Updated: Oct 18
These men’s wear looking taller strategies are not for everyone because of the expense
and being realistic. They are a guide to help you look taller along the way. Here they are
for anyone’s use and well-intentioned assistance.
1. Basic Color Strategies
Stick to similar color lines to keep your look along smooth lines with little contrast. By
maintaining your apparel with a basic consistent set of colors, particularly darker colors,
it will help you create a taller person visual to observers.
Wearing varied colors is okay but go with darker tones or colors when it comes to pants.
This will draw peoples view of you to your shoes to start with, and then go up from
2. Dress in Vertical Look Apparel to Appear Slimmer and Taller
For years it has been stated that clothing that comes in vertical patterns slims a person
down making for a taller look, and horizontal patterns makes a person look heavier,
which can make them look shorter. This is employing the same strategy mention earlier
where how you look, slim and taller, or heavier and shorter, is partly predicated by
where people start their eyes on your body when they see you and where they end up.
Vertical strips in apparel like suit jackets, pants and dress shirts are the easiest way to
look taller naturally and not appear to be overemphasizing it.
3. Dress in Well Fitted Apparel
Poorly fitted clothing on short guys focuses attention on his smaller frame. It gives an
indication he is slovenly and too tiny to locate well-fitted apparel. Stop this nonsense.
When trying on men’s clothing, give heed and buy clothing that fits right, not the other
way around. Guys wear clothing all the time that is too big and shorter guys are no
exception to this occurrence.
Stay away from sport coats that have too much material around the shoulder area, even
if the sleeves are long enough for you. Do not buy pants that have a lot of material from
the inseam down. Buying ill-fitting and wearing clothes that are too big makes you look
like the boy at the end of the movie “Big” walking down his street in a grown man’s
clothing instead of a grown full-size man wearing clothing that fits.
4. Employ Less When It Comes to Cut Length of Shirt Sleeves
Know that shorter men should not desire the same clothing fit and cut as other guys
when it comes to suits, sport coats, pants, and shirts. For example, shirts and
accompanying jackets should display less shirt sleeve at the end of jacket sleeve so
that proportions are better balanced for guys with shorter arms.
Clothing components that intersect and overlap impact visual look significantly. The
collar on a shirt and the lapel on jacket are one set of components to consider. Keep
these narrower to enhance a slimming and taller effect.
Shorter collar points that point down can help. Steer away from extremes or crazy long
collar points that point away from the neck instead of angling down.
Stick with slim neckties, especially if you are short waisted. But do not go with a super
skinny necktie if you have a body with super wide frame because it will look not look
Look for brands that carry apparel that emphasize looks that are vertically oriented and
follow the tips mentioned here while doing it.
5. Dress in Apparel that Draws Other People’s Eyes Up, Not Down
Dress yourself so people look towards your head by employing eye catching apparel
choices on the upper part of your frame. Wear nice bright tie and a popular pin in your
lapel. It will draw eyes up to the upper portion of your body. Do not go crazy with too
many bells and whistles with the dress details or it will all become too distracting.
Do not wear a hat to look taller unless it is a piece of your ensemble you wear
consistently. People have pointed out that hats can make a person look shorter
because it stops the look a person presents at the top of their head.
Stick to the basics, go with vertical at every turn and keep to a couple of additions at a
maximum to enhance your look and improve how tall you appear.
6. Dress Correctly to Give Yourself a Taller Look
Put on a Sports Coat or Suit Jacket—When you dress in a sports coat or a suit jacket
it enhances your shoulders which helps the appearance of looking taller. Make the most
of this technique every chance you get with matching slacks that come with the suit or
pants that are a color shade that matches the sports jacket.
Wear Trousers at the Correct Position on your Waist – Leg lines that are longer help
people look taller, so to achieve this physical attribute from your trousers, wear your
pants higher on the waist. This entails wearing slacks up on the body’s waist, not on the
hips. When you wear your pants on the hips if you are short your legs will look even
shorter. Pants worn on the waist do not require that you wear a belt. Employ
suspenders and use pants that do not have belt loops for the best look.
Take a Pass on Wearing Short-Sleeved Shirts and Shorts – Tall people have longer
legs and torsos and short men are short because they have shorter legs and torsos.
Wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts when your short and stocky or short and built
will make you appear even shorter because they will make your legs, and arms appear
comparably smaller. To combat this and still look great, consider wearing light fabric
pants and thin long sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up past the wrist. Styling up with
a cool look will make you look taller and it is always in season.
7. Increase Your Height with Height Enhancement Tools
Working with vertical stripes, collar lines and other strategies are great methods to use
to give the illusion of looking taller. However, you may consider increasing your height
with the tools available today. There are ways to increase your height but be sure to use
them sparingly. When you are short you can wear a shoe with a ½ inch to ¾ inch heel
to increase your height. Do not fall for the companies offering height enhancing shoe
products for short guys. The shoes look gawdy and draw eyes to the heel part of the
shoe so it ends up being obvious you are short and trying to look taller. Go with formal
shoes when formal look is required and go with well-designed heeled boots for relaxed
times. Skip wearing dress shoes and workout shoes with built up heels. They look bad
and they are easy to trip and fall in
You may consider wearing heel inserts. They will make you taller, but they are not easy
to wear and are not comfortable. Bear in mind when you take your shoes off with inserts
installed, they may bring on embarrassment you want to avoid. Do not install inserts into
shoes with large heels. When you wear them in shoes with bigger heals you will lean
forward naturally as if you were skiing downhill.
8. Shop in Clothing Store’s Youth Section for Young Men
These days there is fantastic apparel located in they youth department in stores around
the country. There will be clothing lines available in these stores that men cannot wear
due to style or size problems. However, there are several companies making and selling
youth clothing lines that are fine for adults to wear.
The largest hurdle to overcome is clothing lines in the Youth/Young Adult section may
be the finding clothing that fits the around the stomach or chest. Men that wear youth
clothing lines wear L or XL. But the problem is now with recent youth weight gain,
clothing is being made for husky young men and not taller ones.
9. Pay for Custom Clothing or Purchase from a Men’s Store with an On-sight Tailor
Find a local custom clothier to make clothing for you that fits and gives you a taller look
or find a local company that offers a clothing line for shorter men. Stores offering clothes
for short men are experts at working with shorter men to build them a wardrobe that
helps them have a taller appearance with enough variety to have a selection of different
looks at any given time.
Lastly, maintain a look that speaks comfortable and relaxed. You must feel good in your
wardrobe, so it is not forced where you end up looking and feeling uptight. Consider
upgrading your clothing wardrobe a bit at a time over months, not all at once. Retain the
taller strategies that help and stop using the ones that do not.
Looking taller through style choices and techniques is nice, but being a well-dressed
man needs to include being positive and standing tall with good posture. Be yourself
and enjoy presenting your new style with confidence and grace.