8 Places to Shop for the Fashion-Forward Men in Your Life

8 Places to Shop for the Fashion-Forward Men in Your Life

For any type of guy.

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Fashion has become one of the biggest and most renowned forms of art in the past few years. Brands and designers have started turning everyday clothing into a runway-ready style. Women across the world are publicized and scrutinized for the way they look, what they dress like, and the brands that they wear. Men, on the other hand, don't have the standards to live up to like women, and sometimes that's good. But what happens to the guy that wants to be fashion-forward? He's lost in a sea of athletic clothing and jeans. If that is you, keep reading. If you are shopping for your brother, or boyfriend, or dad, or cousin, or teacher, or uncle, anyone, here are some fashion ideas and links from some of the best places to buy men's clothing.

1. H&M

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H&M has some of the most affordable, fashion-forward clothing for men and women. I would recommend shopping both in store and online because you never know what might be in stock and what might not be.

2. Zumiez

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While it may not be for everyone, Zumiez actually has a good selection of clothing perfect for concerts and festivals. It also has a wide selection of brands for your day-to-day skating lifestyle.

3. BoohooMAN

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It's not as common as the rest of the of the brands, but BoohooMAN has a lot to offer. The clothing is reasonably priced and there is most likely always a sale going on. If you're shopping here, make sure you check out the tracksuits.

4. Pacsun

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Pacsun is the place to go if you're looking for the brands that are "in." With collections with Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, and Vans, Pacsun really emphasizes the California-life fashion style.

5. J.Crew

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J.Crew is the place to go if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone you're not super close with. Everyone loves a nice sweater or sweatshirt around the winter months, and you can never go wrong with a little bit of color. If J.Crew isn't in your budget, check out J.Crew Mercantile! They have the same styles of clothing, for a more affordable price.

6. Aviator Nation

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Another California brand, Aviator Nation holds a series of colorful and well-made clothing lines. While the clothes are a little more pricey than some of the other websites here, the quality of the products meets the highest of standards.

7. Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitters is the place to go if you're looking for a unique type of gift. From everything you need for your bedroom to all types of clothing, Urban Outfitters has it all.

8. Lululemon

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Last, but not least, is Lululemon. This brand joins the list of more pricey options, but you pay for what you get. These workout clothing are comfortable, usable, and fashion-forward. Be sure to check out the pants and shorts.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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It's Time Manufacturers Of Women's Clothing Stick To One Size Guide

Can they BE any more inconsistent in sizing?!

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Recently I went on a trip to a girl's favorite place: Target. I wanted to look for a new one piece swimsuit but also a dress for graduation. Well I found a cute dress and picked up some bathing suits to try on. When I tried everything on, I was getting annoyed with the sizing variations.

Typically, I wear a small in clothes. I have literally been the same weight for 8 years now so you cannot tell me I've changed in size. Well I tried on the dress in a small and it was actually too big! I tried on an extra small and it fit perfect. No big deal, it was just a minor sizing difference. Then when I tried on the bathing suits, things got interesting. The small was wayyyy to small. The medium fit my body except the bust was still way too small. The large then fit better in the bust, but was baggy around the rest of my body. Can you see the frustration?

Now of days women constantly have to try on clothes in all types of stores because sizing is never consistent. I know there are a lot of body types, but these variations are so extreme anymore. Like how can I go from wearing an extra small dress to a large bathing suit? That is way too big of a difference. Even kids clothes are probably the same way. Some of the outfits I see in the kids section look like they are large enough that I can fit in them! I received a pair of YOUTH LARGE pajama pants for Christmas and they fit me perfectly!

Just look at this tweet I saw the other day. It is one of the most relatable tweets and I saw so many women liking and retweeting it!

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It has really become an epidemic in the fashion industry that clothing sizes just aren't standardized anymore. I understand making clothes for plus size or jeans in a short style, but the basic dimensions should stay the change. These vast variations in sizing is probably what leads to low self confidence in some women. If they go from a size 5 to a 10 in a year they might think very poorly of themselves, when in reality they didn't change one bit and here it was the manufacturer of the clothing changing the sizing.

This ridiculous variation in women's clothing really needs to stop. We need influence manufacturers to stop changing their sizing.

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