[Editor's Note: This is a guest post written by Robert Reeve from Style Pilot. I've played around with Style Pilot, and it looks like an awesome tool for finding specific outfits and matching garments. There is more info about Robert and Style Pilot after the end of the article.]
Whether it is how we feel about ourselves, our overall look, success with women or getting the next big promotion at work, many of us feel that being taller would help us achieve our ambitions in life. While after the age of 21 you are not going to grow any taller, you can influence how tall you appear to be by wearing the correct combinations of colors and patterns.
Patterns for Height
There is really only one pattern that you need if you want to look taller, and that is vertical stripes. Remember when you used to wear horizontals to make you seem bulkier when you were a scrawny teenager?
Vertical stripes will now have the same effect, but in the opposite direction. If it’s formal tailoring, then a subtle pinstripe suit will add elegance and height to your appearance.
Casually, go for shirts and t-shirts that have a vertical stripe or pattern, as these will elongate your torso and add several imaginary inches to your height.
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Coloring the Issue
While many people wear black in an effort to look slimmer, it might not be doing you any favors in terms of height. To make yourself appear taller, go for lighter colors, especially when choosing casual outfits.
With pastels being a massive part of fashion this year, you have the perfect opportunity to stock up on some great varieties of color and give yourself a bright, confident new look.
When it comes to more formal looks, then you will have to go dark. However, ensuring that your jacket fits perfect will greatly accentuate your height.
While you may want to go lighter to add a bit of color to your look, particularly on the formal side of things, wearing the same colors will make you look taller.
If you wear a dark grey suit for work, for example, then a collection of black and grey shirts will elongate your whole body. Remember to keep the belt the same color, too.
This idea is based on your body appearing as one long walking fashion icon. Horizontal distractions like a contrasting belt cut you in half visually and clearly define your torso from your legs.
This makes your upper and lower halves appear shorter, which is why it is a good idea to stick with matching accessories.
In addition to your color and pattern choices, ensure that you try everything on and wear well-fitted clothes. A larger size can be tempting for a more relaxed feel, but it will do nothing for your height.