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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Chubstr
Chubstr

What I've done is experimented with colorful accessories as a stepping stone toward incorporating more color into my look. Ties, a colorful shirt with your suit, etc - those things can add some color without moving you too far out of your comfort zone

Erich Yahner
Erich Yahner

I've always stayed with Navy, Black, and Charcoal.

September Amspacher
September Amspacher

The tie is almost as cute as the man wearing it, just sayin .... \U0001f454

Chubstr
Chubstr

When Josh started looking for a suit, he was planning to get a black one that didn't stand out, but the folks at Indochino were able to show him how great the blue would look. It opened up new possibilities for him! I bet you'd look great in a colored suit. Have you ever considered one?

Erich Yahner
Erich Yahner

That's a great color. Not sure that I'd have enough confidence to pull it off, though.

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