Each man’s body is like the proverbial unique snowflake, just a bit hairier in most cases. That said, when it comes to men’s fashion the fundamental rule of thumb is to dress in a way that accentuates and compliments your particular body. But what does that really mean to most guys that don’t really have a finely tuned fashion sense? There are really basic ways to look at it that lead to far better choices at the clothing store. Here they are.
The Common Man’s Build
This has nothing to do with economics, but the numbers don’t lie. The vast majority of men on planet Earth are average height. Average fellows are neither tall nor short, excessively fat or sickly, and typically they aren’t sporting big robust muscles either. For these folks most of the clothes on the rack are going to fit, so we’re not talking to them.
The Shorter Man
For men that want to make the most of the height they were blessed with it’s about not trying to put too much eye candy in between their shoes and their eyes. Streamline the look, and above all else avoid horizontal lines. Thinner vertical lines are good, along with solid colors (preferably on the darker side) and gentle designs.
The Taller Man
Horizontal lines for the taller man add substance; they add a certain flavor that makes the height less domineering and more inviting. Patterns need to be on the smaller side rather than big chunks of design. Furthermore, patters will look best when they are spaced farther apart because at least then they’re making full use of the surface area. Consider this, Tim Robbins is one of the tallest actors ever standing at a mammoth 6’5’’. Yet, because he always wears things that are proportionate to his size, rather than trying to shrink, his height rarely (if ever) enters the movie lover’s mind.
The Thicker Man
One of the peripheral problems, or at least it’s a nuisance, of obesity is that it makes shopping for clothes so much harder. Things don’t fit as well. Or they fit in one area, but not another. Like a jacket that fits the shoulders and chest perfectly, but the arms aren’t big enough or too short.
- A loose fit looks better yes, but not too loose. Find that sweet spot between wearing form fitting clothes, and clothes that are loose enough to be comfortable.
- Anything that visually stretches stature will take attention off of weight. Again, vertical lines that aren’t too far apart, toned down patterns, and darker solid colors.
The Thinner Man
While heavier gents want to look a bit taller and thinner, thin guys want to look like they’re a bit huskier. Horizontal lines here, and clothes that add substance. If clothes are too tight they will only make you look even thinner, so choose one size bigger and then get to know a good tailor.
Of course there are tons, endless variations but these basic rules of thumb are like a foundation to make better choices on. Finely tuning a conscious fashion sense has to start somewhere.