This is an honest, long-term review of Peter Manning NYC, a clothing brand that makes classic American clothes for short men.
If you’re thinking about buying Peter Manning clothes, you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve tried on just about everything Peter Manning NYC makes, from their t-shirts and jeans to their suits and outerwear.
There are a few Peter Manning pieces that still have a place in my closet, but I have to pass on most of their collection due to inconsistent fit, odd color/fabric choices, and high prices.
In this detailed, hands-on and unsponsored PMNYC review, I’ll show you how everything fits and give you my recommendation on what to buy and what to avoid.
About Peter Manning NYC
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.
They’ve been around since 2012, but the original founder (Peter) is no longer involved in the company.
An online first brand with a physical showroom in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood, PMNYC carries shirts, pants, formalwear and outerwear.
For reference, I’m 5’6” in shoes and about 125 lbs after dinner. I have a 35” chest and almost always order XS tops.
My off-the-rack suit jacket size would be 34S, and my ideal pant size is usually 28×28.
What I Tried
Here are the pieces in this review:
- Peter Manning Everyday Shirt
- Peter Manning Short Sleeve Shirt
- Peter Manning NYC Jeans
- Peter Manning Polo Shirts
- Peter Manning T-Shirts
- Peter Manning NYC Chino Shorts
- Tribeca Field Jacket
- Peter Manning Leather Jacket
- Peter Manning Down Jacket
- Peter Manning NYC Suits & Sportcoats
The Peter Manning Aesthetic
Certain brands do a great job of creating a desirable overarching aesthetic, a collection of pieces that can be easily paired into an endless combination of stylish outfits.
Think J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Everlane, Bonobos, ASKET, Taylor Stitch, Billy Reid, etc.
This isn’t easy. Brands that do this successfully rely on the direction of talented, trained stylists and creative directors who know how to match colors and fabrics to create a cohesive collection.
Menswear brands that are run by entrepreneurs, not fashion designers, tend to struggle with aesthetics and cohesion.
Peter Manning has this problem.
If you try on a bunch of things from Peter Manning NYC, you’ll likely find one or two items that work in your wardrobe. But it’s a difficult to build a 100% Peter Manning outfit without looking a bit…off.
This is due to a lack of contemporary fits, mismatches between product categories, and odd color/pattern choices.
Some of the colors they release are simply tough to match with anything:
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Others are okay on their own but don’t gel with the rest of the collection:
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Tonal schemes like red-on-red can work, but this washed out brick red henley doesn’t go with the bright red buffalo plaid shirt.
Bottom line: even if you’re into the PMNYC style (classic fit, preppy aesthetic), don’t assume every item from this brand can be worn together.
Peter Manning Everyday Shirts
Possibly the brand’s most popular product, this button up shirt falls somewhere between dressy and casual.
For me, it’s just short enough to wear untucked, but if I tuck it in, it’s a bit billowy around the waist.
The shirt is pre-washed, so it feels soft and broken in. It’s very comfortable.
The sleeves are a bit roomy for my arms. I actually had a different Peter Manning Everyday Shirt tailored for a slimmer fit, and it looks much better.
Peter Manning Short Sleeve Shirt
I’ve also tried on Peter Manning’s short sleeve button up shirts.
Again, these are a bit boxy on my somewhat thin frame (I’m about 5’6″ and 125 lbs). But this one is a good length for wearing untucked, which in nice!
Peter Manning NYC Jeans
Peter Manning makes a few different styles of jeans, all available in shorter inseams. I’ve tried their standard, slim and skinny jeans.
I own two pairs of Peter Manning standard fit jeans, one dark blue and one medium blue (shown here). The length is good, but they’re not as slim as I’d like.
They do have a medium rise, which I prefer over low-rise pants, but the top block is too tight for athletic builds (i.e., the jeans are tight around the hips, especially in skinny fit).
The jean styles can feel a bit…classic. This is a good thing if you’re going for that #dadstyle look!
Peter Manning Polo Shirts
I’ve tried three different Peter Manning polos: the James Polo (a classic pique polo), the Pocket Polo, and the Long Sleeve Polo.
Of the three styles, my favorite would be the Pocket Polo due to the slimmer fit.
The James Polo is your standard pique polo. The body length is a bit shorter than polos you’ll find off the rack.
The fit is standard (cut straight through the torso).
The Long Sleeve Polo didn’t fit as well on me.
The shoulders were too wide and sleeves too long.
Note: PMNYC did release a new version of the LS polo, which was more fitted, but the forearms were impossibly tight (even on my skinny arms!).
Peter Manning T-Shirts
I’ve worn Peter Manning’s pima cotton tees for a while. The fit is okay, but I still prefer Uniqlo tees (which are way cheaper).
On me, Peter Manning tees are tight around the biceps but loose in the midsection.
I’ve also noticed that the collars get wrinkly after a couple of washes, which can only be fixed by ironing (not something I’m willing to do).
PMNYC Chino Shorts
I have a pair of Peter Manning chino shorts that I got taken in for a slimmer fit, and they’re some of my favorite shorts.
Unaltered, PMNYC chino shorts feature a straight leg and wider leg opening:
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If you prefer this sort of traditional shorts fit, these might be a good fit for you, but check out this list of the best chino shorts first.
Tribeca Field Jacket
Like all Peter Manning outerwear, the Tribeca Field Jacket has a classic (boxy) fit.
Fortunately, it has internal drawstrings you can use to suppress the torso to your liking.
I do wish the sleeves were about 2″ shorter.
I find that this jacket looks much better if I cuff the sleeves, essentially hemming them by ~2 inches.
Peter Manning Leather Jacket
Despite the sleeves being about an inch too long, this is still the only non-custom leather jacket I’ve found with a workable sleeve length.
For that reason alone, I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of this jacket over the years.
My one big gripe with the Peter Manning Lambskin Leather Jacket is the fit through the torso.
It’s a wide, boxy fit, especially on my svelte frame. Zipped up, there’s a lot of extra room, even if I’m wearing a couple layers underneath.
Unzipped, it looks fine, but I still wish it was slim fit (like a leather jacket should be, in my opinion).
Also, the lambskin gets very wrinkly. I don’t mind this, but it’s something to keep in mind.
See my full Peter Manning leather jacket review for more details.
Peter Manning Down Jacket
I sound like a broken record, but this down jacket has a roomy, boxy fit, especially for thinner guys.
I also think the style of this jacket leaves something to be desired. The contrast zippers and lining aren’t ‘really my thing.
Compare this Peter Manning down jacket to a similar jacket from Everlane, for example:
The Everlane puffer fits better and looks cooler.
Peter Manning NYC Suits & Sportcoats
When it comes to finding a suit that fits well as a shorter guy, jacket length and sleeve length are often the biggest problems.
Peter Manning suit jackets and sport coats do come with shorter jacket and sleeve lengths.
But the overall style and fit is pretty classic. It’s not slim fit, and the styles aren’t very contemporary.
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Basically, you’re not going find the Suitsupply aesthetic here.
Considering the price point, I actually recommend buying suits off the rack and getting them tailored, or going custom.
Buying a made-to-measure or bespoke suit isn’t as difficult or expensive as it used to be, and you’ll be able to choose any fabrics and details you like.
Is Peter Manning Worth It?
If you can stomach the price tag and don’t mind a traditional, somewhat boxy fit, Peter Manning may be a good choice for shorter men who can’t find shirts or outerwear that fits off the rack.
If you need pants shorter than 28 inches, and you’re willing to pay a premium to avoid hemming, you may like PMNYC’s pants collections too.
Peter Manning suits have a classic fit. The length works for shorter guys, but if you’re slender of athletic, you’ll likely need alterations. For the same price, you can consider going custom.
Generally, this brand is best for guys who prefer a classic, preppy fit and aesthetic (think Eddie Bauer or Tommy Bahama).
For the price, Peter Manning activewear isn’t as appealing as the competition (Ten Thousand lululemon, Rhone, Olivers, etc.).
FAQs About Peter Manning NYC
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about PMNYC:
Who owns Peter Manning?
Jeff Hansen is the majority owner of Peter Manning NYC. Its original founder, Peter, is no longer involved in the company.
Does Peter Manning have sales?
Yes, Peter Manning has several sales each year. Given the prices, it’s a good idea to wait for these sales.
Peter Manning vs. Ash & Erie?
Overall, I recommend Ash & Erie because they have slimmer fits and more modern designs. Personally, I wear more Ash & Erie items than PMNYC items.
Is Peter Manning worth it?
Peter Manning is worth it if you’re very short (under 5’6″) and can’t or don’t want to get your clothes tailored. It’s very easy to get pants hemmed and sleeves shortened, so I mostly recommend Peter Manning for guys who don’t want to go to the tailor and like the classic, preppy aesthetic.