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STYLE ADVICE

HOW TO DRESS: TALL GUYS

By Gavin Jewkes, 22 January 2017

Unless you play professional basketball, there are few benefits to being tall (or that’s the belief the rest of us console ourselves with). All that ducking through doorways – not to mention the way womenfolk stare with hungry, lust-filled eyes. Must be truly awful. But the most maddening (and real) issue facing the taller man has to be finding clothes that fit properly and look sharp. Here are a few hacks to ease the struggle.

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1. Suit up in slim fits

When it comes to tailoring, tall men should spurn any fits with excess fabric. Billowing material is unflattering regardless of your shape, but if you’re long-limbed (and skinny to boot) it does weird things to your proportions. So accentuate your build rather than hiding it by trying a slim-fit suit in a long length. Probably best not to go full-on skinny, mind, as this often makes tall blokes look lanky.

how to dress: tall guys

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2. Two-button rule

Double-breasted suits are really flattering on tall men, but they do have a tendency to fall in and out of fashion. So if you’re looking for a timeless cut, try a suit jacket with two buttons – this generally means the lapels sit higher up, which helps add width to your shoulders (see Alexander Skarsgård, above).

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3. Earn your stripes

Tall men are one of the few groups who can legitimately pull off horizontal stripes without having to worry about it making them appear wider and, thus, shorter. Horizontal stripes are also a good way of interrupting the ‘vertical line’ of the body, which is perfect for anyone who’s conscious of looking too tall – if there is such a thing.

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4. So long, so good

Longer overcoats are another item that look ace on tall men (see David Beckham, above). They create a strong line between the shoulders, hips and knee which, again, helps balance your proportions. Also, these coats are a super-smart option for winter, but shorter guys can’t really get away with them, as they can make short legs look practically dumpy.  

how to dress: tall guys

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5. Break a leg

Well, not literally, of course. But the break in your trousers (the slight pooling of material around the ankle) should be kept to an absolute minimum. This is caused by trousers that are too long and draws the eye down – hardly ideal for anyone who wants to make the most of their height. 

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