Part II

Dressing up Men According to Body Type: Introduction

Dressing up the Three Male Body Types

Dressing to Conceal Male Body Flaws Part I

Dressing up Tips for Men According to Build

Dressing up Tips for Men According to Height

As we have discussed earlier in Dressing to Conceal Male Body Flaws Part I, Italian men have a natural knack for dressing to impress. For men who do not come with this trait in their genes however, all is not lost. Take a good look at the introduction to male body types, as well as the tips on dressing the body types in order to not only determine the type of body you have, but also to learn a few tips on dressing it up. In the same vein, here are a few more tricks the smart dressers among men use to give an impression of the perfect body.

Hiding body flaws. Ermanno Scervino Men FW17/18

Dressing up Tips for Men with Prominent Bottom

These are men whose bottoms stand out in their profile, making them look a little effeminate. The idea of correct dressing in this case is to conceal or downplay the bottom.

Dressing up dos

Wear:

– single or no centre vents in jackets or suits
– boxers and biking shorts as underwear
– boot cut-jeans paired with longer tops
– relaxed fit jeans or trousers
– jeans slightly below the waist
– dark pants or jeans

Dressing up don’ts

Do not wear:

– tight jeans
– high-rise trousers or jeans
– tapered trousers or jeans
t-shirts or shirts that fall at the widest part of the hips
– light-colored pants or jeans

Dressing up Tips for Men with Flat Bottom

These are men the profile whose bottoms are straight. They must dressto make the most of what they have, or cover up what they don’t

Dressing up dos

Wear:

– double vents in suits and jackets
– looser cut trousers
– high rise jeans with pocket details
– longer tops that cover the bottom

Dressing up don’ts

Do not wear:

– tight pants or jeans
– low-rise pants or jeans
– short t-shirts or jackets which do not cover the bottom

Dressing up Tips for Men with Tummy

This is the commonest body flaw in men, especially for those who do not get enough exercise, or are on the threshold of middle age. Judicious dressing can minimize the impression of a protruding tummy.

Dressing up dos

Wear:

– raised jacket collars
– high shirt collars
– lightweight fabrics for shirts
– v-neck or polo-neck t-shirts
– flat fronted trousers for slight tummy
– pleated trousers for larger tummy
– trousers at the waist, not below or above
– un-tucked shirts in non-clingy fabrics
– straight, classic peacoats
– jackets that are a little tight at the buttons
– dark-colored shirts and t-shirts

Dressing up don’ts

Do not wear:

– bright colored t-shirts
– t-shirts with loud graphics
– tight-fitted t-shirts or shirts
– set-in sleeves with fitted armholes
– pants below the belly
– light colored tops
– big prints

Dressing up Tips for Men with Short Neck

The idea is to take away emphasis from the neck area, or to make the neck look longer than it really is.

Dressing up dos

Wear:

– open collars
– lower than average shirt-collars
– unusually long-pointed collars
– v-necked t-shirts

Dressing up don’ts

Do not wear:

– round necks, turtlenecks or polo-neck t-shirts
– average or high collars
– a long haircut
– raised jacket or suit collars

Dressing up Tips for Men with Long Neck

A smart dresser would choose clothes that would make the neck look shorter than it is.

Dressing up dos

Wear:

– raised jacket collars
– high shirt collars
– turtlenecks
– polo-neck t-shirts

Dressing up don’ts

Do not wear:

– average or low-raise collars
– long-pointed collars
– v-necked and round necked t-shirts

In this article, you have seen some of the dressing dos and don’ts that would make you a fashion-savvy person in no time at all, because fashion is not only about following the trends, but choosing the trends that would suit your body type, and conceal any body flaws you may have.

However, the most important piece of advice for concealment of male body shape flaws is to be ruthlessly honest in your assessment of your body type, and its imperfections. Only when you have accepted that almost all males have some body flaw or the other, and need to work with their clothes to project the perfect image, you can easily accept any body flaws that you might have, and address them suitably through impeccable menswear.

By Damyanti Ghosh

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