Don't fall for the same trick as gawky teens everywhere by thinking that covering up in larger clothing creates a more muscular, filled-out frame. It's just not true. And the tangled-in-a-parachute look is never going to catch on. This is how we do…
A word on shorts
Obviously these are the go-to item when the sun shines but shorts can look a bit out of proportion if you don't get the fit right. First up: the length. Too long or too baggy and you're back to the awkward adolescent look, but too short can mean lanky. Just above the knees feels about right, so make a date with your tailor if you need to get them adjusted. Same rules apply to swimming trunks. It's tempting to hide in below-the-knee board shorts. Instead, sport slim-fit, mid-thigh swim shorts and a dose of swagger.
Nail the T-shirt
Beware the tent. Too big T-shirts can make you look lankier, not more muscular.
Get T-shirts that are slightly fitted but not so tight that they rise up at the back. Give the sleeves of your T-shirt a couple of rolls for a James Dean vibe. This not only adds bulk and contours to break up the long length of your arms, but also enhances muscle definition. Bonus.
Invest in a tank
There are a few situations in life where the
vest can be considered a bona fide fashion item and the beach is one of them. Embrace this summer staple by choosing a cut that sits somewhere between a tank top and nipple-skimming cut-away tank. A slim fit (but not super-fitted) vest with a scoop neck will do the trick. Don't be shy and stick to white — if you're going to wear a tank in public, go bold.
Ace the horizontal stripe
As a rule of thumb, balance the size of the pattern with the size of the man, so steer clear of large and loud patterns as the effect can be a little overpowering. Sticking to subtle stripes, gingham or other small-scale designs is a much better option. In fact, the beach is the perfect time to break out some horizontal Breton stripes, perfect for adding a bit of
je ne sais quoi to your vacation steez.
Break it up
Dressing head-to-toe in one shade can exaggerate the proportions of slim frame. Break things up with lighter colors by pairing, for instance, dark shorts with a white, light gray or pastel T-shirt. Seriously, it's that easy.