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How To Dress For Your Body Type If You’re Male

30/06/2023

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Fashion isn’t just about clothes. It’s about who we are and how people see us. Dressing up can be hard, especially for guys with different body shapes. Men come in different shapes and sizes, not just one standard size and here at BadRhino we cater for every man in sizes M-8XL. Knowing your body shape and highlighting your best features can make a big difference in how you look and feel.

There are five primary body shapes for men – Oval, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, and Trapezoid. Each has its unique characteristics, strengths, and styles that work best.

We’re not after perfection here, but rather an understanding of your shape to dress in a way that boosts your confidence. Let’s dig into body types and dressing smart. We’ll share easy tips to put together outfits that play up your strong points and tone down the bits you’re not so sure about.

Top Tips

  • Understand Your Body Shape: Identify whether you’re an Oval, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, or Trapezoid. Each has its own strengths and styles that suit best.
  • Colours and Patterns Matter: Darker colours tend to minimise areas, while lighter colours highlight. Similarly, vertical stripes elongate, and horizontal stripes widen. Use these to your advantage.
  • Fit is Essential: No matter your shape, clothes should fit well. Avoid items that are overly tight or loose. Clothes that fit well enhance your natural shape.
  • Confidence is the Best Accessory: No matter what you wear, wear it with confidence. The most flattering outfit is the one that makes you feel best.

Remember, these are only guidelines and not rules. The best outfit is one you feel great in and shows off your personal style.

Dressing for Your Shape: A Complete Guide for Men

How To Dress A Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Men with an inverted triangle shape have broader shoulders and chest, which taper down to a narrower waist and hip. The goal for this body type is to balance the lower body with the upper body.

What to wear: Opt for straight or slightly tapered trousers to give your lower body some substance. To soften your shoulder width, avoid any detailed designs on the shoulder area of your shirts or jackets.

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How To Dress A Triangle Body Shape

Triangle-shaped men are generally larger around the waist and hips in comparison to the chest and shoulders. The objective here is to balance out your proportions by creating an illusion of broader shoulders.

What to wear: Layer your clothing to add some bulk to your upper body. Wear jackets and blazers with structured shoulders, and don’t shy away from horizontal stripes or patterns that can widen the appearance of your chest. Darker colours for trousers or jeans and lighter hues for shirts can help balance the proportions.


Level up your polo collection with this BadRhino tee. It features a three-button placket, short sleeves, and a stylish striped pattern which creates the illusion of a wider chest. Combine it with shorts and sliders for a perfect holiday outfit.

This jacket is a must-have for your wardrobe. Crafted from a cosy woven fabric, it features long sleeves, pockets, and a zip-up closure, all wrapped up in a stylish bomber jacket design. Pair it with a white t-shirt and dark blue jeans to balance out your proportions.

How To Dress A Rectangle Body Shape

Men with a rectangle body shape have shoulders, chest, and hips that are around the same width. The aim is to create curves that will stop the eye from viewing your body as one straight line.

What to wear: You have quite a bit of freedom with this body shape. Experiment with layered looks, and don’t be afraid to try different patterns and colour blocks to create the illusion of a defined waist.

Revamp your jacket game this season with this Archie Benyon hooded jacket from LUKE 1977. It’s got a zip-up feature, two side pockets for your stuff, and a detachable hood with a drawstring to tie it up. Throw it on top of your regular get-ups and totally switch up your style for the new season.

How To Dress A Oval Body Shape

Men with an oval shape typically have a larger midsection, with shoulders and hips narrower than the waistline. The goal for oval-shaped men is to draw attention away from the midsection and create an illusion of a more balanced figure.

What to wear: Vertical stripes are your best friend as they visually elongate your torso. Opt for single-breasted suits or jackets with a low buttoning point to create a deep V, which helps lengthen the body. Darker colours are slimming and can help to minimize the appearance of the waist. Also, prefer regular to relaxed fit jeans or trousers.

Introduce a fresh touch to your daily style with this colour block t-shirt specially designed for big & tall gents. Made from breathable cotton, it offers an easy-going vibe with its striped short sleeves and a simple crew neck. Whether you team it up with a pair of joggers or jeans, it assures you both ease and comfort.

Ease into your style with this casual short-sleeve shirt from Jack & Jones. Made with breathable cotton, it features a tropical print that is designed for summer. Featuring short sleeves and a timeless collar. Pair it with your favourite shorts and trainers for an effortless summer outfit.

How To Dress A Trapezoid Body Shape

Trapezoid is considered the most proportional and balanced body shape, with the chest and shoulders slightly broader than the hips.

What to wear: Tailored clothing, in particular, will show off your natural balance. Just ensure your clothing fits well, particularly around the shoulders and waist.

Style up your wardrobe with this trend-led suit, perfect for any special occasion. Made from soft woven fabric, it features long sleeves with a revere collared neckline. Partner with matching trousers and a formal shirt for a tailored look you can wear with confidence.

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