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Dressing to look taller?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imperialism, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    This thread was from 2003.
     
  2. Yachting Man

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    Pass on the laughable elevator shoes, but you may be able to find a nice pair of shoes that gives you a little extra height. Possibly two inches? (using a little rough math, a normal pair of shoes makes you maybe an inch taller so you gain an extra inch on everyone) I believe that's the max before it looks like you have stilts on. Good luck!
     
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    Can anyone link to Holdfast's posts on "overall proportioning"? I'd be interested in those. I've tried searching around and haven't found anything comprehensive. Thanks.
     
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    Hmm, you're right. I was comparing to my loafers, which have just a tad over a half inch heel+sole. Of course, sneakers like chucks have essentially zero.
     
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    I mean, I love and support the concept of the "dig who are you" people. And in the end, digging who you are is a requirement: tall or short, insert or no insert. But let's face it: women love height more than they know. I'm already tall enough (5'11"), but I threw in 1" inserts in a pair of boots for a few weeks and ended up with my gf one week later. I'm not saying there is necessarily a correlation between the two, but it felt like it was definitely easier to get female attention. And best yet, once you get attention, you don't need inserts to keep it.

    Now, that said, I think inserts are ironically better for guys of average height like myself. It gives us a slight edge to push us into the "tallish" category. If you're below 5'8", you're going to be fighting a losing battle anyways.
     
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    What kind of shirt and pants color combination should one wear to look taller?
     
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    Wait..wasn't that the original question 9 years ago?
     
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    agree. stop sweating about it.
     
  9. pujuma

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    uh, yup
     
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    Clothes that fit really, really well. Narrower lapels can help, but they can also make you look like a hipster - use them with caution. The idea to both of these points is keeping things in proportion. If your clothes look, on you, the same as an average man's clothes look on him, you'll look taller, until you get up close. I'm 5'7", and people are never going to mistake you for being tall. So, instead of looking tall, look fantastic.
     
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    ha!
     
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    Can anyone link to Holdfast's content on "all round proportioning"? I'd be curious about individuals. I've experimented with seeking around and haven't discovered nearly anything complete. Thank you.

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    There have been some major MAJOR! misconceptions regarding this subject over the years. Much of what has been written is wrong. I am 5'9" and squarely average in height, but I still consider myself short, especially when I somehow always find myself in a situation around 6 foot tall men. Anyway, the one truth is always a solid suit. Navy or grey and always wear the jacket. Belt of no belt is minor detail, but belts also tend to cut in half. I tend to favor belts for a more finished look, but the belts are all slimmer Zegna models.

    As for shirts; I find this to be one of the most incredible misconception for short men. I find patterns, stripes, etc, make no difference. Just stay away from horizontal stripes and all else is fair game. If you're wearing a suit, it's obvious a shirt it tucked always. If casual; jeans and blazers, I find a slim fitting and well cut (mid zipper - maybe an inch or so above crotch) shirt untucked to be far more flattering and more complimentary to most frames. As it seems for most, it's really more about elongating the torso just as much as the legs. If the pants/jeans are slim cut worn with a normal rise, that issue usually resolves itself on its own. For short men with pants, put a greater emphasis on the thigh versus the ankle. I find this to be the most crucial part of the pant for a short guy. Too many focus on the cuff being narrow (and it should be to an extent), but even an extra half inch or inch of ballooning in the thigh throws the entire outfit off. Cuffs on pants aren't really idea if you're going super slim in the thigh, so stick with a top stitch on chinos and blind stitch on wool suit trousers. For shorter men another misconception and we can all probably collectively blame GQ for this one is short pants. Anything "short" is actually a terrible idea (unless you're 5'5" and under). Pants should be a single 1/4 or no break, but not cropped (or this new ankle thing). Never roll cuff your pants (unless on the beach).

    The number one thing shorter men must not do are create horizontal lines and believe it or not, tucking a shirt does exactly that and if you're like me and slightly built/athletic, a tucked shirt in a casual setting actually tends to look ridiculous. I think what most publications put an emphasis on is being gentlemanly and I entirely agree, which is why a slim and razor cut navy or grey suit should be worn 75% of the time. I actually can't remember the last time I tucked a shirt into my jeans for example. Some might disagree with this, but I'm almost always wearing a navy sport coat on top of this type of outfit. I own for example about a half dozen very high quality Zanone polo's, which I highly recommend for shorter men. I wear a 50, but I could see a 48 working for most. They are cut perfectly (with arms that cover mid bicep) and wear very well under sport coats. It somewhat eliminates the debate of tucked in or out since they fall in the right spot below the waist (and don't crazy shrink like a tee -- above waist and are collared) and look both professional and modern.

    Another thing which I touched on above are excessively "short" items. I witness men like myself try to compensate for lost height by purchasing items labeled as "short" and the result is usually terrible. If you're 5'7 5'8 and 5'9 which is where many men fall, I would highly recommend to stick to regular fit items especially if you have some weight to you. 150lbs + or some muscle.

    Don't compensate with shoe heels either. It just looks ridiculous. If buy a quality boot (English or Italian) with a slightly elongated toe and 1 or 1.25 standard heal, it does wonders for height. Stay away from flat shoes like chuck tailors, etc unless running to beach and in shorts. I'm not even going to mention flip flops as no man should own a pair (unless you bath daily in a public shower - fine).
    Find a couple chukka's that serve as year round shoes and wear them 90% of the time.
     
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  15. fieldofdreams

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    Has anyone suggested moving to Japan?
     
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    I also recommend not trying too hard - I personally find that hipster and fashion always makes me look childish. Classic all the way. I always wear proper shoes, never trainers, to clean the lines.

    Clothes have to fit but I have never hemmed jeans. The secret is to be in proportion- as a matter of fact, I do tuck always - apart from t-shirts and polos because otherwise I look frumpy. I always wear classic clothes so I have an excuse to tuck in. Another thing that helps is to be athletic - or have a good silhouette - but certainly not huge- so broad shoulders, narrow waist and long legs also make you look good whatever your height. I am below 5ft 6 and often people think I am more 5ft 8. I am probably built like a Hollywood actor- ie. shorter than people realise, and you would not guess in a photo - but stand next to a tall man and you can't hide it.
     
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