Many men suffer from a medical condition known as gynecomastia, which refers to the enlargement of the breast tissue area. In severe cases, this condition results in severe pain and a loss of some functional mobility. In all cases, though, it leads to the appearance of feminine-looking breasts that most men find embarrassing.

The good news is that, in most cases, this condition – commonly referred to as “man boobs” – can be easily fixed with a few basic style tricks that help to hide your body’s natural contours. In short, it is possible to hide your man breasts, even if you suffer from moderate to severe gynecomastia.

Tip #1: Embrace compression technology

Just a few years ago, it was hard to find a good compression vest that would hide gynecomastia. Now, it’s easier than you might think. You no longer have to go to a specialty retailer to find a tight-fitting compression vest.

You don’t have to worry about painful tape. Instead, just head to the athletic department of any major fashion retailer – they’re going to have compression vests from a number of the top brands, like Under Armour or Nike.

Best of all, these form-fitting options give you a full range of motion. Remember – they are made for strenuous exercise, so they move very naturally. People won’t even know that you are trying to hide man boobs with a vest.

And if you buy a size smaller than you normally would, it might help minimize your man boobs even more.

Tip #2: Choose thick fabrics and layer your clothing

This might sound obvious, but it’s a lot easier to hide gynecomastia if you’re wearing thicker fabrics than if you’re wearing thin or sheer fabrics. And, better yet, try layering these fabrics. This will make it even easier to hide man boobs.

Thus, choose thick cotton clothing rather than thin, sheer clothing. And layer some fleece or other bulky cotton or wool fabric on top.

Tip #3: Wear dark or neutral colors

There are times when you have to wear white, but if you wear darker or neutral colors, it will be easier to create the appearance of a flat, masculine chest. It’s really just a matter of how the human eye perceives contrast.

For example, combine a dark polo with a dark pair of jeans. You don’t have to go for the full monochromatic look, but a dark blue polo with jeans is a good look for flattening your chest area.

Tip #4: Go for vertical stripes

Again, this is Style 101. It’s why women wear bathing suits with vertical stripes and not horizontal stripes – it makes the body look longer and slimmer. You can use the same logic when picking out clothing.

The closer together the stripes are, the more exaggerated the effect. Thus, pinstripes are fantastic when you need to flatten the chest area.

As far as other patterns go, avoid horizontal stripes and avoid plaids with bold patterns. It’s better to opt for thin check patterns rather than big and wide check patterns. And whatever you do, avoid plain clothing. It’s better to have some pattern than no pattern at all.

Tip #5: Choose clothing with pockets

Think about the most common types of shirts: there are ones with a plain front, and some with a single pocket. What you want to find are the ones with two front pockets. The logic here is pretty obvious – one pocket for each man boob. That added depth and thickness will do a good job of hiding them.

Tip #6: Wear a base layer

You have many different choices when it comes to choosing the perfect base layer: you have the V-neck undershirt, the muscle tee undershirt and the round-necked undershirt.

Here, your best bet is a shirt that provides the most coverage. So choose an undershirt with sleeves and as much neckline coverage as possible.

In fact, what some men with moobs like to do is pair a very thin white compression tee shirt with a regular thickness white t-shirt. To anyone looking at you, it’s impossible to tell that you’re wearing a compression undergarment.

Brilliant, eh?

The only problem, of course, is when the weather gets a little warmer and it’s beach season. That’s when you’ll definitely want to choose an athletic compression shirt that wicks away moisture and prevents odor.

Tip #7: Go for fitted, not baggy

Most people with man boobs assume that baggy clothing is the best way to hide man boobs. But here’s the thing: hiding man boobs is not the same thing as hiding fat. If you’re packing on some extra pounds around the waist, the default option is to go with a baggy outfit.

However, here is the problem with man boobs: you might be thin and slender and still have a lot of extra tissue in your chest area. So baggy clothing tends to accentuate the problem rather than hide it.

The solution is to go for a “fitted” solution. If you’re buying a dress shirt, for example, get one with a precise fit for your collar size and sleeve size.


Hiding or covering up your man boobs that result from gynecomastia is easier than you might think, and it doesn’t require tape. You just need to pay attention to a few important style tricks.

And, thanks to the popularity of compression technology, you can find some off-the-shelf solutions that can help to immediately hide man breasts. Most department stores and sporting goods stores will have a wide selection of compression vests to hide moobs.

When you layer a regular t-shirt on top of a vest and then layer on a thick undershirt, sweater or sweatshirt on top of that, you might be surprised at how well your body contour is hidden.

And that’s going to make you more confident in the way you move and interact with others when you look for ways to hide gynecomastia.

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