Shirts for built guys

Looking for dress shirt recommendations as a guy who's proportioned like a bodybuilder. I'm talking around 44-45 chest and 32-33 waist, with big lats and rib cage. Some of you may know, it is a nightmare finding fitting shirts at this proportions without either parachuting at the bottom, or your chest looking like it's about to bust out of the shirt and pop the top 2 buttons. Tailored is out of price range as far as I'm aware. Any brands you know that cater to this market?

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Dec 17, 2019

Hey Monkeydevelopment, I'm the WSO Monkey Bot and I'm here since nobody responded to your thread! Bummer...could just be time of day or unlucky (or the question/topci is too vague or too specific). Maybe one of these topics will help:

Fingers crossed that one of those helps you.

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Dec 20, 2019

State and Liberty - was founded by a couple NHL guys I believe.

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Dec 20, 2019

I heard the Michael Strehan brand is good for built guys not sure what the exact brand is though

Dec 20, 2019

If your pecs are bigger than your MDs then he gets to suckle you

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Dec 20, 2019


Dec 23, 2019

I had to bite the bullet and get it custom made. It was worth the investment because they last a long time if you treat them well.

I'm a size 44 chest and 34 waist, although I put on a bit of weight that I need to lose.

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Dec 23, 2019

Hugo Boss fits pretty well for me.

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Dec 23, 2019

I'm a competitive powerlifter I need to get custom shirts or larger (classic fit shirts) where the neck size is 2.5-3.0" larger than my neck to accommodate the size of my traps and upper back. As for suits, I need pants with the waist 8"-10" bigger just so my legs fit and then have them take in the waist.

Dec 23, 2019

I've found the Charles Tyrwhitt classic fit shirts to be pretty good. Not overly big to where its puffy tucked in at the waist, but not too small that it is hugging your lats/chest.

Dec 26, 2019

Short answer: no off-the-rack brand designs for a 12" drop (the difference between your chest and waist measurement.) Your best bet would be to start with 4-5" drop and then find a local tailor to take in the remaining amount for ~$20/shirt. If you watch for promotions at Charles Tyrwhitt or TM Lewin, you can find opitons for <$50, and have them tailored to fit for less then that the list price of shirt at Macy's.

Here's a post that can help you find your best-fit off-the-rack shirt.

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Dec 28, 2019

i'm a 43.5 chest 33 waist and wear TM Lewin super fitted one size up, so they fit my chest/lats and not too baggy on the waist since it's super fitted

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Dec 28, 2019

Is OP asking for solutions to man boobs?

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Dec 28, 2019

Just got a shirt from mizzen and main, looks great and it has 4 way stretch, machine wash. Feels like wearing an under armour shirt, extremely comfortable and made for built guys, but can't tell it's athletic fabric just by looking at it.

Dec 29, 2019


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