Andre The Giant.
It must be a nightmare finding off-the-rack clothing for these guys.
Can you relate to that?
Okay maybe you’re not a giant (literally) Hollywood actor or a 7’1 NBA player, but nature has given you the gift of height.
Several studies show that height is a contributing factor for success.
However, that doesn’t mean ignore your appearance.
Use every weapon in your arsenal to strengthen your image.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know the best ways to complement your body type with clothing.
It’s easy to buy clothes that are “close enough”. Don’t settle!
This article is going to cover dressing the Big & Tall Man, what complements him the best, and where to shop.
Why Care About Style?
It’s convenient to find the closest thing that fits, throw in the towel and call it a day.
So why care?
I’m sure you already know the unfair judgments and preconceived notions about “large men”. (Fat, Lazy, Careless etc.) Is it a fair assessment? No. I wouldn’t classify Andre The Giant as lazy…(any wrestling fans reading?) But society works this way.
Nevertheless, putting in the little bit of effort to care about your style automatically shuts down any of those notions. Not just from others, but from yourself too. It raises confidence, makes you more approachable, and earns respect.
In addition, caring about your style opens doors to put in efforts elsewhere as well. It’s not the sole factor to success, but it is a gateway. How you do one thing is how you do everything.
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What’s The Goal?
What is the ideal image for big & tall men?
Before we talk about what the goal is, let’s define what the goal is NOT.
The goal is NOT costuming. There’s no miracle jacket that will make you look like Clark Kent before hopping out of the phone booth.
Most off-the-rack clothing is engineered for the trapezoid shaped body. This means relatively wide shoulders with a slight taper down the waist, and through to the legs.
The classic model on the runway look.
If this is you, congratulations you should consider being a professional mannequin. 😉
If this is not you, which it probably isn’t since you clicked on this article, read on for all is not lost.
The goal is also NOT to look like a mannequin.
So what’s the goal when dressing? How do you know if something compliments your body type well?
The goal is to have an overall BALANCED and PROPORTIONAL look.
No amount of clothing will actually change your genetic body type, but the right clothing can help give you a streamlined look.
So How Should It Fit?
One word: proportions.
Humans have a knack for noticing if things are out of balance. Just ask accountants.
The primary way to get the right proportions is to focus in on fit. Too tight and it’s uncomfortable, too loose and it can look sloppy.
The fit should be just right, which means lightly following the shape of the body in a relaxed way.
The goal is for someone to look at the outfit from head to toe without stopping anywhere in the middle to take notice. A fluid appearance. Several tactics can be used to give this look.