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

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

  1. gio3969

    gio3969 Well-Known Member

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    As a five and a half foot guy myself, I have only one thing to say concerning my experiences. BUY ITALIAN. Generally speaking, my Italian bretheren have a smaller frame, but are not squatty. This allows for a better fit IMO.
     


  2. Robbish

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    Im say 5 6, 125 which puts me in the thin and short category. Uniqulo is great and inexpensive, i know its only in nyc at the moment, but they also do tailoring on premises for free so there's that. They will be very helpful if you are looking for jeans. I also buy the APC NS, which can be worm as skinny jeans or as jeans that fit people correctly, if you are not skinny I wouldnt recommend it. Burberry at least in suits seems to a descent slightly higher end option. For sportswear, Marmont makes great outdoor gear and the XS fits me and is cut well. I replaced my northface shell this year and its so much a better fit. I would highly recommend if you want an investment piece for the outdoors.
     


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    Great thread for us short poeple!
    Any suggestions for casual clothing? graphic t's, hoodies, gym clothes, etc..

    I'm 5'5, so pretty short like most of you, but 155lbs so a bit heavier than most
     


  4. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Tailor name Rubinacci specialize very much in this area. He call it munchkini.
     


  5. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    anyone know of asian (sized) retailers in the USA?

    Eg sort of like Uniqlo where everything fits slim and small and is well proportioned
     


  6. Lord Asquith

    Lord Asquith Well-Known Member

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    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".


    Actually Napolean wasn't that short. He was like 5'7"-5"8' but compared to a lot of the officers who were over 6" he looked shorter. They say that the average soldier at that time was like 5'2" so there was a big difference between the upper and lower classes.
     


  7. cptjeff

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    Actually Napolean wasn't that short. He was like 5'7"-5"8' but compared to a lot of the officers who were over 6" he looked shorter. They say that the average soldier at that time was like 5'2" so there was a big difference between the upper and lower classes.

    It mainly comes from two things: the French foot, which had him at 5'2" or something like that, but the unit is different, a little longer, so he was 5'7" or 5'8" in imperial feet, and the fact that his bodyguards were much, much taller then him. They were selected to be as big and imposing as possible, so from a distance, if the eye just assumed the bodyguards were more or less average, he looked much shorter then he was.

    You will notice that Sarkozy took the lesson of Napoleon to heart. That's a bad extreme too. He's President of France, which besides being one of the more influential countries internationally, has a governmental structure where the executive has a shitload of power. And he's married to a supermodel. C'mon.
     


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    It mainly comes from two things: the French foot, which had him at 5'2" or something like that, but the unit is different, a little longer, so he was 5'7" or 5'8" in imperial feet, and the fact that his bodyguards were much, much taller then him. They were selected to be as big and imposing as possible, so from a distance, if the eye just assumed the bodyguards were more or less average, he looked much shorter then he was.

    You will notice that Sarkozy took the lesson of Napoleon to heart. That's a bad extreme too. He's President of France, which besides being one of the more influential countries internationally, has a governmental structure where the executive has a shitload of power. And he's married to a supermodel. C'mon.


    Yes, they were not using metric at that time but some archaic French system and when Napoleon was measured at death it was incorrectly converted into the English system.
     


  9. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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  10. Galix

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    This thread is relevant to my interests :slayer:

    5.5 here, so yes, sometimes I find it difficult to find clothes... But the main problem I have is with shirts and jackets. So I just go MTM... Never found a OTR jacket (nor a suit for that matter) that fits me perfectly. Always need some kind of major tailoring (back, and sleeves mainly). So I gave up... And that's a pitty because I'm lately seeing so many nice deals on brands like Brioni or Kiton, but I don't dare to spend that much money for something won't fit (almost) perfect.
     


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    Any man married to a woman like Carla Bruni is a natural winner. Doesn't matter he's 5'2 or 6'5. ;)
     


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    5' 6" here, 5' 7" if you count my hair, and 5' 8" if wearing shoes. (I'm 67 inches or 170 cm.)

    I'm slim but have broad shoulders, so either a 36 or 38 usually fits me perfectly in length, in the shoulders and sleeves, but for some reason, there isn't quite enough front for the chest. I made do for years by never buttoning up my suit jacket (which I now know is a cardinal sin). Today I go MTM.

    As for shirts, I'm a perfect 15-33 but I find most shirts billowy. It's as if most brands expect me to have a large gut. Darting helps, but since most slim fit shirts are still too big for me, I've gone MTM as well. Might try bespoke next just to see the difference.

    I've gone MTM for odd trousers too because most slim fits are too roomy in the thigh. However, my calves are fat. (I have a 30" waist and 15" calves.) I also have a flat back (shoulder blades not prominent), and I find trousers with a fuller cut make my legs look too thick relative to my torso. My slim MTM trousers give me trouble, however, because they cling to my OTC socks. I'm solving that problem by having them fully lined. Might try using heavier fabric next.

    Not sure what brand of high-end jeans has slim thighs but roomy calves, though. Haven't figured that out yet.

    My normal shoe size is US 8E. I have broad feet but narrow heels, however, so finding a pair of dress shoes that fit has been hard. The best fit I have is a pair of EGs in 202 last. I figured that if I had to spend this kind of money to get a good fit, then I might as well go bespoke. Hence this thread.

    I guess my fit problems have nothing to do with my height. :)

    EDIT: On a more serious note, if I couldn't afford MTM, then suits would become a problem because I had never encountered an OTR suit that could be tailored to fit me correctly. I also found that as we entered the 21st Century, it became harder and harder to find cheap dress shirts my size in stores, at least where I live (Ottawa, Canada). I'd have to go to more upscale stores (assuming I could afford to) or shop online. There are also no cheap but good dress shoes. Shopping in Canada is rather lacking overall. :(
     
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    5'4" here, 125lbs

    So, they make shorts from 36 up. And they make 34R. But 34s? Practically impossible. So far A|X is the only one.

    I guess the logic is this:

    a) If you are a 34, you are simply thin. Solution? 34R.
    b) If you are short, there are many solutions, from 36S on up.
    c) But if you are both 34 and short, then you must be a child. Solution? Kids clothes.

    Therefore, I must be a child and should wear childish and poor quality synthetic clothes. Sound familiar anyone?

    Oh, and did I mention I'm about a US 5.5 / EU 38 shoe size? Can't be sure at this point since even the few UK 5 I managed to get are still a bit large.

    So, uh, hi everyone!
     


  14. kdv10

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    I'm 5'6 and 130 lbs, 29' waist, 14.5' collar, so I've run up with this problem before. This is what I know that fits me.

    POLO SHIRTS: Ralph Luaren custom fit or better yet, slim-fit, polos size S works. Slim-fit polo's are hard to find, but you can get them at Mrporter.com

    SOCKS: Shoe size 7.5 D. Goto Nordstrom. They have socks according to size (s, M, L).

    DRESS SHIRTS: I've been using Ralph Luaren MTM for these. Pricey, but fits well and excellent quality. I need to find a less expensive alternative. Or find RL Purple Label Tailored Fit dress shirts. These dress shirts are rockstar thin and of high quality and conservative. Find these on ebay.

    DRESS PANTS: Again RL Black label works well. Sometimes they have RL Black Label Slim fit. This works really well. Burberry Porsum Slim fit pants are perfect.

    JEANS: GAP Slim fit jeans works well. Go online and you can order it by wasit + length. Burberry slim fit jeans lines are also good fitting. Levis slim fit works well too.

    COATS: Burberry Line works well. They do stock size 44 (US 34) coats and trench coats that will fit well. However, you have to order it online or ask a sales associate to get it for you. Sometimes, they have coats in size 44 ( US 34) that are cut as slim. These will fit very, very well.

    SUITS: I wear 34S (US) and use to do MTM via Ralph Lauren. Nice thing about RL is that you can pick whatever fabric you want. They have so many different fabric choices it gets confusing. I also checked with a sales associate that they will scale down the suits to size 34s. Recently, I bought a Dior Homme in size 44 (US 34s) suit and this fits like a glove. Dior has a lot of items in Size 44s (US 34s) and their suits will make you look good. They even have very nice tuexdo in blue or black in Size 44s in case you ever want a slim fitting tux. I also tried Jimmy Au's. They have ready to wear in sizes 34s and 34r in basic black and blue always available to try on. He has other colors/fabrics of suits in this size. So far, off the rack Dior has fit me the best over Ralph Lauren MTM and Jimmy Au's. I'm going to try and do an MTM suit from Thick as Thieves next.
     


  15. Master-Classter

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    I think MTM's sort of a moot point, assuming most brands can work off a 34-36 model anyway (not to discredit the rec.)
     


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