1. Vertical Lines are Your Best Friend
A good place to start on your journey to appearing to look taller is to ditch as many horizontal lines in your outfits as possible. We are talking about everything from horizontal lines patterned into your clothing choices, to accessories that cross over your body and break up your natural body line, for example, visible belts. So, try to ditch any belts and if you are a fan of strips in your clothing choices, then try to purchase vertical stripes rather than horizontal ones.
2. Opt for Monochrome Tones
Sticking to a particular shade of clothing will also help you appear taller, mostly by tricking your (and everyone else’s) eyes. By minimizing the color palette of your outfits, you will not allow any bright colors to be introduced into your outfit, so they cannot break up the seamless line of your monochrome tones. Imagine putting a bright green top under a dark jacket and pair of pants. It will break up the line of your body by showcasing your torso.
3. Fitted Clothes over Baggy Clothes
4. The Old Trick: Height Boosting Shoes
While we’re on the subject of accessories, you can also consider adjusting your shoe style and material. By this, I mean choosing shoes with thicker soles and more padding. This is an old trick favored by shorter men in Hollywood.
5. Try to Wear High or Mid-Rise Pants
The following two tips are all about elongating your legs. If you are on the shorter side, then avoiding low-rise pants is an absolute must. The end of your t-shirt or shirt, and the start of your trousers or jeans, show a clear divide within your body that can be hard to avoid if you are not using our monochrome tip above.
But, by opting for high-rise or mid-rise pants, you are making your waist appear higher than it probably is. Which, in turn, gives the effect that your legs are longer than they are.
6. Avoid Pant Breaks
Another issue that pants can give you, similar to the oversized issue, is if you choose pants with a full break. This is because a fuller break will also have your pant legs bunching at the ankle, which will give off that same effect that you are wearing clothes way too big for you and eliminate any height benefits you have. Instead, opt for either a no break or a cropped finish to the pants. Either of these will have your pants either ending at your ankle or the smallest part of it, which will make your legs appear longer than they are.
7. Why Not Try a V-Neck T-shirt?
8. Start Wearing Pointed Shoes
Women use this trick to look slimmer, wearing pointed high heels with small-scale patterns. Guys can use the same trick to give themselves a height boost. Just make sure you don’t wear too many different patterns, as it could ruin the whole effect, and make people think that you have a Napoleon complex.
Just stick to small patterns or go with plain colors. The pointed tip forces your whole body into good posture and makes you look taller by comparison. Additionally, pointy shoes have been proven to elongate the wearer’s silhouette, making them appear longer from head to toe.
9. The Long Topcoat Effect
Many short men feel they can’t wear coats because they make them look smaller. But this is not always the case. The key lies in wearing coats that are long enough to reach your knees. This type of coat makes you appear taller by comparison.
When people see an apparently normal-sized person wearing a knee-long coat, they automatically assume that any other visible parts must also be longer than usual, subconsciously tricking them into thinking you’re taller.
10. Small Scale Patterns Work Magic for Short Guys (Men)
As we’ve already seen in the case of pointed shoes, wearing smaller patterns can give you a boost. For example, if you want to add a bit of color to your outfit without going overboard, consider choosing a tie with a small-scale pattern. The same goes for shirt patterns.
Just remember that while big prints look messy and unprofessional, too many small prints do the opposite. They make you look shorter due to what scientists call “visual crowding .”
So just choose one or two small-scale prints max! Not only will they help add some “extra” inches to your height, but they also keep other people from being distracted by all the extra visual information on your body!
11. Proportionate Accessories to Give the Illusion of Height
Avoid belts with large buckles as they will both make your hips look tiny and break your natural body line. If you want to take it up a notch, consider getting suspenders instead. They are not only stylish, but they will also keep your pants from sagging and add some extra length to your silhouette!
12. Stand Tall with Confidence