Short men’s guide to style

Let us define “short” as any height below 5 feet 2 inches. If this is the case, then you may want to consider the following:

  1. The guideline is that the observer’s eyes must move smoothly and there must not be anything attention grabbing in the ensemble. When the eyes move smoothly, it creates an illusion of height.
  2. Solid colors are fine and avoid bold checks and bold textures.
  3. Avoid contrasts and go for harmony.
  4. Don’t wear anything that has horizontal lines.
  5. Wear closely spaced vertical checks or solids.
  6. When using pocket squares, don’t use TV folds, which create a horizontal line on the chest. Instead use a point fold, pointing upwards.
  7. A short man’s problem maybe that the head looks too big compared to the body. If this is the case, ensure that your hairstyle does not accentuate the largeness of your head. To compensate for the large head, the jacket will need to have substantial shoulder padding and don’t use suits with natural shoulders.
  8. Try to avoid jackets and trousers of different colors. Instead, wear a suit for color harmony. The dark and light combination only serves to cut you in half and draws attention to your small stature.
  9. Your dresses must be in proportion to your body. Have a shorter length jacket (just cover the bottom curve of the buttocks)
  10. Wear your trousers at the natural waist and it’s better that they be un-cuffed, un-pleated, and straight cut.
  11. To give a sleeker look, consider jackets without flapped pockets.
  12. Never have a jacket ticket pocket.
  13. Never wear very thick soled shoes.
  14. If your neck is too short, wear tailor made shirts with shorter collars (the collar’s size must be in proportion to your neck length.
  15. Always maintain good straight posture.
  16. Also ensure that your lapels and ties are in proportion to your height. Don’t wear very wide lapels and ties.
  17. Fitting is important and use fitted cloth.
  18. Most of your suits should be two buttons. Avoid three buttons (or more buttons) suits.
  19. A jacket with a thinner peak lapel is more appropriate than a notch lapel.
  20. The shirt cuff display rule of one inch do not apply to shorter man. It should be maximum half inch.
  21. Consider slanted jacket pockets instead of more traditional straight pockets.
  22. Be warned that most advertising is done with tall models and they may not look good on shorter men.
  23. Wear your ensemble with confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

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