Everyone’s heard of hourglass figures, pears, and apple shapes, and women often take into account their body shape when purchasing clothes. Few men, however, think about their body shape each time they visit the high street to buy new clothes, or when they pay a trip to their tailor. Debenhams recently acknowledged the role of men’s body shape when deciding what to buy and wear, but gave the shapes such unfortunate names as ‘leek,’ ‘beetroot’ and ‘aubergine.’ Still, it’s at least an acknowledgement from a high street retailer that not all clothes work for everyone. As a creator of bespoke tailored suits, we know as well as anyone the importance of a well-fitting, flattering garment. Here, we take a look at how men can dress to suit their shape, whether it’s everyday fashion tips you’re after, or if you’re planning a wedding outfit and want to look and feel great.

Inverted Triangle

Do you have broad shoulders and narrow hips? Congratulations, you’re an inverted triangle. This is one of the easier male body shapes to dress, but to balance your broad shoulders out, you may wish to use detailing or wide legged trousers to even out your heavier top half. Go for fitted or tapered shirts so they don’t hang off you like boxy tents. Never opt for padded shoulders. Double-breasted suit jackets should be avoided too.


If you’re a rectangle, your chest, hips, and shoulders are of a similar width. Suits with padded shoulders will work well for you, and lighter suit colours will also give the impression of broad shoulders. Slim trousers will further work to make you look less rectangular. Layering will add bulk to your shoulders and give your torso a more defined shape.


Wider hips and narrow shoulders? You’re a triangle. You’re bulkier around your stomach and slimmer at your chest and shoulders. To dress for this body shape, you want to use many of the same tricks we covered under the rectangle section to make your shoulders appear bulkier than they are. Clothes must be well fitted, but not too tight. Ill-fitting clothes on a triangle body shape will only emphasise the bulk around your stomach.

The Oval

If you’ve a larger stomach and your body appears round, you’re an oval. To dress as an oval, you want to direct attention to your shoulders and chest, and away from your stomach. Wear V-necks and vertical stripes to slim down your torso, and choose low-rise trousers that sit around your hips rather than your waist. Don’t bulk up your frame with too many layers, or wear exuberant patterned shirts.


The trapezoid is extremely similar to the inverted triangle, with a moderate width waist rather than a narrow waist. This body shape is the easiest of all to dress for, and provided your clothes fit you well, you can get away with wearing pretty much whatever you want – so feel free to experiment with your favourite colours and patterns.

Hemingway Tailors can craft you a bespoke tailored suit which takes into account your body shape, and even the way that you walk. Book an appointment with one of our tailors to get started today.

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