Hey guys, temperatures are rising -- which means summer is on its way, whether you’re ready or not! And while it seems like women get all the fashion fun this time of the year, men also have a number of options.
But, if you’re a big and tall guy you might worry about how certain outfits look on your frame. That’s why we’ve put together these 10 tips that will help you stay cool and fashionable every summer.
1. Stock Up On the Basics
Nothing says summer like a crisp white T-shirt or a white button down with sleeves effortlessly rolled up. A white T-shirt is a versatile piece that goes with nearly everything. Choose from a V-neck, scoop neck or round neck to mix things up, such as with this Mc.S.P Fake Layer Henley T-shirt.
Another summer staple is the white shirt, which, like a T-shirt, comes in several cuts, buttons, and even collars, including this open collar short-sleeve variant. Both pieces go well in a casual weekend outfit or in a smart summer ensemble.
2. Avoid Dark Clothing
While you generally want to stick with darker color, summer is when you want to inject some color into your wardrobe. Switch to a summer wardrobe of light slacks and light dress shirts, or dare to play with many colors at once like with this big and tall polo from SHELTY. If you’re not as adventurous, simply pair your basic white tee or button down with beige, navy, olive green, or pastel colored chinos.
3. Choose Lightweight Fabrics
Just as you want to avoid dark-colored clothes because they add visual weight to your frame, you also want to choose lightweight fabrics that won’t make you look heavy. We all love denim, but it’s a heavy fabric that can trap body heat. Go for lightweight fabrics that drape over your body evenly without bunching up. Linen is a timeless and hassle-free choice and you certainly can’t go wrong with cotton, such as the case with this OUTDOOR PRODUCTS rollup shirt.
4. Say No to Cargo Pants
Avoid bulking up from frame by steering clear of cargo pants. Sure, they are a great place to store all your gear, but what you’re really doing is adding extra bulk. Get a stylish bag to store it all in. What to wear instead of cargo pants? Simple trousers! They go with nearly everything in your wardrobe. Pair them with T-shirts, button down shirts, blazers, and sneakers.
5. Balance is Key
When you’re tall you want to avoid a lanky appearance. Balance shorts, like these Mc.S.P cargo shorts, with a long-sleeved shirt or a short-sleeved shirt with slacks. Likewise, if you’re big, stay away for shorts that hit below the knee as their also make your lower half look bulky.
6. Play with Patterns
As we’ve already mentioned, you should avoid dark colors and incorporate lightweight fabrics and light colors in your summer wardrobe. But, that doesn't mean you have to stick to a white and cream palette. Add some pattern with textured fabric or prints like madras check, chevron, stripes, polka dots, or even tie-dye from something funky, fresh, and quirky, like the design of this SHELTY long-sleeve tee.
7. Stay Away from Gingham
There's a reason why men are drawn to gingham. It’s a wardrobe staple that goes well with any kind of bottom in your closet, making it a perfect piece when you just don’t know what to wear. However, rely on a gingham shirt as your “to-go” outfit, and you might end up seeing clones en route to your destination. Stand out from the crowd and choose something different, such as a different pattern or color.
8. Don’t Forget about Footwear
You can’t spend the entire summer in sneakers but who can resist a pair of fresh white kicks? If you need more styling options, first remember to leave the thong sandals at the beach. Instead, get a pair of suede or leather sandals. If you want a more natural look, opt for a pair of ageless boat shoes, and don’t forget to choose the right socks to avoid any smelly situations.
9. Wear a Hat
It’s summer -- protect yourself from the sun’s rays and look good at the same time. You’ve got the height, don’t be afraid to show it off! One choice to consider is a white Panama hat with a navy or brown bands. If you’re truly stuck on what to wear, there’s always the snap-back baseball cap, such as this NJPW Tetsuya Naito x L.I.J Cap.
10. Add the Final Touches
Accessories can make or break your outfit. Take the above summer wardrobe suggestions to the next level with a watch, belt, or even socks that reflect your personality. Another way to add a bit of a personal touch this summer is with a signature pair of sunglasses. Aviators, tortoise shell, metal frames, round frames - it’s all up to you!
We’ve done all the work and rounded up this list of 10 stylish tips for big and tall men. Now it’s your turn to go out there and put together your new summer wardrobe.
Remember to stock up on white shirts, avoid dark colors, choose lightweight clothing, and play with patterns. Click here to browse our collection of big and tall clothing and get started!
After studying abroad in Tokyo, Teni Wada returned to pursue her dream of working in the Japanese fashion industry. She’s spent 5 years working for fashion brands and in the iconic Shibuya 109 shopping mall. In her latest role as a content creator, she now incorporates her fashion retail experience to write fashion and style tips, as well as Japan shopping guides. While her Twitter is filled is baseball and parenting memes, you can find out more about her Tokyo life at babykaiju.com or on Instagram