Dressing well is an art, and it becomes even more important when you have a slim physique. As a skinny guy, you might face unique challenges when it comes to finding clothes that fit you perfectly and complement your body type. But fear not!
In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable insights and fashion tips on how to dress for your skinny body type, ensuring you look stylish, and confident, and embrace your individuality.
Finding the right clothing for a slim frame involves understanding your body proportions and choosing garments that create the illusion of a more balanced silhouette. We’ll explore various techniques to enhance your appearance, from selecting the right cuts and fabrics to incorporating layering and accessories strategically.
Whether you’re dressing for a casual outing or a formal event, we’ll guide you through each scenario, offering practical advice to help you navigate the world of men’s fashion. We understand that every individual has unique style preferences, so we’ll provide versatile suggestions that can be tailored to your personal taste.
By understanding how different clothing styles can flatter your body shape, you’ll gain the confidence to experiment with various outfit combinations. From smart casual attire to formal wear, we’ll cover a wide range of fashion options that will highlight your best features and create a well-proportioned look.
Join us as we embark on a fashion journey tailored specifically for skinny men. With our expert guidance, you’ll discover how to dress your skinny body type with confidence, embrace your uniqueness, and showcase your personal style to the world.
Remember, it’s not about changing your body; it’s about using clothing as a tool to enhance your natural appearance and express your personality. Let’s dive into the world of fashion for skinny guys and unlock the secrets to dressing stylishly for any occasion.
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Don’t Get Too Skinny
We’re well aware that slim-this and skinny-that is the order of business today. But if you’re struggling to fill out, you need to think twice about your favourite brands that do six variations of a slim fit.
Skinny guys need cuts that generate the illusion of proportional width. Clothes that sit too close to the body – besides being uncomfortable as hell – just draw attention to your predicament. Don’t make it harder for yourself than it already is.
We’re not saying you should go to the XXL rack at DJ’s and spend half your paycheck on clothes designed for NFL players. But avoiding the tight-fitting, underfed runway model look is the first step on the road to a bigger and better you.
Say No To Stripes
Stripes are boss. It’s why Gordon Gekko wore them, its why every Wall Street wannabe from here to Manhattan decks himself out in a chalk stripe suit on his way up the corporate ladder. But for you, my friend, stripes are not the answer.
Sure, stripes play tricks on the eyes. They make the tall look taller, and can shave a few cheeky kg’s off blokes that desperately need it. Great, if you’re a short and portly fella who has given up on a late growth spurt or new diet.
However, the unbroken, vertical silhouette of a stripe pattern is wasted on someone that’s already skinny. It’s useful for ‘well-built’ guys who want to distract suspecting bystanders from their bad diet. But if you’re not in that category, leave it on the shelf. Try checks or florals instead if you need a pattern.
Layer Like A Slender Champion
This bit might be more relevant to our transatlantic readers that are feeling the chill, but some tactical layering – knits over shirts, scarves, undercoats, open shirts over tees – adds heft to a runty frame and is a great tool for playing around with texture and colour while you’re at it.
However, avoid the temptation to swaddle yourself in too many layers – besides drowning in your own sweat you’ll look a bit like an overprotected child on his way to school in winter. Use one or two extra layers, don’t walk home with the entire shopfloor.
Practice Good Symmetry
Maintaining a balanced look is key to shedding your unfair reputation as a man of unmanly proportions. If the top half of your outfit is layered or quite structured, the bottom half needs to tow the party line, and vice versa.
Suffer from chicken legs? Then don’t wear a huge parka with skinny jeans. A tight tee with straight-cut jeans will generate all sorts of confusion. Splitting your outfit into blocks like this risks looking out of proportion when the emphasis should be on looking bigger overall. Follow the general idea of symmetry and no one will know you’re the runtiest bloke in the pack.
Embrace Big Patterns
Have you ever seen a fat bloke in a ‘fun’ shirt and wondered what he was thinking? We’re right behind you. Big patterns don’t do big beautiful guys any favours, but they can overshadow a lack of size by adding the illusion of depth. Windowpanes, a prince of wales, or even a floral pattern are great for diminutive guys that need some illusory substance on their bones. Get around it.
In saying that, we don’t endorse throwing patterns together and hoping for a transformative miracle. Our soldier’s five on the do’s and don’ts of patterns is covered here in case you need help.
Structure & Padding Is Key
If you’re struggling to find a suit that makes you look like a grown man, it’s worthwhile reconsidering your tailoring preferences. Although the trend down under has moved towards soft Neapolitan tailoring, the reluctantly-skinny guys in the crowd might benefit from a more English approach.
Broadly, this school of tailoring is all about structure: padded shoulders, thick canvas interlining, and more rigid shape. A bit of padding here and structure there can transform a chap that’s fifty-kg’s wet into something (slightly) more formidable.
The key here, gents, is to not go full 80s Miami Vice. Excessive padding will make people think you’re on the set of an American Psycho remake.
Key Skinny Guy Items
Double-breasted and clean-lined jackets are your go-to. The Kingsmen X Mr Porter collection offer a superb light grey in check suit in English wool for that needed density; while Hardy Amies’ white grey linen blazer is a lighter double-breasted option for summer.
Perfectly tailored with a hint of stretch for comfort.
Cord is a great bulking fabric. For casual cord, look to Acne’s camel jeans; while Berluti and Boglioli offer a more suave, Italian trouser for work. Pleats are supplied by J.Crew for casual trousers and for shorts, head to Paul Smith. More office-ready pleating in silk and cotton blend is yours care of Maison Margiela.
It’s the pair to wear when the dress code calls for something more than your everyday denim or chinos, perfect for the office, date night and everything in between.
Selvedge’s thickness is a great choice for skinny legs, looking to brands like Nudie Jeans, Balmain and Levi’s. Slight distressed denim with offer some distracting detail on jeans. Check out Ron Herman, The People Vs. and Michael Bastian for straight-cut fits. Acne Studios in the ultimate skinny guy jean; offering straight-up-and-down fits that are minimal and easy.
Jeans with a tight fit, made in our organic power stretch Black-Black denim.
Boxy and longer coats can overwhelm a thinner build so go for a three-quarter length mac, which cut just above the knee. The density of the shearling shawl coat from Berluti will have looking bigger immediately, and the buttons and shoulder straps on military coats will add more bulk. Duffle and pea coats, which sit just past the waist, are perfect, too. Opt for the green duffle from Burberry and the cotton canvas pea in red from Hardy Amies – avoiding slim-look black.
An enduring classic no closet is complete without, this navy Vicenza overcoat elegantly complements any look and occasion thanks to its classic tailoring and features.
Roll and crew neck sweaters and tees are great for increasing surface area. V-necks tend to accentuate thin necks and collarbones and button-up shirts, fastened nearly all the way up are a good way to add shape to your shoulder (compared to tees). And go for plaid and macro prints to add size. Hit up Sunspel and Officine Generale for basic and patterned tees, and Thom Browne and Club Monaco and Incotex for cool plaids. Barena and Cos do slim formal shirting that’s not too skinny.
The perfect daily partner to our Weekday Warrior Pants, thanks to stretch & wrinkle resistance.