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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. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    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.


    +1 for CT and JCrew, especially on clearance.
     
  2. machochino

    machochino Senior member

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    Being short and skinny is not much of a problem. You can find a lot of slim fitting brands (premium stuff) and make yourself appear taller. However, being short and "athletic" is a big issue. You end up looking more short and stalky.

    In my case, I have a very athletic build at about 5'6 and 160lbs. I'm asian so it's expectable. Lol. But I have a hard time finding jeans that fit well. When I wear slim jeans, it makes my large upper (40 chest) and slim lower body very awkward. So I have to resort to relaxed fit/ straight legs. Also, a lot of premium denim are made with absurdly long inseams. And, hemming the jeans tend to alter the cut. I'm about a 29 length btw. So, you can imagine the pain I go through to find nice denim.

    I'm also a little confused about shorter guys wearing longer length shirts,coats etc. Should I wear shorter ones so it elongates my short legs? or would longer coats/jackets make our appearance larger, thus taller?

    I just thought I add my .02 to this thread since it relates very well to myself.
     
  3. alflauren

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    I can vouch for Jimmy Au's in LA. They have very interesting cuts and sizes for shorter guys that you won't find elsewhere. I recently got a nice Polo suit there in 36S, half-canvas, for about $700. Yes, that's high for a base level Polo suit, but when a guy with an irregular size can take something off of the rack and have it fit without any work...it's priceless.

    Plus, Jimmy is a little bit of a character and a fun guy to help pick out a suit or two.

    Also - as a nice bonus, Jimmy has Aldens.

    Finally, I am in love with Lucky Jeans, since I can get stylish jeans with short inseams and no hemming issues.
     
  4. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    Being short and skinny is not much of a problem. You can find a lot of slim fitting brands (premium stuff) and make yourself appear taller. However, being short and "athletic" is a big issue. You end up looking more short and stalky.

    In my case, I have a very athletic build at about 5'6 and 160lbs. I'm asian so it's expectable. Lol. But I have a hard time finding jeans that fit well. When I wear slim jeans, it makes my large upper (40 chest) and slim lower body very awkward. So I have to resort to relaxed fit/ straight legs. Also, a lot of premium denim are made with absurdly long inseams. And, hemming the jeans tend to alter the cut. I'm about a 29 length btw. So, you can imagine the pain I go through to find nice denim.

    I'm also a little confused about shorter guys wearing longer length shirts,coats etc. Should I wear shorter ones so it elongates my short legs? or would longer coats/jackets make our appearance larger, thus taller?

    I just thought I add my .02 to this thread since it relates very well to myself.


    I guess I beat you all at under 5'4" and I'm stocky... Anyway, I have nothing but problems finding clothes that fit, except for shoes. However, after spending time here on the forums, I have learned a few things. For jeans, never buy pre-distressed -- the distressing is always in the wrong place. I buy a high quality selvage jean and create my own distressing by wearing it over time. Also, you can alter the jeans without shifting the honeycombs.

    As for other items, I buy custom fit polos and have had good success buying clothes from the boys dept. I get my polo shirts and OCBD from there. The bonus is that the sleeves are perfect, relatively slim fit and the collar height is correct!

    Hope this helps and good idea for starting this thread.
     
  6. Tailor In Style

    Tailor In Style Active Member

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    I am not on the tall side either and I have found that when it comes to shirts the only thing that works is getting it made to measure.
     
  7. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    Cross-Post, maybe useful...

    I just want to add an update here for anyone in Toronto...
    I spent a few hours today in "Brown's" ( http://www.shortmanbrowns.com/) and here's the lowdown. (Note - I am in no way affiliated with the store, and am just one opinion so take it with a pinch of salt)

    Basically the problem for guys 5'6 or so and under is that generally suits and other clothes are just scaled down in size but what's not considered is the change in proportions. Browns has selected a bunch of formal and casual clothing that general looks better on shorter guys and also does full tailoring. They have shirts, suits, ties, and casual slacks, jeans, etc.

    As for suits, they have a house brand at about $500-600 (I hear there are bi-yearly sales of around 20% off), and it's decent. They also carry Boss, Versace, Cole Hann and others. Basically they've ordered MTM special editions from these houses so that they're all proportioned properly and OTR from them is like a MTM for most shorter people.

    For better quality, they do have Pal Zireli for about $2000 and frankly it felt like a dream as soon as I put it on. soft curved shoulders, sleek body without a huge drop buy still slim, soft rolled lapel, etc. Just a whole world apart, and I saw all that before even looking at the tag. If I had the money I'd buy one tomorow.

    Basically they're mostly the same suits you'd expect to get for that price somewhere else. Mostly fused, decent fabric and construction, etc but nothing over the top. Just the big difference is that it'll fit much better OTR and will probably need very little adjusting. All tailoring is free with the suit.

    So my conclusions are, if you have trouble finding stuff OTR that works for you and are short (slim or portly) or even very short, you can find the same average suit that the normal sized guys enjoy. That's not meant to be a downer, just to say that at the normal price you can get the same sort of basic suit someone bigger would find in another store, except it'll fit you much better and that may be worth it for you.
     
  8. Albern

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    I've mentioned this before in another thread but for anyone in the Toronto area there's a store called Brown's; one location in Queen West and the other along Avenue Road south of the 401.

    http://www.shortmanbrowns.com/
     
  9. benjamin831

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    A combination of MTM and a skillful tailor could make most RTW items wearable.
     
  10. mansard_roof

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    I'm 5'5 and buy a lot of my dress shits at H&M and they always fit great... pants not so much so (but that's a problem I find everywhere).
     
  11. NoStyle14

    NoStyle14 Well-Known Member

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    Great thread. Felt it should be bumped up.

    I'm 5'7.5" 150 and H&M shirts also fit me very well. However, they lack in quality.

    I have a couple of MTM shirts I bought when I was 125lbs and shave since bulked up. The shirts fit amazing.

    Express Slim Fit Small also fit very well. Just wish they'd have more of a color selection.

    I'm having problems with denim. Can anyone recommend a good denim brand for us short guys?
     
  12. Master-Classter

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    Denim can be tricky for a few reasons. The pockets are often standard sized cut so they end up being too long or proportionately too large overall, making your behind visually look lower. So look for smaller back pockets with no designs on them to draw the eye there. Also the yolk area at the back if often quite long, so the overall back and pocket area sits low even when worn on teh waist. Stick to a short yolk, look carefully and you'll start to see the difference. Another problem is that any jeans with predistressing is often WAY off for shorter guys, so the fake knee and thigh and calf fades are half a foot too low and once hemmed just make the legs look stumpy. In generall you're best off sticking with raw denim and breaking them in yourself. Normally I'm an advocate of minimal break, but in the case of jeans I actually like a bit of stack, that's just me though.

    A good example of everything above is APC NS's, and personally I really like the slim but not too tapered look of the Nudie Slim Jim's (big flashy pockets though)
     
  13. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    yay a thread for short guys

    5"2, 117 lbs, 34 chest...ya it sucks for me sometimes
     
  14. Albern

    Albern Senior member

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  15. clothesrus

    clothesrus Well-Known Member

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    What happened?



    it's still a good suit
     
  16. Citroen

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    I swear by Zara. Great modern cuts, waist sizes start at 29 or 30 depending on the store.

    http://www.zara.com/
     
  17. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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  18. wetnose

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    yay a thread for short guys

    5"2, 117 lbs, 34 chest...ya it sucks for me sometimes


    Go shopping in Thailand - 29" waists are the most common size there.
     

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