Manly (Mad) Men

I’m my co-workers stylist. Whenever he has a big date, wedding, or need for a new stand-out piece he consults with me. We usually hit the stores around lunch. Last week we were searching for something for a wedding. Now Guy is not a small guy. He is big-boned, if you will. He’s a six foot three inch, healthy, lacrosse playing, sushi eating All-American kinda guy. So, why is it so hard to find pants that fit his thick muscular thighs and a sweater that is broad enough for his chest at stores like Club Monaco and Banana Republic?

This is not the first time. At first I thought it was because these stores are so popular that they just ran out of larger sizes quickly. Now I think they don’t stock as many longer pant lengths with wider waists or extra-large sweaters and shirts. Store associates are constantly referring us to the website where of course you can find a larger selection in the big and tall section but why not stock more of those lengths and widths in the store?

So are men now being subjected to the size discrimination that women suffer when they shop? Most women over a size twelve cannot shop in cute little stores like my fave Zara and now I see that men, bigger men, are maybe suffering the same discrimination(?).


Oh, and when did the size of men’s heads shrink? We were looking for a classic style driving hat but they were soooooooooooo tiny. They would have fit a big head five-year old boy perfectly but a grown ass man, no so much. I actually ended up buying myself a cute fedora from Club Monaco.



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