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Clothes for the Short Guy - Stores, Brands/Lines, Websites

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    A thread dedicated to stores/brands and websites that cater to the short guy (under 5'7 applies?) - I'm only 5'5

    Anyone else tired of going to stores and spending more time looking for what's available in your size and then if you like it, rather then clothes you like and then picking out your size? The slim fit thread and others have been pretty helpful but for mainstream stores i still find this a problem.

    Let me also disclaim - if you're going to name brands / lines within brands / stores please make a note if you have firsthand experience with it or not...

    Just to mention some I recently found

    http://shortshrifted.com/index.php - looks to be a new site so not too much content yet but a start
    LA store catering to short guys - http://www.jimmyaus.com/about.html - haven't personally been there though so can't vouch for htem
  2. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

    Mar 10, 2006
    5' 6" here, maybe half an inch shorter on a bad day when the weight of the world is upon me! [​IMG]

    You're just going to have to be really picky about what you buy. No magic answer (short of MTM/bespoke and they have separate issues of course - cost, time, convenience, etc, etc). However, at 5'7" you should be fine in the Short length of most makers. Some makers only do Regulars, so obviously avoid these (unless you have a very good alterations tailor with a sympathetic eye and experience in shortening jacket lengths). But really, I'm suprised you're having trouble finding stuff that fits you at 5'7". 5'6" and under, yeah, but I from my experience you should be perfectly OK in many makers in a short length.
  3. jhao

    jhao Senior member

    Apr 28, 2007
    monterrey, mexico
    I'm 5'4 and usually buy my suits at Zara and take them to my tailor to make a lot of changes. i'm interested in some OTR suits that could fit me because MTM/bespoke is too expensive to use them everyday.
  4. Bob01

    Bob01 Senior member

    May 15, 2008
    Soon to be upgrading to a side by side refridgerat
    5'6 on a good day 5'5 on a bad one....probably shorter at the end of even crappier days...

    Before finding this forum, all my clothes were horribly fitted - a visit to the tailors can fix alot of things, but obviously not everything....Finding things that fit in the collar, shoulders, wrists & waist - and the tailor can usually fix the rest (lengths, baggyness/fit, etc)
  5. LesterSnodgrass

    LesterSnodgrass Senior member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I had a vertically challenged friend who had this great idea to open a store for short guys called "Napoleons Closet." I always thought that was a great business plan.

    Oh, yeah, and I'm a whopping 5'8".
  6. uirugger

    uirugger Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I'm ok with the suits, but where do I find ties that fit? 60" is way too long.
  7. FIHTies

    FIHTies Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Apr 28, 2004
    Back and Better Than Before
  8. gqreader239

    gqreader239 Senior member

    Jan 10, 2007
    I am 5' 5" - 5' 6", weight about 115-118. short and skinny which is a double bitch slap to my ego.

    Dress Shirts- Jantzentailor.com, Express, Gap XS shirts (altered)
    Dress Pants- MTM Mysuitshop.com
    Jackets- MTM mysuitshop.com
    Chinos- Levis 511, Kenneth Cole (tailored, slimmer seat, thighs)
    T shirts- American Apparel
    Sweaters- Jcrew (tailored for high arm holes, remove excess fabric from body)
    Jeans- Lee 101Z, Gap Williamsburg Raw Denim
    Street Wear outerwear- Forever 21 military jacket (tailored for better fit)
    Polos- RL custom fit, Lacoste Retro fit (fits great out without any needed tailoring)

    I think whenever I look at an item I pay attention to a few things...

    1. fit of shoulders (i have 16" shoulders, very narrow and small)
    2. fit of arms (i have skinny arms)

    Im still looking for a pair of black laceups and will give me some boost and look elegant when paired with a suit or a pair of jeans. Any suggestions are welcome.
  9. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Feb 11, 2007
    5'4" here. Bespoke was ultimately the answer in many cases, but I found that MTM Brooks Brothers shirts can fit me pretty well. If you have a smaller neck than me, the OTR slim-fit shirts may work, too.
  10. andyw

    andyw Senior member

    Aug 13, 2006
    I'm 5'-8" and these suit/ sports jacket makers' "short" sizes are very well proportioned, i.e. higher armhole and thinner sleeves and might work because they tend to be cut a little bit shorter:
    Paul Stuart (Samuelsohn); Phineas Cole is only in R
    RL Polo and BL

    For trousers try Uniglo, Boss and Incotex
  11. AndrewRogers

    AndrewRogers Senior member

    Mar 6, 2008
    Last time I checked, I was 5'8". Anyway, I still find that ties can sometimes be too long. This got me Googling. I found this site. http://www.jraffiani.com/main/thetie.php I found the specifications handy, as all I was after was some advice on the size of ties for shorter men. Of course, I'd much sooner suggest people go with David Hober or someone else who offers bespoke. Rubinacci and Marinella aren't nearly as accessible, though they're great if you can get to them, as the Matt above has. http://www.samhober.com/ Good for every height. Shirts never fit me off the rack. They're always too big and long, even the 'slim' ones. This and the problem with ties leads me to believe I have relatively long legs and a short torso. Shoes. A touchy issue, but usually smaller men have smaller features [​IMG] The best thing here is the makers who produce shoes in many sizes and widths. PS I had never thought of myself as short, but at 5'8", Mr Raffiani thinks I am.
  12. uirugger

    uirugger Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
  13. uirugger

    uirugger Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Wow, I obviously can't really afford to be a short person.
  14. boo

    boo Senior member

    Mar 26, 2006
    Shirts never fit me off the rack. They're always too big and long, even the 'slim' ones. This and the problem with ties leads me to believe I have relatively long legs and a short torso.

    Corneliani makes short-length dress shirts, which happen to also be fairly slim fitting. I think a bit overpriced at a retail price somewhere in the mid-$200s, but I notice they seem to always be on sale at my local Bloomingdales. I've picked up several for under $100.
  15. Josh R

    Josh R New Member

    May 8, 2008
    Hey everyone, I'm 5'5" and I run www.shortshrifted.com, the blog mentioned in the first post on this thread way back in 2007 (can't believe I hadn't come across this before!). Lots of good advice here -- Thanks. I'll definitely be checking some of these links out.

    In answer to the following:
    I feel your pain. So I put together a comprehensive list of over 50 major necktie brands (and lesser-known labels) that compares them by length and price. The PDF is available here: http://shortshrifted.com/index.php/?p=189. The other great resource, of course, is eBay. Tons of vintage ties that are 57, 56, 55 inches on down. And don't forget www.tiecrafters.com -- they can shorten neckties etc.

    Anyway, my blog has lots of info for men 5'8" and under. Advice on stores, labels, custom stuff, etc. Occasionally I mention stuff that I don't have first-hand experience with, but in most cases, I've been to the store, tried on the clothes. Please check it out! Thanks
  16. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

    Feb 25, 2008
    I'm still looking for a pair of black laceups and will give me some boost and look elegant when paired with a suit or a pair of jeans. Any suggestions are welcome.

    Aldo has some good shoes that seem to add an inch or two to your height.

    If you want something more, then you could check out one of the many elevator shoe brands out there.

    Some of them make rather good dress shoes, even. Hell, even some of the boots look rather dressy.
  17. theorist

    theorist New Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    i'm 5'6" and skinny (126lbs). i buy most of my slim fitted shirts from EXPRESS SLIM FITTED collection but it's so sparse there that i need to find more places as well. i found a few from HM that are okay but i'd rather stay away from there. any more suggestions for shirts like EXPRESS SLIM FITTED small?
  18. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

    May 11, 2006
    I'm not a shorter guy, but my understanding that forum member FIHTies stocks a complete selection for smaller guys. (I've bought some ties from him and they're top notch) [​IMG]
  19. infiniti029

    infiniti029 Active Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I'm 5'7", medium build. Just to add to the list...

    - Charles Tyrwhitt slim fits - A better fit than most, shoulders a bit wide for me, had the sleeves altered to 32".
    - Jcrew Slim Fits - From what I heard, it can be a good fit for shorter/slimmer guys, will need to go to the store to try them out
    - Lands End slim/tailored fit - Their "slim" fits were not a very good cut, and pretty boxy. The tailored fit dress pants were still pretty large proportionally.
  20. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

    Apr 12, 2002
    Naptown (Indianapolis)
    shop til you drop

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