At times men's fashion can be confusing. With various styles of suits; an enormous selection of colors, fabrics, shirts, and ties; the added pressure of fitting in with co-workers and peers can be more than daunting. This article will introduce men to body types, the use of color, proper fit and proportion, and how to fit in and standout in any professional environment. Men's Body Types -

A man must know his specific body type before he can wear clothes that will fit him properly and create the best image possible. There are three typical body types which all men fall into:

1) Ectomorph - Tall, thin, and an elongated frame

2) Endomorph - Short, round, and a plump frame

3) Mesomorph - Athletic, muscular, and a thick frame

Once a man knows his body type it becomes infinitely easier to purchase the proper garments for his lifestyle.

Men's Skin Color and Tone -

Color and tone are an important part of presenting the man's best image. There are light, medium, and dark colors and skin tones. Men should wear colors that neither mask nor exaggerate their skin tone. Instead, men should wear colors that enhance their natural skin tone in order to create the most pleasing effect for the viewer. Light skin tones should be complimented by warm colors. Dark skin tones should be contrasted with cool colors. Colors should never be loud nor harsh. When used properly, color and tone can be a useful advantage in any man's wardrobe.

Fit and Proportion -

Arguably the most important aspect of a well-dressed man is ensuring the proper fit and proportion of his clothing. The proper fit depends on the man's frame which is why it is paramount for the man to be aware of his body type. In general, the clothing closest to the body i.e. shirts, pants, socks, and shoes should be comfortable enough for the man to present himself with confidence. A man's clothing should be made out of high quality, natural fibers, and it should be able to withstand the normal wear and tear of everyday usage and cleaning.

Garments should not be too tight nor too loose. They should conform to the man's shape and enhance the natural form. Trouser hems and shirt sleeves should not be too short nor too long. Waist sizes should not be too small nor too large. Jackets and outwear should hug the shoulders and the chest and should not contain excess material. Shoes should fit the man so the toes can move freely and there are no gaps at the heel. Shirt collars should be snug but loose enough to fit two fingers between it and the neck.

If a man follows these simple fit and proportion principles he will be a step ahead most men in his sartorial journey.

Business and Professional Environment -

A man's wardrobe is also highly influenced by his professional and business environment. Blue collar or white collar. Business professional or business casual. Casual Friday or no casual Friday. So many options and choices. However, a man should dress one level above the standard dress code for his environment. Blue collar men will never wear a suit and tie to work. But they can tuck in their shirt on the job site when others may not. This simple effort will show a certain level of class. Conversely, a white collar man who wears a tie routinely may wear a pocket square or a tie bar and this small effort will immediately place in him in a different class than his peers. A man can dress better than those around him by adding small details which to the discerning eye will say big things about how a man cares for his personal apperance.

The application of these principles will give any man the tools he needs to dress for the image he wants to present, while increasing his knowledge about his own body and the clothes that will allow him stand out from the crowd when it matters the most.

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