Note: I myself am not a man. I am a genderqueer female and have worn men's clothing for almost all of my adult life. That isn't going to change. I only intermittently pay attention to my appearance and whether I actually look good in clothes; part of this is because of the stress of buying and wearing men's garments and the fact that I haven't often been advised about clothes or even complimented on my appearance other than by people who were trying to get me to change the way I do my gender. Whatever. Water under the bridge.
I am making a renewed effort to look at least reasonably OK in clothes. However, my figure is very pear-shaped, with a very defined waist and then HIPS. Like, about 80% of my body fat is situated between my hipbones and my knees. I am aware that some of the clothing I own makes me look like a sack of potatoes.
I'm never sure about what to do to remedy this. Sometimes I have bought the square-legged type of trouser, which draw attention away from my arse but at the expense of making me appear to be a weird chimera formed by grafting a skinny person's torso onto the legs of an elephant.
At other times I have gone for the ones that taper more, but I'm worried that if you aren't terribly skinny these end up looking both kind of feminine and also sort of like a snake that has swallowed an elephant whole.
I've been thinking: presumably, given the range of body types, this is not a problem that is exclusive to female-bodied people. How do guys deal with it? All the fancy menswear blogs advise you to get things altered at a tailor, but I can't do this because the tailor is likely to start turning it all into the dreaded Girl Clothes. There must be other solutions, right?