Understanding your body shape will help men to buy the right clothes. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will make your money go further whilst ensuring you look the best you can every day. It is rare for men to be able to look their best in every style and pattern available. So knowing what flatters will glide you up the sartorial ladder with an effortless chic.
These style tips are going to be your bible for your next shopping trip. But we also want it to give men knowledge and confidence to alter the clothes they already own to show themselves in a more stylish and presentable light.
Use Colours And Patterns Cleverly
When a man has a slim upper or lower body shape, patterns or colours can be used as an optical illusion to make those areas look larger than they are. For example ditch the slim black jeans and opt for a lighter denim. Another option is for men to use a windowpane check instead of a formal white shirt under their suit jacket.
Slim Fit Not Skinny Fit
It could be written on our gravestone. We are always preaching the importance of fit when it comes to choosing men’s clothing. Removing any oversized products from a slim figured man’s wardrobe is key, but don’t be coerced into going far in the opposite direction and getting skinny fit. Slim fit will allow movement in the fabric without strongly highlighting the slim frame like skinny fit will. Apply this to all aspects of your body; suit jackets as well as trousers for example.
Yes, having the right hairstyle can make a great difference. Slimmer men tend to have angular faces so ask your barber or hairdresser for a cut that will show off your cheekbones or jawline. Some men tend to hide beneath a mop of hair but this will only accentuate your skinnier face shape.
This will be a key part of your arsenal. An optimum time to play with patterns is when layering and thankfully the slimmer man will have no problem looking good when it comes to building layers. Our suggestion would be to keep the solid colours for the outer layers, and use checks or patterns beneath.
An excellent piece for the slimmer man to have in their wardrobe. Dress this up and make it look impeccable for the evening or try a striped tee underneath for a more laid-back ensemble during the day. Don’t ignore the single breasted completely but add more depth to your outfits with a double breasted option.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.