Most athletic wear is designed for men 5'9" to 6'2", and the rest of us are supposed to make do. Thus, finding the right workout clothes for ‘not-so-tall’ guys ends up being, well, not so easy. Too long shorts and baggy T-shirts aren't flattering, even on the fittest of men. Therefore we’ve done some hunting and pecking, so you don’t have to!
Tracksmith (tracksmith.com) makes a nice running short that looks tailored, comes in great colors and is, of course, not too long. Their Longfellow short hits mid-thigh, is moisture-wicking and has pockets. We love the vintage look and cool retro feel.
In you prefer more conventional gym shorts, athletic apparel giant Under Armour (underarmour.com) offers a fantastic pair of Tactical Training Shorts in a 6” inseam (perfect!), which come in a nice olive color in addition to basic black.
Sweats and Workout Pants
Don’t be surprised that Lululemon (lululemon.com), the maker of the favorite yoga pants of women everywhere, has made a flattering cut workout pant for us too. Their On the Mat Pant comes in 28” inseams, which is unheard of.
Finding sweats that fit right can be a huge problem, which is why we designed our own. The PMNYC sweatpant is soft and durable, and best of all, comes in both 27 and 29 inch inseams. Basic navy and grey, no big logos—it says, let's just get to work. Nothing worse for us shorter guys than having our sweats dragging on the ground. Pair them with our matching hoodie for a great old school look on cooler days.
Bomba socks (bombas.com) add a bit of life to your gym getup, and they donate one pair of socks to someone in need for every pair purchased (which we like!). For us, their medium size covers shoe sizes 6-9. It's a great alternative to the big brands.
A proper fitting shirt is just as important when you're working out. For our guys, they're often too baggy and too long. The Peter Manning Tyler Pocket T-Shirt comes to mind of course. Make sure your sleeves hit mid-bicep and make sure the bottom of the shirt hits just below the belt line.
Qor (qorkit.com) is a newer brand that focuses on performance apparel with a subtle look that wouldn't appear out of place during your post-workout espresso. We've had a great experience with their Power Dry Crew, which wicks away sweat nicely.
Patagonia's (patagonia.com) Short Sleeved Nine Trails Shirt is another option that has the technical benefits of moisture wicking and quick drying but looks more like your go-to cotton T-shirt. They've nailed the fit here too, not too loose, but not skin tight.
Finally, the right shoes can both support your workout and keep you looking good! Classic sneakers still perform well and have a great retro look and feel. We're also personally nostalgic for many of them! New Balance (newbalance.com) is still made in America, and their enduring 574 line will have you at your best in those treadmill intervals.