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Reader Question: Where to shop for short men?
where is the best place to start shopping for clothes for men 5 ft 7 in to 5ft 8in?
Picking just one place is an odd constraint; after all, who wants to dress head to toe in the same brand? But if I had to, I’d choose the brand specifically created for men 5’8” and under—Peter Manning.
When I interviewed Peter a year ago, he emphasized the work he put into making sure he nailed the right fit . You can get a sense of that focus in this video about how the company designs their pants.
Peter also expressed to me a commitment to improving the quality and offerings of his brand. In 2013, he followed through in a big way, introducing ties, sweaters, scarves, as well as expanded selections in shirts and pants.
I’ve already written about the dress pants, so I’ll skim over the key details I already mentioned: they’re made in Brooklyn by Hertling, the trouser maker for Epaulet, Howard Yount, and Sid Mashburn. Peter Manning’s trousers are competitively priced with those brands. They’re made from wool fabric milled in Biella, Italy, and feature horn buttons, gingham lining, and oxford cloth pockets.
Knowing all that, the main things to be learned from an in-person review are the fabric hand and the fit, and both are pretty decent. Regarding the latter, the fabric drapes well with a weight that should be good for year-round wear in moderate climates, though perhaps a bit too thin for really cold winter days.
And fit? Peter understands the concept of a “short rise”: something a bit more balanced for shorter guys, neither the low-rise that’s popular these days, nor the high rise that can sometimes be unflattering on short men. The Peter Manning trousers get the short rise just right—on me, it hits just above my hips. They’re comfortable through the thigh—neither too full nor too trim. The leg opening on the 32x28 trousers Peter sent me measures 8.75” across—about an inch wider than my preference. Overall, I’d say it’s a good fit if your tastes skew more classic and conservative, but perhaps a bit full if you’re more #menswear in your preferences.
I’ve also written about Peter Manning’s denim in the past—I was so impressed with the chinos they sent me to try on, I went ahead and paid full price for the jeans, and found the fit was just perfect on me—slim but not constraining. The fabric is a dark wash, somewhat lightweight selvedge denim, and they’re made in China. I’ve encountered some quality issues—two rivets popped off and the finishing could be better—but I still love them and I’ve worn them more than any other pants in the past year. They’re starting to get to a place where I’m considering finding a replacement.
Luckily, Peter sent me a pair of their new denim to try on. They shifted production for the jeans to a factory in Texas that produces for a number of high-end brands, and the difference shows—the hardware appears to be of better quality, and the finish considerably improved. They’ve opted for dark wash non-selvedge denim sourced from Cone Mills, and toned down the branding, removing the brand name from rivets, buttons, and the back of the jeans. I thought the first-run branding was discreet and tasteful to start with, but I figure some of you would appreciate the anonymizing. Overall, I’d say a hardcore denimhead looking for sick fades would be underwhelmed with the jeans, but just about any other shorter guy who wants a pair of dark wash denim will like Peter Manning’s offerings, especially if you want something “dressier” to wear with, say, a tweed sport coat.
For the fit, Peter consulted with the Brooklyn Denim Company and ended up taking out some fabric from the seat and hips. Generally, I think this is an improvement for the slim and short crowd, but for me—a guy with big thighs and a few extra pounds—the jeans ended up being too tight. Peter suggested to me that the fabric might stretch out a bit after a few wears, but that hasn’t been the case. Not that that’s a bad thing—I think it’s evidence of the higher-quality denim used in this run.
Quick sizing note: responding to some confusion after his first run of chinos, Peter opted to go with the sort of vanity sizing you see in mall and department store brands, so a size 32 has an actual waist of 34. Based on my experience with the new run of denim, it might be worth only sizing down one inch instead of two.
Do I still recommend the denim? Yeah, I’d say so. Finding jeans with inseams shorter than 30” is ridiculous hard, to say nothing of getting the below-knee taper just right. I’ll hang on to the jeans and see how they work out after I lose a few holiday pounds.
Regarding the new sweaters, I haven’t tried them, but Brock at the The Modest Man has a pretty good review.
If you’d like to try out Peter Manning, now’s a good time to do so. They’re offering free shipping on all US orders, and new customers can get a 25% discount with promo code welcome25.
To see all of Peter Manning’s offerings, visit petermanningnyc.com.
Maybe over the winter holidays you received a few gift cards that you could spare and donate to CeCe.
I will be donating the Target gift cards I was given, as well as some sewing supplies.
Send to: Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, 3405 Chicago Ave, Suite 103, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Wow what a crazy story. Wish I was in a position to donate! So glad her sentence was minimal, go girl!
CeCe McDonald, an African-American transwoman, was walking to the grocery store with friends when a group began to yell racial and homophobic slurs at them. They yelled back, and were attacked with broken bottles. CeCe was attacked by a neo-Nazi and killed him in self defense with a pair of sewing scissors she had on her person. She was sentenced to almost three and a half years.
Richmond area folks, if you want to pool donations and mail it all at once (so that we can take out insurance on the package and confirm that it made it to Minnesota safely), get at me, and we can make it happen.
We’ve got 700 seats at St Pauls, and I’m trying to fill them all with LGBTQ folks across the whole spectrum and all our allies. Please come out on Wednesday night for this important service. My Darling Fury is performing “Blots In The Margins” as well.
hey guys! i’ve only just recently come out to my parents and therefor only recently started presenting as male. i’m pretty small (5’1, xs, etc) and was wondering if any of you could suggest good (preferably cheap) clothing shops that run smaller or carry smaller sizes. it would also be great if you guys could recommend good jeans brands (preferably skinny and cheap haha)? thanks so much! :)
Hey, I’m probably about the same size as you. What I usually do is head to the kids’s section in stores. It’s win-win because the large size usually fits perfect and kids clothes are much cheaper. If you want to be really frugal, Target usually works pretty well or H&M.