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.

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

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Brands in the Post

Swim/Beach/Resort Shorts

Gym/Lounge/Errands Shorts

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1980s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

In April 2021, Alex Abad-Santos wrote an article for Vox on the popularity of shorts with 5 inches or lower inseams.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

(Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights. Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Photo Examples

CandidConstantine in khaki cut-off shorts
Shorts from Athletegy.NYC. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.
Model: James Whipp
Shorts, MCE Creations
Deve Carvajal loves leg day.
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Media Coverage: Are Short Shorts in Style for Guys?

Five-Inch Inseam Shorts

On TikTok, there are posts encouraging guys to ditch long-length shorts in favor of 5-inch inseam shorts (aka short shorts). (See an article by Esquire Magazine.)

In 2021, in the New York Post, there was an article about actor Milo Ventimiglia wearing runner’s shorts to the gym.

Andres Gaspar by Adrian C. Martin. Beach shorts, Bang! Clothes, Miami, Fla.
Paul Mescal, actor, in short shorts. Photo by Click News and Media.
Shorts, O’Neill’s. See related news article.
Shorts, Addicted
Fraser Wilson, Australia; Short Shorts in Action

Fraser Wilson, a personal trainer from Melbourne, Australia, is sponsored by GymShark.

In the YouTube video at the right, Fraser performs a follow-along mobility workout while wearing five-inch inseam shorts.

Are Men’s Shorts Getting Shorter?

The Guardian newspaper had an article about men’s interest in short shorts (the way shorts were in the 1970s and 1980s) (author Priya Elan). Men’s shorts became longer in the 1990s and early 2000s. The theme of the story was the connection of menswear, sensuality, and affordable style.

There is some tension as the inseam gets to 5 inches and lower. (See discussion in next subsection.)

In the bodybuilding (and physique) world, I think that there is a desire to show the results of leg day training as well as practicality—better movement in the gym. With athleisure clothing, this gym wear is also worn in casual wear.

(See a previous article on leg day shorts.)

Josh Watson

An article in the New Idea, a publication for Australian women, also supports short shorts and provides practical tips (author Rhys McKay).

Some parts of Australian fashion embraced short shorts (for example, brands (2Eros (Zyzz (the late Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011)) shorts, also known as the S01 Icon Shorts (mentioned in a previous blog article) and fitness trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal) as well as sports (the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rugby).

Australian rugby
Expert calisthenics trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal
Australian Football League

When Are Shorts Too Short for Guys?

For shorter shorts, like the Addicted mesh shorts, below, there may be some negative feedback received from the guy showing too much leg. Rick for The Running Channel on YouTube investigated this question with two-inch inseam side-split running shorts.

The Guardian‘s Priya Elan wrote an article asking how low can men’s short short’s go. There is a split opinion on where short shorts should be worn.

Teo van den Broeke, British GQ’s styling and grooming director, agreed: “We’re more au fait with wearing sport shorts right now, given how much exercising we’ve all been doing, we feel more comfortable going a little short.”

Others think micro is not the way to go. “In most urban contexts, it would be more acceptable for men to wear knee-grazing shorts,” said Elizabeth Wyse, at the etiquette experts Debrett’s.

Priya Elan, Micro shorts for men: how short is too short?

Bang Clothing brand offers show shorts that have a three-inch inseam.

As discussed above with the Guardian article, the shorts force a connection between men’s fashion and sensuality. However, bodybuilders and AFL athletes has embraced the fashion trend enthusiastically.

A YouTuber and male model, Brandon Pikulinski, was having this debate in his video log. He’s a tall guy, 6’3″ or 1.91 meters. Brandon is a jogger, wore short shorts and leggings on a hot day to go for a jog (at about 30 second-mark in the video).

Later, for a swim, he tried on short swim trunks with a four-inch inseam and felt the shorts were too short (at about the 6:52 mark in the video). His girlfriend liked them.

If you decide to embrace short shorts, be confident and go for it. Maybe another guy is debating the same question internally. If more guys embrace it (as in the 1970s), it will encourage other guys to support it.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

DW Chase (shorts, Addicted)

Timoteo offers a mesh short (which model Matt Luscious wears below) that has a very short inseam like the running short.

Cellblock13 reversible mesh short
See blog post on Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Fashion Bloggers

Ollie Pearce

London, UK, based fashion and fitness blogger Ollie Pearce did a YouTube video on short shorts. While the shorts that Ollie showed on his video was a form of board shorts, he did discuss how shorter length shorts can help taller guys as well as guys who love leg days at the gym.

Models

David Cihacek by Photographer Marc Spielberg

Model David Cihacek, from the Czech Republic, wears Adidas shorts in a photo shoot by Photographer Marc Spielberg.

David Cihacek by Marc Spielberg in Germany

Swim-Based Short Shorts

The shorts in this category have a mesh liner as well as fabric that can handle being in the water. The shorts also dry quickly to be worn away from water.

BrandStyle
TucannCherry white swim shorts
Bang ClothesBjorn to be alive – Tailored Shorts
2ErosS60 Bondi Shorts – Navy  
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Tucann

Swim Shorts

Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts
Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts

Bang Clothes

Tailored Shorts

2Eros

S60 Bondi Shorts

Athleisure: Short Shorts for Workouts, a Party, or Errands

With the athleisure shorts, the garment has a low rise and does not necessarily have a liner.

BrandStyle
Jack AdamsUltralight short
Code 22Thrust short
AddictedTropical mesh short
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Jack Adams

Ultralight Shorts

Code 22

Thrust Shorts

Addicted

Tropical Mesh Shorts

Conclusion

I have presented a selection of short shorts that are available. Whether you are looking for something to wear at the beach or pool, at the gym, or running errands around town, there is an option available to you.

Are you interested in short shorts? Please tell us of your interest and brand that you like in the comments. If there is a dream vacation spot or resort that you would like to visit post-Covid, please also write it in the comment area.

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Table of Brands

Introduction: The Struggle and Benefits of Leg Day

The legs are a large muscle group. It takes focus, dedication, and time to add size. The effort produces impressive results, as seen with some examples in this section.

This blog will describe some shorts that will allow you to maintain your focus on the important leg training day.

Read below for leg-day training information so that you can build your own tree-trunk thighs.

Some Leg-Day Results

Deve demonstrates his leg day in Colombia.
Model: Brad Jaxon

Leg Day Shorts Brands

Leg Day Lifting Shorts

Strong Lift Wear

Strong Lift Wear is a fitness clothing company based in Australia. Of the shorts available on the Strong Lift Wear website, I liked the premium lift shorts for the colors, length, and design. (Stong Lift Wear is a brother brand to Tucann.)

The premium lift shorts are marketed for leg day but they could be used for a cardio session or just relaxing at home as well. The fabric composition is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent spandex. The shorts are made in China.

My Review

I selected the XL size (orange bolt color). It is hard to find the size guide. I have found sometimes that sizes for clothes from Australia can be on the smaller side. After an Internet search, I found the size guide.

I ordered the shorts (before the COVID-19 pandemic) from the US-based website. (The shorts still are shipped from Australia using Australia Post.) At the time I ordered, I was offered a deal to add socks for 10 US dollars and I accepted that.

I had no issues with the shipping before the pandemic. During the pandemic, international mail is affected as flights are being disrupted for the moment.

Shipping and COVID-19-related disruptions. For United States readers, there is a United States Postal Service webpage that details international postal service disruptions. In addition, Australia Post has a webpage for international mail deliveries affected by COVID-19. There are delays in shipments to the United States.

The shorts arrived in a large mailing envelope. Inside, the shorts were in a plastic bag and the sock was in plastic in the same envelope.

The lift shorts have a liner. It is the wearer’s preference to wear the shorts with or without underwear. The shorts fit great and I used them for an at-home HIIT workout and weight-training session.

The length of the shorts was perfect for HIIT training with lots of exercises similar to what was done in my physical education classes in the United States (mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, and so on). The shorts were perfect with the weight-training portion of my routine as well.

I am very happy with the lift shorts. I will order another pair.

Care Instructions

According to the label on the shorts, the shorts can be machine washed with warm water (no bleach) and tumble dry low, removing promptly from the dryer.

Stay Shredded Quads for the Gods Lifting Shorts

Stay Shredded, based in Australia, makes shorts designed for leg day. The shorts, named quads for the gods lifting shorts, have a lining like swimwear and a short length (mid-thigh) to allow the flexibility for leg exercises, like squats and deadlifts.

The website states that the fabric composition of the shorts is polyester and cotton. See the website for the size chart for the shorts.

My Review

I ordered these shorts to try them out. At the time that I ordered, the sizes that I was looking at (L & XL) were only available in certain colors. I ordered the black with white logo and the black with black logo.

When I tried them on they felt a bit tight around the hips but overall there was good support and flexibility.

I did a workout with them, particularly high-rep squats and walking lunges. The shorts worked well for both the exercises. Going deep with the squats was no problem with these shorts.

They have quickly become one of my favorite shorts for leg day.

Care Instructions

The lifting shorts have cotton in them. Cotton, the company explains, can shrink in the first wash, if the shorts are not washed correctly.

Thus, Stay Shredded recommends washing the shorts by hand in cold water or dry clean only.

For drying, the company recommends drying on a flat surface or hanging on a clothing hanger.

2Eros Icon Shorts

The company, 2Eros, is based in Australia. The shorts, S01 Icon shorts, have a mesh brief, are mid-thigh. The shorts are designed for swimwear as well as working out, according to the description on the website. A physique enthusiast named Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011), also known as Zyzz, used to wear these shorts in his social media posts.

The fabric for the shorts is 100 percent polyester and the mesh brief is made of polyester Elastane. A potential issue is that the shorts tend to be small. Check out the 2Eros size chart before buying.

Love Leg Day; Get Thigh Gains

I enjoy training legs in the gym. The legs happen to be a big muscle group and I love to do squats, walking lunges, and deadlifts. Many shorts are too long and interfere with leg-exercise form. (See another article about Crossfit shorts for men.)

Perhaps, some guys have great leg development and are physique or bodybuilding or are workout enthusiasts who are concerned about muscle size and development. These guys might want to see the legs working while they exercise. (In general, short shorts seem to be making a comeback.)

Shorts, Athletegy. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.

Why Leg Day is Important

What is Leg Day?

For fitness enthusiasts or people just starting out with weight training, leg day is the day that exercises for the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) are done.

Some people train legs more than one time per week following a full-body training routine. Others do a body-part split training routine. The all parts of the legs could be worked on the same day or the quads, hams, and calves are trained on different days.

The legs, especially the quads and hams are huge muscle groups that carry our bodyweight everyday. Because of this the legs can handle a lot of weight and be exhausting to train. The reward is well-toned legs.

I typically focus on the barbell squat and deadlift for leg day. I have found that shorts that do not get in the way on the movement are better.

Conclusion

Leg day is much talked about because the legs are such a large muscle group that takes effort and energy to train. The benefits of having well-conditioned legs makes the effort worth it.

The shorts (in this post) that have been designed for leg day have worked well. The high quality of the Strong Lift Wear shorts impressed me.

Are there other shorts that you like for leg day? Any favorite leg day exercises or routines you would like to share? Let me know through a comment.