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GUESS WHO'S AMONG 1991 SHORTER MEN'S BEST/WORST DRESSERS

      GUESS WHO'S AMONG 1991 SHORTER MEN'S BEST/WORST DRESSERS
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Between men's fashion guru Giorgio Armani and comic Woody Allen, two famous shorter-than-average men, which one's better dressed?  No contest, right?  Between Wendy's founder Dave Thomas and Supreme Court Justice David Souter, which Dave stands tall for his sartorial aplomb, and which David remains in the pits?
    According to shorter men's fashion expert Bob Stern, Dave T. dresses deluxe and David S. lacks appeal.
    Stern is president of Short Sizes Inc., a Cleveland-based retail and mail order clothing company that caters to the fashion needs of men 5'8" and under.  Nationally known to TV and radio talk show audiences for his knowledge of apparel that makes men with smaller frames look and feel good - the 5'2" Stern - a dapper dresser in his own right - each year cites 10 celebrities he considers worthy of emulating, and 10 who send shivers shuddering down his haberdasher's spine.
    In addition to the 5'6 1/2" Armani and 5'7" Thomas, named to Stern's fifth annual "best dressed" list were 5'8" morning talk show host Regis Philbin, 5'4 1/2" PGA golf pro Ian Woosnam, 5'6" movie director Spike Lee, 5'6" Oscar winner Joe Pesci, 5'7" country/western singer Clint Black, 5'6 1/2" Russian/American comic Yakov Smirnoff, 5'7 1/2" CBS-TV star Rob Morrow, and 5'5 1/2" Ray Combs, host of TV's Family Feud.
    Besides 5'7" Woody Allen and Justice Souter, "worst dressers" included 5'6 1/2" folk singer Bob Dylan, 5'8" democratic presidential contender Paul Tsongas, 5'6 1/2" madcap movie producer Mel Brooks, 5'7" heavy metal rocker Axel Rose, country singer/actor Willie Nelson, Tonight Show music conductor Doc Severinsen, 5'6 1/2" actor Peter Falk and 5'6" obnoxious comic Sam Kinison, according to Stern.
    "Despite a few clods here and there, shorter men are dressing better these days," Stern said, thanks to retailers like himself who have persuaded major clothing manufacturers to include shorter proportioned sizes and separate fashions for smaller builds in their clothing lines.
    "Men under 5'8" no longer have to shop in boys' departaments nor wear cut-down clothing," he explained.  "Today, more than a dozen major cities have stores like mine that specialize in apparel to fit men between 4'11" and 5'8" with little or no tailoring.  For example, we offer dress and sport shirts with sleeve lengths sized down to 32-, 31-, and 30-inches -- sizes you won't find in regular men's stores."
    Of all the shorter men's retailers, Short Sizes Inc. is the only one customers can order their entire wardrobe via catalog or electronic mail order.  "To make it easy for shorter men in America and beyond to find clothes that fit properly, we've put our shop in a printed catalog...and on CompuServe, the interactive, international computer information service," Stern said.
    "Using either, our customers can find suits and sportcoats by Hart Schaffner & Marx and John Weitz for Palm Beach, raincoats by Oleg Cassini, slacks by Jaymar and Asher, outerwear by Field and Stream, plus dress and sport shirts, ties, sweaters and casual wear -- all styled and proportioned for the shorter man."
    For a copy of Stern's "Shop in a Catalog(TM)," send $1 to Short Sizes Inc., 5385 Warrensville Center Road, Cleveland, OH 44137.
    CompuServe network users can access Stern's "Shop in a Mall(TM)" ordering service by keying in its "GO CODE- GO SS."  BOB STERN, AMERICA'S CLOTHIER TO SHORTER MEN, NAMES HIS FIFTH ANNUAL
               "10 BEST-DRESSED SHORTER MEN IN AMERICA"
    The "10 Best-Dressed Shorter Men in America" (and 10 Worst Dressed Ones, Too) as seen through the discriminating eye of Bob Stern, America's clothier to shorter men:
                             BEST-DRESSED
    The "As Good As it Gets" Look
    5'6 1/2" Men's Fashion Designer GIORGIO ARMANI
    "The ultimate trend-setter.  So impeccable in his own dress, he's as brilliant as a super nova."
    The "Untraditional, Traditional" Look
    5'8" Morning Talk Show Hots REGIS PHILBIN
    "As traditional as Notre Dame in looks, yet as distinctive as his own unconventional character - just ask Kathie Lee."
    The "Hold the mustard" Look
    5'7" Founder of Wendy's DAVE THOMAS
    "Dave's deluxe...about the only fast food guy I know not smothered in mustard and onions."
    The "Fairway Look"
    5'4 1/2" PGA Golf Pro IAN WOOSNAM
    "Drives for show, putts for dough, and dresses to match."
    The "Does His Own Thing" Look
    5'6" Movie Director SPIKE LEE
    "A fashion chameleon.  Feverish neon colors one day, a tony tux the next.  But always doin' the right thing."
    The "Made Man" Look
    5'6" Oscar Winner JOE PESCI
    "These days, sartorially portraying a Goodfella, too."
    The "Put Yourself In My Shoes" Look
    5'7" Country/Western Singer CLINT BLACK
    "No rhinestone cowboy.  Just downhome squeaky clean and clean-cut -- like his songs."
    The "Glastnost" Look
    5'6 1/2" Russian/American Comic YAKOV SMIRNOFF
    "Perestroika personified.  So fashionably up-to-date, Yeltsin ought to name him Minister of Culture."
    The "Moose 'N Bagels" Look
    5'7 1/2" CBS-TV Star ROB MORROW
    "Any short, Jewish TV doctor lucky enough to check out Janine Turner's northern exposure makes our list -- parka or no parka."
    The "He's Game" Look
    5'5 1/2" TV Host of 'Family Feud' RAY COMBS
    "Our survey says...he's pretty natty.  And never plays games with his appearance."
                             WORST-DRESSED
    The "Post Traumatic Stress" Look
    5'7" Actor/Director/Comedy Writer WOODY ALLEN
    "Thirty years later, he still looks like he just got off a psychiatrist's couch."
    The "Time Warp" Look
    5'6 1/2" Folk Singer BOB DYLAN
    "Still stuck in the 60s...and probably hasn't changed his shirt since then."
    The "Nolo Contendre" Look
    5'7" U.S. Supreme Court Justice DAVID SOUTER
    "No wonder he wears a robe.  His suits do him an injustice and lack appeal."
    The "No Chance" Look
    5'8" Democratic Presidential Contender PAUL TSONGAS
    "His suits speak louder than his words -- and say even less."
    The "Kvetch" Look
    5'6 1/2" Producer/Director/Actor MEL BROOKS
    "With his nose for clothes, you'd say life stinks, too."
    The "Fashion Flower He's Not" Look
    5'7" Heavy Metal Star/Brat AXEL ROSE
    "Definitely not a rose in fashion.  More like a thorn in your backside."
    The "Busted But Not Broke" Look
    5'7" Country Singer/Actor WILLIE NELSON
    "A great guy...but why look like you owe the IRS 17 million bucks, too."
    The "Loud & Brassy" Look
    5'7" Tonight Show Conductor DOC SEVERINSEN
    "His wardrobe is in a clash by itself."
    The "Rumpled, Frumpled" Look
    5'6-1/2" Movie/TV actor PETER FALK
    "He looks like a soggy washrag flung in the far corner of the tub."
    The "Flea-Bitten" Look
    5'6" Loud-Mouthed Comic SAM KINISON
    "In his seedy top coat and deflated French beret, as obnoxious as his attitude."
    -0-                      11/13/91
    /CONTACT: Bob Stern of Short Sizes Inc., 216-475-2515/ CO:  Short Sizes, Inc. ST:  Ohio IN:  REA SU: CG -- CLFNS1 -- 3725 11/13/91 07:31 EST
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