It can be extremely difficult to find cool clothing if you’re a larger or taller gent. All the ad campaigns are dominated by slim or built models with nothing much left for larger and taller guys to gather inspiration from. There are a handful of shops out there that do offer big and tall sizes, however, they’re often plain and simple – sometimes even daggy. So where do you look?
Before we give you the low-down on what’s good in the world of dressing big and tall, it’s a good idea to give you a crash course on large and tall men’s style.
Ways larger and taller men can look stylish
A little-known secret in the menswear game for bigger and taller guys is visual trickery. The secret to adding style to your frame is by minimising the surface area of your clothes. This means tucking dress shirts into trousers and utilising a belt to break up the belly from the crotch. Another tip is to create vertical lines in your outfit – a task easily handled with a v-neck shirt or a button-up shirt. This draws attention away from the gut or your lanky-ness and towards the centre of the body. Colour can also play a big part in this. By simply wearing darker colours like black or navy, larger men can draw attention away from bigger areas of the body, so choose wisely.
What fabrics are best for big and tall guys
Always go for lighter fabrics if you’re a larger or taller gent – but not too thin. Too thick, and the materials will add bulk to your frame; too thin and you’ll be exposing your lumps and bumps and/or height.
- For suits, separates and smart-casual looks, avoid polyester as heavy cheap fabrics retain heat and lead to increased sweating
- Always employ cotton for shirts, tees, and chinos (polyester blends are fine).
- Go for smooth, natural fabrics like linen shirts that hang close to the body without looking chunky
- Selvedge denim is key for jeans, as they will mould to your shape for a customised fit
Big and Tall FAQs
What is big and tall sizing?
Big sizing caters to men who have larger chest, waist, and hip measurements, whereas tall sizing caters to men who are 6'2 or taller.
Therefore, if you are a larger man but you're average height, you don't actually need 'tall sizing', you only need 'big', as you don't need extra length in your shirt, you need extra width.
Comparatively, if you're above 6'2, but you have a slim or average build, you don't need 'big sizes', as you don't need extra width in your shirt, you just need extra length.
However, there are men out there who are both large AND tall, so if this is you, you'll need a shirt with both extra width and length.
Can big and tall men wear vibrant colours, and/or clothing with prints?
The short answer, hell yes! Don't let anything or anyone hold you back from rocking bold colours or a print. Long gone are the days where bigger and taller guys had to stick to 'slimming' colours like black or navy. It's 2021, and fashion is much more accepting of you and your awesome body shape; so, if you want to wear bold colourful clothes, do it king!
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So, if you’re tired of looking for clothes that’ll fit your big and/or tall frame, we’ve rounded up the best brands that produce garments that not only will fit you like a dream but will also make you look stylish.
Surprisingly, for a large luxury fashion brand, Hugo Boss actually does cater to bigger and taller gentlemen. Their Big & Tall collection is tailored to provide a perfect fit and effortless BOSS look for everyone who's not a 'standard' size. Hugo Boss' Big & Tall collection goes all the way up to a 6XL, and contains tees, shirts, polos, jeans, chinos, trousers, jackets, and even sweats!
Cutter and Buck
One of Cutter and Buck's most popular collections is their Big & Tall range, which has everything you could ever need - tees, polos, shirts, pants, sweaters, shorts, jackets, etc. Their Big & Tall clothing is available in two size ranges, one for bigger men and one for tall men; so if you're on the heavier side but you're an average height, or you're very tall but average sized in your shoulder & hip widths, or if you're both large AND tall, Cutter and Buck will have the perfect fitting garments for you.
Dockers have an array of shirts and tees in sizes LT-6XLT, and pants and shorts available in waist sizes up to 60. No matter your size or height, you’ll find perfectly fitting clothes at Dockers.
Tommy Hilfiger has a rather large collection of big and tall clothing that includes t-shirts, shirts, polos, hoodies, pants, shorts, etc., and goes up to sizes 5XLT. If you’re after high-quality smart-casual clothing with a preppy look, you can’t go wrong with Tommy Hilfiger.
Carhartt has a huge range of Big & Tall clothing; so if you're a bigger and/or taller man after durable clothes you can wear while hunting or fishing or something a little more extreme than hanging out at home, Carhartt will have your perfect fit.
The big and tall range Champion has to offer includes hoodies, tees, and sweatpants, and caters to sizes XLT-6XL.
Dickies understands that finding clothes can be a challenge for men that are big, tall, or both, so they have a huge range of Big & Tall clothes, but just because the sizes are bigger and longer, doesn't mean they've sacrificed quality. Dickies Big & Tall range is perfect for outdoor activities as Dickies is a manual workwear brand, and they have pants, jeans, shorts, shirts, and outerwear that all go up to 72 in bottoms and 7XLT in tops.
Levi’s range of big & tall clothing is rather impressive; they have shirts, jackets, jeans, and shorts that are extremely well-made and stylish. Levi’s tops are available in sizes up 5XL and their bottoms are available in widths up to 58, and lengths up to 40. Plus, all of Levi’s big and tall clothing has added stretch for ultimate comfort.
Wrangler's Big & Tall collection features shirts, jackets, jeans, and shorts, in very traditional colours; think white, light blues, chambray, navy, and grey. Their sizes go up to 6XL in tops and bottoms are available in widths up to 46 and lengths up to XLT.
Jos. A. Bank
Jos. A. Bank believes that looking good should come in every size. Therefore it's no surprise that their Big & Tall sizing is available across all their apparel; suits, sportcoats, slacks, shirts—everything! They have a huge range of men's clothes that are elegantly tailored and extremely well-made, in both large sizes and tall sizes to ensure a great fit for every type of build.
Tommy Bahama has a huge range of tees, shirts, polos, shirts, jackets, pants, shorts, and swimwear that is specifically designed for the big & tall. They have awesome clothing for everyday wear, as well as clothing perfect for your next tropical holiday. With sizes 3X, 4X, 5X, as well as tall sizes XLT-4XLT, Tommy Bahama is the perfect place to find a stylish laid-back look.
Rodd & Gunn
They have a great Big & Tall range of men's shirts, polos, jackets, shorts, chinos, loungewear, and swimwear. If you're after high-quality stylish clothes that'll fit like a dream, no matter your size, you need to check out Rodd & Gunn.
Banana Republic doesn’t specifically cater to larger men, but they do have a range of chinos, shorts, t-shirts, polos, and shirts that have been specifically designed for tall guys.
Vilebrequin only has one Big & Tall item to offer; a shirt. But it does come in 10 fun bold colours. Made with cotton voile, this lightweight long sleeve shirt could be worn with dress pants to the office, or unbuttoned over a tee and swim shorts to the beach, and it's available in sizes up to a 6XL.
Boohoo Man caters to both large and tall men, and has a huge selection of tees, shirts, pants, shorts, outerwear, suits, and more that are all reasonably priced. Available in sizes up to 5XL, if you’re after trendy, vibrant, and bright clothes to add to your wardrobe, Boohoo Man’s the place to shop.
Unfortunately, American Eagle doesn't have a designated Big & Tall range, but their clothes do come in 'Tall' options in sizes S-XL. So, if you're a tall guy with a slim/average build, you can get stylish garments that’ll fit impeccably well from American Eagle.
Therefore, it's no surprise that ASOS has made finding cool and fresh plus-size clothing easier than ever. The majority of their clothes are available in extended sizes, and can be shopped straight from their main collections. Although, if you prefer, you can shop from ASOS' designated Plus Size section.
Their range of Big and Tall men’s clothing ensures you won’t miss out on stylish clothing just because of your frame. With sizes up to XXXXL, River Island makes struggling with ill-fitting clothes a thing of the past. They take the latest trends and key pieces from their core collection, and add them to their Big & Tall range in roomier sizes, meaning you're guaranteed to find your perfect fit with River Island.
Lands End's have stylish casual, smart-casual, and formal t-shirts, shirts, polos, pants, shorts, jackets, and more for big and tall men, that are available in sizes up to 4XLT in tops and 54 in bottoms.