11 Tailoring Tips for the Tall, Slim Man

When it comes to getting suiting right as a tall, slim man, it’s all about proportion.

Some tall men have long legs, some have a long body. Your tailor will do most of the hard work for you to ensure your suit perfectly compliments your body shape. However, there are a number of factors worth considering that are your decision.

Below are a few of our favourites:

  1. Opt for 10-14oz Fabric – a weightier cloth such as flannel or tweed (or just a heavy worsted) will add bulk and shape to your body.

Harris Tweed Bespoke Sports Jacket

2. A ticket pocket is a great asymmetrical detail that will occupy empty space on the front right jacket panel.

Grey Bespoke Prince of Wales Jacket

3. Layering is a great way of adding extra bulk to your frame.

4. Always opt for a two button jacket. Your tailor will calculate the best position for the first button – to ensure the jacket cuts in at the right place.

5. Try going double-breasted – the added detail and extra cloth will help fill out your frame.

Houndstooth Double-Breasted Bespoke Jacket

6. Wear a tie that compliments your height – if you find that regular length ties come up a bit short on you, either, skip the Windsor knot (which takes up more length) and opt for the ‘Four in Hand’ knot, or shop for longer length ties.

7. A belt – usually we would advise against a belt, but on a tall guy they are a great way of breaking up the body.

8. Trouser width – the trouser must be wide enough to cover a larger shoe, but narrow enough to be a good fit and look stylish

9. Avoid trouser-pleats: they will make the trousers billow unnecessarily.

10. Turn-ups are an interesting and fashionable addition to a suit which create the illusion of a shorter leg.

11. Casualwear – wear jackets and blazers when possible, to give you extra shape.

Velvet Bespoke Smoking Jacket

Finally, it’s important to have a good understanding of what your tailor is trying to achieve, which is a perfect balance between jacket, trousers and waistcoat.

As a general rule of the thumb, the distance from the nape of the neck to the bottom of the jacket, and the distance from the bottom of the jacket to the ground should be exactly the same. To ensure this, your tailor will be making a number of extra calculations, so perhaps allow for a little extra time.

If you would like a personal consultation to discuss your individual requirements, please make a booking with one of our expert consultants. There is absolutely no obligation to place an order.

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