Fashion, Hairstyles & Beauty
Fashion Tips for Tall Men
The Cut of a Man – Pants
It’s commonly thought that tall men must not have much reason to complain. Certainly, if you ask around, few people are going to list the tall man as someone for whom they
feel a lot of sympathy. Shorter men and many men of average height often actively envy tall men for their stature. The trouble is that tall men may in many cases have a tougher time finding fashions that fit than
any of their less-vertical counterparts.
Tall men (whether or not they are also heavier in build) can rarely see a fashionable look and find that it fits them. Common complaints for tall men in the clothes they find
are pants that are too short, shirts that are short-waisted and whose sleeves are too short, and even many cases where the clothing is too tight in key areas of fit. All this is because “off-the-rack” garments, even
in big and tall shops are constructed using rules that don’t necessarily apply to the individual person’s needs.
When a tall man has similar proportions to an athletic individual who is of average height, his waist and chest dimensions may indicate that he needs a multi-“X” size in
garments. Yet most garments when they are cut for “XL” sizes are given more generous dimensions in some areas because the assumption is that a person who is 3XL is overweight. Since many tall men are not overweight
the result is a look that resembles a tent in upper-body apparel and a cinched bag in pants – and that assumes that the problem is compounded by the garments being too short as well.
Getting the Fit
Unless you are a multi-million-dollar player in the NBA, the odds are good that having your entire wardrobe tailor-made is not a feasible proposition. However, you can make
the most of your off-the-rack purchases by shopping carefully and making good use of your local dry cleaning/alterations establishment. Remember to buy clothing that can be more-easily altered to fit properly, which
means making sure to get the right length in pants and sleeves since even an exceptional tailor can’t add fabric without it being noticeable. No, it’s easier to purchase clothing that needs to be taken in size-wise,
since that can be done more readily, and your alterations specialist can even make allowances for the possibility of letting a garment out in the future should there be a need. This is a great idea for longer-life
items like overcoats, sweaters and dressy suits and tuxedoes.
You will also want to make a special effort to make a conscious plan for your look. As a hard-to-fit individual, you simply cannot get by grabbing sale items here and there
haphazardly. If you don’t plan what you want your look to be, you’ll end up looking thrown together, and that’s not flattering for anyone. Remember, you should wear your clothes, your clothes should never wear you.
This means that your look should reflect your personal taste and present you in the best possible way.
Hard and Fast Rules for Tall Men
Unlike other builds and body types, there really are NO hard and fast rules when it comes to dressing a tall frame. There were times when it was said that tall men should
avoid bold colors and vertical stripes at all costs, but frankly, today’s textiles and fashion trends allow such a variety of colors and striping that with a little judicious decision making, you can wear whatever
With color, stay seasonal – earthy shades and darker jewel tones during fall and winter – with softer pastels and paler tones in camel and khaki for spring and summer.
Patterns – whether stripes or other graphic elements – should be kept in balance with the desired look: a graphic tee worn with jeans, or a paisley print tie, or pinstriped shirt under a jacket. Simply avoid color
or patterns worn to make a statement. As a tall man you already have a commanding presence. Any attempt to accentuate your presence can easily become overpowering.