Suiting Up Right: A Primer for Every Body Type

Know
the fit, pick the suit


Written
by Salvatore Marashi


The
suit is at the height of men’s fashion. When you’re dressed your best, what are
you wearing? Probably a suit. The sad reality is that most guys are clueless
about which suit they should be wearing. This comes down to two things,
tailoring and confusion over your body type. Let’s talk about the latter. There
are five different body types to consider before you suit up.
Body
Types


Rhomboid


Characterized
by a broad chest and set of shoulders to match. All the while, men with this
shape, slim down at the waist. Needless to say, men with this physique have it
easy. Your body type is a natural fit for pretty much anything you can put on.
Inverted
Triangle


Gym
rats, listen up! If you spend hours training your upper body, you’re probably
going to fall into this category. We know being absolutely shredded is
something most guys strive for, but it’s challenging when looking for a suit.


The
traditional suit is going to make someone like you look top heavy. That means
you need to find a look that will bring your torso and chest into balance. A
great choice is a double-breasted jacket. It’ll distribute your weight
throughout while still showing off your gains on the bench press.


When
looking for pants, there’s one big rule to follow. Avoid anything skinny! If
you were worried about looking top-heavy before, wait till your legs are trying
to squeeze into a pair of extra-skinny jeans. Yeah, you’re going to look ridiculous.
This
body type looks best when you are bringing everything into balance.
Triangle


For
guys who carry their weight in their gut, this body type is all about drawing
attention upwards. With Triangle bodies, it can be easy to assume that all men
with this are just fat. Not true. Consequently, some men just have hips wider
than their hips. Let’s all be honest though, weight definitely is a
possibility.


To
dress this body type, keep things structured. Padding in the shoulders builds
up the look of the upper body, taking attention away from your belly. As far as
designs go, stripes are your friends. Vertical stripes have a slimming effect
and can show off some serious style chops.
Rectangle


Skinny
guys, this one is for you. Tall guys with an even shoulder to hip ratio, fit
under this category. With this body type, it can be hard to find a look that
fits well with your body and doesn’t leave you drowning in fabric. Choosing a
suit that’s too big is going to leave you looking absurd.


To
deal with this body type, first get a suit that fits close to the body. Excess
fabric only accentuates your narrow physique. Next step is to create contrast
by broadening your upper body. To do this, go for suits with wide lapels.
Oval


For
guys with oval body types, their weight centers around the stomach. This
creates an unappealing focal point. To deal with this, you’re going to want to
handle things much like guys with inverted triangle shapes. It’s all about
creating balance. Disperse your weight throughout with the use of vertical
stripes and dark colors. Continue this trend with well-fitted trousers to
heighten your whole look.
Final
Notes on Body Types


Figuring
out your body type and the best suit for it may seem daunting, but it’s really
not. Simply consider your physique, try on different suits, talk to your tailor
and be realistic about yourself. With that, you’re well on your way to choosing
a suit that’ll impress every time.
What
suit keeps you looking great? Let us know in the comments below.
Salvatore
Marashi

  • SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.