Skinny Guy Problems

We recently had a request for a post on how to dress a slender frame, and we are always looking for inspiration here at WAMSW and we’re in the business of crowd pleasing.

I feel like I often write for skinny guys because most of my family and friends fall in this category and I like a lot of brands that tailor more to this shape. Hint: this is your first tip, look for brands that cater to a shape similar to your own, no matter what size you are.

One key mistake I see slim guys make all the time is wearing loose-fitting clothes to make them look bigger. Simply put, it does not work that way. If your clothes are the wrong size it will just look like you shrunk or you’re still in clothes from the 90s. Instead embrace the fact that you can pull off the slim silhouette. Dress shirts will often have “classic” and “slim” fits, where you will probably want to opt fort he slim; other button-ups might have an “athletic” fit, which is usually wider in the shoulders and narrows at the waist. Always try on your clothes. There should be no blousing in the back when tucked in and it should lay flat across your shoulders.

Embrace the slim fitThe “slim fit” rule applies to pants too. So called “chicken legs” are something of a chronic condition amongst the men in my family, so I feel like a bit of an expert in this field. My first tip: Don’t ever complain about having skinny legs to a woman, most of us would take chicken legs over our thighs any day. But that said, the struggle is as real for men, as thicker thighs are for many women. This is true so much so that even my ten year-old cousin spent all summer in jeans because he was embarrassed by his skinny legs. I’ve been shopping with my brother and it is legitimately hard for him to find pants in his size sometimes. I don’t know how we change this, but one step is to embrace the lanky inner you. Being gangly and skinny isn’t all bad if you carry it with confidence instead of clumsiness.

If you are really concerned about looking bigger up top, or not ready to live in all your slender glory, try layering rather than jumping up a size. Throw on a sweater and/or a jacket over that t-shirt. Wider cut necks also bring the attention higher on your torso and to your face. V-necks have a similar ability to open up your shoulders. Both of these can be seen on Kit French in the photo below–trust me, I’ve stood next to this man, his skinniness is only amplified by the fact that he is easily 6′ 4″ or taller.

Skinny Man SolutionsNow is a great time to be a skinny man. We hear everyday how the US and other parts of the world are increasingly obese, so don’t hide the fact that you’ve been granted a fast metabolism/dedicated work out plan. Also we are seeing more and more slender men taking over the media; you no longer have to be rippling with muscles to be a leading man (i.e. Eddie Redmayne) or a superhero (i.e. Andrew Garfield). Actually just really check out our Spotlight section to the right for some serious skinny guy power.

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Timeless

We talk a lot about trends on this blog, for obvious reasons, but more than any of that we wish for you the basics to make a timeless wardrobe. These are staples in men’s clothing that will likely never go out of style, at least not in our lifetimes.

Exhibits A-C:

Harrison, Liam, and Jesse

Exhibit A is a picture of Harrison Ford taken in 1980, that’s 33 years ago. Now let’s be honest, Indie could have worn anything at this age and we would love it. But if you didn’t know who he was or his age, this picture could very well have been taken recently. He’s wearing dark jeans, a navy blazer, and a light button-up. Add some scruff and sunglasses and you have a pretty much no fail outfit, no matter what decade.

Exhibit B is similarly classic, even though it is just from earlier this year. Liam Hemsworth is wearing a well-fitting, crisp white button-up, nice grey slacks, and a black belt. Basically if these items fit and look new/quality, this is a homerun every time.

Exhibit C is another variation of the laidback, but sophisticated. We have long supported the blazer – t-shirt combo here at WAMSW and Jesse Spencer provides a perfect example. Grey is classic and the shades are different enough that it doesn’t look awkward. The jacket also has a nice texture that adds to the overall quality of the look.

Now for Exhibits D-G, moving from dressier to casual:

Daniel, Eoin, Josh, and DylanExhibit D is Daniel Sharman in one of my favorite staples in a man’s wardrobe, the peacoat. Pretty much a good peacoat makes you instantly ten times hotter, like disorientingly so (I’ve done studies). To accompany this already classic piece, he has paired it with a white button-up and tie, black slacks or very dark jeans, nice brown leather shoes, and a smirk. Yes, brown and black can be worn together. Buy this outfit.

Exhibit E is a totally work ready outfit (Bonus: also good for family pictures!). Eoin Macken has layered a patterned button-up under a dark sweater. Pairing this with slacks and simple black shoes make this look perfect for a semi-dressed-up event, maybe even a holiday if your family dresses up for those. He also could have put the top combo with some nice jeans for a more casual look.

Exhibit F is a manly staple: the button-up plaid flannel. Here Josh Hutcherson has it half un-done with a white-tee underneath, but buttoning a couple more buttons and skipping the undershirt would also have been acceptable. Put with jeans and roll up the sleeves if not layering anything over the top. Ray Bans are another classic.

Exhibit G is our most casual of the post and perfect for days off. A well fitting t-shirt and khakis are comfy and relaxed. Long sleeves on the tee can add a little different flavor and jeans would be great with it too. The good fit keeps the look simple and not frumpy.

I’m willing to bet that you can find some variation of these looks anywhere in the last several decades and will keep seeing them for years to come. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t update your closet or try out some trends, but these are easy go-to’s for almost any day.

Spotlight: Douglas Booth

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Douglas Booth

Douglas Booth is one of those guys that can pull off anything. There’s a reason he is both a Burberry model and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet is now in limited release). A regular in costume dramas, he has donned the costumes of a medieval prince (Pillars of the Earth), a 19th century blacksmith and dandy (Great Expectations), and even a Biblical son (in next year’s Noah) and carries each wardrobe as comfortably as his own.

Although he has a varied acting career and success as a model, Douglas is largely unknown, a fact bound to change with Romeo and Juliet. But unknown or not, he never fails to impress sartorially, whether at Fashion Week, Wimbledon, or on the street. He works a standard uniform of slim-fitting trousers, boots, and a jacket. A uniform WAMSW whole-heartedly supports and suggests you adopt immediately.

Romeo, oh RomeoHe pairs a boyish face with simple sophistication, a fantastic disheveled head of hair, and sometimes stubble. The British heartthrob is often found in neutrals, but isn’t afraid to rock a bright green blazer (so long as it is paired with a solid neutral base).

Other keys to Mr. Booth’s style? Black jeans are like a secret weapon. They can be dressed up for evening or events, but are also oh so functional for day to day wear. It also seems like it might be a good idea to always have some sunglasses on hand.

While the jacket and jeans combo is pretty no miss, he mixes it up with comfortable looking sweaters that range from casual to classy. Whether it is because of his close association with design houses like the ever traditional Burberry or his personal taste, Douglas Booth’s is a style to envy. And one that should grow increasingly easy to watch as he continues his rise to prominence. If nothing else, he picks great roles and I will be in the audience for both Romeo and Juliet and Noah. Keep on keeping on.

You wouldn't guess he'd played Boy George