We’ve been meaning to add this feature to the “Dress Your Body Type” series (see here, and here) for some time. When I met Sergio, an NYC school teacher who revamped his wardrobe with the help of TheStyleBlogger, I knew he was the right guy for the job.
Sergio was born and raised in Inglewood California and until a year and half ago his style was admittedly “all flashy sneakers and oversized urban clothing with branding all over the place.”
“I stumbled across TSB via a popular sneaker forumn (shout out to NikeTalk) and it changed the way I look at clothing… The most important thing I learned from Dan is the importance of fit, fit, fit, fit! As a bigger guy it’s even more important to find the proper fit; too big and your clothes just add size to your frame, too small and you can look like a sausage.”
Alex and I met up with Sergio to shoot a few of his go-to looks and put together some tips for larger guys.
1. Good Morning Class
Sergio’s right, the most important thing is that your clothing fit properly, regardless of your body type.
Yes, as a larger guy, you can wear a slim fit!
Most guys who have a larger stomach than chest make the mistake of buying clothes that are oversized in order to “hide” their bodies underneath them. You’re not fooling anyone, this only makes you look bigger than you actually are.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you should be buying clothing that is labeled “slim fit”. Think of it this way: you may need larger clothing, but you don’t need larger allowances (the difference between the size of your body and the size of your clothing). Your clothes should contour and “skim” the body, smoothing out your shape without pulling or looking tight.
Buy full-cut, and have your tailor take it in
Your best bet is to buy full-cut clothing that fits properly in primary areas (collar size and sleeve length for shirts, shoulders and body length for jackets), then have the rest of the garment shaped by your tailor to contour your body.
Larger guys typically run hot, so don’t forget that undershirts can help absorb moisture, and make sure you are investing in lightweight fabrics to keep sweating minimal. Heavier fabrics can also ad unnecessary bulk to your frame. This look is a great example: linen jacket, short-sleeved short, properly-hemmed chinos, sockless with a summer hair cut.
Don’t forget the details
Accessories like a pocket square and lapel pin can draw attention to your chest and shoulders, and thus away from your belly.
- Beige linen jacket by Task Elba
- Blue striped short sleeve shirt by Old Navy
- Brown leather loafers Vintage by Florsheim
- Lapel accent cufflink via eBay
- Leather belt by Coach
- Watch by Kenneth Cole
- Navy chinos by H&M
- White linen pocket square