Quick quiz, gentlemen, what’s the most attractive body type?
- Body type, number one, the triangle.
- Body type, number two, the inverted triangle.
- Body type, number three, the rectangle.
- Body type, number four, the oval.
- Body type, number five, the trapezoid.
Now, I’m going to reveal the answer here in the next couple of minutes, but no matter what the answer is, you’ve got a particular body type today and you’ve got to dress for it. Well, gentlemen, this is all about, how you can dress best for your particular body type. Now, before I get into how to dress for each of the five body types, gentlemen, I want to lay out three ground rules.
- Rule number one, dress for the body that you have today. So, that may be great in two months or in a year that you will have lost all that weight you want to lose or maybe gain that muscle and you had the ideal body at that time. But, you can’t walk around naked right now, gentlemen, you have to dress for the body you have.
- Now, let’s go to point number two. So, foundation point number two is that your body shape will determine the type of clothing that you want to wear. Don’t fall into trends. So, there’s a trend a while back about skinny tights, skinny lapels, basically skinny suits, all this stuff. If you are a triangle-shaped guy, if you are an oval-shaped guy, that is just going to make you look like a clown. It doesn’t matter if it somewhat fits you, it’s not going to fit your body type. Proportion is key here, gentlemen. And so, you’ve got to understand that for your body type there are going to be items that are just going to work better for you.
- Foundation point number three is to seek the norm. When you’re wearing clothing, what you want to do no matter what your body type it is you want to basically have it better balance you so that you can go towards the norm body type in your society. What we’re looking to do is go towards the norm in your society.
1. So, the first body type I’m going to talk about, gentlemen is the triangular body type. This can happen early on in life, it can also happen a lot later. It could happen with weight gain, but basically what we see is the hips and the stomach area starts to widen out. The shoulders were naturally may be sloped or they simply you don’t work out you don’t take care of that area and so, they start to slope down, you start to hunch over a bit. This is something that you’ve got to build up the shoulders. If you can build up the shoulders, all of a sudden this is going to transform this body type more into a square and the square is much more masculine than a triangle. The issue with the triangle, again, it goes back to the shoulders.
Weak shoulders are viewed as not masculine, so you want to throw on a sports jacket, thrown on jackets wear, casual suits, throw on blazers, but also bring in denim jackets, bring in other a leather jacket. Always think how I kind of in a sense build up this area, can I work casual button up shirt that has epaulets that maybe have the double pockets that have a little bit of embroidery design. So, the chest area the shoulder area, you’re looking to add a bit of weight to it, even sweaters can come in and help out with this. Now, when it comes to the hips, what you want to do, don’t wear anything baggy on the hips. So, you’re going to want to wear things closer in and around here. You also are going to want to make sure the proportion of your shoes. You don’t want to go with anything super large. Everything down here is as large as you want it to be, so you want to wear possibly more delicate dress shoes, things that aren’t going to look smaller even though maybe you’ve got size 12 feet.
2. The next body type I want to talk about is the inverted triangle. This is the bodybuilder, this is the guy that spends time in the gym and has really built up his upper body. Now, the problem with this, many people are going to say, well, I would love that body and love his problems. Well, try going to a tailor, I can tell you this is one of the most difficult bodies to tailor a clothing to and a lot of the stuff he puts on, it actually makes his upper body look even bigger and his lower body, therefore, becomes disproportional and this is what we want to avoid. Avoid skinny jeans; maybe go for a straight cut. You don’t need to go for a loose cut, but you want to give something that gives a little bit of extra weight in here. When you’re looking at suits, make sure you avoid jackets that have a lot of padding. Search out jackets, especially, you know, there are certain ones may be coming out of Italy or that you can get custom-made which are going to have no padding in here. The idea is you’ve already got everything you need up here and you want to come off as simply a guy that looks like he’s in shape, not a guy that, you know, comes off as this disproportionate, it looks like he’s going to fall over, you know, just because he has no weight down here in the lower body. So, again, we’re trying to avoid the cartoonish look by making your proportions in your lower body more balanced.
3. Now, the next body type is the rectangular body type. For many guys, this is going to be a great body type to have, but if it starts to be an extreme rectangle where it’s a thin lanky individual, it becomes a lot more difficult. So, this is where you want to add texture. Now, if you’ve got a normal build, I’m relatively 5’9″. What? 170, 165 lbs, I can tell you clothing is relatively easy to find for me. But, if I was 6’3″, 180 lbs, you can go with jeans; you could go with a sports jacket. That’s a great look for a lot of guys. Or if he’s going to go for a shirt, he can go with one that has a little bit of build maybe the double pockets, something that has a little bit of a contrast between the top and the bottom. That’s okay if we focus in on his midsection a bit because he’s so thin, it’s actually going to make him, maybe not look so thin, he’s going to keep the eye right there at the center. The point is we’re looking for balance; we’re looking to kind of widening him out a bit and make him look more like the norm.
4. The next body type I want to discuss is the oval body type and we’re looking to do two things here. We’re looking to stretch out the oval and we’re looking to add edges. So, let me talk about each. By stretching out the oval, I mean, let’s make it look taller let’s make it look leaner. We can do that with monochromatic looks. A suit natural monochromatic look here, you’ve got a matching jacket with a matching pair of trousers made from the same fabric, it allows the eyes to go up and down. When a big man wears this, he almost always looks great. Now, what you want to avoid is a high contrast outfit. So, light-colored shirts with the dark pair of trousers, that’s a no-no where our attention and is focused on your midsection, it just makes you look wider.
Now, when I’m when I’m talking about the edges, talking about here on the jacket perhaps. I’m talking about shoes that draw a little bit of attention to themselves. These are your top and bottom areas. The jacket right here, the shoulders, it’s going to build them; it’s going to draw a line right here that’s a great thing. What you don’t want is to have really soft inside and around that area. Now, with the shoes, you want our attention to focus in on the shoes. So, you can wear a great pair of boots not only will this give you a bit of height, but they could draw our attention. So, you can go with something with the bragging, something with the contrast leather, something with a bit of suede in it, something with style because we’re going to focus in on there and we’re going to say, wow, this guy has got style, he’s large and in charge.
5. The next body type is a trapezoid body type. One of the easier body types to dress unless he’s extremely tall, extremely short, or closer to an inverted triangle. But, this guy in general much of the clothing he’s going to try on is going to fit him pretty good. And that’s where the problem is it is he doesn’t get many things adjusted to fit him. He tries things off the rack, he’s like, oh, this pretty good. I’m going to wear it as is, so he gets lazy. This body type needs to take everything has to a tailor to get it perfectly adjusted. No excuses here, this is one of the easiest body types to dress and I but I see so many guys still screwing it up because they’re wearing clothing that doesn’t fit them. They don’t actually go out there follow my simple style pyramid where you focus in on the fit, you focus in on the function basically what’s the message you want to send, you focus in on the fabric.