How To Buy A Big and Tall Men's Dress Shirt
from Torre Big and Tall
Big and tall men face
some unique challenges when buying clothing, particularly dress
clothes, including shirts. T-shirts and other casual shirts can be
difficult to fit, but the big and tall man also faces other problems
when buying a dress shirt. Men's dress shirts usually are sized by
arm length and neck size. They are mostly the same length from
shoulder to hem. Therefore, a big or tall man has to take this into
consideration. He will want to look for shirts that are especially
made for a taller man, since these shirts will have longer tails.
Most department stores
have sales associates who are trained to measure men and fit them
for clothing. A big or tall man needs to take advantage of this
service, since many men have never bought a shirt by neck size or
Big and tall dress
shirts are also sized by arm and neck size, but also are larger in
girth, for big sizes, and length, for tall sizes. The armholes and
shoulder easement is also different.
Big men, especially, have
problems with dress shirts because their girth tends to pull their
shirttails out of their waistbands when they sit or bend over. Thus,
they should be very aware of shirttail length when they buy a dress
shirt. The shirttail should cover the abdomen completely and ideally
should be long enough to cover the rear end, as well. Big men should
look for the letter "T" in their sizing, as well as XL or
whatever size they wear. The "T" stands for
"Tall" and means the shirt is longer, as well as wider.
Big men should also try
on dress shirts in the store, if possible. They may need to try
several sizes to get the neck, arm and length all correct for their
individual body style.
Tall men (over 6 feet, 3
inches) face other challenges when buying dress shirts. They usually
have longer arms, and so must pay careful attention to arm length
and shirt length. Otherwise, they will look as though they are
trying on boys' clothing. They should try the shirt on as well,
stretching the arms out completely, to mimic the way the sleeves
will pull up as they drive.
Even though men's
clothing is more standardized in size than women's, it is possible
that a different manufacturer will offer other size ranges and
combinations, or whose shirts may be constructed more to a wearer's
liking. Men should ask if the store carries other manufacturers if
they cannot find a shirt that fits adequately.
When trying on dress
shirts, a man may wish to bring along a pair of dress slacks, so he
can better gauge how the shirt will look with the pants, if clothing
lines are visible, etc. This may also give the sales associate a
better idea of the man's unique fitting challenges and will help
Even if a man hates
shopping, he should go to the store at least once to buy dress
shirts. The sales associate will need to measure him and talk to him
about what he is looking for in a dress shirt, and how he wants it
to fit. This can only be accomplished face-to-face.
If a man can be patient,
will consent to be measured and will try on different styles and
sizes of shirts, even if he is big and/or tall, he will probably
find a dress shirt that fits well and looks good on him.
To Buy A Big And Tall Men's Dress Shirt
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