Style The fashion guide for tall men

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It's a tall order scaling the heights of fashion as a 6'2

Dwayne Johnson knows how to rock tall men fashion the classy way. play Dwayne Johnson knows how to rock tall men fashion the classy way. (Preejamaica)

Lanky height is sexy until you hit your head several times, involuntarily look condescending in most of your conversations and lack fitting clothes. You're always getting the short end of that stick.

We get it, it can be stressful coming up with a particular type of look, be it professional or just casual without changing your outfit a couple of times. You've probably gotten late because of it too.

That's why we came up with this fashion guidebook for the hunks with the long legs and spacious torsos. Read on.

 1. Longline t-shirts

play Try out long lines with zippers at the bottom for a more free fit. (Courtesy)

Long legs are hard to accentuate without looking like a giraffe. But it’s not impossible. Switch your normal tees for a long line t shirt that hides a lot of leg. These were specifically made for the height gods who can rock an oversize cloth and make it look like it fits.

2. Befriend the long sleeves


Short sleeves especially those that don’t reach the elbow can make you look like you’re over growing your clothes. If you’ve got to rock a short sleeve then pick up a fitting long sleeve and fold it to the preferred length. This makes lanky slender arms look like they’ve got a bit of flesh. Also, it’s a secret turn for a lot of women, Need we continue?

3. Dress shirts

play Denim, chamois or flannel, dress shirts are a must have for every man of great height. (Courtesy)

If you’re not sure what to wear to a semi-formal event or date then a dress shirt is the way to go. Beyond adding girth to your body frame, a chamois shirt can pass for jacket on a breezy sunny day. We’re having a lot of those this sunny February. Leave it hanging over a t shirt for a casual look or tucked in your denims for something a bit more serious. Just make sure your jeans fit well.

4. Denim pants

The golden rule is simplicity. Tall men pants are meant to accentuate their long legs and to achieve this means minimal details on the pants. Go for jeans with the same colour of thread and jean. Also, ensure minimum amount of material is left pooling at the feet.

5. Official slacks must be fitting

play Fitting pants are key to having a good look. (Courtesy)

In an interview by Complex, NBA stylist Rachel Johnson says, “In terms of fit, you should be able to feel the fabric on your legs. If you can't feel it touching you, your pants are too big. Here's a measurable thing I can tell you: the bottom of the pant leg especially for taller guys who wear shoe sizes around 13 and above the measurement should be around 9.5". From your thigh down, there should be a slight taper.

6. Shoes tell it all

In the words of Victoria Beckham, “I like a man who can be a real friend, has a good sense of humor, a good pair of shoes and a healthy gold card.”

Don’t we all?

Rachel also says, “When you're working with slimmer silhouettes, your shoes can't have a lot of bulk in them. You need something sleek, with a narrow toe and a slim sole. It's all about balance and proportion. If you're going for a slimmer cut or a slimmer leg, your footwear should reflect that as well."

7. Your accessories, your statement

play Mid length necklaces are an easy look to pull as they go with just about anything. (Lulla)

Rarely do guys accessorize to complement a look. It’s all about personality and comfort. However, choosing the right kind of accessory is mandatory if you want make it look fashionable. Preferably keep your belt leather and let if match your shoes. Your watch should match your ring or neck piece. For an official shirt or suit, either try a chain choker or a mid-length necklace that stops at the beginning of the breast bone. Rock a cord with a t-shirt, flannel or dress shirt for a casual look. When it comes to hand pieces, don’t do more than two at a time, regardless whether you have a watch or not.

8. Long coats are your best friend

Just like long line t-shirts, long coats and jackets are the best worn by tall men. Keep a coat or two for those cold nights out. You must go a slim fit. It’s already oversize in length, you don’t want to look like a cloak holder.

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