Fashion Tips for the Male Body
Key clothing tips to be a well-dressed man, no matter your shape.
Ask any man what his body type is, and he’ll either: a) stare at you blankly, b) give a one-word answer like "tall," "broad" or "muscular," or c) laugh and say, “Isn’t body type a woman thing?” But understanding your body type can be a powerful piece of information, going a long way toward helping you look and feel confident and attractive — your wardrobe choices will be more informed, and you’ll transform into a savvy well-dressed gent.
We’ll break down the three basic body types, and offer a few formal / semi-formal style tips from menswear professionals, on how to dress each.
Before we begin, let's cover a few universal rules, applicable across body types:
- Always wear clothing that’s specific to your body type. It’s a common misconception that baggy apparel will help conceal excess poundage, but items designed specifically for your shape will be much more flattering.
- Related to rule 1, a great tailor will know the best ways to flatter your natural build. So it’ll behoove you to invest in one.
- In general, try to avoid pleated trousers, since they have a tendency to balloon around the waist and emphasis body mass.