Thinking Bespoke Clothing? Know Your Body Type

Ask any man whether they know their body type and the best fashion options, and you will be amazed at some of the answers you’d get. Most men believe that all the hullabaloo about marrying your body type to your sense of fashion is feminine stuff. This archaic mentality negates the reality that everybody wants to look good today and the only way to achieve that feat is knowing your body type and buying apparel that does it justice. One only needs to look at the phenomenal rise in the popularity of bespoke apparel to confirm this reality. Bespoke shirts and suits are now the in-thing and many men are now fashion conscious and aware of the impact dressing has in everyday life. In this post, we explore men’s three common body types and the perfect dressing style for each of them.

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Ectomorph: Mr. Skinny

Ectomorphs are typical skinny guys with a thin build, lean muscles, and small joints. They usually have longer and thinner limbs with lean muscles and thin shoulders with little width. Some of the traits ectomorphs have in common are:

  • Thin
  • Flat chest
  • Small shoulder
  • Hard to gain weight
  • Small “delicate” frame and bone structure
  • Lean muscle mass
  • Fast metabolism
  • Classic “hard gainer”

If you fall into this category, the challenge is to wear something that adds bulk to your body. Avoid clothes that make you look thin. Instead, wear clothes such as suits or jackets with padded shoulders that give your shoulders a bulky look and create the illusion of broader shoulders and a fuller chest.

Mesomorph: Mr. Muscle

Mesomorphs are naturally strong and have an athletic physique with large muscles and bone structure. Their shoulders are wider than their hips, and they may have a small waist, blessing them with a natural V-shaped body. Mesomorphs tend to gain and lose weight easily. Some of the typical traits of a Mesomorph include.

  • Strong
  • Athletic
  • Rectangular shaped body
  • Well defined muscles
  • Gains muscles easily
  • Gains fat more easily than ectomorphs
  • Hard body

Mesomorphs should wear straight or wide-legged trousers, and shirts and jackets that hug their waist and are wider at the shoulders. They may also wear hip or mid-thigh length jackets. Usually, dark colors and tones work better for them. The only thing that they must avoid is baggy clothing.

Endomorph: Mr. Soft

Endomorphs have a solid and soft body with very little to no indentation at the waist. They have a shorter build with thick legs and arms. Their muscles, especially the upper legs, are strong which is the reason they find it easy to do leg exercises such as squats. Endomorphs tend to gain weight easily but lose it as fast, and therefore, need to be very careful about their eating habits. Some of the typical traits of an Endomorph include.

  • Short
  • Round physique
  • Soft and round body
  • Gains muscle and fat very easily
  • “Stocky” build
  • Slow metabolism
  • Finds it hard to lose fat
  • Muscles not so well defined

Endomorphs must wear simple shirts and jackets styles that de-emphasize their top-heavy figure.  They must embrace clothing such as shoulder padded and double breasted jackets that draw attention towards their shoulders, distracting it away from the center of the torso. The trousers they wear must be trimmed, not tight. Lastly, they must avoid wearing contrasting bold colors and rather, wear a single color or tones of a single color family.


There is nothing as flattering or comfortable as wearing something that perfectly fits your body. This is the reason it all boils down to fitting and fabric. If you are one of those meticulous men who pay attention to every little aspect of the way they dress up, then get in touch with our in-house style expert today for the best bespoke suits and shirts in Los Angeles, and other jurisdictions.