How to dress for your body shape: The men's edition

Oh yes, men do have body shape challenges too. Here’s how to look dashing, whether you’re buff and broad-shouldered or, well, not.  

Slight
Slight
20 Jul 2017

Slight

Celeb inspiration: Jeremy Chan

What it means: In general, if you’re about a head shorter than most guys around you, pretty lean all over and with not much of a bottom to speak of, you would be considered slight – by guys’ standards of course.

Try:
Jack & Jones Premium Slim Jersey Blazer, $129.30, from ASOS
Diesel Spaark Weave Hi Top Trainers, $377.13, from ASOS 

Photo: Instagram/@jeremychanmy


Slight
Slight
20 Jul 2017

Slight

Style tips: Dudes with a slight frame, like Jeremy, tend to try and dress to appear taller and to pad out their slim frame (loose berms, anyone?), but we suggest embracing it by going for a well-fitting blazer and shirts, and playing with textures (and chunky footwear!) to give the sense of bulk and presence. You can also carry off avant-garde silhouettes, like harem trousers and dropped-crotch pants better than bigger guys, so don’t be afraid to experiment away.

Try:
Calvin Klein Classic Selvedge Jacket, $327.90, from Zalora
Air Jordan 2 Retro Decon, $239, from Nike 

Photo: Instagram/@jeremychanmy

Skinny
Skinny
20 Jul 2017

Skinny

Celeb inspiration: Nathan Hartono

What it means: When you’re of average height, but lacking in bulk (and well-developed muscles).

Try:
ASOS Regular Fit Longline Viscose Shirt In Black With V Neck

Photo: Instagram/@nathanhartono

Skinny
Skinny
20 Jul 2017

Skinny

Style tips: 
Nathan loves his skinny jeans, and we love the way they make him look so… lengthy. Not to mention, rock ‘n’ roll hawt. Baggier cuts on the top, like a loose-fitting tee or shirt, can help to make you look more fleshed out. 

Try:
Zara Raw Edge Skinny Jeans, $69.90

Photo: Instagram/@nathanhartono

Lanky
Lanky
20 Jul 2017

Lanky

Celeb inspiration: Aloysius Pang

What it means: Tall and with longer limbs, lanky guys have the same problem of lanky girls – they can come across a little too beanpole-like and gawky when styled incorrectly. 

Try this:
Zara Slimfit Chino Trousers in Sky Blue, $45.90

Photo: Instagram/@aloypang

Lanky
Lanky
20 Jul 2017

Lanky

Style tips: 
Avoid tight-fitting clothes in general, especially figure-hugging trousers, lest they make you look like the Slender Man, and go for relaxed fit and looser tops. Luckily for you, showing a bit of the ankle in cropped trousers (or simply normal trousers that are too short for you) is very trendy right now; and also exudes a casual, playful vibe. 

Try:
Zara Checked Seersucker Suit Trousers in Grey, $39.90

Photo: Instagram/@aloypang

Buff
Buff
20 Jul 2017

Buff

Style tips: 
You’ll look like James Bond in a well-fitted suit, so get one! We recommend Italian tailoring and customized if you can get it. Other than that, don’t shy away from showing off that hard-earned body (without veering towards X-rated territory) with a simple low armhole tank top.

Try:
Canali Grey Wool-Sharkskin Suit Jacket, $473.26, from MrPorter.com

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Buff
Buff
20 Jul 2017

Buff

Celeb inspiration: Desmond Tan

What it means – That you’re a hunk in the old-fashioned sense, full stop. You can pretty much wear anything, but well-developed upper-body muscles can make one look a little top-heavy though; so make sure to create some balance with some clever styling. 

Try:
Orlebar Brown Bulldog mid-length striped swim shorts, $259.74, from MrPorter.com
H&M Divided Slub Jersey Vest Top, $14.99

 Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Broad-shouldered
Broad-shouldered
19 Jul 2017

Broad-shouldered

Celeb inspiration: Tay Ping Hui

What it means: You don’t need to be a gym rat to get those nice broad shoulders that most clothes seem to hang sexily upon – some guys are just born with them (lucky you!). 

Try:
Zara Suedette Bomber Jacket, $69.90

Broad-shouldered
Broad-shouldered
20 Jul 2017

Broad-shouldered

Style tips:
Structured jackets, bombers and blazers tend to look awesome on broad shoulders, so throw one on whatever you͛re wearing and you can͛t go wrong. Avoid cuts that are too baggy to avoid looking shapeless and bulky. In fact, trousers with a slight cropped cut create that traditionally sought-after V-shape silhouette.

Try:
H&M Elasticated Black Trousers in Wool, $119 

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