A lot of men out there do not understand their body shape let alone knowing how to style it. Did i hear someone say why should i bother? Yes you should because that’s when you’re able to accurately choose what clothes look good on you and relieve your self of all the mess in your wardrobe.
There are 3 major body shapes for a fully grown male adult. The ectomorph, the mesomorph and the endomorph. When you understand your body shape, it is much easier to cloth yourself accordingly.
The Ectomorph: Men with these body shapes are slim, lean and they hardly add up muscles. They got the build of a marathon runner but very low on muscle. It can be hard to pack on size despite hours in the gym. They have flat chest, sometimes small shoulders, they are thin and burn calories really quick so their workouts are short and intense.
How to dress: These type of men should stay away from overly loosed clothes. A good fit will just fit your body, allowing for movement while highlighting your slim physique. Look for “slim fit” in shirts, sweaters, blazers, and coats. When it comes to dress shirts, go for a spread collar. A slim frame is significantly easier to dress than a large one simply because clothes hang better on slimmer bodies. The same logic goes for your shorts and pants. Wear nothing nothing oversized. Also avoid anything that contains elastic as these clothes tend to stick too closely to your body rather than gliding over it and make you look malnourished.
The Mesomorph: They gain fat more easily than ectomorphs but when they work out, results are seen very quickly. Mesomorphs are the athletic guys and usually have a rectangular shaped or V shaped body. They look well built without setting foot in a gym, and they pack on muscle the instant they pick up a dumbbell. Gaining weight and loosing weight not and issue to them. They are genetically blessed.
How to dress: Depending on the size of your shoulders, go for either a regular fit or a slim fit shirts of a perfect size. Men with the rectangular shape are better off with the slim fit shirts. For your pants, go for straight leg pants as that will balance out your broad shoulders. If you are the type that likes the skinny jeans, this body type best suits that.
The Endomorph: They are hardest body type to have in terms of managing your weight and overall fitness. They are usually called 'the chobby' guys.They have a round body, gain weight very easily and store a lot of fat. They also find it hard to loose weight and their muscles are not well defined. However when they work out, they gain muscles too but with more intense work.
How to dress: Wear clothes with simple patterns, prints and designs. It's also important to wear jackets and suits with slight shoulder pads to create slimmer look and balances out a heavy middle. Avoid pleated trousers, go for a straight, relaxed fit in pants.
After all said and done, bare in mind all these body shapes don't mean one size or height. You can be a short mesomorph or a tall endomorph or even a small ectomorph. These are just body shapes. So consider heights and sizes when piecing your outfits together.
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