how to dress for your body type
There's nothing more uncomfortable (or more unflattering) than wearing clothes that fit your body awkwardly which is why we at SAX have taken it upon ourselves to try stump this by creating a basic guide on how to dress for your particular body type.
It’s understanding your body type that will make the purchasing of clothes much easier (because now you know what is and is not for you) and ultimately producing better looking and fitting outfits.
With that said, we have categorised the male body into 4 common shapes; rhomboid, inverted triangle, rectangle and triangle. We have also provided a brief description of the different body types and the do’s and dont’s for dressing each of those body types respectively.
The Rhomboid Body Shape (Average)
The rhomboid body shape is characterised by it’s broad upper body area (shoulders and chest) with a relatively narrow torso area (hips and waist). There is a natural and visual balance between the upper body and the waist. Because the upper and lower body are balanced, the shape is pretty simple to dress. This type of body can pull off vertical and horizontal stripes without looking awkward. Generally, most styles and fits will suit this shape as long as there is consistency in proportion.
The Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Like the trapezoid, the v-shaped body or inverted triangle has broad shoulders and chest but narrower hips and waist. Think of a swimmers physique minus the size 15 feet. With a v-shaped torso, it’s especially important to pay attention to the imbalance between the upper and lower body. This body type can pull off crewneck shirts with graphics and/or horizontal stripes.
The Rectangle Body Shape
The rectangle body type has shoulders as wide as the waist and hips. Dressing for this body shape aims to broaden the shoulders whilst narrowing the lower torso area to create the illusion of a more trapezoid-like shape.
The Triangle Body Shape
The triangle body type has shoulders and chest that are narrower than the waist and hips, making you appear larger on the lower half of your torso. Essentially, having a pronounced mid-section. This may also create the appearance of sloping shoulders. With the triangle body shape, you should focus on dressing around the proportions to fix the imbalance created by the lower half appearing larger than the upper body. Focus on adding structure up top.
When you apply the above information, you will need to take your overall height into consideration. What works for Lionel Messi will not work for Cristiano Ronaldo as far as clothing is concerned. The advice below applies more to suiting but can apply across the board. Here are a few things to consider*:
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