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How to Dress According to your Body Type?

March 16, 2016

A man’s guide to finding the right style for his frame

What’s the difference between an averagely dressed man and a complete stunner? Let us unravel this secret that is stopping you from looking your best ever. It’s simple! Just understand your body type, and dress accordingly. None of us is perfect, the only trick is to dress in a way that undermines your flaws and highlights, the better you!

Of course, in reality, there are not many of us who have an ideal body type. There are many of us who fall into one of these categories – inverted triangle, trapezoid, rectangle, triangle, or oval. Based on your body type, your dressing style may require a few tweaks or a total re-think. Using these simple tips, you can discover how to style and look great every day.


Inverted Triangle

While we can’t speak about every guy, you are probably someone who hits the gyms regularly or plays a sport and cares about fitness a lot.  Your focus should be on adding bulk to your midriff and lower half.

What to wear:

  1. You should wear v-neck or polo neck t-shirts and shirts that accentuate your well-toned physique.
  2. Try wearing stripes, particularly breton stripes, those which are more focused towards the lower half of upper body.
  3. Experiment with printed bottoms and patterned jeans to draw more attention downward.
  4. Try to balance your lower body to your upper body by wearing trousers and jeans with straight legs.

Things to Avoid:

  1. Stay away from layering as it doesn’t complement your body well.
  2. Avoid slim fitting jeans and trousers
  3. Do not wear suits and jackets with shoulder padding. They make you look bulky.
  4. Avoid prints and poppy colours that draw attention to your broad shoulders.
  5. Also, give a skip to t-shirts with wide scoop necklines.


Having a trapezoid body type is one of the easiest to dress. You can choose from the greatest variety of styles. This type of physique is characterised by broad shoulders and chest with relatively narrow hips and waist. Since the upper and lower body are balanced, the shape is quite simple to dress.

What to wear:

  1. Make the most of your mid-section. Opt for any sportswear inspired collection that highlight your upper torso.
  2. Wear slim-fitting jeans and tailored trousers.
  3. When layering, opt for tailored suits or leather jackets that showcase your slim frame.

Things to Avoid:

  1. With that super-toned athletic body, you can carry pretty much anything with pizzazz.


If your shoulders are around the same width as your waist and hips, your aim should be to create the illusion of a trapezoid shape. Choose styles that emphasize your shoulders. Being tall and thin, you are lucky to have a body type where most clothes look good on.

What to wear:

  1. Go for slim-fitting shirts to highlight your upper torso.
  2. Opt for striped t-shirts and t-shirts with prints as they will accentuate your body type.
  3. Try wearing jumpers that are fitted around the waist.
  4. Also, structured layering will make you look awesome. A black leather jacket, structured blazer, or a winter hoodie is the way to go!
  5. Go for round-neck t-shirts to draw attention to your upper torso.

Things to Avoid:

  1. Avoid wearing double-breasted jackets. They tend to highlight the rectangular structure.
  2. Skip wearing t-shirts with prints (geometric or photographic) that make you look all the more rectangular in shape.
  3. Avoid wearing sleeveless t-shirts unless layered the right way.


The shoulders and chest in this body type are typically narrow compared to the waist and hips, making you appear larger on the lower half. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re overweight or unhealthy. You simply need to dress around the proportions. Your focus should be on creating the appearance of broader shoulders.

What to wear:

  1. Go for vertical stripes, it helps slim down your torso.
  2. Wear button down shirts that are slim fit but loose enough to facilitate movement.
  3. Opt for jackets with structured shoulders to create a fuller appearance on the shoulder line, hiding the problem areas.
  4. Stick to crew neck tees, sweatshirts, and jumpers as much as you can.
  5. Choose straight leg bottoms and chinos to balance the look.

Things to Avoid:

  1. Try to skip skinny bottoms as anything narrow will highlight the broader (central) area of the body.
  2. Avoid wearing crew-neck and polo neck t-shirts.
  3. Avoid extremely fitted t-shirts, they have a tendency to draw attention to your waistline.
  4. Do not wear jackets with slouchy shoulders. They make your shoulders look narrow.
  5. Avoid wearing hoodies or jackets with large pockets on the front, they make you look bulky.


You are someone who is not currently in the best shape. When it comes to dressing, you probably have the toughest time compared to others. Fret not, you simply need to add structure and width to your wardrobe to create a toned appearance.

What to wear:

  1. Hang on to vertical stripes; they make you look leaner.
  2. Black is your colour, there’s a reason why it’s so popular. It makes you look slim.
  3. Incorporate darker shades in your wardrobe. Go for prints and textured fabrics in darker colours.
  4. Slightly loose clothing is your safest bet. Pair a loose black t-shirt with chinos and you’re ready to rock!
  5. Wear comfortably fitted trousers, they make you look slimmer.

Things to avoid:

  1. Avoid tightly tapered bottoms or wide leg jeans
  2. Try not wear horizontal stripes. They make you look broader
  3. Avoid layering as much as you can. Definitely avoid double breasted jackets.
  4. Do not wear bold accessories or bright coloured belts, they draw unnecessary attention to your problem areas.

So, now you know, the only difference between an averagely dressed man and a complete stunner is finding clothes according to your body type. Having said that, it’s time you guys give these handy tips a go.

Tell us what your body type is and how do you look stylish everyday in the comments section below.


Comments 2

2 thoughts on “How to Dress According to your Body Type?

  • November 19, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I really apcpireate free, succinct, reliable data like this.

  • March 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    what is difference between regula fit and slim fit.I am Triangle type with bear belly.What type of shirts I should wear.

    In Triangle type ,you mentioned
    What to wear
    4.Stick to crew neck tees, sweatshirts, and jumpers as much as you can.
    Things to avoid
    2.Avoid wearing crew-neck and polo neck t-shirts.
    I am confused —-


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