Men’s guide on how to dress to suit your build, plus, colour matching basics
Sometimes shopping for clothing can feel a little daunting. Choosing the right style of outfit that balances comfort, practicality and style is hard enough but then on top of that working out coordinating colours that actually suit you can sometimes result in just taking the easiest option, playing things a little bit too safe and ending up with a boring wardrobe of clothing that whilst comfortable is pretty dull.
But things need not be like this, by following a few simple rules it is easy to get the balance right and choose stylish clothing with a little more personality that will feel right for you.
We have put together a few tips that might help:
Dress for your shape
Tall: checks, patterns and horizontal stripes work well if you are tall, think contrast and colour blocking such as light trousers/dark jacket or the reverse, but avoid vertical stripes.
Short: try to streamline, create a smooth path from the shoes to the face by avoiding contrasting top and bottom colours, large patterns and horizontal stripes.
Heavy: try to find clothes that don’t exaggerate the size – loose is fine but avoid baggy, go for a generously cut tailored jacket in a flattering drape and as with short men avoid contrasting top and bottom colours also try to focus attention on the face, v-neck lines and open neck shirts work well. Vertical stripes are OK but avoid horizontals.
Thin: Add bulk by using texture and heavier fabrics like tweed and cord, also try chunky knits and quilted outerwear. Try not to go for too slim a cut but always avoid baggy fitting garments. Horizontal stripes also work well.
Colour matching basics
Complementary colours: are directly opposite each other on a colour wheel. Try green trousers with a burgundy jumper. Adding a complimentary coloured detail or accessory to a simple outfit will add interest.
Monochromatic colours: all one colour, but different shades, tones or tints. An outfit comprising of monochromatic colours can be lifted by adding pattern or texture.
Neutral colours: shades of white, black, grey or beige. Try khaki trousers, a grey jumper and a white shirt for a sophisticated and understated look.
Other aspects of colour to consider
Think season: Some colours work better at certain times of the year than others. Pastels work best in spring/summer, while rust, brown, green, and burgundy work better in autumn/winter.
Colour contrast: Try one light element with two dark, or one dark with two lights, but be aware of size and bulk.
Colour Value: Dark colours recede and look thinner, and light colours tends to look bulkier.
Remember, if you follow these rules you can’t go wrong, whatever shape or size you are, choose clothes that are right for you and dress with colour confidence and you will look great too!