In this Ash & Erie review, I’ll try on their jeans, shirts, sweaters and outerwear to see if they’re worth your hard-earned money.
Ash & Erie launched with button up shirts, but they now carry an expanded line of clothes made specifically for short men, including:
- Casual button ups
- Dress shirts
- Polo shirts
If you’ve been following The Modest Man for a while, you may remember seeing Ash & Erie shirts and jeans on the blog a while back.
To give you an updated take on the brand, I decided to try on a few pieces from their current lineup.
I’ll show you how everything fits on me so you can decide if you want to try Ash & Erie clothes for yourself.
Here’s what I tried on:
- Everyday Shirt, Blue Oxford, XS/Slim
- Quarter Zip Sweater, Charcoal, XS
- Jeans, Midtown Wash, 29×27
- Henley, Heather Charcoal, XS
- V-Neck Tee, Heather Ash Grey, XS
- Daily Polo, Navy, XS
- Short Sleeve Linen, Basin Blue, XS/Slim
- Chino Pants, Grey, 29×27
- Chino Shorts, Smoke Grey, 28
- Winter Parka, Black, XS
- Bomber Jacket, Blue, XS
- Knit Sweater, Navy, XS
- Overshirt, Blue, XS
- Denim Chore Jacket, XS
- Long Sleeve Tee, Heather Navy, XS
- Tech Polo, Red, XS
Let’s look at each item in closer detail…
Ash & Erie Everyday Shirt
This is the brand’s original product and one of their best sellers. It’s a casual button up that can be worn tucked in or untucked.
This style is available in plenty of different fabrics, but I decided to go with a classic oxford cotton button down (OCBD) in light blue.
I chose an XS in slim fit, their smallest and slimmest size available, and it fits really well.
These shirts have what I would call a “hybrid hem” that can be worn tucked in or untucked.
The chest and stomach are definitely slim. At 125 pounds soaking wet, I wouldn’t want to go any slimmer, but I’m very happy with this cut.
The sleeve length is great too. The only thing I would change is the cuffs. They’re a bit wide when buttoned, and I think a double button cuff would provide more flexibility (especially for guys with slim wrists).
Otherwise, I have no complaints. The oxford cotton feels sturdy and durable, and I expect this shirt to hold its shape for a long time.
Ash & Erie Sweater
Ash & Erie offers crew neck, v-neck and quarter zip sweaters. I decided to try a quarter zip.
It’s cut just a bit fuller than the other tops I tried on, probably because this type of sweater is meant to be worn over another shirt (i.e., you wouldn’t wear it on its own).
I’m wearing it here over the OCBD – a timeless layering combo that looks good on pretty much anyone.
The ribbed hem offers a little bit of compression around the waist/hips, but it’s not so much that the sweater will ride up and produce the dreaded muffin top effect.
My only suggestion for Ash & Erie is to work on offering more colors in the future. I’d love to see this sweater in dark green, burgundy, dark brown and cream.
Ash & Erie Jeans
Next up, let’s look at another customer favorite: the jeans.
Ash & Erie only offers one cut right now, a modern slim fit that should work for most guys.
These jeans have 2% stretch built in, and they’re available with shorter inseams (as short as 25 inches).
The leg is slim but not skinny, and there is a slight taper from the knee down. The leg opening is slim enough to wear with no break but wide enough to fit over the top of my boots.
The rise is on the lower side, which should be a good thing for most shorter guys.
I’m wearing the Midtown Wash, a faded medium blue color that works well with grey, brown, green and pretty much any other colors hanging in your closet right now.
I like these jeans, and I’d like to see Ash & Erie offer more colors and fits in the future.
Ash & Erie Henley Shirt
As a shorter man, I find that most henley shirts are too long for me. They go down past my fly, and the sleeves are typically 2-4 inches too long for my arms.
As expected, this isn’t the case with this Ash & Erie henley.
It fits well in the sleeves and torso, and the slightly curved hem is a nice touch. It’s super soft and very comfortable.
I also appreciate the scaled down details, such as the shorter sleeve cuffs and narrow three button placket.
If you have trouble finding henley shirts that aren’t too long, you might want to give this one a try.
Ash & Erie T-Shirt
Speaking of casual shirts, Ash & Erie now sells men’s t-shirts in both crew and v-neck styles.
I decided to try a v-neck because I find that the “V” is often too deep with traditional brands.
Luckily, this neck line has the right shape and depth for shorter guys.
The sleeve length and overall shirt length are also spot on. Like the henley shirt, this tee has a slightly curved hem.
To me, this is a somewhat slim fit t-shirt. It’s definitely not boxy on me, and I’m a pretty slim guy.
Overall, I’m very happy with the way this shirt looks and feels on me.
Ash & Erie Long Sleeve Pocket Tee
This cotton-poly blend long sleeve tee is extremely soft and comfortable, and the heather navy color will look good on anyone.
It does feel slightly big on me, compared to the short sleeve t-shirt in the same size (XS), but this seems like the type of shirt that will shrink up a bit in the laundry.
I do like the fact that the cuffs and pocket are scaled down in size for shorter men.
Ash & Erie Knit Sweater
This chunky, warm and casual knit sweater is made from 100% cotton and perfect for cold weather.
If you like weight and texture, you’ll love this sweater. I probably wouldn’t wear it over a button up shirt, but it feels great over a crew neck tee.
The fit isn’t slim, but this sort of sweater is meant to have a bit more room. I think it fits really well on my somewhat slim build.
Ash & Erie Polo Shirt
Of everything I tried on this time around, the polo was the surprise hit. It fits really well:
When a polo fits well, it actually enhances your figure. This is exactly how I like polo shirts to fit.
The shoulders, neck and chest are nice and fitted, and the ribbed sleeves hug my biceps, which tends to make your arms look more muscular.
The length is great for wearing untucked, but you could definitely tuck this polo in. It’s slim enough that it wouldn’t create a muffin top effect.
The jetted check pocked is a nice little touch too. I’ve seen this type of detail on brands like Ted Baker in the past.
Again, my only suggestion for Ash & Erie is to add more colors. I usually stick to the basics, but a few more solid colors or subtle patterns would be nice.
Also, I’d love to see a long sleeve version of the polo shirt at some point in the future.
Ash & Erie Tech Polo
Here’s another short sleeve polo from A&E, this one made from 100% synthetic materials (think golf wear).
I prefer the fit of their standard polo to this one, mostly because of the sleeve width.
I’m also not crazy about the bright red color, which totally washes me out. This bright, saturated hue would look good on darker skin tones and might be more appropriate for the golf course.
Ash & Erie Short Sleeve Shirt
As of summer 2020, Ash & Erie released a bunch of short sleeve shirts in various colors, patterns and fabrics.
These are sized just like their long sleeve button ups, so I took my same size (XS, slim fit).
I chose the Basin Blue colorway, which is a textured violet-blue linen-cotton blend (25% linen).
It fits just like the Everyday Shirt, except the sleeves are shorter (duh).
After wearing this shirt a few times, I’m very happy with the fit, although I prefer cuffing the sleeves once for a slightly shorter, more tapered look.
Ash & Erie Chinos
I wanted to mention that I tried their chinos as well. Like the jeans, these are slim fit and have some stretch built in.
But for some reason, size 28 is too snug in the waist and hips, but 29 is too roomy.
I didn’t have this problem with the jeans, which is weird because the chinos should have more stretch (3% instead of 2%). It might have to do with the construction or weight of the fabric.
That said, I don’t have a hard time finding chinos that fit. I tend to wear chinos cuffed, and many brands make shorter inseam chinos these days, so finding the right length isn’t an issue.
For this reason, I probably wouldn’t buy my chinos from Ash & Erie, at least not until they come out with a different cut that works better for my build.
Ash & Erie Chino Shorts
Ash & Erie’s Chino Shorts are made from lightweight stretch cotton (2% elastane).
They feel like normal weight chino shorts to me – not super thin like some summerweight or “tech” shorts.
The 7″ inseam length and tapered leg opening fits me well, although these seem to run large compared to the chino pants.
Size 28 is almost loose on my waist, but that same size was too tight with the pants (maybe I just got an odd pair?).
Either way, these fit well, and I like the color. Check them out right here.
Ash & Erie Winter Parka
This parka is Ash & Erie’s first attempt at a heavy jacket, and it’s pretty solid, especially for the price.
It’s a hip-length coat with dual function handwarmer pockets, plush synthetic insulation and a removable hood.
The sleeve length is just right for me, but be aware that this is not a slim fit jacket. It’s slightly boxy on me, sort of like the Peter Manning parka.
Then again, there aren’t many parkas made for short men, so I appreciate how this one fits.
Ash & Erie Bomber Jacket
It fits me really well. I could see wearing this jacket during late spring and on cool summer evenings.
My one gripe has to do with the lack of a ribbed hem at the bottom of the jacket. Like most bombers, this one has ribbing at the collar and cuffs, but the bottom is just a plain hem.
To me, it seems like something is missing, as if the bottom was chopped off.
It’s not a dealbreaker, but I would like to see a more traditional take on the bomber, as I think the ribbed hem makes the garment feel complete.
Ash & Erie Denim Chore Jacket
This denim chore jacket doesn’t fit me perfectly (the sleeves are a bit long) but it’s definitely a high-quality garment – the kind that gets better with age.
It’s made from Cone denim with just a hint of stretch. The washed indigo is inky blue and will likely develop some sick fades, bro.
If you’re a shorter guy and have been looking for a heritage quality denim overshirt or jacket, this is probably the one.
Ash & Erie Overshirt
Speaking of “shackets” or overshirts, this is Ash & Erie’s take on the heavy overshirt.
Like with the Chore Jacket, the sleeves on this overshirt are too long for me. They might shrink up in a high heat dry cycle, but that’s a risky maneuver.
This shirt reminds me a lot of Everlane’s heavy work shirt. Like, it might be from the same factory. The fabric feels exactly the same to me.
Other than the sleeve length, the overall fit and details are spot on.
Overall, I’m very happy with almost everything I tried on from Ash & Erie (with the exception of the chinos).
If you’re a shorter man and are tired of wearing clothes that don’t fit or paying to have everything tailored, I think you should give Ash & Erie a try.
Ash & Erie Discount Code
If you’re a first time customer, you can use the code MODESTMAN20 for 20% off your first Ash & Erie order. Enjoy!
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