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Old 02-21-07, 10:32 AM   #1
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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

Like many of the users of this forum, I'm a person that fall into life rules:
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In my 20's I was like 180-190 lbs (6.2 ft tall) so I used 32x34 501 levis that I loved to wear with cowboy boots.... I'd never been very amused to fashion expensive brand clothes, I simply got into a store, pick up whatever I liked from many different styles ($10 to $20 shirts max and $20 to $40 pants max) and went out the store in 15 min.
After some years of lazy a$$ I went to 274 lbs 42 inches waist and XXL shirts. Until that moment I realized of what I lost… “my freewill” of choosing clothes.... and what important is that.
1.- wearing 42X34 and cowboy boots? Not looking good… also I had some hard time trying to take my boots in and out as I couldn’t bend to much, (some of you cowboy boot users know that it takes some strength to do that sometimes, specially if you use 12)
2.- some stores are limited to XL shirts and 38 inches waist pants, or sizes like 40 inches and up pants and XXL and up shirts are very limited in styles, what I really hate and is when I started to think on doing something not only for clothes issues but for my health is when I got to the point when I had to pick whatever is available on my sizes, no matter if you like it or not, I hate that…..
I went back to my bike, I’m 261 after some doctor supervision nutrition plan and some easy rides on my mountain bike… I’m starting to use some XL shirts that were in the closet for years and my goal is to finish 2007 weighting 200 lbs and riding 40-50 road and off road miles.
Anyone hates to go shopping clothes?
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Old 02-21-07, 10:52 AM   #2
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40-36 pants and 18 1/2 - 37 shirts with a 46XT (extra tall) coat.
I started the year at 262, I'm down to 245. Someday I'd like to see myself back at my collegiate 36" waistline, and it will most likely happen before the fall at this rate.
I hated shopping for work clothes (dress slacks and shirts) because everything in department stores is built around a couple assumptions:
1) If you have a 36 inseam, you must be a beanpole and top out at a 36 waist.
2) If you have a 40+ waist, you must be a fat short guy and top out at 32 inseam.

Big & Tall shops weren't much better. You're either big, or you're tall... Well, I'm both: Where's the dress clothes for us pudgy tall guys? And no pleat-front trousers that make us big-quadricep cyclists look like we're wearing jodhpurs, either! Where's the shirts for tall guys w/ some extra weight, but we don't need a truck tarp w/ a collar?
Men's Wearhouse is the one store that I found for dress clothes.
For casual pants, Dickies double knee work pants (ordered online to find my size, but at least they make them.)
For jeans, Levi's Carpenter's. They're a wider cut all the way down and come in enough sizes that I can wear them.
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Old 02-21-07, 11:21 AM   #3
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I'm agree with you CliftonGK1, some 40-42 pants are limited to 30-32 leg.... Something I will never consider is to go to a Big Guys specialized store, I think that if I do that I will solve my problem because I will find bigger sizes there, I'll better keep thinking on getting lean as a solution... for me is like a mind set to keep fighting... you know is not easy to keep motivated.... temptations are around every corner... I'm not giving up this time... I can't wait to get to the point where I can post my before and after pics,,, hopping this fall...
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Old 02-21-07, 01:19 PM   #4
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5'9" here; 330 lbs of lard. Although I'm slimming down slowly, the gut is always the last to go.

JC Penney catalog has served me well for a number of years with good quality stuff at reasonable prices; big/tall stores overprice their stuff, and regular stores are for, well, regular size people.
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Old 02-21-07, 03:09 PM   #5
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Men's Wearhouse is the one store that I found for dress clothes.
For casual pants, Dickies double knee work pants (ordered online to find my size, but at least they make them.)
I'll second that, +1 for Men's Warehouse ... and I met George "I guarantee it" Z. and he's a good guy. Big supporter of medical marijuana actually. Wearing a Men's Warehouse suit right now at work actually!

They'll also press your suits (maybe pants too) for FREE for the life of the suit. This isn't a ton of money, but if you wear suits everyday it can add up pretty quickly. Their tailoring services vary store to store, but some are great and will cut you a deal on the price if you're a regular. Remember, they can tailor their pants down as you lose weight, a heck of a lot cheaper than getting new pants/suits and better than wearing too-big pants to work. Though personally I use a tailor outside the store because they take too long at my local shop because they're kinda busy (Emeryville, Ca).

As for the pants being too short, well, no complaints here at a 32" inseam.
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Old 02-21-07, 04:47 PM   #6
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Well as long as we are *****ing about our clothes, I hate relaxed fit pants and shorts, and in casual clothes that is what most seem to be now. By the time I get a big enough waist (40 these days) my ass and legs are swimming around in there. It's like the male equivalent of a full skirt. And don't get me started about inseams. I'm 5'8" but my legs barely reach the ground, 28" inseam so my wife ends up hemming everything up.
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Old 02-21-07, 05:30 PM   #7
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I was "Almost" 42 a month ago.... I said "almost" because I was wearing 40 inch pants but holding my breath very hard to make it fit ( you know what I mean), right now I'm using 40 very comfortable, and starting to use some old in the closet (new condition) 38's... I'm not planning on fixing anything, I'm throwing some coins into my piggy bank and by the time I get to 34 (wich is my goal) I'll give "ALL" my clothes to the trash truck driver and I'll keep only one shirt and one short, then I'll go spend all my piggy bank in new clothes.
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