Being short has been, more often than not, a reason of despair for men. You feel overlooked and ignored at social gatherings, you were perhaps not chosen for the basketball team in school or had to stand right in front of the principal during assembly. Life has never seemed a cake walk for short men. It seemed that every other tall guy took away what was supposed to be your – be it the hot girl you had a crush since teenage, or the higher position in your dream job. To add to it, innumerable studies about tall men, across time and age, have always added to your fears.
Here are certain quick tips for short men; your days of despair are to end soon. There might not be anything you could do to stretch your bones, but the right kind of fashion tips can help you look taller. The way you appear in the attire you wear, helps in enhancing your stature along with your self-confidence:
1. Decide on an optimum length for your pants
Make sure that the material of your pants does not create a puddle around your ankles. Whenever they do, the opposite person’s eyes get automatically drawn to them. This makes you look shorter. On the other hand, when your hem is the right length – neither too short nor too long – the upper portion of your attire gets noticed, making you look taller.
2. Monochromes are your colors
Like we said, the mantra is to minimalize visual clutter. When you remove color contrasts from the way you dress, it streamlines the way you look. Dark colors create illusions of height. Hence, a consistent dark theme for most of your clothes would give you the right edge you were in search for.
Of course you can go for other colors as well, but as long as they are dark, you are on the right track. Suppose you try the classic look – a black and white combination – make sure that the darker colors are worn in lower half of your body. Studies prove that people tend to notice the darker shades at first. Therefore, the attention would travel upward, starting from your feet. Here, again, your chances of appearing taller increase.
3. Go for the natural waist size
World-wide, we see men going for low-waist jeans. But for achieving the right illusion, the best way to wear your pants is wearing it above your belly button rather than the hips. Appearing taller is all about lengths and symmetries. So wearing bottom wears of the right length becomes highly important.
4. Vertical prints are your strength
Like we have all learnt at some point or the other; vertical prints makes us look slim and horizontal makes us look wider. The same logic applies for our subject as well. It is essentially an optical effect that we have mentioned earlier as well, in other words, its about where the attention of people go to. Vertical columns or stripes, unbroken, add an impression of height.
These vertical lines can be the texture of your clothing as well, for example, narrow herringbone or corduroy are a must in your wardrobe. Diagonals and vertical patterns in your jackets or suits, along with the vertical symmetry created by a scarf, equally creates the right impression.
5. Measure your blazers and jackets right
This is one of the points that hardly men ever give a thought about. When you are going to add a new jacket or blazer to your wardrobe, checking the guidelines for the exact size that suits you, is one of the most important factors you need to keep in mind. When your hands are at your side, the sleeve length should not exceed your first thumb knuckle. If you want your legs to look leaner and taller, try your hand at cropped jackets. Full-length jackets are usually worn by taller men who try to look ‘normal’ in their dress, thus, diverting attention from their long legs.
Even your jumpers, sweaters, and tee shirts need to be of the right length: Again, this is something very few of us have ever paid attention to. In case of sweaters, shorter men should keep the length of the not more than the base of the wrist (which is what your ideal sleeve length should be like). If it’s a baggier version, or a jumper, a little bit of bunching around the wrists does not harm your appearance. Also, it is advisable to go for smoother fabrics as it helps in avoiding a visual clutter.
6. Add height in reality
We have been discussing a great deal already about the collar sizes, patterns and textures for creating that combined illusion of added height. Now let’s get back to the basic. How do we physically add height?
It is no rocket science; however, the trick is to do it in the right proportions. Make a thorough research about what kind of shoe you are buying. Some men prefer half-an-inch heels with the right kind of wardrobe. Many companies sell shoes for shorter men that are chunks which slap around while you walk in it. For a formal look, sticking to the black traditional plumps, seem appropriate, while for more casual ones, a moderate heeled boot is fine. Make sure that they do not look tacky or trip while walking, in your abnormally high heeled athletic or regular shoes.
Although a completely personal interest, heels do add to your charisma, along with your height, if worn in moderation. Heel inserts are an option as well, but only in flat-heeled shoes.
7. Do not tuck you jeans inside your boots
Shorter men should be careful of the way they carry themselves off, in order to heighten the perceived length of their torso, as well as their lower body, as possible. Studies show that men, who tuck their jeans inside their boots, appear shorter than men who abstain from it. A quick research on the internet, or even a glance around your college campus or office, will give you the exact idea.
8. Maintain a good posture and hairstyle
Lastly, a good posture goes a long way in upholding your fashion quotient, as well as, making you look taller. A straight posture results in confidence and a personality that attract the attention of people with no added effort. Hold your back straight, chest out, head up, and shoulders back – the military posture. It makes you look leaner and increases the visual effect of your height. Try it out in a social platform, and see the difference yourself.
As far as hairstyles are concerned, it is better to keep short hair for shorter men. The idea is to show as much skin possible.
Short men know how painful it is to go shopping and finding out the exact pair of trousers, shoes, or that right textured jacket, and the perfectly symmetrical patterned shirt. The guidelines given above, if adhered to sincerely, can help you go a long way for that perfect date you have been waiting since long, or that crucial business meeting that could change your life forever. It’s finally time to change your wardrobe for good and go out and show the world your true worth!