SKINNY GUYS:  WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Guys with rectangular body types are typically tall and have slimmer builds than others. This means your shoulders are the same width as your waist and hips, giving you a rectangular shape. If you fall under this category, you should avoid being oversized, as this can bury your frame. Also, aim to wear pieces that create a contoured shape that accentuates the appearance of broad shoulders and a bulkier chest. Not all clothing suits every body type; even if your wardrobe boasts the most cutting-edge garments, if you don’t know how to dress for your frame, while you may have a wardrobe stocked with cutting-edge clothes, not every style will flatter every body type.

Even from the trendiest suits and hoodies, you will only achieve the desired look if you dress according to your body shape. Once you’ve grasped the basics of dressing for your rectangular body type, it’s time to explore the wide range of available fashion choices. Double-breasted and clean-lined jackets are a great starting point, enhancing your look with their structured silhouette. Consider a light grey check suit made from English wool for a denser feel, or opt for a white or grey linen blazer for a lighter option during summer. Corduroy is an excellent fabric for adding bulk; for a casual look, try camel or green corduroy jeans or a more refined Italian trouser for the workplace.

Regarding jeans, selvedge denim’s thickness is ideal for those with skinny legs. Look for straight-cut fits from reputable brands like Nudie Jeans and Levi’s for a flattering silhouette. For those with a slim build, slightly distressed denim offers subtle detailing without overwhelming the silhouette.

Opt for straight-up-and-down fits that are minimal and easy to wear, and try to avoid boxy and longer coats, as they can overpower a thinner frame. Instead, go for a three-quarter length Mac or a dense shearling shawl coat to add bulk. Military coats with buttons and shoulder straps can also create the illusion of size; duffle and pea coats that sit just past the waist are ideal. Choose green for duffle coats and burgundy or dark red for cotton canvas pea coats, steering clear of slim-looking black. Roll and crew neck sweaters and tees are excellent for adding surface area to your outfit, but try and avoid v-necks, as they can emphasise thin necks and collarbones. 

Opt for button-up shirts fastened nearly up to add shape to your shoulders, or look for plaid and macro prints to add visual size to your frame brands like Sunspel offer basic and patterned tees, while Incotex provides cool plaids, and Cos offers slim formal shirting that’s not too skinny, striking the perfect balance. Stripes may be all the rage, but they’re not your go-to style. While stripes can work wonders for creating optical illusions, elongating the frame and slimming down those who need it, they’re not the best choice for those who are already slim. Instead, opt for patterns like checks or florals to add flair to your look.

Do you have slim chicken legs? Avoid pairing a bulky parka with skinny jeans—it’ll only accentuate your slim frame in an unflattering way. Aim for balance and symmetry in your outfit to create the illusion of proportional width; avoid overly tight clothing, as it only draws attention to your slender physique. Instead, opt for pieces with structure and layering to add dimension to your overall look. Skip the oversized parka and skinny jeans combo, and pairing a tight tee with straight-cut jeans can create a confusing look. Avoid splitting your outfit into contrasting blocks, as it can reduce your proportions; instead, opt for patterns like window panes, Prince of Wales, or florals to add the illusion of substance. However, avoid overloading your look with too many patterns—balance is essential.

And while layering can add dimension, do just what is necessary. Too many layers can leave you feeling suffocated and looking like you’re bundled up for winter school. Have fun!