Originally Posted by LA Guy
I agree with Fritz in that there are no hard and fast rules, because there are not just four body types, and each body has it's idiosyncrases (sp?) His disproprotionate head example is perfect example. And besides body type, there is the exact skin tone (if we include colors), demeanor, and posture, among other things. Now, if you give me a picture of a specific person, or better yet, let me walk around with that person for fifteen minutes discussing his job, interests, general outlook and well as his perceptions of what is stylish or not, then, then I could give a much better answer here.
LA Guy hit it on the head!
I didn't mean to be too harsh in my response to the OP's original inquiry, but the nature of the question felt 'off' to me. It presupposed a framework that (at least without visuals) wasn't particularly nuanced and asked us to run with it - this felt like it would be an arid discussion.
Full credit is due to posters who did apply it to themselves and reveal their own solutions to this question, but using this terminology (O, V, etc) feels misleadingly reductive - the 'straight' body has many variations, as does the 'V'.
The beauty of this site - and, I am sure, of Mr. Allan's own services when hired for in-person consultations - is the personalized back-and-forth. I love to read books, look at illustrations, etc but I learn more from:
* shopping and trying on a ton of things
* watching others who I admire and think of as stylish
* looking at 'real people' photos on Sartorialist
than I do from trying to apply abstract rules to dressing.
I originally thought Mr. Allan was trying to determine if his abstract concepts held water. I now feel he was, as he said, just trying to start a discussion.
What might be cool/interesting (per LA Guy) would be to post a 'face-blacked out' photo of oneself or a client, indicate what 'body type' you felt this person was and lay out your suggestions to him, to see if the forum agreed or had other ideas. Obviously you ought not have us do your job for you, as we are largely amateurs, but that approach (you sharing your thoughts/knowledge around a concrete case study and getting feedback) would greatly add to the Forum knowledge base.