How to Be Fashionable: 9 Tips for Muscular Men

How to Be Fashionable: 9 Tips for Muscular Men

If you're a muscular man, finding the right clothes is often a challenge that can turn into a frustrating endeavor.

The average male bicep size is approximately 13-14 inches, but bodybuilders' arms are much larger. This can make finding stylish clothes a bit more difficult in terms of fit. 

Here are eight men's style tips for muscular men that will show you how to be fashionable while maintaining your physique.

1. Choose the Right Materials and Textures

The material of your clothing not only determines how comfortable it is but also how it looks. Steer toward bodybuilder attire with smooth textures that will highlight your features.

Avoid bulky, thick clothing items that stick out. Instead, look for clothes that lay flat and comfortably against the skin. For example, a nice blend of cotton, Tencel, and polyester creates comfort and a stylish aesthetic.

Remember that bulky fabrics and textures will bunch up around your muscles and you definitely don't want to hide your shape. After all, you've worked hard to get such an amazing build, so show it off!

 2. Look for Body Builder-Friendly Features

Even the best bodybuilder attire might not fit you the way you want it to. If you want to know how to be fashionable, start by looking for clothing that has the right features. 

Look for shirts that have a tapered design with enhanced darting in the front and back. Shirts with gussets in the underarms give you more room to move, and adjustable cuffs make wearing dress shirts stylish and comfortable.

Pants that are specially made for a muscular build will also look stylish. Choose pants that are designed to fit larger thighs, calves, and glutes. Features like an adjustable waist accommodate the normal fluctuations associated with bodybuilding.

Our Bradley Allen features are as follows:

  • 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane
  • Cuts close to body with V taper design
  • Enhanced darting in the front and back
  • Gusset in underarms for more room to move
  • Button-down collar
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Stylish logo on placket & buttons


Underarm gusset

  • Eliminates underarm tightness seen in other polo shirts
  • Allows minimal pulling of the shirt with overhead and reaching movements

Tapered Design

  • Broad enough to fit your chest
  • Narrow to accent your waist

Side Vents

  • Side vents so shirt can be worn tucked or untucked

Custom button

  • Custom Bradley Allen Buttons


  • 30% Tencel, 50% Recycled Polyster, 20% Cotton


  • 65% Polyester, 35% cotton
  • Expandable waist
  • Designed for exceptional fit and comfort

 3. Create Visual Balance with Clothing

It's vital to create symmetry and balance when choosing bodybuilder clothes. If you have a large chest, balance your look by wearing wider pants so you don't look too top-heavy.

A patterned or loose-fit shirt can help to even out the proportions of men with large legs and glutes. Always try to keep the pattern of fabrics in mind when you're looking for the right outfit.

Stripes can do wonders for creating visual balance. Wearing horizontal stripes will add width, white vertical stripes will add length. Horizontal stripes balance height and width for tall men, while vertical stripes add longer length through the waist for shorter men.  

4. Pick the Right Shirt Styles

Since bodybuilders have muscular chests, the type of shirt you choose makes a huge difference. Pick t-shirts with a V-neck cut to highlight your pecs and shoulder muscles.

When it comes to bodybuilder attire, you can never go wrong with a classic polo shirt. These stylish shirts are great for work and for casual outings, making them a versatile addition to your wardrobe. 

The collar on a polo shirt will draw the eyes toward your best features, which will help you feel confident. They also come in a variety of colors to go with everything from denim to dress pants.

Bradley Allen polo shirts

5. How to Be Fashionable: Not a Bold Person, Stick to Neutral Hues

Dark, bold, or bright colors will attract attention, but they're not always a great option for bodybuilders. Look for bodybuilder clothes that come in a neutral color palette whenever possible.

Think shades of beige, light blue, or off-white when you're shopping for fashionable clothes. Not only do these colors go with almost everything, but they also look more attractive on muscular men.

You can also never go wrong with colors like gray or black. These hues look stylish and smart which makes them a great choice for the sophisticated man. You can always add one or two colorful pieces to help showcase your personality. 

The Bradley Allen gray dress shirt

6. Keep Your Layers as Light as Possible

Thick, heavy clothing will make you appear bulkier. They can also hide your muscles, which means you'll be "drowning" in these heavy fabrics.

Choose layering pieces made of lightweight materials like organic cotton or thin knits. Avoid heavy, thick coats and sweaters that will make you look weighed down.

When choosing sweaters, try something made of light wool or mohair instead of a bulky cable knit. The key is to pick out layers that are comfortable, light, and less bulky than materials like tweed or down.

7. Find the Right Footwear

Don't forget to choose the right type of footwear when you're looking for new clothes. Shoes with a thick sole will give you support that helps you feel comfortable all day.

Stay away from flip-flops or any type of shoes with thin, unsupportive soles. Instead, look for a quality pair of loafers or an awesome pair of leather boots.

For casual footwear, make sure that you select sneakers that have good support, like athletic high-tops. Overall, the key to the right pair of shoes is to make sure that they're comfortable and supportive to wear.

Bradley Allen dress shirts paired with a suit8. Suit Selection Tips

Every fashionable man needs a good suit, so make sure you choose one that complements your physique. Stay away from double-breasted suit jackets that make you look too bulky.

When it comes to print or pattern, wear solid-colored suits whenever possible. Prints like plaid or houndstooth will only add to the bulky look.

You can pair your suit jacket with a white t-shirt and some denim for a casual aesthetic. Or, wear a Bradley Allen dress shirt for a more professional look.

Find Your Fit Today

It's important to know how to be fashionable so you can look and feel your best. With the right materials and fit of clothing, any bodybuilder can look attractive and on-trend.

For more information about our clothing or for questions about sizing, be sure to contact us today. 

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