The right clothing and accessories can literally make you appear taller and leaner. But the wrong style choices will have the exact opposite effect.
These five techniques will help you maximize your stature, no matter how tall you are. Use them wisely!
If you've got a copy of my Dress Taller guide, you're already familiar with some of these principles. But don't worry: this post will still be helpful.
I'm going to review the five most important concepts from the guide in more depth, with real life examples. Oh, and if you haven't read the guide, what are you waiting for? Grab your free copy right here!
If you prefer video format, watch this:
If not, read on to learn all about all five tips.
Tip #1: Wear clothes that fit
You've heard it before, and hopefully you're already making this a priority.
But just in case you're not convinced about the power of fit, just look at these two pictures of me wearing a suit.
The suit that doesn't fit makes me look shorter and heavier than I really am. I look like a kid playing dress up!
But the suit that does fit makes me look thin and elongates my figure, making me look taller. I look way more mature and professional too.
Fit is especially crucial for formal clothing like suits. So if you have clothes that don't fit, the first step is to find a good tailor.
Tip #2: Make sure your accessories are proportionate
Ever see a guy with super thin wrists and really small hands (like me) wearing a huge watch with a 50mm case and oversized, chunky strap?
It makes his wrist and hands look tiny and, well, kind of weak. No man wants that! So you want to make sure your accessories are proportionate to your build.
If you're a smaller, thin guy, you should wear small, thin accessories.
In the same way, if you have huge forearms and hands, you should wear a bigger watch that doesn't look unnaturally tiny on your wrist.
It's not just watches. It's all accessories. For example, think about neck ties. If you're a small guy, you don't want to wear a wide tie and use a full Windsor knot.
Instead, go with a slim tie and a four in hand knot.
Tip #3: Don't cut yourself in half
I don't mean this literally…although, you shouldn't do that either. I'm talking about contrast – specifically contrast between the top and bottom halves of your body.
You want to avoid stark contrast between your torso and legs. For example, wearing a white shirt with black pants.
Instead, try to minimize contrast by wearing colors are more closely related. Here are three more examples of low contrast color combos you can try out:
Celebrities use this trick all the time to look taller on the red carpet. Assuming your clothes fit, this is probably the best way to maximize your height, or at the very least, avoid looking shorter.
Tip #4: Wear small scale patterns
In the same way that size matters with accessories, it matters with patterns.
You've probably heard people say that short men shouldn't wear horizontal stripes be cause they'll make you look shorter, and that vertical stripes make people look taller.
Well, this isn't accurate. It's not about the type of pattern, it's about the size and scale of the pattern.
Regardless of what kind of pattern you like – gingham, checks, vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, polka dots – it's a good idea to wear small scale patterns.
Why? Because large patterns will make you look smaller. Even thick vertical stripes are a bad idea for the shorter, smaller man.
Tip #5: Avoid low rise pants
Pants rise is one of those things that varies widely based on what's trendy, but regardless of trends, shorter men should almost always avoid wearing low rise pants that sit down on their hips.
Why? Because it makes your legs look shorter.
Here's the thing: everyone has a different leg to torso ratio. But regardless of where your actual waistline is, your perceived waistline is determined by your clothes.
So if you wear pants down on your hips, it lowers your perceived waistline (even you have really long legs compared to the average person).
In most western societies, long legs are attractive. They're a sign of fitness, beauty and athleticism, which is why high rise jeans and shorts are insanely popular in women's fashion right now. They give you a smaller wast and longer legs. It's a win-win!
So if you want your legs to look longer, you just have to wear pants higher up on your waist.
I hope these 5 tips gave you some idea for getting the most out of your clothing, so you can look like the lean, handsome man you really are.
And remember, my friend, it's not about trying to be someone else.
There is NOTHING wrong with being short, and anyone who says there is, is obviously very immature and insecure about their own self-worth.
Try to be comfortable in your body. And if you're a younger man, don't worry about your height. Worrying is just a waste of time and energy. So focus instead on what you can control, like how you dress.
Thoughts? Questions? Leave a comment below!