Typically women talk about body shapes — there are seven! — and how to dress each one best. However men shouldn’t remain ignorant about their shapes as well. Fortunately there are only three male body types to consider, from left to right: lean and lanky, moderate and fit, heavy and stout.
The lean and lanky ectomorph usually has small joints, lean muscles, and somewhat tall. Add bulk to this shape by wearing jackets with padded shoulders. The visual effect is broader shoulders and a fuller chest. Jackets as long as your hip and slim fitting shirts are great. Anything longer or baggier will make you look thinner. Try contrasting bold colors to break-up your long lines.
Moderate and fit mesomorph guys look athletic. They have a large bone structure and muscles. Shoulders are wider than hips, creating an inverted (upside-down) triangle. Jackets as long as your hip or mid-thigh give your shape some balance. Shirts and jackets with wider shoulders but a narrow waist will compliment your fit form. You may have a small waist, so wear straight or wider leg trousers to broaden your lower half. NO baggy clothing!
The heavy and stout endomorph shape is solid and generally soft. De-emphasize the top-heavy torso with simple styled shirts and jackets. Jackets with shoulder pads bring attention upward and create long slim-looking lines. Single color or similar tones also do this. Choose trousers that are trim, but not tight. Avoid trousers pleated in front.
The SF Tailor created this double-breasted suit jacket for a heavy and stout client. The cut removes focus from a larger than average midsection, and in fact produces a slimming visual effect. Thin vertical lines in the fabric also suggest longer and leaner.
Contact us if you don’t know your body shape and need a quick consultation. Then get your measurements from a local alterations tailor, before your design your very own custom made suit.