He’s beautiful. You love him. He cares for you and for your children. He works hard. And sometimes, even still, he makes you laugh out loud. But why does he have to wear that damn Metallica t-shirt every time you go to your parents for dinner? Do you have to burn those jeans to get them off him? And how have those wretched shoes not walked out of the house by themselves?!
You can restyle your man without him even knowing. It’s all about little changes that he will completely love. It’s not his fault he doesn’t know how to shop. No one really taught him. And to be honest, he doesn’t really want to know. He’s so ok if you do it for him.
Here’s a brief guide to help you style your guy in a way that doesn’t change who he is but enhances all his best qualities.
Like women, all men have a style personality. It’s intrinsic to who he is. Have a think about your man and what his current style personality is. Our Aussie men are usually Casual, Classic or Rugged. Don’t try and take him out of his style personality. Stay within it, but just ‘dial it up’ a bit.
His body shape will tell you the shape of clothes that will suit him best. We know that for women we’re all after that perfect hourglass. For men the desired shape is a trapezoid, which is narrower at the waist than at the shoulders. So if your man is a triangle, rectangle or oval shape, then buy clothes to correct his shape to trapezoid. For example, if he is a triangle then buy shirts with attention at the shoulders (stripes, colour blocking, etc.) and jackets with structured shoulders. This will balance out his upper body.
The correctly fitted shirt will make all the difference for your man, and here’s how to do it:
Suits those who prefer a comfortable fit. It has a generous cut in the body and sleeves allowing a comfortable feel with a boxier shape.
Suits trapezoids and inverted triangles. Don’t hurt the feelings of an oval or a triangle by accidently bringing one of these home.
Modern Contemporary Fit:
Sits in between Classic and Slim fit and is slightly tapered at the waist.
Always look at the back of your men’s shirt. Pleating in the yoke will tell you it’s roomy through the body and seams down the back will tell you it’s more fitted and slim.
If you’re not sure about pants fit, stick with a straight leg. Menswear doesn’t have the variety of waist heights that women’s wear does, so you’re pretty safe sticking with a straight leg. Don’t go too trendy with skinny jeans or low crutches if he’s not that way inclined. Smarten up his denim wardrobe with black jeans or jeans with cool details, whilst remaining masculine and true to his style personality.
Most men will benefit from a beautifully shaped jacket, but if your man has an oval body shape then a straight cut will suit him best.
Men are just as susceptible as women to looking washed out in the wrong colours, probably even more so because they can’t cover up with concealer and foundation. Without going into too much detail, if your man burns in the sun and has pale skin tones then he’s probably a ‘cool’. If he tans in the sun and his skin tones are olive he’s a ‘warm’. Keep your cool man in blue undertone colours like blue, purple, grey and cool greens. And keep your warm man in earthy undertones of burgundy, beige, brown, tan, khaki and warm reds.
To finish the look get him some stylish, casual shoes. A couple of pairs so that he can start to mix and match for himself – you’ll be surprised how much he enjoys it in the end. Pop in a couple of really cool t-shirts as layering pieces and some cargo shorts for comfy days and he’ll be loving his new look as much as you are!
My ‘go to’ stockists when I’m styling my male clients are GStar for jeans and t’s, Zara Men for, well, everything, and Myer for corporate wear and amazingly cool things by Ben Sherman and even Maddox.
Once you’ve filled his wardrobe with these new and flattering pieces he’ll forget he even owned that Metallica t-shirt. Just remember to check it for autographs before you throw it out… Perhaps it might be worth something one day after all!