Style Tips for Big and Tall Men

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Shopping for clothes and styling can be pretty tricky for any man, regardless if you’re big, small, tall or short. But today we’re sharing our top styling tips for the big and tall men out there:

Know your measurements and size

Once you know your precise measurements (your chest, neck, waist, etc) shopping becomes a breeze no matter what size you are. It’s vital to know your size because nothing complements a figure more than a well fitting outfit.

Avoid buying the next size up! An oversized shirt or baggy pants makes you seem bigger than you actually are – not only will it look like you’re swimming in your clothes, but it’ll also look very unflattering.

Also, as we’ve mentioned before, your local tailor is there to help – just because you’re a plus size, doesn’t mean you don’t need any taking in. The general rule of thumb is to have your shirt sitting a couple of inches past your hips, and should you need to tuck it in, a pair of suspenders do wonders over a belt.

Styles to Suit You

Everyone has their own taste, but here are a few key rules to remember;

Vertical pinstripes are your friend, they make an observer’s eye go up and down quickly which makes you seem taller rather than wider – something every man strives for.

Avoid big bold graphics or anything that adds volume, opt for light subtle designs. In addition, it’s better to wear strong and fitting clothes that make you look clean and sharp rather than draped soft materials.

Just like with everyone else, your ankles will always be thinner than your waist – when you’re choosing your pants, grab the straight cut to achieve a more streamlined look!

Own it with confidence

Being a large man doesn’t have to mean round and soft, you have the potential to be powerful, strong and imposing.

Take advantage of blazers with nice firm shoulders to give you a definite shape. Wear a pair of shoes that have a bit of a heel in them or grab a hat to give you some extra height.

Don’t overlook your personal grooming habits, they are crucial in the impression you give off. A nice, neat goatee or a bit of a stubble to sharpen your jaw line can go a long way.

Accessorise boldly with some chunky watches to give you proportion with your look.

Shop our online range for Big and Tall Men here.

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James Gandolfini : A Big Man with Big Style

James Gandolfini

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While around the world people are remembering James Gandolfini, we too are remembering him, but not just as an acclaimed actor, but as a well built man who was comfortable in his own skin.

Having featured previously in our best dressed lists, today we are going to explore his style changes over the years and the key style notes we can take away from his legacy.

While the characters he chose to play tended to be quite brusque at times, Gandolfini himself, was known for being a gentle man who played his cards close to his chest. In interviews he was self-effacing and somewhat baffled by the fame which surrounded him.

During an interview with Vanity Fair (2009) he famously stated (his opinion on acting):

“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

Despite finding it strange, he continued to enjoy a long and rich acting career. However, whether he liked it or not, Gandolfini will always be known by his most infinite role as Tony Soprano.

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A role he seemed to be born to play, Gandolfini was soon associated as the mobster with style. An unashamedly large built man who can look great in a well-fitted suit or a simple polo shirt, he incorporated the right clothes for his build based on a perfect fit.

During his time as Tony Sopronao, his style revolved around sharp, peak-lapel suits and French cuffs appropriate for mob boss sit-down formality but via voluminous colour-blocked Nat Nast bowling shirts, patterned polos, wife-beater undershirts.

For a less intimating but still all together mobster- inspired style, why not try rocking a pinstripe suit next time the occasion demands? Or if this isn’t for you, why not try a pair of braces over your formal shirt? This style was embraced during the 1920’s but is currently experiencing a revival thanks to the Great Gatsby fever.

In his personal life Gandolfini embraced his frame and wore a look of comfortable simplicity. By sticking to classic cuts and colours, he ensured his style was timeless and appropriate for any occasion, which becomes especially significant when any picture of you could go global at any moment thanks to the relentless paparazzi.

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When it came to the red carpet, Gandolfini chose to wear items which were tailored to his frame. He utilized the versatility of classic cuts and patterns, and by knowing which looks suited him he was able to build a collection of outfits which landed him as a style icon for big and tall men everywhere. He was often seen wearing casual button down shirts paired with chinos or jeans, a look which he wore with confidence.

A gentle giant who put bowling shirts back on the map and a brilliant enigmatic actor,  he will be missed .

James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. 1961-2013

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