I have seen a few requests for some sort of guide or resource for those of us who happen to be tall and slim/athletic. Unfortunately, this guide will not cover the typical big and tall, rather, just the tall. Being 6’10”, I get wildly frustrated whenever I initially hear the words “big and tall” because more often than not, they are clothes that tend to favor the big population. There is nothing wrong with that – it just doesn’t work for me. The one downside of being tall is the lack of options in-store. I have learned to accept this and end up purchasing most things online. For this reason, I know whereand how to buy online. Items only available online will be noted with “(Online Only)“. All of the options below come in Medium Tall to XL Tall (or larger).
To give you an idea of my body type, I’m 6’10” (2.08 meters) and weigh about 205 lbs. For the most part, I wear a Medium Tall in tops and 34×36 in bottoms. I will cover most of the brands in my wardrobe that will likely work for anyone under 6’10”. As this is my first official guide, comments or critiques are always welcome.
Many of these principles are very similar if not the same as people of “normal” stature, yet there are a few key differences.
- Don’t settle! – It is incredibly easy to settle for clothes that fit close enough. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit. Know what size your body is. You can get a free measuring tape from Indochino if you’re curious. Have someone help you measure yourself so you know for future reference. It will come in handy. I spent most of my high school and college days buying XL clothes because they were long enough. Well guess what? It made me look pretty oafish and a lot taller than I already am. They may have been longer but they were always about eight inches too wide. Do. Not. Settle.
- Fit over fashion. Being tall, I’ve never had the luxury of wearing the most fashionable pieces of clothing. I have never been able to fit into anything from H&M, Zara, or Uniqlo. They offer great basics but for smaller people. Instead of focusing on fashion, you want to prioritize fit. It’ll balance out and you’ll look great.
- Tailored Fit & Slim Fit are your friend. There are a plethora of options out there with tailored or slim fit. If they aren’t available, getting your clothes tailored is always an option too. From my perspective, there is an increasing market for the tall and slim demographic so I think we will continue to see these trends going into the future.
- Avoid baggy clothes. Looking back on pictures of myself, I cringe when I see the bootcut jeans I always wore or the oversized dress shirts. There are plenty of options out there in slim or straight cut. You don’t need to sacrifice the width and for a long length.
- Cuffing jeans. This is one area where we can get away with one thing shorter men cannot. Cuffing your pants or jeans (if you’re so inclined) helps create the illusion of a slightly shorter leg. Feel free to use this to your advantage if you’re comfortable with it.
- Horizontal lines are also your friend. Some people tend to avoid vertical lines/stripes if you’re taller since it creates the illusion that you’re taller than you actually are. Horizontal lines combat this and help even it out.
- Sleeve length. This falls under the category of not settling. There are plenty of options out there that are slim and long in the body, and long enough in the sleeves – you just need to look and know your measurements. Make-to-order shirts are also an option. Although it’ll run you a little more, it may be worth it if you’re spending all day in dress shirts.
- Do NOT dry your clothes. Unless you’re absolutely positive that your clothes will not shrink, do not dry your clothes. I hang dry EVERYTHING. Yes, it is a hassle, but drying will likely cause most of the brands below to shrink.
- Old Navy: Quite a few standard crew and v-neck options. I have found that the Classic V-neck tends to be more slim fitting and is made of better material. I usually pick up most of my t-shirts from here due to their relatively low price. $7-$12 (Online Only)
- Gap: Basically the same as Old Navy’s options. Material feels slightly better and the price point is close to Gap’s when discounted. $14-$17 (Online Only)
- Banana Republic: Continuing the trend, Banana has quite a few options as well. They offer the “Soft Wash” t-shirt which I have found to be significantly more thin than the Gap or Old Navy t-shirt. If I have a coupon, I usually go for Gap. $24.50 (Online Only)
- On The Byas: This is one of PacSun’s house brands. The t-shirts have a pretty good quality and the body is quite long. Most of the patterns are pretty offensive in terms of fashion, but they usually have a solid selection of non-branded solid/stripe shirts. You can often find these back on the sale racks for $5. Large fits quite nice off the rack. They have BOGO promotions for these fairly regularly. $12.99-$22.50
- J. Crew: Probably the nicest of the selection but obviously the most expensive. Nice and long body and generally fairly slim fitting. The downside to J. Crew is they upcharge for tall sizes. $28.50 (Online Only)
- J. Crew: Has quite a few sweater options and generally leans towards the slim body type. My favorite is theCotton-Cashmere V-Neck. $29-$83 (Online Only)
- Lands End: Offers some nice sweaters in a surprisingly slim fit body. The arms are long and the body is trim. My favorite is the Lambswool Sweater. $59-$84 (Online Only)
- Gap: Has a decent selection with subpar quality. At their full price, you might as well wait for a Banana Republic sale and get one of those for the same price. $44.95 (Online Only)
- Banana Republic: Has a big selection of sweaters. They have the potential to be a little wide in the body, but the sleeves are always nice and long. They have a nice Layering Crew that is slim in the body and long enough.$49.50-$89.50 (Online Only)
- Gap: They have a wide variety of casual shirts. None of them are specifically “slim fit”, but they tend to be form-fitting. They have a few non-iron slim fit dress shirts but I would recommend getting them from Banana Republic instead. $44.95-$49.95 (Online Only)
- Banana Republic: These are my go-to shirts. I know some people debate the worth of “non-iron” shirts, but they’re my absolute favorite. They offer their dress shirts in “Tailored Slim Fit” which is spot on for someone who is tall and slim. ALWAYS wait for their 40% coupons. $59.50-$79.50 (Online Only)
- J. Crew: Great selection for higher quality casual shirts. $69.50-$80.00 (Online Only)
- Lands End: Solid selection of tailored fit dress shirts in many options. $44.99-$59.00 (Online Only)
- Ratio Clothing: Definitely one of the best dress shirts I’ve ever owned. It is incredibly long in the arms, sufficiently long in the body, all while being made in the U.S. Definitely one of the more expensive options but well worth it if you have the available funds. $98.00-$159.00 (Online Only)
- Todd Shelton: Another great Made in the USA option. The length is great on both the body and the sleeves and the fabric is fantastic. The arms are a little more baggy than I would like but they’re much better than any of the cheaper options. $124.00 (Online Only)
- Gap: Solid selection of various khaki options. These tailored slim fit are my favorite as they feel substantial. I would avoid anything that doesn’t say slim fit as they have the potential to be too baggy. $44.95-$59.95(Online Only)
- Banana Republic: Pretty good options. Their tailored slim dress pants are a good option. Their Emerson Chinoisn’t the slimmest but offers more of a straight fit. $89.50 (Online Only)
- Bonobos: Has a really good selection of pants for a slightly higher price. Their customer service is some of the best around. The have a slim straight collection of chinos which are quite slim. I own the Chino Grigios in Slim Straight and they fit perfectly. $88 (Online Only)
- Levis: They have a few 36 inch inseams with a 34 waist, you just need to do some digging. They occasionally have them available on their website. $48
- Naked & Famous: Some, not all, have 36 inch inseams. $126
- 3sixteen: Raw denim with an inseam of 37 inches. $220
- Left Field NYC: Raw denim with an inseam of 36 inches. $175-$220
- Ande Whall: Raw denim with an inseam of 37 inches. $245
- Banana Republic: Good selection of decent outwear. They’re a little more expensive so wait for 40% off.$150-$250 (Online Only)
- J. Crew: Great selection of peacoats. They’ve been marked down significantly lately so now would be the time to pick one up. I own the University coat and the arms a slightly too short (1/2 inch), but I just have longer gloves to make up for it. $129-$275 (Online Only)
- Filson: Great selection of solid looking workwear jackets. Quality on these is going to be better as most are made in the USA. $200-$375 (Online Only)
- Pointer: Believe it or not, the ever-popular Pointer Chore Coat comes in talls at a slight upcharge! $105(Online Only)
- Columbia: Columbia offers talls in a lot of their jackets. I have the Shimmer Me Timbers jacket in tall and the body is slim and the sleeves are long. $160-$260 (Online Only)
- Although I don’t have this problem, shoes are a big concern for tall guys too. jdbee has already created anextensive guide for men with big feet.
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