In response to requests for more body-type-focused content, we linked up with Westley’s neighbor Calvin Saunders.
“I used to always see this tall slim guy in my building, looking fresh. Turns out he works in the buying office at Ralph Lauren and he’s been a fan of TSB for years.” – Wes
Indeed, we get a ton of inquiries from guys looking for advice to flatter their specific body type(s). Not just short or heavy guys, either. You’d be surprised how many questions we get from tall and skinny guys too.
Here, Calvin, an NYC native who stands 6’2″ 150 lbs, gives us some insight into finding the right fit for the tall and lean.
1. Business Casual
Calvin, like many tall & slim “ectomorphs“, has a hard time shopping because everything is too big for him. Even “slim fit” pieces from brands with modern cuts. When he does find something that’s slim enough through the body, it’s usually too short.
“The first stop after I make a purchase is my tailor. Most pieces call for a straight-forward slim-down, but sometimes I have to be a little creative. For example, this nylon quilted jacket couldn’t be properly taken-in due to the fabric and construction, so I had my tailor attach belt loops to the back of the jacket. Now I use an old knit tie as a belt to cinch the back of the jacket. Not only does this slim down the jacket considerably, but I can adjust the tautness based on the bulkiness of the layers I have on underneath.”
A lot of tall slim men are self conscious about looking “too skinny” and wear oversized clothing to “add girth” as a result. Don’t do this. Baggy clothes do not make a skinny guy look bigger or more muscular. They make him look sloppy, less confident and, in fact, skinnier.
Embrace your lean frame and allow your tailor to help you show if off with comfort and confidence. “Adding girth” is much more effective and flattering in the way of tailored layers and textured fabrics.
“When shopping, look for the size that fits best in the shoulders and, most importantly, has the proper length. Then work with your tailor to slim down the sides, sleeves, legs, etc.
If it’s too short, you often can’t lengthen it…then you risk looking like you’re wearing your little brother’s clothes.
Personally, I own and wear a ton of plaids, checks, marled fabrics, etc. Combining textured pieces is a great way to add depth to a look, creating the illusion of a more three-dimensional frame. Horizontal stripes help too.”
- Navy quilted jacket by Ralph Lauren
- Khaki houndstooth check blazer by Rugby
- Navy flecked crewneck sweater by Wallace & Barnes
- Navy/Green/Tan plaid sportshirt by Club Monaco
- Brown gloves (in jacket pocket) by Ralph Lauren
- Bracelet by Miansai
- Slim olive cargos by Uniqlo
- Brown captoe boots by To Boot New York