How to Dress – Male Trapezoid Body Shape & Male Inverted Triangle Body Shape
This week in our series of posts about How to dress for your body shape if you a Man we look at 2 of the more athletic body shapes, both are wider at the shoulders than the bottom at the waist.
The difference is in proportions really. The Trapezoid is more in proportion and is more athletic body shape of a footballer or Rugby back. The Inverted Triangle is more of the body builder shape with really wide shoulders and a thin waist.
Characteristics of Trapezoid Body Shape
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Trapezoid is known as the perfect male body shape. You have a trapezoid body if…
- Your shoulders and chest are broad
- Your waist and hips are medium-narrow
- Your upper torso is bigger than your lower torso
- You are well-proportioned
How to dress if you are Trapezoid Body Shaped
I have got Bad News and Good News for you here. The bad news is that there is very little advice on what to wear if you are Trapezoid Body Shaped online.
The good news is that this is because your considered to have the perfect body shape and will look good wearing the bin bag. The guides of what to wear are all aimed at other body shapes and how they can use clothes to create the impression of a Trapezoid body shape.
You of course don’t need any tricks.
So wear what you like although of course don’t wear anything that hides or disguises your perfect figure.
Characteristics of Inverted Triangle Body Shape
You have an inverted triangle body shape if…
- Your shoulders and chest are broad
- Your shoulder, arm and chest muscles are well developed and bulky
- Your waist and hips are narrow
- Your upper body is significantly heavier than your lower body
How to dress if your Male Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Sovain Magazine says that your goal should be to balance the upper and lower body.
Famously Fit warns about the dangers of wearing clothing that is too tight “So many men think that because they’ve worked extra hard at the gym and have that body to prove it, they must show it off with ridiculous t-shirts and trousers that are clearly one or two sizes too small for them. Do not make that mistake! You don’t want to look like a sausage squeezing in the tight skin surrounding it, not a good look! Avoid tight trousers if your thighs are muscular. Do take the time to find shops and brands that give you that extra room.”
Jackets & Suits
- Athletic cut styles – Italian Cut suits look good especially if you are tall.
- Extended shoulders, narrow-angled body cuts. Look for a jacket with minimal padding.
- Larger lapels are in order to make his larger chest appear more proportional; peak lapels are a great option here.
- 2 side pleats in jackets work on this body type.
- A slightly longer jacket can be employed to better hide a steep V shaped torso.
- Suits with a loose, generic fit are the least flattering on inverted triangles.
- Possible pattern options include Pinstripes, Herringbone, Prince of Wales, Windowpane, and Houndstooth in finely-woven fabrics of Gabardine, fine worsted wool and lightweight twill.
- Avoid jackets with narrow lapels and dress shirts with tiny collars, it is a really bad look for a heavily muscled man.
- Avoid double-breasted suits.
- High necked jackets will draw the attention upward, toward the broader shoulders.
- This affect can also be achieved by wearing a jacket with a broad horizontal stripe across the shoulders
- Military style jackets with detail on the shoulders will also draw attention to them.
Anita Feron-Clark offers the following advice on Trousers “Now, for an inverted triangle, it’s quite nice to add some detailing on their trousers and that can be through the styling details, or through the fabric. For casual dress a cargo pant is a really good trouser shape for an inverted triangle, because it’s got lots of details on the back and also on the thigh area. Also, if you’re wearing denim, a slightly heavier weight denim is good and if it’s got contrast stitching like this pair of jeans, it’s again a really good way of adding interest in the hip area. And finally, moleskin trousers, these have an interesting fabric which adds a little bit of bulk to the bottom half of the body.
Other options for trousers include – Straight or bootcup trousers, Trousers in a much lighter colour than the top, so that the eye enlarges the proportion and Front-pleat trousers and wider legs will balance your shoulder line.
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