In this hands-on Under 510 review, I’ll try on a few items from this niche brand to see how everything fits and feels.
Under 510 is a relative newcomer to the shorter men’s clothing space. Brands like Jimmy Au’s, Ash & Erie and Peter Manning NYC have been serving this niche audience for years, but Under 510 aims to be a modern and affordable alternative.
At the time of writing, Under 510 sells jeans, chinos, shorts, button up shirts, casual shirts (tees, polos), sweatshirts, joggers, stretch dress pants, and a handful of accessories.
Their prices are substantially lower than the competition, ranging from $35 to $75 with various discounts for bundled purchases.
For example, their button up shirts are $30-40 each, depending on how many you buy. Ash & Erie and Peter Manning button ups are closer to $100 each.
So, if you’re under 5’10” and on a tight budget, this may be a good brand to check out.
Of course, price isn’t the only factor to consider. Let’s talk about the fit, aesthetic and quality of Under 510 clothing.
For reference, I’m 5’6” in shoes and about 123 lbs after dinner. I have a 34” chest, and I usually wear XS tops.
My off-the-rack suit jacket size would be 34S, and my ideal pant size is 28×27.
What I Tried On
I tried to order a couple of items from each category – shirts, pants, knitwear and outerwear. Here’s what I tried on:
- Button Down Oxford Dress Shirt
- Bruce Slim Tapered Jean (Black)
- Kingston 2.0 Slim Tapered Xtreme Stretch Jeans (Gray)
- Jon Slim Tapered Performance Dress Pant (Blue)
- Ultra Soft Polo (Green Melange)
- Zip Functional Fleece Hoodie
- French Terry Sweatshirt (Olive)
- Simon 2.0 Chinos (Brown)
- Tyson Jogger (Gray)
The tops are all XS, except the sweatshirt (which is size S), and the bottoms are all 28×27. Also, in the below photos, I’m wearing these white sneakers.
Let’s take a look at how everything fits…
How Everything Fit
Here’s a look at each individual item…
Under 510 Oxford Dress Shirt
Sorry about the wrinkles! I tried everything on right out of the bag, no washing, drying or ironing.
This is sort of a dress-casual hybrid shirt. It’s constructed like a dress shirt – spread collar, no placket, no pocket – but it’s made from a weighty, textured Oxford cotton.
The length is good for wearing untucked. I could tuck this in, but I think it come untucked throughout the day.
To me, this feels like a casual OCBD with some dressy details. I’d wear it on its own or as a layering piece, mostly untucked.
Under 510 Kingston 2.0 Jeans
These are listed as slim, tapered jeans. To me, they fit like most “skinny” jeans from contemporary brands.
These are a bit more form fitting than, say, Levi’s 511, but not quite as tight as Everlane or Express skinny jeans in the same size.
They’re very stretchy. These isn’t your standard 2% elastane stretch denim. Instead, this fabric is 74% Cotton, 22% Polyester and 4% Elastane.
I also received a pair of these jeans in gray, which you’ll see in the next section.
Under 510 Terry Crew Sweatshirt
This is your classic cotton crew neck sweatshirt in a dark olive green color.
I prefer my knitwear to be a bit more fitted, even if I’m going to use it as a layering piece.
But, if you have more of an average build, this sweatshirt will probably fit well.
Under 510 Jon Performance Dress Pants
These stretchy dress pants feel like “tech” or “travel” pants, sort of like Banana Republic’s Core Temp line, but even stretchier.
Size 28×27 was very fitted on me (even more than the jeans). I also tried a pair in 30×27, but the waist was a bit too wide.
My ideal size for these pants would be 29×28. But, given the choice, I’d probably go with the 30×28 and get the waist taken in.
These definitely run slim, so size up if you’re in between sizes.
Under 510 Polo Shirt
This polo is probably my favorite item from this haul. It’s super soft and fits really well.
This polo is made from synthetic fabric (a Poly/Nylon/Elastane blend), so it’s pretty stretchy.
Only time will tell how durable it is compared to a standard cotton pique polo.
Under 510 Fleece Hoodie
This is an interesting and unexpected piece that nudges Under 510 a little bit father into the athleisure category, compared to its classic menswear competitors.
These thumbhole sleeves are typically seen in activewear brands like lululemon or Arc’teryx.
You’ll probably love ’em or hate ’em, but I think they’re pretty cool.
The hood is also a functional detail that would come in handy during fall and winter workout sessions.
I like the fact that it actually fits my head. Many off-the-rack hoodies have comically large hoods that form steep points at the top.
This one actually looks cool, which means I wold actually use it.
Kind of like the sweatshirts, this isn’t a slim fit garment, at least not through the torso.
The sleeves are actually pretty slim, which is great, but the torso could benefit from some taper or an internal drawstring.
Under 510 Simon 2.0 Chinos
These stretch chinos are available down to 25″ inseam. They have 2% elastane and look like regular chinos.
Unlike most chinos, they have scoop pockets in front (more like jeans). I tried on the espresso brown color.
The fit is slim and tapered but more roomy than the Under 510 jeans I tried on.
I like the dark brown color, and the 27″ length is just right.
These chinos fit through leg and hip, but the 30″ waist is pretty wide on me.
I’m not sure if I’d size down or just get the waist taken in, as this is a common problem for guys with a larger waist to hip ratio.
Under 510 Tyson Joggers
It’s almost impossible to find joggers for short men, so I was excited to try these on.
These are the grey Tyson Joggers in size 30×26. They’re made from a lightweight, quick-dry polyester fleece fabric.
To me, these seem a bit long for a 26″ inseam. I think it’s because the rise is long, which makes the outseam (total length) longer than expected.
Maybe this specific pair was an anomaly?
Either way, I’d recommend going with the shorter length if you order these, unless you have longer legs than I do.
Under 510 is decidedly more youthful, urban and monochromatic than preppier brands like Peter Manning and Ash & Erie.
Throughout their current collection, you’ll find plenty of black, grey and blue, as well as some menswear staples like burgundy and green.
To me, the fit is also geared toward a younger audience, but it’s not consistent. The pants are substantially more fitted than the tops.
Under 510 Quality
Outside the world of designer and luxury fashion, you typically get what you pay for.
Under 510 jeans and button-ups are $60 and $40, respectively. You can’t expect the same quality control and durability as you do from a brand that sells $100+ jeans and $80+ shirts.
For example, their Kingston 2.0 Xtreme Stretch Jeans are made in Mexico. I tried on two pairs and noticed some small QC issues with one of them:
In general, I think Under 510 is competing on price and fit, not quality. Their garments feel like stuff you’d buy at ASOS, Old Navy or H&M.
You shouldn’t expect these clothes to last forever, but if you treat them well and follow the care instructions, they should be well worth the purchase price.
Who It’s For
In a nutshell, Under 510 is perfect for shorter men who want to buy clothes that fit well off the rack – no tailoring needed – without breaking the bank.
It’s good for younger guys who want fitted pants and anyone who likes a more urban, monochromatic aesthetic.
Under 510 also good for guys who want a lot of stretch built into their clothes (especially pants), as Under 510 is definitely leaning into the athleisure movement.
Finally, it’s great for anyone living in or traveling through the NYC area, because you can try things on in person at their Long Island fit shop.
Who It’s Not For
If money isn’t an issue, and you’re willing to pay more for higher quality clothing, I think you’ll be happier with other brands.
Even if you want to stick with short-men-specific brands in order to avoid alterations, you can find most of the same garments – Oxford shirts, slim fit jeans, polos – from Peter Manning and Ash & Erie.
If you’re a bigger guy who’s carrying around a few extra pounds, Under 510’s pants might be too fitted for you, although the tops should fit well.
Finally, if you prefer a more colorful, preppy aesthetic, you’ll likely find more choices shopping with other brands.
I’m always glad to see more brands focused on helping shorter men find clothes that fit and flatter their modest build.
If you’ve had trouble finding clothes that fit properly and that make you feel like a million bucks, I recommend giving Under 510 a try.