A lot of men are bothered by the fact that they aren’t as tall as they would like to be.
It’s a little silly to let that affect you because it’s something over which you have no control. But what you can control is the way you look, the clothes you wear and the confidence with which you carry yourself. That could make a sea change of difference in the way you perceive yourself.
Easier said than done, isn’t it? Not really! We are here to help men who are short with great fashion advice that will help them look their best and make the most of their height.
To begin with, there are key tips which if followed, can help any person, no matter how short he is to add to his personality and appearance. Posture is the key to any person’s personality, and ensuring that you walk with your head held high, back straight and shoulders thrown back will make you appear taller and conveys self-assurance and confidence. Slouching implies insecurity and does no good to your appearance. Secondly, try to keep your hair short. Long hair camouflages a person’s neck and shoulders and if you happen to be short, it just takes away precious inches from your neck and shoulder area. Thirdly, make exercise a priority. Staying fit and lean will help to add height to a short frame, while bulk and flab will only make you appear plumper and shorter.
If you happen to have difficulty finding clothing brands that cater to the size you wear, a great hint is to try the boys’ section of lifestyle stores. It’s surprising how many short men find their clothes in the kids setion. Another thing you can do is to call up different men’s clothing stores and checking which sizes they carry. Often many of them have in-house tailors that custom-make the clothes for you.
Keeping it stylish
The Long of Short. Vertical stripes is a known fashion technique to appear taller than one actually is. It extends the lines of your body and makes you look taller. Pinstripes, intermittent stripes and herringbone are options you could look at. But remember, a combination of vertical and horizontal stripes, in terms of checks and plaid prints, will definitely not work!
Monotones Work. If you aren’t really a big fan of pinstripes, you should stick to solid-colored clothes. Wearing a pant and a shirt in similar colors can help avoid the breaks in your frame that draw attention to your short frame. It will be foolish to wear pants and shirt in the exact same colour, but gradations will work well to make the most of what you’ve got.
Keep It Dark. Dark shades like black and charcoal gray tend to elongate a short person’s frame and make it seem taller. But the kind of fabrics that you choose also makes a difference. Choose light-weight and medium weight fabrics over heavier fabrics, because heavy fabric will weigh you down and make you look short and bulky.
Fit It Right. Clothes that fit well make a whole lot of difference. Clothes that hang loosely on your frame can make you look dumpy and short, but well- fitted clothes always impart an air of self-assurance.
Shoe-Shopping. Footwear with thick insoles, elevator shoes and shoes with thick soles can add a few extra inches to your height. Opt for bulkier styles while shoe- shopping so that your feet don’t appear to be too small.
Fashion for the upper body
Stay away from blazers and jackets that have too many buttons, as they will draw attention to your short torso. Make sure that the length of your jacket or blazer is slightly below your behind because it will lengthen the line of your body, and make it appear tall. Do not wear double-breasted suits and if wearing a casual sports jacket, try to stick to similar colours as the trousers you will be wearing to maintain the natural lines of your body.
When choosing t-shirts and pullovers, stick to V-necks, because they elongate your torso. Turtlenecks and other closed neck styles make you look short because they hide your neck. Tucking in your shirt also helps because cutting out excess fabric lengthens the lines of your body.
If you are finding it very difficult to find clothes that fit you, remember one important tip. You can always alter the length of a shirt and its sleeves, as long as it fits you on the shoulders and body properly. So look for fits along these lines and get the length altered to suit you.
Tips on trousers
A big fashion no-no is wearing your pants high on your waist. They should rest just above your hips- not too high and not too low, because both extremes make your legs look shorter than they are. Don’t stuff your pockets with anything because it again draws attention to your hips and your short frame.
Keep your trouser length slightly long so that the crease reaches the tops of your shoes. This makes your legs look longer. Also avoid detailing on pants like multiple pleats or even single pleats. If you are finding it extremely difficult to find pants that fit you well, it’s best to purchase the fabric and get them custom made.
Acing the accessories
Get your belt adjusted and more holes put in, or buy one that doesn’t have holes and is adjustable. Accessories to steer clear of are bow ties, suspenders and Windsor knots in ties. Narrow ties in solid colours or diagonal patterns work well. Again for accessories that better suit and fit you, try the boys’ section in lifestyle stores.
At the end of it all, the point of the exercise is not about appearing taller or disguising your lack of height, it is about looking your best with proper-fitting clothes in fashionable styles. After all, no one wants to be labeled sloppy - no matter how tall they are. So dress according to what suits you, and you are sure to have compliments coming your way!
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