Grooms: Dressing for His Shape

Turns out brides aren’t the only ones who need to pay attention to body type. Double or single-breasted, bow tie or cravat, matching your man’s frame to complementary suiting choices will help him look his best.


    Turns out brides aren’t the only ones who need to pay attention to body type. Double or single-breasted, bow tie or cravat, matching your man’s frame to complementary suiting choices will help him look his best.

    1. Short and slim

    Sticking to designs that elongate his body, such as the three-button suit, will create the illusion of height. Extra padding will broaden his shoulders, and pleated trousers can help make his lower half appear wider.

    HINT: A dark suit with pinstripes is on trend and will elongate his frame.

    2. Short and broad

    Single-breasted, one- or two-button lapel suits are kinder to this body shape than double-breasted jackets. Streamline the look by going for a natural shoulder line with a shawl collar. A vest worn underneath the suit will trim and smooth out his midsection.

    HINT: Be fashion forward and practical at the same time by choosing a jacket paired with a long knitted tie for a slimming effect.

    3. Tall and muscular

    The sharper the silhouette the better for tall, muscly men. When it comes
    to his suit, a classic tuxedo with a single- or two-button jacket is usually most flattering.

    HINT: Make sure his shirt gives him enough room in the neck so he’ll be comfortable enough to wear a tie for the entire day.

    4. Tall and thin

    This frame will look good in most styles. If he wants to appear bigger, bulk up with the hottest style around: the double-breasted jacket.

    HINT: Make sure the arms of his jacket and his trouser legs are long enough.


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