Finding threads to fit an imposingly tall frame is hardly the worst sartorial problem a man can face. Heck, we’d kill to ‘suffer’ that wardrobe dilemma. But it’s a problem all the same – especially when it comes to sourcing a suit in a size and cut that flatters. But before you enviably lofty folk lose all hope, below are a few rules to consider when it comes to suiting up and cutting a long-limbed dash.
Suiting tips for tall guys
By Gavin Jewkes, 8 May 2015
Stand tall in slim fit
Tall men should steer clear of suits with too much excess material – as should all men, for that matter. Suits that fit loose and sloppy do weird things to a tall man’s proportions, so stick to a cut that fits close to your body and accentuates your height. If you’re mindful of looking too lanky, eschew skinny fits for a slim ones.
Try a double-breasted or two-button jacket
Tall, slim guys belong to the lucky few who don’t have to worry about a double-breasted jacket’s tendency to add bulk. But if it’s a classic cut you’re after – and one that doesn’t fall in and out of fashion, like a double-breasted number – opt for a simple suit jacket with two buttons. Generally speaking, the two-button option comes with lapels that sit a bit higher on your body, thus creating the illusion of broader shoulders.
So long, long trousers
The break in your trousers (that’s the name for the pooling of material at your ankles) should be kept to a minimum. Unsightly bunching, caused by trousers that are too long, looks scruffy and draws the eye downwards – not ideal for someone who wants to accentuate their height. Create a streamlined silhouette by getting your trousers tailored (or, ya know, buying a pair that matches your inside leg measurement).