Once clothes have been laundered and possibly ironed, they are usually hung on clothes hangers or folded, to keep them fresh until they are worn. It was worn outdoors only during the Saturnalia and was usually of some bright color. The ideal figure was still slim, but the waistline returned to its natural level. It can also be recycled into paper. The closest article of clothing was called a subligaculum , which in modern terms means a pair of shorts or a loincloth.
Measure around where you normally wear the waist of your pants, keeping the tape measure a bit loose or putting one finger between your body and the tape measure. For suit pants, the waist is measured higher up than you would measure for a pair or jeans or chinos, as suit pants are to be worn higher. See the chapter " Suits and Ties for the Beginner " on this web site for more information on suit measurements and sizing.
Measure from your crotch to your ankle, or to the place on your leg or foot that you want your pants to rest while you are standing. It helps to wear shoes for this measurement, so you can get an idea of where you want the pants to fall over your shoes.
You can also take a pair of good fitting pants, and measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of the pants. A note about testosterone and clothing size If you are in the beginning stages of testosterone therapy, remember that your body shape can change pretty dramatically during the first year or so, due to fat redistribution and increased muscle mass.
Your shoulders and neck might get wider, your hips and butt narrower, and your belly bigger. Even though it might be tempting for the newly transitioning man to rush out and buy a new wardrobe, it may not be wise to invest a great deal of money in clothing that might not fit in a few months.
You may want to buy only a few new items as you need them, or look into used clothing as your body transitions. If you know other trans men in your area or through internet communities, you could try "handing down" or exchanging clothing, as many trans men go through a few size changes during transition.
Sizing in pants Measurements on men's pants are usually listed with the waist measurement first, followed by the inseam measurement. So a 30x32 jean would have a inch waist and a inch inseam.
The "rise" on a pair of pants or jeans refers to the distance between the crotch and the waist. For shorter men, the rise of standard cut pants is often too long, causing the crotch to hang too low, or causing the wearer to have to pull the pants up too high on his waistline.
Pants that are made especially for short men tend to have a shorter rise that is in proportion to the rest of the measurements. The rise will vary among different brands and styles, so be sure to try on pants to make sure they look good on your particular body shape.
Some of the "low rise" jeans styles available at stores that carry shorter inseams see jeans listings below might be worth a try to see if the shorter rise flatters your body type.
What is a very "low rise" on a taller guy might look perfect on a shorter guy if he can find a short enough inseam or have the pants hemmed.
Sizing in shirts Most men's shirts that are simply labeled "small" but don't necessarily have specific measurements listed on the package or label usually are around the ballpark of a Of course, the exact measurements of a men's size "small" will vary among manufacturers-- you might find that some brands of small are larger or cut differently than others.
Men's dress shirts will be typically be sized with specific measurements for neck circumference and sleeve length, with the neck measurement listed first. This can be a challenge in fitting for guys who are short and heavy. Dress shirts can be found in "regular" fit, as well as "athletic" or "trim" fit with a slight taper toward the waist, for those with broader shoulders and a thin waistline and "full cut" for those who need a little more room around the middle.
Getting the right fit Keep in mind that some stores may have their own special fit charts and size tips. This is particularly good to check when shopping online or through catalogs. It's always a good idea to consult sizing charts, ask questions if you are unsure, and find out the return policy in case something doesn't fit as you hoped. Clothes are designed with different cuts and styles that flatter some body types and not others-- just because a shirt or pair of pants is made with your measurements doesn't mean it is going to look good on you!
Try clothes on to be sure. This is especially true if you are trying to find clothes to take emphasis away from wide hips or narrow shoulders. See the next section on style tips for short men for specific tips on fitting short men. Finally, don't forget the option of alterations by a tailor or by someone you know with sewing skills.
If you are just a little shorter than the average sized pant length available in your area, pants can be easily hemmed to the correct length. Sleeves can also be shortened, though for a good dress shirt you might want to check a short man's specialty store to obtain a better overall fit.
Finding smaller sizes Once you have your measurements in hand, check your local yellow pages and call around to see what stores carry clothing in your size. Don't be afraid to ask about smaller sizes! Sometimes the shirt or pants you want are available in a smaller size and simply need to be ordered for you.
A youth size shirt in Large or XL might fit a small man perfectly. Also, the sleeve length on boys' shirts tends to be shorter, which may fit better on some. The boy's department is also a good place to look for accessories such as socks, belts, winter gloves and hats, and baseball caps.
One word of caution: For high-quality shirts and accessories, you will be better off trying a short men's specialty store. Shirts The Gap Gap. American Eagle Outfitters www. Individual retail stores may not stock extra-small at all times, but a wider range of sizes is usually available online. Some stores will special order items for you in extra small, or they may refer you to their web site. The company also offers organic cotton clothing options for those who are looking for environmentally sustainable products.
Their search engine allows you to sort by size down to XS in numerous product categories, including eco-friendly clothing. They offer a large number of items, ranging from casual to designer shirts. Not everything is available in XS, but there is a large variety available in small sizes. They offer a day return policy and free return shipping. They list extra-small sizes in casual shirts, t-shirts, and dress shirts for men. Their search engines for jeans, pants, and belts also run in very small sizes.
To shop by size, choose the type of clothing you are looking for such as "shirts-- casual" from the "shop by category" menu. Another online menswear store that features a search engine with smaller sizes is Hugestore. Their search engine allows you to specify the type of shirt you are looking for by size as well as color, collar type, and fabric. Paul Frederick MenStyle www. Lands End features a custom-made clothing option on their web site www.
They offer custom dress shirts in solids and patterns, dress pants, chinos, and jeans. Their selection is large and varied, and they have a keyword search that can be narrowed by size, including extra small and small sizes.
They often have extra small shirts and jackets in varying styles. Photos can be enlarged to view the quality of the items, and they have a fair returns policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase. If you simply need a regular size "small" shirt, but live in an area where stores usually only stock men's mediums, the abovementioned resources should also prove helpful to you.
In addition to the companies listed above, there are a number of retail web sites that feature small sized shirts for most of their inventory, including Lands End www. Finally, if you are looking for durable work shirts in smaller sizes, check the " Work gear " section below for resources.
Jeans and casual pants The Gap Gap. You may need to check their web sites to get the specific pants you want, but most of their styles are available down to 28 x Levi's makes jeans in their popular , , and styles down to and inch waist and inch inseam in men's. They also make "student", boys, and husky boy's sizes in , and that are available in a range of waist sizes with shorter inseams.
The "Husky" sizes are good for those guys who are short and heavyset-- they feature larger waist sizes with short inseams. Levi's are available at department stores such as JCPenney www. Waist size can be chosen down to 30 inches, and inseam can be chosen in quarter inch increments between 20 and 29 inches. They also feature numerous styles of casual and dress pants that go down to a 27 inch inseam. Their special "short" jeans styles are available online only.
To shop by waist size, choose "pants" from the "shop by category" menu. They often have pants with short inseams. You choose the style features you want in your jeans i.
Then you provide 11 body measurements, and your jeans are made to order. Delivery takes about 5 to 7 weeks. UJeans uses natural washes and dyes to provide the coloring to their jeans so that they have a minimal impact on the environment when safely disposed.
Their denim is sourced from sustainable growth cotton, and their packaging is made from reclaimed material. To use the site, you set up an account including your measurements waist, hips, thigh, inseam and body features height, weight, belly type, seat type, thigh type , as well as your styling preferences i. The site then chooses styles and brands to match your data. The styles featured are mostly higher-end designer jeans, but there are also sale items, and your results can be sorted by price.
See also the " Work gear " section below for other alternatives in pants. Work gear Sears carries a line of rugged work clothing called "WorkWear," which is available in-store and on their web site www. Their men's plain front work pants run as small as 28x26, and they have a full range of small sizes in a variety of colors. They also carry long- and short-sleeved work shirts in small sizes in a variety of colors.
The Sears WorkWear line is quite affordable, and varied in its styles and selection. They carry a basic Ike jacket with or without liner in extra small, and they carry short sized coveralls. The Coverall Store www. Dickies also makes a inch short inseam coverall.
Dickies are available in many retail outlets, though you may have to order online to find their smaller sizes. You might also try the Men's Wearhouse www.
If you are new to buying suits, you may also want to read the chapter on this web site called " Suits and Ties for the Beginner ," which goes over the basic points of suit quality and fit, as well as providing advice on how to buy a suit. Ties Most men's neckties are proportioned in both length and width to fit average-height or taller men. Typical sizes are between 58 and 60 inches in length and about 4 inches in width.
Smaller ties can sometimes be found in the boy's department, or at retailers who specialize in clothing for shorter men. The ties featured on the J. Raffiani site are specially tailored to be 54 inches in length, as well as slightly narrower than your average tie, to be better proportioned for shorter men. Socks Most men's socks are made to fit shoe sizes 7 and up. If you wear smaller than a men's size 7, you'll probably need to shop in the boy's department or in a short men's specialty shop.
For white athletic socks, try Fruit of the Loom boy's crew socks they usually come in a 6-pack , or Gold Toe brand boy's athletic socks. Both of these brands are commonly available in department stores and discount retailers. For dress and casual socks, Gold Toe brand boy's socks www. Size large in both brands will fit shoe sizes , and size extra-large fits shoe sizes Belts Your belt size is usually 2 inches more than your waist size example: Numerous other retailers stock leather belts in inch sizes on their web sites, including Banana Republic www.
Call ahead if you are visiting one of their retail outlets to see if they have the size and color you need in stock. To shop by size, choose a "belts" from the "shop by category" menu. This site features high quality leather designer belts at extremely good discounts.
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