June 20, 2023 7 min read

You’ve put the time in at the gym and it shows. While this is great for your health, confidence, and body, it can mean bad news for your wardrobe. Many of us have experienced enjoying the benefits that come along with increased bulk and muscle mass only to realise that everything in our cupboards no longer fits.

The good news is that there’s a solution to this problem: TAILORED ATHLETE’s True Muscle Fit, specifically our Essential range of T-shirts and athletic fit dress pants.

Unlike middle-of-the-road clothes that are designed to fit as many people as possible, TAILORED ATHLETE makes clothes for the exceptional.

If you’ve had to throw away heaps of ripped, shredded, and stretched clothes because nothing fits you properly, this is the range of clothes for you. 

Read on to find out more about how our True Muscle Fit Essential T-Shirts fit and have a look at some recommendations we’ve put together to keep you looking fresh on every occasion.

What this article covers:

What Makes TAILORED ATHLETE’s True Muscle Fit Essential T-Shirts Unique?

TAILORED ATHLETE's Essential T-Shirts stand out thanks to our unique material and design considerations. We use a premium blend of cotton and elastane to make up our unique 4-way stretch premium material.

This allows the garment to contour around you rather than stretching at the seams, which causes stress and results in the t-shirt deteriorating faster than usual. 

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This fabric allows our shirts to comfortably accommodate muscular torsos and broader shoulders while still maintaining a snug, flattering fit around the waist. You don’t have to worry about splits and tears anymore just because your arms are bigger than average

But it doesn’t stop there. There are many other considerations that set our clothes apart. 

We’ve also meticulously designed the cut and style of our essential t-shirts, with each feature thoughtfully considered to enhance the wearer's physique. 

From the sleeve length designed to highlight bicep definition to the length and shape of the torso that enhances the V-taper, every aspect is designed with the athletic body in mind. Even small details like the reinforced stitching around the neckline help to ensure durability even under the strain of broader shoulders.

Focus on Athletic Body Types

What truly sets TAILORED ATHLETE apart is our focus on athletic body types. The brand was born out of a recognized need in the fashion industry: clothing for men who lead active lifestyles and have muscular physiques. 

We’ve experienced firsthand the fact that most larger manufacturers simply don’t cater to this kind of body, which means spending hours searching for clothes that barely fit. We’re all familiar with having to get clothes that are two or three sizes too large just to get something that fits over your arms.

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This is not how t-shirts are supposed to fit.

TAILORED ATHLETE takes the unique dimensions and requirements of the athletic body into account at every stage of the design and manufacturing process. The result? A product line that not only fits athletic bodies comfortably but also accentuates their physique in a way that standard t-shirts don't.

Our range of Essential T-Shirts is an excellent showcase of this philosophy. 

They’re designed to comfortably accommodate larger chest and shoulder measurements without being too loose around the waist, a common issue for muscular men when shopping for clothes. 

Sizing Up Your Essential T-Shirt Fit

No matter how much careful work and consideration we put into our essential t-shirt fit, they aren’t going to look good if we’re not giving you the right sizes. This means you have to get comfortable and confident with taking your measurements and figuring out what size fitted shirt you are.

Don’t worry though, it’s really not that hard, and we’ve got everything you need to guide you.

How to Measure Yourself

To get this step right, you really don’t need a lot in the way of equipment. Just make sure you’re standing in front of a full-length mirror and you’ve got a measuring tape, notepad, and pen nearby to record all your measurements.

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Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest at its widest point, usually just under your armpits. Make sure the tape measure is level all around and that it is not too tight; you should be able to fit a finger underneath it.

Waist: Measure around your natural waistline, which is typically around the level of your belly button. Again, ensure that the tape is level and not overly tight.

Shoulders: Measure across your back from the edge of one shoulder to the other. You might find it easier to do this with the help of a friend.

Once you have these measurements, you can refer to a size guide to find the best size for you. 

Sizing Advice for Different Body Types

TAILORED ATHLETE's Essential T-Shirts are designed with athletic bodies in mind, but there's still a range of body types within that category. Here are some tips for different body types:

Broad Shoulders & Narrow Waist

If there’s a significant difference between your shoulder and waist measurements, you might find a 'slim fit' to be your best choice. This will accommodate your broad shoulders and chest while still providing a tailored look around your waist.

Muscular Arms

For those with muscular arms, consider focusing on your chest and arm measurements when selecting a size. The stretch in the material should comfortably fit around your biceps, without being overly tight.

Tall & Muscular

If you're both tall and muscular, pay close attention to the shirt length, as well as the chest and shoulder measurements. You may need to size up to ensure the shirt is long enough, but rest assured, the tailored design should still provide a good fit around your waist.

Remember, the goal is to find a t-shirt that not only fits well but also feels comfortable and highlights your physique. It may take a little trial and error to find your perfect size, but with TAILORED ATHLETE's focus on athletic body types, you're sure to find a fit that works for you.

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 Now that we’ve covered the essentials (pun somewhat intended), it’s time to have a look at what’s on offer. We’ve got a massive selection of t-shirts for any occasion, but we wanted to highlight a few of our versatile favorites that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Whichever one of these you choose—even if you go with something else all together—you’ll be sure to get a quality garment that will last you for years to come.

What’s more, all our clothes are machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about treating them like they’re going to fall apart at any second if you so much as use the wrong brand of soap. These T-shirts are as rugged as you are.

TAILORED ATHLETE’s Pique T-Shirt in White

White clothes are probably the best option for athletes and muscular men. The lighter fabric reflects more light, which not only means you’re less likely to overheat, it also helps you stand out in a crowd.

Our True Muscle Fit Pique T-Shirt in White is unlike any of the plain white tees you’ve owned in the past. The subtle detailing around the arms and neck give it an air of sophistication without coming across as stuffy or pretentious.

TAILORED ATHLETE’s Muscle Fit T-Shirt in Heather

Don’t be afraid to go for some less traditionally masculine colors. Less obtrusive, gentler tones like our Muscle Fit T-Shirt in Heather give your fit a bit of personality without coming across as a typical ‘gym-bro’ that tends to chase people away.

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Because you’re twice the size of everyone around you means you don’t need to try hard to stand out, so toning it down on occasion can really help your style.

Essential T-Shirt Alternatives

As proud as we are of our range of Essential T-Shirts, we know that they’re not for every occasion. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of other shirts and garments to keep you kitted out for any kind of event. You’ll never be caught out with a wardrobe full of TAILORED ATHLETE.

Muscle Shirts and Vests

The great thing about T-shirts is how versatile they are. You can wear them casually while you’re hanging out with friends, or you can dress them up to make them appropriate for the office or a date.

Sometimes, however, you need something even more relaxed. This is where muscle shirts and vests come in. 

What muscle shirts do that other garments simply can’t match is allow you a complete range of motion. There’s no fabric constricting your shoulders, so you can swing your arms around without any obstruction.

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Our Essential Muscle Fit Vest is excellent for this. With its large arm-holes and low crew neck, it’s the perfect thing for the gym or a quick run to the shops. The super soft cotton blend also means the comfort levels are second to none.

The size of the muscle shirt you wear is basically the same as your t-shirt size, though you can get away with sizing up in you want it to be more open since muscle shirts aren’t supposed to be tight.

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