I just want clothes that fit
I haven’t had to shop for clothes in a year or so, but things are getting shabby, so I need to think about replacements. That’s where things start to get unpleasant. I’m tall and fairly thin.6’3", and 195. This seems to put me into a missed segment of the market.
For shirts, I’ve typically gone to EddieBauer/LandsEnd/LLBean and purchased Large Tall. I’d continue to do this, except the LT size seems to have grown to cape like proportions. Can anyone tell me where I might find shirts that are sized similarly to the LT of 3 4 years ago?
Then, we move on to the world of jeans/pants. I seem to have unusually large legs/butt(soccer player), relative to others of my waist size(34"w, 35"inseam), so I wind up with either REALLY baggy jeans, or jeans that are so tight in the buttal area that I can’t sit down. Any suggestions?
posted by specialnobodie to Clothing, Beauty, Fashion (31 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Have you tried online for these stores? I know that Banana Republic has (tall) sizes online that they don’t carry in the store.
posted by emkelley at 12:14 PM on February 10, 2010
Can you get to an H They tend to run tall and skinny, especially with men’s clothes.
posted by zoomorphic at 12:18 PM on February 10, 2010
A tailor can take in the sides of a shirt quite inexpensively.
posted by Comrade_robot at 12:20 PM on February 10, 2010
Nordstroms has shirts for you (and me!) but I don’t know about pants.
posted by coolguymichael at 12:24 PM on February 10, 2010
On the women’s side of things, at least, I can testify that all these brands’ tall sizes have indeed seemed to get ridiculously voluminous in the past couple of years I’ve largely given up entirely on them. Banana Republic, J. Crew, and Gap tall sizes (all online only) still seem to fit pretty slim (though again, this is for women’s clothing, but I’m guessing they’ve maintained the slimmer silhouettes for their menswear, too).
posted by scody at 12:25 PM on February 10, 2010
Go to Nordstrom (or Macy’s even) and talk to a man in their men’s clothing department. We did this last year with my husband and it was great. He knew all the right brands/sizes for my husband just by looking at him. (My husband is also thing, not quite as tall as you, but has very broad shoulders/built arms. Their tailored fit pants, in particular, fit me really well and slimmer than slim fit pants from Brooks Brother/J Crew/Banana Republic.
posted by brozek at 12:31 PM on February 10, 2010
I know the problem. I’ve been having pretty good luck at Bloomingdale’s lately.
posted by spilon at 12:36 PM on February 10, 2010
Express has "modern fit" shirts that should fit the bill. In general, look for labels that say "slim fit", "tailored fit", "modern cut" or something like that.
posted by backseatpilot at 12:38 PM on February 10, 2010
Yeah, unfortunately clothes that fit you are out there. they’re just more expensive.
I have a hard time with the Old Navy/Gap/Target/Whatever clothes because I am in a similar boat as you they are all too boxy.
For good slim cuts, you have to hit up the Euro labels or the higher end stores. Banana Republic, Zara, maybe some at Urban Outfitters (tight is in with the kids). Nordstrom (Rack) is fantastic.
Plus, as some have mentioned, have your shirts tailored.
posted by kaseijin at 12:39 PM on February 10, 2010
Also, do you know your measurments? Go in to a "men’s store" like Men’s Wearhouse or the like and get measured for shirts.
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