Originally Posted by downeasta
Which brands of jeans do you all usually buy?
At 6'3" and 180 lbs. (after bulking up from 155-160 lbs. by lifting weights and eating 4 meals a day), with a similar body type as yours, I share your concerns. Here are some of my opinions:
For jeans, I buy only Levi's since they are the only brand I've found that offers 33/36. Dress trousers are easier to find since they are unfinished and can be hemmed, and sometimes cuffed (preferable), to the right length. The same is true of corduroy, moleskin, and linen trousers and they are all warmer in winter or cooler in summer than denim.
I use every trick in the book to de-emphasize my thinness, so I do the opposite of all the advice given to men who want to look taller. I look for every horizontal detail I can find, including horizontal stripes, checks, plaids, and other large patterns, ticket pockets on my jackets, double pockets on shirts, and safari-style shirts (with the double pockets, epaulets, and tabs to keep sleeves rolled up). Cargo pants are a good casual look for me. Like Bradford, I wear shirts untucked (whenever possible), jackets, and sweaters to elongate my torso relative to my legs. I wear contrasting colors on top and bottom, wide belts (never suspenders), cuffed trousers or bootcut jeans, and always have dress trousers widened below the knee. For as long as I can remember, I've been rolling up my sleeves to mid-forearm, first to hide that they were too short, but now to provide one more horizontal line.
My best suggestion is to find a good alterations tailor, even if it seems expensive. Almost everything I buy OTR goes to my alterations tailor, including my jeans. I've spent a small fortune on alterations, but the results are well worth the money.
On a side note, www.territoryahead.com
has interesting casual shirts in Tall sizes that will get you out of the "dress/flannel/rugby shirt" hell that I was stuck in for years because I couldn't find long enough sleeves. Their quality varies, but I have a number of their shirts that are great, including 3 different "Great White Shirts" and a criss-cross cord shirt. They do textured fabrics especially well.
Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with and have no financial interest in any brands mentioned.