparable to the pricing of other high-end workout shorts and t-shirts. 

In addition, I have been a follower of Andrew’s social media, so I expect that (1) I am helping a small business with owners with whom I am familiar and (2) that I can communicate with them about purchase-related issues.

Clothing

ClothingFabric Composition
Quad Short (five-inch inseam and has a liner)88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex
Ace Tee81 percent polyester, 14 percent cotton, 5 percent elastane

The website is built with Shopify so I did not experience any website or payment problems.

I paid for the purchase and received it within three days (the standard U.S. Postal Service delivery time between New York and Maryland). 

Fabrics for Workout Clothes
FabricBenefitsDisadvantages
PolyesterLightweight, wrinkle-resistant, durable, sweat resistantRetains odors, bacteria can grow on the fabric
SpandexElastic (permits full range of motion)Can lose elasticity if tumble dried.
CottonWashable, does not hold odorsAbsorbs sweat.
Source: midwestworld.com; Cnet.

The Unboxing

The package arrived in a compostable black bag. 

Inside is a white bag that contains the clothing that I ordered (wrapped in white tissue paper), a postcard (with a thank-you message from Andrew and Michael (a nice touch that is appreciated). As discussed earlier, there is a return label if the clothes do not fit.

The t-shirt fits well. The fabric is soft to the touch and is lightweight. 

The shorts are mid-thigh on me. There is also a mesh material toward the top of the back of the shorts. I am guessing this feature is to allow better air circulation for runners. The shorts’ inner stitching and overall construction are neat and well done, as expected for the price point.

I used them for a home workout, which included deadlifts and dumbbell squats—the clothes allowed for a full range of motion during the training.

Takeaway

The clothes are well made and perform as advertised. In addition, you get to communicate with the owners who thank you for your business (a sadly rare business behavior). The price point is higher; however, the clothing should have a long life with high-quality and durable materials. 

The brand explained that the brand will be adding more products for sale. I review them to see if I see other items I would buy.

Photos of Andrew

New haircut, March 2021
New haircut, November 2021

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy

Interviews

Andrew has had several interviews over his career. Several of them have been with the Fashionably Male blog. Andrew also interviewed with the Men and Underwear blog.

Several other blogs that Andrew spoke with—

Andrew mentions in his interviews that fans compliment him on his pectorals and thighs. (See other blog posts on leg-day shorts and 5-inch inseam shorts)

Interview with Willpower Magazine

Andrew spoke with Willpower Magazine for an interview. Andrew discusses his start in fitness with school sports. Andrew started weight training in college. Over time, Andrew worked with a number of personal trainers; he felt he learned the exercises best when he taught himself.

Andrew Morrill weight trains outside.
Andrew training outside. (See blog post on five-inch inseam shorts.)

Andrew’s notable muscle group is his thighs. He explained in the interview that he initially did not like having big thighs.

As a young man, I hated my muscular legs because they made it difficult to fit into clothes.  It’s funny because now I think they are my best physical asset.  ​

A lot of body development is accepting who and what you are and recognizing your own assets.

Andrew Morrill in Willpower Magazine

Read the rest of Andrew’s interview where he discusses his preparation for the NASM personal trainer exam and his workout and nutrition for maintaining his physique.

YouTube

Andrew did an interview with Flash Avenue Studio in London, UK.

Podcast

Andrew was interviewed by the Two Smart Dumbbells podcast.

Vintage Clothing

Andrew wore a color block jacket from Christian Dior. Fans loved the jacket and wanted to buy one. However, it is a vintage item made in the 1990s.

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy

Photo Shoots

Lapidus Studio

Andrew had a photo shoot with Lapidus Studio in New York.

Robert Riese

Conclusion

Andrew has had a long career as a model and personal trainer. I hope that the clothing brand will add additional success. Also, congratulations on being a cancer survivor!

Any of Andrew’s photos are your favorite? Perhaps, you have tried his gym clothes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Mens Underwear 2022: Ballistic Menswear

Mens Underwear 2022: Ballistic Menswear

Introduction

I found Ballistic Menswear because a photographer tweeted about the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand. Ballistic has underwear for sale now, but the brand plans to offer swimwear and gym wear for sale in the future.

Author’s note: I wrote a blog post about Kyle Hynick, a model who is from Halifax.

Social Media

Underwear

Ballistic sells briefs and two types of boxer briefs: mesh and athletic. The size charts from Ballistic underwear is located conveniently on the product page.

The fabric composition (for the briefs and mesh boxer briefs) is 95 percent bamboo viscose and 5 percent Spandex. The boxer briefs have a mesh panel in the front; the athletic boxer briefs have solid fabric.

For the athletic boxer briefs, the fabric composition is 95 percent Polyester and 5 percent Spandex.

(Note: To read more about the styles and types of men’s underwear, read another blog post for more information.)

Delivery

Ballistic Menswear uses Canada Post and DHL (outside Canada).

Payment Accepted

When I published this post, the brand accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.

Conclusion

Ballistic Menswear daily underwear, with a little bit of daring (with the mesh underwear versions). With the nice selection of colors and good size range, many guys can find something they like.

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Introduction

I found some of Kyle Hynick‘s photos where he was wearing a big flannel shirt that had an embroidered logo and design on it. I discovered that the jacket is an overshirt.

Is the overshirt a good piece to add to a guy’s wardrobe or is it just a passing fad? The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I can see why the garment has many fans.

The Cardigan Sweater

Way back, I loved cardigan sweaters with designs like some overshirts; sadly, this type of cardigan faded away. The overshirt could fill the place of the cardigan, at least for me.

What is an Overshirt?

According to the EQVVS website, an overshirt is a jacket with the design of a shirt. The overshirt comes in various styles (zip front, button front, with pockets or without pockets) and fabrics (cotton or nylon). The style is casual, but some of the overshirts have great colors making those pieces more polished. The overshirt is versatile to wear in all seasons, which is great for the Washington, D.C., area weather pattern.

In selecting an overshirt, it should be big enough to fit a sweater underneath the overshirt, but not supersized (unless that is the look you are going for).