There’s no need for short and stocky men to feel like they can’t be stylish. Let’s take a look at a few simple tips that make any man look great no matter what size he is.
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We all come in different shapes and sizes but fashion doesn’t always cater to everyone as much as we’d like. This doesn’t mean heavyset men can’t be fashionable but it can hold the bulky man back from being more adventurous with his clothing. If you think hefty men can’t be stylish we’re about to prove you wrong.
Rocking Stocky Men’s Fashion
If you’re a heavyset guy it can be difficult to feel confident when you try on fashionable clothes. It’s too easy to think that fashionable clothes are designed for for skinny people but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
This mistake means bigger guys end up wearing loud, brash colours and patterns that do nothing to compliment their build. Always think refined and simple.
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While we love floral numbers as much as the next man but you should avoid getting bogged down in to much pattern. Try out pastel coloured shirts with dark jeans or chinos. You’ll feel so much more confident as the compliments come rolling in.
Style Tricks for Fat Guys
There’s no denying it: when big guys get it right, fat guy style is unstoppable. Yet it’s not always easy for hefty men to put together an outfit that makes them look and feel good.
This is where accessories come in:
- A pocket square can give your outfit the flash of colour it needs.
- Watches create an image that’s about so much more than your mass.
- Hats are a bold statement but so worth the risk, they can turn an outfit from average to A+.
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Finding Clothes for Short Stocky Men
One tip you have to follow is think light, not tight! It even rhymes so how can you forget it? Skinny jeans make bulky men look round on top whereas fitted jeans that hang close to your body create a look that suits your build.
But don’t go too far in the other direction.
We know It’s tempting to buy baggy clothes hoping they’ll hide your bulk. It doesn’t work, the shadows create an illusion of you being bigger than you really are – not good. Always wear clothes that fit you without being too tight. Not only will you feel more comfortable, you’ll look great as well.
Fashion for Big Guys is Possible
A heavyset body type can be difficult to buy for but if you shop with confidence it makes everything so much easier. Do what feels right for you. For example, if your shirt feels too tight tucked in then leave it untucked! It’s your body so you get to make the rules.
If you’re a short muscular man you’ll be aware of how difficult it is to find pants or shirts that fit, men with broad shoulders dread having to dress fashionably.
Try throwing a jumper on top of a tight shirt and loosen your collar. You won’t be so worried about bursting at the seams every time you move.
Top tip: a dark jumper will make you appear smaller than you are.
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Ideal Shirts for Short Men
Short men’s clothing tends to fail when it comes to shirts and shopping can be a complete nightmare. No one wants to look like a 13 year old boy with sleeves half way down their hands. Finding clothing for short men can be tough, if you can’t get hold of a shirt that fits perfectly all over, settle for a collar that’s comfortable and have the sleeves altered.
Once you have a shirt that fits right you’ll wonder how you survived without your tailor in the first place. This is definitely where experimenting comes into play, don’t be afraid to order clothes you wouldn’t normally wear and think about how they’d look with a little alteration, you’ll find your wardrobe can double in a matter of clicks.
Here are a couple of tips to bear in mind when shopping for your next shirt:
- You should be able to fit a finger between your collar and neck.
- If you have a bigger face, buy a bigger collar.
- Consider getting some shirts custom made, if you can’t afford it at home there are a few options abroad that aren’t as expensive as you’d think.
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Where Are The Suits for Short Heavy Men?
The tailor is your friend! Chubby men’s fashion is often overlooked but with a few simple alterations you can make any suit look sharp.
Pants for short men aren’t widely available. When you find your trousers are bunching at the ankle, turn them up yourself or head down to your tailor.
If you’re committed to looking good you should buy some suspenders. Too often stocky guys make the mistake of wearing belts that leave their belly bulging over the top of their trousers (not ideal). Suspenders let your trousers to sit comfortably over your stomach.
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Your Quick Guide on How to Dress if You’re Short and Stocky
- Accessorise! Simple additions like a watch or sunglasses can make all the difference.
- Tailoring can transform drab shirts or baggy trousers.
- Dark colours are slimming but don’t be afraid to mix it up with something brighter.
- Avoid belts and opt for suspenders to draw less attention to your belly.
- Ditch tight fitting clothing, skim your body rather than constrict it.
On That Note…
There are so many different sizes and shapes out there and although fashion doesn’t treat all sizes equally, there are lots of ways you can make the most of what’s on offer! The most important thing is to feel confident, once you’ve got this down there’s no stopping you. So go on, get yourself out there and take a few risks. There’s no reason you can’t feel great and look just as good (if not better) as any 6’2 male model.