5 Problems with Button Downs for Tall Guys

Posted on 01 September 2015

The problem with button downs is that, while they’re a necessity in every man’s closet, they don’t usually play nice with lanky arms, long necks, or other tall features.

Here are 5 of the common problems we’ve found with button downs and tall guys. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get to it.

1. Cuffing out of pure necessity.

The sleeves are never long enough. At least not for lanky guys that can give King Kong a hug and get their arms completely around the royal gorilla.

So when the sleeves aren’t long enough, but you need the shirt, what happens? Fortunately, button downs can stylishly be cuffed so no one will have to see you with sleeves that only hang down to your mid forearm. But it’s too bad lanky loungers have to cuff as the only option.

2. That damn second button.

Damn you, second button. Damn you. The big question with all buttoned shirts is, “How low do you go.” No, this isn’t limbo. This is life...which does actually include limbo, but that’s besides the point.

The thing is, you want to unbutton a little to make yourself look relaxed, at ease, comfortable, and cool. So boom, unbutton that top button. That’s a clear choice.

But that damn second button. Tisk, tisk. It could mean the difference between a great night and showing enough chest hair to scare off Bigfoot.


3. Underwear becomes outerwear.

Lean over the bar to grab a drink and your shirt will crawl up your back. Soon enough you’ll be showing off your Joe Boxers.

Although it won’t be as bad as “plumber butt,” it’s still not good. No girl ever said, “Omg, that guy with the boxers is mine.”


Like all clothes, button downs get dirty. That means they need to get washed. Well, that’s unless you want to smell like the King Kong after you hug him.

Button downs from some places can be delicate. If you dry clean them, they might shrink just a little bit. And that little bit could make a large difference. It could mean that the dreaded second button becomes even more of a dread.

5. Back to the drawing board.

After you presumably wash your button down (King Kong cologne isn’t a good odor), and potentially see shrinkage, it could simply mean it’s time to go back to the store and buy more.

Shopping for clothes as a tall guy is a whole ‘nother story, but it ain’t fun. Fitting rooms are meant to fit shorties. It’s basically the store’s way of saying to tall guys, “Order online.” Overall, simply a lovely, joyous, momentous experience.

Fortunately, Tallboys Apparel makes button downs that fit tall people. What a concept, right?

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