We know that no two large men are built alike, that’s why we’ve set our own standards higher than other retailers. We’ve got to be able to fit a variety of shapes and sizes – short, tall, large, king size, even football linebackers.
“We serve a variety of men with a variety of builds,” said Angela Chan, who is Senior Vice President, Chief Sourcing Officer, and heads up Global Business Development at Destination XL Group, Inc. “There’s no secret sauce – it comes down to understanding our customers and recognizing that a cookie-cutter approach to fitting them is not going to work.”
Whether a guy is 5’5” with a stockier frame or 6’8” with an athletic build, the challenge is to fit them both properly, so they look and feel great. This is where the higher standards come into play. DXL Men’s Apparel employs a team of technical designers and quality assurance experts who dedicate themselves every day to providing XL guys with the perfect fit. Through a series of rigorous testing well beyond industry standards, the team goes back and forth to the drawing board until they’ve created the most comfortable and perfect fit imaginable.
“There’s a science to it,” says Chan. “Most retailers grade at a regular size extension, whereas we specialize in fitting the bigger and taller frame. We don’t simply do fit – we do fit right.”
Another example of this is the newly revamped Gold Series collection of suit separates. The improved perfectly-proportioned fit is more modern with updated measurements to ensure little to no needed alterations.
Three different fits were developed in the dresswear line: the Long Fit, to accommodate guys 6’1 ½”-6’5”; the Regular Fit, for guys 5’8”-6’1” and the Short Fit, for guys 5’4”-5’7 ½”.
We varied jacket lengths and added sleeves that fit taller guys better, made the rise shorter in our pants, with a shorter zipper for a better fit and cleaner look, and created a more refined and tapered leg.
And all of our Perfect Fit items have the benefit of stretch––from jacket-relaxer™ insets that give guys the freedom to move without restriction to waist-relaxer® insets hidden in the sides of pants that stretch up to four inches.
THE RIGHT PROPORTIONS ARE THE KEY TO A GREAT-FITTING SUIT
• More proportionate to accommodate height
• Fewer alterations needed
• Varied jacket lengths
• More refined and tapered leg
• Shorter zipper for a better fit and a cleaner look