How to Dress for Your Body Type as a Man

Most men's fashion would have you believe that all men have the same body type, but did you know that there are more than four main male body shapes? Once you identify your frame, it’s easy to choose clothing that highlights your best features. Our style team is here to help you identify your shape and provide you with some great tips on how to dress for your body type as a man. Afterward, shop Berle for new, tailored trousers that fit you perfectly! 

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What Is Your Body Shape?

If you’re unsure of your body type, then it’s time to take out the measuring tape! Take note of the following measurements: 

  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Hips 

Also remember that as you gain or lose weight, your body shape can change. We always recommend taking your measurements every six to twelve months. With regular check-ins, you can assure that your clothing is always tailored perfectly to you.

The Four Main Male Body Types

The four main male body types are: 

  • Inverted triangle
  • Triangle
  • Oval
  • Rectangle / Rhomboid 

Here’s how to determine your body type using your measurements:

The Inverted Triangle

When your chest and shoulders are broader when compared to your waist and hips, you are a classic inverted triangle! To balance out your look, we recommend choosing tops that highlight your shoulders and chest, such as a slim-fitted polo or henley. As for your trousers, slim-fitting pants, such as chinos, work best for this silhouette. Choose shoes with a thicker sole to balance out your look.

The Triangle

The triangle is characterized by shoulders and a chest that are narrower when compared to the lower body. For the triangle shape, we recommend choosing denim with a bit of flare to create a streamlined look that balances out a heavier bottom half. Skinny-legged jeans and trousers tend to make this body type appear rounder than it actually is. As for your top, opt for blazers and jackets are an excellent choice to broaden your shoulders.

The Oval

If your waist is broader than your shoulders and hips, then you may be an oval! For this body type, the goal is to choose clothing that adds shape to your build. Seersucker stripes tend to work well with this body type, as they create a streamlined look from top to bottom. Opt for trousers with a slim-straight fit and a comfortable waistband, like those found in our Prime Poplin collection. From there, a tucked shirt always looks best! Oxford button-ups and Polos are both excellent choices.

The Rectangle / Rhomboid

The rectangle or rhomboid shape is characterized by shoulders that are roughly the same size as a man’s waist and hips. Typically, taller men with slimmer frames fall into this category. To add structure to your look, layers are an excellent choice. In addition, straight-legged khakis in darker hues tend to look best with this frame, as they help create the illusion of broader shoulders. Collared shirts, such as Oxfords and Polos, also help to broaden the chest. From here, feel free to accessorize with layered pieces, such as scarfs or even a blazer.

Find Your Perfect Fit at Berle

If you know how to dress for your body type as a man, you also know that only the best fit will do. When you’re ready to upgrade your wardrobe, remember to take advantage of complimentary hemming and free shipping on every purchase you make with Berle! With more than 70 years in the manufacturing industry, our team has perfected the art of delivering the finest pair of trousers available today. Your new look awaits. Shop our tailored collection today! 

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