In terms of style, fit is everything. Right?
Wrong. I’ll start this blog post by refuting this very common statement. In fact, I might even contradict myself as I am sure I have probably said it a few times in the past, but it’s wise to admit when you were wrong.
The reality is, there is much more to building an effective style than just fit.
Fit is not everything. Fit is only the beginning, but there’s so much more to it.
One of those important things is becoming familiar with your body type. And that’s exactly what this post will be all about: a quick introduction to male body types and how you can know what your body type is.
Exciting. Is it not?
First, What Are The Different Body Types?
Essentially, there are three body types. First, let’s list them cause they have some weird names, so it’s better to start familiarizing ourselves with them without going too deep into detailes for now:
Who came up with these names, by the way? I mean, c’mon, I am sure the English language allows for simpler terminology.
I recommend trying to repeat each of them a few times until they roll off the tongue quite nicely.
Nailed it? Do they roll off nice now? Good!
Let’s continue by looking at each of these different male body shapes in more detail.
Male Body Type 1: Ectomorph
Are you what many would consider “skinny”?
Do you have a real hard time putting on muscle if you work out, or do you find you hardly gain any weight even if you overeat all the time (you lucky bastard)?
If you fit the description, then my friend, you are most likely a typical ectomorph.
But in case of doubt, here are more characteristics of your standard ectomorphs:
- Skinny or rather slim.
- Lean muscles that require a lot of work to grow.
- Narrow shoulders (or narrow all the way down your body, to be more specific).
- A very fast metabolism that helps keep the weight off.
Doesn’t ring a bell? Keep reading, let’s continue with the second male body type.
Male Body Type 2: Mesomorph
This is probably the ideal male body build. But I hate the word ideal when it comes to bodies, so I will simply say that mesomorphs are what you will normally call “athletic”.
That means you find it easy to lose extra weight when it’s needed (ectomorphs have a hard time actually gaining any weight at all!), but it’s also easy for you to pack on muscle and define it if you’re into working out.
Here are some other features of mesomorph bodies:
- Again, very athletic build.
- Muscles are easy to build and define.
- A strong body due to genetics, but augmented by working out.
- Mesomorphs usually have a rectangular body shape.
- Average metabolism (not a rule, though).
We all would like to think we have a mesomorph body, but in reality that’s not the case, so if you don’t fit in the description for ectomorph or mesomorph, keep on reading because you’re most like an endomorph.
Male Body Type 3: Endomorph
So if ectomorph means thin and mesomorph means athletic, then endomorph must be fat.
“Oh ok, just what I needed. That’s it. Ok. You just called me fat, Ed! I’m outta here”
Hold on. Not so fast. No, endomorphs are not necessarily fat, that’s not what it is about. They do, however, have a tendency to put on weight more easily and their bodies are not as defined as mesomorphs.
You are most likely an endomorph if:
- You put on weight easily.
- Your muscles are soft and not very defined.
- Rounder and stout body characteristics (again, not necessarily fat!).
- Slower metabolism.
So now you should know whether you are an ecto, meso or an endo, but that’s not the end of the story.
Oh no, that would be way too easy.
Things are never that straight-forward. Most of us have a strange mix of these three different body types. Let’s face it, not counting the super lucky guys, most men have quite weird bodies.
This, however, doesn’t mean the specific features of these body types no longer apply to you, they do. You just have to do some more thinking. For example, let’s say you are an ectomorph in your upper body and a mesomorph in your lower body. Well, you learn to apply to what you know from each of these body types to your personal mix of corporal features. It can be tricky, but knowing about this is a great step in developing an effective style for yourself.
Homework: Figure Out Your Body Type
So before I let you go, today’s homework for you is to find out which of these three body types are you closer to (or it might be a combination of two, remember that’s always a possibility).
Why do I leave you with homework this time? What’s going on here?
Well, the thing is there is a series of blog posts that will go in deeper into more details on how to dress for each of these body types.
This was just the beginning.
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For now, get familiar with your body and its build. If you are finding it hard to figure out your build, leave a comment in the section below and I’ll try my best to respond each and everyone of your questions.