For the big and tall man getting reasonably priced big and tall clothes is near next to impossible. I read an article by Trevor Price titled “Clothing Advice For the Big and Tall Man” which suggested that you could get tailor made pants and shirts. While yes, this is an option, for me it’s an option if you have the extra funds where you can invest $600 in a pair of pants or near $200 for a shirt. Shoot! If I had to pay $600 for pants, they’d be surgically grafted to my backside. So at my level of income, I have to find myself at the mercy of the Big & Tall clothes section.
So in this posting I want to give you the reader my pearls of wisdom in a sort for Survival Guide for the Big and Tall man, if you will.
So first of how do know if you qualify in the Big and tall category?
Well, If XL (Extra Large) is a tight fit. You qualify.
If your age and shoe size match, then you qualify.
If the Encyclopedia Britannica has approached you to be the spokesman for tall or big men. You qualify.
Now down to business.
- Pearl of wisdom#1 Know Thyself
When you go shopping for clothes you should know your sizes like you know your cell phone’s ring tones. If you are like most men you just want to go into the store grab you stuff and go. Well the problem is you’re not like most men you’re a big and tall man. This means you’re going to doing some extra searching because not every big and tall man is built the same. So you need to know your measurements to a tee.
My first suggestion is go into a store that will cater to plus size men and be up front. Let them know that you are just looking but you are not sure of your measurements. They’ll be more than happy to help you out. It worked for me. However if you find that too embarrassing then get a tape measure, a friend or loved one, a good mirror and start measuring.
Before you start you’ll have to remove any and all bulky clothing (sweaters, jackets, etc…). Stand as straight as possible and keep your head straight and looking ahead. Shoulders back and inhale slightly. This will be especially important when it comes to measuring your chest.
For the neck: Measure around the base of the neck, and then add an extra ½ inch.
For the chest: Measure around the fullest part of the chest. Remember, shoulders back and inhale slightly. This will allow for a more accurate measurement.
For the sleeve: Bend your elbow and put your hand on your hip, The measurement is taken from the base of the neck, across the shoulder down to the bent elbow, and then to the wrist bone.
For the length of the shirt: Measure from the prominent bone at the base of the neck, this is found by bending your head forward slightly, to the length the person wants the shirt to cover
For the waist: Measure around where you normally wear your pants, keeping the tape measure a bit loose, You can determine the amount of looseness by putting one finger between your body and the tape measure.
For your belt size: Go 1 size up from your waist size.
For the hips: With your legs standing about six inches apart, measure around the fullest part of the hips.
For the inseam: You’ll need to wear a pair of shoes for this one. The measurement is taken from your crotch to the top of the shoe in the front and just above the heel in the back
For the full pant length: Measure from the waistline to the top of the shoe and add an extra 2-3 inches for a hem or cuff.
Once you have your measurements in hand you can now go into any of the Big and Tall clothing sections and shop with confidence.