Why it's so hard to find clothing that's ethically made

Questions about Shorter Men Clothing

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about shorter guy clothing:

Do they make petite men’s clothing?

Yes, there are a handful of apparel brands that make petite men’s clothing, such as Ash & Erie and Under 510.

Can short men wear baggy clothes?

Short men can wear whatever kind of clothes they like. But, if your goal is to enhance your physique, fitted clothing will look better than baggy clothing.

Where do short guys buy pants?

Shorter guys can buy pants from the shorter guy clothing brands listed on this page; most of them make pants with inseams down to 25 inches.

Or, shorter guys can buy pants from any menswear brand and get them hemmed at the tailor.


What is dead stock?

"The other thing worth mentioning is that a lot of the clothing you might see in our store and other vintage stores comes from 'dead stock'," Bec explains.

"And it's not clothes from people who've died."

A lot of the stock from vintage stores comes from old shops that have closed down, and 'dead stock' were sample garments that were made to sell designs.

"They were made small for people who would model them, and then shoppers see them either in the catalogue or face to face.

"Then they would have them custom made for their own body shape."

This changed as textiles became cheaper and more available.

"As you came towards the '70s and '80s the material changed as well," Bec says.

"There was more stretch in [certain materials] and it was cheaper to find, and so you probably had garments that were a bigger fit or a different size," Bec says.

From the 1960s and '70s onwards, cheaper and mass production began, not just of clothing styles, but the textiles that are used to make them.

Shopper Ali Walker and some of the clothes she found at the swap Bonnie Tuttle and Katie Parrott organised.(ABC Hobart: Rachel Edwards)

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Whats next

Our research shows why a mandatory system of due diligence—rather than the current voluntary one—may be necessary to fix the problem. The European Commission, for example, is considering a proposal that would require apparel, food, and mining companies, among others, to implement human rights due diligence and accountability along their global supply chains and report publicly about their efforts.