The “Dressing Your Body Type” series is one that I have been meaning to continue for some time, especially after receiving so much positive feedback from guys who could relate to Adam’s feature on Tips for Short(er) Guys.
Allow me to introduce Max Craig: fellow former Columbia University basketball player, French Canadian and also my good friend and roommate.
Max is 7′, 250 lbs. Yes, that’s seven feet tall. You can’t miss him. However, because he understands the styling choices and clothing proportions that flatter his body type, he keeps everything in proper scale which helps mask his height. In fact, as you can see from the photos, Max’s outfits are so proportionate that he doesn’t look overly tall on his own – only in relation to other people and things around him.
Here, 4 looks from Max ranging from casual to corporate, along with corresponding tips for those with longer frames.
1. Buy the Right Size & Get to Know Your Seamstress
I. Avoid the pitfalls of Big & Tall shops. It’s not Big OR Tall, it’s Big AND Tall. You’re not “big” (wide/heavy/overweight), you’re just tall. Max suggests using these places only for the basics or in a pinch, and always bringing them to your seamstress.
II. Get to know which brands offer Tall & Slim sizing. Max’s favorite is Faconnable. Other friends and former teammates have had success finding tall sizing online and in-store at Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren and the Gap.
III. You may have to accept the casual shirt trade-off. When you’re this tall, the selection of off-the-rack shirts that fit properly is very limited. Therefore, in order to wear the shirts you want, you may have to live with them not being perfect. If you don’t plan on wearing a tie with it, don’t worry about the collar size (you’re going to wear the neck open). If you’re not going to wear a jacket over it, don’t worry about the sleeve length (you can just roll them). For quick kicking-around shirts buy the size that fits you best in the shoulders and length, then have the sides and sleeves taken-in. (If taking-in the sides isn’t slim enough through the midsection for you, you can also have back darts added to remove some of the extra billowy bulk.)
IV. Get to know a good alterations seamstress in a convenient location for you. Just about everything you pick up off-the-rack should be brought in for modifications. It’s important to build a relationship with this person in order for them to understand your preferences and to earn your trust. After a few appointments, you’ll be having all your shirts slimmed and all your pants taken-in at the waist and tapered down the leg.
- Brown leather belt by Fossil
- Purple heather cotton t-shirt by Gap
- Olive chinos by RRL
- Blue washed cotton shirt by Facconable