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When it comes to casual collared shirts, the denim shirt is an option few men consider. Why? Most men aren’t sure how to wear and style a denim shirt.

But you can confidently and stylishly rock a denim shirt if you follow a few basic rules. In this article, we’ll show you how to wear men’s denim shirts.

In this article, you’ll find:

  1. What are denim shirts?
  2. When to wear a denim shirt?
  3. How to gauge the formality of denim shirts?
  4. How to wear men’s denim shirts
  5. How to choose the right color denim shirt?
  6. Rules for wearing a denim shirt
  7. 5 ways to style a denim shirt

What Are Denim Shirts?

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What do we mean when we say “denim shirt?”

A denim shirt is made from – you guessed it – denim; a sturdy twilled cotton fabric.

There’s a reason that denim is traditionally associated with outdoor work. Denim is an exceptionally tough fabric. While it has been worn for centuries by laborers and cowboys, denim’s popularity skyrocketed following World War II as urban Americans brought denim home from road trips to the West.

Today, denim is one of the most commonly worn fabrics in the world.

While jeans are ubiquitous, you won’t see denim shirts quite as often. That’s a shame because as we’ll see, the denim shirt is one of the most versatile casual shirts a man can own.

Chambray vs. Denim

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Many men confuse denim and chambray shirts. That’s understandable because, at first glance, they can look very similar. Both are made from cotton, have workwear origins, and are typically blue.

Here’s how you can tell denim and chambray apart: 

Denim feels heavy and rough, while chambray feels light and soft.

Chambray is made with a plain weave, while denim is created from a twill weave.

Unlike denim, chambray fabric has a sheen to it.

You might be wondering, “Should I wear a chambray or denim shirt?” While the answer will largely depend on your personal preference, as a general rule, chambray is more lightweight and is going to be better at wicking moisture than denim. This makes wearing a chambray shirt a good choice in hot weather.

When Can Men Wear A Denim Shirt?

Denim shirts are great for everyday casual wear. In general, any time you’d be comfortable wearing a button-down shirt you could choose to wear a denim shirt instead.

From chopping firewood to digging a hole, a denim shirt can also be worn for outdoor jobs and activities for which you’d wear work boots.

Just be sure to wear the right denim shirt for the occasion (see #3).

When to avoid wearing a denim shirt

If you work in an office with a strict dress code, you probably shouldn’t wear a denim shirt to work. Likewise, if the occasion calls for anything more formal than the lower end of business casual, you shouldn’t wear a denim shirt. Instead, opt for a well-fitting dress shirt and consider throwing on a sports jacket.

How To Gauge The Formality Of Denim Shirts For Men

Due to their rough texture and outdoor workwear origins, denim shirts are always casual. However, you’ll find that some denim shirts are more formal than others.

One of the easiest ways to tell how formal a denim shirt is is by examining the collar. Shirts with floppy collars (often with buttons) are more casual than collars with structure.

floppy vs structured collar comparison

Another way to gauge how casual a denim shirt is is to notice the weight of the fabric. Does the fabric feel thick and heavy, or thin and light? In general, the heavier and thicker the fabric, the more informal the shirt.

When determining formality, the last thing to check is the shirt’s wash. Light washes, distressed washes, and washes in colors other than blue, are going to be more casual.

How To Wear Men’s Denim Shirts

Western denim shirts

man wearing western style chambray shirt

Western denim shirts often have two breast pockets that button shut. These shirts will often have other details like decorative stitching on the shoulder or contrasting buttons. This style was specifically designed for ranchers and other people that work outdoors.

Denim shirt jackets (overshirts)

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Some denim shirts are specifically made to be overshirts. These will be made out of a very thick material and will often have breast pockets. A denim overshirt occupies the middle ground between denim shirts and denim jackets.

Modern denim shirt

This broad category of denim shirts is made with the casual urban man in mind. It includes many styles that don’t fit cleanly into any of the other categories. Modern denim shirts can have one, two, or no breast pockets. They come in a wide array of washes and colors.

Short sleeve denim shirt

Short sleeve options can make a great summer shirt for men. You can find a short-sleeved version of all of the types of denim shirts we’ve discussed so far.

Smart casual denim shirt

smart denim shirt

As we’ve discussed, some denim shirts better lend themselves to being “dressed up” than others. A “smart casual” denim shirt will be made of thinner fabric, have a well-defined collar, and a trim fit.

How To Wear Men‘s Denim Shirts (Choosing The Right Color)

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Denim shirts come in a wide variety of colors.

As you might imagine, blue is by far the most common denim color. However, there are many other options to consider.

Dark Blue

A dark blue denim shirt is a fantastic choice for your first denim shirt. Just like dark blue jeans, this color denim shirt can be dressed up or dressed down. Dark blue denim also hides stains well and will develop a unique wear pattern over time. 

Medium Blue

Medium blue denim is a classic choice for farmers and ranchers. If you plan on buying a denim shirt to wear for outdoor work, medium blue is a good option to consider.

Light Blue

Light blue denim shirts are a good choice for smart-casual denim shirts, because with a light-colored shirt it will be easy to see that you are being intentional about your choice to dress up denim and that you aren’t wearing a stained work shirt.

Gray

Like blue, gray is another common denim shirt color. If you like to wear dark, monochromatic looks, consider gray. A gray denim shirt is also a good choice if you’re going to be doing manual labor because gray tends to hide stains well.

Black

It takes confidence to style a black denim shirt because wearing a black shirt can be hard to pull off.

This is because black can be overpowering. If you have a light skin tone, a black shirt is going to make your head stand out. A black shirt will look best on men with black hair and medium to dark skin.

Other Colors

Denim shirts are available in almost any color you could imagine.

Wondering what to wear with a different colored denim shirt? Check out our guide on combining colors.

How To Wear Men’s Denim Shirts (Six Rules)

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Gents, approach the ‘Canadian Tuxedo’ look with caution.

Rule 1: wear the right denim shirt for the occasion.

As we’ve already discussed, not all denim shirts are alike. Some are more formal than others.

Look for denim as a casual men’s shirt option when building a casual outfit and more formal denim shirts with more formal outfits.

Rule 2: Avoid the “Canadian tuxedo”

Ah— the infamous Canadian tuxedo. You’ve probably seen men who wear jeans with a matching denim shirt. It’s not a good look.

The issue isn’t necessarily that they are wearing double denim, but that they are wearing the same color of denim on the top and bottom halves of their body.

If you wear “double denim,” make sure to wear different colors of denim, or at least a noticeably different shade of the same color.

Rule 3: Don’t wear a denim shirt for formal occasions

A denim shirt can be worn with a suit and tie if it has a well-structured collar and is made from smooth, thin fabric. However, you shouldn’t wear a denim shirt when a dress shirt would work better. In practice, this means choosing a dress shirt for semi-formal or formal occasions.

Rule 4: Keep accessories casual

If you wear a watch with a denim shirt, wear a men’s dive watch for a casual look.

If you wear a tie with a denim shirt, go for a casual knit wool, or cotton tie, over a more formal grenadine silk tie.

The same principle applies to other accessories such as shoes, belts, and hats.

Rule 5: Know when to tuck in your shirt

To tuck or not to tuck. Often it is up to personal preference, however there are a few general rules you should know.

An untucked shirt should come to about mid fly. Any longer and it will look like you are wearing a dress, any shorter and your midriff will show if you raise your hands. If the hem of your denim shirt goes past mid fly and is steeply curved, you should always tuck it in. If it is shorter than mid fly, you need to get a new shirt that’s longer.

If you are wearing a sports jacket, blazer, or suit jacket, always tuck in your shirt. If you don’t you’ll look sloppy.

If you’re sporting a short sleeve denim shirt, keep it untucked because short sleeve shirts are by nature more casual than their long-sleeved counterparts.

Rule 6: Wear the right colored pants

Wondering what colored pants to wear with a denim shirt?

Tan, olive green, or gray pants are all good choices because they are neutral colors. Neutral colors are great for those new to color matching because they go with almost anything.

To avoid looking like you’ve made a mistake getting dressed in the morning, you’ll want to avoid wearing pants that closely, but don’t exactly match the color of your shirt.

How To Wear Denim Shirts For Men 5 Different Ways

#1 As outdoor workwear

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If you want to wear a denim shirt for doing outdoor work (or if you want to look like you might do outdoor work) choose a denim shirt that is thick and rugged over one made from a thinner fabric that will wear out easily.

Consider wearing a field watch with a nylon strap. Add classic work boots and a matching belt to complete the look.

#2 With black jeans

chambray shirt in a smart casual outfit (how to wear men’s denim shirts)

Black jeans with a rich indigo denim shirt is a great look.

This is a case where you can throw the old idea that you should never wear blue with black out the window. That’s because the contrast between the indigo blue denim shirt and the black jeans looks intentional.

 Make sure that the jeans are well-fitted and clean of any lint. 

Throw on some gray leather sneakers or a pair of suede chukkas and you’re all set for a night on the town.

#3 Double denim done right

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While in the last example we chose denim of a different color than the shirt, now we’ll show you how to wear denim of the same color but different washes.

Again, to avoid the “Canadian tuxedo” look, pair different denim washes rather than matching exactly.

If you’re wearing dark blue jeans, choose a light blue denim shirt, or vice versa.

Wearing a (non-denim) jacket on top is another great choice to “tone down” the look. Which brings us to our next option…

#4 Layered under a casual jacket

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A denim shirt will look good layered under almost any style of casual jacket.

Considering opting for an olive-colored field jacket for a rugged, outdoorsy vibe.

For a more urban feel, throw on a leather moto jacket. Depending on your own personal taste, you could choose a classic black jacket, a rich brown jacket, or, to be even more bold, a jacket in another color like oxblood.

You could also wear a denim shirt under a Harrington jacket. A natural (khaki) colored Harrington pairs particularly well with denim. You could also choose navy for a monochromatic look.

#5 With a sports jacket

how to wear men’s denim shirts

A denim shirt can be worn with a sports jacket. This is about as far up the spectrum of formality you can go with a denim shirt.

A denim shirt will work well with sports jackets made with fabrics with a lot of texture. Think tweed or flannel.

Swapping a blue OCBD for a denim shirt is a great (and subtle) way to switch things up.

Summary: How To Wear Men’s Denim Shirts

As long as you have a little bit of knowledge and follow a few simple rules you can wear a denim shirt with style.

Few other pieces of clothing are as versatile as the denim shirt which makes it a great addition to any man’s closet.

Check out our complete guide to an interchangeable wardrobe.

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Top 10 Black Men’s Beard Styles 2024

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When it comes to beard styles for black men, there are many options available that reflect cultural importance, the latest trends, and self-grooming. They are the result of the combination of both modern influences and traditional elements. 

With the passage of time, beard styles have become more creative and eye-catching.

group of bearded black men

Choosing a right style for you might be confusing though.

But rest assured, you’re in the right place. We’re here to guide you towards the perfect beard styles that not only complement your personality but also ensure you stand out in any crowd.

These styles are designed to elevate your appearance and boost confidence in your look.

Top Black Men‘s Beard Styles For 2024

1. Full Beard Style

black man wearing full beard

A full beard style is the most common and classic beard style for African-American men. The hair grows freely on the cheeks, jawline, and chin in full beard style, making dense hair coverage.

This style enhances the virile and masculine look of black men. This sleek style suits all facial shapes, particularly diamond-shaped or heart-shaped faces.

You must be patient to attain the full beard style to the desired length. A well-groomed full beard style enhances your confidence as it can be styled into various looks, from professional to untamed appearance.

2. The Five O’clock Beard

 o'clock beard style on black man

The Five O’clock beard gives black men a classy, simple, and natural look and is characterized by a 1-2 millimeters subtle appearance after several hours of shaving.

This type of beard style gives your face a shady look. It is given the name “five o’clock” so that if you shave in the morning, it will appear at 5 o’clock in the evening.

A man with a five-o’clock beard style looks attractive and young. This style requires you to let your beard hair grow freely for a few days; after that, you must trim it.

You can maintain this style easily by a regular subtle trimming on your face, generally after every three days. 

3. The Goatee Beard Style

Goatee Beard Style for black men

It is one of the most trending and elegant beard styles for black men now. It holds significant esteem, particularly in professional environments, where it’s highly regarded.

There is only a beard at the chin’s level, and it is named because it looks like hairs on a goat’s chin. To bring out the goatee, the rest of the face must be shaved, requiring a lot of attention.

It’s a traditional look popular among movie stars and has long been popular among black males. It is ideal for a face with a square jaw and short hair. The fact that these black men’s beard styles focus on the mouth sets them apart.

4. The Carved Beard

Carved Beard style for black men

Black men frequently adopt this beard style because it allows them to convey their sophisticated personalities more effectively.

This style elaborates patterns paired with a precisely sculpted contour. Perfecting the shape and contours takes dedication, artistic talent, and some barbering skills.

Use a razor or precision trimmer to shape the cheekbones, goatee, neck, and mustache. This is the perfect look for black males with thick facial hair. You must work on this look every day to keep it that way.

5. The Moustache

black guy with moustaches

The facial features of the mustache and beard involve the growth of hair on the chin and upper lip, respectively. It provides the face with a very subtle, clean appearance.

Depending on the wearer’s preference, the finish of the mustache can be either thick or thin. It’s best to shave clean and maintain a clean face to keep that air fresh.

This style draws attention to the longer hairs in the beard that stop at the mustache. You trim your mustache less frequently to give it more density to get this effect. If you have holes and uneven hairiness, this is perfect for you. It is because the mustache deflects attention, making the holes in the beard less noticeable.

6. The Circular Beard

circular beard

This form of beard for black guys are based on the concept of creating a thin and short beard strip along the beard. Beginning from the ears, it travels across the jawline and ends at the goatee. To become the focus point, the goatee can grow a little longer.

Starting from the mustache, everything will be rounded up to the chin beard, and then it will be rounded up towards the ear.

Black males who wish to maintain a sense of mystique while displaying a sense of maturity are the ideal candidates for this sophisticated style.

7. Bushy Beard

bushy beard style on black guy

The bushy beard style gives a bold and classy look that suits any black man. It involves thick beard hair with v-shaped corners and a distinct mustache. The beard can be trimmed to balance your looks because it covers up the lower portion of your face. It also gives you a strong jawline, which lengthens the appearance of your face.

This beard style provides more mature and sophisticated look. To maintain its shape, comb the brush in the direction of the hair you want to grow. 

8. The Stubble Beard

black guy with stubble beard

Another fantastic beard style for people who are just starting or who want to avoid sports with an 8-inch beard is a stubble beard.

This is one of the beard styles that creates a lovely and carefree look for black men. All it needs from you – is a few days a week to keep it in shape and manageable texture. In addition, the touch-ups must be completed while the Adam’s apple is at its tallest.

Any facial shape, whether oval, round, square, or elongated, looks good with a stubble beard.

9. The Sculpted Beard

sculpted beard style

It is a style of beard prevalent among people of younger age. The features of this beard are drawn crisply and precisely, and it is of a short length.

To achieve this kind of look, it is essential to determine the contours using a manual razor or a precision trimmer. In addition, it should be maintained daily.

This type of beard’s clean and sophisticated appearance is one reason it is so popular among women.

10. HOLLYWOODIAN Beard Style

hollywood beard style

Because Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have both been seen wearing a low cheek line appearance similar to this one, the Hollywoodian got its name from them. Although specific sources will tell you that a Hollywood beard does not link to the sideburns, we believe you should allow it to connect if you can have it do so.

When the cheek lines are lowered, it helps create a more apparent jawline. When you cut the neckline, keep it high; otherwise, you will start creeping into chinstrap territory, which is only where you want to be if you are a rapper from the early 2000s.

Not only is this style designated for performers, but anybody can use it. This is not the only time that LeBron James has been seen wearing the Hollywood chinstrap. 

Factors for Selecting the Right Beard Style:

Here are some distinct factors that you have to consider before selecting an ideal beard style for you.

Face Shape

Your facial shape is one aspect that immediately influences your decision. Though not everyone has this genetic trait, an oval face shape is the perfect canvas for a beard.

Beards that round off the edges of square faces are better for them than those that add length and angles to circles.

Less is more for longer faces.

By matching your beard style to your face shape, facial hair can enhance and balance your features.

Face Features

You should also take into account the peculiarities of your face. Beards are great tools for drawing attention to or concealing particular features:

Robust Jawline: A well-defined goatee or a trim beard can draw attention to a strong jawline.

Sharp Cheekbones: You can accentuate sharp facial features with a boxed or traditional full beard.

Beard Growth Patterns

Individuals differ in how their hair develops; some men’s beards grow even, while others may have patches. Depending on your natural growth pattern, some beard styles might not be possible, so set realistic expectations.

For instance, a goatee can suit someone with uneven growth, but a full beard requires a consistent growth pattern.

Knowing your development pattern will help you choose a style for your beard that is simple to manage and style.

Personal Style and Preference

The most important consideration when selecting a beard style is your personal preferences and style.

Would you instead look polished and modern?

Would an innovative, edgy look suit you better?

Are you willing to invest more time in grooming, or is low maintenance more your style?

When you wear a beard, it should reflect your personality and bring you joy.

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11 Casual Fashion Trends for Men: What’s Next in 2024 and Beyond?

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Are you curious about where men’s fashions are headed?

Do you believe that styles come and go?

Well, one thing is for sure: our fashion landscape is revving up for a radical transformation as we move forward in 2024.

If you are a little nostalgic and appreciate the vintage looks but would prefer some modern updates, your time has come.

This fashion-forward forecast will captivate the sartorial senses of every modern man, from low-top basketball sneakers and baggy pants to leather biker jackets and sleek trenches.

Irrespective of which aesthetic you favor, all men will don an ensemble that suits them to a tee!

The casual styles that have prevailed in 2024 will provide us with a glimpse of what’s to come. I believe it can be summed up in two words: tradition and innovation.

Read on to discover just exactly which hot items are blazing the trail for 2024 and beyond!

Low Top Basketball Sneakers

low top basketball sneakers

If you want to really step up your game in style, be sure to grab some low-top basketball sneakers. To keep that laid-back vibe going, pair them with some cool and effortless relaxed-fit pants.

No matter if you are rocking straight or wide-leg chinos, these awesome low tops will take your outfit to a whole new level.

Just one caveat, however – make sure those sneaks are composed of no greater than three colors to keep things sleek and understated. Trust me on this one.

Leather Biker Jacket

leather jacket creates cool look

Well, I must tell you, the leather biker jacket has never been hotter. Talk about being both retro-chic and fashion-forward.

Forget about the full-on Marlon Brando vibe by switching it up with some wide-leg pants, cozy hoodies, and hefty sneakers for starters.

These classic leather jackets are always in vogue and add an extra punch to any outfit. Purchase one soon to become effortlessly fashionable for today and beyond today!

Baggy Pants

baggy pants

Your slim and skinny-fit pants—not this year, gentlemen. A new fashion figure in town is stirring things up in men’s casual dressing and is prepared to grab the spotlight.

Wide-leg trousers are staging a fierce comeback. Oh, but not the ones of yesteryear—no, now we want style and comfort. It’s about time, I do believe!

This year, it’s all about pants that grab you from the knee down, allowing more room where it is needed, creating a sleek and contemporary silhouette without a heap of fabric.

Trench Coats

man in trench coat walking under the rain

Have you heard? The trench coat is back, but with some sexier upgrades!

Yes, you heard me right—long and classy, it boasts only one row of buttons without the shoulder strap in today’s fashion world. Made from hardy fabrics for strong durability, it’s a garment you don’t want to be without.

Many designers provide nuances to keep the trench coat stylish and up-to-date, such as technologically advanced materials, streamlined shapes, and minimalistic features. Their goal is to keep the trench coat new and enticing while maintaining its classic appeal.

Be sure to check out some exciting designs from Burberry, created by their talented mind, Daniel Lee.

Tank Tops

black man in white tank top

Love your T-shirt?

Well, get ready to swap it out for something even breezier and more casual. Yep—it’s the tank top, my man.

This time around, however, the neckline needs to be low and chic, transmitting that cool and edging vibe.

Over this tank, pair it with a casual blazer, breathable jacket, or a button-down shirt to complete your fashionable statement. Cool, right?

Galactic Metallics

galactic metallics clothing

Now, here’s when things really take a turn! Designers are now reaching for the stars by launching fashion into the galaxy with glittering galactic metallics.

Sparkling tops, futuristic pants, and menswear in metallic silver – on my!

This may not be your cup of tea, but who knows, it just might be the boost you have been looking for! Time to fasten your seatbelts, gentlemen, because this is a chic adventure to infinity and beyond!

Double Denim

man walking in 501 levi's jeans and denim shirt

One fabric that never gets old is denim. So, how about double denim?

If one is good, two are, well, you know. To turn heads even further, why not go for triple denim?

Unleash your inner denim chicness. Fashionistas have made it perfectly clear—fusing denim ponchos with trench coats, matching cowboy-styled shirts with rugged denim, and blending sleeveless vests with edgy ripped jeans is ‘haute couture’.

Formal Shorts

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The spring of 2024 is the time for fashion to break many rules. Get ready!

This season, modernity and relaxation are fused to the extreme. Designers are introducing formal shorts. Valentino is the fearless leader in this regard by offering a bold cobalt look that marries tailored finesse with laid-back comfort.

Your chic blazer will be handsomely paired with a matching pair of formal shorts, promising a clean and striking appearance. The sleek lines and vibrant color demand attention, while the shorter length adds a youthful vibe. A perfect balance between class and cool!

Sweater Vests

man in wool vest

I bet you remember seeing your grandpa in a good old-fashioned sweater vest at least on one occasion or more. Once upon a time, they were considered unfashionable and put in the back of the closet like a dusty old rag. I have some fashion news for you, though: they have made a comeback!

So push them to the forefront of your clothes closet, and let’s begin rocking those vests once again. But how do you embrace this trend without looking like the days of old?

Simply pair your sweater vest with a relaxed T-shirt and some trendy jeans. Now, to take things up a style notch, don a pair of striking sneakers that scream, “I’m the coolest.”

Now you have gone from fashion zero to style hero!

Y2K

Who can forget the recognizable styles of the early 2000s? I hope you hung on to a garment or two from this era because, guess what?

That’s right—they are back in full force! There is a bit of a twist, incidentally. The baggy jeans and flamboyant rugby tops are in the limelight once again, but this time around, they are injecting new vitality and vigor into the fashion icon with today’s styles.

So, it is not quite the trip down memory lane you may be envisioning, but with an added Y2K charm that promises to be fabulous!

Tailoring Loosens Up

There has been a definite shift in men’s wear this year. The tight, slim-fitting styles we typically wear are no longer in style. Today, we are flashing back to the suave looks of the 1940s and 1950s. Classic and timeless have returned.

I believe most men would prefer comfort and style. Well, you are in luck because a more relaxed silhouette is all the rage starting now and hopefully will continue. After all, it’s not impossible to look both smart and at ease simultaneously.

Allow this vintage elegance to shine with a contemporary flair while enjoying the best of both worlds!

Final Thoughts

We have entered the modern world of men’s fashion. Let’s recap a few of the finer points discussed.

What’s old can become new with a few tweaks and modifications. Remember, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Not anymore! The dynamic wardrobes of 2024 will have you feeling confident and sharp in no time.

For example, low-top basketball sneakers are back in a big way. Plus, they look really cool! Don’t forget to pair those sneaks with some baggy pants for a truly relaxed vibe.

For heaven’s sake, what about a timeless leather biker jacket? Also, a sleek trench coat will be popping up all over the runway, so be sure to grab one.

No, we are not quite done. Double denim, anyone? Don’t forget to invite your double and even triple denim outfits to today’s fashion world.

Okay, the formal shorts. I’m not kidding with this one! With its tailored finesse and laid-back comfort, it is the perfect combination. Why not give it a try? It really is a fashion statement. Play with textures and colors to achieve a look that is uniquely yours.

Who can forget about the futuristic galactic metallics? These sparkling gems are truly out of this world!

Now, here comes Y2K all over again. For a completely retro-chic look, embrace bold colors and funky patterns from the early 2000s. It really was a fun time, don’t you agree?

Here comes the most amazing part—flexibility and comfort reign supreme—no more stiff ensembles with tight stitching. Instead, say hello and welcome to easy-fitting that allows you to move and breathe.

No matter where you are going – to the office or to a summer barbeque – these 2024 trends have your back. (and front)!

If you want to keep the classics, that’s no problem. Infuse them with a few modern updates, and you will be the talk of the town.

Are you looking for a new style? Go ahead and go for it. Creativity is what it’s all about, so don’t hold back! After all, there is an aesthetic style for man, so let’s see your personality shine in 2024 and beyond!

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How To Buy A Suit For Short, Skinny, & Small Men

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Every body type has its challenges.

Short, thin, and petite men, however, have the challenge in that they have less room for error as their proportions have to be balanced just right.

Tailoring and fitting to the half-inch matters.

Pattern, silhouette, and cut are all critical to avoid looking like you’re wearing your older brother’s clothes.

Suits For Short Men 1. Get A Close-Fitted Suit

short skinny man wearing suit

A custom-made men’s suit is your best option if you can afford it — next to that, you’ll want to go with a designer brand that not only specializes on classic lines, but also has a slim silhouette.

Always have the tailor fit the suit snugly. As Americans, we normally wear our clothes too big – this is the worst thing you can do to your body type. You want as streamlined a profile as you can get with no extra cloth billowing or hanging.

If you’re shopping off the rack, focus on getting a close fit in the shoulders, chest, waist, and crotch even if the sleeves or trouser legs are a little too long or short.

Those can be adjusted much more easily than the fit on the body. Any local tailor (and some of the better dry cleaners as well) should be able to do the small adjustments for you quite cheaply.

Suits For Short Men 2. Wear Longer Sleeves & Legs

men's shoes worn with dress pants

Most men want their suit sleeve to end a little high on their wrist, exposing about a half-inch of shirt cuff beneath it.

A shorter man can go a little bit longer, leaving just a small band of cloth visible; this makes the arm appear longer and makes the visual impact of that band of cloth less distracting.

Don’t, however, let the sleeve hide the shirt entirely — that makes the suit look too big for you.

The key is proportion — more than any body type, you want to nail this on the head.

Trousers should sit high on your waist to make your body appear as long as possible. Avoid a belt. Wear suspenders instead; that way there’s one less horizontal line dividing your body up into shorter segments.

The trouser legs should be long enough to form a “break” on the tops of your shoes: this is where the cuff rests on the shoe leather and pushes out very slightly.

Anything that bunches up on the shoe is too long and should be shortened; anything that doesn’t make it to the shoe at all will look badly-fitted and draw attention downward rather than letting it sweep up your body for a better impression of height.

Similarly, avoid any excess detailing on your trousers. Un-cuffed hems will make your legs look longer than cuffed, and close-fitted plain fronts will look better than pleats.

Suits For Short Men 3. Get The Details Proportional To Your Size

This one can be a bit tricky. If you’re not having your suit custom-made, shopping around for a while before making the final purchase is recommended. You want the little details that adorn the suit to look like they’re in the right place on your body.

Generic off-the-rack suits in S or XS might not not need those adjustments — if you’re having trouble, look for brands that cater specifically to smaller men.

man wearing navy blue suit with polka dot necktie
Click on the image above to view the infographic – Clothing Fabric Patterns

Some key details to watch for:

  • The lower pockets on the jacket should sit above the hips, not down where the coat widens over them. Shorter men will want a slit pocket with no flaps — less distracting.
  • The upper breast pocket should be firmly over the front of your chest and not wrapped around the side of your body at all.
  • Lapels should match the width of your torso — if you have a slender chest, you need skinnier lapels.
  • If the back is vented, the vent should not rise significantly higher than your waist. You don’t want a split all the way up the back of your coat.
  • The front of the coat should button directly at your waist. On a two-button, single-breasted jacket that’s with the top button; on a three-button it’s the middle.

Suits For Short Men 4. Wear A Vertically-Oriented Pattern

man in a suit with vertical stripes

If the suit has a pattern, it should be a minimal one and one that orients the viewer’s eye upward.

Small stripes are ideal; solid monochrome works well too, especially in a fabric that has some up-and-down weaving of its own.

Narrow herringbone is very good on short men; so is a corduroy suit for more casual settings.

Avoid any kind of check — the horizontal lines will just draw the viewer’s attention to the sides and make you look shorter and wider.

Suits For Short Men 5. Draw The Eye Upward

casually dressed man

Smaller men will, in general, want their look to be less cluttered with details — the smoother the path for the eye up your body is, the taller you’ll seem. But don’t shy away from helping draw the eye upward with a splash of bright color on the upper body.

A pocket square that really stands out against the jacket can help keep people’s attention up toward your face. Keep their eyes moving with a crisp, peaked fold making a triangle pointing up!

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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: How To Buy A Suit For Short, Skinny, & Small Men
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/suit-buying-tips-short-skinny-men/
Published Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2024 14:20:31 +0000

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