Under 5’10 Review: Short and Mighty

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Short guys have a tough time finding clothes that actually fit. With more niche brands being created to cater to gents of more modest stature, some are bound to be good, and others aren’t worth the money.

In this Under 5’10 review, we’ll discuss whether this affordable brand for dudes below average height should be on your radar.

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Bottom line: Under 5’10 is an affordable alternative to other premium brands for shorter guys. While there were some quality control issues like loose threads, the fit of their clothes was excellent, which is a rare find for guys of a more modest height.

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Pros:

  • The fit and sizing work well for shorter guys---the clothes aren’t just smaller, but they’re cut a different way than standard clothes so that they’re flattering for guys with shorter frames
  • The jeans are super comfortable and have a ton of stretch
  • The French Terry Crew fabric is really nice, especially considering the price
  • Free shipping on orders over $150 and free returns and exchanges

Cons:

  • Some pieces had loose threads and minor quality control issues
  • The shirts are on the small end of the sizing spectrum (their “medium” is close to many other brands “small”)

When I shop at big name stores, I’m always wondering: “who are they making these clothes for?”

It doesn’t seem like anything fits. 

And that’s how a lot of shorter guys feel—no matter which store they shop in. 

But some brands like Under 5’10 have stepped in to help. Now, I’m not a short guy—I’m 6’1. So I needed some help with this review. 

I asked my friend Alex to give Under 5’10 a try, so he’s the model you’ll see in all these shots, and I’ll be interspersing this review with a mix of my experience (because judging fabric and construction quality has nothing to do with the cut), and his thoughts as well.

What Is Under 5’10?

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Under 5’10 is a men’s clothing brand that, like the name suggests, caters to dudes who are shorter than average. 

So if you’ve ever struggled to find jeans with 26” inseams, you won’t have that same problem here. In browsing through their catalog, it seems more geared to guys who are 5’3 to 5’7. 

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I say this because I think 5’9 and 5’10 aren’t really short (unless you’ve ever found yourself in a hotel lobby with a bunch of basketball players—in that case, even at 6’1, I’m short). 

So Under 5’10 is really for the guys who struggle to find the right sizes in most stores and online shops. 

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Things to Consider Before Buying Clothes from Under 5’10

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Under 5’10 is at a lower price point compared to similar brands like Ash&Erie and Peter Manning (two of the other players in the space for shorter guys). 

For comparison, a dress shirt from Peter Manning costs a little over $100. But from Under 5’10, an oxford shirt is $50 (and at the time of writing, if you buy two, each is $40). 

So it’s not just marginally less expensive—U510’s clothes are half the price of other similar brands. 

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With that, there were some quality control issues in a few of the pieces I looked at—nothing major, but there were loose threads that needed trimming. 

The fabrics are also made with a much greater percentage of synthetics. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—synthetic fabric is more wrinkle-resistant and less prone to fading, shrinking, or permanently stretching. But it’s also less durable and has a different look than clothes made from natural fibers. 

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As I mentioned above, my buddy Alex helped me out with the photos. He’s 5’7 and is wearing a size medium in the shirts and sweatshirt, and he wears a size 30 x 28 in jeans. 

Oxford Button Down

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The Oxford Button Down is an interesting mix between a dress shirt and a traditional Oxford shirt. It has the stylings of a dress shirt with the clean front (no chest pocket) and spread collar, but the fabric is closer to a medium-weight Oxford fabric. 

Unlike most Oxford shirts though, this one is made with a 60% cotton, 40% polyester blend, so it has a lot of stretch to it. That makes it a good choice for wearing both tucked and untucked. Most Oxford shirts are made with 100% cotton (some maybe with a little added elastane), so the added synthetic fabric gives it a distinct look and feel.

Alex is wearing a medium here, and after a wash, it fits snug on him. These are slimmer fit shirts, which is important to note if you prefer a larger fit. 

The has an excellent fit in the shoulders, though it probably shrunk a little too much to be tucked in. But as an Oxford shirt, it’s meant to be worn casually, so tucking it in isn’t an issue. 

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This Oxford shirt (and the Gingham I’m discussing below) has a slim, modern look to it that’s quite flattering. However, if you have a wider chest like Alex does, you may benefit from sizing up. 

One of the nice things about Under 5’10 is that the arms and length of the shirt is cut specifically to suit the stature of shorter guys. So if you do end up getting a size that’s a touch too big in the shoulders, the sleeves won’t hang below your wrist or anything like that. 

Under 5'10 Oxford Button Down

This Oxford shirt has a slim, modern look to it that’s quite flattering. However, if you have a wider chest, you may benefit from sizing up.

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Gingham Button Down

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A Gingham Button Down is a style staple, so I picked one in navy. 

Unlike the Oxford, this shirt is made with 100% cotton. It has a similar spread collar as the Oxford, which I really like. It definitely helps give these shirts a distinctive look. 

The Gingham is also fairly slim fitting and has darts in the back which help keep it tapered through the torso. However, there’s still two vents in the shoulders that allow greater mobility so you don’t feel cramped in this shirt. 

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I like the pattern of the Gingham a lot, and it makes for an excellent layering piece. 

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Unlike the Oxford, this shirt is made with 100% cotton. It has a similar spread collar as the Oxford, which I really like. It definitely helps give these shirts a distinctive look.

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Bruce Slim Tapered Jeans

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This pair of jeans is Alex’s favorite piece from the whole haul. He’s wearing the 30 x 28 size Bruce Slim Tapered jeans.

These are slim indeed—bordering on what some would call skinny jeans because there’s so much taper below the knee. However, shorter guys benefit from more taper below the knee. If the leg opening is too wide, it just makes short guys look shorter and stockier.

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So the taper is a big benefit, though it may seem unusual if you’ve never worn a pair of slim taper or skinny jeans. 

Alex is wearing the Blue Slub color, which has an interesting dynamic dye that’s dark and classic. These dark blue jeans pretty much go with everything. 

The fabric blend is 81% cotton, 18% lyocell, and 1% Spandex. Generally, if you think of a pair of standard Levi’s, it’ll be made with 98 or 99% cotton, with a little Spandex thrown in for stretch. So the hefty addition of lyocell has a big impact on the feel of the jeans.

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They’re super stretchy and very comfortable. They’re also much softer than most jeans. 

I’m a big fan of 100% cotton jeans for their durability (though they’re not comfortable at all). But if I’ve got a lot to do that day and I’m on my feet a lot, having something that’s flexible and comfortable is super important. 

You’ll lose some durability with the added lyocell, but if you’re just wearing these jeans for style purposes, it’s not anything to worry about. 

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With a lot of added stretch, these jeans are ideal for everyday wear.

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French Terry Crew

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French Terry is known for its softness, and it’s one of those fabrics that seems to get better with age. 

While this burgundy sweatshirt looks really crisp and new, I know it’s also going to eventually become one of those “dad” sweaters that’s a bit faded and super soft. And that’s a good thing. 

Alex is again wearing a medium and the fit is spot on in the shoulders. He could easily wear this piece over the Gingham or Oxford, which is a classic move in prep style. 

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I love the Burgundy color, and the fabric has a bit of sheen to it, so it looks rich and sharp. 

I own a few French Terry sweatshirts myself from various brands and none are priced as competitively as Under 5’10. This Crew is a solid bargain and because it’s so versatile, you’re never going to run out of good times to throw it on. 

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The fabric of this French Terry Crew has a bit of sheen to it, so it looks rich and sharp. Plus, with the inside is super soft, so this is one of those crew necks you look forward to fading.

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Tyson Joggers

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Under 5’10 has also dipped their toes in the athleisure space, so I wanted to check out their Tyson Joggers

They’re made with 100% polyester, so they have a substantial feel to them. However, I don’t know that I’d want to actually do a workout in polyester, as it tends to trap heat and moisture close to your body. So these should be viewed as a style piece mainly.

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There are two inseam lengths available: a “regular” and a “short.” The “regular” works for guys with inseam lengths between 26 and 28”, while the “short” is suited to guys with a 25” inseam or less. 

Alex really liked the Tyson Joggers, as they offer a casual alternative to jeans—perfect for a quick trip to the local coffee shop. 

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Made with a substantial 100% polyester fabric, these joggers are better used as a casual alternative to jeans rather than a set of pants to work out in.

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What do Other Reviewers Say About Under 5’10?

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I recommend reading through the individual product reviews for any piece you’re interested in to get an idea of what most guys think.

After reading through several dozen reviews on the Under 5’10 site, a lot of guys felt like they finally found their go-to brand. 

The big winner through the reviews is the fit, and many guys appreciate that Under 5’10 is on the less expensive end of the spectrum.

My Thoughts Overall On Under 5’10

What I Like

  • The fit and sizing work well for shorter guys—the clothes aren’t just smaller, but they’re cut a different way than standard clothes so that they’re flattering for guys with shorter frames.

  • The jeans are super comfortable and have a ton of stretch so they’re easy to wear all day.

  • The French Terry Crew fabric is really nice, especially considering the price—this piece is a great bargain. 

  • Free shipping on orders over $150 and free returns and exchanges on all orders.

What I Don’t Like

  • A few pieces had loose threads. It’s easy enough to snip those threads off, but I’d like to see new clothes look a bit more “finished.”

  • The shirts are on the small end of the sizing spectrum (their “medium” is close to many other brands “small”). The best way to ensure you’re getting the right fit is to use their size charts and go off the neck size for shirts.

Who is Under 5’10 for?

Under 5’10 is a fantastic brand for shorter guys who don’t want to spend their entire monthly budget on clothes. While there are other brands out there for short guys, Under 5’10 is, in many cases, half the cost, but still tailored to shorter men.

The Verdict

I love what Under 5’10 is doing. Until recently, short guys haven’t had an affordable clothing brand to rely on for great fitting clothes. 

But Under 5’10 has made getting a great fit a price point that’s more competitive with most major retailers. 

Alex liked their jeans and joggers the most of everything he tried. It’s not easy to find jeans with a 28” inseam, so this was a great find. 

Under 5’10 sizes their shirts a little differently than most brands, so be sure to check out their sizing charts before you add anything to your cart. I’d say that many of the shirts fit smaller than what you’d expect from most brands. 

The customer service for Under 5’10 is fantastic, though, and with free returns and exchanges, you’re bound to get something you’re happy with.

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Under 5’10 is a fantastic brand for shorter guys who don’t want to spend their entire monthly budget on clothes. While there are other brands out there for short guys, Under 5’10 is, in many cases, half the cost, but still tailored to shorter men.

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FAQs

Can short guys wear jeans?

Absolutely. The key to a flattering pair of jeans on short guys is to find something with taper below the knee. That’ll create a visual slimming effect that makes shorter gents look a bit taller. Of course, you need to get the right inseam so that the fabric of your jeans doesn’t stack too much at the bottom. Under 5’10 has more difficult-to-find inseam lengths like 26” that should make your shopping experience easier.

Should short guys cuff their jeans?

You can if you want. You should never cuff your jeans to make up for getting the wrong inseam length. Your jeans should fit well and not be too long to begin with. Then, if you want to cuff, it’ll look stylish.

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