Hey guys, do you look in the mirror, wish you looked hip, and cool without looking like you stepped out of a music video or Saturday Night Fever? If you think you need some help, then you probably do. If you don’t think you need help, then you definitely do! So, read on for some great dressing guidelines from me. Dressing men is one of my favorite things, because just a few tips can make a big difference for you. Of course, I do love menswear and helping men look and feel their best. Moreover, because I have dressed many men on television and in private life. I know just what is needed.
First, it does not matter what shape you are. You can have a body like Brad Pitt or Sponge Bob, and still look great, IF you know what to wear.
Second, buy what fits you regardless of the size on the tag. All designers cut clothes differently. For example, Hugo Boss tends to cut narrow. Some of his labels, especially in small sizes, run very tight and narrow and would barely fit your baby brother. You may need to size up to get the right fit.
Third, if you have to disguise some extra pounds or gain a few pounds because the only six pack you own is in your frig, then read on for some more dressing tips.
Broaden your chest:
- Lighter colors and interesting details around shoulders in clothing will make you appear broader
- Avoid clothes fitting too tight unless you are going for the scrawny, rock star look
- Horizontal stripes will be your friend, and make you look wider, verticals will only make you look narrow
- Heavier, textured fabrics and knits will give you needed upper body bulk
- Slightly wider lapels on jackets (now don’t get crazy on me and do a total 70’s flashback)
- Layering shirts is another trick that will add dimension to your chest
Take my belly…please!
- Vertical stripes will give you a long lean look
- Dark and muted colors are best to camouflage, along with lightweight, soft, matte fabrics. Never shiny Boogie Nights specials
- Shirts too baggy will only make you look bigger. Skim the body, Baby!
- Wear your pants at your waist guys! Under the belly will make you look heavier. Trust me on this one!
- Opt for suits that are dark, pinstripes will be amazing
- Try a 1 or 2 button jacket to give you a sleek silhouette
- Monochromatic dressing will always make you look like you lost 10 lbs
Do not forget to look at the rear view:
If you have a full-size butt:
- Pants need to be a bit looser (I am not talking clown styles here), relaxed, easy fit. Flat fronts will work but make sure they are not so tight that the front pockets stick out, go up a size if needed
- Waistline of pant should not be too high. Otherwise, your butt will look even bigger. Think elephant!
- Keep pants dark and sleek. Pants with a lot of whistles and bells will add attention to hip area
If you have a pancake butt:
- Back pocket details such as flaps add heft
- Baggy pants still not good here, makes your butt look flatter
- Jackets and long shirt tails that hit below the hip are best for camouflage
Check your neck:
- Thin necks need a wide spread dress shirt collar to give width
- Thick necks should stick to a regular point collars and open neck styles look awesome
- V necks will make your neck look thinner, crew neck will emphasize thickness
- Turtlenecks on long necks only, makes short necks look thicker and well… like a turtle
Arms and the man
- Great arms, flaunt them with short sleeves and tapered shirts
- Skinny arms need more fabric around them to look fuller, layers again, will be your friend, along with sweaters
- Thin arms look better in long sleeved shirts with sleeves rolled, rather then short sleeves. Gives your arms bulk
- Big biceps need full cut shirts, and sometimes custom shirts are best to get a perfect fit
So there, you have my tips for emphasizing the positive and eliminating the negative. Hey guys, I do not think I have worked with anyone who has not looked significantly better with these few adjustments.
My fourth tip is to find a fabulous tailor to achieve great style and terrific fitting clothes (this may take time to find the “one” but it is well worth the effort!).
And my fifth and final tip is to know your skin color and best colors and use them to your advantage. Darker colors really do diminish your not -so -hot spots and light colors highlight your hot ones. Beyond darks and lights, there are cool and warm colors, mixing patterns, etc. but those pointers are for future articles, so stay tuned.