How to Dress for Your Body Type as a Man

A lot of people will concentrate on things like colors and style when it comes to clothing, but not enough people consider their particular body shape. Some things will look better on short men, for instance, while others will look better on you if you're on the bigger side. Your frame should dictate your fashion choices, and if you feel like you can never find clothes that look good on you, it might be because you're overlooking that detail. Let's take a look at how to dress for your body type as a man.

Triangle Shape

People who have a triangular body shape have hips that are slightly wider than the body. People with this body shape should look at things like patterned blazers that can distract from the larger waist and pinstripes to elongate their bodies.

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They should also look into things like jackets with structured shoulders to get a better hip-to-waist ratio.

Inverted Triangle

People with an inverted triangle are said to have the ideal type of body with large shoulders and a smaller waist. But it's not always easy to find clothes with that body type, so you might want to get the number of a good tailor so they can make alterations for you.

Try to keep it simple and invest in a good set of polos, Henleys, and t-shirts. Custom t shirt design can be interesting as well. V-neck shirts are perfect for these body types. Layers look great on inverted triangle bodies as well, so try incorporating a few blazers and sportscoats into your collection.

Rectangular Body Shape

People with rectangular body shapes will have no trouble finding clothing since most clothing is made for them. High-end designer clothing looks especially great on them, so if you want to elevate your style and stand out and you have this kind of frame, you should start considering luxury options. Gucci for men would be a great place to start. You can find plenty of Gucci menswear online.

Oval Body Shape

Men with oval body shapes have torsos that are slightly wider than their hips and shoulders, which makes it really difficult for them to find clothes. They need to use as much layering as they can, and they need to avoid heavy patterns that could attract attention to their mid-sections.

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Fitted but slightly looser shirts and pants should be their main go-tos, and they should look into buying a few solid color single-breasted blazers as well.

Trapezoid Shape

Men with a trapezoid shape have lots of options since lots of clothing is made with this kind of shape in mind, especially outdoor clothing. 

The rugged look and tight-fitting shirts looks great on this type of frame, so make sure you have a good number in your collection. Plaid shirts are also perfect for men with trapezoid shapes. Now that you know a bit more about dressing for your body type, you'll be able to make better style decisions.

Always keep these tips at the back of your head, but don't be afraid to experiment until you find something that works for you. 

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the motorcycling and adventure space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.


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