There's a certain kind of gay-male-oriented fashion company that creates moderately stylish (and often, deliriously campy, not always intentionally so) clothing for athletic-to-body-obsessed people. Abercrombie and Fitch is the most mainstream (don't worry, straights: they're mainstream, so you're not gay if you wear them, but they obviously derive from homoworld). Skew a bit more openly gay and you get Andrew Christian; skew a little rougher/kinkier and you get Nasty Pig, which has been accurately, if cattily, described as "Tapout for gays."
All of these firms share a reluctance to do clothing for bigger people. A&F's CEO basically went public about it a while back (something like "our clothes are for good-looking people") and got slammed in various places for it. At Andrew Christian and Nasty Pig alike, the largest waist size they carry is a 36". There's probably some calculation about average sizes and demographic distributions and production costs in there, but there's also a dose of thin-fetishism.
A pal posted images he got in an Andrew Christian email today. As usual, it's soft-core porn for teh gheys (or for gals who like that type). What he found funny/fun was that the clothes looked as if they were for the cruising areas on Moonbase Alpha.
My honest reaction? They were just silly enough to be worth checking out. This is a rare mood for me, but they got me via my being a big sci-fi nerd and a recent convert to dressing up for fun.
Problem is ... well, problem #1 ... at 6'3" and 215 pounds, I'm nominally a 36" waist if you believe that American clothes are actually made at the stated size. There have been examinations of how the actual size can be 2-4" bigger than claimed (they're trying to make us feel like we're fitter than we really are). If my current 36" pants are lying upward, and if Andrew Christian makes things closer to real size, their BIGGEST size could possibly run a little small for me.
Problem #2? Let's be honest. I'm the fittest of my life, but not the skinniest. Yet on the flip side: I was nearly this fit 35 pounds ago, which was within the last year. Packed on a lot of weight last winter, but I was still killing it in the gym and could still ride 50 miles without knocking myself out. (It was a very bulky bulk. Shut up.)
I have pals who have lost 50 to 200 pounds and are still Big People. But they work their asses off and they're FIT. (I have pals who have put on weight and gotten fitter in the process, as well.)
These manufacturers want us to buy into the buff=fit paradigm in a far too simple way. But they didn't want me when I was a 38" or a 40".
Tempting as those "XL" 36-waist pants are, I don't love the reinforcement of big=unfit="no cute things for you, lardass" view that the corporate line implies.
Of course it got easier when I learned that the space-age silver pants with the ludicrous pocket zippers are also $78. Eyeroll. No. ;-) I'm campy, but I'm not spendthrift.