Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is going well. I started writing down highlights-of-the-day and things I’m grateful for at the beginning of 2017 and I have to say, the process is quite enjoyable and relaxing. I always feel satisfied and full after that. Some of the things I’m grateful for include:
- The love and attention my family gave me when I was down with food poisoning,
- The ability for me and my friends to discuss sensitive topics with an open mind, and
- Gaining access to information that could enhance my knowledge and make me a better version of myself.
If your goal is to learn to dress better, turn to the internet! It doesn’t matter which fashion or styling site you pick, just click on one and learn from it [Give fashion blogs a read because you might come across helpful tips that popular fashion sites miss]. Do take it one step at a time because with so much information at our fingertips, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Treat this as an opportunity to discover something new, surprising or different.
Last month, I created two summer look-books for women (I’m not weird, it’s summer in Australia and New Zealand!) who have hourglass and rectangular body shapes. I gave tips on how to create illusions to trick the eyes and flatter what the ladies already have. This post however, is for you gentlemen out there. If you have an oval body shape and you have no idea how to dress it, keep reading!
First things first, what classifies as an oval body shape? Grab a measuring tape and get someone to measure your shoulders, waist (the narrowest part of your mid section) and hips. Once that’s done, check if the middle measurement exceeds the other two. If it does, your body shape is oval. In order to balance out your frame, your goal is to dress in clothing that lengthens the torso and widens the shoulders, or at else divert attention away from the mid-section.
All products featured here are from an Australian brand called Trenery Their modern yet classic designs could be easily incorporated into everyone’s wardrobe. Plus, Trenery’s commitment to make every product sustainable is an effort worth supporting. Remember that fashion is not just about expressing your style, it’s also learning how to make your pieces work for a variety of occasions (don’t get into the habit of buying clothes for one occasion).
The first outfit (furthest left) is great for when you need to be slightly dressed up but still remain casual (i.e. dinner with a mentor or your partner’s parents). Since the bottom half of the outfit will be quite plain, I chose a grey blue printed top (1) to add interest. Some people prefer to wear a plain top so that the focus won’t be on the top half of their body. But in my opinion, as long as the print is not located around the midsection, it’s completely fine. When you’re getting a top, make sure the shoulders fit well. If the seams are sitting below your shoulders, don’t get it because you’ll look like you have small or slopping shoulders. The fabric of your top should hang over your tummy, not hugging it. You don’t want to bring attention to your midsection!
- Indigo Cotton Foliage Print Short Sleeve Shirt $119
- Evan Desert Boot $79.95
- Modern Washed Stretch Chino $79.95
A dark stretchable chino (3) works best for men with an oval body shape because it’ll be forgiving on the tummy and it elongates the legs. Chukka boots also have the ability to “lengthen” the legs because of the high top. If your upper body is shorter than your lower half, you might want to stay away from high top boots as they will further lengthen the legs, making you look out of proportion. For those of you blessed with a long torso and short legs, dark colored high tops are your best friend [This effect works best if you’re wearing dark colored pants and vice versa].
Things can get tricky when you’re shopping for tops. Sometimes you’ll find that the shoulders fit but the tummy area is a bit tight, other times it’s the opposite. Shopping for clothes that fit you is challenging and time consuming. So when you have time (or when you’re girlfriend is shopping), visit stores and try on some clothes so that when you need anything in the future, you’ll know where to go.
The second outfit is for those who work from home or in the creative industry. Dressing up at home “tricks” your mind into thinking you have important things to attend to, which puts you in a productive state of mind. During the summer, choose fabrics that keep you cool, like this linen collar shirt (3). Top off the look with a dark colored jean (1) and a pair of leather sneakers (5) for ultimate comfort. Another thing to take note of is the length your top. Make sure it’s not too long or you’ll look slouchy. This outfit maybe too much for some, but that means you don’t have to change your top when you need to attend a virtual meeting or run last minute errands!
3. Linen End on End Band Collar Shirt $129 (sorry about the numbering, didn’t realize that until now.)
The final outfit is super casual but it’s not for everyone, here’s why. Fashion magazines, advise sites and blogs often stress that those with oval body shape should wear clothing with vertical lines. They’ll create the illusion of a long upper or lower body, hence minimizing the roundness and shortness of the overall frame. There’s logic to that but this particular t-shirt works because (a.) people will look at bright colors first [this diverts focus from the middle section] and (b.) the horizontal line near the shoulders creates a widening effect [which is further accentuated by the lines extending to the sleeves]. When paired with a forest green twill jean (1), we’ve “manipulated” the shape of the body from oval to inverted triangle. Don a pair of black leather sneakers and you’ll have an outfit fit for day trips, date or bar hopping.
I hope you find these tips helpful! I do have one more look-book lined up so watch this space. Do let me know in the comment section if you have any questions. Until then, enjoy the rest of the day and stay safe. 🙂