How to Dress for Your Body Type: The Triangular
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.
2. The Triangular
The next body type is triangular body type. It’s called that way because your hips are wider than your shoulders. Oftentimes, it also means you have sloped shoulders. To counteract that, add a little bit of shoulder padding so they’re built up and look more like a rectangular body type. Because your hips are wider, you should try to go for a neatly cut jacket that doesn’t emphasize the width of your hip. You also want to wear pants that sit on your natural waist and you want to avoid a belt because it just adds that extra width to your hips which are already wide.
Most of the time, men with a triangular body type have a slimmer chest and to give them a little bit more fullness, It’s suggested to get a little bit of drape. A drape is extra fabric over your shoulder blades, your chest, to just make you look more muscular. You want to avoid a low buttoning point that’s close to your hips because it will just emphasize the width of your hips even more. I suggest you go with wider lapels, especially peak lapels because they make the top part of your body wider than it actually is. It does not matter if it’s a single-breasted or double-breasted jacket, both will look good as long as the lapels are wide. I suggest 3.75 or even 4 inches for a proper look.
For overcoats, I suggest to go with something like a trench coat and get some epaulets because it builds up your shoulder visually and flatters your body type. Avoid skinny pants that sit too low on your hips. Rather go with fuller cut trouser and a higher rise on your natural waist. It’s not just more comfortable, but it’s also more flattering for your specific body type. If you have bigger thighs like me, I suggest getting pleats. Personally, I like double inward facing pleats because it gives more room especially when I sit and walk. I would also suggest using with suspenders or if you don’t like them and the feeling on your shoulders, go with side adjusters. Don’t get anything that makes your hips wider.Back to News