Whether you’re into fashion or not, few will argue that trawling through shops, contorting in stuffy changing rooms and panic buying purchases are the stuff of ideal weekends. Mr Porter, the sibling of online fashion giant Net-A-Porter, is an award-winning website dedicated to men’s style, fashion and grooming.
When it comes to dressing up, men have long been able to throw on a trusty black tuxedo or grey checked suit and confidently head out of the door. From pastel hues to new prints and a more casual mix 'n' match approach, there are plenty of new, contemporary styles to choose from in 2019. Searches for pink suits in 2019 have shot up a staggering 3600 per cent on shopping app LIKEtoKNOW.it and it seems the blokes have been taking their cue from the red carpet.
The hiking boot; a must have for anyone even remotely outdoor orientated. Admittedly, they’re unlikely to be used on a daily basis – perhaps even just a handful of times per year – but for any kind of inclement weather, that impromptu afternoon walk in the countryside, or a full on hiking holiday in the mountains, you’ll be cursing yourself for not having a decent pair when the occasion does arise.Hiking boots have come on a very long way – remove thoughts of an unwieldy weight on your foot – and we now see options from what is essentially a lightweight hybrid trainer right through to those offering full support with a bucket-load of spec while still reasonably light.Nearly all hiking boots will be waterproof – Gore-Tex being the most popular and highly regarded – and be equipped with a sturdy and grippy sole – Vibram considered the best in this instance.The vast majority of boots will be made of leather; either nubuck (the outside of the leather is sanded); suede (a more velvety like finish but less durable – this is when the inside part of the leather is sanded and used as the exterior), or just a treated leather finish. They will also come in different weights: lightweight – below 500g which are good for either day or speed hikes; mid-weight – 500g-700g that are best suited to more arduous terrain; heavyweight – 700g+ which are for rough terrain and long multi-day hikes and will be very supportive.Before you invest in a pair, consider when you’re most likely to be wearing them, as British weather is never that reliable. Three-season boots are the most versatile and useful footwear for walking in the UK, pretty much serving you year round. While two-season boots are good in spring and especially the British summer, when the terrain is firm, low-level and not too steep.Hiking shoes are a great alternative to the boot, and well worth considering. They’re lighter, cheaper, easier to take on and off, afford a more natural walking style and are more compatible with normal life too (if it’s a wet morning walk into work for example).So for some occasions – less treacherous terrain / day hikes – they’ll be a great option.We’ve selected the best two to three season boots, and divided them into three categories to help you home in on those that will be right for you and what you need them for.You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Salewa mountain trainer mid Gore-Tex, midweight: £195, SalewaWeight: 670g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Robust suede leather and fabric Colours available: grey and black Sizes available: 6-13A real premium choice, this not only looks the part but they’re robust, very well built and comfortable and is an overall fantastic boot. Unlike some, it fits very neatly with a more elegant outline, so it’s nice they don’t feel cumbersome when placing your step. At 670g they’re a little heavier but they somehow don’t feel it. The upper is constructed of a great looking, Gore-Tex lined, 1.6mm thick suede which affords great breathability, and there is great support round the back of the ankle, and the rubber-reinforced toe cap is really strong – even when you press hard with your thumb it doesn’t buckle. They come quite high up on your ankle so offer great support, making them an ideal if carrying a pack or just on long hikes or uneven terrain. With aggressive and generous lugs and Vibram soles, you’re very sure underfoot. A more expensive option, but so well worth it and you won’t regret this investment.Buy now Lightweight Hoka One One sky arkali: £170, Hoka One One Weight: 432g Waterproofing: None Sole: Vibram Material: Hoka’s MATRYX technology – a mix of fabric and Kevlar strands Colours available: black / reflective or black / cyan / citrus Sizes available: 6.5-13.5Hoka – a well established favourite in the running community – has put its knowledge and technology into a lineup of three brand new hiking boots, and of these the eye-catching sky arkali is their most running-meets-hiking shoe. At 432g it’s not quite trainer light, but it really does bring that springy feel into the hiking category and great grip underfoot with Vibram soles, plus 5mm multi directional lugs. The upper has adjustable Velcro heel and ankle straps providing a lighter touch ankle support and – rather handily – keeping trail rubble out of the shoe, as well as a tough rubber toe cap for durability and protection. Although, note it is not waterproof. This is a great option for those more into their speed hiking, or looking for something more lightweight in the summer season.Buy now Salomon outline mid GTX: £130, SalomonWeight: 415g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: synthetic textile Colours available: yellow, blue, green / black Sizes available: 6.5-12.5As the second lightest boot in this lineup at 415g, it’s certainly on the minimal end of the hiking boot scale offering a more pimped-up trainer feel – it is actually shaped on a narrower snug-fitting running shoe too to accentuate this less bulky feel. They are really comfortable from the moment you put them on. Equipped with decent 5mm lugs (deep indentations in the sole) and grippy outsole combined with Gore-Tex lined waterproof upper, so you’ll be set in muddy, steep and wet conditions. A great option for the summer months and great all-rounder for general use when spending extended periods on your feet.Buy now Anatom V1 Glenmore men’s ultralight shoe: £100, AnatomWeight: 420g Waterproofing: Nikwax treated Sole: Vibram Material: Ballistic polyester and true suede Colours available: black / red Sizes available: 7.5-12A brand new model for 2019, this Scottish footwear brand has created a top-class hiking shoe. Pretty light at just 420g, they’re really comfortable from the moment you put them on, with a subtle design that’s not too chunky, yet still very sturdy with Vibram outsoles, so you’re firmly planted with each step. The brand doesn’t use Gore-Tex because it’s not from a sustainable source – a nice touch often overlooked by the consumer – however they do have a triple layer outer, finished with quality suede, and treated with Nikwax, so they’re fully waterproof. A very capable hiking shoe that’s also great for everyday outdoor type use.Buy now Merrell Ontario mid-waterproof: £140, BlacksWeight: 422g Waterproofing: M select dry membranes Sole: Vibram Material: Full-grain leather Colours available: olive, dark earth, brown sugar Sizes available: 7-12Complete with its red laces, this fuses that classic hiking boot look with an adequate level of hiking capability yet everyday practicality. Granted, it’s not a full-on hiking boot – it has smaller 3mm lugs and offers a more modest support to foot and ankle – but it’s perfectly sufficient for more occasional hikes and is made from premium materials. The upper is full grain leather, waterproof and breathable, and the midsole offers a ride more akin to a trainer and outsole is Vibram – they’re very capable yet unobtrusive and really really comfortable. A stylish boot that will transition into everyday life seamlessly and on a cushion of air.Buy now Adidas terrex freehike shoe: £169.95, AdidasWeight: 382g Waterproofing: Water-repellent Sole: Continental Material: Primeknit textile upper with abrasion-resistant weldings Colours available: core black / grey six / active orange, sesame / carbon / real magenta, core black / grey six / night cargo Sizes available: 6.5-14.5Adidas have produced a super lightweight option here. Equipped with its famed Boost midsole, they offer a very responsive and energised ride in a really comfortable package – something not too often associated with a hiking boot. Fitted with a Continental outsole for great grip, the lugs are certainly more akin to a trainer than a boot, but in dry summery conditions they would be adequate. The upper has an elasticated sock like construction which makes it really breathable – offering just mild support – also doubling up to keep loose scree or small gravel from coming into the shoe. Certainly an eye catching design too, they’ll be good around town too and perfect for those drier summer day hikes.Buy now Midweight AKU trekker lite III GTX: £169.90, AKUWeight: 570g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Suede and welded PU rand Colours available: olive grey, grey red, black Sizes available: 5.5-13A great looking brand new boot – now in its third iteration – and, for all the features it boasts, pretty lightweight at 570g. The upper is made from a real quality feeling suede allowing for great breathability, and combined with premium Gore-Tex lining it’s a perfect combination for a summer and hot-climate hiking boot. The ankle height gives a good level of re-assurance without hindering, and your foot feels firm and well supported by the boot, but not restricted, and the toe cap is absolutely solid. Despite this they’re still flexible and offer great comfort. The outsole is Vibram and with perfect lug depth and sturdiness around the sole to feel well planted on the trails. What’s more they’re a fairly sensible price for what they offer too.Buy now Meindl tonale GoreTex walking boots: £168, Cotswold outdoorWeight: 530g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Suede and mesh Colours available: Anthracite/ lemon Sizes available: 7-12This German specialist footwear brand make top class boots, and the Tonale is a fantastic lightweight option at 530g, offering a perfect summer hiker. With a nice bit of extra width in the toe area – but not too much – combined with the double-density, shock-absorbing sole they’re really comfy. Equipped with Vibram for good grip with nice – yet not too aggressive – lugs, they’re sure underfoot and with a generous rand, the extra layer of rubber placed over the suede on the front and sides. Another nice touch is a hook placed on the tongue which the lace locks onto, ensuring it stays in place.Buy now Hanwag banks II GTX boot: £173, HanwagWeight: 510g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Nubuck leather and cordura Colours available: brown Sizes available: 8.5-12.5This is a great all-rounder – at 510g it’s really nicely weighted despite a high-ankle support, cushioning and all round robustness, so you won’t be feeling cumbersome in these. The upper is constructed from a combination of Nubuck and the more durable Cordura, helping achieve its lightweight yet robust performance and with Gore-Tex lining ensures good waterproofness and, of course, breathability. The Vibram outsole with sufficient lugs give good grip, it has a pretty generous toe bumper and what’s more they can be resoled too, ticking the increasingly important eco box.Buy now Scarpa ZG pro GTX: £220, ScarpaWeight: 640g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Nubuck leather Colours available: coffee/ rust Sizes available: 7-12A high cut more traditional style of walking boot made from 1.8mm thick nubuck leather; this is a full-spec, hill-and-mountain walking boot. It’s no surprise then they weigh a little more – but still respectable – at 640g. You will, however, be benefiting from full support and a heavily cushioned and durable boot that’s ideal for long days or multiple days on the trail, or carrying a pack. They feel very supportive around the ankle and robust on the toe cap. Albeit, they’re not the cheapest option, these will provide years of service.Buy now La Sportiva trango TRK GTX mountaineering: £190, La SportivaWeight: 600g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Abrasion resistant synthetic fabric and Thermo Tech TPU Colours available: blue / carbon, carbon / sulphur, yellow / black Sizes available: 6-13La Sportiva only turn out best-in-class gear, and these boots certainly follow in this vein. Fitting firmly within the hiking category – rather more full mountaineering like the name might suggest – this boot is really comfortable while still offering a nice level of support and protection all round, and still at just 600g. The upper is nicely soft and flexible in the front section, albeit still with reinforcement on the grippy toe cap (good for scrambling too) and full support around the heel and back of the ankle. The upper is lined with a premium Gore-Tex and made of an abrasion resistant fabric and Thermo Tech TPU, known for its strength and flexibility. A great all-rounder, they’re super easy to put on and off so you could slip them on for a quick stroll, or you’d be set for multi-day tours in harsh weather and conditions too. The ankle has good support albeit it support to a super high degree, so perhaps bear in mind if you’re going to be carrying a heavy pack. Buy now Mammut Ducan knit high GTX: £229, MammutWeight: 540g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: 3D Knitted Textile Synthetic fabric Colours available: dark olive / black, black / titanium Sizes available: 6.5-13From Mammut’s new Ducan line of footwear, this 540g innovative boot has a more unusual design with a knitted Gore-Tex upper, making the fit more reminiscent to a sock, with then a durable hard mesh laid over the top providing those protection and support elements. The sock grips very well around the ankle so ideal if you’re likely to be tackling loose scree, pebbles or sand. Integrated within the Vibram sole itself is Mammut’s proprietary spring-steel plate technology, which would come into its own on longer day or multi-day hikes as it offers good stabilisation. Albeit they’re not the cheapest, they’re cutting edge and ideal for summer hikes in the mountains.Buy now Heavyweight Berghaus hillmaster II Gore-Tex boots: £165, BerghausWeight: 708g Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole: Vibram Material: Full grain leather Colours available: brown Sizes available: 7-14When activewear brand Brasher launched the hillmaster some 35 years ago, it built a devoted following quickly becoming Britain’s bestselling walking boot – which it still is – setting the standard for modern hiking boots as we know them. After merging with Berghaus, the hillmaster II GTX was released in 2012 flaunting a number of improvements to bring it totally up to date. It’s made from full grain, two-tone, leather with virtually no stitching which not only looks great, but extends the lifespan of the boot. Exceedingly comfortable, with memory foam in the collar and tongue of the boot, and the Vibram outsole offers fantastic grip, combined with the generous midsole for good cushioning. The hillmaster II takes very little time to break in, providing comfort and support from the first hike, and Gore-Tex lining ensures 100 per cent waterproofing and breathability. It is on the heavier side of boot at 708g and perhaps a little hot for summer months, but this is to be expected given its durability and support.Buy now The verdict: Men’s hiking boots and shoesIf you’re on a bit more of a budget, but still looking for a strong all-rounder for summer hiking, the Hanwags banks II GTX boot are a great option. The AKU trekker lite III GTX comes in a very close second – very lightweight for what they are, super comfortable and no doubt a strong trail companion. However when all is considered, the Salewa mountain trainer mid GTX are exceptional boots. A really full specification, they’re super comfortable right out of the box and encapsulate everything you could want in a summer hiking boot.
Spring presents some unique – not to mention trying – style challenges, particularly given the increasingly unpredictable nature of the weather.
In the teeth of the UK’s temperamental weather, it might seem a tad early to be recognising one of the key summer trends, but the arrival of the blouson into even the most risk-averse male wardrobe is a multi-layered moment, both figuratively and practically.
The first weekend of January kicked off with London Fashion Week Men’s, a smorgasboard of runway shows that gave an insight into the menswear trends that are set to dominate come winter 2019. While aesthetically exciting, some of the trends can be tricky to imagine yourself actually wearing. The move towards genderless fashion, and the resulting pencil skirts and pops of red lipstick that popped up on this season’s menswear catwalks, might, for example, seem a bit out there for some.
Daniel Kearns’ latest collection for Kent & Curwen took its lead from post-First World War gents, fusing classic codes of English sportswear (as is the K&C way) with PJ Wodehouse and the Gentleman’s Club. It’s little wonder business backer David Beckham was shopping from the front row. The designer, who also unveiled T-shirts in sweetie wrapper plastics and a series of experimental half-and-half parkas, offered up an original take on a British classic.
The average British man stands at around 5ft 10in, and weighs around 12-and-a-half stone. And if you ask someone who goes far over those measurements, they’ll probably tell you that the fashion world is hardly forgiving. But there’s no need for righteous indignation; the market is changing. A number of high street brands have recently launched ranges to suit people with wider, longer frames, while there are an ever-increasing number of brands which cater specifically for them. After all, the human race has been getting steadily taller and larger for the past century, so we may as well look good while we’re at it.The most important thing is to know your measurements. Of course, you can never beat going into a shop and trying on something first, but if you’re buying online, have a tape measure handy. Different brands have different ways of denoting their sizes, which can be somewhat confusing at first, but each of the ones we’ve featured have useful online size guides. And of course, we all have different body shapes and sizes, so not every brand's sizing will fit every guy.We’ve included a mix of brands, some catering for purely tall, slim guys, while others cover both tall and large. And for each entry, we’ve picked out one of our favourite products, to give you an idea of what to expect. We've mainly gone for brands with impressive own ranges, but many of the websites we've listed also carry clothes from other companies – be sure to check those out too.So whether you’re in the market for a new suit that nails the required length without hanging like a cape, or simply a T-shirt which provides comfort and coverage in all the right places, this list will have you covered. You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. T for Tall by Ted BakerHere’s a collection which caters for that awkward middle ground between tall and really tall – specifically, between 6ft 3in and 6ft 6in. It comes courtesy of the designer clothing brand Ted Baker, and was designed with the help of former World Champion swimmer Mark Foster (6ft 6in, if you were wondering). Its suit jackets and shirts offer longer torsos and sleeve lengths, while the rest of the collection – including tops, T-shirts, bottoms, jackets, knitwear and footwear – is casual erring on the side of smart. When it comes to sizing, the main thing to get to grips with is the numbering system for tops, which runs from 4 to 7. If you would usually opt for a large, you’re a 4; if it’s usually a XL, you’re a 5, and so on. IndyBest pickT for Tall Monictt Diamond Print Cotton Shirt: £99 We’re big fans of this shirt – a bridge between the casual and smarter sides of the collection. The torso is long enough to either be tucked into trousers if you’re wearing with a blazer, and it works equally well untucked. The sleeves don’t give up the ghost around the forearm, either, which is a blessing – no more perennially rolled-up sleeves. Comes in a soft cotton fabric with a just-about-subtle-enough diamond print.Buy now 2TallAs you might guess from the name, this brand is purely for tall men – specifically, tall, slim men, with an average customer height of 6ft 8in, and range of tops and bottoms which should fit men up to 7ft 4in. What’s more, the brand is run by tall, slim men, so it knows the struggle that comes with elongated limbs. Its website sells a number of other brands – Eterna, Juicy, Mish Mash and Girav to name a few – each of which has been chosen by 2Tall for their tall-man-suitability. Its own brand pieces, which are characterised by a laid-back simplicity, cover tops and bottoms, while other brands offer suits and footwear.IndyBest pick2T Tall T-shirt: £15A plain T-shirt isn’t going to revolutionise your wardrobe, but as you’ll know as your life as a lofty fella, a plain T-shirt that actually fits is hard to seek out. But now you’ve found one. 2Tall promises that these T-shirts are three inches taller than those offered by normal retailers, and that makes all the difference. The short sleeves are pleasingly long, too. Made entirely from a soft cotton fabric, it goes up to size 2XLT, and is available in nine colours.Buy now AsosThe high-street giant Asos has good form when it comes to inclusive clothing, with its Curve range for women, as well as an impressive selection of petite clothing. In February, it launched two distinct ranges for men: Plus and Tall. In terms of style, both are what you’d expect from Asos, offering on-trend, millennial-pleasing pieces, covering just about every item of clothing you’ll need. Sizes go up to 8XL on the Plus side of things, while Tall is aimed at guys who top the 6ft 3in mark, with leg lengths extending to 38in. Alongside the ever-growing own-brand selection, you’ll find pieces from brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Cheap Monday, Puma and French Connection.IndyBest pickAsos Tall Bomber Jacket in Blue: £30Bomber jackets are set to resume their near-omnipresence when the autumn months arrive, but for a tall guy, they’re often a no-go – that purposefully short torso length that the style demands is in danger of becoming comical. But this one offers enough extra length for it to work. It’s made from 100 per cent cotton, and is light enough to layer up. Available up to 2XL Long.Buy now JacamoJacamo is probably the best known “big and tall” brand out there. It has a huge selection, including smart and casual clothing, footwear, sportswear and accessories. It’s a mixture of own-brand, flagship collaborations with celebrities such as former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, and other well-known brands, such as Nike, Ellesse and Helly Hansen. Shirts and tops go up to 6XL, with regular and long fits, while trousers are available up to a waist size of 64in (although, as things stand, they only extend to an inside leg of 33in. Jeans, meanwhile, extend to 36in). And, to correct a popular misconception, Jacamo’s sizes go all the way down to a small. It’s also part of the Ethical Trading Initiative. IndyBest pickBlack Label Belted Smart Stretch Chino Regular: £30A pair of chinos that can see you through a day in the office to an evening at the local is wardrobe staple. And that’s why we chose this comfortable, laid-back pair, which goes up to a 54in waist, with a regular leg length. It comes courtesy of Jacamo’s own brand, Black Label.Buy now Levi’sAs a brand, Levi’s needs no introduction, but you may not be aware that it has a range of its iconic jeans sized specifically for taller, larger men. The waist sizes start at 32in and go up to 50in, while the inside leg goes from 30in to 38in. It offers four general styles – Original, Straight, Athletic and Shrink to Fit – with each available in a number of colours.IndyBest pickLevi’s 541 Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans (Big & Tall): £90We chose these jeans for their relaxed fit – a plus for us as we don’t want our already lengthy limbs to be accentuated by jeans which cling to the legs too tightly. As you’d expect from a pair of Levi’s, they’re incredibly comfortable and feel superbly made, as if they’ll last for years to come. We tried on a pair with a 38in inside leg, and found they had ample length to be rolled up slightly, if that’s the look you’re after. Available in light blue, dark blue or black denim.Buy now SkopesSkopes is one of the most widely stocked suit brands in UK department stores, and provides a brilliant, extensive range of big and tall suits. For jackets, its chest sizes go up to 62 inches, while trouser waists extend to 52 inches – as a result, we think Skopes is best suited to men after bigger suits rather than longer, as the inside leg lengths only go up to 33in. Whether it’s for regular office use, a wedding, a black tie event, or anything else that requires you to suit up, Skopes has it covered. Expect reasonable prices and excellent quality.IndyBest pickDarwin Suit Jacket Black Stripe: £219.95 for matching jacket, waistcoat and trousersWe think this is one of the most accommodating suits sold by Skopes, coming in the roomy, but still well-fitting “Classic” cut. The jacket and waistcoat go up to 62in, while the trousers are available up to 46in. Made from a mix of wool-rich cloth, polyester and lyrca, we found it a comfortable wear – and although we couldn’t test it’s durability over months, Skopes assures us that the suit has been designed for regular use.Buy now NextHere’s another of the main high street retailers to have expanded into the big and tall market – or, as Next calls it, Longer and Larger. It covers all the areas of Next’s standard range, with suits (up to 52in chest, 46in waist), formal shirts (21in with regular and long sleeve lengths), and formal trousers (46in waist, 37in leg). There’s also an extensive casual range, with shirts and tops that go up to 4XL and, as we found, are better for the man who needs something both longer and larger. Casual trousers and jeans extend to 44in waist and 35in inside leg, while footwear goes up to a size 15.IndyBest pickNavy/Red Block Panel T-shirt: £18While we are fans of Next’s formal range, we’ve gone for something much more casual. This comfortable, 100 per cent cotton shirt features a three blocks of navy, red and white, and is available up to 4XL. It’s keenly priced, too, costing you less than 20 quid for a well-made T-shirt that should see you through a fair few seasons.Buy now River IslandRiver Island launched its online-only Big & Tall range back in February, offering size adjustments on some of its best-selling menswear pieces. It offers sizes up to 4XL – so, again, it’s for the man who needs both big and tall – with trousers up to a 48in waist and 38in inside leg, the latter setting it above a few of its high-street competitors. Currently, there are around 150 items in the range, range from bold, eye-catching prints to the more reserved shirts and trousers. IndyBest pickBig and Tall Pink Floral Short Sleeve Shirt: £25It seems like that trend for floral shirts is going nowhere, and you can get yourself involved with this eye-catching number. The shirt sits comfortably and loosely when worn, which is what you need during the warmer months – or, it means you can layer it up without too much of a problem. The sleeve lengths are pleasingly long, too, which adds to the generally flattering fit. Available up to size 4XL.Buy now Marks & SpencerThis is one of the very newest big and tall clothing ranges out there, having only launched back in April of this year. Around a third of M&S’s total menswear range is available in big and tall sizes, and this proportion is set to increase in the coming months. So the clothing on offer is what you already know from the retailer: smart and sophisticated. It’s ever-popular suits extend to a chest size of 54in and extra-long lengths, while the suit trousers boast a 37in inside leg. On the casual side of things, tops go up to 4XL, and the jeans and chinos go up to 35in inside leg.IndyBest pickBig & Tall Chinos with Stormwear: £29.50For the more substantial bloke, chinos can be a mixed bag. Some can be comfortable and versatile, others can be too tight-fitting and restrictive. But we’re fans on this pair, which has a fairly stretchy waistband, meaning that even if the measurements are an inch or two off, you’ll still be comfortable. The fit is relaxed, too. Made using sustainable cotton, it also boasts water-repellent Stormwear techonology, which means you won’t get quite as soaked if you’re caught out when the heavens open. Available in seven muted tones.Buy now NordstromThis brand has been in existence for over a century now, and specialises in quality American-made clothing. It’s range is huge, covering most of the clothing and accessories spectrum, but it excels when it comes to the smarter side of things. Rather than create an entirely separate range for its big and tall clothing, Nordstrom has modified the lengths and fits of existing pieces to cater for larger measurements. Just how large those measurements go, as well as whether they’re available in both big and tall sizes, varies quite a bit from item to item, but the selection is certainly plentiful. Expect exceptionally well-made, durable pieces, both from Nordstrom’s own range and from the huge number of other brands it sells, most of which are in a similar mould to Nordstrom.IndyBest pickNordstrom Smartcare Classic Fit Plaid Dress Shirt: £55.98If you work in an office with a strict, smart dress code, this might be just about as flamboyant as you’re allowed to get, with its red, chequered design. We chose it because it’s available in both big and tall sizes, with sleeve lengths of 37in for tall and big, and neck sizes of 18.5 just for big. It’s in the so-called “classic” fit, which, as Nordstrom puts it, is “the most generous cut” on offer. If you’re after something slimmer, there are tighter fits available. Also available in purple and blue colourways.Buy now BurtonHere’s another brand with over a hundred years of experience in menswear. Burton is best known for its suits, and a decent number of those are available in big and tall sizes, with jackets going up to 52 long, and trousers offered with a 35in inside leg and waists up to 52in. If you’re after something more casual, then Burton has you covered too, with a sharp-looking collection ranging from oxford shirts to bomber jackets, going up to a 5XL.IndyBest pick3 Piece Navy Pin Dot Tailored Fit Suit: £134Despite being a tailored fit, this suit manages to stay comfortable, supportive and flattering at the larger sizes. The pin-dot design is barely discernible from afar, but it adds an interesting dimension to the style. It feels durable and should last for some time to come – which is doubly impressive when you consider the affordable price point.Buy now DebenhamsDepartment store Debenhams carries a number of other brands with extended sizes – Ben Sherman, Centaur and Red Herring among them – but we’ve focused on its own brand, The Collection, which dominates the Big & Tall section. It’s a largely formal selection, with a range of solidly made shirts, trousers, accessories and outerwear. It’s shirts, of which there are over 150, will fit chests sized up to 64in, and the sleeves have a few inches added on compared to the standard sizing. The trousers, meanwhile, offer waists up to 48in and inside legs up to 35in. IndyBest pickThe Collection Big and Tall White Striped Regular Fit Shirt: £28You can’t beat a bit of simplicity done well, and that’s exactly what we have here. Available in a big range of colours and designs, this shirt fits comfortably, is breathable and will serve you well as an office staple. It works best as part of a suit, or layered beneath a smart jumper for a smart-casual look during winter. The shirt-sleeves were well proportioned, too, which is always a plus.Buy now The Verdict: Best clothing brands for big and tall menWhich brand is best for you of course depends on your size and shape, but we are big fans of Asos's newly launched ranges, which we think will cater for a wide cross-section of men. For tall, slim guys, we'd recommend 2Tall.
Emerging talent Alex Mullins held his SS18 show on day three of London Fashion Week Men's, as did cool kids Astrid Anderson and Richard James. David Beckham was present at the unveiling of the new Kent & Curwen collection, and supported by wife Victoria and son Romeo. But it was former NEWGEN designer Christopher Raeburn who held the most talked-about show of the day - largely thanks to the star-studded FROW. [Video: British Fashion Council]
The British designer, who's on the London Fashion Week Men's schedule, is big into sustainability. We took a look around his showroom and spoke to him about how he sticks to sustainability - and why it's so important.
From the madness of Charles Jeffrey's first standalone show to Tinie Tempah's 'What We Wear' new season debut, here's everything that happened on the second day of LFWM SS18. [Video: British Fashion Council]