- 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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