TIPS SPECIFICALLY FOR SMALLER OUTSIZE MEN
outsize clothing makers make clothes for shorter men under 5' 5",
so smaller men are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a really
good outsize fashion look. That said, as our fashion team outline, there
are ways to give a taller effect to your appearance. They also have drawn
up tips on how you can look your best by watching what you wear and how
you wear it.
How to appear Taller
following are some simple yet often overlooked tips that can help you
1. Maintaining good posture is key. Sit with your back straight, and stand
as tall as you can. A slouched stance will not only make you look shorter
but you will also appear insecure.
Small men look better with short hair from a general fashion point of
view. Long hair hides your neck and 'sinks' your head into your chest
and shoulders, making it look as if you have no neck
Try to stay fit if you can. Bigger bellies give a more rounded, shorter
looking profile, whereas having some muscle (such as built, defined shoulders)
can help add some height to your overall frame.
for specialist 'smaller size' outsize retailers
best way to start is to go to our men's pages and see what styles and
sizes they carry. You should never be afraid to email and ask the salesperson
if they can make special orders for shorter men or if they offer custom-made
General fashion advice for small outsize men
Anything that makes your body look longer is good. Vertical stripes in
clothing can help extend the look of your shorter body. Patterns such
as pinstripe, chalkstripe and herringbone also offer that "vertical"
effect. Do not undo the effect by wearing checkered shirts.
Wearing a shirt and trousers in the same colour will prevent breaks in
your top-to-bottom, natural whole body look, and as a result will give
the illusion that you're taller.
for dark shades & light fabrics
Dark colors, especially black, have a slimming effect and help shorter
men look longer. The same goes for light and medium weight fabrics. Heavier
fabrics, on the other hand, tend to make you look bulkier and shorter.
sure your clothes fit.
It's important that your clothes, even if outsize, fit perfectly. Loose
clothing can make you look short, so go for a fit that is trim rather
One way to look taller is to wear height-increasing footwear or apparatuses
such as lifts, insoles, elevator shoes, and shoes with thicker soles.
These can all easily add a couple of inches to your height. When shopping
for shoes, stick to bulkier styles so that your feet don't look too small.
Don't wear bright socks, as this will draw attention to your bigger shoes
Don't wear jackets or cardigans with more than three buttons because they
will draw unwanted attention to your shorter upper body. Make sure that
your blazers and jackets fall slightly below your buttocks, as this will
make your body look longer. While you should try to avoid double-breasted
suits, if you do choose to wear one, do up all the buttons (including
the lower ones), as this will give you a longer look.
If you are wearing a sports jacket, make sure there's as little contrast
between your jacket and trousers as possible, to maintain the natural
vertical lines. Center and side vents also add the effect of a prolonged
terms of sweaters and T-shirts, V-necks can help make your torso look
longer. Turtlenecks, on the other hand, can make you look short, as they
conceal your neck in the same way as long hair does.
for semi-fitted shirts in order to avoid excess fabric when tucking them
in and opt for point collars instead of spreads. Finally, keep in mind
that tucking in casual and t-shirts can place the emphasis on your legs
and torso, which might make you look shorter.
Do not wear your trousers too high;- wear them just above your hips as
too high they make your upper body look short. At the same time avoid
wearing low-rise jeans(even if they are 'fashionable'), as they make legs
look shorter than they already are.
Avoid any kind of puckering around
the waist, from tucking in your shirts or having full pockets, as it will
make you look wider and hence, shorter.
Your trousers should be sitting slightly lower on your shoes than average,
to help make your legs look longer by covering your socks properly.
Avoid turn-ups if possible. If you do decide to wear them, have your tailor
hem them slightly narrower than normal (that is, 1 inch instead of the
usual 1½ to 2 inches). Finally, keep in mind that trousers with
no pleats or a single pleat are more flattering than multiple pleats.
Shorter outsize men should avoid bow ties. Instead, they should wear narrower
ties; solid, and regimental and diagonal patterns work best.
Wear a belt rather than braces, and if you pick one that hasn't got holes
the chances are that you will get a better, more exact adjusted look around
your waist, avoiding the puckered look.
fashion advice for smaller outsize men on looking taller
and on correct clothing choice