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STYLE ADVICE

Beach style for bigger guys

By Libby Banks, 16 June 2016

Remember back in January when you were going to get that six pack? Us neither. But with beach season comes a dilemma: do you frantically start running laps every day and eating kale, or just have some fun? As with most things in life, the best answer is confidence. Follow these simple summer style tips and you'll be comfortable with your body, whether you hit the gym or not. Remember – sharp, sunshiny steez isn't just for male models. There's no 'ideal' body type for partying.
beach style for bigger guys

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Shorts on point

You might think the stylish play is to avoid shorts altogether, but showing up to the beach in jeans is no way to bring the fun – plus, profuse sweating is never a good look. Try a well-fitting pair of chino shorts that sit just above the knee. Flat-fronted, no pleats and neutral shades or gentle pastels are the way to go. If you nail the bottom half of your body with something flattering, it'll help the rest of your body look good, too.


Swimming trunks

The wildcard of men’s fashion. Even the most stylish men manage to balls it up when it comes to swimwear. The advice is simple – apply the same style rules to buying trunks as you would to buying shorts (see above). The last thing you want is a pair of knee-length board shorts that make you look like your more awkward tweenage self. This summer, go a little shorter. We’re not talking tanga briefs, but flat-fronted well-cut trunks that sit above the knee will make you look trim, confident and manly – and even let your thighs get some sun. Win/win.

 

Sizing is everything

Many guys make the mistake of either buying their shirts and T-shirts so tight that they can't breathe or so loose they don't fit. Achieve a happy medium between what feels comfortable and what looks right. The perfect summer T-shirt or shirt should line up with your shoulders without being fitted so that there is a bit of looseness. For further reference look to Yeezy, master of the well-fitting tee.

beach style for bigger guys

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Colour and pattern

Sure, black is slimming. But when it comes to beach style, it’s also kind of dull. Plus, you risk looking like Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible stunt double. It’s easier for heavyset dudes to pull off wild prints than it is for skinny guys, so own it. Finally, be wary with pastels. If you have a darker complexion, anything goes, but when it comes to pastier skin, pale tones should be handled with care.


A word on accessories

Belts are your friend. They just make clothes fit better on your body and that applies to the beach as much as it does anywhere else. Sunglasses are good, too – and a chance to have some fun. Big Aviators, tortoiseshell 50s glasses, Wayfarers – whatever works for your face.


Stand tall

In addition to tightening your core muscles, decent posture makes you look more confident, taller and yep, a bit leaner.

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