Fashion Tips for Short Men

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One of the flaws of off-the-rack menswear is its tendency to associate height with body type; not only few but most of the Filipino men are short by height but short men shouldn’t despair. This isn’t all bad.

Don't be offended; I would have liked to be a few inches taller as well, but unfortunately, we have no control over how tall we will be... or at least not yet. Until we do, short men will continue to have a slight disadvantage in the fashion world, in terms of finding threads that fit properly, as few manufacturers make clothes for men who are shorter than 5'5"; luckily I'm 5'6" yet still I want to grow tall.

Looking taller is all about getting viewers’ eyes to travel smoothly up your body. It’s pure illusion: the more their eyes have to sweep upward, the taller their brains will register whatever they’re looking at as being. Here listed below are some tips for short men that they can count on.

Before we start with the fashion advice, the following 3 tips with numbers are some simple yet often overlooked tips by AskMen that can help you appear taller:

1. Maintaining good posture is key if you want to hit your maximum height potential. Remember to sit with your back straight and stand proud with your head up high at all times. A slouched stance will only make you look shorter, not to mention insecure. 

2. Keep in mind that, as a general rule, short hair works best for shorter men. Long hair tends to hide the neck and shoulders, making your head and body look like one body part, which doesn't help you in your quest to look taller.

3. Another tip to maximize your stature is to stay fit and trim at all times. Heavier and extremely muscular men tend to look broader and stubbier, but staying lean and having some muscle (such as built, defined shoulders) can help add some height to your overall frame.

Fashion tricks to create an impression of looking taller. Here you will find some tested techniques for creating an illusion of an elongated effect.

Stripes Illusion

If wearing horizontal stripes can make you look bigger then wearing vertical stripes as well can make you look taller since it has a matter of helping you elongates your height.


Wearing a shirt and pants in the same color will prevent obvious breaks in your natural frame, and as a result can give the illusion that you're taller.

Go Dark

Wearing dark colors will create a slimming effects on your body which help short guys seem more elongated. Make sure that while wearing dark colors, it is a good and light fabric.

Sossy Shoes

Shop shoes with heels but not as high as women has. This will simply elevate you. These can all easily add a few inches to your height.

Fleshy Shirt

Wear V neck shirt which can help you look longer. Center and side vents also add the effect of a prolonged vertical line.

Just remember that the key is not necessarily to look as tall you can, but to look as good as you can. The proper fit and the right styles can make you look great, regardless of your height. And remember that being a sharp dressed man is all about confidence. Know who you are and have fun expressing that individuality with your personal style.

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