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Tucked Shirt : short look ?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by doctorvai, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. doctorvai

    doctorvai Member

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    Hello,

    I am 5ft10 guy and i never wear a tucked in shirt unless i am wearing a suit or a vest... however i like the look of it but at the same time i feel that because of my lenght, wearing a tucked in shirt with a chino make me look very short.

    I want to know your advise whether i should keep or ditch this look in favor of something else.

    Thank you !

    btw i should have matched the shoes with the belt... never mind it !

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  2. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    It doesn't make you look short.

    You should wear a tucked in shirt.
     
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  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    Why would it make you look short?

    I dont always buy into a lot of what makes people look tall/short, slim/fat from the internet and self proclaimed experts. Having seen a few pieces of PhD psychologists research on the matter it often goes directly against the claims - eg horizontal stripes make you look slimmer rather than the old wives tale of vertical ones.

    If you do want to believe those that profess knowledge online then you want to avoid "distractions" that avert your eyes from the vertical. Tucking your shirt in wouldnt impact that but having a belt, particularly with a contrasting colour/large buckle etc would and so you may consider having trousers with side adjusters rather than belt loops. Personally I am 5'7 and never thought these issues impact my perceived height
     
  4. doctorvai

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    doctorvai Member

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    I think it's because tucking the shirt will put more emphasis on the torso and since it isn't that long, it will give the impression that i'm short. But this is just what i've been thinking, that's the reason i seeked your opinions and advices.

    Thank you
     
  6. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    I can somewhat see the argument it could impact the proportion of torso to legs but still not sure how it impacts your overall height

    With clothing though the vast majority of peoples reaction comes not from how a person looks but from how they act/ how they are in their own skin. If you feel you look too short in a tucked in shirt you probably shouldnt wear it like that as clearly it creates a concern in you which others are likely to pick up on even if they dont believe your height has perceivably changed.

    The best way to appear taller though? Keep the company of even shorter people - I've found a 5'0 wife who doesnt wear very high heals often has worked wonders ;)
     
  7. doctorvai

    doctorvai Member

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    Actually you're right, i don't know where my head was when i was writing this as my primary concern was the torso/leg proportion that seems to drift towards the leg side when wearing a tucked shirt :D

    Any comments ?

    Thank you a lot
     
  8. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    What is your inside leg? Unless you are already disproportionate then generally longer legs are considered better and at 5'10 your ideal inside leg would be 32.5" (based on Wroclaw University research). Assuming yours are shorter than that (and the average for a 5'10 man is 31") then in theory you should be trying to give the illusion of longer legs rather than shorter.
     
  9. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Honestly, people will see you as short based on some comparison. If you're 5'10", and you're standing around 5'4" tall people, you'll be perceived as tall. Whether or not your shirt is tucked in.

    If you're 5'10", and you're standing around people who are 6'4" tall, you're going to be perceived as short. Whether or not your shirt is tucked in.

    Heck, if you're 6'2", but you're surrounded by NBA players, onlookers are going to think you're short. Seriously, many college and professional basketball coaches are over 6 feet. But when you see them on tv, in the midst of their players who are half a foot to a foot taller than they are, they look puny.

    Things like plus or minus a half an inch in cuff width, or wearing a suit with vertical stripes, or tucking in your shirt, or etc., have an extremely modest impact (at best) on perceptions of height. The brain is far more concerned with judging relative size, and it does that by comparing against nearby people/things whose height is either known or which the brain believes it can accurately estimate. (Mind you, sometimes those estimates are incorrect. And sometimes artists, photographers, architects, etc., employ techniques to intentionally mislead the observer with regard to judging relative size. See the pic of the world's largest tourist, below, for an example of this. He may only be 5'8", but it's not his untucked shirt which makes him seem tall.)

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  10. doctorvai

    doctorvai Member

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    I am at 32.3 so i guess it's within the normal range :)

    Thank you for the answer as they've been very informative and enlightening.
     
  11. elliekidston

    elliekidston Active Member

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    I completely agree with you. Tucking in your shirt or leaving it out doesn't make such difference especially in regards to your height. Well said!!!
     

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