Where to Shop for Mens Clothing
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Where would you go to get good quality clothes that fit
well, and/or possibly image advice for a 62 year old man?
My partner needs a better look. He's a scruffy, alternative,
ex-roadie/light show artist who has been an investment
Realtor for many years. I've told him many times that he
needs to wear better clothes but does he listen to me
(insert your laughter here)?
Today, a client who has been telling him she wants to
introduce him to some money sources, told him that he has to
dress better at those meetings. He listened.
I've dragged him to places like Joseph Bank (he canceled the
purchase we made!) but I'm thinking, maybe, better quality
than that or possibly what I mean is, more distinctive...an
image consultant for guys? (Need I add that he's very cheap
Suggestions gratefully received
Yeah, I think Joseph Banks is a little too staid and fuddy
duddy for a guy trying hold on to some semblance of a
rebellious youth or hip past. You might want to try a
personal shopper at Macy's or Nordstrom. It sounds
expensive, but I don't think there is any extra cost or
required purchase with it. Your partner can lay out his
situation, tell the shopper what he likes and hates, and
give the shopper the budget. I used the Macy's service a
really long time ago when I needed a suit, and it was
Also, Banana Republic has some nice modern but not too young
styles. I noticed on their website they have a big and tall
option, too. Not sure if they have that in their stores.
Macy's for Men in San Francisco has all sorts of options in
all sorts of price ranges. My ex-hippie spouse likes conventional
casual/yuppie clothing for dress-up such as Ralph Lauren, which is at
Macy's in abundance. They have an entire building at Union Square
just for men. There is also a lot of designer-y edgy stuff
targeted to younger guys which may appeal to him.
My husband is about 5'4'' and 130 pounds, with a 29'' waist. It has
gotten harder over the years to find clothes that fit him, as
clothing in general seems to be getting bigger all the time. Does
anyone have any suggestions? (Bonus points if the clothes are
stylish and not too expensive.)
Not sure of ages or style preferences, but I would aim to shop
at stores targeted to Asian or European men who tend to be
Zara in SF has nice clothing. Fashionable but not too expensive.
Probably a good choice (casual and dressy items). Shirts are
more fitted than most places.
G-Star and Mango are other choices (G-star is expensive Mango
not too much. Armani Express, Urban Outfitters, and Express for
Men are some other possibilities.
My husband has a hard time finding clothes -- particularly sweaters and jackets -- that fit him well. He's 6'3'' and 180. Which doesn't seem *that* tall to me, but in order for him to get something with long enough sleeves or that's long enough in the waist, he usually has to get an XL or something, and at that point it's hanging off his shoulders and he's swimming in it. I'm sure part of the problem is that most of his clothes are purchased at Target or Old Navy, but we're at a loss for better options. Dress shirts and pants aren't as much of a problem because of the way they're sized, but no matter where you go, sweaters seem only to come in S,M,L, etc. sizing. We tried a Big & Tall store, but they were all about big, not tall. Any suggestions?
Married to an Ectomorph
My husband is built like yours (6'2'', 170 lbs) and was also having trouble finding
clothes until we realized that L.L. Bean has ''tall'' shirts. Their size medium/tall
fit him really well.
Try JCpenny - though mostly you'll need to catalog shop (but
check for online clearance sales!!). LandsEnd also carries
Large Talls. I've also occasionally had success at Burlington
Coats in hayward - they have a ''tall'' sections that does
sometine have selection starting in Large sizes, not the typical
XL or bigger.
tall family genes
My husband is 6'4'' and 180, so he's got a very similar body
type -- and similar problems as well. He has grown to love
ordering things from the Lands End catalog, because they have
tall sizes. It's a little more expensive than Old Navy or
Target, but really worth it for him because the clothes fit
great. Good luck.
I'm an inch taller AND 10 lbs. lighter than your husband, so I
understand his problem finding clothes. (Yes, there are downsides
to being tall and skinny!) For long-sleeve items I think it's
best to buy things in a tall size, like 'Large Tall' or 'LT.'
Generally your best bet is catalogs like LL Bean, Lands End, and
Eddie Bauer. I guess it's just not economical for most big retail
stores to carry a wide range of sizes when probably less than 1%
of the public will ever buy a 'tall' size item.
If you absolutely must see the clothing in person, Nordstrom
carries an OK selection of tall sizes. It is expensive, but the
quality is good and you can wait for sales. Mervyns used to carry
a lot of tall sizes, but I see very little there these days. I
don't think the places you are shopping already have much of
anything, and 'Big & Tall' stores tend to serve a heavier
clientele (I guess that's why it's not 'Big OR Tall').
I recently ordered some clothes for my tall skinny 19-year-old
from Eddie Bauer. He is 6'2 and weighs under 170. I got him a
''tall'' in size ''Medium'' and it fit perfectly - long enough but
not too blousey.
Try Lands' End - http://www.landsend.com. They offer a lot of
their clothes in Tall variations. And pants are usually hemmed
to order. It will cost a bit more than Old Navy, but the
quality is generally better.
Happy Lands' End Shopper
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