This post was made possible by Jax Everett.
It's always exciting to hear about a new company who makes clothes specifically for shorter men. There are only a handful of brands focusing on men who are below average height, which is why I'm so excited to introduce Jax Everett.
Co-founded by Charles Luu, a man with many years of experience in the fashion industry, Jax Everett caters to men 5'9″ and under.
Jax Everett is based out of Texas, but they sell exclusively online (at least for now). I have to say, their website is beautiful and easy to navigate.
Right now, Jax offers button up shirts, t-shirts and sweaters. The clothes aren't just shorter than normal off the rack garments. Every detail is crafted to look great on men under 5'9″.
These aren't the cheapest clothes you can buy (although they sometimes go on sale). But you'll be saving money on the “tailor tax” and the quality is great. This is one of those situations where you get what you pay for.
The colors and patterns are sleek and modern. If you're not into the classic American (or preppy) aesthetic, you'll probably be into the Jax Everett look. You can expect the designs to be “on trend” without being trendy.
This is good because you don't want clothes that are so trendy that they won't last. I asked Charles about this. Here's what he said:
Our collections will reflect current trends, but they'll be interpreted in a way that won't look dated six months from now.
Of course, fit trumps everything, so I wanted to see how these clothes fit. Charles sent me a premium dress shirt and a t-shirt.
I'm going to be totally honest with you – the button up isn't slim enough for me. I'm just under 5'6″ and 130 lbs soaking wet. This means that even “slim fit” shirts are often too baggy for me and need to be taken in at the sides.
So I can't fault Jax Everett for this. After all, the torso and sleeve length are fine, and the shirt has a bunch of cool details like the contrast collar and hidden buttons.
Charles is aware of how these shirts fit. They're also aware of how many slim fit shirts are available, which is why they chose not to make their shirts super fitted, at least for now.
Also, it's pretty easy and cheap to slim up a shirt by adding back darts. I've done this with a bunch of shirts in the past, and it works great.
That said, I look forward to the day that Jax creates a slimmer version of their dress shirt. There current shirts will work better for men who don't need a super slim fit. If you are broad, muscular or a bit hefty, you should give this brand a shot.
The t-shirt fits great. It's kind of like a shorter version of American Apparel extra small t-shirts.
I'm not a huge fan of graphic tees, so I was glad to hear that Jax also sells plain (blank) solid color tees.
You'll have to spend $150 or more, but this will also get you free shipping. Not a bad deal!
Jax also makes sweaters (v-neck and half zip pullovers). I haven't tried these on, so I can't tell you how they fit. If you buy one, you should leave a review in the comments section below to let everyone know what you think!
I support any clothing company that focuses on short men. We're an underserved group, and we need multiple options. After all, shorter guys come in all shapes and sizes, and we all have different style preferences.
If you're sick of sleeves that are too long and shirts that just don't fit, you should give Jax Everett a try.
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