How to find clothes for a tall, thin man in Chicago?
July 3, 2010 8:47 AM Subscribe
I am a very lucky woman, and my husband is tall and slender. In fact, he's enough of a statistical outlier that we can't even find clothes that fit poorly but could be tailored in. Shirts with the correct collar have sleeves that only come to his elbows, pants that fit his waist inevitably fall above his ankle, etc. Please help me dress my tall, thin husband in Chicago!
posted by kitarra to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Previous questions/answers that I turned up tended to wind up centering around alteration as the answer, but I have my doubts that it would work for him -- from my inexpert measuring, we're looking at a 15 collar, 37 sleeve; pants are 30/34. I feel as if the pants we at least have a shot of finding in a store if the store is aimed at tall/thin, though the closest I can ever find is inevitably 32/34 or 30/32.
Can collars be tailored down? Could he get away with taking an XXL shirt with long enough sleeves in to an alteration shop and having them cut it to ribbons? Would the end product even be attractive?
Alternatively, I am open to the possibility that custom is the only way to go, in which case, can anyone recommend somewhere good and/or inexpensive in Chicago? I'm looking for suggestions on everything -- jeans & t-shirts, dress shirts, dress pants, sweaters, suits, what-have-you.