I'm a tall guy. I don't have great fashion sense, but I'm aware that most mens clothes in most stores do not fit me at all. Over the years I have struggled to find clothes that fit me well, so I thought I'd chronicle some recent discoveries in the hope that other tall gents find clothes that better fit them, too.
To give you an idea of what I am looking for with clothes: By day I am customer facing in a professional services role. This means a suit and shirt (or, at the very least, a shirt and nice trousers) five days a week, with jeans & t-shirts the rest of the time.
I'm taller than most, at 6'4" (193cm), and I weigh approx 85kg (195lbs)1. My arms and legs are longer than usual. Most "L" size clothes here in Australia fit around my body OK (occasionally being a little tight) but are always too short in the arms and legs.
I'm a 34" (86cm) waist, recently down from a 36" (91.5cm). Most brands have the same leg length for these two waist sizes, which is also too short for me.2 It's safe to say that buying any clothes off the rack without trying them on first will be unsuccessful.
So there you go. You've got my details. What clothes fit?
I find that most short-sleeved shirts and t-shirts fit me OK. For long-sleeved tshirts I've had particular luck with:
I've had success with some Sportscraft and Esprit long-sleeved shirts, but most "casual" shirt styles just don't fit me.
I used to wear Van Heussen shirts pretty much every day. Their Classic shirts come in multiple sleeve lengths, so for ages I wore a 41" neck with extra-long sleeves. It turns out I looked like a circus tent for a few years.
These days I've only found two nice shirts that fit me pefectly.
Both of the above online retailers have very fair return policies. I suggest an initial order of 4x different sized shirts: You'll take advantage of the packaged pricing, you get to find the perfect fit, then exchnage the three shirts that don't fit for your newly found size and style.
It's not really a shirt, but I've recently bought a wollen jumper from Stafford Direct at a local DFO Outlet; size XL fits nicely in the body and sleeves over a business shirt.
Until recently, I would put off buying work trousers for as long as possible. I'd then go to a Myer store and try every brand on, with increasing frustration and very little retailer assistance, until I found a pair that fit OK in the waist and had enough excess fabric in the hem to be able to be taken down.
Most expensive suitors and tailors will sell unhemmed trousers; I don't spend thousands on a suit though and have little interest in paying $400+ for a pair of pants.
As of this week I've found a single lone retailer who sell unhemmed trousers at suitable prices: Charles Tyrwhitt sell multiple styles in both Slim and Classic cuts with an unhemmed 97cm inseam. For $15 and a ten-minute wait I can have these hemmed to suit me at the local shopping centre; the trousers themselves are $99-$149 plus delivery.
Until I find someone else selling unhemmed trousers, all my work pants will come from Charles Tyrwhitt.
I hope that fellow tall guys get some use out of this little list. If you're not overweight, most clothes for tall guys are just too hard to find. If you've got other tips, I'd love to hear them.
1. Yes, I'm using imperial height and metric weight measurements. It's not just me, the world is fucked. Australians measure nothing in imperial measurements except for the height of adults and the weight of babies. ↩
2. Why do trouser manufacturers sell "Regular" and "Short" leg lengths? Surely "Long" and "Regular" makes more sense. After all, it's much easier to cut fabric off and re-hem pants than it is to magically make the fabric *longer* for us tall folk. ↩
Thanks for reading.
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