Any guy over 20 years old has probably tried on a ton of different t-shirts. As a 5’6″ man, I’ve only found a handful that really fit me and that I feel comfortable wearing.
The main problem is length and proportion. Most “small” t-shirts are still too long for our torsos, so they hang down past the belt line. You’ve probably mastered all of the little tricks – tucking the front of your shirt in behind your belt, keeping your hands in your pockets to hold the sides of your shirt up – you know what I’m talking about.
The good news is, there are three brands who make t-shirts that looks great on men of modest height, and they’re all relatively inexpensive.
Oddly enough, I’ve found that the American Apparel small and medium sizes both fit me pretty well. The are slightly different, though, and my favorite t-shirt is actually an AA medium that I accidentally shrunk in the dryer. Check it out:
The small size also fits well, assuming you don’t shrink it in the wash, but it’s more snug than the medium (good motivation to stay in shape…).
You can get these in the store (I’m sure there’s an American Apparel around you..just look for giant posters of mostly nude models and neon colors) or online. Also, you can order graphic AA tees like the ones I’m wearing in the pics from Threadless.com.
Utility (from Target)
The only clothes I buy at Target are undershirts, socks and boxers. I’m not “above” shopping there. I’ve just never found the normal fit problems we deal with at any store are exacerbated at mass market stores like Target, Walmart, etc.
My little sister, however, got me this Target t-shirt a couple of years ago, and it’s been one of my favorite tees every since. As you can see, it doesn’t fit quite as well as the American Apparel shirts, but it is slightly more comfortable:
As you may know, The Modest Man and Shortees are buds. We both want to help short men find better fitting clothes. Seth from Shortees was nice enough to send me a free shirt when I first started this blog (you can check out my review right here) and he’s even been known to give away free shirts to my readers. Here’s a photo of me wearing a plain black Shortees t-shirt so you can get an idea of how they fit:
As I mentioned in my Shortees review, my only problem with the t-shirt is that it’s too wide at the opening, which causes it too flare out around the waist. Because of this, it looks great from the front but kind of odd from the side. Still, though, Shortees t-shirts are great for short men.
I hope this article helps you find the perfect t-shirt. It’s such a basic staple of any man’s wardrobe, and I think we can all appreciate a comfortable t-shirt that fits perfectly.
If you thought this was helpful, please let me know! I love getting emails from you guys. Also, if you know of some other brands that are great for short men, share the knowledge by leaving a comment below.