Learn what looks good on you and find the perfect suit for your body type.
en’s bodies may vary less than women’s but that doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore what looks best on you when buying a suit. Knowing your body type is the first step to finding your suit soulmate. Find out what suit best fits your shape.
Tall & Skinny
• Choose (large) horizontal stripes to bulk you up a bit and help you appear more substantial. • Say no to skinny pants and choose a straight cut that will better flatter you. • Combine more than two colours. Choose a lighter colour like white, cream, beige, light blue, light grey or khaki to give you a slightly larger appearance. • A fitted shirt and suit is the best option. Avoid anything skinny or baggy or loose. You can add detail on the shirt for a bit of fun. • Choose a heavier fabric to add some weight and proportion to your shape. • Three buttons and a higher button stance on your jacket is more flattering for tall guys. • Go for a single or no vent. The vents will make you more comfortable and fuller. • Wear pants with a longer rise, which is the distance from the waistband to the bottom edge, which are more comfortable and look nicer on tall men.
• Avoid really big prints that will overwhelm your look. This including says no to big ties. • Vertical stripes are one of the greatest ways to create the illusion that shorter men are taller than they really are. • Double vents emphasize the outside lines of the body so they create a longer silhouette that complements and lengthens your frame. • Look for low rise pants to “stretch out” the torso, making you seem sleeker and longer. In fact, the lower the rise of the pants, the longer the body looks. Also, avoid cuffs on the pants because they will shorten your legs. • Choose a jacket with one or two buttons with a lower button stance to give you some length.
• Choose prints carefully and avoid any horizontal or diagonal stripes, or large, busy prints. They will double your bulk. • Avoid double-vented jackets. Choose a model that covers your bottom like a single-vented jacket or one without vents. • Choose a two-button, single-breasted suit to draw attention away from your bulk. • Don’t loosen the jacket, it’s not going to flatten your shape. It does work for women, but for men please keep it fit. Your clothes should just skim your body without hugging it too closely. • Choose a lightweight fabric and also a dark colour to help cover your shape. • Go with a maximum of two similar colours. For example, a black suit with a dark blue or grey shirt. • Suits pants should be worn at your natural waist, at the belly button or above to cover the belly.