This week's featured outfit: an extended length tee and my Common Projects Bball High. On a 6'3" man-child, extended tees are less "surrogate dress" and more proportional compliment - as a result, I gravitate towards pieces like this Allsaints Tower tee. The sides of the Tower are tapered to its tag size, while the bottom extends well beyond the typical length.
To compliment this dark-neutral drape, I wore black Uniqlo jeans and black leather high tops. This outfit was shot in the University of Michigan Museum of Art thanks to the incredible talents of photographer Kristen Eisenhauer.
Quick caveat: I wouldn't recommend rocking extended tees along if you're anything other than uncomfortably tall. As a layering piece, they work great for all sizes - but if strangers don't ask if you've played volleyball when small talk dies, there's a good chance the extended proportions may make your legs look *ahem* uncomfortably short. Like, Detective Baby Legs short.
But as a tall, skinny guy who's best described as a "Medium+", this might as well be the perfect basic tee. Originally intended as the bottom layer of a terraced layering system straight out of a B-List rapper's tour wardrobe, I find that the Tower works great alone, too. The lines are long, the material flowy, and best of all, the shoulders are constructed just enough so that the torso fabrics hangs rather than slouches. If you have a proportionately-long torso, you're golden. Long-time readers, stop me if you've ever heard this before: it's all about fit and proportions.
Fit? Gucci. Proportions? Major key. The connotation of wearing extended tees? Sadly, also an internet meme. Thanks to brands like Fear of God, Represent, Knomadik, and Knyew, offering "basics with extended proportions" has become an industry cliche as trite as labeling something "youth culture." While the context of an extended tee still leans firmly towards #streetwear, pairing one with luxury sneakers and undistressed denim adds enough refinement to the outfit to prevent looking like you got dressed off Instagram.
If you love the look regardless, go for it. But if you're on the fence: caveat emptor.