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Fashion Tips for Men

Updated on March 30, 2011

When I think of fashion I generally think of trends for women, but men also have trends. Although there is not specific body types for men like there are for women there are ways to dress and look your best if you are a man. I thought since I was providing tips for women I should also provide tips for men. Here are a few recommendations for helping men cover their “flaws.”

If you are a man with a short neck you will want to wear a v-neck shirt.  I really like v-neck sweaters from J Crew.  I think they have some really stylish sweaters.  You can also wear collared shirts with a short collar stand.  This means that where the collar is attached is shorter.  A short collar stand is generally 1 cm.  You can find these at any store.

V-Neck Sweaters
V-Neck Sweaters
V-Neck T-Shirts
V-Neck T-Shirts

If you are a man with a long neck, wear a turtleneck or a long pointed collared shirt.  I am personally not a fan of turtlenecks.  When I think of men in turtlenecks I always think of cheesy guys at Christmas parties.  But maybe you can make it work?  The only man I know who always wears a turtleneck and sort of pulls it off is Mike Brey the University of Notre Dame’s basketball coach.  He has been wearing turtlenecks for as long as I remember and they don’t look too terrible but it does remind me of Miami Vice.  As for long pointed collared shirts these are the shirts where the collar points at the end.  You will be required to wear collar stays to help the collar stay pointed but these shirts look nice especially compared to a turtleneck.

Turtleneck Example
Turtleneck Example
Mike Brey sporting a turtleneck
Mike Brey sporting a turtleneck

If you have broad shoulders walk away from collarless dress shirts.  NEVER wear a shirt without a collar.  You will look you are trying to be Asian and honestly I don’t think these shirts look good on anyone.  Choose a suit that fits in the shoulders European cut jackets are less boxy which will create a longer line and make your shoulders look wide.  Just remember to try to de-emphasize your shoulders and draw the lookers eyes else where. 

European Style Suit
European Style Suit

Like women, men will definitely complain if they have broad hips.  It is difficult to dress to make your hips look smaller, but there are a few options to help.  First you can try pants with vertical stripes.  This will make your legs look longer and make your hips look longer and thus not as broad.  Don’t go overboard with the stripes.  You do not want to look like some mafia gangster but want the stripes to be subtle.  You can also wear pleated pants.  This brings eye contact to the front and not to the hips.  Try to make yourself look leaner and longer and you will definitely get compliments. 

Pinstripes done wrong
Pinstripes done wrong
The correct way for pinstripes
The correct way for pinstripes

Another men’s body “flaw” is having a large belly.  With large belly’s you want to stay clear of knit shirts that will cling to your stomach.  You do not want to emphasize that your belly is larger.  Undergarments become your best friend if you have a large belly.  Throw a t-shirt underneath a dress shirt or sweater.  This helps keep your belly in place and creates the illusion that you are slimmer than you are.  Select pants that sit at the level of your belly button.  If you select pans that are under your belly button your stomach will fall over your pants and thus bring attention to your stomach.  Try to wear darker colors to make your self look slimmer. 

Pants that sit below the belly button. A BIG NO NO!
Pants that sit below the belly button. A BIG NO NO!

When picking out outfits to flatter your body always remember to emphasize your greatest features and de-emphasize your weakest.  I hope these fashion tips help and remember to keep following me to learn more fashion tips.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


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      skalicia 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Thanks! I had feedback from some men asking for tips so I thought I'd try to provide some help.

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      Dexi 7 years ago from New England

      Nice hub, skalicia. I love to dress men!