Ah, yes. The catchy, soca-influenced tune by Ed Sheeran is a chart buster and relates more to the younger crowd. But one thing in the song is very relevant to your everyday wardrobe. One of the more challenging processes you will go through is how to dress yourself, considering the shape of your body. Not every man is blessed with a Greek god-like figure such as Hrithik Roshan or Brad Pitt at his prime. No matter how expensive or stylish the clothes you choose are, it all comes down to the ‘how’ and not the ‘what’. Every body shape is different, so you need to be familiar with the basics before you up your style game.
As already mentioned, things can get very difficult if you don’t have a runway-type figure. Take a guy like me, who is only 5’3”. No matter how confident and well-versed in the world of fashion short men like me can be, there is no way in hell we could pull off every single look. Shorter sleeves and trousers (hemmed), on a suit for example, is one of the best ways to make you appear taller than you actually are.
A lot of style is about the illusion of it all. One of the slight advantages of being short is that you are able to trim or shorten clothes to fit or flatter your frame. A similar step can be taken with casual clothes too. A little clutter and monotone clothing will draw the eyes upwards to accentuate your shorter frame. A perfect and very simple example would be wearing dark coloured trousers with a light t-shirt. This little illusion contributes to making you look taller than usual.
Up and away
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ve got the tall, dark and handsome variety. Well, we may not all be handsome, but we can sure as hell give it a try in the fashion department. I’m sure you all know the advantages of being a tall guy, but if you wear your clothes incorrectly, then you’ll find yourself looking unfavourably gangly. The best way to make a clear distinction between the two halves of your body is to create a break at the point of where your torso and legs meet.
Wearing a jacket that cuts a little tighter at the waist, for example, will deliver the necessary effect. As for the formal occasion, aim for a double-breasted jacket that will broaden your upper body. This especially works for slimmer shapes, just as slim – not skinny – cut trousers keep the balance for both the top and bottom. In addition, make sure your jeans or trousers are mid-to-low-rise so that you don’t elongate your legs as they might already be the reason for your height. The hem on those trousers or jeans should also break just enough to show flashes of your ankle.
If you find yourself more on the jacked Chris Evans playing Steve Rogers shape, it doesn’t mean you have to burst at the seams to show off your man-cleavage. Now, you don’t necessarily have to hide those weapons of mass destruction. You should be proud of them by complimenting those assets by wearing unstructured jackets and jacket-like knitwear. This would be an easier choice to make off the rack if you don’t always have time or the money to hit the tailors every time you want to wear something new.
Reach out for jackets that are slightly longer and avoid double-breasted jackets if it’s possible. Remember, you want to leave people in awe of your figure, not be completely intimidated by them. And absolutely, you better take note, no tight shirts that unflatteringly put your nipples on display so far as to accidently poke someone.
What’s the skinny?
Some men are just born with that runway, skinny body. It’s not their fault, it’s just in their genes. However, I know many of you might be a little shy and self-conscious about the skinnier frame. While many of you will also opt for the hipster look, skinny this and skinny that, it’s important to subtly add more bulk to your look. Going to the tailors will make you look amazing but what about all that casualwear?
When it comes to jeans, keep things slim but not skinny. Some men are able to pull off the skinny anyway, but you don’t want to take risks others may successfully pull off. At least, not yet. Think more along the lines of baggy knitted jumpers or sweaters, slim-fit jeans and just avoid really tight fabrics.
Just around the way
No one is judging you, round men of society. You love food, nothing to be ashamed of. Or you simply don’t have the time or energy to look insanely heroic like Henry Cavill. One of the biggest mistakes larger men commit is wearing baggy and sagging clothes, trying to hide all their round features. This is where the rule of snug and not squeeze comes to full effect. Say no to oversized and yes to snug-fit. Find garments that will drape on your body rather than being caught in fabrics that stick to your figure.
I see a lot of large men make an even larger mistake by buttoning their bottom buttons. Like drugs, gentlemen, just say no. In fact, no matter what type of body you have, you should always leave the last bottom button completely alone. Taking care of all the buttons is only going to highlight your belly rather than hide it. Wear darker colours that will assist to flatten or streamline your figure or silhouette.