How To Dress When You Are A Strong Or Corpulent Man ?
Too narrow, too wide, too short, too long... When you're round or muscular, dressing well every day can be really difficult. She may defend herself tooth and nail, but fashion conveys extremely standardized images, especially regarding corpulent men.
As a result, individuals who are outside the imposed standard suffer and it is difficult for them to find clothing that suits them. Above all, they may find it difficult to visualize concretely the style that suits them and that will enhance them.
Advertising too often gives the male body a single morphotype.
THE IDEAL GUIDE FOR STRONG & CORPULENT MEN
In this article, we will look at the strong physical and those who are overweight. We have already raised the issue of muscular physique, but it is much more delicate to dress when the apparent volumes of the body are not necessarily muscle mass.
While it's necessarily easier to be stylish when you have a well-proportioned and drawn body, be sure of one thing: you can be strong while being stylish and stylish.
In the first place, it is necessary to get rid of certain reflexes, beliefs and other bad habits! We will then see which styles, cuts and materials benefit the strong physique.
I regularly get questions like, "I'm about to go on a diet, is it worth investing in my wardrobe?"
In this case, I recommend investing a little in elegant clothes (I said elegant, not sportswear) entry-level. And I think it's a good motivator to see that you now float in old clothes, it proves that your weight loss is effective ;)
As for the more intimate question of weight loss, when I am asked my opinion, I say that it is a good thing to be interested in it. Admittedly, it's easy for me to talk about it when I've always had a morphology in the standards of ready-to-wear, but I think very personally (there it's Travis who speaks and not Belair® Prince) that life is too short to be lived feeling bad in his body or in his clothes.
For many readers, men's fashion is the first step in a long journey towards self-improvement. If, for you, it can be a motivating factor to lose weight and have a silhouette more in tune with the standards of ready-to-wear, you must go for it!
ELEMENTS THAT MAY SERVE (OR NOT) A STRONG PHYSIQUE
1. OVERSIZED TOPS
Often, you can see people who are corpulent or a little overweight opting for loose or simply over-purchased parts. The feeling of "floating" specific to a wide garment is then reassuring, because the fabric is not on the skin and does not come to "stick" to the shapes. But think again: a loose garment is not an illusion, and can even accentuate some curves.
T-shirts that are too big on overweight people are really the clothes to avoid as this thickens them more. Really, be uncompromising on this.
Rest assured: we'll see below how a garment of the right size can enhance you!
2. A TOO SMALL TOP
Of course, T-shirts or shirts stuffed with elasthanne, pants and other items tailored to be worn close to the body are to be banned, outright.
Men's shirt too small
If the top too big is not flattering, the top too small is downright unhappy.
3. FLUID MATERIALS
To speak only of it, silk is a very pleasant material to wear, so light that you sometimes don't even feel it anymore. But worked in satin, twill or jacquard, it remains an extremely fluid material and usually captures a lot of light.
Green shirt silk fabric volume effects
Silk is a fluid material that tends to accentuate shapes, even on a slender physique.
This type of combo may draw attention to your curves with an often cruel game of shadows... On the other hand, mixed silk (cotton, linen...) is quite possible if the material offers a matte look and a stiffer outfit than pure silk.
4. TOO THICK MATERIALS
Velvet and tweed have the distinction of being thick, the rustic but luxurious aspect of the second being privileged for the winter season. But they have the unfortunate tendency to enlarge the silhouette and weigh it down, these materials are not obvious to work for curved pieces.
Fortunately for you, you can't say they're very "trendy" and will leave you with many other alternatives!
On the other hand, a large mesh will emphasize your stature because the natural elasticity of the wool will adjust to your bust without molding you. A chimney collar will even have the merit of elongating your silhouette and, therefore, to thin you visually.
Man with a full-bodied light grey wool sweater burgundy trousers
Velvet and tweed are to be outlawed, but a good mesh will do!
5. IMPOSING PATTERNS
The print is to be taken with tweezers. Avoid overly massive patterns as much as possible that may accentuate the volumes of the bust. Ditto for horizontal stripes, unless you are sure to wear them only under a jacket or blazer.
Patterned shirt man with full-bodied patterned shirt
In addition to being too small, this shirt has unflattering patterns.
6. PANTS THAT ARE TOO TIGHT OR TOO WIDE
In the same way as a top that is too wide or too tight, pants with poorly controlled volumes can lead you to the "disaster", especially if you are stronger in the bust than in the legs.
chino too small skimpy shirt
Too slim or too small, it will accentuate a contrast of the most inelegant between the finesse of the ankles and the more massive appearance of the thighs and bust.
chino too big
Too loose, it will greatly weigh down your figure and may even give a patauding look.
NOTE FROM BENEDICT
This is a point that is underestimated, the pants too wide are also a real wound for a strong physique, it totally cups the whole. We're going to have to find a better balance!
"I'M A LITTLE FAT, SO HOW DO I DRESS?"
1. BLAZERS AND SUITS: KEY ELEMENTS OF A BEAUTIFUL BUILD
The first step in a (very) elegant silhouette when you're round: finding the blazer/costume that's capable of benefiting you. Indeed, a blazer can, better than any other piece, draw a beautiful bust, highlight the shoulders and draw a nice bend.
And if a semblance of silk is not to be excluded completely, a matte texture will be welcome, which is good because most costumes and blazers are so made.
Below, the three-button jacket works surprisingly well on Matt LeBlanc. Inspiration?
Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic
But then, which cut to choose for these must-have pieces? Well again, as with shirts, run away from the widths and prefer the fitted cuts. From a strictly aesthetic point of view, consider an essential element: the fitted cut allows to exaggerate the volume of the shoulders at the expense of the volume of the bust ...
Simply put, it draws a "V" frame. On the other hand, the straight cut will balance the volume of the belly in relation to that of the shoulders, neutralizing, favoring a size in "H" or "O" ...
However, be sure to close the buttons and if necessary, remember that a retoucher can unwisely slightly shift a recalcitrant button.
Finally, when it comes to "styles", the three pieces and crossed suits are interesting to go even further in the harmony of the silhouette, especially in case of overweight at the belly. The tuxedo, of course, works just as well.
Image by Steve Granitz/WireImage
If the idea is not to offer you a corset in which to enclose a few bulges, consider nevertheless the 3 pieces and the crusader as strict pieces and can be, sometimes - very - slightly uncomfortable (sitting position in particular). But the effect is really conclusive!
Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage
To erase a little overweight, the vest is a solution all found.
NOTE FROM PHILL
There is the key point to dress when you are overweight. The elegant style with a little relaxation is the best way to go when you have this kind of morphology. At Pitti, I saw a lot of older men with belly, but with a crazy class in cross jacket and with a knitted tie. Use and abuse grey or navy blazer with micro-patterns, knitted ties, clutches and other beautiful shoes! On the other hand, I'm still looking for a nice look for strong morphologies in streetwear ...
If you're in Paris and want the half-measure that's accessible in costume and chino, go to Gilles Masson's. Being himself very strong, he is quite used to dress this kind of morphology (read the comments of the article if you hesitate).
The other great style that may suit is the workwear style with its straight cuts, but it is immediately less flamboyant than a more dressed style. This style is full of brands that fall well on physical a little strong: Filson, Dickies, Carhartt, etc.
It's up to you to chart your course!
2. NOTHING BETTER THAN A FITTED SHIRT OR SWEATER IF YOU'RE ROUND
The shirt and sweater are structuring pieces, in the sense that they harmonize the male bust with lines and curves. Clean shoulders, stiff collar and controlled bending are your best allies to homogenize your morphology and draw a nice build. Don't be afraid of fitted cuts, on the contrary: well cut, they will enhance your shoulders and refine you.
Make sure the shoulders, sleeves, sleeves and fitting are clean, without unnecessary amplitude.
The ideal for shirts is the bespoke 2; but it is also possible to find shirt to your liking in the mass distribution. You have to try: it's a bit painful, but don't be discouraged, you'll inevitably come across a brand whose sponsorship suits you.
Finally, when it comes to the materials for the sweater, don't get too into your head. Virgin wool, merino, cashmere: as long as the look is not too fluffy, treat yourself!
3. PANTS TO REFINE A STRONG SILHOUETTE
A few styles of trousers monopolize advertising posters and fashion editorials, but don't panic: it is now very easy for a man to find various cuts adapted to his morphology. As far as we're concerned, it's going to be simple: straight, semi-adjusted cuts want you to look good!
In strong men, the thighs are often larger than the calves, so we will make sure to have pants that follow the curve of the thigh and goes down harmoniously up to the ankle. The semi-fitted cut is also indicated because, by getting very close to the calf, it draws a leg a little more elegant than a straight cut.
Jeans, chino or flannel pants dressed: same fight.
Think also, if not already done, the good couturier in your address book: he can quite take you pants too wide, at the level of the calves for example, and adapt the piece to your morphology. A reflex that can really make shopping easier!
4. KEEP CONTROL OF PROPORTIONS
Obviously, it is quite possible to get out of the suit or the ever-present jean/shirt duo to go towards more casual outfits. The same rules of adjusted cutting and controlled volume apply with, moreover, a vigilance with regard to the massive prints, the colors too garish or the materials too thick that were mentioned above.
Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage
Think of the long coat that will elongate your figure. Similarly, don't hesitate to combine elegance, style and relaxation: more than your figure, it's self-confidence that will help your look.
Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns
Don't hesitate to accessorize either! A long necklace will bring verticality.
Your weight, whatever it is, should not make you think that you cannot be elegant. If you're good at yourself, the garment will only be an accessory to catch the eye thanks to effective and personal outfits.