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STYLE ADVICE

HOW TO DRESS: MUSCULAR GUYS

By Style Feed Staff, 21 January 2017

Whether you're blessed with a naturally bigger build or you've worked hard to get your gains, knowing the best way to stylishly accommodate a well-built body isn't always easy. Here are five style rules every muscular gym fan should stick to.

how to dress: muscular guys

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1. Make sure it fits

You didn’t down those protein shakes and sweat through all those lifts to cover up in a loose-fitting jacket. So, if you’ve sculpted your torso into an inverted triangle (like Jason Statham), go for a bomber jacket. Cropped at the waist and with minimal excess fabric, a bomber is the perfect cover-up for men with broad shoulders, which will enhance your frame without too much distracting muscle-definition coming through. After all, no one likes a show off. 

how to dress: muscular guys

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2. Bin your baggy jeans, but don't go too skinny

Sure, you need a pair of jeans capable of accommodating your colossal quads, but that doesn’t mean you should turn your back on contemporary cuts. For a slim, stylish silhouette, try slim-fit jeans – a flattering black or dark indigo tone works, too. And look to Cheap Monday and Dr Denim for brands that know the value of stretchy denim.

how to dress: muscular guys

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3. Keep your layers light

For men who are pumped to the point of being as wide as they are tall, it’s not about adding extra bulk with heavy layers. In the dead of winter, the temptation to pull on a thick cable-knit jumper is real – but resist! If you keep your layers light (but numerous), you can keep warm without appearing too boxy. Try a crew-neck T-shirt layered under a fitted merino wool jumper like Daniel Craig for a winning cold-weather look.  

how to dress: muscular guys

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4. Get your stuff tailored

Alright, so getting a suit or shirt made to measure is an expensive business. But buying a suit off the peg and getting it taken in is actually surprisingly affordable nowadays. For the best, most flattering fit, go for a size up and task the tailor with refining the shape and cut accordingly.

how to dress: muscular guys

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5. Go classic

Unfortunately, a lot of menswear catwalk shows don't keep the muscle-bound man in mind so, often, this makes following the latest trends difficult. That said, the classics, such as dark jeans and crew-neck tees are still viable (and downright handsome) options for anyone who doesn’t want to take too many style risks – just see Zac Efron for inspiration. You can still put a contemporary twist on classic items using accessories – try adding a fresh pair of trainers or a great watch into the mix.

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