Do you know what color clothes to wear? Do you know which color combinations work best for men under 5’8″? Read on to become a color matching pro.
The Most A Very Important Aspect of Style
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your style is to make sure your clothes fit. If your clothes don’t fit, nothing else really matters. The best color combination in the world won’t make ill-fitting clothes look good.
But that doesn’t mean color isn’t important. In fact, it’s one of the most important aspects of style (after fit). The color combinations you choose will make or break your entire look.
Colors are especially important for shorter men. The right color combinations will make you look taller, while the wrong ones will make you look shorter.
I used to be clueless when it came to the color of my clothes. I used to wonder:
Should I wear light or dark colors?
Which colors go together best?
Are dark colors better than light ones?
But, through lots of trial and error and tons of mistakes, I learned which colors work best for the shorter body type.
Here’s what you need to know about color…
There two great color schemes for shorter men:
I’m not going to get into the details about what these terms mean. I’m no artist, and it’s not that important anyway.
Just know that you should stick to these two schemes whenever possible. Here’s why:
Monochromatic and analogous color schemes reduce contrast.
Analogous colors, especially, are naturally pleasing to the eye. Think about landscapes or any natural scenery, like a forest or shoreline. There are many different colors present, but they’re similar (i.e. neighbors on the color wheel).
For a real life example, let’s look at Mark Wahlberg (5’7″) wearing jeans and a t-shirt:
The above outfit creates a stark contrast between the upper and lower halves of Mark’s body. This produces a jarring effect that cuts him in half visually.
Your eye stops at the line between the white shirt and black pants, making Mark’s legs look extra short.
On the other hand, look at Wahlberg in a grey shirt and light jeans:
There’s very little contrast between his shirt and pants. Your eye moves up and down his figure easily since there’s no reason to stop.
This creates a streamlined look that stretches his figure vertically and hides any imperfections (like short legs or a shirt that’s too long).
Learn From the Pros
You know who has mastered color combinations for short men? Josh Hutcherson (a.k.a. Peeta from Hunger Games):
Source: Fameflynet Pictures
Source: Fameflynet Pictures
Source: Eric Charbonneau / AP
In fact, it’s hard to find a photo of Josh not adhering to this guideline. So if you ever need some inspiration or ideas, check out my Josh Hutcherson style board on Pinterest.
When it comes to choosing the right color combinations for shorter men, try to streamline your figure by avoiding contrast.
The easiest way to do this is to stick with analogous and monochromatic color schemes.
What’s your favorite color combination? Leave a comment below!
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