Men's Big and Tall

Fit and style advice for big and tall men

Uniquely proportioned men often have a hard time finding clothes that offer the right fit. Because of their unusual heights and sizes, larger men may end up committing unintentional fashion faux pas thanks to the relatively limited selection of clothing available to them in the men's big and tall section of standard clothing retailers.

Larger men need to make special considerations to ensure they find the right balance between fit and fashion. It's a two-step process: first, you need to recognize the common fashion mistakes committed by big and tall men, and second, you need to develop a personalized big and tall clothing strategy for avoiding them.

Big and Tall Clothing: Common Fashion Mistakes

The single most common fashion sin committed by big and tall men is wearing untailored clothing selected simply for its size. For example, tall men may wear pants with waists that are far too wide simply because they're the only slacks that offer the required leg length.

Men with even more specific body types face additional challenges. If you're tall, thin and lanky with long limbs, for example, it will be nearly impossible for you to find something off the rack that will offer the proper fit. Very few clothing manufacturers make large men's clothing that takes such considerations into account. From their point of view, it doesn't make a whole lot of business sense to produce garments for what amounts to an extremely small segment of their market.

Men's Big and Tall Style Tips

One of the most basic things you can do to expand your range of choices is to shop in big and tall stores. Retailers that specialize in big and tall men's clothing have the know-how and resources to ensure you get clothing with the right fit, and they typically offer expert tailoring services. You'll find a much broader selection of big and tall pants, shirts, suits and shoes at these stores than you will anywhere else.

Some fashion gurus suggest that tall men should avoid wearing unusually bright colors (which are said to be distracting given the surface area they cover) as well as vertical stripes (which elongate your form even more). However, this is conventional advice, so you can take it for what it's worth.

If you have the budget, having men's big and tall clothing custom-made is the ideal option to ensure a perfect fit. If not, take the time to find a good tailor. He or she will be able to make overly loose or baggy clothing fit like it was made just for you.

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