First dates are stressful for both men and women. Without a doubt, the woman you are taking out will be shaved, moisturized, and dressed to impress. So men, you also should step up your game and be first-date ready with a clean shave, well-styled hair, and an outfit that catches her eye. Here are a few tips to make sure your suit is on point and even suitable for your body type. 

Theoretically, there are 5 body types and you fall into one of these categories more than another. Read through them carefully for a quick summary and I’ll give a suit-style option to go with it. 

Rectangle Body – this means that your shoulders are the same width as your hips. You are going to want to give the illusion of a wide shoulder and a narrow waist. You can do this with horizontal stripes, adding layers to your looks, or investing in a tailored suit. You are going to want a jacket that is structured, maybe slightly oversized, and then have the waist brought in. 

Think Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt- a nice crisp white button-down shirt, a black jacket, and if you want to go one step further add a scarf. 

Triangle Body – this is where your shoulders are narrower than your waist. Many men are naturally bigger around the waist but it can make dressing this body type a little challenging. Once again we need to create balance and we can do this by making the shoulder broad with structured jackets, vertical lines to appear lean, and darker colors like grey or black. 

George Clooney and Randy Jackson are good examples of triangle body types – try a pinned stripped button-down with solid color pants. 

Trapezoid Body – this is when your shoulders and chest are wider than your waist and hips. You are the lucky ones as there are very few restrictions and most clothing will fit you well. Fitted clothing is always an option and a great way to showcase your physique.   

Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler have these body types – wear fitted pants, a jacket that tapers your waist that only has one button and a standard-length tie. 

Oval Body – this is self-explanatory for some but this body type is a little more round in the middle with narrow shoulders. Simple is best for this body, avoid any patterns and keep the outfit comfortable. You want your clothing to fit well but not be fitted (if that makes sense.) 

James Corden and Kevin James are great oval-shaped body types to point out – you want loose-fit pants and a button-down shirt that doesn’t wrinkle or feel tight, and if it’s an extra special night have a bow tie on hand. 

Inverted Triangle Body –  this is the body type you will see for the athletic types. You have broad shoulders and a narrow waist and hips. You can wear fitted, relaxed or straight-fit clothing to have clean/sharp lines. 

I only need one name for this list to paint you a good picture. Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock.” (as I am sure you all know) You are going to want to wear a fitted white button-down with an open collar to give that v-shape and a fitted or relaxed jacket. Avoid any type of structure and let the clothing hug your body. 

This was a very quick rundown of the body types but I hope this gives you more of a sense of what types of suit you should wear on a first date and some tips on how you can apply this to your day-to-day. I love to shop guys so if you are needing some professional help in this department then book a call with me.


How to Pick a Suit Based on Your Body Type

June 29, 2023