When you’re on the big side, it’s easy to be self conscious and be worried about how clothes fit on you. And when we’re worried, it’s easy to make poor choices of which fashion is not an exception. But you can look great too and waltz around like the star you should be and to make this happen, we’ve got some advice for you on the right pieces to give you an awesome look.
Here are a couple of must-have style pieces to really give you a dignified look.
Get your suit custom-made. Go for low-rise trousers, with a short-break and cuffed leg length. The jacket needs to be sharp on the shoulder and avoid double-breasted; single button is great for creating a focal point that streamlines.
A cropped bomber or leather biker jacket provide a cool, lean silhouette. In warmer weather, an open shirt over a V-neck works too. In colder weather a long overcoat is a great way to make a solid impression with your whole body. Opt for traditional brands like Hackett or Burberry.
Sweaters need to be wool or cashmere in slim fit. This helps flatten the front over the belly too, but only if close and without bulge. And opt for v-neck, to create the vertical line. Knits can be chunky, but fitted and cardigans are key wardrobe necessities. Opt for one with a collar, like the shawl type, for the appearance of tailoring while being casual.
V-neck tees and Henleys should be your staples due to their slimming neckline and vertical focal points. And striped business shirts, too – just remember to tuck that thing in. Solid brands include Ralph Lauren, Saturdays NYC and Perry Ellis.
Shorts aren’t kind to you, so opt for knee-length ones if the summer weather beckons, avoiding cargos with bulky pockets. Opt for low-rise (a shorter distance between the top of the waistband and the crotch) chinos or pants and don’t sit trousers under your belly as this lengthens your torso to appear short-legged and stumpy. Check out short and trouser brands, Nautica and Maine New England – made for larger lads.
Perfect big-guy brands for jeans include Wrangler’s Texas fit, Lee’s Brooklyn Big & Tall, and J by Jasper Conran. Nudie Jeans and 3Sixteen do a great selvage denim, too.
Suspenders are key, under a blazer or suit jacket, in ensuring your trousers don’t slip below the belly. And pocket squares, lapel pins and ties are where you can add extra colour, texture and patterns into your look.