This is a review of Peter Manning, a clothing company that makes classic American sportswear specifically for men 5'8″ and under.
If you're below average height, you probably struggle with finding clothes that fit. You want to dress well, but it seems like most clothing companies completely ignore your needs.
Pants and sleeves are always too long. Sweaters are too big. Dress shirts are billowy and suits make you feel like a little kid.
Men of average height don't understand this problem. It's easy for them to find clothes that fit. But the truth is, us shorter gents can spend all day shopping just to walk away empty-handed (trust me, I've tried).
There are only a few brands that cater to short men. Peter Manning is one of these. In fact, they focus exclusively on men 5'8″ and under.
I've been following, supporting and wearing Peter Manning for a while. If you're a subscriber, you've probably already seen some of my Peter Manning outfits. Here's a quick look back at some related content:
- Interview with Peter Manning
- Peter Manning Fall/Winter Lookbook
- Fall Style Featuring Peter Manning NYC
What I love about this company is that their clothes keep getting better. They've tweaked the fit of their shirts and added some new items to their growing collection, and I'm excited to show off some of my favorites.
I have several Peter Manning shirts, including a couple of sweaters and a polo, but my favorite is this yellow plaid Everyday Button Up. It's the best-fitting off the rack shirt I've ever worn.
The shirt is pre-washed, so it feels soft and broken in. It's extremely comfortable, the kind of shirt you will wear every week.
It's warm outside, so I have the sleeves rolled, but they're just the right length. In fact, Peter Manning shirts are the only shirts I own that don't require a trip to the tailor (besides custom shirts).
It's got nice details like these light blue Oxford gussets:
The other Peter Manning shirt I've been wearing a lot is this Short Sleever in indigo print. I often have to stay away from short sleeve button up shirts because they don't fit. Either they're too long, the sleeves are too wide or the collar is too big.
But this one fits great. The scale of the pattern is nice and small – perfect for svelte gents – and the floral design will always be in style.
Notice the details. The chest pocket and collar are scaled down in size. Most companies don't take these little things into consideration when creating their smaller sizes. It may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, the sum of these details make a huge difference.
When they're off, it just doesn't look right. But when you get the details right, everything looks balanced:
I own two pairs of Peter Manning jeans, one dark blue and one medium blue (shown here). They fit great, with a medium rise and slim-straight leg that has just the right amount of taper.
Unlike low-rise pants, these jeans will elongate your figure by making your legs look longer.
My Peter Manning shirts and pants have quickly become wardrobe staples. If you're frustrated with trying to find clothes that fit, or if you're sick of always having to pay for alterations, you need to give Peter Manning NYC a try.
Returns and exchanges are free, so you have nothing to lose. Plus, first time customers get 20% off.
Have you tried Peter Manning yet? Do you want to? Leave a comment below!
Note: This post is sponsored by Peter Manning, which means I was compensated to write it. But fear not! I wouldn't endorse anything I don't love. I've been wearing and promoting Peter Manning clothes without compensation for a long time, and I'm thrilled to have this company as a sponsor.