Slim Up Your Look – Big Men’s Clothing Tips To Look Tall & Trim
You’ve got a midsection.
And every time you’re around a beautiful woman…
you suck in that stomach and puff out that chest.
Today’s article is for you.
A lot of big guys tell me they don’t feel it’s worth dressing well. I strongly disagree. Looking sharp has an even BIGGER payoff for you. When everyone can see that you’re a man with high standards, discipline, and pride in himself – you stop being judged as ‘fat and sloppy’ and start being seen as ‘large and in charge’.
When you know how to dress you’ll be amazed at how great you look. Today I’ll be giving you 10 big men’s clothing tips to get you started.
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Now let’s start with the MOST important thing you can do to look great at your size – or indeed at any size – have you guessed what it is yet?
1) Know The Name Of Your Tailor
Fat isn’t ugly – badly fitting clothes are ugly. And 99% of big men’s clothing fits BADLY.
If the pockets flare out on your pants they’re too tight. Get pants that fit you in the waist and hips and if that leaves you with flapping clown pant legs – get them tailored. Everything below the crotch can be easily adjusted.
Got a shirt that fits you in the neck but has 8 inches of room in the torso? GET IT TAILORED.
Unless you’re buying specialist big men’s clothing from a big and tall store, you’re buying clothes that are based on the proportions of thin men and scaled up – even though the average American man weighs nearly 200lbs and has a 40-inch waist. It’s not fair – but you NEED to at least pay the ‘tailor tax’ if you want to look your best.
Better still – consider custom-made clothes. Even if you’re not rich it’s better to have 5 perfectly-fitting made-to-measure shirts than 10 off the rack that kind of fit.
2) How To Make Your Legs Longer
You want a belt that’s similar to your pants color – or at least doesn’t stand out too much. So with indigo jeans, try a navy belt in the summer, and the rest of the year maybe go for a dark chocolate brown with an antiqued rather than shiny look to the buckle.
What this does is allow the eye to travel in an unbroken line from your waist to your shoes. It gives the impression that you have ‘legs up to here’ – which is very flattering.
3) Best Patterns For Big Men’s Clothing
We all know that one of the first rules of style for big guys is to avoid horizontal stripes. But did you know vertical stripes can also be a problem?
If you’re wearing a shirt that’s a little tight in the belly those vertical stripes will stretch unflatteringly (think of the vertical lines on a globe and you’ll see why you don’t want to go there.) Solid colors – especially dark solid colors – are your friends.
Large patterns are also best avoided. Notice how in the movies the fat guy is always wearing a Hawaiian shirt or a plaid with big checks? That’s a deliberate costume choice to make the actor look fatter. Checks also have a horizontal line that adds breadth. Small patterns – especially small random patterns – will look great on you.
Finally – avoid high contrast combinations that cut you in half. If you carry most of your weight up top I know it’s tempting to wear a very dark jacket with very light pants (or vice versa if most of your weight is below the belt) but the net effect is to make you look shorter and wider. Go for similar colors on both top and bottom – or at least colors of a similar darkness.
4) Wear Shoulder Pads (aka Jackets)
The masculine ‘V’ silhouette is instinctively attractive. Hiding in cuddly sweaters is not going to give you that look.
Define your shoulders with a structured sports jacket. For bonus points go for one with some padding in the shoulders (just make sure the padding doesn’t extend visibly beyond your upper arm and leave you with divots in the sleeves.)
5) Button It Up
Yes – I’m telling you to button your jackets. A lot of big guys dread this because they’re wearing jackets that don’t fit – and you will indeed get the ‘dreaded X’ creases in the front if you button up a jacket that’s too tight. If your jacket fits you will look GREAT with it buttoned. Trust me.
Trouser buttons are also key here. Look for trousers with 2-3 buttons in the front (or with side tabs) so you can adjust the waist when your weight fluctuates.
6) Wear Heels (aka Boots)
Boots with a bit of a heel are another trick to lengthen your legs. Chelsea boots work great with everything from jeans to a suit – or if you want something a bit more casual go for work boots. The chunkiness of work boots will also slim your legs.
7) Monochromatic Looks
Go beyond low contrast all the way to NO contrast and dress head to toe in a masculine neutral like navy or charcoal gray. Create interest instead through texture – like cable knits and suede boots. This is a little-known trick in big men’s clothing that REALLY works to make you touchably attractive.
8) Style Accents
Style accents are the little touches that direct people’s eyes where you want them to go. Bring attention to your chest and shoulders to accentuate the masculine ‘V’ shape.
Pocket squares and chest pockets are good style accents to use on the chest. Shirts and jackets with epaulets or with patches or designs on the shoulders will define the top of the ‘V’.
9) Trousers – not shorts.
You may have great legs – but shorts are another thing that cuts you in half and makes you look shorter and broader. When the weather gets hot try chinos in fun colors instead – or tropical-weight wool slacks if you want to look really smart.
10) Grooming – Keep it tight!
Keep the sides of your haircut trim to slim your face. You can leave some length on top to lengthen your face and make you look taller overall.
Consider growing a longish beard (but be sure to keep it well trimmed). If you have any areas you don’t like around your jaw and chin, a beard will cover them up and give you a strongly defined jawline.
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