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4 Tips for a Slim Silhouette

You don’t need a personal stylist to deduce that the ‘slim’ fit is seriously in. But there’s more to a sharp silhouette than getting the right cut for your pants and shirt. Here are some tips to make sure you cut a fine figure.

Slim Down your Wallet

When you’re sporting a slim-cut pair of pants, ditching the George Costanza bi-fold is more important than ever. As long as you’re giving yourself room for ATM receipts and old coupons to stretch their legs you’ll never cut your wallet down to size. Your better off limiting the space entirely with a minimalist card case like this one from Roosevelt Supply.

Abandon the Pleats

Nothing will interrupt a slim silhouette like the excess fabric of pleats. Our advice: Look for flat-front pants across the board. You don’t have to throw out your pleated pants (as Glenn O’Brien notes, pleats are “out of fashion, but they aren’t out of style”), just tuck them away somewhere very deep in your closet.

Don a Compression Shirt

We took a survey recently and found that more than 70 percent of guys have never tried one of these. We’re guessing that’s because they get a bad rap as ‘male girdles.’ But if you’ve tried a compression undershirt before, then you know that a good one is worth its weight—or, really the amount of midsection weight it compresses—in gold. Try one from Equmen, Tommy John, or the always-reliable Under Armour.

Win the Battle of the Bulge

Once you have your undershirt game together, you’ve got to beat the dress shirt blousing effect. Beyond narrow-cut shirts with enough length to stay tucked in, we have two tips. The first is the military tuck, which will change the way you think about putting on your clothes (Direct quotation: “It helps to think of this method as placing your pants over your shirt, rather than tucking your shirt into your pants.”) Another decidedly more extreme option: shirt garters. They’ll pull your socks up and your shirt down.

Photo: Indochino

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