Most men are not perfectly proportioned. We’re made in all different shapes and sizes: some of us are skinny, some of us are overweight, some of us are short, some are tall, and so on. Thankfully, there are a variety of techniques you can use to hide any flaws in your physique.
Overweight? Be Careful Here
If you’re overweight, don’t be fooled into thinking that looser clothing is better. Even for heavyset men, having clothes that fit properly is important.
If you have baggy clothes, it can actually further accentuate your extra weight. Of course, clothes that are too tight will also be unflattering. The trick is to find items that aren’t baggy, but don’t cling to your skin and show every curve.
When it comes to suits, men carrying a few extra pounds should avoid clothes with horizontal or diagonal stripes. These make you look wider. The only stripes that work for overweight men are vertical pinstripes. Similarly for casual shirts, items with very large emblems or designs can also make you look bigger. Go for shirts and jackets with small patterns or logos.
The Science of Color Coordinating
In terms of the color of your clothing, try to stay consistent. Wear similarly colored shirts and pants. If you’re wearing black pants, for example, wear a black or dark blue shirt. Then, opt for a different colored sweater, blazer, or jacket over top. This can really help hide weight.
Also, stick with dark colours whenever possible, as they tend to be more forgiving (plus they look better when paired together).
Take the time to find pants that fit correctly! Although every man should have clothes that fit properly, it’s especially important for overweight men.
Wear low-rise jeans and pants that sit on your hips, not your waist. Avoid slim and tight-fitting jeans or pants. Opt instead for looser fitting or wide-leg styles, which will look more proportionate.
And If You’re Short …
If you’re a bit on the short side and want to appear taller, there are a few things you can do. To begin with, when wearing a suit, try wearing vertical stripes.
Like overweight men, you should also try to stick to a single shade of clothing. Wearing a different colored top and bottom will accentuate your lack of height. Dark colors tend to be a better choice for short men, as these too can help make you appear a bit taller.
Snug-fitting clothes tend to exaggerate your height. Finding clothes that fit properly is especially important for shorter men.
Don’t buy shirts that are too long, either, or else you may have to tuck in a lot of material which will look bulky and make you appear shorter. Whenever possible, leave your shirt un-tucked.
Don’t be ashamed to buy big, bulky shoes or thick insoles. By buying shoes with a large sole you can immediately add at least an inch to your height.
If you’re really short, there are even “lifts” you can buy to add height. Since height is something that many women find extremely attractive, lifts can be a worthwhile investment if you’re quite short.