Well-fitted clothing is a sure way to infuse your professional look with timeless, effortless class. So, what does every man need to understand in order to shop for flattering suits, shirts, pants - and more? The short answer is proportion. But beyond that, it's about being in tune with your body, specifically, having a sense of your unique shape, weight and height. In this article, we'll explore five classic body types - short, tall, large, athletic and slim - and how to best dress them.
- Avoid longer suit jackets, which will make your legs, and overall form, look shorter.
- Shop for short-length, tailored suits.
- Thin, vertical pin stripes will have both a slimming and elongating effect.
- Purchase suit jackets that expose some shirt cuff; this lengthens the appearance of your arms.
- Buttons placed slightly lower on a suit jacket elongate the torso.
- Do not wear heavy, bulky accessories. These will look out of place and disproportionate.
- Wear slim, narrow shoes.
- Do not purchase oversized suits: a common error made by tall men. These will not account for a possible athletic or slim frame and therefore, can often look baggy.
- For more casual wear, a cuffed hem can add style to your look.
- Avoid thin, vertical pin stripes. These will only lengthen your form.
- Experiment with prints, textures, and accessories. If applied correctly, these may enhance your personal style and complement your outfit's proportions.
- Opt for a shoe with a rounded toe.
- Sometimes, a tall man's tie may lay quite short in the back, and cannot be secured in place with the loop. This can be corrected by your tailor.
- Avoid slim ties.
- Opt for darker color fabrics, which have a slimming effect.
- Avoid bold prints and textures; these can add weight to your look.
- Do not wear a larger suit; it will only look heavy and baggy. Instead, choose a suit that is well-tailored to your form.
- Take care to tuck in your shirts. Untucked shirts can lay tighter at the waist and looser at the hem, which can look unflattering.
- Ties, pocket squares, and watches are stylish, eye-catching accents.
- Keep your jacket buttoned, unless you're seated. This will keep your shape streamlined.
- Choose sturdy, well-soled shoes.
- Avoid suits with thick shoulder pads; your shoulders are broad enough.
- Do not choose oversized suits simply because you have a wide chest; they may look fitted in one area and baggy in others. Opt for a custom-made suit that takes into account your specific proportions.
- Pay attention to the circumference of your collar. You may have to choose a lower collar.
- Choose a classic, versatile shoe silhouette: one that is neither too bulky nor too slim.
- Do not wear wide ties.
- Opt for lighter fabrics to add presence and style to your look.
- Choose slim fit, preferably custom-made suits. Padded shoulders may benefit you.
- Avoid vertical pin stripes; these may further slim you.
- Play with prints and textures. These can add more dimension to your outfit. Plaid and horizontal stripes are particularly flattering on a slim man.
- Do not wear heavy, bulky accessories.
- For a more casual look, leave the top few shirt buttons unbuttoned. This will help widen your shoulders and broaden your chest.
- Avoid bulky footwear