Premature Elections and Big Tee Shirts

 

You may remember that a few weeks ago we wrote a Big Tee Shirt Brexit blog to reassure our customers that the Brexit would not affect the prices or service that we provide.

Well, with the news that we’re heading into more uncertainty with an election that’s been brought forward, we thought it best to address some of this issues this can raise.

Questions About Big Men’s Election Problems

We’ve had quite literally a couple of questions that relate to our mens plus size clothing and the election  so it’s important that we make our policies clear and outline our sales manifesto:

  • We’ll always provide big clothes at small prices
  • We promise to stock more men’s clothing in sizes 2XL to 8XL
  • We promise to keep more elasticated waistbands in stock
  • The UK comes first: With next day dispatch on orders before 2PM
  • We will provide payment relief in the form of free deliveries on orders over £90
  • We will not be beaten on customer satisfaction
  • We will ensure we have big and tall men covered

Promising all these things is all well and good but where would we be without giving you some details about how we achieve the magnificent elections that we do…

Hung Parliament

You can’t run the risk of another hung parliament like we’ve seen in the past, just like you can’t risk the discomfort of wearing the wrong underwear.

YES! We’re linking ‘hung parliament’ with men’s plus sizes underwear. We’ll avoid jokes about politicians having “balls” or making reference to them being a load of ****s. That sort of humour is below the belt, just like a good set underwear.

Whilst you’re here, you may as well take a look at our men’s underwear in sizes 2XL to 8XL. You won’t be disappointed and they will keep your politics in order.

Falling Shorts

We can agree that politicians say all sorts of things on the run up to election time but usually end up falling short of the mark.

If there’s one thing we can’t stand, it’s falling shorts. That’s why we always make sure we keep a good range of men’s shorts in waist sizes 42” to 60”.

You can take your pick from a range of candidates such as cargo, smart, ¾ length, jean, swimming and casual, many with elasticated waist and some with draw-strings. You won’t be disappointed in whatever selection you make. They should probably last a few terms in offic as well.

Full of Shirts

We are full of shirts at the moment as we’ve had some new stock come in, ranging from the wacky to quite conservative. I don’t want to labour the point but you really should check out our 2XL to 8XL Mens Shirts.

We’ve got more options headed in over the coming weeks and we should probably mention that prices start from under a tenner. We’ve got you covered here at Big Tee Shirt and we put your interests first. We have big clothes at small prices, all year round.

Pop an X in the box and vote for us. Or pop up to 8X’s for the X-tra Large sizes we supply.

 

It’s Getting Hot In Here, So Buy Some New Spring Clothes…

 

Did we just use a song title parody as a blog title? You bet we did.

But we’re in a very good mood and very keen to put a spring in your step now that the weather should be on the turn, the days are getting longer and bank holidays are just around the corner!

It’s time to get yourself outdoors, do a bit of pottering about in the garden… or sitting in the beer garden down the pub and it’s vitally important that you wear the correct attire to do so. Luckily we stock all that good stuff and we have lots of new lines coming through this spring, so why not take a look?

We Love *Short Shorts. (*But Longer Ones Are Better)

You may be a veritable action man or simply a bloke that enjoys a bit of comfort but either way, we can both agree that shorts are ruddy perfect every-day wear. When the weather is hot we live in shorts and to be honest, when it’s only-just warm enough, we live in them anyway.

But as you’d expect, we stock rather special shorts for larger men in waist sizes 44” up to 60” or if you want an elasticated waist we have sizes 2XL to 8XL. Definitely suitable and comfortable for the bigger gent.

  • Longer length legs
  • Cargo Shorts
  • Surfer style shorts
  • Walking Shorts
  • Rugby Shorts
  • Denim Shorts (Jorts or Jean Shorts)
  • Stretch Denim Shorts
  • Floral shorts
  • Plain Shorts
  • Camo Shorts
  • Flexi Waist Shorts
  • Chino Style Shorts
  • Baggy Cargo Shorts
  • Fleece Style Shorts
  • ¾ Length Shorts

 

That’s just what made the short-list *groan*. We literally have shorts for everything. There’s a big selection of big shorts in a variety of colours and styles.

… In short, we have lots of shorts for big blokes.

Let Me See That Thong Tha-Tha-Thong Thong Thong…

Only joking! Even we have a limit.

We may not (thankfully) do thongs but we do a great selection of underwear for big guys. So you can have a bit of support behind the scenes. Prices start at a small package of £6.99 which buys a decent set of pants with enough fabric to keep your modesty under wraps.

Just to clarify: We do not do plus-size thongs for men.

Oh my God That’s Some Funky (T-)Shi(r)t(s)

After spending fifteen minutes trying to think of a song with t-shirt lyrics, I gave up. This title is modified lyrics from the Prodigy. If you can think of relevant t-shirt lyrics, drop a comment and let us know. I can update this bit. 🙂

So… T-shirts! The perfect accompaniment for shorts. Well, it goes without saying that a company with a name like ‘Big Tee Shirt’ sells a lot of actual big t-shirts for larger guys. In fact, we specialise in them.

We stock sizes 2XL to 8XL in a fine selection of styles and colours. Shall we list the styles to make the blog a bit longer? Yes. Yes we should:

  • Plain T Shirts
  • Printed T Shirts
  • Tie Dye T Shirts
  • Extra Long T Shirts
  • Funny T Shirts
  • Branded T Shirts
  • Unbranded T Shirts
  • Biker T Shirts
  • Polo Shirts
  • Political T Shirts
  • Ska T Shirts
  • Sleeveless T Shirts
  • Music T Shirts
  • Northern Souls T Shirts
  • … and Vests

 

Actually we do so many types of extra-sized t shirts that we can’t list them all. There’s at least 7 types of humour in the “Funny T-Shirt” section alone.

The point is, we do big t-shirts to suit every kind of man. Apart from the kind of man who has no sense of style. We apologise… But we can’t help them. Stylish men only.

Is that ‘stylist’?

Probably.

No Jacket Required

With it being BRITISH spring time we realise it may be a tad optimistic when we talk about shorts and t-shirts. Let’s be realistic and talk about waterproof jackets. In fact we do some amazing coats, jackets and waterproofs for the bigger man so why not make a bit of a list?

Are you ready? Go…

  • Denim Hooded jackets
  • Quilted jackets
  • Waterproof coats
  • Windproof coats
  • Fleece jackets
  • Fleece sleeveless
  • Gillets
  • Parka jackets
  • Lined Denim
  • Body Warmers
  • Smart Overcoats
  • Utility Jackets
  • Lightweight Jackets (That can’t hold their drink)
  • Summer Jackets
  • Winter Coats
  • Barber Jackets
  • Outdoors Coats
  • Wool Blend Jackets
  • Camo Jackets
  • Harrington Style Jackets
  • Bomber Jackets
  • Oxford Style Jackets
  • Leather Jackets
  • Waist Coats
  • *Straitjackets

*We lied about the straitjackets

But all other jackets are available in a range of colours and style… and most importantly, in proper man’s sizes of 2XL to 8XL.

Float Like A Butterfly, Spring Like Big Tee

Yes, that made little sense and it’s not a song but we had to end this blog with something, didn’t we?

We’re updating the website almost daily with new stock so please do keep coming back and checking what’s available. We’ll be re-stocking some of the sizes that were not available before and expanding on our ranges. Feel free to message us with any questions, we’ll be glad to help!

 

 

The Brexit Blog: How It Affects Big Tee Shirt

We’ve had a good few customers get in touch and ask how Brexit will affect Big Tee Shirt. Some of the questions we’ve been asked are:

  • Will it mean our prices will go up?
  • Will we stock different items?
  • Will we still stock the same big brands?
  • Will we stock anything at all?
  • Will our sizes change?
  • Will we have some Brexit parody t-shirts?
  • Will we move to Spain?
  • Will we ship to the moon?
  • Will we ever stock thongs?
  • How do we maintain such low prices?

 

The answers in all cases are.. Nothing changes.

We’ll still stock the same great clothing for big and tall men at very reasonable prices. We won’t be moving to Spain. We don’t ship items via rocket ship (they get lost and it’s too expensive), we’ve no idea how we keep our prices so low and we’ll never stock thongs.

We hope that clears up your concerns.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you, in fact we fully intend to remain awesome and if possible, become even more awesome. Why not have a look at our range of mens jeans in waist sizes 40” up to 70” whilst you here but not before we leave you with a little joke:

Q: What happens when a large Yorkshireman sits on a plastic garden chair?

A: … He Brexit.

… I’ll get my coat

Egg-citing Easter Clothing For Big Dudes

 

Here at Big Tee Shirt we celebrate Easter in a big way. Not necessarily because we are religious – but because we are fanatical about good food and good times with loved ones. And such occasions are the perfect ‘egg-cuse’ to update your wardrobe…  Sunday marks the beginning of Spring and that means Easter is on the way so you need to be prepared.

Eggs-tra Stretchy Jeans


It is also a time when we can stuff our face… guilt free.

That’s right, the only thing I’m giving up for Lent this year is non elasticated trousers. I want to make room for the abundance of chocolate eggs and roast dinners that come my way. Not to mention the fish n chip supper on Good Friday. And the beers on Saturday…

Thankfully at Big Tee Shirt we stock a variety of that old favourite jeans with stretchy waists that avoid having to undo buttons at the dinner table. After all, the last thing you want after enjoying your mother-in-law’s roast is to stand up only for your slacks to hit the floor. No-one needs to see your Kinder surprise. Not even her.

‘Cracking’ outdoor and active wear

I get the meat sweats after I’ve had a good roast – so you may feel the need to get some fresh air after that hefty dinner. Hop on over to our fantastic outdoor clothing ranges and see what tickles your fancy.

Whether it’s an Easter egg hunt with the kids, paint-balling with the lads or a merry jaunt across the countryside with the missus – don’t let the weekend become a damp squib by getting caught out in the April showers.

We stock a variety of plus size men’s waterproof and windproof jackets – not to mention thermals. From our soft shell jackets and fleeces for brighter days – to our waterproof jackets and parkas.

And if you’re planning on doing something more active (are you mad?) – check out our utility gillets and waterproof hiking and walking boots.

Getting out in the fresh air has the benefit of burning off the Easter grub – so you have room to eat more when you get back!  The only ‘eggs-ercise’ I plan on doing this Easter is repeatedly lifting chocolate to my mouth.

Hot Dressed Buns

Easter means a bonus Bank Holiday and more opportunities to enjoy a night down the pub. Single lads can impress ‘chicks’ at the bar with our smart-casual wear. We’ve got a cracking range of extra large dapper shirts,  along with stretchy smart trousers and chinos if you want to accentuate your buns for the ladies.

Or if you’re up for a laugh, and maybe ruffling a few feathers, you could wear one of our (mildly offensive) funny slogan tee-shirts. From the safe and topical “Every time I hear the word exercise I wash my mouth out with chocolate” – to the bold “YES – I ATE ALL THE F*%KING PIES”

Hop back on to our site

Even with the big brands we stock, it really is no ‘yoke’ when we say we won’t be ‘beaten’ on price. And if you make your Easter plans a bit late this year you needn’t ‘scramble’ around for something to wear as we offer same day despatch if ordered by 2pm.
SO with such ‘egg-cellent’ customer service – you won’t end up with egg on your face this Easter.

 

10 Reasons Why Big Men Are Sexy

 

I’m going to address the elephant in the room and make this statement: big men are sexy.

No jokes about me being the elephant in the room (I’m way ahead of you) and obviously as a bigger man I am biased about why we are more appealing. You don’t even have to believe me at this point but give me two minutes of your time to read the rest of this blog and if I have not convinced you (not that you probably need convincing) then feel free to leave me a comment or share this blog to spread the word.

It’s possible that you already have the opinion that bigger gents are sexy specimens, but you can’t put your finger on why – so let me highlight a few of our plus (sized) points about what makes us stand out.

Sense of Humour

Bigger guys are more fun. Because most big men have always been bigger and always will be, we’ve learned to not take ourselves too seriously. We can laugh at ourselves and take a joke better than most. We’re large people trapped in a world created for smaller people.

We’ve adapted to be the funny ones who are more comfortable in our own skin even if we’re not comfortable in your tiny car. We’ll have plenty of anecdotes that come with being a big bloke and we’re probably more likely to laugh at ourselves before laughing at anyone else. You can even find some of us in humorous big t-shirts – which we sell by the way.

But more importantly, we’ll make you laugh. Lot’s of comedians are built bigger and it’s no coincidence. If you can laugh at your own expense then you can always make people laugh with you.

We’re Better Dressed

Bear with me here; I’m not talking about when we are lounging around the house in our PJ’s or joggy bottoms, I’m talking about when we go out.
Because it’s harder to find decent clothes to fit a bigger man, we have to be a bit more selective about what we wear. Hence why people come back to Big Tee Shirt, we have top brands in big sizes at very reasonable prices.
It makes sense that if it’s harder to find clothes that fit you then you put that extra big of effort into the selection process. That and you probably buy from us so you will look awesome.

We’re More Manly

We just are.

I’m not saying we laugh at hipsters in skinny jeans but… Yeah, ok we might laugh at them. They look ridiculous, don’t they? Bless ‘em.

Put it this way, when was the last time you heard someone say: “Phwoar, look at that bloke in his pointy shoes and skinny jeans, with his little curled up moustache. He is sexy! He’s a REAL man!” – They’ll never say that. Because the big bloke next to them will be getting all the attention. Obviously.

We’re built to be protective and this makes us desirable in a sexy kind of way. Look at celebrity bodyguards. You never see a slightly-built bloke taking on that hefty role do you? No, they are man-mountains of ginormous statue and make no mistake.

The point is there to be made, we don’t like to stereotype but bigger men are more manly. I’ve just dug myself a hole for the next point.

We’re Less Judgemental

Want a second portion? Go ahead!

Fancy a dessert? Help yourself!

If you want to diet, you go right ahead but know that big men don’t judge. We love you for who you are because you love us for who we are. Isn’t life better when you can just be yourself and be happy? Unless you’re a hipster; We may judge your choice of jeggings if we’re being honest.

But as a partner, we are less judgemental. Just to be clear. 

I probably should not have made this point right after the hipster comment.

We’re Not Obsessed with Ourselves

Though this blog may appear to contradict that, I have to write about something and it is a blog for men’s extra large clothing.

What I mean is, bigger men are less prone to excess preening and you know only a select number of us will spend any real time at the gym. Less time at the gym and less time spent on beauty therapy probably means more time with the other half. So the lack of self obsession is beneficial – and sexy.  Probably.

That said, if you are looking for gym clothes for big men, we do those too. We know it’s hard to find clothes that fit when you get fit.

Lust For Life

Larger fellas enjoy life more: We laugh more, we eat what we like most of the time, we’re probably limited in terms of where we can go or how we can get there so we make sure we enjoy the things we do when we do them. We probably avoid public transport wherever possible though.

We won’t scrimp on the extra plate at the buffet and we won’t lecture you on how you should live your life. Being more comfortable with ourselves means you can be more comfortable with us. Enjoy your life, all those diets won’t be remembered when you’re grey and old!

There’s More of Us to Love

Yes, that old cliche! We’re not being sizeist here because if you’ll remember, we’re not judgemental. We’re good like that.

I’m not saying that there is a size-to-lovability ratio, but we’re bigger and what may seem imposing when you first meet us soon shows we are mostly big softies who wouldn’t be the way we were if we were made in a standard size. You couldn’t fit the people we are in a smaller frame, it’s just scientific fact!

We’re More Content

There’s a lot to be said for being content. In fact the Danish have made it into an artform and seem to keep writing books about it. They call it Hygge – but to a bigger man it’s just something that comes naturally.

Big guys have learned to live in a small world and we are less likely to pressure ourselves to conform to social ideals that the media push upon everyone. When you’re around content people you feel more content yourself and enjoy life more.

We’re Great in Bed.

It’s statistically proven… Probably.

We sleep better and do other things better too. We have more comfortable night wear like (cheap plug) extra long night shirts. We probably have bigger beds as we don’t fit into a standard double all that well – but this is a great way to lead onto the last point…

We’re a Better Quality Cuddle

We’re just big teddy bears really, aren’t we? I’m told there is something to be said for a hug from a bigger guy. We’ll put you at ease and make you feel secure. Yes it sounds soppy but that’s fine. 

We may be big and tall, long and thin or short and round but big blokes come in all kinds of forms and I promise we make the best cuddlers. I’ve had the feedback. We may be choosy about who we cuddle though so it’s probably best not to hug the first big bloke you see.

… That’s just weird. Probably illegal too. You should ask first really.

 

 

Dapper Clothes for Big Blokes

 

Here at Big Tee Shirt, we talk a lot about comfort and low prices for bigger men. But what about the times that you need to look smart but you simply can’t find clothes that fit? Maybe you need formal clothes in big sizes but they simply don’t exist on the high street… Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

If you’re in a rush for a social event, it’s fine. If you get the order to us before 2pm, we can have it with you for the next day!

Tweed Jackets for Large Gents

You may be quite happy with a full suit for certain occasions and events but you can’t beat a tweed jacket to elevate your appearance to that of a dapper God among men!

Tweed is awesome because it will look great with a shirt, some decent shoes and a pair of jeans or chinos (we do those too!) so you can look smart but not over-dressed for anywhere you wish to go. Perfect for days out, nights out, business wear or taking the other half for some posh nosh.

We do these Harris Tweeds in a selection of colours too: charcoal, brown, beige, navy or olive so you can have a jacket for every occasion. They are great for mixing and matching with your shirt or outfit and we have the option of original Harris Tweed (Under £200) or Harris ‘style’ Tweed for under £65 if you want to look smart but save a few quid for that meal out.

 

Waistcoats For Larger Waists

A waistcoat can really set you apart as a dapper gent. Or a professional snooker player.

… But mostly as a dapper gent.

The trouble is, if you are over the XL threshold then it can be very hard to find a waistcoat that fits around your waist. We cater for up to 6XL and have a couple of styles: formal or smart: with a whole array of tasteful colours that are perfect for everything from smart-casual with jeans, to ‘fancy’ for special occasions … or even as a flash accessory for stage hypnotists or magicians.

Yes, you just don’t see big men’s waistcoats getting worn but it’s probably because you simply can’t find them. Maybe that magician had conjured them all away? We don’t know. But we have a load of them to suit the biggest of fellas so have a look and feel the magic.

Trousers and Chinos In Proper Sizes

It’s fine and dandy wearing a smart jacket or a posh waistcoat but you’re going to need something smart to cover your legs. It could get embarrassing if you don’t and it may even be illegal so let us suggest you take a look at our chinos and trousers

We cater for up to a 64” waist and a 34” leg, with a little more give in the leg area for the larger man. None of your skinny fit clobber here! We even have stretch fit technology (Cotton and Elastane on the chinos or Flexi waist on the trousers) to ensure that you remain stylish and comfortable at all times.

Then there are the colours. We have a HUGE selection of colours available so there will always be a shade to suit your ensemble. They will look absolutely spot-on with perhaps a waistcoast or tweed jacket. Did I mention we sell those?

Shirts In M to 8XL

“What’s that Steve? You do a medium?”

Yes, we do; sometimes. Shocking, isn’t it?

Anyway, all of the clothing we’ve mentioned above needs a decent shirt to go with it and we cater for almost all shapes, sizes, designs and colours. We’ve got everything from short-sleeved and patterned to long sleeved and smart, they are perfect for every occasion, be it a suave party or a hot holiday.

They start at under a tenner and we have some of the very best brands available in sizes that are hard to find. Some of the smart business-style shirts even include a matching tie so you don’t need to worry about trying to find a pair that suit each other, we really are good, aren’t we?

Looking Sharp, Chap!

Yes, we may be called ‘Big Tee Shirt’ but that’s not all we do!

We provide every kind of clothing for big men from casual to sporty and of course, the dapper clothes mentioned here. We can help you look smart when you need to, we’ll help you get that job, we’ll help you find clothes that actually fit and look good.

… The only thing we can’t help with is the ironing.

 

Cheap Clothes For Big Men

 

I’m a big bloke. I always have been.

Back in the 90’s I decided to start up Big Tee Shirt based on a simple philosophy: I wanted big men’s clothes at low prices. I knew all too well how hard it was to shop and find clothes that fitted properly when I wasn’t exactly formed in the standard mold.

There were two problems with big men’s clothes back then:
1: Finding the sizes that actually fitted me properly.
2: Finding bigger sized men’s clothes that were affordable.

In fact, finding clothes over a certain size at all was next to impossible. So, with necessity being the mother of invention, I created Big Tee Shirt: The home of clothes for big men with prices that we can all afford… Then took the business online to make sure that we had any big man in the uk covered. Literally.

Cheap On Price, High On Quality

It’s worth noting that “cheap” is a term that can be used in a number of ways. When I say it, I am referring to the price of the clothes we sell. It’s always been important to me that my customers feel like they have got a bargain so simply being cheap isn’t enough: It needs to be low cost but high quality.
I’m really proud to say that we stock some of the best brands available for big and tall men. Whether it’s Espionage, Kam, Double Two, Cotton Valley or D555 (To name but a few) – We’ve come to know and trust our suppliers and pride ourselves on not selling anything that we wouldn’t wear ourselves.

It’s taken me the best part of 20 years and quite a bit of trial and error to say that we have the very best names, the very best quality and the very best prices for big men’s clothes online. But year on year we get better and you simply won’t find the same value for money anywhere else.

 

“Big And Tall Men’s Clothes @ Small Prices”

Our company motto says exactly what we stand for.

Over the years I’ve seen companies come and go offering clothes for big guys at prices that are sky high. It’s fair to say that many companies feel compelled to ‘overcharge’ for larger sizes because perhaps they see it as ‘specialist’ or maybe the extra fabric means you can get away with hiking the prices? Maybe it’s the additional labour required to make larger clothes? We don’t know what other excuses there could be.

We’re not simply a business that’s here to take your money, we rely on you coming back. We do this by ensuring our profit margins are tight – and then passing that saving straight onto you, the customer. We stand by our motto and always will because we know the lifetime value of a customer is more important that making money in the short term. If you’re happy with the quality of the item, the price and the service, you’ll return. It’s simple!

The Big Tee Shirt Brand

We’re more than just a website: We’re Big Tee Shirt the clothing brand.

There has been times where we simply couldn’t find the clothes we were looking for at all. Not on the high street, not online, not anywhere. As a result, we decided to set up our own brand and create the clothes we wanted to wear because we couldn’t find them elsewhere.

We don’t just provide our customary big t-shirts either. There’s trousers, shorts, jogging bottoms, hoodies, underwear, sweatshirts and much more. As our waistline has grown, so has the range!

 

Standing The Test Of Time

Of course, we’re not the only place for plus-sized men’s clothes any more but we work hard to be the best.

Providing affordable and fashionable clothes for large men is important but we take pride in offering something extra that you won’t always find – and that is a level of care and customer service which won’t be beaten.

We’ve been here for nearly 20 years and plan on being here lot longer. We couldn’t do that without you and your continued support. So long as people keep coming back, we’ll keep providing big men’s clothes at small prices.

 

“Big and Tall” is not “Fat and Lazy”

 

I’m not a fan of bandwagons.

I love a good online debate: I’m not a chap known to shy away from stating an opinion and I respect people who form an opinion based on their genuine beliefs. I’ve probably got a thicker skin than most, being a big and tall man, but I have a limit.

I try not to use my blog as an opportunity to rant but one thing that really gets my goat and seems to be popular every January is the ‘fat-bashing’ that goes on in the media. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite happy with the odd joke about being big. I’m fine with a bit of banter. I just hate being labelled a certain way, simply because I’m a big guy.

Every. Bloody. January.

It seems like the whole ‘New Year! New Me!’ trend comes around every January and fires up the media to push for ‘change’ and ‘improvement’ – and that is fine. If you want to change your lifestyle and exercise more then please do, but it irritates me no end to see the negative attitudes towards bigger folks.

Take this fine example (link at the end of the blog) from the Daily Fail:

… If you are over a certain age you are 80% more likely to be the following:

Overweight
Lazy
Inactive
Drink too much
Have “poor lifestyle habits”
Stressed

A third of us (apparently) do less than 30 mins of exercise a week

. Allegedly the article was based on an analysis by Public Health England and Oxford University Academics. It goes on to say that almost a third of middle aged people were obese and “if the middle-aged generation do not address their lifestyles soon, many will shortly fall victim to heart disease, type 2 diabetes or cancer”.

Does Rage Count As Exercise?

If it does, then reading the Daily Mail article was a full workout for me!

This is one example, but it does seem like there is a perception that bigger people are lazy, greedy and a health risk. Like we take out more from the UK system than we put back. It’s another case of pointing a finger at a group of people and playing the blame game.

I set up Big Tee Shirt back in the ‘90s after seeing first-hand how hard it was to find big and tall men’s clothes because I was a bigger man! I’ve always been big and with that comes certain difficulties in a world that was built for smaller people. But it drives me mad when the media paints bigger people as lazy and hogging resources.

How many times have you seen reports that being overweight was the reason that the NHS was under strain? But also you’ll see articles saying that obesity is the highest cause of premature death. Don’t the two seem to be at odds? We live in a time when we’re living longer as a species – To highlight that, back in the 17th century the average life expectancy was 35 years, and a study in 2012 says that now we’re at 81.5 years.

Well… If big people die younger, then how are they blocking up hospital beds?

“Overweight, Lazy Or Drink Too Much” – A Long Way From The Truth

Here’s what really annoys me: The perception that the kind of people we have as customers (the kind of people we ourselves are) and anyone who requires plus sized clothes are lazy and do not contribute; That is what I see when I read articles like those in the tabloids.

There is always a story doing the rounds based on some study than paints bigger folk as a drain on the economy. From my point of view it could not be further from the truth. For starters, many of our customers are quite simply, big people. They’ve always been big. Some are gym enthusiasts, others may look overweight but they are remarkably healthy. The bottom line is that people come in all sizes.

It seems crazy to generalise that people over a certain size are lazy alcoholics. In the same way the fashion industry seem to favour the waifs over normal-sized models… Though thankfully that is changing. The media seems to revel in trying to make people feel guilty for being the way they are and this is never more true than when it comes to a person’s weight.

Improve If YOU Want To:

Our view is this: If you want to make changes then do it for you, not because of garbage that you’ve read in the press. If you want to get more exercise then grab some of our big and tall jogging bottoms and get cracking. If you want to change your diet, do it because you want to. If you want to lose weight, just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons: Your happiness. Your family. Your overall wellbeing.

As you’ll know from our usual blogging style, we do have a sense of humour. But this time we wanted to point out how the media is too keen to blame bigger people and make them feel guilty for their size. We say you should be proud of who you are and if you want to change then do it for the right reasons.

 

If you want to read the full Daily Mail article you can do that here.

Our Last Ever Blog…

 

… When we say “ever”, we do mean ‘of 2016’ – You can’t get rid of us that easily!

We just wanted a punchy title that made you read this blog if we’re being honest. But now you’re here:

 

A Big THANK YOU!

At Big Tee Shirt, we try our very best to not only supply the highest quality big and tall mens clothing but also an unbeatable level of customer care and support. We really do think of our customers as extended members of the team and as such, we value each and every one of you.

It’s great to see regular customers keep coming back and new customers who are becoming regulars. Remember to come and say hello on Facebook Page, where you’ll see our best deals first, out latest blogs and you’ll get the chance to see hello to us! It’s great to know the people that support us and you’ve helped make 2016 a great year for us!

 

Big Improvements For 2017

We’ve always taken great pride in our low prices and quality service along with the range of clothing we provide. But in 2017, we’ll be giving the website a bit of an update too!

We’ll be looking to make the whole site smoother, easier to navigate and even more mobile friendly so you can do exactly what blokes like to do when it comes to shopping; get in, buy it and get out, as quickly as possible!

You should see a few changes filtering through to the first quarter of 2017 but rest assured that we’ll be supplying the same quality men’s clobber that we always have… At the same low prices.

… Actually, that is a lie. We’ll be having a sale very soon so it’s going to be even lower prices than you’re used to!

 

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

We hope you keep coming back to see us and that we can provide the very best online experience you’ve ever had… Within reason… When buying clothes!

We’d like to extend our very best wishes to our customers, their families, our suppliers and our friends. Happy 2017!

 

10 Problems Only Big & Tall Men Understand

 

*SNAP*

… That was another plastic patio chair that will have to go in the dustbin.

This is just one of many issues that us larger blokes have to face. Being big often incurs extra expense, excessive personal injury or at the least, great discomfort. This world was not built for guys over a certain size even if our range of big and tall clothes were.

Let me share with you my friends, just a few of the everyday problems that every big man can relate to. If we’ve left any out (we have) then feel free to let us know about them and we can laugh along together at how the tiny world seems to have it in for us.

 

Doorways Built For Hobbits

hobbit-doorway
Perfect. If you are 4′ Tall.

This is the absolute worst thing in the world. I know that the general population are getting bigger and taller but it seems that many places still have low door frames that are responsible for some fairly hefty concussions in their time.

We’ve got friends who have to come and visit us as we can’t go and see them in their cottage due to “that time someone had to go to hospital because the had too many jars and knocked themselves out on the doorway to the kitchen”. Oh how they laughed.

I got stitches by the way.

Low doorways are the bane of every tall man. Narrow doorways also pose a problem for the larger chaps but that is another story entirely.

 

People Who Need To Comment About Your Size

“How’s the weather up there? Do you play basketball? Are there birds nesting on top?” – And that’s just the tall blokes. Tubby guys get it far, far worse, believe me! I probably couldn’t print some of the things that I’ve heard over the years in this blog but I may consider it for a future NSFW blog… If you request it!

But the point stands: Why is it necessary to point out that we are massive? We’ve heard them all before when it comes to these comments but it seems like us Brits enjoy commenting on a man’s stature as much as we do about making unnecessary observations about the weather; that we can all see anyway.

 

Showers Built For Kids

Image is from the film 'Elf' - To highlight the issue.
Image from the film ‘Elf’ – To highlight the issue.

Thankfully, most showers are adjustable so it’s not an everyday problem, but I guarantee that if I stay at a hotel the shower is shoulder-height. This does not just mean stooping to wash my hair but the inevitable smashing of the face (usually the nose) into the shower head or side panels.
Fixed shower-heads should be banned completely.

Then we have cubicles that are too damn small. It’s fine if you are 5 foot 2, but when you’re the other side of 6 foot and perhaps a pound or two overweight (OK a stone or three) then getting in and out is hard enough, let alone actually washing in there.

 

… And Baths We Have To Squat In

Leading on from showers, we have baths. These are generally no better.
A bath should be a relaxing experience, but for the bigger man it poses a veritable death trap. Firstly the logistics of getting in and out are very little fun, especially if it’s all greased up with bubble bath or those bath bombs the missus likes. It makes me look like a greased up sea lion trying to get up hill.

But once in, it’s no better. The average bath was not made for the bigger bloke. There’s arms and feet everywhere and trying to find the soap… Well. There’s a few jokes in that I’m sure. Feel free to suggest a few.

 

Shirts That Fit With Sleeves That Don’t

A shirt that fits. Yes, we have loads more.
A shirt that fits. Yes, we have loads more.

Part of the reason we set up Big T Shirt nearly 20 years ago was because (as a big bloke) I couldn’t find clothes that were built for a man of my… aspect ratio. This was ok when I was around the house in jogging bottoms and a t-shirt but special occasions were the worst…

The main issue was finding shirts that actually fitted. If I wanted to roll up my sleeves it was fine but getting all the measurements right and cuffs that actually got to my wrist’ then I had to do some searching. But search no more my friends; we’ve got big and tall shirts that would fit even the largest of gentlemen. So you can crack on with looking dapper and impressing everyone around with your sophisticated chat and hilarious wit without worrying you look like you stole a kid’s school shirt.

 

Every Mirror Is Too Low

Big men don’t usually make too much of a fuss about looking in every mirror (we know we look good) but it does seem like most mirrors we set up for children. Just like the shower cubicle, changing cubicles are basically the same situation. Usually you’d struggle to get much more than a mop and bucket in there, let alone a man of generous stature.

So once you are in, you may wish to check how you look… But of course, you need to stoop to see it. Just like everyone’s bathrooms or just about every mirror, anywhere. Yet another reason to order big and tall clothes online!

 

Wanting A Car We’ll Never Fit In To.

We all love Clarkson's obvious discomfort. Don't we?
We all love Clarkson’s obvious discomfort. Don’t we?

We all love a sporty car, don’t we? Or maybe I’m going through a midlife crisis?

Not that it matters, I won’t get into the ruddy thing anyway.

If we’re honest, half the reason we (used) to watch Top Gear and now watch The Grand Tour is to witness the spectacle of Jeremy Clarkson struggling to get in and out if pretty much any car he looked at. Why are fast cars designed for diminutive people? Surely a big chap should not have to buy a truck to get some comfort? Don’t get me wrong, you won’t get me in a bright yellow Ferrari but that’s mostly because it’s not an option until they bring out an XXXXL version.

 

Standing Out In The Crowd All Times

With our good looks, humorous repartee and humble nature, us big men do stand out. You’ll always spot us at social events, undoubtedly surrounded by amused onlookers as we regale them with anecdotes and tales. We really are people magnets.

The thing is, sometimes you just want to carry on unnoticed and go about your business. This is especially true when we’re out shopping. Most blokes hate shopping and for big blokes it’s even worse as we tower above the crowds and get looked at. We struggle to weave our way through busy stores and streets so it’s usually a right pain in the backside. Places like the tube are literally no-go areas for us.

So we order online wherever possible.

 

“One Size Fits All” Does Not Fit

Big & Tall - Not 'One Size Fits All'.
Big & Tall – Not ‘One Size Fits All’.

This x 1000

Why do companies still produce ‘one size fits all’ when the size in question does not fit all? We beg to differ with the term. It gets our goats. It winds us up. It does not fit.

Yes, we’re big and tall but I’ve given up on anything that claims to fit all as I’ve got drawers full of gloves and hats that are not, and never will be, my size. ‘One size fits most’ is probably what these items should have on the label.

 

Public Bloody-Transport

This is probably our biggest peeve: Be it ‘planes, trains or automobiles’. We can understand why Steve Martin was so sweary in the film of the same name – Watch it, he held a record for the most swear words in a film for a while! You may want to watch out if you’ve got kids around, otherwise watch this and bear in mind it’s NSFW!

But we digress, back to public transport: The seats are awful and even sitting off to one side does not help with the knee room. Long haul flights are the absolute worst for this and if you’re a big bloke in economy, then you’ll feel like a battery hen.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Tube is virtually a no-go area for any big chap and buses are not much better. Combine that with half the cars of the world being the equivalent of go-carts and you can see that transportation generally is very little fun.

But the special prize goes to aeroplanes with their tiny seats, extremely limited leg room and (heaven forbid) the smallest toilets in the world. I’d sooner spend a weekend in a caravan at Skeg Vegas than go through the trauma and humiliation of public transport.

The World Wasn’t Built for all Big men.

… It really wasn’t. But luckily, our range of clothing was.