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The 3 Body Shapes of Men and How to Dress Based on Them

3 Shapes of Men

Many men assume that body shapes should only concern women, but what they don’t realize is that identifying their own body shape is critical to developing their image. Whether you have a fit athletic body or leaning towards the “dad bod” side, knowing your body shape is very important because it will tell you what clothes will look good and which ones to avoid.

When you start dressing based on what best suits your physique, you’ll look and feel good and a new level of confidence will radiate from you.

Before anything else, let’s learn a little bit about what a body shape is and how different it is from a silhouette.

The body shape is a person’s natural shape, often most obvious to oneself when wearing the least amount of clothing (e.g. in underwear). Men, in general, have three body shapes: V-shaped, H-shaped, and O-shaped. These body shapes will be discussed in further detail later on.

The body silhouette, on the other hand, is what a person’s body shape appears to be based on the clothes worn. Men can play around with different kinds of clothing to accentuate certain body parts to and give the impression of a different body shape. For example, a guy with shoulders, waist, and hips of similar width (a characteristic of the H-shape) could wear shirts with round necklines to create the illusion of a broader upper body.

Determining Your Body Shape

To help you identify your body shape, stand in front of a mirror in your underwear. Take note of three things: the width of your shoulders, waist, and hips. Compare them to the images below and read the characteristics to find out your best match and how to dress based on your shape.

The 3 Body Shapes of Men

Read about the three shapes commonly seen in men’s bodies and the do’s and don’ts of dressing for each physique.

1. The V-Shaped Body

The V-Shaped Body

Men with a v-shaped torso should focus on the imbalance between the upper and lower body.
Here are some do’s and don’ts on dressing for this body shape:

  • DO Choose Breton stripes, especially the ones that focus around the stomach rather than the chest

  • DO Add a belt for around the hips to help break up an outfit and draw attention to the waist.

  • DO Wear V-neck shirts; they draw eye down and take attention away from the chest

  • DO Try printed bottoms to draw eye downward

  • DO Wear unstructured, double-breasted jackets to widen torso in proportion to shoulders

  • DON’T Wear skinny jeans as these will make the the lower body appear even narrower; opt for slim-cut jeans instead

  • DON’T Go for structured jackets with shoulder padding or wide lapels as this will further emphasize the shoulders and chest

  • DON’T Wear crewneck shirts

2. The H-Shaped Body

The H-Shaped Body

The H-shaped body or the rectangle body type has shoulders, waist, and hips with similar width. They also have a straight rib cage, and tend to be seen in males who are slim to medium-weight.

When dressing for this body shape, the goal should be to widen the shoulders and narrow the lower torso to create the illusion of a more inverted triangle shape.

Here are some do’s and don’ts on dressing for this body shape:

  • DO Add a belt for around the hips to help break up an outfit and draw attention to the waist.
  • DO Choose Breton stripes, especially the ones that focus around the stomach rather than the chest
  • DO Wear V-neck shirts; they draw eye down and take attention away from the chest
  • DO Try printed bottoms to draw eye downward
  • DO Wear unstructured, double-breasted jackets to widen torso in proportion to shoulders
  • DONT Wear skinny jeans as these will make the the lower body appear even narrower; opt for slim-cut jeans instead
  • DONT Go for structured jackets with shoulder padding or wide lapels as this will further emphasize the shoulders and chest
  • DONT Wear crewneck shirts

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Men knowing their body shape is an important step to looking and feeling confident in the clothes that they wear. If you’re looking for better advice on determining your body shape and what clothes best suit your physique, contact Radiance Image Consultancy today. You can also learn more about the body shapes of women in the next article, The 6 Body Shapes of Women. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more body shape and clothes tips!

About The Author

Toni Miranda is a world-certified Image Consultant, and Executive Coach and Speaker, with over 20 years of experience in the corporate and retail industry. She is the founder of Radiance Image Consultancy. She is also the owner of blog site toni.ph.

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