Body Shape & Men's Style - How To Dress For Your Body Type (2022)

Ever see a picture of an amazing outfit then try to replicate it?

You carefully buy the clothes, piece by piece. You take care to copy the colors and style. And after all that effort, you try your new outfit and realize you look nothing like the guy in the picture.

The chances are, you overlooked a small but important factor – body type. You probably don't have the same body type as the guy in the photo. The result? What works for him doesn't work for you.

In this article, we'll teach you how to avoid this mistake in the future by showing you how to dress for your body type.

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Recognize your body shape? Just right to it using this handy contents section:

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Before we get started, there are a couple housekeeping rules.

  1. Your body type and shape should always take preference over fashion trends.
  2. Know your tailor on a first-name basis. You should trust them like your best friend.
  3. Dress for the body you have NOW…don't put off wardrobe improvements for that 2-year diet plan you've been working on.

Learn to emphasize the best aspects of your build and divert attention away from your undesirable features. Let's get into it.

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Body Shape #1 For Men – TRIANGLE

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Most men are predisposed to being larger around the waist and hips in relation to the top part of their bodies, especially as they get older. This creates a natural triangular shape with the base at the waist and the tip at the face.

Having a triangular body shape does not mean you are in bad shape, but it presents a challenge in finding clothes that make your entire body appear proportional. Most men's clothing is designed with the opposite effect in mind – broad on top and narrower at the waist.

Creating balance and shape with your clothes is a key consideration for you.

Clothing for men with triangle body shape

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  • Tailored patterned blazers: Wear checked blazers and fitted waistcoats with solid trousers. The mix of prints and solid colors will create the illusion of shape and take the focus away from the larger waist.
  • Vertical stripes: This pattern creates a streamlined effect that elongates and slims down the upper body. Horizontal stripes are preferred only if they are visible from the chest upward.
  • Jackets with structured shoulders: Slouchy shoulders on jackets (bomber jackets, for instance) will exaggerate your already sloping shoulder line. Structured shoulders (on a topcoat, for instance) square off your frame.
  • Single-breasted suits: Instead of going for double-breasted jackets which bulk to the waist, opt for a single-breasted jacket to allow for a more relaxed and slimming fit. Get your jackets tailored for a structured fit on the top but with extra room around the waist.
  • Brighter color panels: Patterns and detailing across the chest and shoulders help broaden the narrow upper torso. Wear jumpers and crew neck tees with color panels across the chest but a slimming darker color like gray, navy, or black around the mid-section.

Clothing to avoid for men with triangle body shape

  • Fitted polo shirts and roll necks: Both these styles tend to make the neck and shoulders appear slender while accentuating any roundness in the waist.
  • Brighter colors and busy prints: Bold and bright patterns will draw attention to your triangular-shaped torso. Work them into your outfit as accents in the form of pocket squares (how to fold a pocket square), glasses, socks, and trainers. Bold belts will only draw attention to the width of your waist.
  • Skinny fits and extreme tapers: Narrowing trousers draw the eye of an observer to the center of your body. Swap them for wide and straight leg fits that add proportion to your silhouette.

Body Shape #2 For Men – INVERTED TRIANGLE

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The shape of this body type is a big triangle with the base at the shoulders and the point at the belly button.

Your well-developed chest and shoulders are significantly broader in comparison to your waist and hips. You probably spend hours at the gym every week working up an enviable muscle pump. Hectic training sessions in the gym result in accentuated shoulders and thighs and a narrow waist.

Since most manufacturers cater to men who are out of shape, buying clothes off the rack can be challenging for this body type.

Clothing for men with inverted triangle body shape

Your goal should be to show off your toned and fit body.

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What should you wear if you're muscular? Wear close-fitting clothes that reduce visual clutter and emphasize the clean, sharp lines of your torso. Add bulk to your trim midriff and lower body while balancing the proportions of your well-developed upper body.

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  • Horizontal stripes: Especially from the chest down, to broaden your comparatively narrow waist.
  • Slim-fit shirts: You can wear shirts to show off your incredibly fit body but remember to size up. You want to hint subtly at your fitness, not scream it by wearing figure-hugging costumes.
  • Slim cotton polo shirt: A spandex mix will allow stretch across a broad set of shoulders and chest while creating a tailored look around the waist.
  • Regular V-neck T-shirts: The collar shape has a narrowing influence on your chest and draws the eye down and away from the broadest part of your torso. Stay away from plunging V-neck t-shirts.
  • Straight-leg trousers and jeans: men's skinny jeans will accentuate your chicken legs. Slim-fit pants will do just fine. Wearing patterned pants, camo shorts, or checked trousers distracts from your comparatively broad upper body.
  • Trousers with larger seat drop: Athletes have the common problem of finding pants that are roomy around the groin area. Look for a larger drop measurement between the waistband and the crotch seam.
  • Jackets: Slim-fit jackets that follow the natural line of your silhouette, with a bigger difference between the width of the torso and the width of the waist.

Clothing to avoid for men with inverted triangle body shape

  • Structured tailoring: Suit jackets and blazers with shoulder padding and wide, especially peak lapels, will emphasize your heavy upper body. Unstructured silhouettes work better in streamlining your frame.
  • Prints, patterns, and scoop necklines: Any detail, especially around the shoulders, will focus attention on your wide frame and throw your body out of proportion.

Find a good men's tailor you can trust (and try them out!). This is an indispensable part of building a stylish wardrobe for this body type.

Body Shape #3 For Men – RECTANGLE

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Men with a rectangular body shape usually have a tall and thin frame. Their shoulders are roughly the same width as their waist and hips.

Clothing for men with rectangle body shape

Use clothing to widen the shoulders and add the effect of a subtle taper from your top-down. You’ll need to create an illusion of structure.

Creating a nipped-in silhouette across the middle of the body is both key and easy to achieve.

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  • Horizontal stripes: Especially across your upper torso (short and long-sleeved Breton tees), as they’ll add width to your slight frame.
  • Structured tailoring: Once you’ve found structured blazers and suit jackets that add size to your shoulders, have your tailor take them in slightly at the back to emphasize your waist.
  • Layered looks: A button-down shirt and fine-gauge crew neck jumper is a no-fail pairing that’ll add instant bulk to your frame.
  • Scarves: A neatly tied or draped scarf is an easy way to add a point of difference to your look, as well as flesh out your upper torso.
  • Prints, color pops, and detailing: Pops of brighter colors up top or details like epaulets will expand the dimensions of your otherwise slim frame.

Clothing to avoid for men with rectangle body shape

  • Double-breasted jackets: Unsurprisingly, tailoring cut in the shape of a rectangle does little to nothing for the rectangle-shaped body. Try a single-breasted style with plenty of structure in the shoulders instead.

For tailoring, make sure you opt for single-breasted styles. When off-duty, create shape by contrasting layers such as a shirt or a cardigan over a crisp white T-shirt or vest to create an extended V-shaped panel on the upper section of your body.

Body Shape #4 For Men – OVAL

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In a bigger guy, the center of the torso is wider than the shoulders and hips. The rest of the build tends to reflect this as well, with shorter, broader limbs that widen at their midpoints.

Oval-shaped men want clothes that do a bit of slimming and framing.

Clothing for men with oval body shape

Keep it simple and dark. Solid colors are always good.

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  • Trousers: The trouser waist should always be comfortably loose, never belted so tight that it pinches and wrinkles.
  • Suspenders: Men's suspenders (“braces” in the UK) are your best friend. Wear them whenever you get the opportunity. They hold the trouser front out slightly, letting it fall in a smooth front all the way past the crotch. Whether belted or worn with suspenders, the trousers should always be worn at the natural waist, where they can drape smoothly over the bottom of your stomach instead of squeezing it all upward. You don’t want the belly sagging down in front of the belt or trouser waist.
  • Pleats: will help the pants widen slightly when you sit, adding a bit of comfort for men with large thighs and bottoms.
  • Shirts: A good fit is crucial in avoiding either pinching and wrinkles (too small a shirt) or billows that add even more bulk (too loose a shirt). Find a brand that works for you, or else have your shirts tailored. A wider collar spread works well for broad men, especially when the neck and face are broad. Want to know more? Read – how should a man's dress shirt fit?
  • Jackets: Dark, single-breasted, and only slightly tapered are the keys to a good jacket for big men. A sharp taper at the waist will be hard to button and stretch over the stomach. Just a hint of an inward bend right around the buttons is all that’s needed. The jacket gives the torso a frame, essentially putting it between two narrow lines, making it a worthwhile addition to almost any outfit.
  • Neckties: Bow ties can be a good way to avoid a tie that drapes over the bulge of the stomach. If you’re not a fan of bow ties, then something decently wide and, more importantly, long enough to reach the belt will work.

Clothing to avoid for men with oval body shape

  • Tight fits in the torso are a bad choice: and trying to squeeze into clothing that’s too tight is the worst choice of all — it does nothing but emphasize the body’s bulk, and it makes you look desperate besides.
  • Patterns and visual clutter are a bad idea: as is anything that draws attention to the midsection. Work on outfits that guide the eye smoothly up the whole length of the body and focus attention on your face.

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Body Shape #5 For Men – TRAPEZOID

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An “average” build refers to what most designers use as the foundation of their designs.

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In other words – Most off the rack clothing will fit you well – pending minor adjustments.

The waist is the narrowest point on an average man’s torso. The rib cage widens steadily up to the collarbone and shoulders, which are the broadest parts of the torso. This gives the body an overall trapezoidal shape with the shorter side at the bottom.

Clothing for men with trapezoid body shape

Showcase your athletic body shape in slim and fitted clothes. Take advantage of sports-inspired modern looks.

If you’re both average build and average height, you could be in danger of blending in with crowds. Try to have a few distinct details in your outfit at all times. Just a colored pocket square in the jacket’s breast pocket goes a long way. A good watch and shoes have a similar effect.

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  • Trousers: Avoid baggy clothes. Find a brand with a close fit, or have your trousers tailored. Stylistically, most colors and patterns should work just fine with your build. Cuffs and pleats are up to personal taste.
  • Shirts: Vertical stripes will make you appear a little taller. Checks and plaids add horizontal bulk, so pick which one you need based on your height.
  • Jackets: A blazer or suit jacket tapers your waist, making your stomach seem slimmer, and your shoulders seem broader. Wear it buttoned with a single button at the waist for maximum effect.
  • Neckties: Stick to a normal length (the tip should be right around your belt buckle) and a normal width (about 3 to 3 1/2 inches). Short, skinny, fat, or otherwise oddly-sized ties throw off the balance of your torso.

Clothing to avoid for men with trapezoid body shape

A perfectly paired ensemble is easily ruined by wearing clothes that don't fit your body correctly. Any well-dressed man will tell you that the secret to comfortable and flattering style comes down to fit.

An average build needs clean lines and a good personal style to look sharp. The biggest no-nos are anything loose and saggy and any outfits that are completely bland and generic-looking (unless you want to vanish easily in groups).

A little visual clutter is a good thing, as long as it leaves the basic shape of your body (and especially your torso) intact. Start by implementing these men's style upgrades.

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How do I find the right dress for my body type men? ›

Wear close-fitting clothes that reduce visual clutter and emphasize the clean, sharp lines of your torso. Add bulk to your trim midriff and lower body while balancing the proportions of your well-developed upper body. Horizontal stripes: Especially from the chest down, to broaden your comparatively narrow waist.

How should I dress according my body shape? ›

So some items that can work really well on your body type include things like belts that help bring

How do I know my body type men? ›

How do I figure out my body shape? You're a rectangle if your shoulders, waist, and hips are of similar width. If your proportions are pretty much the same from your shoulder to your hips, you fit into the most common body shape category of a rectangle.

What are the 5 body types? ›

The five main body type shapes are rectangle, inverted triangle, hourglass, pear and apple. To begin specifying your body shape, stand in front of a full-size mirror with no clothes on, or just your underwear. After your initial inspection, you can determine what body type you might be.

What kind of body do I have? ›

Body Shape Calculator & Measurements Chart
DescriptionWidest part
Inverted triangleTop-heavyShoulder Bust
RectangleEven measurements without much definitionShoulder Bust Waist Hip
AppleHeavy midsectionBust Waist
1 more row
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What are the three male body types? ›

In general, there are three basic types of male bodies: ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs.

What are the 13 body types? ›

The 13 Kibbe Body Types
Kibbe TypesBone StructureFacial Flesh
Flamboyant Natural (FN)Sharp YangSoft Yang
Natural (N)Soft YangSoft Yang
Soft Natural (SN)Soft YangYin (petite or lush)
Dramatic Classic (DC)Sharp yangBalanced
9 more rows
31 Jul 2022

How do I dress to hide my belly? ›

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What are the 4 different body types? ›

To get a precise assessment of whether you're an ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph, or a combination type, you could go to a lab and have your body fat, bone, and muscle mass measured.

What is the perfect body size for a man? ›

Summary: To achieve the ideal male body, you want your flexed arms and calves to be 2.5 times larger than your non-dominant wrist, your shoulders to be 1.618 times larger than your waist, your chest to be 6.5 times larger than your wrist, and your upper leg to be 1.75 times larger than your knee.

Which of shape is best for male? ›

Inverted Triangle body shape is the most desired body shape for men. Most movie stars like Salman Khan, Hritik Roshan, etc possess inverted triangle body shapes. It can be identified from the prominent bulky upper half and a much slimmer waistline.

What type of body do girls like? ›

As mentioned before in Perett's book, In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction, women show a stronger attraction toward men with a figure consistent with the ideal hunting physique: strong shoulders, narrow waists, and broad chests and shoulders.

What is the most popular body type? ›

What is the most common body shape? The most common body shape is a rectangle, which makes up 46% of women. A rectangle is a woman whose waist is less than nine inches smaller than their hips or bust. Next are the bottom-heavy 'spoons', whose hips are two or more inches larger than their busts.

What is perfect figure size? ›

The specific proportions of 36–24–36 inches (90-60-90 centimeters) have frequently been given as the "ideal", or "hourglass" proportions for women since at least the 1960s (these measurements are, for example, the title of a hit instrumental by The Shadows).

Can you change your body type? ›

You can't change the body type you were born with, but you can boost your body for the better with the right set of exercises.

What is spoon body type? ›

Spoon-shaped bodies are similar to a pear-shaped figure, with curvy hips, a larger butt, and a slimmer upper body, proportionally. The difference between the spoon and pear body shape is that a spoon-shaped body may have a larger tummy, too, while the pear shape typically doesn't.

How can I change my body composition? ›

Physical activity and exercise are other crucial components for improving body composition. They not only increase the calories you use, but they are also necessary for optimal muscle growth. Since body composition can be improved by decreasing fat mass or increasing muscle mass, this is an important point.

What is the most common male body type? ›

Mesomorph: The most common male body type, mesomorphs have an advantage at the gym. Other traits include: Athletic build. Well defined muscles.

What body type is strongest? ›

A mesomorph has a large bone structure, large muscles and a naturally athletic physique. Mesomorphs are the best body type for bodybuilding. They find it quite easy to gain and lose weight. They are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle.

How can I change my body shape men? ›

Plan to eat five or six small meals and snacks per day, each consisting of a combination of complex carbs, lean protein and fresh veg. On the days when you're working out, eat a snack 90-120 minutes before your workout and then eat a meal within 90 minutes of finishing.

What dress size do guys like? ›

The majority of the men (nearly 86% of them) preferred a woman with a dress size 14 to 16. Only 10% said they prefer women between the size 8 and 10, and 4.2% of them said they prefer women sizes 20 or over. So, the majority of men prefer a blue eyed, dark haired woman who is a size 14-16, who knew?

How should a barrel chested man dress? ›

Barrel-chested guys have a bit more leeway and have an easier time in plain-front trousers. We still recommend that you wear them at the natural waist to maximize the slimming effect a long trouser line can give. If you're 5'6″-5'8″, wear plain bottoms. If you're 5'9″ or 5'10”, feel free to wear cuffed trousers.

How should a male Ectomorph dress? ›

The ectomorph
  1. Opt for a double-breasted blazer for dressier occasions; they fell out of fashion for a while, but are back in a big way. ...
  2. Don't wear vertical stripes; they have the potential to make you appear overly thin.
  3. Relaxed slim-cut jeans will tone down your natural lankiness.

How should men with broad shoulders dress? ›

Suit Fashion for Men with Broad Shoulders

Look no further than well-fitting suits with plenty of structure. Dark colors will always be a sure bet because they are versatile and slimming. Try a classic black, grey or navy. All pair effortlessly with almost any color dress shirt.

What body part do guys notice first? ›

It's your face! Thirty-eight percent of gents confessed that this is the first thing they notice about you.

What weight is most attractive? ›

A LINK between less body weight and attractiveness is due to an evolutionary preference for youth, according to research by University of Aberdeen academics. Scientists have tested a theory that women with a body mass index (BMI) of 24 to 25 would be deemed most attractive based on a mathematical model.

What makes a woman crave a man? ›

Women desire a man who is honorable, fair, and ethical. In terms of relationships, having integrity can help strengthen the bond a man has with a woman, as his moral principles will guide his behavior and help him to be the best partner that he can be.

What clothes hide a big belly men? ›

Go for dark colours like navy, black and charcoal – darker colours are more slimming on the body, so are a perfect choice when it comes to dressing a beer gut.

How should a man with a beer belly dress? ›

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What does Barrel Chested mean? ›

Barrel chest is a condition in which the chest appears to be partially inflated all the time, with the rib cage broadened as if in the middle of a deep breath. The person may find it hard to breathe normally.

Do skinny guys look good on oversized shirts? ›

Skinny guys often try to hide their frame by wearing larger clothes, thinking they'll look larger themselves as well. Wrong. The opposite is true. By wearing clothes that are too large for you, you make yourself look like a skeletal scarecrow.

How can I change my body shape men? ›

Plan to eat five or six small meals and snacks per day, each consisting of a combination of complex carbs, lean protein and fresh veg. On the days when you're working out, eat a snack 90-120 minutes before your workout and then eat a meal within 90 minutes of finishing.

What is an endomorph body style? ›

People with an endomorph body type usually have soft, round bodies with a wide waist and large bones, joints, and hips, regardless of their height. This article covers what an endomorph diet is, including which foods to eat and which to avoid.

What men should wear to look thinner? ›

An easy tip for bigger guys to look slimmer is to wear darker pants. Dark colors help to hide extra weight easier than lighter colors. Try to opt for black, navy, dark gray, or dark brown/khaki when it comes to slacks and dress pants. For jeans, a simple plain wash in a dark color helps you to look instantly slimmer.

What should you not wear with broad shoulders? ›

In general, avoid wearing off-the-shoulder and boat necklines. These style necklines can be tricky to wear when you have broad shoulders, because it can bring too much focus to your shoulder area which can lend to them appearing even broader, creating lack of balance within your body shape.

Which neckline suits broad shoulders? ›

Halter/High Neck: The Halter neckline features wide straps that wrap around the back of the neck, or a high neck with deep armholes. Both look best on a broad shoulder bride or taller woman above 5'7″ and above.


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