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Tom Brady’s not so secret new weapon

With preseason football back on TV and fantasy football drafts in full swing, today’s Squirrelologist sports report takes a look at Tom Brady and what is new in New England.  Last season Brady came back from a devastating knee injury to put up some pretty good numbers.  Not good enough to lead The Patriots back to the big game but good enough to show he is still a top gun slinger.  So what is Tom going to do different this year to enshrine himself in the upper echelon of quarterbacks?  The answer is Bieber.  Tom has gone Bieber, and in a big way.

Separated at birth?  Tom’s secret love child?  An alien conspiracy?  Maybe we will never know but we should be concerned.  Tom, wear the same shirt to the stadium every game day.  Don’t change your underwear.  Do any of a thousand rituals designed to improve your mojo on the field but a Bieber?  I suppose if I had Giselle at home and it turned her on I could be convinced to wear a dead racoon on my head as well but short of that, The Squirrelologist has no choice but to drop Terrific Tom’s fantasy draft ranking a few slots.

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Even More Love for Shortees

Our friends over at Shortshrifted.com just released a lengthy review of Shortees shirts.  Shortshrifted is a great blog that writes about fashion issues for shorter men.  Josh, the man behind the blog does a great job of trying to help the under 5’8″ population address the challenges we face when it comes to finding great fitting clothing.  Needless to say we are happy to hear he likes how Shortees shirts fit.

Shortees T-Shirts: Your Choice of Hem Length — Short or Extra Short

August 17th, 2010

When Seth Levinsky first contacted me back in May to let me know that he’d launched Shortees — the world’s first-ever T-shirt company by and for short men — I was floored. I broke the news to you in this post (which is worth a read if you haven’t already). And I was excited when Seth sent me some actual tees. With two choices of hem lengths (Short and Extra Short) in sizes ranging from Small to XXL, I figured: What more could you ask for?

Well, some good designs, mainly. But I’m getting ahead of myself… There’s so much they get right.

When it comes to fit, Shortees nails it.

I can’t emphasize enough just how huge that is. Fit is by far the toughest thing for us short guys when it comes to clothes. In some ways, your typical off-the-rack T-shirt is even a lot worse than other articles of clothing. The average industry length ranges from about 28 to 32 inches long. But unlike, say, dress shirts, T-shirts are notoriously difficult to have tailored. They just never look right.

Not a problem with Shortees. Every size (from Small to XXL) comes in two different lengths, both of them significantly shorter than average: 25 inches and 26.5. That’s the thing that I love about Shortees. Not just that the shirts are short, which is great, but that they’re offering us options — something smaller guys are sorely lacking.

These options are an absolute godsend for guys struggling with nightshirt-length tees. Especially heavier men, because as they know all too well, as a shirt’s chest size increases, length usually goes up accordingly. As Seth told me: “If you happen to be more muscular or have some extra pounds there is no way you can go with a typical Small or Medium, so you are always stuck with a 29.5-31″ shirt.” Have you ever seen an XXL shirt that’s 25 inches long? All I can say is: these guys are for f—ing real.

So how does the advertised length stack up against the actual?

Dead on. At least, for the shirts that I tried: a Small in each of the different lengths and a Large in the shorter size. In my experience, actual measurements usually differ a bit (sometimes even greatly) from what’s listed on a company’s size chart. So I really appreciated that these were more exact. That’s the whole point, eh?

How well did they fit me?

At 5-foot-5, 130 lbs, both Smalls fit me great. The shorter one probably better, which squares with what Seth told me originally: “I recommend that people under 5′6″ try the 25-inch length, and those between 5′6″ and 5′8″ go with the 26.5.”

Chest size was 20.5/21-inches across on the Smalls, 22.5 on the Large. And after my usual laundry cycle (cold wash, tumble dry low) they seemed to shrink about half and inch to an inch across and about the same in length. Not bad. Sleeve length was good on the Smalls (about mid-bicep), but a bit longer on the Large. It wasn’t down to my elbow or anything, but my guess is it could stand to be shortened up a tick. Granted, I’m not a Large and was just testing one out to cover all the bases, so take my sleeve critique with a grain of salt; it might be perfect for someone who actually is that size. I also think they could stand to add an XS size. But I’m splitting hairs.

And costwise?

These pass muster. At $20 a pop, that’s a decent price for a graphic tee. The fact that these will actually fit you is almost priceless.

So what’s rub?

In my opinion, the designs are lame. Besides fit, graphics are the next biggest selling point… or potential turn-off. The four designs Shortees currently offers don’t happen to be to my personal taste. But I see other people wearing stuff that looks similar to this, so my criticism isn’t so much that I just don’t like the looks of them. My real problem is that they’re generic-looking. This is, unfortunately, a real bummer.

Luckily, they also come in white and black.
 OK, twenty bucks is a little pricey for a plain tee, but the material is nice and the fit is unmatched. And every guy needs at least one of each color in his wardrobe — I’m glad mine come from Shortees.

I don’t do much cheerleading on this site. Especially when it comes to official product reviews. As always, I think I’ve been fair with this review, laying out the positives, but not shying away from criticism.

That said, this is a brand that I really want to succeed. You guys probably do too.

Shortees is off to a great start. The length options are unprecedented, the fits are good and will hopefully get even better, and the price is moderate. The only major problem area — lackluster design — is something Seth is fully aware of and wants to improve. At 5-foot-5-and-a-half, he’s one of us.

There is so much potential here. So let’s make sure it happens:

  • Visit the Shortees website.
  • Friend them on Facebook.
  • Subscribe to Seth’s personal blog.
  • Send him an e-mail with your feedback, criticism, ideas, wants, desires, and designs or designers you like.
  • And buy a shirt. So he can invest in another run — this time with cooler designs, of course.
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    Some love for Shortees

    Recently Shortees has been getting some love on this newfangled interweb thingie.  Here’ s a peep from our friends at Hideyourarms.com

    Shortees – t-shirts for short people!

    by Andy on August 13, 2010

    I’m 6 foot 2 inches tall, not exactly a giant but not short either, so I’ve never really had to take this into consdieration before; shorter people need shorter t-shirts. I imagine that ‘little people’, as I’m sure is no longer the correct term to descrbe them, can get around this by buying clothes that are intended for children, but what about people that are five or six inches shorter than me, why must they go on suffering t-shirts that are just that little bit too long!?!

    Thankfully, the appropriately named Shortees has stepped in (presumably quite a small step with their little legs) and started producing their own custom tees that are cut a little bit shorter so that they flatter the shorter torsos that ehy will adorn. I’m not too impressed with the designs that they’re offering, though in fairness to them they admit they aren’t trying to be the coolest design company out there, and it’s admirable to see that level of honesty in a company, but if you’re a designer (and not a particularly tall one) you can pick up a few blank tees and put your own designs on there if you’d prefer.

    via Shortees – t-shirts for short people!.

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    Hipsters are dead. RIP.

    Put away your Pabst Blue Ribbon, the hipster movement is dead.  That’s right, you heard it here first.  That über cool slightly retro, slightly grunge style of those trendsetting 20 somethings is over.

    What exactly is a hipster?  The HipsterHandbook tells us a Hipster is:  “One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”; a Hipster would instead say “deck.”) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream.”

    For the past decade the hipster movement has been gaining momentum.  From canned beer wielding bike messengers in Portland to Williamsburg, Brooklyn they have been multiplying like wanna-be bunnies.  And that, like all trends, is their downfall.  What was once a counterculture movement of individual style and flair has become mainstream.  Where you used to have to go into a grungy old thrift store to find your epilated short sleeve plaid button downs now there are stores dedicated to bringing  us brand new newsboy caps.  Even those beloved thrift stores are moving from the back ally to main street.

    Now this doesn’t mean you are going to stop seeing hipsters walk among us. In fact you are going to see more of them as the masses embrace and assimilate their culture and that is their downfall.  For to be a hipster screams of wanting to belong to a group by not belonging to the mainstream group.  Remember those Ed Hardy and Affliction shirts that were so omnipresent two years ago.  What was once cool and different found its way into the mall and onto John Gosselin’s bloated back and we all suddenly realized how uncool they had become (well everyone but the cast of The Jersey Shore and their brethren).

    So sit back and enjoy watching little Billy down the street parade by in his rolled up pants legs showing off those ratty old socks and know that the hipster movement, by their own rules, is dead.


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