Slim Man Style Guide – What To Wear When You Are Skinny & Lean

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette! In today's video, we'll be discussing somegeneral dressing tips for slim men, some specific considerations for different kinds of garments, and how to enhance and flatter your natural build.

In today's world, a great many people aretrying to lose weight either for their health or just for their own image.

Here at the Gentleman's Gazette, we believethat as long as a man is following the general principles of style, in addition to feelinghealthy and following his doctor's advice, carrying around a few extra pounds is nothingto be ashamed of.

With that said, there's also a group of menout there at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Thin men who may be looking to find ways toincrease their physical presence.

Whether or not you're actually looking tobulk up though, cutting a masculine figure does have benefits.

Our subconscious sees fitness as an indicatorof health and we are always looking for signs of strength in potential romantic partners, co-workers, or even friends.

With all that in mind, here are some tipsfrom one slim man to another on how to dress well in order to look healthy and masculine.

We'll start today with some general guidelines.

The first of these being to simply avoid wearingclothing that makes you look frail.

Many thin men often try to disguise theirframes by wearing clothing that's too large for them thinking that the extra fabric isgoing to make them look bigger, however, in reality, the opposite is actually true.

At the same time, however, thin men shouldalso stay clear of super skinny or skin-tight styles because these two are just going todraw attention to your thin frame.

What's the solution then? Simply put you just have to find clothingthat's going to fit you just right.

If they fit properly, your clothes shoulddrape naturally over your body, fitting closely but at the same time not feeling tight orpulling anywhere and also not so loose that they're baggy or billowing.

As such, you'll definitely benefit in thelong run from forming a good relationship with a tailor as you're probably going toneed to take all kinds of different garments in for one type of alteration or another inorder to achieve that ideal fit.

In particular, pay close attention to yourshoulders and your sleeves.

The shoulder seam of your shirt should sitright at your shoulder's edge, if it's up too high, the shirts going to look too smallon you and if it's down too low, your shoulders are going to look like they're drooping.

If the seam sits right at the shoulder edge, it's going to properly frame your shoulders and your chest.

Similarly, your sleeves should be just wideenough so that your arms can fit comfortably inside of them.

If they're too tight, you're going to haveunsightly wrinkling all around your arms and if they're too loose, they're just going tolook like you're wearing a pirate shirt.

For our in-depth guide on dress shirts andjust how they should fit all around your body, you can check out our related video on thatsubject here.

The same general principle is also true foryour legs.

Wearing skinny jeans or pants where the tighttapered fit in things like khakis, chinos, and so forth will just make your legs looklike spindly sticks and that won't flatter you at all.

Our second overall tip today is to wear colorsand patterns that boost your visual heft.

As a general rule, lighter colors like white, beige, or pastels are going to make you appear a little bit larger overall.

Just as darker colors and the quintessentialblack are said to be slimming, the opposite effect is true for lighter clothing.

Meanwhile, wearing patterns will create asense of movement in your outfit and will also make you seem larger.

When we observe a busy pattern, it does takea moment for our brain to be able to explain to our eyes what it is that we're seeing.

That split second of communication means thatif you're wearing a busy pattern, people will have to take a second and that will make youlook larger.

With regard to specific pick patterns, horizontalstripes are of course the classic choice for broadening the frame whereas vertical stripeswill make you look taller and thinner overall.

This isn't to say however that vertical stripesshould be completely forbidden from the wardrobe of a slim man.

You should just be mindful of the overalleffect that you're trying to achieve.

Also, checks and other grid patterns are anothergood choice for broadening your frame.

If you're curious to learn more about differentkinds of check patterns, you can consult this article here.

We'll get more into how to wear check patternswhen we talk about specific garments in a moment.

In general though, the smaller the scale ofthe pattern, the more it's going to increase your perceived heft.

For example, wearing a fine graph check shirtwould be a good choice if that's what you're going for.

Our third overall tip today is to wear multiplelayers.

With each additional layer you put on, you'regoing to be adding a bit more bulk.

One layer on its own might not necessarilymake a difference but if you're wearing multiple layers in conjunction, you'll be able to buildup your frame a little bit more.

Rather than simply piling on a bunch of sweaters, however, you'll want to approach your layering a little bit more strategically.

Start with the lightest weight fabrics closestto your body and as you move outward, each subsequent layer can be more sturdy.

Also, textured weaves like tweed, flannel, denim, or corduroy give more perceived heft than do smoother weavefabrics.

Returning to the concept of patterns for amoment, this same concept of working inward to outward should apply to patterns as well.

For example, the pattern on your shirt ifit has one, should be less abrasive than the pattern that's featured on your jacket ortie.

Our fourth and final general tip is to tryto find ways to make your neck look larger.

Turtleneck sweaters are of course the classicchoice to create this effect but you also do have other options.

For example, you could have a zip neck, astand collar, or a shawl collar on a sweater in particular.

Also, simply wearing a dress shirt with asturdy collar assisted further by the aid of collar stays is a good way to minimizethe appearance of your neck because the pattern of the shirt will be carried upward a littlebit by the verticality of the collar.

With those general guidelines established, we can now move into considerations for specific different types of garments as they relateto the wardrobe of a slim man.

T-shirts, polos, dress shirts, or any othertype of shirt just like any garment in general for the slim man, should fit the body closelywithout being too tight.

As we already mentioned, fit in the shouldersand the sleeves is key.

Dress shirts, in particular, should also belong enough that they stay comfortably tucked in throughout the day.

If your shirt is creeping out over your waistbandthroughout the course of the day, that's a sign that it's too short.

There are a number of remedies for keepingone's shirt tucked in all day which we're going to cover in an upcoming video but forthe time being just know this, the best way to make sure that your shirt stays tuckedin is to find a shirt that fits you properly.

Next, let's cover the jacket which is a garmentspecifically designed to make a man look stronger and give him a more ideal masculine silhouette.

Suit jackets, sport coats, and blazers areall designed with the goal of accentuating the features of the male form making the manlook more muscular.

They achieve this in a variety of ways whenit comes to the details of their styling.

One way that a jacket does this is by broadeningyour shoulders.

Many jackets, though not all, depending onthe style will have a bit of padding in the shoulder that makes it look more full andalso more angular.

Optimal shoulder padding for a jacket is subtle, however, adding only about a half inch of height at the very most.

Anything more than that and your shouldersare going to look unnaturally angular almost like you put your jacket on with the hangersstill in it.

In addition to making you look wider at theshoulders, a proper, meaning a close-fitting jacket will also taper as it moves down towardyour waist creating a natural V shape.

This V shape is a universal sign of male strengthand it should also be echoed even further by related shapes that are created by yourlapels, as well as your shirt collar.

We're going to keep mentioning this today;the most important thing as a slim man to consider is how your garments are fittingyou.

As such, most jackets that you buy off therack are probably going to require some sort of alterations tailoring.

We suggest you start with the ever-versatiletwo button single breasted model, though if you want to experiment with a double-breastedjacket, you can still wear one of those and have it flatter your form too.

We would suggest something perhaps with asix on two button configuration.

The length of your jacket should hit justat the bottom of your seat offering you the neatest appearance possible.

If it's any longer than that, it's generallygoing to look like the jacket is too big for you.

You can choose either notched or peak lapelsbased on your own personal preference but whatever you go with, we recommend that theybe at a width of about three inches which is just a hair narrower than the standardlapel width of about 3 and 1/8 inches.

For acomprehensive guide on how a suit should fit you can check out this video here and foranother guide on just how many suits we think a man should own you can check out that videohere.

Moving downward now, let's consider trousers.

As we said toward the beginning of the video, slim men won't benefit from wearing pants that are much too baggy nor will they lookgood in super skinny cuts.

Rather you should try to find something inthe middle usually that will be labeled, fittingly enough, as slim.

You can wear your trousers either at yournatural waist which we recommend or a little bit lower depending on your own personal preferenceas well as your actual height.

If you're a shorter man, you can wear yourtrousers a bit higher to make you seem taller and if you are tall and slim you can wearthem just a little bit lower because you don't really need any help looking tall.

Style-wise, you can opt for side fasteners, belt loops, or suspenders, though if you do wear suspenders, also called braces, we wouldrecommend that you do keep them under another layer and don't wear them visibly.

The strong verticality of these suspendersis just going to make you look thinner overall which isn't necessarily something you'll want.

We'll get back to some of these trouser accessoriesin a minute.

Here's a tip when it comes to buying, mostretailers are only going to describe the measurements of a pair of trousers using just two numberswhich refer to the waist size and the inseam length.

These two numbers, however, don't really giveyou any idea of how wide the pants are around each individual leg or what the drop heightis from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch.

As such, the best way to figure out how wella pair of pants fits you is simply to try it on.

If the trouser fabric is heavy enough to fallsmoothly, a little bit of looseness in the lower legs doesn't have to be shied away frombut at the same time, you don't want to go too far with this or you'll risk looking likeyou're wearing bell-bottoms or simply wearing pants that have way too much fabric at thebottom.

When it comes to trousers with pleats, commonlyaccepted wisdom is that thin men should avoid them altogether because of the extra verticalitythat's provided by those lines, however, this doesn't have to be an absolute rule.

For more on whether or not you can considerwearing pleated pants as a slim man or as a man of any type of build, you can consultour video on pleated pants here.

Trouser cuffs can also add some additionalvisual weight as well as providing a slight horizontal line around your ankles.

If you are fortunate enough to have many ofyour garments custom-made for you, you can go ahead and make these cuffs on your trousersa little bit wider.

More casual pants can have their pockets slantedforward slightly to break up some of that verticality.

Also on the topic of pockets, try to avoidfilling them up with piles of stuff, this is a surefire way to make your thighs lookunsightly bulky or even lumpy, that's not an effect you're going for.

Next up, here are a few considerations forneckties.

Depending on your own personal preference, a necktie with the width of about two and three-quarters to three and 1/2 inches isgoing to look good on a slim frame.

Just remember that the overall width of yournecktie should be relatively in sync with the width of your jacket's lapel so that everythingis harmonious overall.

Alternatively, knit ties are often only abouttwo inches wide but their added texture and bulk will add some heft to your frame as wediscussed previously in our general overview.

Anything narrower than two inches into therealm of super skinny ties won't do you any favors.

Instead, these really slim ties are just goingto echo the slimness of your overall frame.

Finally, whether you're wearing a long tieor a bowtie, consider something with an engaging and inviting visual pattern as this extravisual element will draw attention away from your frame.

Of course, given the discussion of neckties, we should mention that we've got a wide variety of neckties and bowties in all different kindsof patterns and materials you can take a look at them in the Fort Belvedere shop here.

To close out our list today here are a fewnotes on accessories as well as shoes.

Fortunately for the slim man, he's got a goodbit of latitude in what kinds of accessories he can wear that will add bulk to his framewithout looking outlandish.

Take, for example, a well-puffed pocket squarein an inviting pattern.

This will work similarly to the patternedtie that we just discussed and that it will draw eyes away from the slimness of your frame.

Proportion is just as important here as anywhereof course and there is a point where an accessory will become too large making you just looklike a clown.

For example, overly broad belts and largebelt buckles aren't going to do a slim man any favors.

For a slim man, you're simply going to bebetter suited wearing a moderately sized belt with a conservative belt buckle.

Regarding shoes, go for something understatedand on the slim side rather than something more utilitarian and chunky.

Loafers are going to be a good bet for youas is anything from an Italian manufacturer as their styles are typically slimmer thansome parts elsewhere around the world.

In conclusion then, you don't have to be muscularor physically imposing to project a masculine image.

Simply by knowing what types of garments fityour body and flatter you, you can look confident as well as stylish.

So if you're a slim man, what style tips doyou have that we might not have mentioned in this video? If you have any, feel free to share with usin the comment section below and as always, a reminder to subscribe to the channel sothat way videos like this can come straight to your inbox.

in today's video I'm wearing an outfit that'strying to follow many of the principles that we laid out in today's discussion for examplemy shirt is slim fitting and it's in a small micro check pattern of light blue and greyon a white background it's worn under a thick cable knit quarter zip sweater in a lightbeige color both the thickness of the knit as well as the color are techniques that werecommended to increase your visual heft my pants are darker brown but still communicatingwith the beige sweater and are also in a moderately slim fit my socks are light blue which echothe colors in the shirt and my shoes are my dark oxblood penny loafers which you've seenbefore I wore them because they're small and slim rather than large and chunky which isanother tip we gave you I'm not really wearing any accessories today and my shirt even hassimple barrel cuffs which helps underneath the sweater overall I just thought I'd wearsomething casual and breezy but that illustrated the principles of dressing well as a slimman.