“I see all too many small men (or very tall) wearing Italian clothes that are cut too close to the body, with trousers that are too tight, too short in the rise, and too short. Shoulders that should be cut broadly to give natural easy shape are made too narrow, and consequently the coats are narrow, thin, and shapeless. These styling errors display the shortness (or thinness) of the man rather than cloaking it gracefully. If you wish to wear tight clothes, then make sure you possess an intermediate physique. The perfect 5’10” with a modest build would be fine.”

Wise words from Michael Alden. They remind me of two similar pieces of advice. In my interview with him, Tony Chang (the head of Ascot Chang), noted that men with overly heavy or thin builds should wear shirts slightly fuller than normal, so that they may be presented in the most flattering way possible. Niidawg wrote something similar when he said that he finds himself looking slimmer in well-fitting clothes than overly tight ones. 

The slim look may be fashionable, but it’s not meant for every build. Always keep a critical eye on what flatters you the most. 

Street style photographs can be great, but they can also sometimes feel like lookbook presentations thinly disguised as democratic dress. All the over-preening and self-conscious “sprezzatura-ing” (I just made that word up, please don’t use it) can make them really hard to relate to. 
There are a few good blogs by everyday people, however. Niidawg, pictured above, is one of them. Here he’s pictured in a casual khaki suit, navy knit tie with light blue dots, solid blue shirt, and a pocket square. You can get a closer view of his ensemble here.
Niidawg does a great job of focusing on fit. His trousers are cut right for his build - slim, but not overly skinny or tapered. The jacket hugs his neck, the buttoning point is near his waist, and the length is long enough to cover his rear. These are basic points, to be sure, but worth emphasizing. I also like that the shoulders are soft, the chest a bit fuller and rounder, and the front’s forequarters cut away a bit towards the hips. Together, these give him a relaxed and dynamic silhouette. 
Oh, and that’s his newly remodeled kitchen. I think it looks really nice. 

Street style photographs can be great, but they can also sometimes feel like lookbook presentations thinly disguised as democratic dress. All the over-preening and self-conscious “sprezzatura-ing” (I just made that word up, please don’t use it) can make them really hard to relate to. 

There are a few good blogs by everyday people, however. Niidawg, pictured above, is one of them. Here he’s pictured in a casual khaki suit, navy knit tie with light blue dots, solid blue shirt, and a pocket square. You can get a closer view of his ensemble here.

Niidawg does a great job of focusing on fit. His trousers are cut right for his build - slim, but not overly skinny or tapered. The jacket hugs his neck, the buttoning point is near his waist, and the length is long enough to cover his rear. These are basic points, to be sure, but worth emphasizing. I also like that the shoulders are soft, the chest a bit fuller and rounder, and the front’s forequarters cut away a bit towards the hips. Together, these give him a relaxed and dynamic silhouette. 

Oh, and that’s his newly remodeled kitchen. I think it looks really nice.