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Most tall men get categorized by the same few stereotypes at some point in their lives: basketball surely comes easily, partners line up eagerly, and there is an eagerness to discuss significant height held over everyone. Although these points could be valid, and we can imagine being taller than average does come with its fair share of benefits, there is a stereotype that is more true than any other. Finding clothes that fit — and we mean they fit well — can be the hardest thing to find.
Whether you tall folks live in a small town or a big city, retailers have, for some reason, been dragging their feet in acknowledging that, yes, very tall men do exist and that you deserve well-fitting clothes as well. So unless you can afford to shop exclusively bespoke, more realistically, get your wardrobe tailored. The biggest hurdle for our elevated friends is often finding pieces that don’t come up too short on the arms or don’t finish too high on the leg.
Therefore as every man is different and every store is too, it’s essential to keep in mind that you may differ in size depending on the item and season due to different size guides and the amount of stretch in a particular fabric. Alas, in recent years, retailers such as Nordstrom, Patagonia, ASOS, and J. Crew have come leaps and bounds in trying to adapt to the growing demand, from creating clothes with unfinished hems to actively making pieces with extended lengths. So if you shine, thanks to your soaring stature, keep reading. We’ve highlighted our top picks of some of the best brands to help you stand proud in any crowd.
In this post, we’ll cover:
- The best clothing brands for tall guys
- Great suit options for tall guys
- Basic essentials, like tees and jeans, for tall, thin guys
- Longline tees that have curved hems and scoop hems
- Outdoor clothes for tall guys
The difference between “Tall” and “Big & Tall”
It is often perceived as an afterthought or something you should be grateful for when it comes to fit. Is it too much to ask for a range of clothes that’s not excessively relaxed and shapeless? And while we’re on the subject, let’s address the difference between tall and big and tall to avoid any misunderstandings. The former usually means you require extra inches in length, while the latter requires extra inches in both length and width.
Most department stores (and a ton of online retailers) have a big & tall section, but that’s not what we’re going for here. It’s typical for a big & tall section to carry sizes “large-tall” and up. But what if you’re a tall, thin guy who needs a small or medium size fit around the waist, but in a more extended, tall size? Occasionally you might find a “medium-tall” size, but that’s very rare.
We’re aiming to look at the best clothing brands for tall skinny guys who are over 6 feet tall and need a few extra inches in length but don’t necessarily need wider or bulkier clothing. However, it’s important to note that most brands that offer tall sizing options also tend to have big and tall sections if that’s more your fit.
Finding the right tall and slim clothing pieces can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the best clothing brands for tall guys.
Fresh Clean Tees
Fresh Clean Tees is a unanimous SPY team favorite, so much so that we named it the Best T-shirt of the Year in the 2021 Man, our end-of-year product awards. Its Tall Tee is a winner thanks to its superior quality and variety of styles that boast two extra inches on the sleeves and hem. That means these shirts not only fit well when you’re standing at attention but still provide adequate coverage when bending over or raising your hands to, say, grab something off the top shelf. The convenient subscription service lets you keep your drawer stocked with one of the best-fitting T-shirts you’ll ever wear.
Say goodbye to the days when you feel too embarrassed about the length of your shirt because the guys at UNTUCKit have got you covered (literally). College friends Chris and Aaron design pieces, particularly shirts that compliment your frame, from the length, fit, and size. What makes it even better? The Find Your Size options help you find which height, length, and width combination is best for your frame.
Designed for men over 6′ feet, L.L.Bean has an extensive range of pieces to help you start your week and see you through into the weekend. Also, at an affordable price, it means you can stock up on shirts, casual tees, chinos, pajamas, and sturdy winter essentials.
Known for their iconic jean collection, such as the classic 501, 511, and tall fan-favorite 541, Levi’s offers a range of timeless pieces that are second to none. Looking for an effortless approach to dressing in either a slim, classic or relaxed fit, then the denim brand is for you. If finding jeans long enough is a problem you run into far too often, you can find an inseam length up to 38 in Levi’s.
Cutter & Buck
Cutter & Buck’s offering mirrors the styles and colors in its extended big or tall range, so you never have to have FOMO. Its collection ranges from polos, sweaters, shirts, and jackets for the active yet classic guy who is always ready for tee time!
Whether you are planning your next vacation, fortunate to live in warm climates, or looking for everyday knitwear pieces, Tommy Bahama offers a healthy range in a variety of solid colors available in big sizes from 1XLB 5XL and tall XLT-4LT.
The ASOS Tall man shop is arguably the best one-stop shop for tall skinny guys. The online retailer carries every clothing essential from tanks, tees and polos, blazers, jackets and jeans. Their designs range from basic to super trendy, and they even offer different cuts for tall guys. Over 6 feet tall and want a more fitted muscle tee? No problem. The options are endless, and they’re a great place to start if you’re a tall guy looking to add a bit of variety into your closet. Plus, if you’re a big and tall dude, they’ve got you covered as well.
Proper Cloth was an early adopter of the digitalization of customization, and because of that, it has nearly perfected the model. Keeping prices reasonable makes it possible for the tallest men to get those extra inches they need in the sleeves and length without dropping a small fortune. But it’s not just dress shirts. You could buy just about anything your tall wardrobe requires from the digital-first brand and have it all fit you like a glove — a tall, tall glove.
Your first suit is a right of passage, but for the tallest among us, it can be a discouraging entry into what will seem like ill-fitting adulthood. Indochino puts the passion back into buying that first, second, third suit, and more. And no worries about overcompensating with gratuitous embellishment; these suits are the classic, sophisticated suits your more common counterparts are used to.
Made by tall guys, for tall guys, Navas Lab’s mission is to design and supply the perfect fit for men who are over 6 feet and under 250 pounds. Crafted with slim, tall, active men in mind, this Canadian brand takes their carbon footprint as seriously as they do their fit because they only use environmentally friendly fabrics such as bamboo blends.
This label acknowledges that even though you might be within 1% of the population, you too deserve to have a wardrobe that brings a smile to your face. Catering to men who reach 7 feet 2 inches (and women who skim 6 feet 5 inches), the brand’s mantra is “you grew for us, we’ll grow on you.”
The GAP is one of the best clothing brands for tall guys because you can catch those timeless fashion staples at prices that won’t empty your checking account. The prized offering from its tall selects is all the pant options. You can grab extra-long khakis or any jeans, from skinny to boot cut, that could easily be dressed up with a button-up or dressed down with a casual tee. Either way, they’ve got your wallet and your (extra long) legs covered.
The trend of longline tees is a godsend for tall guys as it’s brought extra-long tees into the mainstream. What’s longline for some might be a pretty average length for those who are over 6 feet tall. But what if you’re a tall guy still looking to pull off the longline trend? Then you’re going to need some extra-longline tees. Enter: Cotton On. Their curved hem and scoop tees offer just the right amount of extra length to make them a trendy tall guy’s dream. Plus, they offer many different color options, washes and graphics at an affordable price point. If you are looking for a little more room around the waist, they have big & tall sizes available.
Hey, tall guys like to do outdoor activities too. And if you’re a tall fella who likes to camp, hike, and adventure outdoors, Patagonia is an excellent brand for finding the perfect length bottoms. Late summer nights by the campfire are the best, but you don’t want a bunch of mosquitos treating your exposed ankles like an all-you-can-eat buffet, so you’re going to want pants that provide just the right amount of extra coverage. Not to mention, their “long” options are durable and waterproof, which is exactly what you need for great outdoor treks.
Hey, tall guys like to do outdoor activities too. And if you’re a tall fella who likes to camp, hike, and adventure outdoors, Patagonia is a great brand for finding the perfect length bottoms. Late summer nights by the campfire are the best, but you don’t want a bunch of mosquitos treating your exposed ankles like an all-you-can-eat buffet, so you’re going to want pants that provide just the right amount of extra coverage. Not to mention, their “long” options are durable and waterproof, which is exactly what you need for great outdoor treks.
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