Finally, big guys have a month that’s all about them. DXL has named January Big + Tall Month, and they are sharing photos and stories from customers across the country. Everybody has a story, and to help celebrate, we took Erick, a professional chef turned public school teacher, to our local DXL store to get some new looks.
From the kitchen to the classroom
Erick’s move from the kitchen to the classroom means he can’t wear his chef’s uniform everyday. More importantly, he and his wife Jill recently welcomed their second child, so clothes shopping isn’t at the top of his priority list. Like many bigger guys, Erick has never really enjoyed shopping for clothes. When he finds something that fits, he buys multiples and sticks with those. “I guess what I need is some variation in my wardrobe for work or for social and family engagements,” says Erick. “I have literally [just] enough clothes to get me through a work week.”
With everything going on in Erick’s life, he hasn’t had a lot of time to think about his style. “I don’t really have a style,” he says. “Or my style is [that of a] 40 year old father. I teach a culinary class, so when I’m not in my chef whites, I’m wearing long pants and one of my button downs or polo shirts. At home it’s athletic shorts, t-shirts and sandals, or cargo shorts, a t-shirt and a hoodie.”
Erick’s DXL wardrobe upgrade
We met up with Erick at a Portland-area DXL store to give him a style upgrade. After talking to him about his needs, we decided that it was important to give him clothing options that ran the spectrum from activewear and casual to more upscale. We put together outfits that would work for Erick whether he was hanging with his new baby girl, giving a lecture in the classroom, or taking his wife out on a date.
We wanted to make sure that Erick had a variety of casual options to choose from since this is what he’d be wearing most often. While there are some business casual options in the mix, we also threw in a look that was more workwear-inspired. More on that below.
As we put together looks, Erick explained that he wasn’t a big fan of jeans. It turned out that he hadn’t found any that fit him well in the waist and the thighs – a problem many big & tall guys share. We solved the problem by getting him into a pair of Lucky Brand Big & Tall Athletic Fit Jeans. He told us he was pleasantly surprised by the fit and the look of the dark wash.
Many of us have been living in our activewear for the last few years, so we know how comfortable it can be. With a new baby in the house, Erick needed versatile big & tall activewear that would work whether running errands or changing diapers. We put him in a Reebok Speedwick Zip Front Hoodie and some Polo Ralph Lauren Fleece Pants for the perfect combination of comfort, utility, and style.
Celebrate Big + Tall Month with DXL all January long
Erick left the store with 7 new outfits and a lot of options that he can mix and match. More than that, he left knowing that he would feel good in clothes that he liked that actually fit his body. Shop his looks at DXL.com and share your own stories and DXL looks during Big + Tall Month by clicking here.
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