Live Action Getup: Autumn Layers in the City

Live Action Getup: Autumn Layers in the City
Layer up, winter is coming.
Fall Casual Style for Short Men
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What is this?

The temperature this time of year seems to fluctuate by the minute. It’ll feel like 50 degrees, and then the sun appears from behind the clouds and all of a sudden it’s 85.

In this climate, a single heavy jacket isn’t the optimal choice. It does one thing well: Protect you from the freezing cold. Instead, we create a stylish Getup by layering outerwear with function as sharp as its form. The denim jacket serves in a similar role as a cardigan would, you can even leave it on inside if you like the look.

Fall Casual Style - Layered Outerwear - Field Jacket Trucker Jacket Chinos

Autumn Layers in the City - Short Men Style Inspiration

That beautiful field jacket along with the flannel and slim chinos are from Peter Manning. They’re a brand doing great things with classic style and quality craftsmanship for a hugely underserved portion of men everywhere.

Fall Casual Style Inspiration for Short Men

Field Jacket: Peter Manning, $178 / Trucker Jacket: Levi's, $68 / Flannel: Peter Manning, $85 / Slim Chinos: Peter Manning, $89 / Beanie: 21Men, $8 / Boots: Chippewa, $167

Did you know 1 in 3 men are 5’ 8” and shorter? Yet because of mass production sizing, it's nearly impossible to find a pair of pants with less than a 30” inseam or a men’s shirt designed for a guy with sleeves shorter than 32” and a tail that doesn’t hang down to your thighs.

Casual Fall Style

Even if you’ve never identified as a shorter man, I’m sure you can relate to the problem of proportions being wrong after simple alterations. You can only hem so many inches off of pant legs before those tapered leg openings become wide legs. Now you have to tailor the whole damn leg. Even worse if you’re like me – average height but with some wonky proportions – you’ll never find anything that fits. I have wide shoulders compared to my waist, for me to get a shirt that fits off the rack I have to size up, which means tons of extra fabric on the sides and the length will be so long I could never wear it untucked. I’ve paid my tailor to slim the sides and arms and shorten the tail of a shirt. That ‘affordable’ shirt from the Gap suddenly became a rich man’s investment.

With their proprietary sizing, Peter Manning hasn't simply created smaller versions of your favorite essentials, they’ve spent a lot of time tweaking the proportions for each fit. So no matter if you’re short and wide, or average height with a small torso, or modest in every measurement, they’ve got you covered.

Men's Fall Layering Style

Layered jackets

Field Jacket Trucker Jacket Olive Chinos Chippewa boots - Peter Manning

Field Jacket: Peter Manning, $178 / Trucker Jacket: Levi's, $68 / Flannel: Peter Manning, $85 / Slim Chinos: Peter Manning, $89 / Beanie: 21Men, $8 / Boots: Chippewa, $167

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Dan C

    I’d just like to say that Primer has been killing it lately, thanks for all the great style inspiration, Andrew. My wife thanks you.

    • Andrew

      Haha! Thank you!

    • Dan McKeown

      My wife hates this site, because I am always looking to buy new stuff to update the wardrobe. LOL

      • Andrew

        Haha! Just remind her how lucky she is to have a well dressed husband!

    • Kaelin Locker

      It’s so true! Primer has become a staple in my style-thought-process.

      • Andrew

        That’s so cool! Thank you!

    • Pyung

      Yes. Killing it. And Andrew you make a great model, I might add!

  • John

    Nice outfit!

  • Lindsay Schramm

    This site has completely changed how my boyfriend dresses. Started falling in love with him in band shirts and studded belts 10 years ago, and it’s fun to watch his style transform into this. We reference The Getup almost daily, and use the site as a guide when shopping for his wardrobe, and our bar cart.
    Last weekend, we mentioned it to his best friend who commented on my boyfriend’s new slimmer cut pants. He had said there was no way he could ever wear pants like that due to his massive soccer thighs… then you posted the article on how to dress his body type.
    My boyfriend himself is 5’7″, broad chested, with a small waist (lucky me!), and when I saw the company that this post was sponsored by I couldn’t believe it! Sometimes it’s like your’re reading our minds.
    Thanks so much for this site- keep up the good work!

    • Andrew

      Wow, this is the best comment ever! Thanks for making my day! I’m excited you like it and it’s so rewarding that you guys find it so useful. 🙂

  • Anders L.S.

    Like the pants. Go to their site and see they only make things for short people. I would love to see an article looking at clothing for tall people (and not necessarily big). I’m a 32/36 in pants and live in a nightmare that is mass production.

    • Andrew

      Haha I talk about that quite a bit in the article! I think an article for tall people is a great idea.

      • Martin Calder

        I would appreciate that as well. Especially for long inseam that aren’t 32 waist. I am a 38 waist and can’t find any 36 inseam without paying a mint.

    • Grover

      Believe it or not, Gap has some pretty good 32/36 pants (you have to check the “tall” sizes).

      • Anders L.S.

        I have purchased a pair from there.

    • Andrew

      for a 36″ inseam, how tall does that make you?

      • Anders L.S.


  • Jeremy D.

    Fantastic article! As a 5’7″ guy who wears W shoes, shopping is sometimes a challenge. It’s great to see you hightlighting a brand that helps out in that area!

    And I love seeing The Getups. The variety of writing, as well as the quality, on your site is just tremendous, Andrew!

    • Andrew

      Thanks Jeremy, feedback like this is what keeps me inspired!

  • j.k.

    Hey Andrew – is there a vent in that jacket?

    • Andrew

      Hey JK, the jacket has 3 vent flaps on the bottom, 2 on each side and one in the center of the back. They have snaps on them so they can be opened or left shut.

  • Bernardo

    Hi Andrew! I love your website! The great thing is that you happen to be about the same size as me(5’9 / 150). This one of the best guides I found for buying clothes. One thing I think you should always do is mention which sizes are the pieces you’re wearing and showing us. That way we could have a better idea of which size to get. Keep up the good work!

  • G.D.

    Great look. All of your stuff is spot on! Looking to get a new pair of boots and can’t decide on the lug-type (as in this getup) vs the Red Wing 1907 type. Thoughts?

    • Andrew

      Both are great options. It comes down to a few things. How functional do they need to be? Are you walking on slippery winter surfaces a lot? (Go with lugs) Or are you in a warmer environment? (Then either one) How versatile do you need them to be? I love my Red Wings and Thorogoods with the white sole, but they are definitely casual / smart casual. Boots like these Chippewas or their Service Boot upgrade can be dressed up more. To make it easy, I say get both! 🙂

      • G.D.

        Guess I’ll get both! Damn. How do you find these Peter Manning pants fitting versus something like Bonobos Slim? Love the look.

  • Martin Calder

    I like the “live action”. Cool way to describe it. Good job.

  • Jon

    Quite possibly the best and most consistent style inspiration series out there. The fact that you keep it in an affordable price range just makes it that much more incredible.

    • Andrew

      Thanks Jon! That’s why I started Primer, I was so frustrated with typical men’s magazines. Anyone can put outfits together when they have the disposal of every line from every designer of every price range. It can be challenging to do it on a real budget.

  • Rick O’Shay

    Love the Get-up, just not the beanie. There’s got to be a stylish way to keep your head warm without looking like a stoner or Elmer Fudd. Please advise.

  • Sam W

    Hey Andrew, just started reading your content. Good stuff! In keeping with the theme of this article(or not), I’m wondering if you could shed some light on a problem of mine. I am 6’7″ 190lbs with a 7’+ wingspan. Most of the products you review on this site either fit like tents on my slim frame or else the sleeves are hopelessly short(even tall sizes at places like Gap are usually too short, que the sleeves rolled halfway up the arm routine). Any thoughts on how I can dress well without having to break the bank?

    • Andrew

      Your best best is to find the ones that fit the sleeves and have the body slimmed by a tailor. Shouldn’t cost more than $15. You could also do made to measure from a place like Indochino, they have a bunch around $60 right now

  • Raheem

    Question for anyone. I’m looking to purchase a pair of boots and shoes and I am trying to decide which color would be more versatile between black and brown. Would it make sense to buy a pair of brown shoes AND brown boots? I already own a pair of brown Clarks. Thanks!

    • Andrew

      I never wear black shoes and have like 5 pairs of brown boots, if that answers your question. 🙂

  • Mike Rogers

    Nice Getup! Just got my Chippewa Apaches in yesterday. Pretty excited to see how they break in. Super comfortable.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  • TurkeyCat

    Primer would benefit from another source for style.
    Andrew– you have some good picks here and there, but I really would like to see some more variety. Maybe consider featuring someone else on your team– I’m curious as to what other Primer gents are wearing. Thanks for putting this out here– I like the top wear. Don’t dig the hat, watch or boots. Hat doesn’t go well with this look in my opinion and i find the boots/watch clunky.

  • Scotty

    What color is the Levi’s Trucker Jacket?

    • Andrew

      It’s the “Rigid”.

      • meagan

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