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Some call it swag, others call it style — but we prefer to think of the way we dress as a combination of comfort and confidence. Unfortunately, it's difficult to feel comfortable or confident when you're wearing clothing that doesn't look or feel the way you hoped.
At Penner's, we understand every man is different, and every body is different, too. Our knowledgeable staff and talented tailors want all of our customers to feel comfortable and confident with every piece of clothing they wear. To look and feel great, all men should know what to wear — and what not to wear — with their specific body shape.
Although your height and weight will play a significant role in your clothing selection, you should also understand which body shape your features most closely align with. Men of varying heights and weights can share similar features, specifically in the shape of their bodies. These proportions create five different body shapes — triangle, inverted triangle, square, oval and trapezoid.
Let's face it — we all have features of our body that we love and others that we would like to divert attention from. Thankfully, understanding the different men's body types and clothing that plays to each shape's strengths will help accomplish this goal. For instance, there are certain outfits for triangle body types that may not be the best outfits for inverted triangle body shapes.
The amazing tailors at Penner's have years of experience identifying men's body types and how to dress them. With measuring tape in hand, we spend hours each day with teens and adults of all sizes, helping them choose the clothing that fits them correctly and comfortably. Let's discuss the five men's body types and clothing options that are ideal for each shape.
As men get older, it's natural for many of us to gain a little extra girth around the waist. This can be especially noticeable for those who do not have a broad chest or broad shoulders. This shape is sometimes referred to as "pear-shaped," but we prefer the term "triangle."
So, how can you tell if you have a triangle body shape? If you have a triangle-shaped body, you'll be able to notice it relatively easily if you look at your upper body in the mirror. The top half of your body will resemble a triangle with its tip leading to your face. Your shoulders will be narrow or smaller looking than your chest, although your chest won't necessarily be broad by common standards. Your stomach and hips will be the widest part, creating the triangle's base.
When you have a triangle-shaped body, regardless of whether it's due to excess weight or wide hips, you'll want to choose clothing that draws focus away from your midsection. You can accomplish this by wearing:
Even though the triangle body type is common, that doesn't mean that you can wear anything if you wish to highlight your features. We recommend you refrain from choosing these types of clothing:
The triangle body shape places the base of the triangle at the waist with the tip pointing towards the face. Naturally, the inverted triangle body shape is just the opposite — the base is located on the upper body while the tip of the triangle points towards the waist. Those with an inverted triangle body type will have more pronounced features in the upper body, specifically broad shoulders and a larger chest. The body's shape will begin to narrow as it gets closer to the waist.
This body type is quite rare, and those with an inverted triangle body shape tend to develop it with slim, fit waists and a muscular chest and shoulders. Those who have an inverted triangle body type are usually men who spend hours at the gym, specifically working on enhancing the muscles of their upper body and upper legs. While having a bodybuilder-type frame has its benefits, these men may also have trouble finding clothing that fits naturally and looks the way they want.
If you're an active male that wants to flaunt your physique, there are a handful of clothing tricks you can use to make your profile look more balanced.
When searching for the best outfits for an inverted triangle body shape, the key is to draw attention towards the hips and waist to create a more balanced, proportional profile. If your body is shaped like an inverted triangle, we suggest these clothing options:
The last thing that men with an inverted triangle body shape should do is try to draw more attention to their shoulders and chest. The best outfits for an inverted triangle body shape will not include the following:
The triangle and inverted triangle body types are unbalanced, meaning those with those body types have to counterbalance the narrowest part of their physique with their broader features. However, there are some men with body types that are more congruent in shape — such as the rectangle body type. Men with a rectangular body shape will notice the measuring tape reads almost the same width between the hips and waist and shoulders. You can draw a straight line from the shoulder blades to the ends of the hips.
Men who are thin and tall will have a much more pronounced rectangular shape. On the opposite end, men who are shorter or bulkier may appear more square than rectangular. For either man and everyone in between, the key to dressing well is to understand the ways that you can downplay the flatness and rigidness of a square or rectangular body type and make your profile seem textured and add more depth.
There are two options for altering a rectangular or square shape — either make the shoulders or hips seem wider than the other. Very few men want to add girth to their midsection, so we recommend that you make your shoulders appear broader.
The key to countering a square or rectangular body shape is to draw more attention to your shoulders and slightly away from the waist. Think out of the box when dressing a square or rectangular body type. For example, try wearing:
A man with a rectangular or square body type should avoid dressing plainly or in ways that highlight the straight lines created by your shoulders and hips. We recommend avoiding these three types of clothing:
With the oval body type, the center of the torso is wider than the widest part of the hips and shoulders. Slim hips and shoulders accentuate your wider waistline, creating a rounded oval shape.
This body type is common for men who carry more girth around their middle section but don't have the wide hips that those with an inverted triangle body type have. This doesn't necessarily mean that the man has more weight in their middle, just as having broad shoulders or a broad chest doesn't constitute more muscle. Both taller and shorter men can have an oval-shaped body, and both should strive to lengthen the torso as much as possible.
Diverting attention away from the oval shape of the midsection is your main priority when shopping for clothes. If necessary, you can elect to have your clothes tailored for a better fit. If you're looking for something off of the rack, consider these options to lengthen your torso or broaden your shoulders:
Lengthening your torso is the goal, which means you should avoid any clothing that draws attention to your midsection or that doesn't guide the eyes vertically up and down your frame. Refrain from these clothing options if you have an oval body type:
If there's one body shape on this list that's generally easier to shop for, it's the trapezoid body type. Also known as the rhomboid shape, the trapezoid body type features broad shoulders, a wide chest and a narrow waist. It's important to not easily confuse the trapezoid shape with the rectangle or inverted triangle shape. If you're unsure of whether or not your body shape fits into the trapezoidal type, use a measuring tape and ask a friend to help you compare your build to other shapes.
Some men with a trapezoid body type may still wonder what to wear for their body shape, especially if they are in the highest and lowest percentiles for their height and if their body shape is actually much closer to an inverted triangle than the trapezoid. Since the trapezoid body type is almost as rare as the inverted triangle shape, each individual male may discover that certain cuts or sizes of clothing fit better than others.
When in doubt, men who are unsure if their body type is the trapezoidal, rectangular or inverted triangle shape should either wear whatever clothing cuts fit best or have their clothing professionally tailored.
If you have a trapezoid body shape, you'll be pleased to know that many designers use this body type as the template for their clothing designs, meaning you have a wide array of clothing options and styles to choose from:
Even though this body shape is regularly used according to some designer standards, that doesn't mean every single piece of clothing on the rack will fit you perfectly or accentuate your features. If you've got a trapezoidal body type, refrain from these options:
No man should pay for clothing that makes them feel uncomfortable in their own skin. Instead of selecting an outfit off of a rack that doesn't meet your style or size needs, choose comfort and confidence at San Antonio's destination for fine menswear — Penner's.
For over one hundred years, Penner's has helped men of all body types look and feel their best in high-quality men's clothing. Our unrivaled selection of suits, shirts, hats, shoes and accessories are designed to make you look and feel good from head to toe. Our seven on-site tailors can alter any piece of clothing to fit your body type perfectly. Stop in or call us at 210-226-2487 today.