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Men’s Body Shape Analysis to help Men dress better

19 Aug 2021

Have you ever ordered that shirt or kurta out of impulse because you liked it extremely but ultimately get disappointed when you wear it and see yourself in the mirror? The reason is we do not realize that what looks good on someone else may not look good on us. It is not just about size and fitting. It is about your body shape and learning to know what looks good on your frame.

Today we analyze different body shapes for men and identify your own body shape to be able to dress better. You might be surprised at the following fact.

“More young ladies are taking body shape and styling sessions from us to know their partners better so that the dresses they buy for them suit them better and help bring out their personality. Another reason could possibly be that since men do not pay much attention to what they wear the responsibility of making them look better at work and parties is on the women. “

  - Nidhi Jagtiani

Here are the primary body shapes for men.

Ideal, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Diamond, Tubular, Oval

Ideal, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Diamond, Tubular, Oval Body Shape of Men

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Let’s now see each body type more closely.

Triangle Body Shape of Men

Triangle Body Shape of Men

This body type is identified by wider hiplines & thighs than the shoulders. People with heavier lower bodies, but not heavy at the stomach, generally fall into the triangle body category.  Refer to the image here for visual cues to identify a triangle body type.

Style Aim to counter a Triangular  shaped body

  • Minimize lower body.
  • Emphasize upper body.
  • Lead attention upward.
  • Fill out shoulders and upper body with soft fullness and design details.
  • Smooth, loose fit below the waist.

Pro Tips from Image Consultant:

A practical solution to balance a triangular body shape is to follow smart styling tips keeping the above factors in mind.

e.g Wearing light and bright colors in the upper half with ties or scarves to draw attention.

 
Inverted Triangle Body Shape of Men

Inverted Triangle Body Shape of Men

Inverted Triangle body shape is the most desired body shape for men. Most movie stars like Salman Khan, Hritik Roshan, etc possess inverted triangle body shapes. It can be identified from the prominent bulky upper half and a much slimmer waistline. Men with this body type can easily carry off all types of clothes. However, those with too wide shoulders may need to balance it for a better appearance.

Style Aim to Counter an Inverted Triangle Shaped body

  • Minimize upper Body
  • Emphasize center-front at the neckline or anywhere below the waist
  • Lead attention inward at shoulders towards the neck
  • Fill out the area below the waist with soft fullness or design detail
  • Smooth loose fit above the waist

Inverted triangle bodies need to be highlighted. You may consider consulting an image consultant near you to help you choose the correct attire for you based on your professional or social lives’ requirements.

Rectangular Body shape of Men

Rectangular Body shape of Men

It is one of the common body shapes in men today. If your shoulders and waist are of almost identical width you have a rectangle body shape. For styling ideas, you should follow celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant, Ashton Kutcher, Jim Carrey. Along with dresses, you will also need special attention to hair and beard.

Style aims to Counter a Rectangular Shaped body

  • Minimize waist
  • Lead attention inward at the waist and up towards the face
  • Fill out slightly at shoulders
  • Smooth, loose fit over the entire body

Pro Tips from Image Consultant:

To improve appearances try to add more horizontal lines in the top half of the body. It can be done through Horizontal bands in T-Shirts or with more pockets with highlighted horizontal linings.

Diamond Body Type for Men

Diamond Body Type for Men

Diamond body shapes can be identified from the prominent undefined waistlines, narrow shoulders, slender butts, and thighs. Often men with square or tubular bodies get a diamond body when they add weight around the tummy. This is a major problem for most men with poor lifestyles, lack of exercise, and wrong eating habits. Amitabh Bachhan, Kapil Sharma are some examples of celebrities with Diamond body shapes.

Style Aim to Counter a Diamond Shaped Body

  • Minimize midriff, waist, and hip area
  • Emphasize shoulder area
  • Lead attention inward at the waist and up to the face
  • Fill out shoulders and leg area
  • Semi fitted over mid-body

Pro Tips from Image Consultant:

Try to balance the narrow zones of shoulders and thighs by filling them and minimize attention to the waistline. You can do it with an extra layer (Like jackets, hoodies, pullovers) and dark-colored flat fronted trousers.

Tubular Body Types of Men

Tubular Body Types of Men

Do you have a very slim figure with no clear waist and almost the same measures for shoulders, waist, and hip? Then you have a tubular body. Though you could improve your body type with proper diet and exercise, you can still have a unique style statement if you know what to do. Popular celebrities like actor Imran Khan and cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal have tubular body types.

Style Aim to Counter a Tubular Body Shape

  • Minimize your slender appearance
  • Emphasize everywhere
  • Lead attention close to the face
  • Fill out above and below the waist with loose-fitting clothes

Pro Tips from Image Consultant:

You need to increase the visible bulk of the torso. Add bulk to your top areas with an extra layer (Like loose jackets, blazers, pullovers) and prefer pleated trousers.

Oval Body shape of Men

Oval Body shape of Men

With rising cases of obesity, this body shape is now fast becoming one of the common body types among men. Oval type types are identified by a large stomach and waistline which are fused and not separately identifiable. This comes with heavy chests and heavy thighs as well, a feature that differentiates them from Diamond body shapes. Overall Oval figures are much bulkier than diamond bodies.

Style Aim to Counter an Oval Body Shape

  • Minimize body width and weight
  • Emphasize shoulder and neckline area
  • Lead attention inward at waist and up to face
  • Visually lengthen the entire body
  • Semi fitted clothes

Pro Tips from Image Consultant:

Always prefer monochromatic colors for your attire. Make sure the clothes you choose are neither too loose nor tight. You should also avoid stuffing your pockets or using heavy accessories around the waist. A good case of accessory use is Bappi Lehri and his gold chains.

You can consider taking some sessions with a certified image consultant online or near you, where you can understand your body shape or understand your partner’s body shape and shop items accordingly. This will not only help you deliver a better style statement it will help you save a significant amount of money on impulsive buys that do not look good on your body.

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