When it comes to fashion, we as men can see all images of clothing we may want to try all modeled on tall guys.
Sure, a lot of tall guys who are slender appear to “look better” in certain things however; what about shorter guys?
Now according to AskMen.com, heights between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11 account for “regular” height, while “short” for men, based on clothing sizes, can fall between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7.
Celebrities like Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Kevin Hart, Nelly, T.I. and even Ne-Yo fall (at or under) the 5’9 range and below. Granted we see them mostly in casual wear and have access to a stylist, there are basic things all you Kevin Hart-ish types can make your clothes work for you.
Check out a few tips to help make you “appear” to be “tall, dark and handsome” on a 5-foot-9 and below frame:
Keeping It In the Same Color Scheme:
There’s this thing called monochromatic colors which allows the shorter fellas to make their streamline look better. Too many contrasting colors can make you look gaudy at times. Therefore, work on keeping your color pallet consistent. Darker colors provide an illusion of added height which will work well in your favor. However, when you want to brighten up your wardrobe this spring then use a brighter top and a darker bottom; it adds an a lengthening effect.
Strung Out On Stripes:
Adopting vertical or horizontal stripes are a great way to minimize the look of being shorter. Horizontal patterns give you the appearance of looking wider given the natural ways of the eyes. Vertical stripes (whether broken up or not) helps give the impression of a taller height effortlessly. It doesn’t really matter the length of the stripes. SN: Pinstripe suits are a plus to have
Show That Frame Homie:
Look, you ain’t bout to be tall no time soon so eliminate the belief of just buying something and wearing it. Learn your body type and account for it. For both slim and heavier guys, go to stores you like to shop at that cater to your buddy while bringing out your build. Places like Urban Outfitters, Zara and H&M can offer more cut fitting clothes for you. Invest in a tailor for you suits (pants and jacket) because at the end of the day, you want your clothes to fit the contour of your body and not just your height. Check out Ludacris’ suit to the right
Yo, Aldo Can Be Your Best Friend:
Accessories help to not overwhelm your shape. Keep things minimal and clean such as what glasses you sport, ties, bracelets, and necklaces. Narrow or midsize ties are better look for shorter men versus a broad one. Try to stay away from wide belts cause that’s just “no” look wise. IF you want to lengthen your vertical line try things like hats, shoes that have thicker soles at the bottom or even shorter haircuts.
Once you learn the tricks of your style, embrace it. How you style yourself is one way to add the height of Chris Brown on a Nelly frame. A little cheesy, but you get the point.