Style Rules for Big and Tall Men

There are a lot of factors that go into completing a well dressed look; one of the most important is the fit. In addition to fit, there are several other components that rank as high priority if you are a big and tall man. Something that is stylish for an average height male won’t necessarily translate well on a man who is taller or more stocky. There are a few other things to consider when selecting the right items and how to put them together properly. Below you will find a few style pointers to live by; finding the perfect pieces for big men can be tricky, but not impossible.

The right fit

NBA players

NBA players | Angela Weiss/Getty Images

The first thing you want to consider is the fit, as simple as that sounds this is often overlooked and can result in an off-putting appearance. Make sure tops and bottoms are not too small or big, as this can lead to several fashion faux pas, including gaping buttons, stressed seams, and a boxy fit. Very rarely guys find the perfect fit, which is why investing in having your items tailored would be the best option for incorporating long lasting wardrobe staples.

Avoid crewnecks


T-shirt |

V-necks are a better option than crewnecks when it comes to selecting between the two. A V-neck sweater or T-shirt will offer a leaner more balanced look. It also helps to elongate the face.

Select fabrics carefully

Thin sweaters stacked

Choose thinner sweaters you can actually layer |

Steer clear from bulky or heavy fabrics such as cable knit sweaters or oversized puffer coats. This will make you appear bigger than you are and in the end does not offer a polished look. Instead stick to fabrics that complement your frame such as cotton. These pieces can be easily layered and worn year-round.

Pick structured items

Man in a pea coat with dramatic light

Try a structured coat|© Chris Hutchison

Big and tall men look their best in well-structured outfits, rather than something more plain. If the top or bottom has more detailing, it will help to enhance your overall appearance.

Choose the right trousers


Pants |

Be selective when choosing your pants; you definitely want to stay away from bottoms that have pleats. Pleats usually result in a bulkier appearance making you look more stocky. Make sure the pants fit at your natural waistline for a smoother look. It is important that the pants are not tapered at the bottom as well. A straight leg pant would be the best way to go.

Find the right tie

Suit and tie

Be picky about your ties |

For occasions that require a tie, you will want to go with one that is wider in width. A tie can transform any look offering a more refined appearance. Another thing to consider is where the tall falls once it’s tied; it should be not higher or lower than just above the belly button.

Dark colors make a difference

LeBron James in a dark sweater and brown top hat

LeBron James in a dark sweater and brown top hat | Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Dark colors like charcoal, brown, and black usually work well for big and tall men. These colors can make a huge impact in your overall appearance and can easily be blended with lighter colors if you are looking for more variety.