Clothing for the short & thick

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Christina asked:

I’m writing in for my boyfriend, Caleb. He is on the shorter side at 5’6″ and he wears a 38W/shortest available length in pants. For dress shirts, he doesn’t even know what size he would wear, as any shirt that fits his thick neck is clownishly huge everywhere else. This is a problem, as he works in a professional environment.

My question is, do you know of any resources for short-and-chubby guys? The Big and Tall section usually fails us. Is custom tailoring the only option for all the hobbit-like dudes out there?

I feel Caleb’s pain as I’m a short and stocky guy myself. Custom tailoring requires more work, but it’s almost always worth it. If you’re looking for shirts,Paul Fredrick Oxford Dress Shirt pants, or suits, consider stores like Paul FredrickModern Tailor, or Indochino. Ordering online can usually help you find items in the specific size you’re looking for. Some sites, like DestinationXL let you create a profile with your exact sizes, so you have the option of searching by your size only. That has come in handy for me when I’m searching for clothing that fits me exactly.

As far as searching locally, focus on big & tall stores – many of them have a range of sizes and lengths to suit men of many sizes. I’d recommend staying away from the mall – in my experience, sizes normally end around XL or XXL – if you need larger sizes, stick with online shopping.

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The slim fit jeans were great, at a 46x32 they're a bit long for me, but bunch nicely or can be rolled. And they're not baggy enough that I end up stepping on the cuffs. And now I can ride my bike without having to roll my jeans up past my knees. I ordered two pair in my initial order and just went back and ordered three more, these are going to completely replace my Levis. (They stopped stocking slimmer fits in big sizes about a year ago it seems.)

The shirts were pretty much a complete bust for me, though. I generally wear a 2XLT, and they didn't have any of their shirts available in Tall. Besides that, the 2XL shirts (short sleeve button up and T-Shirts) seem to run a bit small, none of them worked for me length wise or tightness wise. I just ordered some 3XLs with the jeans and we'll see how those work out.

I did notice this shopping round that a lot of items were out of stock or showing low stock. Hopefully this means that they're seeing good demand? I'll shoot some pictures over once the next shipment comes in.


Well, I'll definitely follow up once the order comes in, but the selection was phenomenal. Just place the biggest clothing order I think I've ever placed online... So much good stuff!

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@Gimpson That's great! Please do let us know what you think of their clothing, and how it fits. We'd love to see photos and share them with our readers!