Welcome to the Tall Men’s Clothing Guide. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about clothes for tall slim men, big and tall men, and all tall men in general. There are also sections on individual items like shirts, jeans, jackets, and suits. Then there are various tips for tall men’s clothing like how to stretch and alter clothes for tall men. Finally, there’s a list of tall men’s clothing stores and brands (see some great options below). If you have anything to add, please tell in the comments at the end.
Tall Men’s Clothing News and Info
The new school year is just around the corner, time to get some decent fitting clothes that are in style! Learn more here: American Tall’s post on back to school styles.
The State of Tall Men’s Clothing
I grew ‘up’ in the 90’s. Back then, people only bought clothes at actual stores, mostly in malls. At 6′7″, finding long enough clothes was a nightmare. I’d wander the mall for hours looking for that one shirt that was inadvertently made extra long. And pants were even worse. The longest I could find were 34″ inseam which wasn’t even long enough to cover my socks.
The reason manufacturers neglect tall men is that there are far fewer of us than average height people. This has to do with the economy of scale. Our savior though is online shopping. When low volume items like tall men’s clothing are stocked in large wearhouses and shipped direct to the customer, many of the fixed costs disappear. So as online clothes shopping became more common, so did tall men’s clothing. Nowadays, many of the big brand names have lineups for tall men’s clothing. Mind you, we do tend to spend more on tall men’s clothing as we almost always have to buy new, deals are less common, and online shopping often has shipping costs attached. But all that’s a small price to pay to get long enough clothing!
Clothes for Tall Slim Men
When I started buying tall men’s clothes online, I would opt for the large tall size. These were vastly better than the regular large sizes I used to buy. Yet my clothes still didn’t fit as good as those of average height people. This is because, in addition to being tall, I’m also slim. My 215 lbs may sound like a lot, but spread out over my 6′7″ frame, it really isn’t. This is the case for a lot of tall men, as people tend to get relatively slimmer as they get taller.1
Some new options have recently become available for us particularly tall and slim men, and these are niche online only brands such as Tall Slim Tees (TST) and American Tall. Brands such as these focus exclusively on tall clothing, and do a great job catering to us tall slim men. Their clothes aren’t merely graded up from those for average height people, but actually designed for us. Sometimes you can see this in the details, like larger pockets and buttons.
Big and Tall Clothes
Just like tall slim men tend to be under-served by the mainstream clothing industry, so too are the truly big and tall men. This at first would appear odd given the many big and tall stores out there. However, these suffer from a misnomer; they really ought to be named big OR tall stores. For the actual big AND tall men out there, I unfortunately do not know of any niche stores that cater specifically to you. I will continue to keep my eyes open. One route you might consider is custom clothing, which isn’t nearly as expensive as it used to be. More on that later…
Tall Men’s Shirts and other Tops
There are a lot of different kinds of shirts and tops out there: T-shirts, polos, dress shirts, sweaters, hoodies etc. What these all have in common is the way they are sized: small, medium, large, extra large, etc. This one dimensional sizing system ties width and length together. So not only do you have to be a normal size to get a good fit, but also average proportions. Tall slim men and tall big men obviously are neither, and this is why regular shirts fit us particularly poorly. For us, tall sizes or custom clothes are the way to go.
When checking the fit of a tall men’s shirt, the first thing we do is check the length of the torso and sleeves. But additionally, there are some finer details that are important, like the position of the shoulder seam on the shoulder, and snug but not tight neck.
Tall Men’s Jeans and Pants
Jeans and pants are better than shirts at accommodating different body shapes, like a tall slim build. This is because they’re sized by both length and width. However, finding the right size is still a challenge. If you wander the mall for instance, you likely won’t find anything longer than a 34″ inseam. Online though, the bigger brands often carry up to 36″ length. I’m lucky enough to be able to wear a 36″ inseam (my height comes more from my torso). For those needing 38″, you’ll have to look to the niche brands, like American Tall. Their tallest and slimmest jeans are a 32″x38″ and I find they run a bit longer than other pants I’ve tried. If you need even longer, then you might check out this page: Tall Men’s Jeans.
Tall Men’s Jackets
As with other clothing for tall men, wearing jackets in tall sizes helps appearances. But more than for other clothing, getting a good fit also helps protect against the elements. For instance, a baggy ski jacket will let in a draft, leaving the tall man shivering. Luckily, many of the big brands now do tall men’s jackets. Additionally, some of the niche tall specific brands are working their way into the jackets domain, including Cleaner Brighter. For more, check out this list of tall men’s jackets.
Tall Men’s Custom Clothing
It used to be that all clothing articles were made one at a time and for the wearer (bespoke). Industrialization saw an end to this. Factories, assembly lines, automation, and overseas manufacturing all pushed us towards mass production. This lowered costs, making clothing more affordable for everyone. But outliers like us tall slim men could no longer find proper fitting clothing.
Currently though, there is a resurgence in custom clothes. This is spurred on by a rise in online shopping as well as advancements in digital manufacturing that reduce the cost of mass customization. It is now possible to get a custom tailored tall men’s dress shirt for as little as $59 US, which is truly extraordinary. And it’s not just shirts but also bespoke t-shirts, pants, and even suit jackets. One of the companies leading this movement is Tailor4Less.
Extra Long Ties for Tall Men
Back in the 50’s, men used to wear their ties really short. Nowadays the custom is for the tie to be long enough to just cross the belt buckle. So unless you want to look like you belong in a black and white film, then you’re going to need a long enough tie. Luckily, ties are now available not just in the 58″ standard length, but also 63″ and 67″. See more here: extra long ties for tall men
Drying and Stretching Tall Men’s Clothing
If you’ve read this far, I’d wager you know a drier can shrink a tall man’s clothes. I’ve learned to avoid the drier like the plague. Hang drying clothes may take longer and leave them wrinkly, but it preserves their length and quality better and also happens to be friendlier for the environment.
If for whatever reason a drier has turned you pants into knickerbockers and shirts into belly tops, fear not; it is possible to stretch your clothes back out. There are right and wrong ways to do this though. Take stretching the length of shirts for example. If you just grab the shirt and pull down, you’ll accidentally increase the width, the last thing tall slim men want. Instead, clamp a couple boards to the bottom of the shirt and hang it. It helps to get the shirt wet where you want the stretch to occur. Apparently hair conditioner is also helpful.
Altering Tall Men’s Clothing
The main type of alteration you can do for tall men’s clothing is to take in the sides on a shirt. The basic idea is to cut out material near the side seam and then stitch it back together. It helps to first use some bobby pins to find your desired girth. You can find tailors who will do this for not too much. But better yet, there is a device known as the ZipSeam which can even be used as a substitute for altering.
There is only so much alteration you can do and some clothing is just too baggy and impractical to fix. Take a dress shirt with too long of a shoulder seam for instance. Adjusting that seam is extremely difficult and you’re better off buying a new shirt.
Extra Wide Clothes Hangers
Tall men tend to have wide shoulders. Our clothes in turn also have wider shoulders. And when these are hung on standard clothes hangers, the shoulder area can be awkwardly stretched. The solution is extra wide clothes hangers for wide shoulders. You can buy these or make a DIY extra wide clothes hanger. I would like to point out though that a lot of tall slim men are wearing too wide of clothing to start with. So if this is fixed first, tall slim men might not need that much wider clothes hangers after all.
Tall Men’s Clothing Stores and Brands
In this part of the Tall Men’s Clothing Guide you’ll find a long list of stores and brands. The first ones listed are the niche tall men’s clothing stores. These tend to make the best clothes for exceptionally tall slim men. Following these are the brands that happen to make tall men’s sizes. Unless you’re exceptionally tall, you’ll find more variety in these, and potentially cheaper deals.
As you might have guessed, Tall Slim Tees cornerstone is T-shirts for tall skinny guys, just $20 each including shipping in the US. They have really nailed the fit down and and have started providing these in a slew of different colors in V-neck and crew neck. They’ve also applied their tall slim fitting model to long sleeve shirts, undershirts, hoodies, and have plans to do athletic shirts too. Medium is the size that works best for me.
The next company I would like to mention is a recent startup called American Tall. What they have going for them is over 35 years experience in clothing manufacturing. They do all the basic clothes for tall slim men, from pants and jeans to shirts and jackets. I tried out some of their clothes myself and wrote about it here: American Tall. I particularly liked their Italian made dress shirts.
If you’ve had a hard time finding long enough jeans, then I suggest checking out Wiedemann Jeans. They specialize in jeans for tall people and carry sizes all the way up to 42 length. These lengths are available from a 34 waist up to a 40, so they really are clothes for tall slim men. That’s right, they even have a size 34 x 42 for the very tall skinny guys among us. These extra long jeans for tall men come in four different styles including straight leg and tapered. The styles aren’t all that different though; all fairly slim and modern.
Of all the tall men’s clothing companies I list here, I think Cleaner Brighter is probably the one that focuses the most on particularly tall and slim build. They provide enough basic clothes for tall slim men that you should be able to put together a bunch of different outfits that really suit your build. I reviewed a couple of their items: Tall Polo. I found their size large fits me best.
The only thing worse than poorly fitting clothes is poorly fitting spandex clothes. You can avoid this with Aerotech cycling tall men’s clothing. They make some good quality stuff in a variety of colors and for a reasonable price. I really like their jackets in particular. Check out my review of them here: Tall Cycling Jersey and other Tall Cycling Clothes
What good are the tallest dress shirts if your tie is too short? There are long ties out there though, including from the long tie store. I tried a couple out myself, check out my review here: Extra Long Ties for Tall Men
Navas makes clothes that are tall, slim, and rather stylish the West Coast sorta way. I really like their nifty heathered and modern tweed patterns, interesting materials, and clever pockets. They seem to be rather found of hooded stuff. I guess it makes sense given all the rain out there in Vancouver, where they’re based. They also manufacture in Vancouver. I find their XLT stuff fits me best, see the fit here: Introducing Navas.
Six-8 Clothing is both a brand and shop for tall men’s clothing. They make their clothes for tall slim men right in the USA. Particular emphasis is on making clothes specifically for the taller person, not merely graded average sizes. This means the zippers, pockets, and details are all larger. They sell all the basic clothes including jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, and long sleeve shirts. Pants are available all the way up to 38″ length and shirts come in tall and extra tall for men over 6′8″. See here for more including my thoughts on their polos: Six-8 Clothing Company.
So Long Sven was started by a 6’11” Swedish guy. As you might have guessed then, it is located in Sweden. They do however ship all over the world. They have currently focused tops including dress shirts, long sleeve shirts, and t-shirts. Check out the founder’s story of how he quit his day job, traveled the world, and started making clothes for tall slim men: So Long Sven
If you find you are having a hard time finding clothing that fits, than another option is custom. And while this used to be really expensive, the price has been coming down. Tailor4less, for example, is doing custom dress shirts starting at $59. I tried one myself and posted about it here: Custom dress shirt. I really liked the fit. There was a lot of options though, so a bit overwhelming. But I imagine on the second time around it would be easier, especially after already done measurements.
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