I’ve always wanted my little corner of the internet to be well rounded (excuse the pun). I mean, I take pride in giving you lot a view of plus size fashion so for this article, I’m going to give you a delve into the world of plus size fashion for men.
Fat, femme women and femme presenting trans women have been enjoying plus size fashion ranges for a while now. Okay, enjoying might be a push but we’ve had it, and we’ve been benefiting from it. We still have leaps and bounds to go, but at least we have been on this path to having fashionable choices for fat bodies.
Masculine centric fat fashion, however, has been a little slow on the uptake. I mean, up until recently, larger or taller men were confined to specialist shops on the high street that were few and far between, or the odd catalogue that catered to a fat frame. Choice-wise, there was not much at all – button down shirts, funny slogan t-shirts, shorts and khaki’s were pretty much all you could wear.
But this issue didn’t just affect your typical cis-het man. Women who identify as butch or stud and trans guys who are fat have also struggled to find expressive, fashionable clothing that fit them – up until now.
With the addition of plus ranges for men from already well known brands such as Yours Clothing (Bad Rhino), Simply Be (Jacamo), ASOS (ASOS Plus Man) and now River Island (River Island Big and Tall), a whole new world of fashionable choices for cis- and trans- fat men has arrived.The arrival of Men’s plus size ranges is a win for women too, in particular, women who prefer to dress masculine, and those that present as butch or androgynous.
And of course, for those of you that like to steal the clothing of your significant other, think of the extra fashionable wardrobe you’re going to steal from your masculine presenting beau now!
So with the rise in men’s plus size clothing finally starting to catch up with women’s plus size clothing, we’re really broadening our horizons. But with some ranges only going up to a 4/5XL (with the exception of Bad Rhino who go up to an 8XL), it seems the boys also have some pushing to do to become fully available for all plus size bodies. Still, this isn’t anything to sniff at – times, they are a-changing, and I’m excited to see what happens next!