After you become a dad, so many other things in life can take priority over your own physical health. As a result, many fathers get what’s been dubbed as the “Dad bod”. But just because your body may not be what it once was doesn’t mean that you have to dress in clothes that make you feel like a shell of your former self.
So to help you regain some of your confidence, here are three tips for dressing your “Dad bod”.
Figure Out Your Actual Sizes
One of the reasons why people often don’t dress their bodies the right way is because they don’t know what their actual size is. While you may have known at one time, as your body changes, you need to learn what your new sizes are.
To best determine this, Jeff Vrabel, a contributor to Fatherly.com, recommends that you visit a tailor who can properly measure you for all types of clothing. While you can do this yourself, having a tailor take care of these measurements will ensure that every measurement is accurate. And if you anticipate that your measurements will change in the future, which they likely will, you can also see how the tailor takes these measurements so you can do them on yourself when it comes time.
Get The Right Fit In Tops
Generally, having a “Dad bod” means that you’re not as trim around the middle. When this happens, it can be hard to find clothes that fit your body correctly and make you feel comfortable and confident, especially when it comes to shirts. However, knowing the right cuts of shirts to get can make a huge difference.
According to Marbbie Tagabucba, a contributor to Esquire.com, the best shirts to wear if you have a “Dad bod” are ones that hug your shoulders and chest rather than your arms or belly. By finding tops that fit you this way, you’ll accentuate the parts of your body that you’re likely more comfortable with and shield the parts of your body that you’re less comfortable with.
Choose Clothing Made Of Thicker Material
The materials that your clothes are made out of can help make your body look a little slimmer as well.
With this in mind, Melanie Pinola, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, advises that you try to find clothes that are made of thicker material. This will give your body a little more cushion from your clothes and will help to hide areas that you deem as “problem spots” for your body.
If you feel that you have a “Dad bod” that you’re needing some help dressing appropriately, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find ways to hide what you want and shine a light on the right places.