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Nov 17, 2015
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You've got the build, sure. But you're not quite yet fit to be a Men's Health cover dude.

Unfortunately, your date is happening this weekend, and no amount of extra reps at the gym can make you look ripped like Vin Diesel that fast. What do you do? Look buff by dressing up!

Enhance your muscle tone with these five, simple style hacks, and make sure that she notices the hours you've spent in the gym.


1)   THE GOLDEN RULE APPLIES: IT'S ALL IN THE FIT

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When you're feeling chubby, you feel like hiding under a ton of clothes. When you're skinny, you want to bulk up by layering clothes. When you're fit, don't do either. Don't wear baggy clothes to make yourself appear bigger. Doing this can hide your "gains." Also, stay away from pieces that are too body-hugging, unless your goal is to look like a suman. Get a shirt with just the right amount of leeway around your torso, matches the width of your shoulder correctly, and falls right where your zipper ends. 

 


2)   WEAR WHITE

Black makes you look thinner. White, on the other hand, makes you look bigger than you are, which is great if you want to accentuate your build.


3)   GO WITH SHOULDER PADS

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Before you turn away, listen to us first. We're not telling you to snip off the shoulder pads from your mother's blouses from the '80s and stick it under your shirt. What we're telling you to do is to wear jackets and suits with shoulder pads because these give the impression of broad shoulders. Remember, find something that fits you well—bomber jackets with super bulky pads can make you look disproportionate and your shoulders look undersized instead.


4)   HUNT FOR HORIZONTAL STRIPES

You probably already know that shirts with horizontal stripes can make you look taller. But they can also make your body seem wider. Your shoulders will appear broader and will give the impression of being more muscular.


5)   LAYER UP

Layering is back, take advantage of it. It can help beef up your upper body. But don't overdo it. You don't want to look like this jolly dude:

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