We all have different shapes as well as sizes, and this is something that we should definitely consider when we are having a suit made for our body. You need to pick a suit fit and style which will flatter your shape rather than detract from it, and your suit should boost your self-esteem and make you look (and feel) comfortable as well. But while we each have distinct differences, there are four major shape and size categories that we all fit into, so you should consider these categories when choosing your suit. These categories include tall, slim, short, or large-framed, and you can even be a combination of two – for instance, some men can be slim as well as short, whilst some are tall and large-framed. So what kind of suit style should you choose for the shape of your body? Here’s your essential guide.
If you are tall:
- If you are tall, make sure you have a slightly longer jacket because this can create balance, helping you avoid looking like you are too big for your suit.
- You can create more balance by wearing a suit with a big pattern, such as plaid or checks, which can be quite flattering for taller individuals.
- Your trousers should have at least one break – if they don’t, they may appear too short, as any good bespoke tailor knows.
- If you want to add some extra flattering details to your suit, go for pocket squares and ticket pockets, which can also help fill in empty spaces.
- Try not to show over a half-inch of cuff because showing more can make the sleeves appear shorter.
If you are short:
- If you are short and trim, you should have a shorter jacket as this can balance your legs with your torso. You can also opt for peak lapels, which can add length to your frame.
- Try not to wear a belt with your suit as it can cut your physique in half and make you appear shorter.
- For sleeves, opt for a half-inch cuff so your arms can look longer.
- If you want to look taller, you can choose micro-sized checks or pinstripes.
- Go for half a break on your trousers, and don’t choose more than a single break.
If you are slim:
- If you want to look particularly dapper, you can choose a checked fabric.
- If you don’t want to look slimmer, avoid a jacket that’s too tight. You can also use shoulder pads so your frame has more volume.
- If you want to have a broader-looking chest and shoulders, go for a double-breasted suit.
- Avoid the use of a slim lapel; go for lapels which are about three inches or a bit more.
If you are large-framed:
- If you have a large frame, make use of peak lapels so you can look more proportionate with a lengthier body as well.
- It’s best to choose two buttons placed at a higher area so you can have a slimmer-looking midsection.
- Try to stay away from thick fabrics since they can make you look bulky, and avoid closely-patterned stripes.
- Your suit jacket should have wider lapels, and make sure your jacket doesn’t hang on your body; look for a subtler and sleeker shape.
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