By popular request, allow me to introduce a new series to TSB.com called “Dress Your Body Type” – where we will feature stylish friends of all shapes and sizes, along with the styling tips that help flatter their physiques.
For this first edition, meet Adam Lampell, a fellow Columbia athlete (cross country), SB reader and style enthusiast.
Adam has a fairly small frame standing at 5’7″ 140lbs, but because he understands the styling choices that flatter his body type, he carries himself much larger.
We followed Adam for a typical work week to point out what works well for short(er), small(er) framed gentlemen.
“I recently starting getting custom-made clothing – once I graduated college and starting making a little coin. Dan convinced me and helped me design some suits at MAB – and the results are fantastic. If I was to buy a decent off-the-rack suit, after the multitude of alterations that I need, the pricing works out to about the same anyway”¦but the finished products can’t compare.”
I. A one button jacket allows for a deeper button stance, which creates a longer “V” shape through the torso, this lengthening the physique.
II. A shorter jacket (hitting just at the bottom of the seat) lengthens the leg line visually, which creates the illusion of height.
III. A peak lapel (preferably thinner on a small frame) draws attention upward toward the chest and shoulders – visually lengthening Adam’s body.
IV. While the effect is minimal, slanted pockets do offer some additional “verticality” which is always good on shorter guys.
V. Show some shirt cuff! If you’re under 5’8″ get your jacket sleeves cut so that at least 1/2″ of cuff is showing. Here Adam is going with a more sartorial 1″ of cuff.
VI. A suiting fabric with a little texture, like a birdseye, helps add a little heft to a small frame, without looking sloppy.
- Red and Blue Houndstooth Tie by Brooks Brothers
- Burgundy Shoes by Scarpe di Bianco
- Navy Birdseye Suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Blue Chambray Shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke