How to Dress For Your Body Shape and Avoid Rookie Mistakes

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A beginner’s guide to highlighting your best physical features through style

Ashamed, uncomfortable, shy, and awkward…

Those are just a few words to describe the way I felt growing up.

Have you ever felt this way before?

If you said ‘yes’ keep reading.

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The way I dressed was a reflection of my physique and the way it made me feel.

During those awkward years I was often uncomfortable in my skin.

This ultimately affected the way I carried myself — feeling ashamed and wanting to go unnoticed.

I would hide my man-boobs under baggy sweaters, wear oversized pants, and prefer dark colours in order to avoid drawing ANY attention.

Nearly 10 years ago I made the decision to quit feeling like crap and to take control of my life.

I began working out, which at first was a challenge but today it’s a big part of my lifestyle.

On top of this I quit habits like drinking alcohol and eating junk (still love chocolate though).

A drastic increase in confidence has translated into a willingness to be more of an individual when it comes to my style.

Standing out from the crowd is no longer an issue. Drawing attention, within reason, is now a welcomed experience.

Fast-forward to today…

I’ve been talking to other guys about their style struggles and it’s clear that how to dress for you body type is an issue that keeps coming up.

There’s no better time than now to share a few of the tips I’ve picked up over the years.

No matter what shape you’re in there’s always a way to dress that best highlights your physical assets.

Skinny Guys:

If the width of your shoulders and waist are the same this category’s for you!

The goal when getting dressed in the morning is to add definition to your body where there appears to be none.

Use layered looks to your advantage. This will easily add the desired definition.

Just be careful when you’re buying items ‘off the rack’ since most brands cater to guys with heavier builds.

These types of items will fit more boxy (less form fitting) which will only make a skinny build look even skinnier.

Average Built Guys:

Guys in this category have shoulders that are wider than their midsections with lean legs and a little bit of muscle definition.

Since there’s already a natural visual balance between your upper and lower body you don’t have to worry too much about your pants being too skinny or baggy.

You have plenty of options for tops too, just make sure to invest in pieces that are slimmer fitting.

Shorter guys should avoid wearing boots since they’ll make your legs appear even shorter.

Above Average Guys: 

Often called a ‘triangle-shaped’ body which means that your bottom half is more pronounced than your top.

First off there’s nothing wrong with this and it doesn’t mean that you’re unhealthy. You just have to dress around your proportions.

Most clothing is unfortunately is designed for guys with the opposite build but there are ways around that!

Though your shoulders will be narrow compared to your midsection and lower body, the goal will be to add structure to your upper body.

Stay away from busy prints and brighter colours unless they’re in the form of small details like socks and pocket squares.

Athletic Guys:

Your broad chest and shoulders can be an issue when buying shirts since it will limit your options. As long as your movement isn’t restricted you should be all good. 

A common mistake athletic guys make is wearing their clothes a size or two up.

There’s no need to do this since more brands are catering to your shape. It’s just a matter of finding them and stocking up when you do.

Avoid structured suits (with shoulder pads) since this will only draw more attention to your upper body mass.

Final Word:

You want to keep in mind that the goal is to create a v-shaped silhouette of your body which is commonly associated with masculinity.

At the end of the day creating the ‘ideal’ body shape is a long-term commitment that involves major lifestyle changes.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe this is worth the time and energy investment.

But knowing how to use men’s style to your advantage is something you can ACT ON TODAY.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a favourite quote of mine…

“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. And if you play good, they pay good.” Deion Sanders

Take care, 

Sunjeev (a.k.a Jeevs).

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below

Or get a hold of me here: Sunjeev@StreetGentlemen.com

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