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During the Old Kingdom its capital at Memphis , which lasted until about bce , dress was simple. Men wore a short skirt tied at the waist or held there by a belt. As time passed, the skirt became pleated or gathered. Important people wore in addition a decorative coloured pendant hanging in front from the waist belt and a shoulder cape or corselet partly covering their bare torso.

A sheathlike gown was typical of feminine attire. This encased the body from the ankles to just below the breasts and was held up by decorative shoulder straps. Woolen cloaks were worn for warmth by men and women. Under the Middle Kingdom its capital at Thebes , which prospered until about bce , the masculine skirt could be hip- or ankle-length.

More material was now used, making the garment fuller, such fullness being concentrated in the centre front; and the pendants became more elaborate and ornamental. A cape might be draped around the shoulders and knotted on the chest. Late in the period a double skirt was introduced; alternatively, a triangular loincloth might be worn under a skirt. The most elaborate dress for both sexes was to be seen under the New Kingdom from about bce until the Egyptians were conquered by the Assyrians bce , the Persians bce , Alexander the Great bce , and finally Rome 30 bce.

During these later years Egyptian dress was strongly influenced by that of the conquerors. New Kingdom dress was more complex than theretofore. The garments were of similar type but were composed of larger pieces of material; draping became more complicated and ornamentation richer. A robe or gown was now worn by important persons of both sexes. It consisted of a piece of fabric measuring 5 by 4 feet 1. There were many ways of draping the material, but with most methods all the pleats and folds seemed to be gathered around a single point at the waist.

The cape, decorative collar, skirt, and pendant girdle also continued to be worn. Foci of bright colour were provided by the deep collar and pendant apron.

Embroidered and carved ornamental motifs included especially the lotus flower, the papyrus bundle, birds in flight, and many geometric forms. Sacred emblems such as the scarab beetle and the asp were worn by priests and royalty. Children were dressed, as in most of the history of costume everywhere, as miniature versions of their parents, although they are often depicted wearing little at all—not surprising considering the climate of Egypt.

Servants also were almost naked, as were labourers in the fields, who are depicted clad only in a loincloth. Heavy wigs or a padding of false hair , worn by men and women alike, are known from an early period. Semicircular kerchiefs, tied by the corners at the nape of the neck under the hair, were sometimes worn to protect the wig on a dusty day. Wigs were dressed in many different ways, each characteristic of a given period; generally speaking, the hair became longer and the arrangement of curls and braids—set with beeswax —more complicated as time went on.

The earliest records indicate that Egyptian men grew hair on their chins. They might frizz, dye, or use henna on this beard , and sometimes they plaited it with interwoven gold thread. Later, a metal false beard, or postiche, which was a sign of sovereignty , was worn by royalty. This was held in place by a ribbon tied over the head and attached to a gold chin strap, a fashion existing from about to bce. Many people went barefoot, especially indoors, but people of rank are depicted outdoors in sandals made from palm leaves, papyrus, or leather.

Cosmetics were extensively applied by both sexes, and considerable knowledge of their use is available because of the Egyptian custom of burying comforts and luxuries with the dead. Examples of the cosmetics used and of the means of making, applying, and keeping them may be seen in museums , especially in Cairo and London. The Egyptians applied rouge to their cheeks, red ointment to their lips, and henna to their nails and feet, and ladies traced the veins on their temples and breasts with blue paint, tipping their nipples with gold.

The chief focus of makeup was the eye, where a green eye shadow made from powdered malachite and a black or gray eyeliner was applied; the latter substance, called kohl, was manufactured from, among other materials, powdered antimony , carbon, and oxide of copper. Ancient Mesopotamia was situated in the area of land that is defined by the great Tigris and Euphrates river system and that is contained within modern Iraq. Several important cultures arose there, their empires waxing and waning successively as well as overlapping in time.

Among the most prominent were the empires of Sumer , Akkad , Assyria , and Babylonia. The Sumerian civilization was established before bce and reached a high level of culture between and bce. In early times both sexes wore sheepskin skirts with the skin turned inside and the wool combed into decorative tufts. These wraparound skirts were pinned in place and extended from the waist to the knees or, for more important persons, to the ankles.

The upper part of the torso was bare or clothed by another sheepskin cloaking the shoulders. From about bce a woven woolen fabric replaced the sheepskin, but the tufted effect was retained, either by sewing tufts onto the garment or by weaving loops into the fabric.

Named kaunakes by the Greeks, this tufted fabric is shown in all the sculptures and mosaics of the period, as, for example, in the art from the excavations at Ur exhibited in the British Museum in London.

At this time, also, long cloaks were worn, and materials for garments and head coverings included felted wool and leather. Both sexes seem to have often worn large wigs, as in ancient Egypt.

Metalworking was of a high standard, as may be seen in the elaborate golden jewelry, which was encrusted with semiprecious stones and worn by both sexes. Brooches , earrings , hair ornaments, and neck chains have all been found. A different style of dress is evident in Mesopotamian sculptures dating after about bce. Both men and women were clothed in a large piece of material—most commonly of wool, though later also of linen—draped around the body over a skirt. This garment, similar to a shawl, was characteristically edged with tassels or fringe.

The draping varied, but, for men at least, the fabric was arranged so that the fullness was at the rear, leaving the right, or sword, arm free. This newer form of dress had originated from farther north and east and was adopted by the Semitic people of Akkad under Sargon the dynasty founded by Sargon lasted from c. The dress worn in Mesopotamia by the Babylonians — bce and the Assyrians — bce evolved into a more sophisticated version of Sumerian and Akkadian styles.

Ample evidence of this more elaborate draped costume can be seen in the large relief sculptures of the age. There were two basic garments for both sexes: The knee- or ankle-length tunic had short sleeves and a round neckline. Over it were draped one or more shawls of differing proportions and sizes but all generally fringed or tasseled. Broad belts held the shawls in position.

Wool was the most frequently used material, in bright or strong colours. Decoration was rich, in allover patterns or in borders, carried out in embroidery or by printing.

Motifs were chiefly geometric. Women wore a short skirt as underwear , men a loincloth. Footwear for both sexes was made from fabric or soft leather in the form of sandals or boots. Care of the coiffure was very important for men and women among both the Assyrians and the Babylonians. The hair was grown long and carefully curled and ringleted, with false hair added if needed. Perfumes , oils, and black dye were used on the hair.

Men grew long, carefully tended curled beards. A band of metal or fabric encircled the brow, or a woolen, felt, or leather cap shaped like a fez was worn. The royal headdress resembled a pleated crown or a mitre and had dependent lappets at the rear.

Jeweled ornamentation to the costume was rich and heavy and of high quality. The Aegean region—and in particular the island of Crete , which was inhabited from about bce —can be considered the cradle of western European culture. By bce the Cretan civilization was becoming established. As a maritime people with extensive trade in the Mediterranean and the Middle East , the Cretans were influenced by many sources.

They created a society and a dress style of their own, one dissimilar from the earlier styles of Egypt and the later styles of Greece. The greatest and most prosperous years were from to bce ; this was the time of the building of the great palaces, notably the complex at Knossos , from where the remains of coloured frescoes , painted vases, and sculpture in marble, terra-cotta, and coloured ceramics have been excavated.

Even finer and more complete frescoes have been preserved from the excavations of the Minoan city on the island of Thera Thíra , an island largely destroyed in the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of about bce. Cretan dress is characterized by its vivid colouring, elegance, and sophistication.

It is also notable for the gaiety of feminine attire, typical of a society where women—unlike in Classical Greece—are depicted side-by-side with men, apparently taking part in all the activities of life and not relegated to the domestic background. Chief of these was a loincloth of wool, leather, or linen, tightly belted at the waist and arranged as a short, elaborately decorated skirt. The belt was drawn tight to accentuate the slender waist. By bce women were wearing a long bell-shaped skirt, often in a series of flounces, over a loincloth; with this, they wore a bolero-like jacket that had elbow-length sleeves but was open in front, leaving the breasts bare.

In the later period a bodice was worn, constricting the upper torso but accentuating the full, bare breasts above. Such clothing may have been associated with priestesses or goddesses rather than ordinary women, however. The Cretans liked bright colours, and their dress was vividly embroidered and decorated.

The hair of both sexes was worn long, looped and braided and dressed with jewels, pearls , and ribbons. The Cretans bathed frequently, oiling their bodies afterward. Men were generally clean-shaven. Outdoors both sexes wore sandals or shoes. In winter calf-length boots were adopted, and short woolen, fur-lined cloaks were fastened by pins around the shoulders. With the collapse of the Minoan civilization in Crete about bce , a new culture arose on the mainland in the Peloponnese, notably in the maritime principalities of Mycenae , Tiryns , and Pylos.

As the frescoes from the palace of Tiryns illustrate, the costume was similar but richer still. Ancient Greek civilization is customarily classified into three segments. Up to about bce is described as the Archaic period. This was the time when the several different civilizations of mainland and island Greece, Anatolia, and North Africa coexisted, the arts and costume of each influencing the others.

The Dorians had invaded the Minoan kingdoms in Crete and the Peloponnese from about bce. They were a northern race from Illyria and a less technologically developed society than the Minoans. Modern knowledge of their dress is imperfect, but it seems to have been simple. Woolen cloth, made from the flocks of local sheep, was employed. It was cut into squares of fabric and then pinned on the shoulders and bound around the body. The influence from Anatolia, where the inland climate was more severe, introduced hooded cloaks, banded leg coverings, and Phrygian caps with a point on top.

A later Archaic culture , the Ionian , then established itself in Greece. The Ionians developed a higher-quality textile industry, producing finer materials in wool and linen that were more suited to a draped style of dress.

In the 8th and 7th centuries bce the Ionians developed an extensive trading economy around the Mediterranean region from Gaul in the west to Libya in the east. The 5th and 4th centuries bce were the years of the great Classical period , the time when a very simple but highly sophisticated and superb quality of work was achieved.

Greek literature , architecture , and sculpture were particularly fine. This was the case with costume as well, the designs of which can be studied in detail from painted vases and sculpture. Classical Greek dress was a draped style, one in which there was little sewing.

The garments for men and women were similar, consisting of oblong pieces of fabric in different sizes and materials, draped in various ways and held in place by ribbons and decorative pins.

The dress was a totally natural one; there was no constriction and no padding. The simplicity of the dress was offset by the myriad ways of wearing it, a sophistication achieved by personal expression of the wearer.

As time passed and finer materials mostly linen were produced, a further variety in draping was created by pleating , a treatment particularly in use for feminine wear. The pieces of material were set into pleats, soaked in a thin starch solution, twisted and tied at the ends, then left in the sun to dry. This gave a greater permanence to the pleating. The subject of colour in Greek dress is a difficult one. Neither sculpture nor vases which are in black, red, and white provide information.

It is known, however, that buildings and ornament were painted in bright colours, and literary sources report colour being employed. Decoration was most often by the Classical ornament forms seen in architecture: The Hellenistic Age of Greek culture, dating from bce and lasting until Greece became part of the Roman Empire in 30 bce , was a wealthier time, reflecting the wider boundaries of the Greek world resulting from the conquests of Alexander the Great.

To the fine linens available in costume were added cotton from India and silk from China; thus the draped mode became more varied and elaborate. From Classical times the chief garment was the chiton , a type of tunic made from one or two pieces of material hanging back and front, pinned on one or both shoulders, and girded. For men the chiton was usually knee-length and seamed up one or both sides. An ankle-length version was worn by women and for more formal wear by men.

The simplest type of chiton was sleeveless, but later a sleeved version was made possible by using a much wider piece of material pinned at intervals at shoulder level, creating an elbow-length wide sleeve.

A variation on the chiton style for both sexes was achieved by wearing a double girdle, one at waist level and one around the hips, the material being bloused out in between. The peplos was an additional garment worn by women. Made of one or two pieces of fabric, it hung from the shoulder pins to above or below the waist girdle.

Alternatively, women used a longer piece of the chiton material and folded it over in front to hang in a similar manner. There were two chief forms of cloak or wrap. The smaller one—the chlamys —was of dark wool and was worn pinned on one shoulder, usually leaving the right arm free.

The larger wrap was the himation , worn by both sexes. Draped in many different ways, it covered the body and could be drawn up over the head. In sculpture, philosophers and statesmen are commonly depicted wearing the himation. Knowledge of underwear is limited. Literary sources tell of a linen girdle and a band to delineate the breasts. Men wore a loincloth. Bleach was often used to make the hair fashionably blond; perfumes and pomades were applied. Beards were common until the time of Alexander.

Most men were bareheaded, a hat being reserved for bad weather. There was a low-crowned, broad-brimmed style—the petasos —and a brimless cap, the pilos. Many women wore wigs of different shades and decorated their coiffure with flowers, jewels, and fillets. They draped the head with the cloak and, in the Hellenistic period, sometimes perched a straw hat on top. Both sexes went barefoot indoors but outside wore leather sandals. Men also wore boots, which were laced up the front and might be fur-lined.

Greek jewelry was very fine and was, especially in the later centuries, worn in abundance. Both sexes used perfume, and women employed extensive makeup to give brilliance to their eyes, lashes, and cheeks. Cultural development came later to Italy than to the Aegean area.

The Greeks colonized southern Italy and Sicily from the later 7th century bce , but it was the Etruscans who introduced a high standard of civilization, in the previous century, to the central region of the peninsula. They called themselves the Rasenna, though in Latin they were known as the Etrusci or Tusci. It is believed that they may have emigrated from Anatolia or possibly from farther east.

They quickly developed their culture in their new land, and, soon after bce , they were living in an urban society capable of a high standard of building and visual arts. In dress, as in the other applied arts, they drew their inspiration and knowledge from a mixture of sources, chiefly Greek and Middle Eastern. The Etruscans also had a close affinity of dress with the Minoans, with sewn and fitted garments, bright colouring, rich decoration, and an abundance of beautiful jewelry, especially in gold.

Nevertheless, Etruscan dress, for both sexes, demonstrates a marriage between East and West, blending Eastern features from Egypt, Syria, and Crete with a later Ionian-style draped attire probably derived from the contemporary Greek colonists in southern Italy.

Thus, Etruscans can be seen wearing both draped, pinned tunics and fitted, sewn ones, or such Greek styles as the chlamys , himation , or chiton in conjunction with footwear with Middle Eastern-style turned-up toes. Some Etruscan garments presaged later styles; for example, the tebenna , a semicircular mantle, was an early version of the Roman toga, and a decorative collar derived from Egypt anticipated a later Byzantine version. The civilization of ancient Rome spanned more than a thousand years, from the traditional founding of the walled city in the mid-8th century bce to the final collapse of the western part of the empire in ce.

Until the 3rd century bce the Romans derived their culture from the Greeks and the Etruscans but after this gradually began to develop their own civilization and to expand their influence, taking over territory after territory—first that of the Etruscans, then Sicily , Carthage and North Africa , Greece , and Egypt.

They went on to found the great Roman Empire , which by the 2nd century ce extended from Spain to the Black Sea and from Britain to Egypt. The history of Roman dress is paralleled by that of Roman arts and architecture.

They inherited many ideas from the Greeks, but, as the empire extended its borders and incorporated peoples of different customs, climates, and religions, matters of style became more complex. In costume, as in art, the trend was toward a more ornate, richly coloured, more varied, and, especially in the later days of the empire, very luxurious attire. Roman dress also reflected a distinct division of social class , with certain colours, fabrics, and styles reserved for citizens and important personages.

With the expansion of the empire, wider trading was made possible. This increased the availability of more varied and elegant fabrics. Cotton from India and silks from East Asia were accessible to the wealthy, enriched by high-quality embroidered edging and fringing. Elagabalus — ce was the first Roman emperor to wear silk. Later, looms were set up to weave silk, but China retained control of sericulture , exporting only silk thread or fabric, both of which were expensive.

The art of dyeing and knowledge of the use of mordants was now more extensive. The famous dye of the Classical world was Tyrian purple , so called because its centre of production was in the twin cities of Tyre and Sidon now in Lebanon. The dye was obtained from small glands in the mollusk Purpura and was costly owing to the small size of the source material. Thus, the wearing of Tyrian purple was reserved for a few; although the name Purpura gave rise to the word purple , the colour would be described today as something between red and purple.

Under the empire, production sites were established in Crete, Sicily, and Anatolia. At Taranto in southern Italy a hill survives that is composed entirely of the shells of the Purpura mollusk. The garment for which Rome is most famous is the toga. A large piece of material wrapped around the masculine body as a cloak, the toga served a similar function as the Greek himation , although the fabric was of quite a different shape.

Under the empire, the toga acquired a special distinction because of its unique and complex method of draping and because, as a note of rank, its wearing was restricted to Roman citizens.

The toga was not rectangular in shape like the himation but was a segment of a circle, measuring about 18 feet 5. It was made of wool and so was very heavy. To drape it, about five feet of the straight edge of the fabric was placed against the centre front of the body from ground level upward. The rest of the material was then thrown over the left shoulder and passed around the back, under the right arm, and once again over the left shoulder and arm.

The right arm was therefore left free. The material could be pouched in front as well as drawn up over the head. Certain patterns and colours were worn by specific members of society. The basic masculine garment was like the chiton; it was called a tunica. Colours differentiated the social classes—white for the upper classes, natural or brown for others.

Longer tunica s were worn for important occasions. About ce the dalmatic was introduced from Dalmatia. This was a looser, ungirded style of tunic with wide sleeves. As time passed, women took to wearing several garments one on top of the other, while the garments themselves were made of finer fabrics and were more lavishly decorated. The feminine cloak, the palla , resembled the Greek himation. Underwear for both sexes consisted of a loincloth—like briefs—and women also wore a breastband—the mamillare.

Footwear was based upon the Greek but was more varied. Apart from sandals, several styles of shoe and boot existed.

Face powder, rouge, eye shadow, and eyeliner were lavishly applied by upper-class women, who also attached beauty patches to their faces. Wigs and hair switches were commonly worn, and certain colours of hair were fashionable; for example, during the Gallic and Teutonic campaigns, blonde wigs made from the hair of captured slaves were in vogue. Animal furs and hides made up the chief garments during the European Stone Age.

They would be held to the body by a thong belt and by pins at the shoulder. Later such skins were pierced with awls and sewn together with cordage to give a closer fit. Finds from tombs and living sites dating to the Upper Paleolithic Period c. No garments have survived the oldest part of the Upper Paleolithic, but archaeologists have recovered artifacts such as boxwood and bone combs, delicate bone needles, reindeer horn buttons and plaques, and decorative items such as necklaces and armlets of beads, amber, and ivory.

Discoveries from more recent eras, such as that of the Iceman, or Ötzi c. The advent of the Bronze Age varies in time and expression from one part of Europe to another. The art of bronze working came to Italy from the Middle East and then spread westward to Britain and Scandinavia.

During the years — bce the arts of spinning and weaving were further developed; simple natural dyes were used; and decoration was by embroidery, fringing, and plaiting. In Denmark , the northern Netherlands, and Germany the practice of burying people in peat bogs has preserved a number of actual, almost complete, Bronze Age garments. Most of the garments are woolen or leather items that were maintained in remarkable condition in oak log coffins.

They include large semicircular cloaks, felt caps, tunics with leather straps and belts, and, for women, jackets and skirts with ornamental belts and hair ornaments. A different type of dress was worn by the nomadic peoples who lived on the Steppe , a grassy plain that stretches from Hungary to Manchuria. Such groups, which included the Scythians , Cimmerians , and Sarmatians , traveled immense distances on horseback.

Their attire being suited to their way of life, both sexes wore similar garments consisting of a woolen tunic over a shirt and wide trousers. These garments were worn in layers one on top of another; they were fairly close-fitting but loose enough for comfort and for the practical needs of hours spent on horseback. Short boots were pulled up over the trouser bottoms and tied in place.

These peoples also wore leather belts around their waists, and felted woolen caps kept their heads warm. Around bce the Scythians lived in the region around the Black Sea and then gradually moved westward to Romania , Hungary , and Germany.

Excavation of their burial sites in the Dnieper valley and near Simferopol, both in Ukraine , and in the Balkans has yielded both actual garments and a wealth of relief sculpture , vases, and plaques that illustrate Scythian dress. The 6th-century- bce Hallstatt culture of the Bavarian and Bohemian areas had an advanced lifestyle for its time.

Finds from this early phase of the Iron Age , however, are chiefly weapons and jewelry. In the 4th century bce the Celts from central Europe, or at least some of their styles and methods of manufacture, moved into Italy and thence on to Britain, Ireland, and Spain. Finds of the Celtic culture, which consist largely of jewelry, toilet articles, and ornaments, illustrate both the high Celtic standard of craftsmanship, especially in metal, and the individual character of their design.

Museums in many countries—notably Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and Britain—display a wealth of such work. Roman influence on the dress of the northern and western countries of the empire was strong until the early 5th century ce.

This was to a certain extent, however, a two-way influence since, in the colder northern areas, the Romans found the indigenous dress styles of belted tunics with trousers or leg-banding more suitable than their own Classical tunica and bare legs.

This evidence is reinforced by the written accounts of Roman historians such as Cornelius Tacitus of the 1st century ce and Sidonius Apollinaris of the later years. At the time of their first encounter with European explorers, the American Indian population was composed of societies of many levels of social and economic complexity.

With such immense climatic variation , the Americas were home to a wide variety of dress. Cloth was rarely made in the region north of the Rio Grande, although many cultures there made finely woven baskets.

Most people wore clothing made from the tanned or chamois skins of local animals, such as deer, elk, buffalo, moose, beaver, otter, wolf, fox, and squirrel. Native Americans employed animal oils, particularly those found in the brains of the animal, to produce a softly textured material that they then dyed in brilliant colours. They often made use of the entire skin, adapting the garment to the shape of the animal and wearing it draped and sewn only minimally; the legs, paws, and tail were left attached and hung down as decoration.

Like other groups with little to no metalworking, Native Americans pierced the edges of skins with bone or stone awls and then threaded the edges together with animal sinew or fibre cordage.

Decoration was by porcupine-quill embroidery , the quills being softened by chewing or simmering and then dyed. Garments were also decorated by fringed edging. Depending upon local conditions, men might wear a breechclout and women a short skirt. In warm, dry climates shirts were often optional, while in wetter regions a cloak or poncho might be added. In cooler areas men typically wore a loose hip-length tunic and thigh-length leggings, the latter tied to the waistband of the breechclout.

Women typically wore a long dress and short leggings. Hair was carefully tended by both sexes. For the men there were many, varied styles; in some areas hair was grown long and plaited, in others it was worn loose. Some styles were dramatic, consisting of, for example, a ridge of hair sticking up along the crown of the head, extending from the forehead back, with the remainder of the head shaved. This style was revived in punk coiffures of more modern times when it was called the Mohawk or Mohican.

Animal hair and feathers were added to many hairstyles. An important form of regalia was a feathered headdress , which sometimes included buffalo horns, ermine tails, and quillwork. The moccasin was the traditional shoe. It was made from one or two pieces of soft leather, which enclosed the foot, with no added heel.

It was seamed to an inset decorative piece on top of the instep. The leather was then folded over at the back. Facial and body hair was often plucked out with tweezers, and both face and hair were painted.

Red pigment was frequently used to paint the body. Both sexes tattooed their bodies, sometimes all over, and some continue this tradition today; bright red and black were the colours most often used for this. This clothing was made from animal skins, but because of the climate it was sewn and tailored to the body to keep out the wind. The fur or pelt of the animal was retained, and garments were often worn fur side in.

Thread was of animal sinew, awls for piercing the skin were generally stone, and needles were of bone or ivory. The Eskimo used all available animal skins: They also used birds—the skin for clothing and the feathers as decoration. Sealskin was ideal for boots, which were made with the fur turned inward. Seal gut was used to make waterproof outer garments for those who ventured onto the sea. Both sexes wore the same type of garments: The hooded tunic was variously named in different areas.

Two of these—the parka of the Aleutian Islands and the anorak of Greenland—have become essential items of modern dress. The Aztec settled in Mexico about the 12th century. The men wore loincloths, the women tunics and skirts, all made from woven cotton fabric. Ornamental cloaks were worn as garments of rank. The decoration of Aztec costume was chiefly by exotic plumes, but fur also was used.

The Aztec elite wore a great deal of jewelry, mainly of gold. Their culture flourished chiefly between and ce. Their shoulders are roughtly the same width as their waist and hips. Use clothing to widen the shoulders and add the effect of a subtle taper from your top down.

For tailoring, make sure you opt for single-breasted styles. When off-duty, create shape by contrasting layers such as a shirt or a cardigan over a crisp white T-shirt or vest to create an extended V-shaped panel on the upper section of your body. In a full-bodied man also called stocky, rotund, fleshy, etc. The rest of the build tends to reflect this as well, with shorter, broader limbs that widen at their midpoints.

In other words — Most off the rack clothing will fit you well — pending minor adjustments. The rib cage widens steadily up to the collarbone and shoulders, which are the broadest parts of the torso. This gives the body an overall trapezoidal shape with the shorter side at the bottom.

Showcase your athletic body shape in slim and fitted clothes. Take advantage of sports-inspired modern looks. Any well-dressed man will tell you that the secret to comfortable and flattering style comes down to fit.

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