Dressing as a trans-man, or in a non gender-conforming masculine style

For people whose gender at birth doesn't align with the gender they feel themselves to be, clothing can be a major ingredient in how they see themselves in the mirror. If you are looking to disguise some of the more feminine characteristics of you body the temptation can be to wear baggy clothing but in fact this often clings and drapes to curves. A structured and tailored suit can be a great way to show the body that you want to project to the world.

Here are some tips on making a suit accentuate the male characteristics of a body.

A tight jacket

Initially, many non-gender conforming folks head to a larger, boxier style of jacket. Contrary to popular belief, however, a tighter jacket is often a better way to disguise a bust, and can be added to a tight vest and appropriate undergarments to form a binding effect on a bust. A higher neckline vest also helps to give a more masculine style to the suit.

In the opposite direction, a set of darts down the side of a jacket can act to emphasise a bust for those who are happy to show their curves while otherwise dressing in a masculine style.

Better back flaps

The back flaps on a jacket can also emphasise or detract from a rounded derriere. A double-vented back flap will tend to flatten the impression of the backside, while a single vented jacket tends to emphasise a more prominent back-end.

Pant lines

Again the pleats at the front of the pair of pants will tend to emphasise any curves, while a flatter front will give a more masculine effect. A masculine suit usually has a relatively flat line on the outside of the pants leg in order to disguise the line of the leg where a feminine suit tends to cling more to the leg line and taper at the ankle.


It's important to note when taking measurements for your suit, that you should wear any of the underwear that you plan to wear with the suit, particularly if you are using some binding underwear or shape wear.

If you are looking to dress in a non gender-conforming, masculine way, a tailored suit can be a great way to project a professional and polished persona. Ordering custom made suits online can be a great way to start your journey, especially if you live in an area with few local shops that are open and welcoming to trans and non gender-conforming customers.