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Tall, Skinny and...Handsome?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by downeasta, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. downeasta

    downeasta Member

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    StyleForum, I need your help.

    I'm 6'3", 190lbs~. Shirt measurements: 15"-35.5". Pants: 32-34 Jacket: My best fitting jacket is currently a 41 L with the sleeves taken out.


    My issue is this: I've been told many times that the best clothing is the clothing that fits well. However, it seems that when I buy clothing that fits me, it makes me look like a string bean. When I buy baggy clothing, it simply looks like I'm drowning in it.

    My two biggest issues are that:

    -my arms are quite long compared to my neck size, thus eliminating 98% of shirts you'd find on the shelf.
    -my legs are also quite long, so most jeans make them look disproportionately long, when compared to my body.


    Are there any other tall and skinny fellows here? How do you mitigate the 'twig' look?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. clapeyron

    clapeyron Well-Known Member

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    get your stuff to a tailor. seriously it does wonders.
    if your neck, sleeves and shoulders fit on a shirt you can easily get it taken in by a tailor for $15-$20.

    there's a myriad of online tailors out there who will make you a nice custom shirt. I stick to tailorstore and propercloth. if you are new to MTM, hit me up via PM and I can share my experiences.

    as for your legs, nothing much you can do, at 6'3" there should be no problem finding a decent pair of chinos or jeans. everything up to 36" inseam is easy to find. I myself wear W34L36 and haven't had any troubles.
     
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  3. downeasta

    downeasta Member

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    Could you recommend any specific brands or styles to watch for?
     
  4. justinkapur

    justinkapur Well-Known Member

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    your shirt looks too tight. you have pulling on all your buttons
     
  5. downeasta

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    Also, I'm a college student, if that changes anything.
     
  6. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Well-Known Member

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    eat more
    when you feel like you can't eat anymore, eat some more
    lift weights
     
  7. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn Well-Known Member

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    6'3 190 isn't that skinny. Depending upon your build, you could be anywhere from skinny-fat, to ripped and lean, to moderately pudgy. Where your body composition falls on that spectrum will say a lot about how to tailor your clothes.

    Now, if you've got really long limbs, as you say, you may suffer from being gangly. But that's a whole different can of worms. Skinny does not necessarily = gangly. In fact, it's possible to be potbellied and gangly, and if Jesus hates you, that could very well be your predicament.
     
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  8. SpooPoker

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    < ---- 6'1, 163lbs.
     
  9. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Well-Known Member

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    This is where we all brag!

    6'4" 180!
     
  10. downeasta

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    Thanks, I should have specified.

    I'm somewhere between ripped/lean and pudgy. My arms and legs have very little fat on them and are reasonably muscular. My stomach and chest, however, have a bit of excess flab (maybe 3-5lbs total), enough to obscure the bottom of my 6-pack. I am quite physically active, though my problem area (with regards to bulking up) has always been my chest/shoulders.


    And yes, I'd definitely consider myself gangly, haha.
     
  11. Jackie Treehorn

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    Gotcha.

    In that case, avoid skin-tight shirts. They'll make your arms look even ganglier, and your trunk comparatively sausage-like (as the fellow earlier in this thread unwittingly demonstrates). Some amount of fullness in the cut of your shirt isn't a bad thing, so long as you're not swimming in it. Same with the pants. If you're long-legged -- I have the same problem -- avoid high-rise and no-break pants. You'll want a slightly lower rise (though not low enough for your belly to pudge out over the waistband) and a 1/2 to 1 inch trouser break. Jackets should have a very slightly built shoulder, a full but fitted chest, and a fair amount of waist suppression.

    Generally speaking, and perhaps counterintuitively, too-tight is a worse enemy to your body type than too-loose, though you'll want to avoid either extreme.

    Given what you're saying about your body: consider a more aggressive cardio portion of your workout. And watch your diet. Bulking up isn't your problem right now; you should be cutting. Since you gain weight in your torso more easily than in your limbs (and this is a fairly typical male problem), attempting to bulk up is only going to exacerbate your issues with disproportionate-looking midsection and arms/legs.
     
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  12. caseyfud

    caseyfud Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, your shirt is definitely way too small (I said so in the WAYWRN thread, but the third detail picture confirms it).
     
  13. antipode

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    I'm following this one with interest. I'm 6'3" and 170. I'm surprised you wear a 41L. I'm a 38L with the sleeves lengthened. Shirts are trouble... Chinos are mostly a touch short for me too.
     
  14. Jobst

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    6'3" 150 lbs for me. It's not that fun trying to find shirts with a 14.5" collar and 34" sleeves that fit anywhere near reasonably in the body.

    I can second avoiding high rise pants, they make me look like a a pair of legs with an afterthought of a torso on top.
     
  15. black_umbrella

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    ^ this is highly dependent on body type. If you're torso/leg proportional then a higher-rise pant looks ok.
     
  16. downeasta

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    Pardon my ignorance, but what is a trouser break? Also, any recommendations with regards to jeans?
     
  17. Plestor

    Plestor Well-Known Member

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    6'7" 180 -- Only mtm/bespoke. -- All high rise / just a tiny break (1/4" or so) pants. :slayer:

    Nb this gives me a crazy rise (15+" fronts iirc), which is actually my main problem with rtw trousers

    Remeber extra rise under your jacket isn't really that much of a problem.
     
  18. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Well-Known Member

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  19. ImaPro

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    I think this is totally up to personal preference. I personally like the way it fits
     
  20. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the same boat as you - if I get a shirt that fits me perfectly in collar and chest then I need to roll the sleeves because of my comically long arms.

    As a result I tend to wear TM Lewin shirts as I've found no other make as yet that will fit me in both neck and arms - I'll go MTM when I've got more cash on hand but for what I need right now I really have no bad words to say about Lewin.
     

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