Believe it or not, before the 20th century, the only people wearing shorts were boys in boarding school uniforms.
Today, shorts aren’t just our top choice for sportswear – they’re the natural choice for anything summer. Socializing in the sun. Going for a hike. Even summer at the office.
You can thank Bermuda for that. From the navy to yachts to the world’s biggest cities, here’s how a small island in the Atlantic Ocean made shorts what they are today.
TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY: NAVY ATTIRE
In the early 1900s, while sweltering away in the tropics, the British Royal Navy finally decided to do something about the heat. They pulled up their socks, cut their white, cotton pants off at the knee, and wore their newly christened shorts around the British Empire, including Bermuda.
THE ‘20s AND ‘30s: SHORTS TOURISM
After navy officers showed off their new shorts at Bermuda yacht clubs, this comfortable yet dignified style caught on locally. Bermudian tailors started manufacturing the shorts themselves and established them as a sought-after fashion for both business and pleasure. British and American tourists visiting the island loved what they saw.
MID-20TH CENTURY: THE WORLD CATCHES ON
The days when shorts were only appropriate for schoolboys quickly vanished. Shorts arrived in America and Europe as companies like Brooks Brothers and Yves Saint Laurent started riffing on the Bermuda shorts concept. Before long, they could be spotted on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and in Vogue magazine.
The rest is shorts history. They look sharp at the office. They feel great in the sun. They make you feel like you’re always on vacation. And so, one of the world’s great summer styles is born.
TODAY: AMERICAN TALL SHORTS
Thanks to Bermuda shorts, many of today’s most style-conscious short varieties are slim-fitted and made of woven fabric, hanging about an inch or two above the knee.
For tall guys like you, finding shorts that maintain both that close fit and semiformal
length can be hard. At American Tall, we believe passionately that you should never have to sacrifice the right length for the right width.
Whether it’s a pair of tall chinos, Oxfords, or tattersall shorts, we’ve got you. We want you to have the shorts experience that’s been perfected over a century. Try our classic Bermuda colors like desert sand, cranberry, and seafoam green.
Enjoying the summer heat means assembling a wardrobe that allows you to look and feel good at the same time.
As a tall guy, it’s essential to have a variety of comfortably stylish go-tos for different summer occasions. Better still, a line up of stand-out options that mix and match to fit formal, casual, and everything in between.
Here at American Tall, we believe that feeling relaxed on those 80-degree days should never mean compromising your style goals.
Whether you’re meeting the boys for a game of pickup or meeting a date for a drink on the patio, there are certain tall summer items that impress no matter what, especially when paired together.
First thing’s first for any tall summer dress code: shorts.
It pains us to hear shorts dismissed as having limited potential. The right pair of shorts covers the outdoors, restaurants, club nights, and can even be formal enough for the office.
Well-tailored shorts have been a business attire staple in tropical climates since the early 20th century. If you’re working in a more dressed-down environment, or one with Casual Fridays, you want a pair that looks the part while still ensuring that summer comfort.
Our tall men’s chinos fit the bill perfectly. Go for trendier highlight colors like sky blue and eggplant or try subtler options like charcoal and stone. Or hey, once you’ve found the perfect pair, you might just want to treat yourself to all of them.
Looking for a silver lining? Chinos pair seamlessly with tall button-ups, polos, and classic tees.
Nothing balances classy and comfy like a well-made polo. While its knit fabric makes a polo more lounge-ready than a dress shirt, its collars and armbands offer a tastefulness pioneered by early British athletes.
But we know that finding a tall polo that maintains this equilibrium can be challenging. When the sleeves are snug, the shirt’s too short, right? When the length’s just right, you’re billowing with extra fabric.
We hear you. That’s why we’ve designed tall men’s polos that get it right. Our diverse color range spans work, play, muted, and vibrant.
A crisp, fitted tall tee shirt in the right color is going to feel and look great in any setting.
And there’s nothing wrong with classic. Sometimes what tall chinos and brand new sneakers need is a tall v-neck or crew-neck tee to set them off just right.
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After your favorite pair of worked-in jeans, there’s no single piece of tall menswear you’ll get more mileage out of than a quality dress shirt.
Have a big interview tomorrow? Better iron my dress shirt. Got a date tonight? I hope my dress shirt’s clean. Wedding? It’s dress shirt time. Another event where you need to look gainfully employed? A well-fitting tall dress shirt can pull it off.
But not all dress shirts are created equal, and this is especially true if you’re a taller guy. There are certain features that tall dudes just shouldn’t compromise on when choosing the best tall dress shirt for them. Here’s what we think you should look for in your next tall dress shirt investment.
A crisp, clean collar
Nothing ruins the potential of a tall dress shirt more than a wimpy collar.
At American Tall, we practice and preach either a fused or unfused collar construction, with each having a home in different social settings. For more formal settings, you’ll want that crisp, clean appearance only a stiff, fused spread collar can provide. They’re made to go with ties, but stand alone with a tall sports coat just as well.
For more casual settings or relaxed office spaces, you can let loose with an unfused collar.
Premium cotton construction
We could write an entire blog on fabric theory and construction, breaking tall dress shirts down by their thread count, ply, mill, weave, materials, yarn treatment…you get the idea.
Instead, all you need to worry about is finding something that’s comfortable – and it’s hard to beat a premium cotton fabric.
Many of our dress shirts for tall guys are 100% cotton for unmatched breathability and feel. We do add a touch of spandex (about 3% on some shirts) for those tall guys who like a slimmer, tapered feel to their shirts. We believe we’ve found that perfect cotton/stretch hybrid without compromising the bold cuts and sharp lines of a quality tall men’s dress shirt.
Strong side seam gussets
You don’t want your shirt unraveling because of one rogue thread – this is where reinforced side seam gussets are invaluable.
It’s common for tall dress shirts (or any dress shirt, really) to tear at the bottom of the side seam, so an added touch like side seam gussets go a long way in extending the life span of your shirt. They add a bit of visual flair to the dress shirt too.
A well-fitting tall dress shirt comprised of quality fabrics can still be let down by shoddy buttons.
American Tall’s tall dress shirts feature unbreakable buttons that are, well, hard to break, and add a depth and shine only higher-quality shirt buttons can offer.
All the length, without the width
First, if you’re tall and have a slimmer, leaner, or more athletic build, you’ll want to shy away from traditional ‘big and tall’ men’s clothing, otherwise you’ll just end up looking like some sort of formal tent.
Instead, find a tall men’s clothing retailer that specializes in true tall men’s clothing that fits your frame.
Once you’ve found a retailer that sells dress shirts in tall sizes, you’ll next need to consider how you’ll be wearing your shirt. For example, if your dress shirts won’t be seen without a suit overtop, consider a shirt on the longer side so you’ll never fear the dreaded untucked shirt. If you’re wearing it to work then heading straight to the bar with the boys, you’ll need to find that sweet spot, staying tucked during the day, while going comfortably untucked after hours.
Always prioritize finding the perfect length for your frame. You’ll be surprised at just how much the length determines the frequency with which you’ll be wearing that tall dress shirt!
Find your perfect tall dress shirt at American Tall. We’ve thought of everything when it comes to the construction of our dress shirts collection – you’ll love what we’ve put together.