Forget the Tailor and Just Buy Better-Fitting Garments

Peter Manning NYC designs and develops garments for the not-so-tall guy by focusing on proper proportions without sacrificing style.


The value any garment can offer comes down to fit — the most luxe Italian suit is ineffectual if you’re swimming in it. Peter Manning NYC knows how vital fit is — specifically designing clothing for the not-so-tall guy. The average US male is 5-feet-9-inches, so Peter Manning NYC focuses on the 30 percent of men who are not average height or taller.

Settling for ill-fitting shirts and too-long pants can be a common problem for that 30 percent. Peter Manning NYC is solving a big problem for lots of guys with fresh looks in more modest sizes, shirts with proper sleeve and body lengths and pants with shorter inseams. Below are four standout styles that’ll save you a visit to the tailor.

Harrington Jacket

Outerwear is particularly difficult to have tailored without ruining proportions and spending a fortune. For its classic Harrington Jacket, Peter Manning NYC implemented shorter sleeve and body lengths for a better fit. It also features scaled-down pockets and collar for a trim look. A ribbed trim at the cuff and hem, along with a durable cotton/nylon shell with a warm plaid lining, make this one a no-brainer for Spring.

Buy Now: $195

Slim Fit Jeans

Most retailers only carry pants down to a 30-inch inseam. Peter Manning NYC inseams go down to 26 inches. Proportions of a jean such as pocket size, rise and leg opening are all taken into account with the Slim Fit Jeans as well. This is a crucial detail that can’t be fixed when you buy a pair of pants with a longer inseam and attempt to have a tailor correct it.

Buy Now: $98

Everyday Shirt

Body length and baggy sleeves are pretty glaring concerns on a shirt that’s too big. The Everyday Shirt solves these with the hybrid-hem that allows for a tucked or untucked look. Slimmer sleeves make the puffy arm problem a thing of the past. But where Peter Manning NYC shows its commitment to shorter guys is by avoiding bold and large patterns that don’t work proportionally. And properly sizing the collar and chest pocket polish this approach to a tee.

Buy Now: $98

Tech Shorts

For shorter guys, wearing a pair of shorts that go below the knee is a no-go. Peter Manning NYC adheres to this basic rule by only offering shorts with a seven-inch inseam or less. The Tech Short is the latest pair that you can have in your arsenal for a casual outfit or working out. Made of quick-dry fabric (95 percent nylon and 5 percent elastane), the added stretch for movement creates a more versatile and comfortable short that takes proportions into account with a narrower leg for a trimmer look.

Buy Now: $85

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