For the Guys: 10 Closet Must-Haves That Will Hide Your Beer Belly

Don't let your gut get in the way of looking great.

ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Chalk it up to stress eating due to work, a few too many after-office beers with your buddies, or missing a few workout sessions—the fact of the matter is, you now have a gut. Although it can veer into tito territory very quickly, a beer belly shouldn’t stop you from feeling and looking your best. Check out these 10 picks that can help you look polished while disguising your tummy.

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Checked Flannel Shirt (P1,595) from Pull & Bear

For guys who are a bit chunky up top, layers are your best friend. You don’t need to shy away from vibrant prints such as this striking plaid flannel from Pull & Bear. Wear it open with a great graphic tee inside!

PHOTO BY River Island Website

Jimmy Tapered Jeans (P1,529) from River Island

When it comes to jeans, choose one with a tapered fit that will make your legs look longer. This pair by River Island comes in a dark-blue wash that will visually slim you down.

PHOTO BY Mango Philippines Website

Textured Cotton-Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Navy (P1995) from Mango

You can always rely on a dark-colored sweater to not only make you look trim but also polish up your look. Choose a jumper in a natural fabric with a V-neckline, like this Mango option that will draw the eye downward and hide your midsection.

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PHOTO BY The Ilustrados Website

Lando SS Shirt in Black (P899) from The Ilustrados

Rule of thumb for bigger guys: Avoid horizontal stripes at all costs. They will always broaden your figure and make you look wider than you actually are. However, a well-chosen vertical stripe motif—as seen on this Cuban-collar shirt from The Ilustrados—can elongate your torso and make you look slimmer in the process.

PHOTO BY Zara Philippines Website

Cardigan with Pockets in Dark Grey (P2,995) from Zara

A light cardigan in a dark, neutral color can do wonders in slimming you down. When worn open, this grey knitted piece from Zara will visually cut your midsection in half.

PHOTO BY Free Beer Friday Instagram Page

Cayle Clutch in Black (P699) from Free Beer Friday

When all else fails, it might be helpful to have something on hand to hide your bulging belly with. This envelope clutch bag from Free Beer Friday is not only a stylish and modern way to carry your essentials, but also comes in handy for inopportune post-buffet group photos.

PHOTO BY H&M Philippines Website

Oxford Shirt in Dark Purple (P1,190) from H&M

When in doubt, go for an oxford shirt. You can avoid unsightly bulges with a relaxed-fit shirt that perfectly hugs your shoulders and chest. And don’t be afraid of wearing some color—you can get away with wearing any hue as long as you keep it sober, like this dark-purple H&M shirt.

PHOTO BY Bershka Philippines Website

Join Life Jacket in Garnet (P2,495) from Bershka

A denim or corduroy jacket is a godsend for guys on the thick side. Although fit for casual settings, it provides you with the advantages of tailoring and adds some heft to your shoulders in order to balance out your torso. Wear this cherry-hued Bershka jacket and you’re sure to turn heads.

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PHOTO BY Uniqlo Philippines Website

Pinstripe Relaxed Ankle-Length Pants (P990) from Uniqlo

If your gut is manageable enough, consider the half-tuck. As per the guys on Queer Eye, tucking in the front of your button-down can make you look more polished and trim. Pick out a great pair of trousers in a solid color to anchor your look, such as these navy pinstriped pants from Uniqlo.

PHOTO BY Zalora Philippines Website

Short-Sleeved Indigo Circle Shirt (P1,499) from Topman

Who says big guys can’t wear prints? Add some life to your wardrobe with some carefully chosen small-scale prints, such as this paisley chambray option from Topman.

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