Various sizes and many profiles

People come in various sizes and many profiles. Select the one that fits you best than find of clothes you will look most elegant in.

Body Type Athletic

Patterns and Colors :
Dark colors and subtle or plains. When you wear a coat with slacks, combine a dark blazer with lighter color trousers if you have a broad chest and shoulders; if you have a heavier bottom and slimmer torso, try a light colored blazer and dark slacks.

Suit Style :
There are special 'athletic' styles sold with larger drops, drop being the difference between the jacket and pant size. Usually, suits have a six-inch drop; which means a 46 suit may have trousers that are 40" in the waist. Alternatively, you can purchase matching jacket and trousers separately. Two-button, single-breasted suits go best with your physique.

Jackets :
If you are heavy around your torso, a jacket without a back slit will slim you down. Boxy or straight cuts are flattering.

Fabric :
Medium or lightweight fabrics work better; avoid anything bulky that will add to your structure.

Shirts and Ties :
Try a straight point (stiff) collar rather than a spread collar. Vertical stripes also help you look slimmer.

Trousers :
Try darker shades with light color shirts. Don't go for shirts that match the trousers too closely in color.

Shoes :
Avoid a heavy, clunky look.

Accessories :
The vertical lines of a pair of braces will help reduce your chest bulk. Take care to match them with your shirt, though.

Confidence :
Last but not the least, a confident and self-assured look works wonders, whatever your body type!

Body Type Short

Patterns and Colors :
All stripes, pinstripes, chalkstripes and herringbones are good since they elongate your silhouette. In patterns, try small or medium size.

Suit Style :
Pick two or three-button single breasted suits. Four-button, double-breasted suits, with just the lower button done, gives you a longer line in front and provides a taller look.

Jackets :
Add a vertical line by using center or side vents/slits and slightly built up shoulders. Avoid pocket flaps and wide lapels as they add a horizontal line.

Fabric :
Light or medium weight fabrics.

Shirts and Ties :
Vertical striped shirts with straight point or button down collars work best for you. Ties should go right up to the belt buckle to avoid a horizontal gap, and select bold colors to accentuate your face. Avoid bow ties as they create horizontal lines.

Trousers :
Go for slim or regular fits.

Shoes :
Stick to heavier looking shoes so your feet don't look too small.

Accessories :
Braces also give you a vertical line.

Eyewear Shape :
Small faces should avoid loud styles and try thin, lightweight (like rimless) metal frames.

Hair :
Anything besides long hair, since that hides the neck and shoulders and makes you look smaller.

Confidence :
Oodles of the stuff, goes well with every body type!

Body Type Tall

Patterns and Colors :
Plaids and patterns in medium to large size look good, but avoid stripes as they add to the height. You can contrast your slacks and jacket since you're looking for horizontal lines. Bold patterns in sweaters and shirts help focus attention on the upper torso.

Suit Style :
Your suits should have a longer jacket length and a long rise in the trousers. Go for two-button, single-breasted suits; double-breasted suits also complement you if you button the middle/waist button.

Jackets :
Squared, slightly padded shoulders with a loose or straight fit at the waist. Flapped pockets will add a horizontal line to the jacket.

Fabric :
You can carry medium to heavy weight fabrics, like tweeds.

Shirts and Ties :
A wide spread collar and broad tie knot (like the windsor or half-windsor) work well to give a stout look, but avoid long point collars. Try horizontal stripes on the ties.

Trousers :
Long rise pants will fit and look good on you. Have your tailor make your cuffs a little wider than the usual one-inch, try 1.5".

Shoes :
Big and heavy, but not chunky.

Accessories :
Belts add a much-needed horizontal line, and you can contrast your belt with your suit or trouser color.

Confidence :
This one works wonders; and it doesn't mater what profile you have!

Body Type Heavy

Patterns and Colors :
Simple patterns, solids in dark colors, and vertical stripes create the illusion of height. Avoid bold patterns as they expand the wearer's profile. Wear similar color tones in coats and slacks, since contrast will break the important vertical line.

Suit Style :
Choose three-button jackets to add those extra inches. Double-breasted jackets help if you have a heavy chest; the double row of buttons plays down the thickness.

Jackets :
Slim cut lapels and slanted, flapless pockets add to the vertical look. Insist on center vents in your jackets if you're wide in the rear, otherwise go for straight cut sides without slits if you are in.

Fabric :
Only medium or lightweight fabrics, avoid bulky weaves (like tweeds).

Shirts and Ties :
Regular point collars are best. Make sure the tie touches your belt buckle to achieve the vertical line. In casual wear, go with long sleeves if your arms are bulky. And just say no to heavy patterns and bow ties.

Trousers :
Pleated trousers are your best friend if worn in line with your natural waist (the belly button).

Shoes :
Dark shoes with thin soles. Avoid heavy-looking shoes.

Accessories :
Thin belts with small and sober buckles flatter your waist. Braces add another vertical line and also hold the trousers at the natural waist.

Confidence :
Always carry loads of it with you, all the time!

Psst :
Avoid carrying bulky wallets in your back pockets. Since a lot of nerves go through that area, this can cause nerve and muscle damage which can lead to back pain. So get rid of all those business cards and licenses. If there are things you can't do without, carry them in the inside pocket of your jacket.

Body Type Thin

Patterns and Colors :
Patterns will give you the required width. Avoid vertical stripes. A contrasting jacket and slacks create a horizontal line.

Suit Style :
Either single-breasted two-button or a double-breasted works fine.

Jackets :
Try softly padded shoulders and wider lapels. Your suit should fit loosely on your frame, to fill out your profile; but take care not to go baggy. Elbow patch and flap pockets will help, unless you are both short and thin.

Fabric :
Any bulky or hefty weave (tweeds and flannels) will add to your weight.

Shirts and Ties :
A spread collar tends to broaden the face and a wide tie knot will help to accentuate the horizontal line. Avoid long point collars. Wide ties and bold patterns and color also help add substance.

Trousers :
Just a little more than the usual one-inch cuff, 1.25-1.5" works very well.

Shoes :
Something wide with a heavy sole is what you need.

Accessories :
Vests and V-neck sweaters add some bulk. Wear belts to cut the vertical line.

Confidence :
Lots and lots of it, adds to your stature!



You might even fit two of these categories, i.e., Short and Heavy or Tall and Thin, so go with your best guess as to which you resemble most closely.