Men's Style: Ban the Male Muffintop
Oct 11, 2011
I see it all the time, the male muffintop. Billowing, baggy men’s shirts that look more like parachutes than button-ups. The man in the photo above looks like he might sail away if a stiff wind kicked up. (Auntie Em, Auntie Em…)
The majority of Hill Staffers can’t afford custom-tailored anything, and many men don’t know that shirts should be tailored to fit close to the body. Most just grab the shirt off of the department store display table without trying it on or even thinking about it will fit them when they remove the packaging.
Most dress shirts are cut generously through the torso so that they fit a wide variety of sizes. Skinny men are supposed to have them tailored to fit, but most just skip that step. It’s either too much hassle or too expensive. So what’s a man with a lean torso supposed to do?
Enter Hugh & Crye, a D.C. shop making shirts that are as close to a custom fit as you’ll find on the rack. Instead of just using neck size and sleeve length, Hugh & Crye also takes into account your torso size when deciding which shirt will fit you best. The shirts come in nine sizes outlined in the chart below, and will fit most men.
There is no reason why the men of D.C. (or America, for that matter) should be dressing above their weight classes. You deserve a shirt that shows off what you have to offer, not one that makes women wonder how much of that added bulk is fabric and how much is hot wings and beer. It’s a poorly-kept secret that well-dressed men get the girls, so why would you ever wear a shirt that fits like my Nana’s best mumu?
But even if attracting women isn’t your primary goal, a young staffer with a bagging, sagging dress shirt looks more like a high school student who dressed up for the first time than a working professional. It doesn’t exactly instill confidence in a man’s maturity and judgment if he can’t even buy a shirt that fits.
So head over to Hugh & Crye and buy yourself a dress shirt that fits close to the body. It’s for your own good. I’d hate for you to get swept away in a tornado without a pair of ruby slippers to bring you back home.