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Clothes for the tall and lanky

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ThePope, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. ThePope

    ThePope New Member

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    Hi I am 6 ft. 5 inches tall and about 155-160 lbs. I was wondering if there is a particular brand or style of clothing that would tastefully conceal my thiness without looking completely baggy and ridiculous?
    I am interested in both formal and casualwear.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Helmut Lang and Prada both make clothes which are especially suitable for tall, lanky guys.

    In general, however, I would suggest that you wear clothing that is fairly well fitted rather than looking for a specific brand. Tall guys and short guys tend to wear baggy clothing believing that this disguises their height or lack thereof. In fact, the bagginess accentuates these characteristics.

    Specific recommendations:

    Boot cut jeans and pants. Tapered or straight legged jeans will make you look like you're on stilts. Bootlegged pants will lend stability.

    Horizontal stripes. A subtle horizontal pattern will cut de-emphasize your height somewhat. In fact, any pattern (paisley patterned shirts are cool) will do the trick and break up your height.

    Heavier materials, like moleskin and corduroy, provided than the particular garment fits well, may help. For shirts, stick with poplins, and stay clear of drapey garments.

    Make sure that the sleeves of your shirts and jackets and the legs of your pants are long enough.

    Break up your height with a thick leather belt.

    Stand up straight. Good posture makes the best of your height. Bad posture, the worst.

    For jackets, go with a 3/4 length style. A shorter jacket (i.e. waistlength) will give you the unwanted stilts effect. A Peacoat, doublebreasted and of a heavier boiled wool (Miu Miu and Prada made some nice ones last winter which you may find on sale somewhere) might look good.

    Good luck.
     
  3. ThePope

    ThePope New Member

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    LA Guy,

    thank you for that advice. Do Prada and or Helmut Lang make clothing that is on the conservative side, which is mainly how I tend to dress? If not, could you recommend any designers who are
    Also, any special rec.'s for the warm weather months?

    Thank again.
     
  4. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    Prada usually doesn't. Helmut Lang's minimalism often works conservatively, even though his modernistic lines also play as very hip. Similarly, you might try Dior Homme for suits; the cut is long and lean. (Other Dior items would be too wild for you, but the suits are very wearable.)
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I'll have to disagree with pstoller here. I think, that like most large designer companies, while many of Prada's editorial pieces (like shirts with enlarged paisley patterns) are unlikely to be miscontrued as conservative, many of the basic pieces, including dress shirts, classic suits, and dress and casual pants, are. Also, remember that Prada's early reputation was built on Miuccia's re-interpretation of mid-century modernist looks, (ugly chic, if you will), and this influence carries over to many of her collections today (check out the campaign for F/W 2000, for example).
     
  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    ThePope,

    I forgot to ask: by conservative, do you mean classic (think 50's movie stars), or minimalist (think sharp shapes, lots of black and other austere colors, pared down pieces)?

    I'm sure that other members of the forum would give far better advice than I on the former. For the latter, though, I could recommend, besides Prada and Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Costume National and Calvin Klein (although his sizes often run large).
     
  7. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    This is a good point. It's just that, of late, when I've seen Prada in the shops, I haven't been seeing the basic pieces. On the other hand, I wasn't shopping for Prada, so I could've missed plenty.
     
  8. ThePope

    ThePope New Member

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    Thank you all again, and LA Guy, I meant "classic" conservative style.
     

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