A Question on Menswear Sizing: Going Big
Here at Kempt HQ, we often receive letters from our readers—most of it adoring fan mail, but every so often we get a nude photo. Also every so often, we get an inquiry from a wayward soul that we feel compelled to answer…
As a 6′ tall and 305lb bodybuilder, I am far from a meathead and can actually appreciate clothiers you feature, like Harry Stedman. However, when Large is a 43-46… I could buy a sweater to use as a leg warmer, but that’s about it. I know it’s a tall order, but there is a large (no pun intended) group of guys out there looking for something more than their corner Big and Tall mall box. —Brian, AZ
We understand your dilemma—in fact, it happens on both ends of the spectrum: a lot of this heritage stuff we cover can have a cut that’s not exactly tailored to a smaller frame. Finding the right size can become even trickier when we’re covering brands as they’re launching, which can mean the line and their sizing may be limited—because they’re starting out slow and have yet to gauge their market demands. So unfortunately, for now, the Harry Stedmans of the world just haven’t caught up to you yet.
That’s not to say there isn’t a slew of handsome brands out there that will work for you.
In fact, we’ve done some research and turned up a few great options that should steer you clear of the mall circuit.»
For a European vibe, Ben Sherman has more realistic cuts and larger sizes (XL and XXL) available directly on their site, as well as a big-and-tall capsule collection available online via Debenhams and High and Mighty—both UK-based online shops catering to bigger men with a sartorial eye.
Stateside, Gant as well as its sibling lines Gant Rugger and Gant by Michael Bastian all have larger sizing and together cover a wide range of styles and occasions for dressing—you’ll notice Bastian’s gear as a favorite among the NBA crowd, and if MB can stylishly outfit LeBron’s 6′8″ frame, that’s a good sign.
Finally, there’s another Kempt favorite, Filson—one of the aforementioned heritage labels that has always been known for roomier cuts (they’re just now trying to solve the opposite problem by introducing slimmer cuts next year). You can find most of their stock on their site, and some of their Black Label goods via Unionmade.
This should have all your bases covered. Happy hunting, good sir.
And if anyone else out there has their own sartorial quandary they’d like help with, don’t hesitate to send your question our way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- — Caitlin Ganswindt