Let’s face it, most men aren’t the 6 foot plus angular male models gracing catwalks – a lot of us are only reaching the not-so-dizzying heights of in and around 5’7”.
This is considered short but really it’s more average, I mean it’s not like we can be mentioned in the same breath as Danny DeVito.
However this doesn’t make finding clothes that fit well any easier, that’s because most clothing you’ll find on the high street or from most brands is tailored towards an average height, weight and build.
One of the hardest pieces of apparel to get right is denim jeans; with shorter guys you find it can be notoriously difficult to track down a pair where the leg length correctly matches the waist size. It seems you can’t win – worry not, here’s a guide to help.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when shopping for a new pair of trusty old denims…
Rise > Length
Pay more attention to the rise, not so much the length, as this can be fixed by hemming the bottom but if the seat/thigh area is off kilter then you’re up the creek – no one wants a baggy butt to make it appear as though they’ve soiled themselves or have their own jeans threaten to castrate them. Make the fit count.
We’ll discuss hemming in a minute but this isn’t your only option; some men opt for ‘stacking’ their jeans, this is perfect for jeans that fit on the waist but are a little longer than your natural inseam.
While wearing them, push the leg of the jeans up and let them slide naturally back into place as you walk around, this will create a nice stacked (or folded) effect at the bottom where the denim meets your shoes and at the back of the knee.
This works particularly well when worn with high tops, skate shoes, boots and any high or chunky footwear as it helps hold the bottom of the jeans in place.
If stacking isn’t your thing then we recommend opting for getting your jeans hemmed or “taken up” – this means they’ll now fit on both your waist and in length. Thankfully this is an easy and cheap option, (even cheaper if you know how to do it yourself) most tailors or dry cleaners will do it for you cheaply.
Make sure to ask them to keep the original hem, especially on jeans. This is the choice to go for if you want the leg of your jeans to be sleek and straight with minimal creases or folds.
Fits & Cuts
Some people recommend a boot cut being good for shorter men but this is a trend that died for a reason – it’s awful. Whatever you do please don’t opt for the dreaded boot cut, or even worse the flare.
The only time a boot cut is mildly acceptable is when you’re wearing, surprise surprise, boots! Even then it’s not entirely necessary as you can turn your jeans up, stack them or have them hemmed to the correct length.
The way to go is the straight or slim fit because they match virtually anything you team it up with, they appear to elongate the leg and baggy jeans can make you look younger than you are.
- Turn-ups look great on jeans and mean you don’t have to go through the lengthy hemming process.
- Get jeans to fit your form – baggy is generally bad and skin-tight is too tight.
- Go for a dark wash, light washes are cool too but a darker wash will generally work in more situations.
Happy hunting! Leave your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.