How to Dress for Your Body Type: The Rectangular
It can be difficult to find the right outfits that flatter you if you are not fully aware of your body type. Knowing what body type you are and what silhouettes work best and which ones to stay away from can greatly help to make you look like a well-dressed gentleman.
Over the next few weeks we will address each of the 5 Body Types.
1. The Rectangular
The first body type is the rectangular body type. It’s a proportional look. It means that the width of your shoulders is about as wide as your hips. It’s a very masculine style and something all of the men aspire to. If you’re lucky enough to have that body style, there’s hardly anything you can’t wear because most of the things will look good on you even if they come off the rack. Overall, if you wear something, make sure it’s consistent. Let’s say you get a suit that is wider on top that has wider lapels. You also want wider pants. If you go with a slimmer lapel, let’s say about 3 inches, make sure your pants are also cut trimmer. You want to keep it proportional throughout and not have something that is extremely wide on top and extremely slim at the bottom.
A rectangle can be different things. It can be a slim rectangle or a wider rectangle. You want to strive for something in the middle so if you are very skinny; you should get something that is about 3 1/2 inches in the lapels with some fullness but nothing that is too skinny. Same thing if you are very wide, you don’t want to emphasize that even further and maybe go with something a little slimmer. Something that works nicely with your body type is a vest or a waistcoat because it covers your middle section but it just highlights your framework, and it’s always very advantageous. You can also wear bolder patterns such as houndstooth, wider stripes, or windowpanes because they are quite flattering for your type.
If you are shorter and wider but still rectangular, I suggest not to wear any skinny clothes because they make you look wider and proportion to your lapels. Therefore, you want something that’s at least 3 1/4, maybe 3 1/2 inches wide in the lapels, so it looks advantageous and flattering.
People of regular height can have a buttoning point that is around the natural waist which is the belly button. If you’re a little shorter, you should move that up a little bit so that gives you a longer neckline and makes you look taller. If you are a shorter rectangular body type, I suggest sticking with smaller patterns like stripes that are closer together. It makes you look taller and proportion to the patterns. However, if you’re a tall guy, wear bigger patterns because it doesn’t make you stand out too much.Back to News