Chubstr https://chubstr.com Life In Your Size Sat, 27 May 2017 00:45:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://chubstr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-chubstr-logo-new-site-32x32.jpg Chubstr https://chubstr.com 32 32 Masculine Plus Size Instagrammers You Should be Following https://chubstr.com/style/masculine-plus-size-instagrammers-you-should-be-following/ https://chubstr.com/style/masculine-plus-size-instagrammers-you-should-be-following/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 02:12:53 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24309 There are lots of body positive people you should be following on Instagram right now. It’s the go-to place for all types of representation. In April, writer Laurel Dickman put together a list of 14 plus size masculine Instagrammers you should be following. It’s a great list, and while I’m honored to be on it, […]

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There are lots of body positive people you should be following on Instagram right now. It’s the go-to place for all types of representation. In April, writer Laurel Dickman put together a list of 14 plus size masculine Instagrammers you should be following. It’s a great list, and while I’m honored to be on it, there some many other amazing people featured that you should get to know.

If you aren’t familiar with people like Vicky Pasche, Kavah King, Syed Sohail, or Nick Holliday, this is your chance to see photos of them, learn a bit more about each of them, and do the right thing by following them on Instagram.

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Click here to see the full list of amazing plus size masculine instagrammers in action, and share some of your favorites in the comments or via social media (we’re @chubstr).

 

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Kurt Angle on Body Positivity in Wrestling, Helping Others With AngleStrong https://chubstr.com/entertainment/kurt-angle-body-positivity-wrestling-anglestrong/ https://chubstr.com/entertainment/kurt-angle-body-positivity-wrestling-anglestrong/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 16:54:51 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24293 On my personal Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, I would slot all spots with Kurt Angle’s face, along with a never ending celebration of fireworks, bald eagles, and milk trucks circling the monument. Look at his resume and you would agree: multiple-time WWE Champion, King of The Ring Winner, newly inducted Hall of Famer, and U.S. […]

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On my personal Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, I would slot all spots with Kurt Angle’s face, along with a never ending celebration of fireworks, bald eagles, and milk trucks circling the monument. Look at his resume and you would agree: multiple-time WWE Champion, King of The Ring Winner, newly inducted Hall of Famer, and U.S. gold medal winner in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics – with a broken neck. After a few years away, fans were excited to see Kurt’s return to WWE programming as Raw General Manager. I spoke with him about his return, his work helping those with addiction through AngleStrong, and the evolution of body positivity in sports entertainment.

Kevin Owens and John Cena

Photo: WWE

We used to see only one muscular, athletic build of wrestler, but now we see a variety. How do you feel that this new era of differentiating looks and body types benefits sports entertainment?
It helps overall. Not everyone looks like John Cena or wants to look like John Cena. You see someone like Kevin Owens climb to the very top of the WWE. I think he looks great the way he is. It’s nice to see people of different sizes and shapes succeeding in sports entertainment where for so many years you had to look like a Greek god. It’s not like that anymore. It’s really cool to see this transformation in professional wrestling.

In trying to achieve that “Greek god” look, many people fell into issues with addiction. You were there and pulled yourself out and are now helping others through AngleStrong.
We have a really serious ongoing problem with addition today. 72,000 people overdosed within the last 3 years on opioids. 21 million people in America have a drug disorder. I went to rehab four years ago and have been clean and sober for about four and a half years. When I went in, I noticed how much structure there was. It made it easier, and I think a lot of people would agree, but when you get out there is no structure and you’re let loose in the real world. I wanted to create some form of structure for people who got out of rehab.

You can go to a counselor or psychiatrist, but that might be pretty pricey. I wanted to do something affordable for people. The AngleStrong app and the AngleStrong initiative [are the result of that]. You go to AngleStrong.com and sign up and we can give you that type of structure with the app.

Anglestrong App

Photo: AngleStrong.com

Looking through the app, I was amazed to see how personal and one to one it felt with personalized messages.
I pick those out daily in addition to holding a monthly video call with the all members of AngleStrong. I get on, answer questions, tell them my story, give them advice. It’s a really cool concept and allows you to have this structure. We have workout goals, diets, career goals. We want to be the whole ball of wax, so when you get out of rehab, you only have to do one thing: follow the AngleStrong app, follow the AngleStrong initiative, and continue on with your life. We want to save lives and keep people clean.

Everybody has a story. When I got out of rehab, I was told not to tell my story. I kept my mouth shut for four years, but was looking around and seeing that this problem was getting worse and worse. Nobody wants to talk about it. So I decided last year I was going to do something about it. It helps me stay clean through continuing to help people.

Do you feel there is a stigma in talking about addiction, personal issues, and seeking help?
It was taboo. “Don’t let anyone know you’re an addict, you won’t get a job, you won’t get opportunities.” It is now more acceptable, especially with the Affordable Care Act helping people stay and go to addiction centers almost cost free. It’s enabling people to get help for low cost or nothing. Now that [addiction] has gotten so bad, it’s 3 times worse than it was in the 90’s, people do have to start talking about it. Politicians do have to do something about it. Things are starting to turn around. People have to do something about this.

On top of the work you are doing with AngleStrong, you recently returned to the WWE as Raw General Manager. What’s it like to be away for a while and come back?
As we mentioned, there’s more sizes and shapes. There are no longer Divas, but rather the Women’s Division, with incredible wrestling where we see superstars like Nia Jax who is a beautiful woman and a bigger woman. They are giving more opportunities to these wrestlers who are incredible.

The WWE Wellness policy is incredible. No more opiates. I can’t get cleared by my doctor, it has to be one of their doctors. The WWE has done a great job of making it safer. The athlete is the top priority, not just the product.

Nia Jax

Photo: WWE

Are there any wrestlers out there you have your eye on?
There are a lot of great guys. The WWE is grabbing a lot of them right now. I knew Finn Balor from Japan, and had my eye on that kid a long time ago. He was just a bright eyed little kid with a Justin Bieber haircut back then. I never imagined him being one of the top guys in WWE, but it goes to show that these athletes’ awesome work gets recognized. You now have the UK title that the WWE recruited for. You have Ring of Honor and Impact wrestling that WWE is recruiting from. They are getting the top talent and are doing an incredible job with them.

I love Kevin Owens. He’s one of those guys that has taken the bull by the horns and done an incredible job. He’s a guy that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity, and it’s great to see him take advantage of it the way he has. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Cesaro – I love that kid. There’s a lot of great talent right now in the cruiserweight division: Austin Aries, TJ Perkins, and I love Neville. He’s an incredible talent and I don’t see him in the cruiserweight division for very long. I think he’s going to end up with the heavyweights to be more of a Rey Mysterio type athlete.

I wrestled a kid named Zack Sabre Jr. over in the U.K. I look to him to get signed soon. Another guy named Joe Hendry has a great gimmick in the U.K. I see him getting signed eventually. There’s so much great talent out there that’s coming up through the ranks that you are going to see very soon.

The UK is bringing out a ton of talent right now. It’s so exciting to see them making a name for themselves in the U.S. and worldwide.
They have always had great talent. They have gotten so much attention because of social media and YouTube that WCPW and ICW have been drawing thousands of fans, and the WWE could no longer ignore that. It was their doing, WCPW, ICW, and the wonderful U.K. fans that brought the attention to the WWE. It gave the WWE an opportunity to say let’s work with these talent, bring them over here, they are some of top talent in the world. You got to give credit to the U.K. fans on what they have been able to establish over there.

Kurt Angle Hall of Fame

Photo: WWE

You mentioned in your Hall of Fame speech that new superstars don’t always have to be so serious. Is there any talent currently you feel have a great sense of comedic timing on the current roster?
I love Enzo and Cass. They have it. Right now, because of NXT and the tremendous job Triple H has done with that, wrestling came first. I agree with that, but now it’s time to take a chance with characters. Be entertaining. Be funny. Be the funny good guy. Be the funny bad guy. It’s time to capitalize on not just the wrestling side, but also the entertainment side. You need to create moments with the fans. They will remember the wrestling for a long time, but the moments like driving a milk truck or sexy Kurt, they’ll remember those forever. Bring on the entertainment, not just the technical wrestling.

What is one piece of advice you would then give this new talent coming in, and yourself in 1999 when you began?
I would give the same advice to both: limit your mistakes. I said it in my Hall of Fame speech. Don’t make mistakes that are going to cost you your job. Don’t make decisions that are going to make your career come to an end. I made some stupid decisions and fortunately my career did not come to an end. I do regret decisions I made when I left the WWE. Denying rehab when Vince McMahon told me that’s where he wanted me to go. I just wanted out of the company so I could do my own thing and go wrestle somewhere else. I made some horrible decisions, and some good ones too.

I tell the talent to this day, limit your mistakes. You are going to make mistakes, big ones and little ones, but limit those mistakes and try not to make any. We are all going to make them. I made some big ones and I am regretting that. Do you really think I wanted to be away from the WWE for 11 years? No. When I got clean 4 and a half years ago, I had to slowly earn their trust for the last 4 and half years to get back where I am now. It wasn’t like they were going to say “Hey, Kurt went to rehab! He’s ok. Let’s bring him on!” It was show us that you are going to stay clean, show us that you are not doing it anymore, show us that you can continue on with your life, be a good family man, be a positive member of society before we do hire you. It continues on now.

Kurt Angle

Photo: WWE

I signed on the company as Hall of Fame. That was it. Then they came to me and said we want you to be an ambassador and that was it. Then, I got to the Hall of Fame and they said we want you to start as the GM of Raw on Monday, and that was it. No wrestling yet. They are not going to allow me to wrestle until they see that Kurt Angle is ok. He’s staying clean. He’s in the company, and he’s coming every week, continuing to stay clean and he’s doing the right things. It’s been a process, and it’s something I have had to earn.

I have some rapid fire questions before we wrap up. What is your favorite match you have ever been a part of?
Wrestlemania 21 against Shawn Michaels. I would say Chris Benoit in the 2003 Royal Rumble, but there’s a reason it’s tainted. Undertaker at No Way Out 2006. I wanted that to be the Wrestlemania match, but I’d have to say Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 21. You can’t deny Shawn Michaels might be the best entertainer of all time.

Brock Lesnar

Photo: WWE

Toughest opponent?
I would say Brock Lesnar. I’ve never been with anyone so physical, someone that matched my physical abilities and probably exceeded them. He’s not a dangerous wrestler by injuring you, but he’s very physical. You can feel the blows that are coming. He’s going to throw you and when he throws you, you’re going to land hard. Brock Lesnar.

If you were to create an ideal stable for yourself, who would you put in it?
I’d love to get my hands on American Alpha. We’re all shooters and I had my own Team Angle back in the 2000’s and I’d love to reproduce that with the American Alpha team.

Happiest moment?
My happiest moment would have to be my first world title when I defeated The Rock. I was only in the company on TV for 11 months. I wasn’t even wrestling for 2 years from the day I took my first bump. I knew nothing about what I was doing, and The Rock carried me through that match. To beat The Rock and win the world title and have the trust of the WWE at that time was an incredible feeling.

Do you think we may see another possible title run from Kurt Angle in the future?
I don’t know. I would hope so. It’s up to the WWE and where they want to go,, but seeing Goldberg do that and seeing Sting in a world title match, I wouldn’t doubt it.

Last, but not least. Kurt Angle is one of the greats. Is that true?
It’s damn true.

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Here’s the Big Problem with RompHim Men’s Rompers https://chubstr.com/style/big-problem-with-romphim-mens-rompers/ https://chubstr.com/style/big-problem-with-romphim-mens-rompers/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 22:25:33 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24281 Unless you’ve been cut off from civilization for the last few days, you’ve seen the menswear trend of the moment: the men’s romper is making a return. RompHim, a kickstarter project to make stylish men’s rompers got some media attention and set the internet on fire with people who either absolutely loved or absolutely hated the […]

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Unless you’ve been cut off from civilization for the last few days, you’ve seen the menswear trend of the moment: the men’s romper is making a return. RompHim, a kickstarter project to make stylish men’s rompers got some media attention and set the internet on fire with people who either absolutely loved or absolutely hated the idea of a gentleman wearing a romper.

Here’s the problem:

RompHim Romper Sizing

Where’s MY favorite waist size?

Their sizes end at size 41 waist. As of now, there are no options for bigger guys. You thought we we’re going to complain about guys wearing rompers, didn’t you? Nope. We believe you can wear whatever you want. You won’t suddenly be less masculine because you’re wearing a romper. Don’t let outdated ideas of masculinity hold you back. If you can find a romper in a size 46, or 56, wear it with pride! Style is in the eye of the beholder, and you shouldn’t be afraid to take chances, and try something outside of your comfort zone.

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Photo: Blaine Provancha

Want man-rompers in your size? Be vocal – make sure the people behind RompHim know they need to add extended sizes, and quickly. Take to social media, or their website, and let them know. If you don’t want to wait for the plus size men’s romper craze to come around, you can take matters into your own hands, and cut up a jumpsuit, or look for an alternative in your size. Blaine Provancha, who you see above  went the short overall route, and put together a good look from ASOS. (You should follow him: @blainestagram) If they don’t have your size, your DIY skills might have to come out.

UPS Romper

Rest assured, we’re looking for men’s big and tall rompers, and when we find them, we’ll bring them to you here.

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Photo: RompHim

The moral of the story here is that you can and should wear whatever you want, show off your style, and be unafraid to try a new and potentially interesting look. That’s how you figure out what works for you, and what doesn’t.

What do you think about the men’s romper debate? Would you wear a big and tall mens romper if there were one available? Tell us on social @chubstr, or leave a comment below.

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Josh Lamon on Finding the Perfect Red Carpet Suit https://chubstr.com/style/josh-lamon-broadway-red-carpet-suit/ https://chubstr.com/style/josh-lamon-broadway-red-carpet-suit/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 21:53:58 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24270 Actor Josh Lamon was gearing up for the opening of the Broadway musical adaptation of Groundhog Day, and knew he needed a look that would stand out on the red carpet. Having helped him find the perfect suit for a previous red carpet, he came to Chubstr to find this new look, and we were happy to help […]

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Actor Josh Lamon was gearing up for the opening of the Broadway musical adaptation of Groundhog Day, and knew he needed a look that would stand out on the red carpet. Having helped him find the perfect suit for a previous red carpet, he came to Chubstr to find this new look, and we were happy to help him out.

Josh wanted something that was a bit more fun and playful, while still sleek and put together. Knowing what he was looking for, we called in the experts at Indochino, who specialize in custom made suits, shirts and pants. Sure enough, they were able to get Josh exactly what he wanted.

Josh Lamon outside Groundhog Day on Broadway

Photo: Larry Hamilton/ bluephotonyc

Indochino invited Josh to their New York showroom to get his measurements and find him the perfect suit. He opted for blue and brown plaid 3 piece suit with a light blue oxford dress shirt, and a teal cotton silk tie. Indochino took the order and started making the suit. A few weeks later, it arrived, and Josh went back to the showroom for a final fitting.

Josh Lamon gets ready for the red carpet

Photo: Larry Hamilton/ bluephotonyc

As he prepared for the opening, he reflected on finding the perfect suit for his needs. “What I loved about the suit was I wanted something colorful, but that wouldn’t make me look like I was an extra in Guys & Dolls. The incredible team at Indochino was there to help me make every decision along the way, as well as look at every color combo possible before I found this stunning fabric.”

Josh Lamon backstage at Groundhog Day

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I caught up with Josh after the opening, and asked him how he felt, walking the red carpet knowing he was dress in something that fit and looked great on him. “I felt like a fucking rockstar. The suit fits my personality to a t. Outgoing, fun, professional and sexy. My favorite part of the look was how bold the pattern of the suit and tie were. Plus, that tie clip. To this day, I still get compliments on it.”

Get your own suit custom made to your size and specifications from Indochino starting at $389. Choose from more than 200 style and color combinations to find one that’s perfect for you.

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ChafeZone: The Only Thing You Need to Stop Summer Chafing https://chubstr.com/resources/chafezone-for-chubrub-review/ https://chubstr.com/resources/chafezone-for-chubrub-review/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 22:49:16 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24260 Affiliate post sponsored by ChafeZone, all opinions however, are mine. Summer isn’t always the big guy’s best friend. High temperatures, humidity, and hot sun combine to make spending a day outside rather uncomfortable. Today, we’re going to cover something we get a ton of questions from Chubstr readers about: how to avoid heat rash and […]

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Affiliate post sponsored by ChafeZone, all opinions however, are mine.

Summer isn’t always the big guy’s best friend. High temperatures, humidity, and hot sun combine to make spending a day outside rather uncomfortable. Today, we’re going to cover something we get a ton of questions from Chubstr readers about: how to avoid heat rash and chafing.

ChafeZone for ChubRub

Putting ChafeZone for ChubRub to the test

Look, heat rash can be an issue for people of any size, but bigger guys tend to have more parts that rub together. This can mean that you end up with gnarly love handle, thigh, chest, armpit, or back rashes that don’t always go away so easily. Luckily, there’s a product out there that helps fight heat rash, called ChafeZone for ChubRub.

How Does ChafeZone Prevent Chub Rub?

Applying ChafeZone for ChubRub

Apply ChafeZone to areas that are prone to Chafing

ChafeZone helps prevent chafing caused by friction. Just apply the anti-chafe balm stick to whatever areas are prone to heat rash before you head out for the day, and you’re good to go. It acts as a lubricant that provides an anti-friction barrier. Once it’s applied, you can’t see it, and the smell is so light, you won’t even notice you put it on.

Use ChafeZone before a workout

ChafeZone keeps you from dealing with chub rub

Whether you’re heading to the gym or to the beach, take ChafeZone with you and apply it when you need it. Since the product was created by sports medicine pros, people who deal with problems like this on a regular basis, you know it’s going to work.

Putting it to the Test

The first time I tried ChafeZone was during a workout. I applied it to my underarms, chest and thighs. I noticed a clean, slightly medicinal smell that went away as soon as I put my clothes on. After an hour of repetitive motion, there was no problem – it got the job done.

I tried it a second time while spending the day doing yard work, and it worked like a charm. I applied it to my thighs and my underarms, and got down to business. 5 hours of mowing, shearing, and mulching later, and I was chafe free. I was worried that it would make me over lubricated, but that wasn’t an issue. The balm offers just enough lubrication to keep you from getting friction without being too much.

Try ChafeZone for Yourself

The verdict: ChafeZone helps fight chafing

Try it for yourself

Pack up your creams and special clothing you’ve been using to fight chub rub, and give ChafeZone a try. It’s mess free, easy to apply, and long lasting – perfect for summer. Between using this product and wearing moisture-wicking clothing, you’ll be good to go. Get the .5 oz stick for $8.99 or the 1.5oz stick for $13.99 at MedZoneCorp.com.

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Thing of the Week: Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans https://chubstr.com/style/lee-modern-series-big-and-tall-jeans/ https://chubstr.com/style/lee-modern-series-big-and-tall-jeans/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 19:59:31 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24246 Athletic fit jeans are all the rage right now, with their modern cuts and stretch fabric, which can fit like a glove on those of us with bigger thighs. The relatively new Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans line offers big guys just that. The Thing: Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans Why You […]

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Athletic fit jeans are all the rage right now, with their modern cuts and stretch fabric, which can fit like a glove on those of us with bigger thighs. The relatively new Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans line offers big guys just that.

The Thing:

Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans

Why You Need Them:

The fitted waist and tapered leg offer a stylish look, and a more spacious seat and thigh provide a range of motion and comfort that might surprise you. I put a pair to the test and found them to be comfortable and roomy without looking too loose. Stretch fabric built into jeans like these is great for guys like me, who have been blessed with thick thighs.

There are three big and tall options: Straight Fit, Relaxed Straight, and Boot Cut.

After about 6 weeks of wear in a variety of situations, they’ve become one of my go-to pairs of jeans because of the look and fit.

Sizes:

You’ll find these jeans in sizes to 54 x 32, which isn’t all that common for stylish big and tall jeans.

Cost:

Pick up a pair of Lee Modern Series Big and Tall Jeans in straight leg, boot cut, and relaxed fit for $49.99 at Kohl’s.

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Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas? We’ve Got You Covered https://chubstr.com/features/mothers-day-2017-gift-guide/ https://chubstr.com/features/mothers-day-2017-gift-guide/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 23:55:01 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24224 This post includes affiliate links. If you click a link and purchase a product, we might get commission. Still, all product opinions, good, bad, and weird, are ours. Mother’s Day is May 14th, which means that it’s probably just starting to fall on your radar. What do you get the woman who has given you […]

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Mother’s Day is May 14th, which means that it’s probably just starting to fall on your radar. What do you get the woman who has given you everything (or your wife, baby mama, etc)? Here are a few tips to help ensure you don’t drop the ball when the big day rolls around. 

Jewelry for Mother's Day

Mom’s Day Jewelry doesn’t have to be boring

Mother’s Day Jewelry Ideas

You don’t have to go grand and expensive when it comes to jewelry. Instead, think fun and energetic. Take a look at the Target Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale: bright, playful pieces that are perfect for spring and summer.

Notorious RBG

Notorious RBG: The book you need to get for your Mom

Books

Is your Mom a bookworm? You probably can’t go wrong with a novel or two. You could go the fiction route with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, the author’s take on the folklore behind Thor and Loki.

Mystical hammers and giants not her thing? Consider the much more realistic Beartown, by Fredrik Backman, or Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. Based on the cover, I think you know which one you should choose. See even more Barnes and Noble’s Mother’s Day picks here.

Practical and Functional

Accessories and books aren’t your Mom’s thing? Does she camp or travel often? The GOBAG is exactly what she needs. This travel ready bag with a built in waterproof compression system can be customized for whatever kind of trip she’s taking. Watch the video above to see exactly how awesome this thing is.

Wildflower Honey Flight

Get Mom a Wildflower Honey Flight

Drink and Eat

Don’t forget about the essentials, like this stoneware mug and coffee set ($47.98). Mom gets an oversized mug from Veak Ceramics and a bag of coffee beans from San Francisco’s De La Paz coffee.

Opt for a more unique gift, like this Wildflower Honey Flight ($39.98). Your Mom will get a selection of 4 vials featuring different varieties of honey from Maine, Colorado, California, or New York. You can do a beer or wine flight, why not a honey flight?

Give the Gift of Self Care

Mom works hard, and she probably doesn’t treat herself enough. That’s where you come in. Head to Groupon and buy her a massage, pedicure, or a spa day. I found packages starting as low as $30 in my city. Chances are, you’ll find something similar in yours.

Roseshire Mother's Day Flowers

Flowers from Roseshire

A Luxury Flower Experience

If none of the suggestions above will work for your Mom, there’s one more option: flowers. Listen – don’t drop the ball by going with gas station roses – show her you’re an adult and get her a bouquet from Roseshire ($165). It’s a luxury rose experience featuring a box of the highest quality 17″-24″ roses you can find. Your Mom won’t soon forget this bouquet.

You’ve got options that run the taste and price spectrum, so there’s no excuse for giving your Mom anything but the best of gifts this Mother’s Day. Good luck!

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Let’s Show the World that Men’s Body Positivity is a Thing https://chubstr.com/features/mel-magazine-mens-body-positivity/ https://chubstr.com/features/mel-magazine-mens-body-positivity/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 21:50:43 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24217 For the last 6 or so years, Chubstr has been spreading the word about men’s body positivity. In that time, we’ve seen the rise of the plus size male model, large, we’ve seen established retailers start carrying men’s clothing in extended sizes, and we’ve had so many of you send us photos showing that you can be stylish […]

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For the last 6 or so years, Chubstr has been spreading the word about men’s body positivity. In that time, we’ve seen the rise of the plus size male model, large, we’ve seen established retailers start carrying men’s clothing in extended sizes, and we’ve had so many of you send us photos showing that you can be stylish at any size.

Still, we’re just getting started. Watch the video I did with Mel Magazine that talks about the men’s body positivity movement, and why clothing companies need to take notice. Some of our friends, like A Bear Named Troy, Zach Miko, and Mo Vaughn’s MVP Collections get love in the video as well.

If you missed our 6th Anniversary party last month, you’ll see some footage from it toward the end.

Watch the video above, and share it with your friends – let them know what we’re trying to do, and why the men’s body positivity movement matters to you.

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Is the Plus Size Menswear Revolution Underway? https://chubstr.com/style/plus-size-menswear-revolution/ https://chubstr.com/style/plus-size-menswear-revolution/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:15:42 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24188 Have you seen the article over at The Guardian about the current landscape of plus size men’s fashion? It’s a solid overview of some of the brands, models, challenges and questions many people are asking about the relevance of this new and growing industry, especially in the UK. Writer Stephen Moss, a bigger gent himself, spoke with a variety of people in the know, […]

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Model: Nemar Parchment Photo: Asos

Have you seen the article over at The Guardian about the current landscape of plus size men’s fashion? It’s a solid overview of some of the brands, models, challenges and questions many people are asking about the relevance of this new and growing industry, especially in the UK.

Writer Stephen Moss, a bigger gent himself, spoke with a variety of people in the know, such as John Mooney, brand creative director at Asos, model Nemar Parchment and Charlotte Griffiths at UK modeling agency, Bridge. Moss even spoke with me for the article.

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Nino Llanera does some shopping. Photo: Spencer Pablo

The consensus from everyone featured in the article is that we’re seeing progress. I agree. In addition to ASOS, brands like Target are hopping into the fray with stylish big and tall options to 5X. Independent designers like Oublier and Brandon Kyle Collection are putting a focus on fashion, and clothing lines like Mo Vaughn’s MVP Collections understands that big guys want great looking clothes that fit them well.

That said, there’s still a long way to go. In the end, Moss realized that finding cool clothes when you’re a fat guy still takes work. It’s not something everyone is willing to do. In the coming months and years we can expect to see more brands hop on the plus size bandwagon. I, for one, can’t wait.

Read Stephen Moss’ compelling take on the current state of the plus size men’s fashion industry here.

Is the plus size menswear revolution upon us? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Thing of the Week: The Paul Fredrick White Non-Iron Pinpoint Dress Shirt https://chubstr.com/resources/paul-fredrick-white-non-iron-pinpoint-dress-shirt/ https://chubstr.com/resources/paul-fredrick-white-non-iron-pinpoint-dress-shirt/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:15:33 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24163 You can trust that we adhere to strict editorial guidelines in our writing and reviews; however, this post contains affiliate links, and we receive compensation when you click on links to products from our partners and purchase them. Welcome to Thing of the Week, the feature that shows you the clothing and products we dig, and […]

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Welcome to Thing of the Week, the feature that shows you the clothing and products we dig, and tells you why you need them in your closet. This week, we’re helping you transition out of your cold weather business attire with the help of this White Non-Iron Pinpoint Dress Shirt from Paul Fredrick.

What it is: Paul Fredrick White Non-Iron Pinpoint Dress Shirt

Why you need it: Spring is here, and the weather is getting warmer. If your office requires you to dress up for work, you know what it’s like to boil in your business attire. The Paul Fredrick White Non-Iron Pinpoint Dress Shirt is surprisingly soft and lightweight, offering a stylish look that works as well without a jacket as it does with one.

Big guys like us will find the breathable fabric to be a lifesaver when the sun is beating down and you still have to look presentable. Another added bonus is that the shirt is made to be easy to take care of. Don’t take it to the dry cleaners; just machine wash warm, tumble dry, and you’re good to go. The fact that the shirt is wrinkle free means that you’re going to look put together even if you just hopped off a morning long flight. Seriously, the less ironing we have to do, the better.

You can customize this shirt to your specifications, with sizes to 20-37, and a variety of collars and cuffs available.

Don’t work in an office? Everyone needs a go-to dress shirt in their arsenal. Weddings, special events, hot dates – this shirt covers you for any situation.

Price: CHUBSTR READER EXCLUSIVE: $24.95 White Non-Iron Pinpoint Dress Shirt + $19.95 Tie + Free Monogram at Paul Fredrick using promo code: T7MP3X. Ends 5/31 – shop now!

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