If you’re like us, you know the pain of trying to look good in clothes designed for skinnier guys.
T-shirts that cling to your chest and belly but hang loose on the arms, jeans which fit our waist but flare out at the bottom, squeezing into suffocating Under Armour to hide some of our bigger bits - the list of frustrations are endless!
Maybe you want to lose weight or maybe you’re happy where you’re at - both scenarios are cool with us.
Either way, you still need to learn how to dress for your current body type. Your time hiding your burly body is over. Here's BRLY Basics Lesson #3: Colour...
While dark, plain colours are more flattering on burlier bodies, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid bright shades completely.
The eye is drawn to lighter colours and darker colours tend to be more slimming, so wear darker shades in areas of your body that you want to pull the eye away from.
Where possible, avoid patterns and horizontal stripes.
Lesson #3 in practice:
● Avoid blocked bright hues such as red, purple, green, yellow and pink, on shirts and tops. Coloured trousers are fine but solid neutral colours are where you shine: navy, chocolate, olive, black and grey. Stick to block colours.
● Choose neutral solids instead of busy patterns. Try to avoid patterns such as tight plaid, small checkers, and anything with prominent horizontal stripes. Shirts with bold, busy patterns can draw attention to your midsection and make you look larger.
● Darken out the big places – belly, chest, bum or thighs – that you don’t want to emphasise, and wear lighter tones over your slimmer areas.
● Go for vertical stripes and steer clear of horizontal stripes. Wear darker tones, but don’t just wear black all of the time. Choose vertical stripes, simple patterns, and solid colours.
● If your legs are thinner than your midsection, lighter coloured trousers and a darker top can help balance your proportions.
● A colourful pocket square will lift the eye away from your waistline. This trick works for anything up top, from a mustard scarf to a red beanie.
● For example, if you have a large upper body, you may want to wear a dark coloured shirt and lighter coloured trousers.