For those of you on the big side, here are the style tips for large men that you can follow and ensure you look great and stylish all the time.
I understand, you are on the big side, you are already in the process of losing weight…
In fact it’s on the top list of your new year resolution this year, you’ve enrolled in the gym and also started observing a proper healthy diet plan, however while you are in the process of losing weight, you still want to look great in nice clothes but don’t know how or what will work for you. Don’t worry, I’m gonna let you know in a short while ‘cos I’ve been there before and I know what it feels like.
At some point in my life, I just couldn’t wear T-shirts and polo tops, because of the “ten-pack abs” that surrounded my abdominal wall instead of the ever-so-desirable six-pack abs. I tried as much as possible to convert it to a six-pack, but I couldn’t even bring it down to the 7th pack within the timeline I set for myself. But I still loved to look great so what did I do, I started adjusting my style of dressing to match my body frame.
These style tips helped me look great while I worked so hard to shed off some weight around my midsection and achieve flat/ripped abs.
So same goes for you, while you are trying to loose excess body weight or belly fat, here are the style tips that you can follow and ensure you look great and stylish all the time.
10 Style Tips For Large Men
#1. FIND A GOOD FIT – TAILOR YOUR SUITS AND BLAZERS
Clothes that are too tight or too baggy will make you appear larger. So for large men, the first thing you should consider when choosing or buying your clothes is the fit. Your clothes should be well fitted but not tight. Wearing clothes that are too tight will reveal the bumps on your body and stomach region, therefore the best option would be for you to always tailor your Suits and Blazers, so they can fit properly throughout your entire body.
#2. AVOID BUYING STANDARD DRESS SHIRT SIZES
Just like 1 above, it’s advisable to tailor your shirts since the standard sizes available in the market could possibly not give you the exact fit you want. Take for instance you decide that an XXL size is your dress shirt size, how about the sleeve length or the dress shirt length? If you are not so tall, maybe you’ve got a short torso or an oddly short arms for your overall height and body size, this could be a challenge. The shirt could size you in terms of your body size, but the sleeve length could be longer than your arm length.
#3. AVOID ROUND NECK T-SHIRTS AND POLO SHIRTS – INVEST MORE IN LONG-SLEEVED COLLARED SHIRTS
T-shirts and polo shirts especially the big billowy ones tend to emphasize weight and stomachs. You want to take away attention from your belly bulge and weight around your mid-section. You are not going to achieve that by wearing round neck t-shirts as you will always draw attention towards your big round tummy and you don’t want that. As much as possible, wear your dress shirts untucked as they tend to hide the round large stomach. But be mindful that this is an informal dressing and should only be worn like this in informal settings.
#4. WEAR MORE OF V-NECK SHIRTS AND OPEN COLLAR SHIRTS
Large men usually have short and large neckline and sometimes double chin, this tends to make their neck disappear and invariably make them look shorter and bigger. Due to the deep V cut neck style, wearing a V-neck shirt is a perfect way to reveal your chest area thereby shifting focus from your neck to your chest and by so doing it makes your neckline look slimmer, and your torso, appear longer.
#5. AVOID IMPROPER TIE LENGTH AND WIDTH
Ensure your neck tie is long enough such that it is able to reach the center of your belt buckle while traversing through your large, round bulging stomach.
A large guy wearing a thin tie looks a bit odd, so only wear medium-sized ties. In general, your tie width should be proportional to your body type and dress shirt, therefore avoid thin ties if you are on the large size.
#6. AVOID HORIZONTAL STRIPES, GO FOR VERTICAL STRIPES
Stripes generally do make you look fatter unless they’re narrow or thin vertical lines. Therefore, avoid striped shirts, but if you must wear them, stick to narrow or thin vertical stripes. Avoid horizontal stripes entirely.
#7. AVOID WEARING DOUBLE BREASTED SUITS – WEAR SINGLE BREASTED SUITS, SUIT JACKETS, BLAZERS AND SPORTS COAT
The double breasted suit tends to emphasize width, so it’s not a great choice for large men. It is best for men of average, to above-average height as well as for a slender man who wants to add width or bulk.
Suit jackets, blazers, and sports coats are also good options for a large man as they are going to frame the body perfectly.
#8. AVOID BOLD PATTERNS
Don’t wear any form of bold patterned or bright colored shirts as it draws the attention to your waistline. Choose darker solid colors such as black, navy blue, maroon and gray. For large men, dark plain colored tops are always the best option as they make you look thinner and you can pair them with nice denim jeans or matching chinos trousers.
#9. WEAR BOLD ACCESSORIES TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM YOUR BODY
Just like I mentioned earlier in No. 5 tip above with the tie example, your accessories should be proportionate to your body size. If you are on the large size, it’s advisable to wear bold accessories that are proportionate to your body size. This goes for your bracelets, wrist watches, rings etc. But don’t overdo it, simply choose a few of them and keep them in proportion to your body frame.
#10. AVOID IMPROPER PANTS LENGTH – CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOCKS FOR YOUR TROUSERS
When you are on the large size, it’s important to wear clothes that generally would make you appear taller and slimmer. Wearing improper pant length be it in the name of style, fashion or by mistake won’t make you look tall. Avoid folding your chinos or jeans. Wear your pants long to reach about half-inch above your heel, this would make you look taller and slimmer. Also, for longer-looking legs – avoid colorful socks if you are on the big size. Wearing socks in shades that complement your trousers and shoes will avoid any stark contrast between them – for instance, if you are wearing a navy blue trousers, wear a navy blue socks and when wearing a black trouser, stick to black socks.
OTHER STYLE TIPS FOR LARGE, BIG, OR TALL MEN
- Wearing High-rise pants are advisable as against wearing low-rise pants. These high-waisted pants will hit at least near the belly button and should help ensure the shirts stays in when tucked in.
- It’s also advisable that large men should go for suspenders instead of belts so that the pants will sit up on the waist. This will keep the shirt tucked in.
- Another suggestion for large men is to throw in jackets and cardigan on top of their shirts. This will help hide the stomach region a bit and will make them look better.
As a large man, the secret to dressing smart and stylish is to enhance your best features while drawing away attention from those features you don’t love that much (such as your pot belly and short neckline).
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Until next time gentlemen – Take care!
Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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