These 10 fashion tips for a short man to look great are going to help you know how to dress especially if you are short.
The question is, how do I dress if I am short?
The topic of height comes to mind only if we are in the two corners of the ring: if you are very tall, in which case everything is fine and much better if you are good at basketball, or if you are shorter than average, the latter does tend to affect us and we would like to give the impression of a few more centimeters, except if you are famous like Tom Cruise and you don’t care much.
If you are among those who care about being taller, there are a few tricks that can help you, at the very least, “show off” a slenderness that you weren’t gifted with. These 10 style tips are going to help you know how to dress especially if you are short.
1. Vertical stripes are your allies
Vertical lines in various sizes and thicknesses compact and stretch the body, visually speaking, of course. This is valid for shirts, jackets, t-shirts and pants alike.
2. High-rise, not too baggy pants
Pants lower than the waist will “squat” you a lot, so avoid them. The trick is to make the length of the legs take full advantage and feel full size, so don’t overdo it with the boat either. The shot, on the other hand, should be adjusted to the crotch and thus, your legs will appear longer.
3. Color: Neutral tones
Combining contrasting solid colors makes you appear taller. When doing so, reserve the light tones for the torso and the darker ones wear them in the pants. Patterns, except vertical stripes, are never going to help you much. An example is the combination of black and white, which always “stretches” the silhouette. Avoid total black. It’s fine for Zorro, but note that almost all the actors who play him are from the 80 plus metro club.
4. Yes to jackets and blazers
A jacket or blazer accentuates your shoulders and back, and helps create a slim silhouette that highlights your chest and makes your waist look smaller, meaning you end up looking slimmer and taller. Just make sure that they are your size and that you can fasten it comfortably, only with the button that is above the navel.
5. Suspenders instead of straps or belts
Another valuable trick is to change the belt for the suspenders. Besides going more “sophisticated”, these accessories give more length to the torso and you can play with colors. They are also your salvation if you want to wear those patterns that do not favor you. By wearing solid colored suspenders, the “trimmer” effect of the print is disguised.
6. Shirts and t-shirts, on the hips
Do not make it obvious that the garment that covers your torso is too long because you are “short” in that section. Also, never button the shirt to the last buttons, if they are below the height of the pocket of the pants.
7. Rolled up shirts vs. short sleeve
Short sleeves remind us that your arms are too, so avoid them. Substitute the short-sleeved shirt for a long-sleeved shirt that you can roll up.
8. What about shoes?
Surprise: No very high heels! That alternative only draws attention to your attempt to lift yourself a couple of centimeters. Look for shoes with raised soles and insoles. It is more discreet and works the same or better.
9. Go easy on accessories
Stay away from the ornate shoes, those giant watches, the mega bling bling and, above all, the buckles worn by the cowboys and hippies of the seventies in the last century. Anything that visually recharges you highlights that you have less body area to carry it. The accessories that you carry, that are few and of good taste.
10. Standing tall with your head held high
In addition to making you look determined and confident, the upright posture lengthens your figure … and your ego!
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