Men: How to Dress for your Shape

To many, men’s t-shirts are exactly that – men’s t-shirts; something you throw on when you don’t have to make an appearance at the office, at a wedding or in court. Not that I’m suggesting that Ethereal Clothing men are a bunch of criminals, but joking aside, getting the right fit of t-shirt can make a huge difference to the way you look.

Most guys spend their lives in t-shirts and jeans – let’s face it, there are just not as many options out there in men’s fashion when it comes to getting dressed, so it makes sense that instead of grabbing the first basic, cheap white men’s tee you find, a little extra thought into your daily attire wouldn’t go amiss!

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But the fact is not all men are built equal and whether you’re short, tall, somewhat on the skinny side or have a little bit extra to love, the cut of the t-shirt you choose can make or break your outfit. So let’s check out what you should and shouldn’t be aiming for depending on your body type.

Big, Broad, Athletic Frames:  whether you’re a bigger guy due to all the weight lifting, surfing and cage fighting that you do or your bulk is more attributable to too much beer and BBQ’s the general idea is the same when it comes to getting dressed. Basically horizontal stripes are a no-no, so avoid those Breton t-shirts that you thought gave you that air of French je ne sais quoi and opt instead for a t-shirt with a vertical stripe to draw the eye downwards and give the impression of a sleeker frame. The same is true for round neck versus v neck t-shirts. A round neck will increase the impression of bulk whilst a v neck will, again, draw the eye downwards creating length. It probably also goes without saying that you should avoid turtle necks. I don’t think I need go into the reasons why.

Slim and/or Tall Body Types: you might not be the biggest fan of your slender frame, but guys, you’re the ones that men’s fashion is made for so embrace it! Designers love your body type but if you’d rather create the impression of a bit more muscle without having to hit the gym on a daily basis, there are a couple of tricks you can use. Unlike guys with more bulk to their body, you can, and should, go for horizontal stripes as these will add some width, especially across the shoulders. Don’t try and hide your shape in baggy tees but choose men’s shirts that fit well, without being clingy. Colour blocking is a phrase that has been thrown around liberally the past couple of seasons and this is made for you: breaking up a tall frame with different, vibrant colours is an ideal way of giving the illusion of a little less height.

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I wish I was a Little bit Taller: if you feel you’re a little lacking in the height department, don’t despair because Cuban heels are not the only answer. Just remember to avoid big prints on men’s tees as these will swamp your frame and make you look even shorter. Unlike guys with broad or very tall frames, you can easily get away with a round neck t-shirt and choosing a round neck tee with a minimal or small print will do wonders for your look.

You might not be able to change your height or your bone structure but there are tricks that you can employ to create the illusion of being a little slimmer, taller, shorter or more muscular. Choose your men’s fashion t-shirts with the above in mind and you might even find that people start asking if you’ve been working out lately. Well, it’s a possibility…

What do you think? Let us know in the comments – and don’t forget to check out our range of men’s urban t-shirts on our Ethereal clothing website!

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Which T-shirt should I Wear with Which Jeans?

Men: such brave and daring creatures, yet if there’s one thing most guys are scared of it’s colour. If you find yourself reaching into your wardrobe (or let’s be honest, picking up yesterday’s clothes from the bedroom floor) to pull out your usual plain men’s t-shirt and jeans combo, then it’s time to start showing a little more sartorial courage when it comes to getting dressed.

But what colours work in men’s fashion and make a great outfit and which combinations will have people gasping with horror at your ‘wacky’ attempt at teaming yellow trousers with a pink t-shirt and red sneakers?

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Of course classic, crisp (i.e. clean!) white men’s tees go with everything but we’re talking about colours and prints here, so whilst we acknowledge the universal appeal of a plain white t-shirt, read on for a few pointers as to what else will work.

Light or medium blue jeans: most colours go with lighter denim so here you can afford to experiment a little. One thing to keep in mind is your complexion. The colour of your t-shirt can make or break an outfit regardless of your jean colour. If you’re particularly pale, men’s t-shirts in pastels and whites will make you look washed out so try dark brown, dark green or jewel tones like burgundy which will compliment your fair complexion. If you’re tanned or have dark skin baby blue and bright yellow will look great on you.

Dark blue jeans: dark denim looks good with patterned t-shirts as it is strong enough to balance out a distinctive look on your top half. Ditch your usual sports team top or beer logo shirt and become instantly more stylish with a men’s tee that has a great print. Red also looks smart with navy or dark blue denim – or why not really push the boat and try pink?

Black or white jeans: I have to admit here I’m not the hugest fan of either black or white denim but if you are, my advice would be to stick with a white tee and black jeans and brightly coloured stripes with white denim.

Chinos and cotton trousers: for a summery look try blue chinos with nautical stripes in red, white and blue, whilst a yellow or brown tee will look good with green trousers.

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Khakis and army trousers: avoid the Sylvester Stallone in Rambo look and quit wearing black, olive green or – heaven forbid – camouflage t-shirts and wife beaters with your combats. Chances are you’re not an urban soldier and you don’t (I hope) carry an AK-47 as your accessory of choice. Printed men’s tshirts look much more stylish with plain cargo pants, or go for brown or yellow tees in various shades, again depending on your skin tone.

Finally, the fact that you’re reading this indicates that clearly you’re a stylish guy who takes men’s fashion seriously, so forgive me if I’m preaching to the converted, but if you have any ‘comedy’ slogan or logo t-shirts lounging around on your bedroom floor do yourself, and everyone that has to look at you on a daily basis, a favour and throw them out. Give them to charity. Cut them up and use them for rags to wash the car with. Let the dog wear them. Just get rid of them. Honestly, they don’t make anyone laugh and think ‘what a witty guy’ when they look at you, they just feel pity and shame on your behalf. Harsh words maybe, but sometimes tough-love is the only way and when it comes to the sort of men’s t-shirts that are advertised with the heading ‘College Humour’ in the back of magazines, frankly my dear fellows, I don’t give a damn!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments – and don’t forget to check out our range of men’s urban t-shirts on our Ethereal clothing website!