How to dress for your body type

We all want to look in the mirror and feel confident in who we are. Some of us are gifted with good genetics but whatever your body looks like unclothed, you can improve how you look by how you dress if you do it right.  The clothes you wear can help accentuate the aspects of the ratio that you already have and conceal the parts that you don’t.

So, let’s figure out what kind of body type you have before delving into what to wear. In order to do that, we need to understand and base our decisions around the central concept of somatotypes.

A somatotype’s really just a fancy way of saying, “the characteristics of a person’s physique or build”. Focusing on the physical attributes associated with somatotypes, each of us falls into one of three categories.


* Someone who carries more body fat easily

* Short limbs

* Wide shoulders and hips



* Someone who does not carry a lot of fat or muscle easily

* Long limbs

* Narrow shoulders and hips


* Naturally pretty lean and carries muscle easily

* Wide shoulders

* Narrow waist

So what Should You Put on Your Body?

So you’ve worked hard all week, stuck to your eating plan and worked out.  It’s now Saturday night when you want to look and feel your best.  Keep these easy tips in mind for the next time you getting ready to for a night out.

What to Wear: Endomorph 

To review: this is someone who carries fat easier, especially centrally around the abdomen, so our goal is to divert eyes and make you seem leaner than you may naturally be.

Items to avoid: horizontal patterns, tight clothing, shirts with phrases or pictures.

Items that will look great on you:

* Vertical patterns: the long lines create the appearance of thinner.

* Neutral colored v-neck tees: olive, navy, black, green. Because your size stands out, we’re looking to subdue a bit.

* Pants: regular fit with a tailored calf.

What to Wear: Ectomorph

To review: an endomorph is thinner in build, as hallmarked by narrow shoulders and a narrow waist. The last thing we want to do is make you look thinner.

Items to avoid: vertical patterns, v neck tee shirts, and skinny (anything).

So to make you stand out we need to wear the opposite and create contrast. Make sense?

Items that will look great on you:

* Horizontal patterns: horizontal stripes and wide patterns make you appear larger.

* Two-toned shirts: especially anything that’s in high contrast on the color wheel and closer to your neck.

* Jackets, Blazers, and Sweaters: these work great to add size to your frame. Multiple layers accomplishes this feat and thus gives us the desired illusion. A lot can be said of keeping it simple in a well-fitted leather jacket and white tee.

What to Wear: Mesomorph

To review: neither thin nor fat, probably muscular, but potentially over developed in the chest and shoulders (likely, not the legs).

Items to avoid: avoid: anything that’s going to add size to your shoulders like a suit jacket with padding.

Items that will look great on you are:

* Fitted and/or v-neck t-shirts

* Various patterns and fabrics, like camo or wool.

* Mostly everything … enjoy free range to experiment, just have tact.

Finishing Touches

What you put on your body says just as much (if not more) about you than what’s underneath it.  With the right clothes, you create an illusion that’s closer to the ideal ratio. Not get out and have fun!