Regardless of your body type, modern and flattering clothes can help you feel confident and comfortable. If you have a few extra pounds and are not sure how to dress, don’t worry! There are many options that can help you look and feel better. For any wardrobe, proportion, fit and comfort are key. Choose clothes that fit well, flattering fabrics and accessories that complement your body. Above all, wear what makes you feel good inside and out!
Wear clothes that adapt to your silhouette
- Choose well-fitting clothes rather than loose or slim fits. Resist the temptation to cover yourself in baggy clothes, which can look disheveled and remove your body proportions. Clothes that are too tight are not better. The trick is to invest in clothes that fit you well.
- Make sure to choose clothes that fit you now. If you lose or gain weight in the future, you may need to buy new clothes, but clothes that fit you can help you look better today.
Tip: If you don’t know your sizes, ask a clothing store clerk for recommendations. If you are shy, you may find it more convenient to shop at a men’s store that specializes in plus and tall sizes.
2. Choose shirts with a v-neck instead of round collars. A v-neck helps elongate the face and cleavage, so look for this type of neck when shopping for T-shirts and sweaters. Round collars, on the other hand, do not draw the eye downward and can accentuate the shape of a round face.
- Quality t-shirts with a marked v neck are super versatile. You can wear a v-neck and linen pants for a barbecue or pair it with a jacket for a business casual look.
3. Look for button-down shirts with separate collars to complement more robust features. The distance between the ends of the collar of a dress shirt is called the opening. When shopping for button down shirts, look for ones with wide collars to balance out a more robust face and neck.
- Ideally, choose collars with openings wider than a right angle. Find where the tips of the neck meet the top button and are at an angle. That angle should be greater than 90 degrees.
- Narrow necks look disproportionate with robust features. With a narrow neck, a robust face and neck look wider.
4. Choose pants with straight legs, a medium rise and no pleats. Straight legs can help balance the proportions of the legs, waist and stomach. Pants that are as roomy at the bottom as they are at the thighs are especially good if you have a larger abdomen and shorter legs. Boot cut pants that are slightly flared at the ankle can work too, but in general, you don’t want to wear fully flared pants (unless that’s your style!).
- Tight pants (such as skinny jeans) with wider thighs and narrower ankles can make the legs look disproportionately small and accentuate the abdomen.
- Pleats can add volume, so choose pants that are flat in the front.
- Also, go for longer hems, especially if you are short. These can help lengthen the body.
5. Make sure to wear shorts that don’t go past the knees. If you wear shorts, they should fit snugly and reach knee level. If you wear shorts that are too long and reach the middle of the shins, the lower part of the legs can look small and disproportionate. In turn, the waist will look wider.
- When you have extra pounds, taking care of the proportions is key. If the legs look disproportionately small, the rest of the body will appear larger.
Use 3-button jackets with wide lapels to add structure to your outfits. Sacks are a great way to shape the body and polish up an outfit. Look for jackets with square shoulders and 3 buttons, which can help to lengthen the body.
- Keep the middle button buttoned. Even if you choose square shoulders, keep in mind that you should avoid shoulder pads, as they can add additional volume.
- Avoid jackets with thin lapels, which will look lopsided and make you look bigger.
Tip: When wearing a jacket, use a pocket square to draw attention away from your stomach and toward your chest.
Choosing flattering fabrics and colors
Choose light to medium weight fabrics to avoid adding extra bulk. Cargo pants, hoodies, and bulky sweaters made of thick fabrics can make you look bigger. Cotton, linen, and other light, natural fabrics are good choices. If you sweat a lot, natural fabrics can also help cool you down and prevent sweat stains
- Although lighter fabrics are usually preferable, keep in mind that you should choose clothes that give your body definition. Fabrics that are too light and tight won’t fit well over your body.
Choose vertical stripes and avoid horizontal stripes. Even fine stripes can create a nice vertical line and lengthen the body. Vertical stripes can help slim down your look, but remember that horizontal stripes can make you appear wider.
- As with any pattern or style, wear stripes sparingly and don’t wear striped tops and bottoms at the same time. For example, you can wear striped pants with a v-neck shirt and a solid-colored jacket for a meeting at work. Or you can go to lunch in a striped shirt and solid colored dress pants.
Wear darker shades, but don’t wear black all the time. Solid and darker shades are your best friends! Navy blue, metallic gray, dark green, dark brown, and black are slimming colors. Conversely, light colors can accentuate the size.
- Although dark tones are slimming, that doesn’t mean your wardrobe should be faded and boring. Add an interesting touch to your outfits and choose dark shades of each color, instead of wearing black all the time.
Choose solid, neutral prints over heavy prints. In general, try to avoid designs such as narrow plaid, small checkerboard prints, and anything with prominent horizontal stripes. Shirts with flashy, overloaded prints can draw attention to your midsection and make you look bigger.
Tip : If you want to add patterns to your wardrobe, choose less overloaded motifs like dots, cashmere or large checkerboards. Larger and less overloaded motifs are more proportional than complicated prints with small elements.
Use color combinations to emphasize the proportions of your body. Since the eyes are drawn to light colors and dark colors tend to be more slimmer, you can use color combinations to your advantage. For example, if your legs are thinner than your abdomen, light-colored pants and a dark T-shirt can help balance your proportions.
- If you are short and stocky, you should usually avoid sharp color contrasts. For example, avoid wearing a black T-shirt with light khaki pants. Contrasts create a horizontal line across your abdomen, which can accentuate your belly and make you appear shorter.
- Although you should use light contrasts if you are robust, light tones at the top can draw the eye upward and lengthen the body. For example, try wearing a medium to dark blue v-neck sweater and black pants.
Use accessories wisely
Try swapping a belt for suspenders. It may take time to get used to wearing suspenders (also called suspenders), but many men find that they are more comfortable and supportive than belts. Suspenders can also create a better silhouette, as belts can divide the body in half and emphasize the belly.
- Suspenders look particularly good with business casual and elegant outfits, plus they look great with a deep-colored jacket.
Tip: If you want a less formal style and want to wear a belt, choose one that is wide, as it will complement your body better than a narrow belt.
Choose large, simple watches and jewelry. If you like to wear a watch, choose larger and more proportional designs. The same goes for tie pins, rings, bracelets, and other jewelry you wear.
- As a rule of thumb, jewelry should always be proportional to a person’s body. A giant watch on a slim wrist looks comical, but a sturdy watch on a larger wrist looks balanced.
Select wider ties and knots. Look for ties that are at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide at the widest end. On the other hand, slim ties can make the torso look bigger in comparison.
- Similarly, wider knots, like Windsor knots, can balance out a wide neck and face. Remember that a button-down shirt with a wide opening collar is ideal for wider features. A wide neck also leaves enough room for a large Windsor knot.
- Make sure the tip of the tie reaches the top line of the belt and does not reach lower than the bottom of the buckle.
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