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post #271 of 311
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Originally Posted by Sebastian_Flyte View Post

The trick is to adjust clothes so they fit and hang naturally-- not too tight or too loose.
Clothes are cut for typically proportioned men, so I personally often taper the pants below the knee *a bit*. There is no need to go overboard-- usually you tell your tailor "taper the bottom so that the hem is X inches". Once you find a measurement for you, you can have all your pants tapered to that measurement.

Makes sense, but many suit pants are already tapered, so they can only be tapered even more! The suits I tried on had pants that were not too tight, so they probably looked OK to others, but I think I'm not yet used to a tapered look, so to me it made it looks like my legs looked skinnier and longer. I supposed it's a getting used to thing, coming from wearing more traditional, relaxed pants which "hid" my skinny legs (at least in my mind).

Another thing I think works is having a very short break. Just to hit the top of the shoe. This makes the drape cleaner, without a lot of bunching at the bottom. Especially important I noticed with the more tapered the pant/hem opening. I found that the bunching made the leg drape look worse.

I agree with you re cotton and chinos, but what to do for casual pants? Wool is too dressy, so that is a hard one.
post #272 of 311
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Originally Posted by skinny View Post

I agree with you re cotton and chinos, but what to do for casual pants? Wool is too dressy, so that is a hard one.

Jeans. There are such a variety of cuts now that everyone should be able to find a brand that works for their body.
post #273 of 311
Or corduroys. Slightly more dressy than jeans and usually make thin legs look sturdier.
post #274 of 311

I completely understand where you are coming from, I am currently 18 years old and I stand at 6'4", 165 pounds with long legs. Even finding a simple T Shirt that doesn't fit me short and like a parachute is difficult. Finding pants that don't require a belt is near impossible. But very good information!

post #275 of 311
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Originally Posted by Sebastian_Flyte View Post

Jeans. There are such a variety of cuts now that everyone should be able to find a brand that works for their body.

Speaking of jeans, I'm trying to find some nice wingtips to go with my jeans. I have very narrow feet to go along with my skinny body...a size 10 and very narrow. So the question is, which shoes looks better on skinny guys with narrow/skinny feet? The thinner sole and pointy end or the more "butch" type like Alden with thicker soles and a rounder toe? Does the former complement more or is the latter better as it "bulks" up the foot? Also, any recommendations? What colors, styles, etc.?
post #276 of 311
Thread Starter 
some more T-shirt brands with decent length in the body:

Zara slim fit - L
Neil Barrett - M
Y-3 - M (Y-3 lengths are all over the map, but at least some of the t-shirts work well)
post #277 of 311
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Originally Posted by campr723 View Post

I completely understand where you are coming from, I am currently 18 years old and I stand at 6'4", 165 pounds with long legs. Even finding a simple T Shirt that doesn't fit me short and like a parachute is difficult. Finding pants that don't require a belt is near impossible. But very good information!

I hear ya man. I'm almost the same dimensions.

Try H&M for button ups and jeans. I have also found that urban outfitters has T shirts (crew and v neck) that are slim fit that are the best of found (at a reasonable price).
post #278 of 311

Can't say I'm tall, but at 5.10 and 135-ish, I think I qualify as skinny. My problem is that most clothes seem to be either to wide on the shoulders if they are the correct length, or too short if they are the correct width.

 

I must say that this thread is a great help for me as I am attempting to switch from my Primark and H&M days to clothe myself decently. Will be following closely.

post #279 of 311
Great forum. I'm 6'6 and have had major issues with clothes since I began shopping for them. Luckily as a costume designer I custom make all my own clothes now. I plan to make some wool pants as that idea was pure genius. I also have to disagree with the trench coat comment. I believe the person said "it cinches at the waist giving it a fem appearance on slim guys". I've made one and it looks classic and masculine. You just have to layer it to fill your form out and make sure the side seams are straight instead of curved which emphasize an hourglass shape. Just a thought. I'm very aware I'm the exception since I'm sure you guys don't have the time and energies or patience to take up clothing design. biggrin.gif

Also back darts are invaluable when I'm makin my shirts, coats and tops. Extra fabric will ALWAYS balloon out at the lower back as the body bends in 4 directions at the same time, wrapped around from left to right and curving into your back up and down. Fabric can only bend in 2 directions independently without a seam or dart. I recommend (or telling your tailor to) dart the lower back first to get a snug fit then (if necessary) let out the side seams for wearing ease. Be careful doing this as it will shift the side seams a little. The bigger the back darts the more the side seams will shift.

Lastly avoid low rise jeans, people covet a long torso (we have them, i.e. the grass is always greener lol) but unfortunately low rise jeans make our torso look extra long and out of proportion. I recommend wearing jeans or pants on the pelvis about 2" below your belly button. It'll instantly shorten your torso and adding a cuff at the bottom adds a horizontal line making you look less daunting. Hope the tips help as they have done wonders for me when im designing.

Tall, Skinny & Proud

- Kabba

P.s. if ANYONE has tips on where I can find leather gloves for long fingers I'd love them forever. I'm desperate enough that i just might make them but the textile leather is one I'm not familiar with at all so I'm sure they'll come out looking like crap if I attempt it.
post #280 of 311
Kabba,

Good advice about rise for tall men. At 6' 7" I wear a lot of my trousers above the hips. Looks a lot better.

As for gloves...try http://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk. They do a bespoke sizing option for £20. Not tried it yet but about to put my first order in.

TTFN
tTE
post #281 of 311

Hi There,

 

i saw yor post about the rules for the skinny tall man and i was wondering what you meant by double-vented coats?

 

My boyfriend is 5ft10" of french,  tall-skinny-goodness and i love how he looks on anything he wears.. for christmas he wants a smart winter coat (i agree with you about the 100% wool rule).

 

I've been looking around for a particular brand (looking to spend about £200max) but the few coats we have looked at, based on his style turn out to be too wide on the chest, but also too short on the arms!

 

Are there any particular brands you'd recommend? (i've heard ralph lauren is good but its over £400!)  

 

Thank you for your replies.

post #282 of 311
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Originally Posted by cinammongirl View Post

Hi There,

i saw yor post about the rules for the skinny tall man and i was wondering what you meant by double-vented coats?

My boyfriend is 5ft10" of french,  tall-skinny-goodness and i love how he looks on anything he wears.. for christmas he wants a smart winter coat (i agree with you about the 100% wool rule).

I've been looking around for a particular brand (looking to spend about £200max) but the few coats we have looked at, based on his style turn out to be too wide on the chest, but also too short on the arms!

Are there any particular brands you'd recommend? (i've heard ralph lauren is good but its over £400!)  

Thank you for your replies.

Men's jackets can have one vent (slit) in the back, double vents, or zero. Double vent works best for the skinny man.

Winter coat: you have to stick to slim brands (i.e. the ones mentioned in this thread), and then a style that's naturally long in the body (for instance, car coats, some pea coats, toggle coats, etc). A tailor can make arms longer by an inch or so if there is enough fabric in there. If you're in Britain, maybe try All Saints, which is slim cut and often long in arms and body.

Good luck!
post #283 of 311
Any gangly chap will benefit from chunky knitwear. It keeps us warm and gives some form on our bones. Shirts, trousers and jackets are best kept a bit loose so as not to look like Skeletor on rehab.
post #284 of 311
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Originally Posted by Sebastian_Flyte View Post

Men's jackets can have one vent (slit) in the back, double vents, or zero. Double vent works best for the skinny man.
What vent works best really depends on how big butt you have wink.gif Generel consensus of the forum tend to favor the side vents however after trying several dior homme suits I've shifted to equally like the single vent. I'm 194 cm / 82 kg btw.

Regarding t-shirts discussed previously I would like to add D&G, Alexander McQueen (best quality of any underwear/shirts I've tried) and DKNY. Don't pay retail for D&G and DKNY if you want some sort of value for money wink.gif
post #285 of 311

I'm tall and skinny, so I ended up on this thread. I'm 6' 1" 155 lbs 36" chest 30-31" waist. What size suit should I be buying? I want to look modern (looking at suitsupply.com suits). I'm 16 years old so my only previous suit was some Men's Wearhouse 40L which fit absolutely horribly even after tailoring (it was too long, the hips flared out because it was tailored to my waist but the legs were baggy, overall it felt loose).

 

Looking at other threads on this site, I've settled on the Napoli suit: http://us.suitsupply.com/suit-navy-plain-napoli-p2778i/P2778I,en_US,pd.html?start=3&cgid=Suits&srule=Color    

 

What size suit should I actually wear? On another forum a guy with similar dimensions wore a 36R. Is this too short? Or will it work?

 

Thanks

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