You’re not the size of a male model — welcome to the club. Whether you’re tall or short, stocky or lanky, there are secrets to making a suit look right for your body.“GQ” magazine takes four celebrated body shapes and shows you exactly how to look your best, without lifting a weight or counting a calorie:
The 5 tips every short man should know
1. Be honest with yourself: Admit you’re short and buy short-length suits.
2. A pant leg with very little break will help you look taller.
3. Show some cuff to lengthen the look of your arms.
4. A peak lapel helps elongate your physique.
5. A lower button stance creates long lines, and that essentially stretches you out.
Don’t wear a longer suit jacket. It just makes your legs look shorter.
Don’t wear fat ties and wide lapels; keep it slim.
The 5 tips every tall man should know
1. Lighter colorsadd width to a narrow frame.
2. A two-button suit works great on a tall man — as long as the suit has relatively high-cut lapels.
3. Just because you’re tall doesn’t mean you need an extra-long suit size. Try on a long first.
4. Keep the amount of cuff you show to a minimum.
5. Ask for a decent amount of break inyour trousers, so your long legs don’t look too long.
Don’t buy suits with oversize, padded shoulders. They swallow you up, making you look frailer, not bigger.
Don’t wear extra-slim ties. You need ties with a bit of width so they won’t appear to elongate your torso.
The 5 tips every large man should know
1. Wear a pocket square. It brings the focus to your chest, not your gut.
2. Keep your jacket buttoned unless you’re sitting down.
3. Wear a simple, elegant shirt. Avoid plaids and checks.
4. You can wear flat-front pants. They are engineered to be comfortable, even without pleats.
5. Avoid superskinny ties and lapels. Proportion with your torso is key.
Don’t wear a roomy suit. It doesn’t make you look slimmer — it makes you look sloppy.
Don’t go untucked.
The 5 tips every athletic man should know
1. A solid build doesn’t mean your suit should be a size too large.
2. Two-button jackets sync up with the V-shape of your torso.
3. Low-collar shirts work well with a thicker neck.
4. Your jacket will likely need to be taken in at the sides.
5. Yes, you can wear narrow-cut trousers. It’s your chest that needs room, not your ankles.
Don’t wear peak lapels. Your chest and shoulders are broad enough — no need to accentuate them.
Don’t wear a pocket square. It’s not necessary to call more attention to your already proud chest.
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