Despite the prevalence of online shopping and specialty clothing stores, it can still be a challenge to find great clothing when you’re really tall. Tall clothing isn’t necessarily something that all retailers stock, and even if they do, often it’s just their regular clothing in disguise, with longer arm and leg lengths that don’t fit anyone with a proportionally tall torso.
So, why is it so hard to find clothes when you’re a taller guy? Why does there have to be a whole process of comparing the differences between big clothing, tall options, and big and tall styles? After all, you shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to have a custom suit made just so you can attend a wedding or special event without looking awkward and out of place.
We’ll break down the difference between big and tall, regular, and tall clothing today, and show you what you should be looking for specifically when you’re purchasing clothes either online or in-person.
Tall Clothes for Men vs Standard Sizes
Generally, regular or standard-sized clothing is made to fit a body that our culture has deemed ‘average’. Every company has its own measurement chart, and uses standard sizing – either labels like small, medium, large, or numbered systems that vary depending on whether you’re looking at pants, shirts, or dresses and skirts.
Tall clothing is comparable to standard-sized clothing, but with all the measurements proportionally extended. This means that not only will the arm and leg lengths be longer, but well-designed tall clothes should also have longer torso measurements, as well as a longer rise (the pant measurement between the waist and crotch).
Tall Clothing vs Big and Tall
If you’re a taller guy, many well-meaning people will point you in the direction of the nearest big and tall store. While this may work if you’re a higher-than-average weight as well as height, the truth is these styles likely won’t work for you unless you need these extended body measurements. On average, big and tall measurements go up to a 60” chest, and 62” waist.
If your torso and trunk measurements are closer to those of regular sizes, you’d be better off sticking with tall clothing. Otherwise, you may find that the ballooning body fabric makes you look awkward and unkempt. At American Tall, our chest sizes range from 39” to 54”, while waist sizes go from 35” to 50”. This makes it easier to find the perfect size for your tall frame.
Tall Women’s Clothing
When it comes to buying tall women’s clothing, there isn’t as much of a big and tall market. More often, tall women are forced to choose between plus sizes, which are larger in every measurement including chest and waist, and regular clothing, which doesn’t provide the torso, arm, and leg lengths they need.
Finding dedicated shops offering clothing for tall women is a better option. By opting for proportional measurements, taller gals can ensure a better fit without sacrificing style.
Finding Better Options for Tall Men’s and Women's Clothing at American Tall
Eager to put your new knowledge of tall clothing styles into practice? Come visit American Tall. All of our clothing is designed with a tall frame in mind, and we offer inclusive sizing for all of our men’s and women’s styles. This ensures that you can find stylish pieces without sacrificing comfort or fit.
Shop online today to find your new favorites.