It's that time of year again and as the temperatures drop, it's that time that many men dread, as t-shirts are swapped for jumpers and shirts for jackets. If that wasn't enough of a problem for some guys, those that are tall - like my boyfriend at an impressive 6ft 4inch - or with a built frame, with large menswear from High and Mighty, dressing for the winter needn't be a chore and can make you more comfortable and confident.
It's a question I get asked a lot, and found working on Jermyn Street that one of the biggest problems that big and tall men face is finding the right size clothing. Clothing that is too small across the back, chest or down the arms will make you feel restrained and awkward. Too short or too tight trousers that can attract will equally leave you ill at ease. When you don't feel relaxed, it shows. At the other end of the scale, it can be easy to think that wearing baggy clothing will give the illusion of being smaller. This is far from true as the extra material will make you look bulkier than you are and may look sloppy, which will sap your confidence in a formal situation.
It's essential to buy the right size for your height and frame. When trying clothes on make sure you have a full range of movement, without leaving your garments too loose. Coats and jackets, for example, should comfortably cover your wrists with your arms extended in front of you, and sit at least three to four inches below your waistband, depending on the style (coats should reach around mid-thigh). Ensure you stand tall with your shoulders back when judging the length – no hunching!
Buttons and zips should comfortably close, without the material straining. With your coat fastened, spread your arms out and back as far as you can to make sure that the front still lies neat and is not constraining your chest. If you're looking for your winter jacket, these options mix form with function and are available in a range of larger sizes:
& City Mighty Wool Overcoat
A long-length overcoat that is perfect for work and other formal occasions. The classic design with concealed button fastening is discreet and practical, while the front open slanted pockets, single back vent and front button-down collar and neckline detail make it comfortable and stylish. Fully lined with internal pocket.
Kayak Mighty Windbreaker Jacket
A sportier option, this lightweight windbreaker is perfect for those spending time outdoors, whether it's for leisure or walking and cycling to work. The double zip-through fastening will keep you protected against the elements, while the flat open waist pockets, vertical zip chest pocket and chest pocket mean there's plenty of places for essentials. Also fully lined with an internal chest pocket.
Polo Ralph Lauren Mighty Windbreaker Jacket
For those with a taste for designer labels, this windbreaker jacket ticks all the right boxes. Its blouson style includes a zip-through fastening and a zip and foldaway hood. The knitted ribbed collar with contrasting leather trim keeps you warm with a real touch of class and complements the contrast leather trim front pockets. As you'd expect, it's fully lined with an internal chest pocket.
So there you have it, tall or mighty dressing without style or to your specific needs will never be a problem again.