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Looking High and Low

Published: June 9, 2005

Retailers and Web sites catering to short men suggested some tips about labels and stores well suited to those 5-foot-8 and under:

Dsquared and Prada "If you're on the shorter side, it's a perfect season for you," said Michael Macko, men's fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue. "Designers like Dsquared and Prada are showing much shorter than traditional jackets."

Dr. Martens These thick-heeled British work boots and shoes (dmusastore.com) are available in sizes as small as a British 3 (an American men's 4) and have the effect of making one look taller without an obvious elevator heel.

Allen-Edmonds The Web site of this shoe maker (allenedmonds.com) has a good selection of small sizes, which can be particularly hard to find at retail stores.

Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom, J. C. Penney and Land's End These retailers sell tailored clothing that can be customized to fit. Brooks Brothers offers made-to-measure suits in its stores. Nordstrom, J. C. Penney and Land's End offer cotton dress shirts and dress pants on their Web sites that are made to one's measurements and shipped in a matter of weeks. Nordstrom offers custom suits and tuxedos online.

Web sites If stores do not have smaller sizes, check retailers' Web sites for a broader selection. The smallest inseam on Gap pants in stores is 30 inches, but gap.com has 28's for sale.

American Eagle Outfitters and Sierra Trading Post Users of shortsupport.org, a Web site with advice for short people, say these retailers have good selections of smaller sizes, especially online.

At sierratradingpost.com men can shop by size, including small, x-small and xx-small. Americaneagleoutfitters.com has shirts in size x-small, and has jeans and cargo pants with 28-inch inseams.

Levi's Straight-cut (505's) and classic-fit jeans come in sizes with a 28-inch inseam and a 28 waist, and are praised for their fit on frugalcorner.com/short.html, an online clothing guide for short men.

A Levi's spokesman said if a store does not stock a particular size, customers can call a customer service line (1-800-USA-LEVIS) that will find it.

More information, including a list of specialty stores nationwide, can also be found on shortsupport.org, which also provides links to sites with fashion advice for men and women.

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