Silk shirts are back. They are fashion opulence, and men are reaching for silk when they'd otherwise buy cotton. These shirts, though not the easiest to find in tall sizes, have a versatile nature that's perfect for formal, dress, and casual shirts.
Dress and Formal Silk Shirts
When it's time to not only look dressed up but to feel your best, you know it's the moment for a silk shirt. This type of shirt requires a great fit in order to look its best on your body, and a tall man can have a particularly hard time finding a ready-made pure silk formal or dress shirt that fits and flatters. So, a custom-tailored silk shirt could be a tall man's best option.
A 100 percent Woven Raw Silk shirt tailored by Baron Boutique is made to your specifications. These pure silk shirts come in a rainbow of colors, and you can choose collar, cuffs, pocket, darts, and more. You can have the shirt made in a formal style or in a casual and relaxed look. The price is about $100 and includes shipping. You can expect to receive your shirt 14 to 18 days from order confirmation date.
Execshirts sells silk shirts in a variety of colors that are made with 100 percent Hand Woven Thai Silk. They are custom-tailored, guaranteed, and cost about $180. You can measure an existing shirt or measure yourself and just enter your measurements along with any special instructions on the form provided. Custom options such as a spread collar, French cuffs, or monograms are offered.
Execshirts looks closely at the height you give and cuts your shirt accordingly to make sure that the shirt tails will be long enough. However, if you're worried about fit, they recommend you try their buy 4 get 1 free promotion to get a test shirt sent to you to confirm your measurements. You'll also receive free shipping on your first order with this option.
Pure Silk Casual Shirts
Don't discount pure silk in informal environments. Due to silk's versatility, silk shirts are no longer merely formal wear; today, men sport them everywhere from country club gatherings to afternoon lunch dates and backyard barbecues.
One of the better sources for men's casual silk tops, Tommy Bahama offers a good selection of silk camp shirts in tall sizes. These range from solid colors to vibrant prints, making them ideal for when a man wants to pull off a relaxed but stylish look. If you're a tall man who's into the soft, breezy island motif, then this retailer is a great option.
Check out this pure silk jacquard Big & Tall Shadow Fronds Camp Shirt, designed with a front pocket and trimmed with Tommy's signature coconut buttons for about $150. Its print is done in a bold blue, red, and pink island-inspired style, and it's available in 100 percent silk in sizes from LT - XXXLT.
Men's Wearhouse sells several silk camp shirts in solid colors that are available in tall sizes, ranging from bright shades like to teal to neutrals like grey and black.
The Pronto Uomo Silk Camp Shirt is a great example available for about $100. Made from 100 percent silk, this classic camp shirt is casual, relaxed, and comfortable. It comes in sizes LT to 6XLT and is styled with a left chest pocket, side vents, and a camp collar. It's available in Tabasco, Bone, Navy, Chins Blue, and Black.
Hawes & Curtis
This luxury men's clothing retailer also carry several silk shirt styles designed to fit taller men. These are all done in eye-catching prints in a slim fit and could be worn casually if alone or dressed up with a contemporary suit.
Consider this 100 percent silk limited addition Blue and Cream Paisley Print Slim Fit Shirt from Hawes & Curtis for about $190. Available in Medium Long and Large Long, it features long sleeves, clear buttons, and a sophisticated blue, cream, and gold paisley pattern. It would be a unique, smart, and trendy addition to any young man's casual wardrobe.
Silk Blend Shirts
Pure silk is fragile. In fact, many silk shirts are now blended with materials, such as cotton, linen, and polyester, so they retain the softness and luster of silk and at the same time are more durable and easier to care for.
- From Banana Republic, this silk and linen Texture Striped Crew can be ordered in tall. It has the soft feel of silk, with the durability of natural linen, and is perfect for year-round wear. It features long sleeves, a straight hem, and comes in navy and natural. You also get free shipping and free returns. This great crew retails for about $70 and is available in tall sizes M to XXL.
- Another find from Banana Republic, this 75 percent silk Cotton Cashmere Long-Sleeve Polo comes in four quiet colors with a banded bottom that sits at the hip and is around $50. It also comes in tall sizes M to XXL.
Westport Big and tall has a pink Long Sleeve Madras Sports Shirt by Tommy Bahama for about $170. The fabric is a luxurious yarn-dyed blend of cotton and silk, with an infusion of stretch for comfort and durability. It comes with a hidden button-down collar, a patch chest pocket, and a shirttail hem.
Peter Millar's Long Sleeve Harbor Tattersall Sports Shirt is cotton with blended silk, which adds a subtle luster to the fabric. The price is about $185. It comes in Soft Pink or Tar Hill Blue, has a button-down collar, a clean French-front placket, and an elongated shirttail hem.
Benefits of Silk
In addition to silk's delicate appearance, silk has a number of other benefits that make it a premium shirt choice for men. These include:
- Luxurious softness and lustrous beauty
- A smooth surface
- Resists soil and odors
- Absorbs perspiration
- Lets the skin breathe
- Provides a high level of sophistication
Caring for Silk Shirts
Silk is a delicate fabric though it's probably not as fragile as many believe. In fact, it can be quite long-lasting if it's treated properly. Some silk shirts have a tag that says they are machine washable. Even so, if you paid a lot for the shirt or it's a favorite, it's best to be safe and take it to a dry cleaner. With proper care, your silk shirt can last for years.
Silk for Tall Men
Stylish and sophisticated, silk is a versatile and wearable option. Though it's not as easy to find these shirts in tall sizes, with made-to-order options and select retailers offering great styles, it is possible for taller guys to find them.