Tips on Style for Shorter Men
From the team at Peter Manning NYC
Finding clothes that fit can be hard. Finding clothes that fit when you’re anything but perfectly “normal” size (and who of us is?!) can feel nearly impossible. If you’re looking for shorter men style and wardrobe help, the team at Peter Manning NYC is here to help.
Created for guys 5’8″ and under—which is about 30 million in the U.S. alone—with precise proportions and tailoring, the NYC showroom and HQ is a haven for not-so-tall men who’ve struggled to find the perfect fit in pants, shirts, and more. Including the staff. We caught up with the stylish staffers—who all could double as fit models for the brand—about fit tips, trends, and the office dress code.
Inside the shorter men style at Peter Manning NYC:
Peter Manning, Founder
“It all comes down to fit and proportions.”
Style mantra: Make it fit, whatever it is. I’m always someone who tucks my sweater a little to show my belt – and I’m always wearing a pocket square. When I began wearing them I was worried that I looked like I was trying too hard. But now I’m like, where’s my pocket square? There’s something about it that gives you a sartorial lift. Also, fake glasses.
On tailoring for not-so-tall guys: Make sure your pant legs are slimmer and arm lengths aren’t hanging too low. The changes that we have to make are small because at the end of the day, it all comes down to fit and proportions.
On the office dress code: For me it’s Peter Manning, head-to-toe every day.
Go-to weekend look: Sweater, button up shirt, maybe chinos or blazer, depending on where I’m going. And a pocket square, always.
Style inspiration: The streets. Watching people and people that I think look great. When people are well dressed, I take a mental picture to understand why that is. Real people at the theater, restaurants, streets.
Zach Fields, Manager
“My form of peacocking is looking super dapper.”
On tailoring for not-so-tall guys: If the pant is bunching too much at the ankle, you’ve got a problem there. But we’re not just slopping off pant legs. We’re doing proportions down to pocket sizes and placements – and that goes for accessories too. It’s all about what fits your body.
Take on trends: I stay away from pleats and wider, relaxed pants. For a shorter guy, that just doesn’t work.
Style mantra: They nicknamed me Yves for Yves Saint Laurent. Whenever I try something on from the sample section I look fifteen times to find things to get tailored. I go for a classic, American fit with monochromatic color turns.
Spring must-have: 7-inch shorts. When I discovered the fact that I shouldn’t wear shorts past the knee, it was great because shorter shorts create visually longer legs and it’s more comfortable.
Javi Sanchez, Marketing and PR
“The more people become aware of..what fits, the more they focus on it.”
On the office dress code: There’s a very relaxed, casual vibe. If I go to an event after work I can mix and match from the racks to switch up my look.
On tailoring for not-so-tall guys: Before, as a short guy at 5’5”, the only pant out there for us was a 30-inch inseam which I had to roll 2-3 times. Now that there are more resources and tailoring is less expensive, I started taking proportions and size very seriously. It makes you acutely aware of how you present yourself when you wear something that fits and people take notice.
Style inspiration: On the street. At the park, just observing people. I had a friend come up visit me last weekend and we went to the High Line and there’s a lot of visitors from all over the world with different styles. NYC is very much like that, it absorbs the style.
Fit check: The more people become aware of the sizing and what fits, the more they focus on it. It’s funny to have guys that come to the shop wearing sleeves long past the wrist and after trying a shirt that’s proportioned to their height and weight, they’re suddenly very picky on what they wear from knowing what works and doesn’t.
Jeff Hansen, Co-Founder/CEO
“I’m happy I’m not wearing suits every day, but I do still like to dress up.”
Fit check: It’s as simple as wearing a proper inseam. I’ve been wearing a 30 in my whole life and always thought that was right until I teamed with Peter and I realized I’m a 29 inseam. It makes a difference. I didn’t realize that I was wearing pants too low on my crotch and stacking on my ankle. All of this stuff is a game of inches but those make a difference when it comes to fit.
On tailoring for not-so-tall guys: It’s not until you find something that works properly that you notice what you’re wearing now doesn’t work well. I can’t tell you the difference that it makes to have clothes that fit, not just for our category of guys, but for big and tall guys too.
Go-to office look: I’m happy I’m not wearing suits every day anymore, but I do still like to dress up. I’m a member of Union Club and I need a tie to go inside each time, so I keep one around for that along with a jacket for meetings.
Off-duty look: I spent six years living in Italy and the mentality over there is that you don’t wear t-shirts unless you’re in the pool or at the beach, and that’s also what we do in my family. So, my casual look is jeans or chinos, a polo shirt, and oxfords. Oh, and a light cotton sweater for those cool spring nights.
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