Gentlemen of the 21st are not constantly wearing suits, and also have different body shapes. So, what are all their options?
First we will see how to pick clothes according to your body shape, and then the colours to choose according to your skin type.
Your whole upper body is straight, shoulders and hips of same width, torso quite flat. The most common body shape.
Falling shoulders narrower than the hips, with a little excess of weight on the belly. This is the “dad style”
Commonly referred as mannequin shape, trapeze refers to large shoulders with a toned chest. Your waist and hips are narrower but not disproportionately. This toned physique is the most desirable for men.
With an overweight on the body, the belly is wider than shoulders and hips. The whole body, especially face and stomach, is round. Easy to recognize.
Shoulders and chest is disproportionally larger than the waist and hips, with big muscles. This shape is quite rare, this is the athletic build
How to choose the right clothes?
Just like for women, men would choose clothes in order to let them achieve the hour glass body shape, here we will target to get the trapeze one.
You are a rectangle shape
You want to present: broader shoulders and slimmer waist.
Best choices: Blazers, suits having thick shoulders pads will help to broaden your shoulders.
Roll-neck sweaters, large collar shirts, horizontal stripes on the upper torso will have the same effect. Dark colour jeans will give slimmer legs, enlarging shoulders by contrasts.
Avoid: Large sportswear clothes, you would disappear and add to much on your waist.
Same for double breasted jackets and trousers worn above waist line.
Double breasted vs. Single breasted
Objective: emphasize upper body and shoulders.
Best choices: suits is the best option ! Larger shoulders, the jacket will close on your belly, making it smaller, enlarging your chest. Suits have been made because most of men have this body type.
If you’re not a suit guy, you may wear items attracting attention to your shoulders, such as sweaters with patterns, stripes on the upper part etc. Scarves are a good option.
To avoid: As long as you have a larger belly you can’t afford fit cut, polo shirts, roll-neck sweaters etc.
Objectives: you have the best shape, thus can afford a lot of options
Best choice: Polo shirts, or shirts if folded in trousers, will emphasize your slim waist and wide shoulders. It’s a very dynamic and young look.
Vertical stripes if you want to look even taller, horizontal for a stronger feature. All type of clothes will look good: suits, casual, sportwear etc. Don’t be shy!
To avoid:Anything loose and baggy, which will give a fat impression.
Your Goal: a slimmer silhouette, stretched out.
Best choice: vertical stripes, pinstripes are your ally to lengthen your body. Black is a great choice no matter what you wear, it has a strong slimmering effect.
Just as for triangle, suits will help to open your chest and narrow the impression of your belly. Loose sport wear is also an option for casual moments; it would cover your large shapes.
To Avoid: Belts, you don’t want your belly to hang over them, skin-tights clothes, light colours, horizontal strips. No T-shirt, no polo, no shorts (your belly will look even bigger).
You are inverted triangle
You are like the Trapeze, but with extreme features. Most of the clothes will also look great on you and there is not much item that will make you disgraceful.
The problem will be that with less than 5% of men have your shape, it will be challenging for you to find your size in ready-to-wear. You must consider going to a tailor.
How to choose your colours?
This is simple: the contrast on your clothes should be the same as the contrast on your face.
How to choose your colours?
Your hair is dark, your skin is fair: you have strong facial contrasts.
Here you need to find clothes having the same contrast intensity. Like a black suit with white shirt.
Face with a medium contrast
Here you can play with different intensity of the same colours.
The choice on the right suits Leonardo better, dark blue on light blue enlighten his face, whilst it disappear on the left.
Lower contrast on the face
Your hair and skin is dark, or both are light? You should wear similar colours.
Dear gentlemen, cufflinks can be a finishing touch to top off your daily attire, regardless if it is a formal/informal social or business occasion. They should stay in tune with your sophisticated style and express who you are! With that in mind, let’s review together how, when and which cufflinks to use!
How to use
Cufflinks can be worn either on shirt’s cuffs with holes on both sides on the opening (Barrel cuffs) or with doubled-back French cuffs, which have two holes on either side of the opening. With French cuffs be sure when you fold the cuff back that holes are one atop the other.
When wear the cufflink, you need to pull it through on one side of the cuff. Match the cuff’s holes so one is atop the other. Fasten the cuff and make sure the cuff opening are lined up and the cufflink is set into its closed position.
Types of cufflinksBullet back
These cufflinks are categorized by a small cylinder that is set between two short bars, and is flipped 90 degrees to secure. It is the most popular one since it is very secure.Whale back
It consists of a flat face with a “whale tail” that flips back to close the link. Also very popular because it is easy to handle.Stud / Button
They are small and light in weight. Most secure type but requires the most effort to fasten since it has immovable parts. For this type you need to wear a special shirt with stud holes since the studs act like a button.Chain link cufflinks
Most traditional and original of all types. This link allows for a looser cuff according to preference, and can be fastened with ease.Ball return
A more advanced style, the ball return cufflink can be found in both chain link and fixed closure variations. Faces will vary with design, but the back end will always be differentiated by its ball shape. East to put on and provides looseness for the cuffs.Silk knot cufflinks
The most affordable but not so durable. Great detail to have for informal occasions,the silk knot cufflink provides pops of color and ease of use.Locking cufflinks
Unique design, functional and innovative. Has an intelligent dual-action fold-able locking system, cufflink is inserted and folded to lock in.
When to wear cufflinks
Despite their size, cufflinks can make or break a menswear look. Choose which shapes and designs best suit you. You can use them in any informal and formal occasions but make sure you have the proper cufflinks for the occasion. Have a look on the picture and respond which ones you would use in formal and which ones in informal occasions?This time, if you are a boss and you want to embrace your mentality by sticking to sophisticated shapes and materials for a cutting-edge look which cufflinks would you choose?Which cufflink material you find most flattering for yourself, please write in the comments?!
Dear gentlemen, I hope you enjoy wearing cufflinks as much as I do! If you never tried, hope after this article you will. From my experience gifting a pair of cufflinks can be a perfect present, feel free to try it. Please let us know if you have questions and share your answers with us!