SPRING HACKS FOR TALL GUYS
By Libby Banks, 19 March 2017
Finding clothes that fit can be a challenge for tall gents. Couple that with a desire to look vaguely stylish while battling the changeable transitional weather, and it can feel close to impossible. But help is at hand. These fashion hacks will ensure your spring style is well and truly on point.
Get your proportions right
Cropped tops have yet to make their mark on the menswear scene so it’s worth doing your research when it comes to tracking down the perfect T-shirt. When you’re tall, the temptation is to buy a couple of sizes bigger but this can be counterproductive. Instead, opt for longline cuts so that you get a decent fit on the shoulder without the risk of flashing your stomach to strangers.
Fit, then fashion
When considering light spring suit jackets or blazers, be sure to prioritise fit, then fashion. To keep the look sharp and professional, sleeves should finish just beyond the wrist bone. If in doubt, opt for a slightly more generous cut and then get a tailor adjust accordingly. Once you’ve got your head around fit, feel free to experiment. Details like a tie pin and a pocket square take a more conservative suit in a new direction. Or, since you’ve got the height, you can get away with some colour or a double-breasted cut.
Layer like a player
While boxier style jackets and sweatshirts have become de rigueur for guys in recent times, this can be a tricky proposition for the tall man. The solution is some good old-fashioned layering. Wear shorter jackets over a longline white tee, and keep the colour palette nice and tight so that the whole thing looks considered.
Get the accessories right
Accessories can make an outfit, so it’s worth investing time and effort to find what works for you. The trick, again, is nailing proportions. Taller guys tend to have a bigger shoe size, so if you’re wearing slimmer jeans, your trainers can easily look bulky. If you’re going for a slimmer cut or slimmer leg, keep your kick width relative. And avoid pointy dress shoes, unless you want to make your feet look even longer than they are. Similar logic applies to watches: taller guys have longer arms and larger wrists, so you need to wear something substantial to make a statement.
It’s an obvious point, but one worth making: style should be totally personal. Glossy magazines may say that bigger guys don’t need wacky clothes to make them stand out in the crowd, but we beg to differ. Just because you stand tall, it doesn’t mean you have to try and blend in. If you feel the time is right to wear head-to-toe pastel pink, go for it. No need to apologise.