HOW TO DRESS WHEN YOU ARE SHORT | MEN’S STYLE TIPS
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The key for shorter men when dressing is to create a seamless pathway for people’s eyes to run smoothly up from the feet to the face. This can create an illusion in that the more the eyes have to sweep upwards, the taller that object can appear to that person.
If you are shorter, the fit of your clothing is extra important. Within reason, you want to wear clothing that is close fitting because the worst thing you can do is wear baggy clothing that further accentuates your stature and will result in you looking like a teenager in his father’s clothing.
The shorter man should avoid the following when coordinating outfits:
Avoid horizontal lines and patterns such as window panes, cheques and even small details like horizontal pocket square edges. This is because you want peoples eyes to move up and down and not side to side.
Avoid heavily contrasted colours like black suit pants and a white dress shirt or tan chinos and a navy blazer. Having these combinations will cut you in half and accentuate your lack of height.
Avoid having multiple folds of fabric at the bottom of your pants. Having these folds will disrupt the eyes and take away from the length of your legs which makes you look even shorter.
Instead of having a full fold, or even worse, having multiple folds of fabric at the bottom of your pants, just stick to a quarter of half pants break. To understand exactly what the full, half, quarter and no pants break looks like, I have included a separate video explaining this below in the description field for you.
Avoid having a trouser cuff as this will also interrupt the eyes pathway towards the face. Just stick no suit and dress pants that have no cuff.
The short man should also avoid chunky accessories like a chunky watch, thick bracelets, ticket pockets on suit jackets and large and very colourful horizontal pocket squares that can interrupt the streamlined look you are going for.
So that’s some things the shorter man should avoid when getting dressed, now let’s discuss what the shorter man should do instead when coordinating his outfits:
Choose patterns with vertical lines such as pin and chalk stripes like this
Experiment with wearing monochromatic outfits. This means that all items of clothing are a similar colour such as a dark navy suit with a dark blue dress shirt and black tie.
Choosing monochromatic outfits will create a longer, streamlined look that is not interrupted or cut in half by contrasting colours.
Choosing dark on dark monochromatic outfits are more slimming and streamlined than lighter coloured monochromatic outfits.
Choose 1 or 2 button jackets instead of 3 button jackets.
The standard length of a suit jacket or blazer should be in line with the bottom of a man’s bum where his bum cheeks finish and his upper legs begin.
If you’re a shorter man though, you may be best to have your suit jacket hemmed to sit higher than the standard length. Having your jacket or blazer sitting above the bum crease will make your legs look longer and create a more vertical pathway for the eyes to travel along.
Instead of the standard notch suit lapel, you could choose a peak lapel which looks like this. The shape and vertical direction of the peak lapel can take the eye in an upwards direction which is favorable when shorter.
Wear suit jackets and blazers as often as possible. Jackets add weight and height to the shoulders which takes the eyes to that area. If you’re wearing a suit jacket then wear matching pants and if wearing a blazer, wear pants that are close to that colour.
Choose tall point collars that aim downward instead of wide, spread and cutaway collars which give the illusion of girth and width instead of height and length.
Have a look at what a spread and cutaway collar looks like.
And now see what a point collar looks like.
When wearing dress shirts with jeans and chinos, tuck the shirt in as most shirts are not made for your size and look more like a blouse.
Regardless of your height though, you will look far more classy and sharp when your shirt is tucked in.
Look at buying clothes online through Italian and Asian clothing brands. Australian, UK and American clothing manufacturers mass produce their clothing on a size scale which is aimed at the general population which does not cater well to those of shorter stature.
If you’re short and quite lean, Asian and Italian online retailers may be more appropriate as the men in these cultures are more petite in a very general sense.