There are many different body shapes and sizes out there. And depending on your particular body type, one should know what to wear to make their body look its best; male or female. Because there are a number of body types per gender it will take time to cover them all, so stay tuned to learn about yours.
This week will cover the Male Oval Body. More often than not, men acquire this shape when we have past our prime, but it's not unusual to have early onset Oval.
Oval’s are identified by a wide midsection and slim by comparison shoulders and legs.
The best method to dress an Oval Body is square off the shoulders by adding some structure and width and taper from the chest to lower thigh and knees. The objective is to elongate the body. Vertical stripes tend to do this very well, so pinstriped suits are a good option. If you’re an Oval, you’ll want to pay extra attention to the length of your sleeves and pant lengths as not to make your limbs seem shorter due to excess bunching. It’s best to wear loose fitting tapered pants and sleeves that end at the base of your hand.
Some things to avoid: Horizontal stripes and busy prints as they will accentuate the body’s width. Skinny or tightly tapered jeans, as they will make the legs excessively narrow and wide-leg jeans will make the legs shapeless. Boots should be avoided for the most part, especially for Ovals with shorter limbs, as they will make the legs appear even shorter. While these tips are by no means comprehensive, they should get you on your way to being better dressed.
Once you’ve found some items that flatter and elongate your body, Oval Man, take those pieces to the next level by visiting a Tailor. This ensures that your items fit you perfectly and have you looking your best.
Be sure to enjoy the journey while creating your own unique style!
- LoneWolf Styling