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What clothes should short men wear

Updated on November 20, 2013

Before addressing the issue of clothing itself, there are three points to consider in how you look good with what you wear:

  1. Maintain a good posture if you want to stand out more or if you want to give the impression of greater height. Remember Mom's advice that is actually true: Sit up straight and keep your chin up.
  2. As a rule, short hair is what works best for short men. Why? because long hair tends to hide the neck and shoulders, making your head and your body look like a single block. That does not help if you want the appearance of height.
  3. Stay in shape but not overdeveloped. The heavy and muscular types tend to be wider and shorter. Staying lean and having defined muscles can increase the perception of height overall.

A good way to avoid going from store to store looking for smaller sizes is to grab the yellow pages and call asking what sizes manufactured do their items in also and if they offer a service of tailoring to fit clothing. It never hurts to have a look to the boys clothing section in department stores, smaller women do it. You will be surprised of the good clothes and designs that you may find there.

Style Tips

Use vertical stripes

We know the myth that vertical stripes make you look thinner, however adding vertical patterns to your clothes can increase the perception of your height. Try to avoid other patterned type fabrics e.g. argyle.

Use a single color or similar shades

The dress shirt or sweatshirt and pants in similar hues minimize the natural cut that is created from contrasts between the upper and lower body.The result will give a more taller appearance.

Choose dark colors and light fabrics

Dark colors, especially black, tend to have a slimming effect. The same applies to thin or medium fabrics.Heavier fabrics, on the other hand, tend to make you look bulky and shorter in appearance.

Avoid wearing loose clothing

Loose fitting clothes are fine and comfortable but not too loose, this is a common mistake for too many overweight people. Loose clothing will give you a sloppy image, while less baggy clothes make you look thinner and taller.



Try to find shoes with thicker soles. This will automatically put a few millimeters to your height. You can also use the "elevator" plastic accessories that make you look taller.


Try to avoid cardigans or jackets with more than three buttons and also double-breasted jackets, since they will take of the focus from your face to your trunk. On the other hand, ensure that the jackets fall slightly below your butt, which will add more of a vertical appearance to your body.

For T-shirts, try choosing the v-neck types, and avoid turtlenecks . Avoid anything too loose or over sized collared shirts. Also note that if you tuck your shirt into your pants, this would give more emphasis to your hip and therefore make you appear shorter.

The length of a shirt or T-shirt can be adjustable mainly by the sleeves. Look to buy clothes that your shoulders and sleeves fit well and not too loose. A tailor can fix the overall length.


The top of your pants should be ideally at the height of your hip. Try not to wear shorts that end at the height of the calves, as this gives a short appearance. Also avoid accessories that fill up and bulk your pockets out as this draws attention to the central area of your body and makes you look wider and of course shorter.

It is also better to avoid pants with pleats, which increases the volume of your hips.


Avoid ties with a thick knot. Try to wear thin ties and be sure to wear them with the proper length. Rather than too many designs, a single color or diagonal patterns would be better.

The belt, which should always match the shoes, you should stay a little tight and firm but not too much otherwise you'll look like a sausage tied in the middle.


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    • Hezekiah profile image

      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Thanks, I hope this is useful. I've seen shorter people is some terribly baggy clothes which just makes them appear even shorter and heavier.

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      Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      You've provided some good tips. The note about not wearing the belt too tight is a good one. Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Electronician, Hey I'm from Birmingham, UK too. Live in Japan at the moment now though.

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Thank you

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Finally some attention for the short man. Thank you. Very interesting.

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      Dean Walsh 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Very interesting, I'm a bit shorter than average height myself. My main problem with clothes is that its hard to get trousers with short enough legs, because my legs are short in comparison to my upper body. I always end up with the bottom dragging on the floor and getting frayed!

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      DQTUK 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      nice hub! very informative and interesting. I usually like dressing in black suit, black shirt, and perhaps a black tie, or the occasional white bow tie. I guess its time i should try new styles and patterns. thanks :)