The V-taper is men’s fashion’s best kept secret

The likelihood is you’ve seen the V-taper in men’s fashion before. Virtually every fashion model has it but we brush over it for the most part and concentrate on the clothes.

But what makes those clothes look so much better on them than us? Yes, their bloody good looks help, but a strong V-taper is what helps clothing to fit as it should.

Men’s clothes are meant to accentuate a male’s dominant features – the shoulders, chest and back. It should do this whilst tapering towards the waist.

This is just how classic menswear works – it is what looks best and no matter how many trends come and go, well fitted clobber will always prevail.

It is your responsibility to look as damn good as you can. Don’t do it for anyone else, do it for yourself. Having love handles, man boobs and droopy shoulders not only lessens the potential of your style game, it makes you feel absolutely horrible.

Being fit gives you a much better outlook on life, opens up doors that were previously closed, gives you infinitely higher confidence and to top it off, your clothes are going to look fantastic.

The obligatory millennial disclaimer

For the oft-offended millennial minority – here is your section.

You are fine how you are. It’s okay to lie on the couch all day and eat like a pig at a trough, your body is PERFECT. Don’t let anyone tell you to be better and take responsibility for your health – they’re just lousy bigots!!

Now, for the majority of us normies, it’s okay to want to be better and it’s okay to not want to be overweight. BUT, I appreciate how hard it can be, so for my fashionable brothers who are carrying a little bit of extra weight, here’s a couple of links on how to dress for your size and shape whilst you continue your journey towards health & style Valhalla:

Link #1

Link #2

Listen, I’ve been there. I have attempted many ‘bulks’ and instead just got fat as can be. It can be hard to break the cycle but if you tuck your top in and have a big old roll hanging over your belt, maybe it’s time to take drastic action.

This is your guide to creating the V-taper – the men’s fashion industry’s best kept secret.

What is the V-taper?

Also known as the ‘Golden Ratio’, the V-taper simply means the shape of a man’s upper body. It is characterised by broad shoulders and a slim waist. Much easier said than done.

The V-taper is based in human evolution. No matter how many dad bod phases we go through as a culture, our biological instincts suggest that those that possess a body more akin to a V shape are healthier, stronger, more confident and more attractive.

Whether these assumptions are true or not is a discussion for another time but this is how our minds perceive it and this is why the fashion industry seeks out males who have this trait.

They want their clothes to look as good as possible. They know that the V-taper lends itself perfectly to men’s fashion which is why most models are basically carbon copies of each other with slightly different faces.

Examples of a V-taper in men’s fashion

Here are a few examples to illustrate what on Earth I’m talking about.

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As you can see, these guys aren’t overly muscly but they have small waists, low body fat and well developed shoulders. There are other components to this that we will cover in just a moment but here you can see the V-taper in men’s fashion around the world.

No matter what clothing these guys are wearing, you can clearly see that they have this shape to their upper body and the clothes look effortlessly cool as a result.

Just so we’re clear, I am well aware that these guys have stylists basically 24/7 but the basic premise is still there.

The V-taper workout

The V-taper relies on large shoulders, a wide back, low body fat and a taught waist. These workouts are aimed at maximising these areas. It may not be the best for overall musculature or if you’re training for a powerlifting meet, but it will get you some serious V’s.

Exercises marked A1, A2, B1, B2, etc are to be performed as a superset. Take 1 minute between exercises in your superset. For example, do the overhead press, rest 1 minute, then do a set of pull-ups, rest a minute, overhead press and so on.

Take 2 minutes rest after you have completed the prescribed number of sets and reps for a given exercise (or group of exercises).

Monday – Upper Body

A1. Overhead press – 4 sets of 8

A2. Pull-ups – 4 sets of 8

B1. Dips – 4 sets of 10

B2. Lat Pulldowns – 4 sets of 10

C1. Lateral raises – 3 sets of 12

C2. Face pulls – 3 sets of 12

Tuesday – Cardio & Abs

5km low tempo jog

Myotatic crunch – 1 set of 12

Cat Vomit – 1 set of 12

Wednesday – Lower Body

Trap bar deadlift – 3 sets of 8

A1. Leg extensions – 3 sets of 12

A2. Leg curls – 3 sets of 12

Kettlebell swings – 75 reps

Thursday – Cardio & Abs

15 minute HIIT workout on the Bike

Myotatic crunch – 1 set of 12

Cat Vomit – 1 set of 12

Friday – Full Body

A1. Bench press – 4 sets of 8

A2. Barbell row – 4 sets of 10

A3. Split squats – 4 sets of 12 (each leg)

B1. Lateral raises – 4 sets of 12

B2. Barbell curl – 4 sets of 12

B3. Rope extension – 4 sets of 12

The V-Taper diet

We’re going to need a diet to go along with all this aren’t we? To get down to very lean levels of body fat, you are obviously going to have to cut your calories.

I found it easiest to do this by cutting out processed carbs for 6 days of the week with a cheat day on Saturday. This is what is known as a Slow Carb diet and keeps you satiated despite putting you in a caloric deficit.

You could also simply dial back your calories which may suit other people but i just found this approach to be easiest and it made me feel great – plus, who doesn’t love cheat days?

Here’s an example of what a Slow Carb meal plan would look like for one day:


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 120g green lentils
  • Garlic salt


  • 30g protein shake
  • 3 Brazil nuts (optional)


  • 240g chicken breast
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 courgette
  • 100g mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Mixed herbs


  • 125g beef mince
  • 100g asparagus heads
  • 100g tenderstem broccoli
  • 100g mushrooms
  • 50g spinach
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • BBQ spice

There we have it fellas – I have shown you the V-taper in men’s fashion and how you can achieve it. It will be a long, turbulent road but you will get there eventually.

Consistency pays off.