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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm 244 lbs, 5'6

I stopped wearing pants while in high school. Now that I'm in college I have to dress better as I'm getting into internships and such.

So what I'm seeking is advice on how to dress right for business casual.

I have khakis and navy blue pants, what color shoes would go with this? Color dress shirt? Color Sweater?

post #2 of 13
For big guys, it's better to stay with solid colors. Patterns tend to emphasize "bigness".
You'll need basics like white and blue button down shirts. I'd suggest also navy, burgundy, brown sweaters. It's also a good idea to have a navy blue and a brown tweed sport coat. Dark brown or burgundy shoes. I prefer burgundy as they just about go with everything. YMMV

The real key is fit. While that seems sort of obvious, it's doubly important for us larger guys.

Good Luck,
Phillip smile.gif
post #3 of 13
Avoid the urge to have shirts be "blousey" as that actually can accentuate your size. Make sure that the fit is good.
post #4 of 13

Dark wool slacks. (And health tip: See if your campus has a gym)

post #5 of 13
I have been heavier in my life. Changed my diet completely to lo carb and lost 65 pounds in 5 months. It's definately possible when you are young.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Kevin Gonzalez View Post

I'm 244 lbs, 5'6



I stopped wearing pants while in high school. Now that I'm in college I have to dress better as I'm getting into internships and such.



So what I'm seeking is advice on how to dress right for business casual.



I have khakis and navy blue pants, what color shoes would go with this? Color dress shirt? Color Sweater?



Your answer will be walking down the street, mall or in your office. Observation is your best friend. No one here knows about the trade you hope to ply or your natural colouring so just a guess in those circumstances.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Already using it :^)

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by notdos View Post

For big guys, it's better to stay with solid colors. Patterns tend to emphasize "bigness".
You'll need basics like white and blue button down shirts. I'd suggest also navy, burgundy, brown sweaters. It's also a good idea to have a navy blue and a brown tweed sport coat. Dark brown or burgundy shoes. I prefer burgundy as they just about go with everything. YMMV

The real key is fit. While that seems sort of obvious, it's doubly important for us larger guys.

Good Luck,
Phillip smile.gif

The bolded part is alarmingly inaccurate as it pertains to dressy clothing. Yes, horizontal stripes tend to emphasize girth and for example small text on a large man's shirt can look off, but generally those are casual items. A solid white shirt meanwhile can strongly call attention to size. Checks and vertical stripes usually are good tools for larger men.

Also, sweater color probably should be medium-to-dark gray or dark blue, in a thin, smooth fabric (wool or cotton without pattern is the custom). Anything else is likely to amplify size.
Edited by mensimageconsultant - 10/11/16 at 2:35pm
post #9 of 13
Incorrect. Patterns, of any kind, draw attention to girth. As always, we can agree to disagree.

Phillip
post #10 of 13
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No, in this situation, all opinions are not equal. There probably is no image consultant or stylist with professional training who thinks that patterns always (or even usually) "draw attention to girth ". Sometimes experts are worth listening to. And having to post pictures that disprove the all-patterns-bad thing (which possibly nobody else on the forum has ever claimed) would be a somewhat off-topic nuisance.
post #11 of 13

A few thoughts for you:

 

As you have a limited wardrobe, I would speak in terms of maximizing combinations and use. For this, a solid navy jacket is supposed to be the most versatile piece of men's wear and would go with almost any color scheme, except most navy/blue pants. Solid greys are highly recommended as they can partner with most anything and are quite versatile. I would suggest a light and dark pair of grey pants after the navy jacket as they will tend to go with a wider range of shoes/shirts/jackets. For shirts, simple colors are more formal with white being the standard and then moving to light blue. You will want a couple shirts in this color range to start for a more classic look, potentially with light patterns, then you can move to more powerful pattern/color combinations. When pairing items together of similar color scheme, you need to make sure there is enough contrast, otherwise you will look like you did a poor job of trying to match the same colors. I am slim, so I won't comment on if patterns are slimming or not ;-)

 

On shoes:

There are lots of guides as to which shoe colors go well with which pant/suit combinations. I posted a link I like below. The biggest thing here is that you want complementary colors with appropriate contrast. For example, I would typically pair darker brown shoes with darker grey or blue pants and lighter colors together, but this is a general rule and any combination should really be seen together as you are figuring out your color combinations. I have seen many "exceptions" to rules that look quite stylish, depending on how loud you want your outfit to be. I'd say to start toned down and stick with the classics first- figure out your basic style and then move on to more accented pieces. Outside of that, keep in mind that less decorations (broguing, wings, two tone, etc) and darker colors tend to mean more formal wear. Starting out, you will want a basic oxford and blucher (brown being the most versatile & burgundy also pairs quite nicely with a range of clothes), which can pair with most anything, then you can move to loafers and other more style/casual pieces. As others stated above, this really depends on where you are, tech in the bay area or office work in Miami would be much more accepting of casual looks than work on the northeast cost of the US or London.

 

http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/matching-shoes-with-suit/

 

A couple things to not do:

As an American who has moved to Europe and upgraded my fashion the last few years, I cringe at the fit of my old clothes. Make sure the shirts are tailored to fit your frame, pants as well. I can't emphasize enough how much extra bagginess is a turn off for men's pants. Lastly, stay away from box toed shoes altogether and you will do just fine ;-)

 

I hope this helps- feel free to share more information about location/industry/etc and we can give you more specific advice. Also happy to recommend brands if you can talk about price range/quality that you want.

 

 

 

Joe

post #12 of 13
At 5'6", the standard advice is to minimize contrast between pants and shoe color, to maximize the perceived vertical line. Albeit light-colored shoes are generally too casual for the workplace.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cyclone141 View Post
 

A few thoughts for you:

 

Make sure the shirts are tailored to fit your frame, pants as well. I can't emphasize enough how much extra bagginess is a turn off for men's pants. 

 

 

Joe

 

While this might sound harsh to the OP, baggy pants and a higher rise are probably his friend at his body type. I don't notice a lot about other men's clothes. Nothing seems more unprofessional to me than when some bigger guy wearing slim fit, flat front, low rise pants is sitting and you can tell how hung he is. If he wants to rock the super slim trousers at a club, fine, but I wouldn't recommend it at his body type in an office environment. 

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