Silas Jackson makes affordable shirts for short men. In this review, I'll share my thoughts about the brand and show you two ways to wear a blue check shirt.
Silas Jackson carries button up shirts and polo shirts in 10 different sizes, including classic and slim fit, and they sent me an XS slim fit button up to try on.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Silas Jackson is no longer in business. This post will be left up, but the links to SJ will have been removed.
About Silas Jackson
Back in February 2013 I got a PayPal notification that said a guy named Benjamin Robbins bought my ebook.
I emailed Ben to thank him for his purchase, and he tells me about his idea to start a clothing company for shorter men.
He said he'd keep me updated on his progress, and to be honest, I wasn't sure if I'd ever hear from him again.
After all, many people have great ideas, but few bring them to life. It's not exactly easy to start a clothing line!
Well, Ben did it. He kept at it for a couple of years and worked through lots of trial and error (I tried on several prototype shirts while Ben was honing in on sizing).
And he ended up launching Silas Jackson on December 21, 2014 (which just so happens to be the shortest day of the year).
How Do They Fit?
When it comes to clothing made specifically for shorter men, fit is the most important factor. I'm happy to report that this shirt fits really well.
I'm wearing an XS slim fit, and it fits like a glove. If it were any smaller, it would be too tight.
The shoulders and sleeves are perfect. It's just a tiny bit tight across the chest and upper back, but hey, I do lots of pull ups.
On the other hand, if you're 5'4″ and built like a pit bull, you could opt for a classic M. They even carry the elusive XXS size.
For this reason, I think most modest men could find a SJ shirt that fits well.
How's the Quality?
The button up shirts are made from 100% single-ply Chinese cotton. For the most part, they're “easy care”, which means you don't have to get them dry cleaned (but you should let them hang dry after washing).
Beyond that, I don't know much about the fabric that my shirt was made from. Unfortunately, the product pages don't have any additional info about materials.
So I'm not sure about the weave (dobby, plain, twill, etc.). I could probably get this info from Ben, especially since he actually visits his factories, but I sure would like to see more data on the SJ website.
The shirt feels thick and durable like Oxford cotton. It's not overly soft, and there's no sheen to it. It feels like it could take a beating without falling apart.
Two Ways to Wear It
This blue shirt has a mini check pattern, which is perfect for shorter guys. Small scale patterns work much better than large ones because they don't dwarf the smaller build.
For this review, I put together two outfits. Let's start with the “smarter” one.
Other than the shirt, this outfit is pretty neutral, so the blue shirt is definitely the center of attention.
Blue and brown is a classic color combination, so the shirt, trousers and scarf work well together.
You've got to love the textural variation of a winter getup – soft worsted flannel trousers, thick wool topcoats and smooth suede boots. Love it!
When it's really cold outside, I wear long underwear as a base layer. Long underwear + flannel trousers = maximum comfort and warmth.
Look #2: Cold Weather Casual
Sometimes you just have to wear all blue everything, and that's exactly what I did for this casual winter getup.
Silas Jackson shirts are designed to be worn tucked or untucked. For this getup, I chose to tuck it in.
I'm not a huge fan of tucking shirts into jeans, especially with low rise jeans. But these jeans have a normal rise, and this fitted shirt stays neatly tucked in all day.
I'm impressed with the way my Silas Jackson shirt fits, and I appreciate the story and people behind this brand. Plus the prices are great.
I'd love to see more info on the SJ website about their fabrics and craftsmanship, but that's definitely not a deal breaker.
If you've had trouble finding button up shirts that fit from other specialty brands, or if you're looking for something affordable, you should give Silas Jackson a try.
What do you about my outfits? Leave a comment below!