How to Dress Thinner

This entry was posted on June 9, 2010 under Dressing Guidelines, How to. Written by:



We all have features that flatter us less than we would like.  Some of us struggle with our weight.  Here are some tips from our buyers on “dressing slimmer.”

  • Although this sounds obvious, make sure you wear clothes that fit well.  Both clothes that are too tight and those that are too loose make you look heavier than you really are.  If you can’t find that perfect fit, buy larger and have a tailor alter the items to fit you perfectly (by the way, a good tailor is worth his/her weight in gold).
  • Dark colors are typically more slimming than bright ones.  A great fitting dark suit is the perfect item for the man looking to dress slimmer (with or without a tie).  Avoid outfits where contrasting colors meet at the feature you are trying to de-emphasize.  Even if monochrome is not for you, a pair of charcoal trousers with a black shirt or knit will do the trick.
  • Avoid bold patterns, which always make you look bigger than you are.  Pinstripes, on the other hand, are always slimming.
  • A three button single breasted blazer or suit coat will help elongate your look.  A ventless jacket works best if your posterior is not your best feature.
  • Wear pleated, rather than flat front trousers.  Flat fronts draw unwanted attention to the mid-section.  Also, make certain that your trousers aren’t too short.  Tell your tailor to err on the long side if necessary.
  • If you possess a round face, wear dress shirts with long, straight collars, which will de-emphasize that feature.
  • V-neck sweaters and shirts draw attention away from the mid-section.
  • Avoid bulky fabrics whenever possible.  Dark colors and light fabrics is a good rule of thumb if you are trying to dress slimmer.
  • If you want to brighten up your look, add some color with a tie or pocket square.


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4 Comments to “How to Dress Thinner”

  1. Mark says:

    I believe pleated pants have been out of fashion for few years. They tend to accentuate the belly.

  2. admin says:

    While flat fronts are the more modern fit, the cut is typically more flattering on a trimmer body. Pleated trousers are a more than acceptable option from a fashion perspective and a good choice for many men. The pleats tend to distract the eye from the belly area and offer a slimmer look.

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