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Introducing a big man, in Bangkok

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I have been an avid reader of Style Forum and thoroughly enjoying my education. I am currently living in Bangkok and have been considering extending my stay for at least a year longer. The city and country definitely has perks and drawbacks, but it suits me quiet nicely. The only unsurmountable obstacle I have faced thus far is proper attire for this climate.


I am an independent businessman and routinely visit an individual client's office. Typical clients are of high social status of both local Thai and Western decent. Dress varies from chinos and short sleeve to more formal suits with optional tie.


My difficulty comes in identifying an appropriate style for my body type and location. I am a big man by western standards and especially by Asian standards. I Caucasian, standing 6'3” with a weight of 260lbs. Admittedly, I am a little softer around the midsection than I could be but not entirely round.

The question I have for all of you who are in the know, what should I be aiming for in a daily business wardrobe? I would like to be comfortable in this hot, humid environment and also project a strong but approachable and friendly presence. By that, I mean emphasizing my stature without being over dominating.


My first thoughts are to lean into linen but I cannot overcome the mind set that 1) All linen is white(ish) 2) big men look REALLY bad in light colors.


Any thoughts, recommendations or more specifically, reference photos that you could recommend would be most helpful.


I am very excited about exploring tropical style for a large man in a country that affords me the opportunity to dress well. More importantly, I'm looking forward to see how the community would approach my style goals.


And before it comes up, evening attire can/should be addressed in a separate post.


Thanks in advance for the feedback!


- Flight Risc

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I believe for your height, It is better to find a good tailor to make up your wardrobe. I am sure there are good tailors in Thailand, but if not, you can always consider to have bespeak schedule with traveling tailors e.g. HK, UK...etc

For your situation, it depends whether you are a causal person or a dressy person. I will got for suits because I tend to wear it even for causal attire. But it might be beneficial to have two to three blazers made, and a collection of shirts and trousers depends on your taste.

For fabric, garments made from Zegna cool effects, with a high quality tailor crew is probably most suitable to humid weather. some may disagree and dislike because they don't last very long (maybe a 1 year wearing, 2-3 times per week) but they are relatively easy to find in tailor shops. You can ignore this if you are seeking to source your own fabric. Obviously there are better options, have a read on the fabric thread for any beneficial comments and guidelines.

To get a grasp and master your problem, expect to lurk here for a very long time.
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I should have mentioned in my original posting, I have found a tailor here in Bangkok and have had shirts and trousers made to satisfaction.  The trouble area is in the sport coat.


To clarify, I am looking for a "dressier" look without the choking heat of your typical western suit and tie.  In the US, a warm weather suit is appropriate for summer in all but Southern Florida.  Here, it seems like every day is "Miami Heat" without the breeze or Mojitos.  To take the comparison a bit further, I cannot get past thinking 1980's Don Johnson and Miami Vice.  Certainly not the look I am going for.


I do appreciate the recommendation of fabric and the quick reply.  I will continue to look into fabric and see what I can hash out.


Many thanks, from the "the land of smiles".

-Flight Risc

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