I recently read about body shapes and it seems I fall into the triangle body shape. Do you have any advice for me on how and what I should wear in terms of clothing?
Let me start by introducing the triangle shape, but making it clear that this does not necessarily mean fat. Many of us are simply predisposed to being larger around the waist and hips and relatively narrow up top. However, being triangular doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in bad shape, it does mean though most clothing is engineered in proportions that are virtually the exact opposite of your body’s.
Spending the extra time here finding the right pieces that work for you will pay you back tenfold though. Vertical stripes are your best friend. A pin stripe suit will elongate your frame and give you the appearance of being taller and slimmer.
Horizontal stripes, on the other hand, only help if they’re from the chest up. I would recommend when it comes to tailoring that you either go for solid darker colours or a pinstripe, but to avoid any loud window pane check.
Jackets with structured, rather than slouchy, shoulders work well as the strong shoulders will square off your frame, which gives you a balance to your waist. If your triangular frame is on the larger side (for whatever reason), look for tailoring that’s structured at the top but has plenty of drape as this kind of suiting won’t constrict around problem areas like your gut, seat and thighs. T shirts and sweaters with colour panels and detailing across the chest and shoulders are great for you. This help broaden your narrow upper torso.
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Remember the key is to draw the eye away from the centre of your frame, which is the roundest. Look for pants that are straight or slim, but never skinny, and create balance on top at the chest by going for structure and stripes. Stay away from loud prints, as fashion forward as they may be, these will only accentuate your bad areas, but you can incorporate these in the form of accessories such as pocket squares and a tie, or glasses etc.
Gary Sweeney is style and brand director at Ascots and Chapels, bespoke tailors with locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.