SUMMER STYLE HACKS FOR MUSCLY GUYS
By Libby Banks, 31 December 2017
Well-built guys are presented with a unique set of styling issues that the average man never experiences. But being a gym devotee and being stylish aren’t mutually exclusive concepts. While it is harder for muscly guys to wear head-to-toe catwalk looks, the trick is to start by getting the fit right. Then you can nod to trends and mix in classic pieces to create a personal style that flatters the body, rather than slavishly follows fashion.
Stripes are a trusty pillar of summer dressing, and they look great on muscular physiques. Feel free to mix them up, but (for a sure-fire winner) commit to long-sleeved styles and wear with shorts and some Converses.
Sun’s out, guns out. If you’ve been putting time in at the gym, there’s no better time to show off your physique. And while a muscle vest is an obvious choice, a high-cut tank feels right for now.
All about the details
Getting too caught up in trends can be a risky game. Instead, let the details take centre stage. Khaki is the perfect colour for summer, and a subtly rolled sleeve is a simple but effective styling trick.
Get your T-shirt match fit
It’s a tough balance; a tight T-shirt is too obvious on a muscly guy, but a loose fit can hide all that definition you've been working so hard to get. Spend time experimenting with cuts until you find one that works for you – the aim is for a slim fit that skims the body, rather than squeezing yourself into skinny. Remember, the Incredible Hulk is not a style icon.
Invest in the new denim jacket
There are exceptions to the trend-swerving rule. And a boxy denim jacket looks great on bulkier builds and is an easy wardrobe update for summer.
Choose the right pants
When it comes to dressing muscly body types, most of the attention is focused on the torso. But finding trousers that work can be an even tougher task. The combination of a narrow waist and bigger thighs makes joggers an all-too-easy option. However, slim (not super skinny) cropped chinos are a better way to go. Try stone-colour silhouettes as a nod to this season’s new neutral tone.
Work in some jewellery
While muscly guys do best to steer clear of fashion-forward looks when it comes to getting dressed, some carefully-curated pieces of jewellery can be an awesome alternative.