Chubstr https://chubstr.com Life In Your Size Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:38:07 +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 Actor Daniel Franzese Joins The Winston Box as Creative Director https://chubstr.com/style/actor-daniel-franzese-joins-winston-box-creative-director/ https://chubstr.com/style/actor-daniel-franzese-joins-winston-box-creative-director/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:00:19 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24523 The Winston Box, the men’s big and tall clothing subscription service announced today that actor Daniel Franzese is joining the company as creative director and co-owner. You’ve seen Daniel in films like Mean Girls, and shows such as HBO’s Looking, and ABC’s Conviction. (You might also remember our photo shoot with him back in April) […]

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The Winston Box, the men’s big and tall clothing subscription service announced today that actor Daniel Franzese is joining the company as creative director and co-owner. You’ve seen Daniel in films like Mean Girls, and shows such as HBO’s Looking, and ABC’s Conviction. (You might also remember our photo shoot with him back in April) Now, he’s taking his passion for style and teaming up with a company that is giving big guys clothes they want to wear in the sizes they need. We talked to Daniel about why he joined the company, and what you can expect to see from The Winston Box in the future.

How did you connect with The Winston Box?
I was going to order a box, because I thought what they were doing was so awesome. In the middle of ordering, I decided to just email them. I told them that I didn’t know how we could collaborate, it could be something as simple as me posting it on Instagram, or perhaps there’s something bigger. Amit and Wil  [Winston Box co-owners] and I all met and we just clicked on the mission statement of making sure that people could have clothes that fit them and looked good at an affordable price point. I was really intrigued by the fact that they were making all their own clothes, because I’ve always had this dream to help design and shepard a clothing company for bigger dudes that was affordable and made sense.

Photo: Rob Eves

There’s not much of that around for bigger guys right now.
No! I remember how much I used to love Steve and Barry’s because I could go in there and buy 4 dress shirts at $10 a piece, and then dress it up with a $100 tie. There’s just no fast fashion for bigger dudes where we can wear a certain style and collect pieces. There are so many trends we just miss out on because they’re not available to us.

Can you talk about your own personal goals for The Winston Box? What do you want to bring to the company moving forward?
I think we all agree that we’d like to have some more premium clothing, in addition to our everyday kind of things. I do feel like the sky’s the limit as far as what we end up doing, as long as we’re successful and it’s working. Right now, people seem to really be loving it and enjoying it, and I look forward to helping make it grow in the direction of current trends and more ready to wear options for bigger men.

Read the full announcement at The Winston Box website: thewinstonbox.com/daniel-franzese

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Marcio Valadares on Becoming a Brazilian Plus Size Male Model https://chubstr.com/style/brazilian-plus-size-male-model-scene-marcio-valadares/ https://chubstr.com/style/brazilian-plus-size-male-model-scene-marcio-valadares/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:13:01 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24453 As the fledgling plus size male modeling industry takes flight here in the U.S., it’s easy to forget that other countries are either ahead of us, or following suit. Marcio Valadares is one example of that. Working as a Brazilian plus size male model in Rio De Janeiro, he’s helping pave the way for aspiring plus size […]

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As the fledgling plus size male modeling industry takes flight here in the U.S., it’s easy to forget that other countries are either ahead of us, or following suit. Marcio Valadares is one example of that. Working as a Brazilian plus size male model in Rio De Janeiro, he’s helping pave the way for aspiring plus size male models across the country. I chatted with Maricio about the state of the industry in Brazil, and what he hopes to see as it grows.

How did you get your start in modeling?
I have always been interested in fashion. Social networks were the beginning of everything, through them I got the right contacts to enter the modeling career. I participate in tv shows talking about how to be a plus size model. It is great to share my experiences with other people. I also model for a large clothing store here, and have participated in multiple beauty contests. The parades we have here in Brazil are multibrand, and we [represent] several brands and stylists, always presenting pieces [for them].

Events and contests for the plus size segment here in Brazil are frequent, and I am always invited to participate as a model or serve on the jury in these contests.

Plus Size Male Model Brazil

What is the men’s plus size fashion industry in Brazil like right now?
It is not very big yet, but it is growing every day. We can see growth and real interest in plus size fashion from apparel companies here.

Are people in your country accepting of the plus size fashion movement in general? It seems to be pretty divisive in a lot of places.
Yes, people seem to be okay with it. I think we have found our space.

Tell us a little about your personal style. How would you describe it?
I have a very casual, urban style and according to my age and customs of my country. When I model, I can adapt to any style. That’s part of being a professional.

Plus Size Male Model Brazil

What are your favorite Brazilian clothing brands?
Well-known brands are hard to find here in Brazil, so I usually shop at department stores. Brazilian stores I shop at include Renner, Del Rey, and Riachuelo. Really, I will shop any store that has a cool outfit in my size.

Is there anyone out there you look at who inspires you when it comes to the work you do?
I was inspired by the first large size models I saw here in Brazil and abroad. In the beginning were few, but it seems to be growing every day.

Plus Size Male Models in Brazil

Do you have any specific career goals as a Brazilian plus size male model?
Encouraging others to get into plus size modeling is my biggest goal right now, because I am old enough to go to the market, but I am still active. I hope to see more plus size people become models here.

Check out Marcio on Instagram at @Marciovaladaresoficial or on Facebook.

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Big Boy Bamboo Makes Premium Tees for Big & Tall Guys https://chubstr.com/style/big-tall-big-boy-bamboo-shirts/ https://chubstr.com/style/big-tall-big-boy-bamboo-shirts/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 02:06:28 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24441 We get a lot of reader questions here at Chubstr. Most are people asking where to find a patterned button down, jeans that fit, or a great looking suit. Lately there’s been an increase in questions about something I thought was pretty basic: the perfect big and tall t-shirt. It turns out, most big and tall tees on the […]

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We get a lot of reader questions here at Chubstr. Most are people asking where to find a patterned button down, jeans that fit, or a great looking suit. Lately there’s been an increase in questions about something I thought was pretty basic: the perfect big and tall t-shirt. It turns out, most big and tall tees on the market aren’t made to last. There’s a company making high quality tees for big men in sizes 3x to 6X, and 1XLT to 4XLT, called Big Boy Bamboo. Founder Andrew DiMino talks about creating the brand, making the softest tee you’ll ever wear, and why buying a premium t-shirt is worth it. ALSO: head to the end of the interview for a Chubstr-only discount.

Andrew DiMino Big Boy Bamboo

Andrew from Big Boy Bamboo

What made you decide to start Big Boy Bamboo?
I was on a Caribbean cruise and at one of the ports, I went into a store selling bamboo t-shirts. They were some of the most comfortable I’d ever tried on. I knew people made clothing out of bamboo, but I had never really tried one for myself. I put one on in the store, and it was the most amazing thing. I basically wore the shirt for next two days, and then, at our next port, I bought even more bamboo shirts. I figured somebody must make them for big guys here in the states. After a little research, I found that nobody actually did. That’s when I realized that I should make bamboo shirts for big boys, thus, Big Boy Bamboo began.

Big Boy Bamboo t-shirt w/ a suit jacket

Pair a Big Boy Bamboo tee with a suit jacket for a cool, casual look.

What makes your shirts different from the basic, throwaway tees on the market?
We made sure our manufacturers went above and beyond. Big guys are harder on their clothes, so it was important that we make sure that our shirts were solid, and that they would last. I have one guy who has washed his shirt at least 40 times now, and it has not faded at all. I still wear sample shirts we originally had made, and they look great. It’s all about reaching a certain standard that I just don’t see in the market right now.

Big Boy Bamboo shirts will be the softest tees you’ve ever worn, or we’ll buy them back.

We believe in what we’re making so strongly that we developed this satisfaction guarantee: Big Boy Bamboo shirts will be the softest tees you’ve ever worn, or we’ll buy them back. We offer our customers free shipping, free returns and free exchanges. It’s been so much fun learning this market and realizing that I’m not just creating t-shirts, but giving people comfortable clothing that looks awesome.

Jason in Big Boy Bamboo T-Shirt

Jason in a 6X Big Boy Bamboo V-Neck Tee

Why was it important to you to use actual big guys as models in your product photography and advertising?
Big guys dont get a lot of respect. I’m tired of seeing brands sell big and tall and not feature the people they are actually trying to market to as models. Our first model was Jason, who is a 6X and looks great in the shirts.

Bruce in a Big Boy Bamboo Crew Neck Tee

The perfect shirt for kicking back on the deck

The cost of your shirts is higher than your average t-shirt, but then, so is the quality. Aside from that, why is Big Boy Bamboo a worthy investment?
We make our t-shirts in China because that’s where the pandas are [laughs]! If we made them in the US, it would have tripled the price. We found the best manufacturers there and got to work.

If somebody wants a cheap tee, they can find one anywhere. Big Boy Bamboo was made to be premium quality, and a great fit. You can tell just by looking at it. Plus, higher quality means it’ll work with other things you’ve got in your closet, from a suit jacket, to activewear. They are versatile shirts.

Big Boy Bamboo V-Neck Tee in Black

Big Boy Bamboo V-Neck Tee in Black

Do you plan to expand your product line in the future?
As we continue to make clothing exclusively for big guys, we want to expand beyond tees to socks, long sleeve, boxers, polo shirts, and more.

I want to know what customers are looking for. What’s missing for big guys in the market? I’m not a guy sitting in an office coming up with a clothing company to make money just for the sake of making money. I wanted clothing for myself and every other guy who has to struggle in the department stores.

Get your own bamboo t-shirts in sizes 3X – 6X or 1XLT – 4XLT at BigBoyBamboo.com. Enter code “chubstr” at checkout to get 10% off your purchase.

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Answerland: Where to Shop Big & Tall When in Rome https://chubstr.com/resources/answerland-shopping-big-tall-stores-rome/ https://chubstr.com/resources/answerland-shopping-big-tall-stores-rome/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:21:56 +0000 https://chubstr.com/?p=24346 Answerland is our reader Q+A feature. Send us your questions about plus size men’s style, grooming, travel, entertainment, and just about anything else, and we might just answer it here. This week, we’re helping a reader figure out where to shop for big and tall clothes when visiting Rome this summer, with the help of […]

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Uomini Di Peso Alessandro Carella

Photo: Uomini Di Peso

Answerland is our reader Q+A feature. Send us your questions about plus size men’s style, grooming, travel, entertainment, and just about anything else, and we might just answer it here. This week, we’re helping a reader figure out where to shop for big and tall clothes when visiting Rome this summer, with the help of a pro.

John asks: I’m visiting Rome in a couple weeks, and am looking for stores that carry sizes that fit the more stately man. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Alessandro Carella Shopping

Photo: Uomini Di Peso

Though I don’t have direct experience shopping for big and tall clothes in Rome, I know someone who does. Alessandro Carella, founder of Italian big men’s style blog, Uomini Di Peso has been showing people around the world that big guys have style. I asked him for advice on where to shop while visiting Rome.

“There aren’t a lot of big and tall shops in Italy, but Rome is an exception. There is one that I prefer, called Pitran. You’ll find a variety of brands there, and sizes from 46 – 84, which translates to what you expect from U.S. big men’s brands.”

Alessandro Carella

Photo: Uomini Di Peso

Visit Pitran at Via Merulana, 30 – Roma. Tel.: 06 44 70 06 17.

Learn more about Alessandro and Uomini Di Peso at his blog or on Instagram, @uominidipeso.

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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.

RompHims men's romper by the pool - hand shake

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

Larry Hamilton/ bluephotonyc

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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