The right suit highlights your physical upsides and downplays your shortcomings....does yours? If you don't get Esquire, here's an easy cut-out they did a while back that kinda hit the nail on the (proverbial) head ~ we tweaked it a bit but the bones remain.
|You are…||You want…||You should avoid…|
|Long & Lean (e.g., Barack Obama)||horizontal lines to create breath/broadness; three-button jackets that match the scale of your torso||vertical lines (they emphasize your height); tight suits and jackets (they highlight your thinness/lankiness)|
|Short & Lean (e.g., Tom Cruise)||two-button suit jackets in proportion to your torso; thicker fabrics that add heft||anything baggy or loose (brings attention to your size); all black (draws you "in" and diminishes stature)|
|Shorty & Stocky (e.g., Danny DeVito)||single-button suits with a deep v at the chest to create a longer torso; anything v-neck adds length||horizontal lines or plaids (which create more girth and lessens height); wide pants or cuffs (creates weight)|
|Big & Tall (e.g., Andre the Giant)||pants with cuffs (to break up the length); pants with shallow pleats; dark suits||horizontal lines (highlight your girth); vertical lines (they make you appear even taller)|