Body Language – Mens signs to show he’s interested

Women choose from no less than 52 moves to show men they are interested. The average male chooses a lot less to attract a female. Below are some of the most common things to look out for… Ladies take note!

  •  He will serve you an eyebrow flash.

When we first see someone we are attracted to our eyebrows rise and fall. If they fancy us back they will raise theirs. The whole thing only lasts about a fifth of a second. Lifting our brows pulls the eyes open and allows more light to reflect off the surface, making them look bright, large and inviting. A flash might be easy to miss it they are so reliable. Deliberately extend it for up to one second and you’ve drastically upped the chances of him getting the message your interested.

  • His lips part If he likes what he sees.

His lips will automatically part for a moment when your eyes first lock.

  • His nostrils flare and his face generally ‘opens’.

The raised brows, parted lips, flaring nostrils, and wide eyes give the whole face a friendly open expression.

  • He will stroke his tie or smooth a lapel.

These preening gestures are equivalent of the female lip lick.

  • He’ll smooth or muss up his hair.

Guys do this involuntarily and more often than women think.

  • He will stand tall.

All his muscles will be pulled tight to show his body off to the best advantage.

  • He will let you see him checking out your body.

Some experts call it visual voyaging – his eyes take a little cruise around your body, stopping momentarily around the prettiest ports. He has automatically scanned your body the second he laid eyes on you, the difference here is he’s letting you see him do it.

  • He will touch his face a lot while looking at you.

If he’s keen he will stroke his cheek up and down with the back of his fingers, touch his ears or rub his chin.

 

– CASEY PAUL

Mens Body Analysis- How To Dress A Rectangular Body Shape

Men with a rectangular body shape will have shoulders and hips of a similar width. The aim when dressing this body shape is to choose clothing detail and lines which create the illusion of a wider top half.

Business/ Formal Jackets

  • Double breasted if slim
  • Single breasted if larger
  • Notched or peaked lapels
  • Angular/ curved hemline
  • Slightly padded
  • No vents/ two side vents
  • Flap pockets

Casual jackets / Tops

  • Slightly padded shoulders
  • Zip fronted jackets
  • Length of jacket longer than waist
  • Coats back belted
  • Sweaters with horizontal chest detail

Trousers

  • Single pleats
  • Straight leg
  • Regular fit
  • Chinos
  • Belt showing or covered
  • Avoid tight trousers, shorts or trunks

Shirts and Tops

  • Tucked in or left out
  • Straight fit
  • Set in / off the shoulder sleeve
  • Moderate length

Fabrics and Patterns

  • Broad range – tightly woven
  • Crisp to softer texures
  • Plain, check, pinstripe

Accessories

Belts – angular buckle

Ties – Solid colour, stripe, geometric

 

– Casey Paul

 

Mens Body Analysis- How To Dress A Contoured Body Shape

Men with a contoured body shape will have a rounded silhouette. For this body shape avoid sharp clothing detail and lines.

Business/Formal Jackets

  • Unstructured suit with classic lapels
  • Single breasted
  • Rounded or notched lapels
  • Curved hemline
  • Moderate padding
  • No vent or single vent
  • Concealed pockets
  • Tuck in pocket flap
  • Waistcoats are flattering under suit

Casual Jackets/Tops

  • Minimal detail
  • No waist detail
  • Vertical lines, cable and seam detail
  • No belts on coats

Trousers

  • Flat fronted trousers
  • Straight Leg
  • Relaxed or straight fit chinos or jeans
  • Drawstring

Shirts And Tops

  • Do not tuck in
  • Open neck polo shirts
  • Raglan sleeve
  • Longer length

Fabrics And Patterns

  • Soft- loosely woven textures
  • Matte finish fabrics
  • Plain, vertical lines
  • Poplin (grid weave) or cotton shirts

Accessories

  • Avoid Belts

Ties

  • Solid Colour
  • Paisley
  • Curved Patterns
  • Avoid sharp patterns and tightly woven fabrics

Mens Body Analysis – How To Dress A Triangular Body Shape

Men with a triangular body shape will have wide shoulders and narrow hips. This can be a natural shape or can be achieved by having a very physical job or exercise. This is deemed the mens ideal body shape.

Below are some clothing style guidelines for this body shape.

Business/Formal Jackets

  • Double Breasted
  • Wide or peaked lapels
  • Angular hemline
  • Slightly padded
  • No Vents / 2 Side Vents
  • Flap Pockets
  • Avoid emphasis on shoulders

Casual Jackets/Tops

  • Bomber
  • Blouson
  • Unstructured
  • Belted Coats
  • Tucked in Tops

Trousers

  • Double pleats
  • Straight leg/bootcut
  • Slim fit
  • Belted waist
  • Straight leg/slim fit jeans

Shirts and Tops

  • Tucked in – belt showing
  • Slim fit – v neck and polo
  • Set – in sleeves
  • Drop shoulder
  • Short in length

Fabrics and patterns

  • Tightly woven
  • Crisp
  • Little or no texture
  • Plain or pinstripe
  • Check, geometric or abstract patterns
  • Herringbone or plaids (large checks)

Accesories

Belts

  • Angular buckle

Ties

  • Solid colour
  • Stripe
  • Geometric
  • Abstract
  • Paisley

General

  • Avoid soft fabrics

 

– CASEY PAUL

Womens Body Analysis- The Apple Body Shape

Apple body shapes have a full upper body, a prominent tummy and are fuller around the waistline. In some cases they can have wide hips and fuller legs or quite slender legs in proportion to the upper body.

Emphasise the shoulders and keep the focus on the neckline and on the face. Choose looser fitting and longer style tops without drawing too much attention to the waistline. Stick to solid medium to dark colours, geometric and abstract patterns as well as details such as ruching and matt fabrics.

Examples of celebrities with this body shape are Dawn French and Beth Ditto.

Clothing Style Guidelines – The Apple Body Shape

Tops and T shirts

  • Go for tops with necklines that flatter the bust, which are longer in the body and not too tight
  • Empire line side fastening shirts
  • Empire line tops and t shirts
  • Ruching detail around the tummy area
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details
  • Bold Patterns
  • Wide V necks or scoop necklines

Knitwear

  • Cowl neck tunics
  • 3/4 length cardigans with belts tied at the back or ones that are just worn open

Avoid: Ponchos and chunky knitwear

Jackets

  • Unstructured or structured, semi fitted blazers with single button
  • V neck jackets that give defined waist
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details

Coats

  • Swagger
  • 3/4 length duster coat
  • Go for styles with strong or enhanced shoulder details
  • Flared coats with deep lapels

Bottoms

  • Skirts with a wide waistband with pleats starting below the tummy
  • Stitched down pleated, A-line and flared skirt styles
  • Bold patterned skirts
  • Dark coloured tailored wide leg and bootleg trousers

Patterns

  • Bold patterns

Avoid

  •  Small delicate patterns

Fabrics

  • Light to medium weight fabrics

Avoid

  • Fabrics that cling

 

– CASEY PAUL

 

 

 

Eating Clean Feeling Lean – Clean living has a positive effect on how you look and feel

Often, when we take a look in the mirror we are less than impressed with what is staring back at us, but striving for the body we want must start with a healthy attitude. Eating the right foods for your body and knowing how to eat for life can have positive impacts not only on your physical appearance but also how you feel.

Let’s be honest, diets usually lead to failure, so finding a sustainable, healthy-eating approach that will suit your life is essential. Now, to be clear I do not condone ‘diets’ which include fasts, cutting out entire food groups or obsessive exercise routines for any period of time. Although at this time of year, quick-fix diets may sound tempting but in 95% of cases, diets result in weight gain. To put it simply; our body fat is connected to our central nervous system and rapid weight loss or extreme dieting can trigger our body’s self-preservation mechanism so our bodies go into storage mode; thinking we are starving. So, when you ditch the crash diet and go back to eating how you originally were you gain weight. Dieters therefore are setting themselves up to fail continuously. The idea then is to find a way of eating for life, something realistic to follow that is sustainable. Here are my 3 approaches that I recommend:

Eat more raw food

If we look at the natural world, we would never find any other living creatures that are overweight (except for our over fed dogs). It is almost hard for our minds to conjure up the image of an overweight plant or lady bug-due to the fact that all living creatures consume a steady diet of raw foods while us humans eat a considerable amount of cooked,processed and artificial toxin containing foods. Eating a diet rich in raw foods works well for weight loss because raw plant foods are naturally low in calories but high in nutrients- we are simply designed to eat these foods! Raw foods are also naturally diuretic so we feel lighter and less bloated which can also account for a significant weight loss. Aiming for a diet high in raw foods is not difficult to achieve. If you have some fruit with breakfast or mid-morning snack, a large salad for lunch, crudités such as raw celery and carrot as a snack and side salad with dinner you’re there. Try to always accompany your meals with lots of raw, fresh vegetables with chicken or fish.

Eat less processed foods

Processed foods are highly to blame for the sharp rise in obesity levels and chronic disease. Excess weight is often to blame thanks to highly processed foods and simply shifting you’re thought pattern and eating habits could completely change your body and the way you feel. The main rules are don’t eat any product containing more than five ingredients and don’t eat anything you don’t recognise or cannot pronounce the word of. The premise is simple; eat real food. Many people just lose weight simply by switching to real food without doing much else. Yes, you do have to start reading labels and cook from scratch but making simple, healthy, real food is easy and it doesn’t have to be really time consuming. But you have to think to yourself; is eating ready meals, pre-made pasta sauce, biscuits and shop bought pizza really worth those extra pounds on the scales and poor skin? Yes, you have to make changes but they are simple……Who wants to feel sluggish and have excess fat around their middle?

Go macrobiotic

It has been claimed that a macrobiotic diet decreases your likelihood of developing cancer, prevents diabetes and cardiovascular disease and helps control weight. A macrobiotic diet is based on ancient Chinese philosophy and recommends limiting intakes of white flour, dairy, meat, sugar,caffeine and introducing foods such as whole grains, fish, beans and vegetables. The premise is that the consumption of un natural or ‘processed’ ingredients and foods introduces toxins into the body leading to disease. This diet is certainly achievable in everyday life and suggests eating tofu instead of meat, rice milk instead of cow’s milk and almond butter instead of dairy butter. There is no need necessarily to cut out meat or dairy entirely but you can simply achieve benefits by adding more of these macrobiotic foods into the diet.

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Rebecca Greenberg BSc (Hons)
Nutrition Consultant

Womens Body Analysis – The Inverted Triangle Body Shape

This shape is apparently the second most desired body shape to have! Typically inverted triangles will have wide shoulders, broad back, can be full busted and from the waist down has a smaller waist, narrow hips and slender legs.

If this sounds like you, we have some guidelines of what to wear and how to style yourself to accentuate your best features when preparing for a night out! Dress this figure with simple designs and use block colour rather than patterns, for some reason this usually works better. Broad shoulders are an asset and will make the waistline appear smaller. The aim is to balance the lower body with the upper body using the correct styles and details below the waist.

Depending on the occasion you are dressing for adapt your style accordingly. Whether for work or hitting the town in London, you can always dress to impress and look and feel your best. If you are venturing out though, booking a minicab in advance can prevent a great night going bad and that  fabulous outfit going to waste!

Examples of celebrities with inverted triangle body shapes include Tyra Banks and Katie Price.

Clothing Style Guidelines- The Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • V- neck, square, sweetheart and halter necklines
  • Striaght lapels
  • Mandarin collar
  • Polo shirts

Knitwear

  • Shorter fitted cardigans and jumpers
  • 3/4 length fitted cardigans
  • Asymetric and wrap styles

Jackets

  • Slightly fitted, classic styles with nipped in waist
  • Peplum, bomber and bolero
  • Waistcoats

Coats

  • Belted macs
  • Simple classic designs
  • Coats with fuller skirts

Avoid

Very heavy shoulder padding or accentuated shoulder detail

Bottoms

  • Short skirts, straight pencil, pleated, stitched down pleated and gored skirts
  • Skirts with fluted hemline
  • Tapered, straight, skinny and bootleg trousers and leggings

Patterns

  • Geometric and asymmetric patterns and lines
  • Use solid colours rather than patterns to create a dramatic effect

Avoid

Floral or fussy prints

Fabrics

  • Structured fabrics which retain their shape
  • Tweed
  • Jersey
  • Raw silk
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp cotton and linens

 

– Casey Paul

 

 

Womens Body Analysis – The Hourglass Body Shape

The hourglass figure is deemed to be the perfect body shape. There are two versions of this body shape; slim and petite or full and curvy- the second being the most commonly recognised. The upper and lower body will be in proportion and you will notice a smaller defined waistline. Women with this shape are fortunate as weight gain or loss is evenly distributed on the body.

The cut of clothes need to work with the hourglass body shape, mirroring the figure, showing off every curve and accentuating this feminine shape. The aim is to highlight the waistline and avoid any boxy clothing shapes.

Examples of celebrities with this shape are Marilyn Monroe and Liz Hurley.

Clothing Style Guidelines – The Hourglass Body Shape

Tops and T shirts

  • V and square necklines
  • Curved necklines
  • Cowl, scoop, crew, henley and shawl collar
  • Sweetheart necklines
  • Round and dropped notch lapels and slightly rounded shirt collar

Avoid

Straight, slash, boat and turtle necklines

Knitwear

  • Twin sets, crew and cowl
  • Tunic styles, fitted under bust

Fabrics

  • Light to medium fabrics
  • Smooth wools and knits, jersey, chiffon and silk
  • Light weight wool, jersey and suede
  • Corduroy, linen, soft lace and stone washed silk (matt finish)

Jackets

  • fitted with curved or angular necklines, lapels and hemlines
  • Jackets with two buttoned fastening
  • Single breasted styles

Avoid

Double breasted and boxy styles

Coats

  • Softly tailored with little or no detail
  • A line or flowing hemlines
  • Nipped in waist and belted styles
  • Curved or set in pockets
  • Swagger and princess styles

Bottoms

  • Sarong/wrap skirts
  • Tapered, boot, straight and wide leg trousers
  • Pencil and A line skirts

Patterns

  • Soft and bolder abstracts
  • Polka dots
  • Florals

 

 

 

 

Womens Body Analysis- The rectangle body shape

The rectangle body shape will have a straight up and down figure with no defined waist. In terms of sizing there will be little or no difference between the upper, waist and lower sizes. Women that have a rectangular body shape quite often will be referred to as having an athletic or boyish figure. There are two versions of this body shape, one being lean and straight and the other being fuller and straight.

Most clothes can be worn well; the cut of the clothes needs to be structured, sometimes with a strong shoulder line. The lean rectangle shape will benefit from layering that will break up the body rather than figure hugging styles. With both shapes the idea is to create curves, drawing attention to the waistline.

Celebrity examples are Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Clothing style guidelines- The Rectangle Body Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • Straight and round necklines
  • V-neck, square, rounded square, halter, slash, mandarin and sailor necklines
  • Tank tops
  • Straight and notched lapels
  • Polo shirts

Knitwear

  • Belted cardigans
  • V neck and wrap cardigans
  • Tunics fitted under bust

Fabrics

  • Fabrics which retain their shape
  • Tweed
  • Silk and raw silk
  • Jersey
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp Cottons and linens

Jackets

  • Single breasted blazers
  • Fitted waistcoats
  • Long Semi – fitted 3/4 length cardigans

Coats

  • Belted Macs
  • Single Breasted styles
  • Wrap, flared and A line coats

Bottoms

  • Straight, tulip, pencil, stitched down pleated and straight wrap skirts
  • Skirts with fluted hemline
  • Straight, skinny, bootleg or tapered trousers

Patterns

  • Stripes
  • Checks
  • Geometric abstracts

 

Womens Body Analysis – The Pear Shape

The pear shape is the most common of the female body shapes. The upper body will often be straighter, more angular and smaller than the lower body, which tends to be fuller and curvier. When dressing a pear shape you’ll need to opt for two different sizes; one for the upper and one for the lower body to get the clothes to fit perfectly. Typically pear shapes will have a smaller, defined waistline and usually a smaller bust.

The aim when dressing a pear shape is to balance the upper body with the lower body whilst emphasising the waistline. You must widen and broaden the appearance of the shoulders using the correct styles and details. The upper body will suit more structured styles than the lower body.

Celebrity pear shape examples are Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez.

Clothing style guidelines – The Pear Shape

Tops and T-shirts

  • Straight necklines
  • V neck, square and strapless
  • Polo shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Straight and notched lapels
  • Straight, slash, boat, mandarin and sailor necklines

NOTE – Pear shapes can wear shawl collars and curved necklines but they wont look as good as angular styles.

Knitwear

  • Cardigan, v neck and twin sets

Fabrics (upper body)

  • Structured fabrics which retain their shape
  • Silk and satin
  • Corduroy
  • Crisp cotton and linens
  • Smooth wool and fine knits

Fabrics (lower body)

  • Light to medium weight fabrics
  • Chiffon
  • Silk jersey
  • Linen
  • Fine corduroy
  • Satin, taffeta, velvet, stone washed silk (matt finish) and soft lace

Jackets

  • Single breasted jackets with nipped in waist
  • Bomber
  • Chanel / boxy
  • Cardigan jacket

Coats

  • Fitted and straight
  • Swagger, belted and single breasted styles

Bottoms

  • Sarong/ wrap skirts
  • Boot, flared and wide leg trousers
  • Pencil and A-line skirts

Patterns (upper body)

  • Stripes and checks
  • Geometric abstracts
  • Graphical patterns
  • Small scale patterns

Patterns (lower body)

  • Paisley
  • Soft circular abstracts
  • Polka dots
  • Multi coloured patterns
  • Abstract florals
  • Larger scale patterns