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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