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The Secrets to Being Big & Tall with Style

by Teni Wada

Dressing for your size as a big and tall man doesn't have to be complicated. Use these tips and tricks to help you find the right pieces to achieve an effortless look that compliments your body and shows off your personality as well. Once you’ve figured out what patterns, colors, fabrics, and articles of clothing work best for your body type, it’s time to update your look.

The rise of fast fashion is supposed to make shopping easy, but instead those mass-produced pieces of clothing present major challenges for the average consumer. And when it comes to big and tall men, you’re bound to run into even more problems. It seems like the only clothing available for big and tall men are shapeless pieces designed to fit a variety of sizes. However, that doesn't mean you’re banished to wearing frumpy, baggy oversized sweats and t-shirts for the rest of your life.

Dressing as a big and tall man is all about embracing your size - not hiding it - by dressing accordingly. That’s why we’ve come up with this guide of tips and tricks to help you choose the right clothing for your frame.

Selecting Patterns, Colors, and Fabrics

Choosing color for men's fashion

Let’s start with a bit of do’s and don’ts regarding colors, patterns, and fabrics. Big men would do best to limit the presence of horizontal stripes and heavy patterns in your wardrobe. They’ll only make you look bigger than you actually are. Vertical lines, though they may seem slimming,  are also a no go as they accentuate the lines of your stomach.

Opt for solid colors like black, gray, navy, and brown that have a subtle pattern. You can also go for materials with a pattern woven into the fabric. Think tweed, herringbone, and linen. Speaking of fabrics, heavy fabrics trap body heat, so try to go for lightweight fabrics that drape over your body evenly without bunching.

Knowing Your Measurements

Measuring big & tall men's clothing

Now that you know what you're working with, its time to break out the measuring tape. The first step in dressing for your size as a big and tall man begins with your measurements. Take the time to properly measure your chest, waist, hips, inseam, and sleeve length. Whether you shop in-store or online, always purchase clothing that fits the biggest part of your body. So, if you have a broad chest, always go for the shirt that has ample room across the chest and back.

Once you’ve found clothes that fit the biggest part of your body, it’s time to take them to a tailor. Getting your clothes tailored, if only taking in the sleeves and waist, does wonders for your appearance. Now that you’ve got your measurements, let’s take a look how to select pieces for your wardrobe.

Finding the Right Tops and Bottoms

Big & tall men's tops and bottoms

When it comes to bottoms, big and tall men can flatter their size by wearing them high at your natural waist. Those of your with bigger waists should forgo the belt and don a pair of suspenders instead. Taller men can use belts to emphasize height and draw attention to the mid-section. As for tops, always go for shirts that are long enough to tuck into your trousers. The key here is to make sure that there’s not too much excess material once your shirt is tucked.

Dressing for Hot and Cold Weather

Big & tall men's jacket and clothing

When temperatures rise, you can’t be expected to wear trousers every day. Tall men would do best to avoid elongating your body by balancing shorts with a long sleeved shirt, or a short sleeved shirt with slacks. Likewise, men who are big can avoid adding extra bulk by steering clear of long length shorts and cargo shorts.

Likewise, when the winter months roll around, the last thing you want to do is add bulk to your body. A long overcoat will always look sharp paired with a hat. This combination elongates your body, as opposed to a knit hat and puffy down jacket. Tall men should embrace their height and dress in layers to add depth. For example, pair a lightweight down vest over a sweater to stay warm.

Adding the Final Touches

Big & tall men's accessories

Finally, complete your look with the right accessories. Have fun incorporating color and prints into your wardrobe through your shoes. Always remember to “go large,” whether it’s a watch with a large face or a wide necktie. Not only do these pieces. complement your size, they also are seen as power symbols.

Let’s take a final look at the tips and tricks presented in this guide for dressing for your size as a big and tall man:

    1. Go for dark solid colors with a small print, or materials with a pattern woven into the fabric
    2. Know your measurements and purchase clothing that fits the biggest part of your body
    3. Wear trousers at your natural waist
    4. Tops should always be long enough to tuck in without too much excess material at the waist
    5. Dress for the seasons without adding extra bulk to your body
    6. Complement your size with large accessories

Now that you’ve got an understanding of what works for your size as a big and tall man, it’s time to update your wardrobe! Are you ready to unveil the new you?

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About Author

Teni WadaAfter studying abroad in Tokyo, Teni Wada returned to pursue her dream of working in the Japanese fashion industry. She’s spent 5 years working for fashion brands and in the iconic Shibuya 109 shopping mall. In her latest role as a content creator, she now incorporates her fashion retail experience to write fashion and style tips, as well as Japan shopping guides. While her Twitter is filled is baseball and parenting memes, you can find out more about her Tokyo life at or on Instagram


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