It might seem obvious, but deciding how to dress for your body type can be trickier than first appears. Choosing the right clothes for your size is arguably the most important part of any outfit. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.The oval shape is similar to the rectangle but typically involves a larger frame and is a lot softer around the middle – the quintessential ‘dad-bod’, if you will. This is by no means a limit on how stylish you can be, in fact, many top Hollywood actors are rocking the oval right now – Leo, Seth Rogan, even Gerard Butler to some extent.The trapezoid, that 2D shape that looks a little like a trampoline, differs slightly to the rectangle in that the shoulders protrude out more from the body making them more prominent compared to the hips. Of all the men's body shapes this is the one most likely the figure of the stereotypical Hollywood heartthrob à la Zac Efron or practically any sports star.A slightly exaggerated form of the trapezoid is the inverted triangle. More muscular men tend to have more emphasised arms and shoulders that loom over their waist, making a triangular shape. One of the most obviously triangular celebrities is Jason Statham – a men's body shape whose hips are relatively lean but has a reach wide enough to kick ass in virtually every martial art. The non-inverted triangle, as you could probably guess, is similar to the inverted triangle but rather than the shoulders protruding it’s the hips that take prominence.Adding layers to your outfit will also make your shoulder bulk out – knitwear, in particular, can come in handy here as it can easily go over shirts or polos without necessarily making you too warm. Again, accessories can act as a quick fix. Scarves, backpacks, potentially even headphones can add chuck to your shoulders whilst horizontally striped t-shirts will also give your frame a little more width. In order to induce more of a downward point to your shape and help you look more trapezoidal, tight fitting trousers should become a staple of your wardrobe and act as a base to build your outfit from. Combine these with skinny shoes or trainers to further amplify the effect.Whilst an extra layer of knitwear would help to add a little chunk to your shoulders, avoid V-necks as they’ll actually counteract that and work to reduce the prominence of your shoulders – giving focus back to the middle that we’re trying to avoid. A crew neck will suit perfectly well. On the leg front, rather than slimming down like with the rectangles, try a looser fit so as to widen your legs and take away some of the emphasis from your middle. Chinos or straight leg jeans are ideal here and can be coupled with trainers for a great sports-luxe look.The latest news from style, life, arts, and culture and everything in between. Whether it's a new brand arriving into our style, our latest drops and editorials. You will never miss a beat with us.
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