Have you noticed that whenever you look in the mirror you always fixate on the bits you don’t like?
That’s only natural, but when it comes to deciding what clothes to wear you gotta get out of that habit and take a different approach to how you see your body. Use your wardrobe to flaunt what you’ve got, rather than hiding what you don’t. You’ll look and feel your best when you wear stylish clothes that are comfortable and flattering, and we’re gonna tell you how.
Get the perfect fit
Wearing clothes that fit perfectly is the easiest way to improve your look and help you feel confident in your body. However, let’s face it, most of our bodies are different and not many people can afford to have custom-made shirts and suits. Our best tip for getting the tailored look without the hefty price tag is to buy items that fit the largest part of your body and then get your local alterations specialist to make some simple and cheap adjustments. For as little as £20 you can make a £30 shirt look like a £200 shirt.
Try stylish shorts
Dress for warmer days with a pair of shorts in a flattering classic cut. If you’ve hit the shops lately, you’ll know that men’s shorts come in all sorts of colours, patterns and fabrics now, so you’re bound to find something that you like. The best shorts for guys are ones that rest just above the knee, cos they’re freeing enough to let you move around, but aren’t so short that they’ll cause a scandal. P.S. I know baggy running shorts are super comfy, but do yourself a favour and leave them at the gym, they look sloppy anywhere else.
Proportion with pants
If you’ve seen those guys walking around with their pants practically down around their ankles, you’ll know that the rise of your pants is important. By defining your waistline, the rise of your pants proportions the two halves of your body. While low-rise pants can be pulled off if you’re wearing casual jeans, don’t confuse these with short-rise pants which are great for shorter guys as they fall at the natural waist and flatter shorter legs. On the other hand, mid- and high-rise pants are perfect for all the tall guys out there cos they create the best proportions between your legs and torso. For a more detailed guide on how certain styles of pants should fit, check this out.
Frame your body
If there’s only one thing you’re gonna take away from these tips, let it be this – get a structured jacket. A blazer, suit or sports jacket is a wardrobe staple. These trusty jackets can easily take you from a day out with friends to a dinner party at night. When picking the right jacket for you, keep in mind that single-breasted ones are slimming, while double-breasted jackets give your torso more bulk. Taller guys should opt for three-button suits while smaller men look great in a classic two-button. Finally, customise your jacket with some badass shoulder pads to give your body more definition, and to class it up for formal situations.
Wear suitable fabrics
You know how your mum’s always nagging you to bring a jacket so you don’t catch a cold? She’s right, mate. Dressing for the weather is always a smart move, and it’s best to do this with seasonal fabrics. Lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen are great for keeping you cool on warmer days. As natural fibres, clothes made from these materials let your skin breathe and give you a classic look. During winter, stand out from the crowd by experimenting with different heavy fabrics for example with a leather, corduroy or even velvet jacket. Chuck these over a wool sweater for a stylish outfit that’s also practical enough to make your mum proud.
Want a quick and easy way to add some excitement to your outfit? Pick clothes with interesting patterns! Patterns have different associations which you can use to your advantage (or peril). If you’re lucky enough to be on a tropical holiday you might just be able to pull off a loud Hawaiian shirt, but for an everyday outfit, you’re much better off going with casual plaid or whimsical polka dot elements. You can also use patterns to bring out the best in your body type. Big and tall guys look great in smaller, understated patterns like paisley and light checks, while men on the smaller side should definitely try out vertical pinstripes or patterns with larger elements for a bolder look.
Like patterns, colours have varying meanings so mixing and matching the right items in your wardrobe can drastically improve your look. Remember that the more colourful and bright your outfit, the more casual it’ll seem. So if you’ve been dying to make a fashion statement at work but you’ve got to stick to the dress code, try subtle pops of colour. Create an eye-catching outfit by sprucing up one of your plain suits with accessories in different shades of the same bright colour – for example, a grey suit with a coral shirt and orange tie.
When in doubt, always choose something dressier over a more casual get-up. For minimal effort but maximum results, fill your wardrobe with clothes that have interesting cuts over more plain items – for example, skip a common t-shirt and go for a polo shirt. Also, layers always make it look like you’ve put some effort into your outfit and the easiest thing to layer with is a black v-neck because black goes with pretty much everything (nice!). Finally, for the icing on the top, throw on some accessories. As a reward for sticking it out to the end, here’s my number one tip: a good hat will elevate nearly anything you wear from an outfit to a ‘look’.
Hello! I'm Sam Squire - I am a UK industry recognised mens style and lifestyle blogger from imsamsquire.com