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Fashion For Short Boys

By Alex James

Some people think that our height is one of the biggest determining factors of our physical attractiveness. In fact, in many cultures, height is associated with social status, hence taller men being more likely to be promoted than shorter men. If you're reading this article, the odds are that you're looking for ways to add a couple of centimeters to your height.

The first thing to do is to practice good posture. Start by keeping an upright torso as often as you can. This will make an incredible difference in your height as well as make you look more self-assured to the people you interact with.

However, having good posture is not suddenly going to result in your 5'6" stature reading as 6'2". But, you can appear a few inches taller — if not longer — with the right clothes.

Here are six fashion tips how look taller.

Wear Fitted Clothes
By "fitted" we don’t mean a second skin. Many men tend to prefer wearing loose clothing, as it is a lot more comfortable. As a result, these men fail to purchase the right size, often leaning on the larger end of the fit continuum (you know who you are). However, wearing fitted clothing will help to accentuate your body's lines, which will naturally create a slimming effect and an appearance of added height. Consider finding a tailor to alter your clothes if you must, but never wear clothes that are too big; they will make you look even shorter since your lines will not be visible at all.

Choose Monochromatic Colours
When trying to look taller, colour choices are relevant. Wearing clothes consisting of the same shades and hues from one of the colours on the colour wheel is a sleek trick to elongate your frame since people will not look at your body as different parts. For instance, wearing pants and shoes of matching colours will make you seem like you have longer legs. As for your belts, you want to blend them in to your outfit. Thus, avoid contrasting colours.

Wear Dark Colours
Opting for dark colours such as black, navy and deep gray will not only make you look slimmer, but will also project dominance and power. In today’s society, people subconsciously respond to dominance, power and competency. Combined with a balanced and upright posture, people with such traits always seem to be taller and slightly intimidating, even if they’re physically not. This is a simple psychological dynamic that you can easily work to your advantage.

Pay Attention To Your Hairstyle
Some men prefer a spiky hairstyle not just because it is trendy, but also for the additional inches it adds to their height. A hairstyle that is thin on the sides and tall on top will dramatically increase height even when you’re standing right in front of others. Check out any issue of a fashion magazine and you will probably see several different hairstyles in photographs that honour this rule. Consider all of them and decide which hairstyle suits you best. Alternatively, you can also work with your hairstylist to find the most flattering style for you.

Wear Vertical Stripes
When it comes to looking taller, this is a popular trick you often see on celebrities. Patterns such as pinstripe, chalk stripe and herringbone will provide the visual length you are hoping for. So, choose pants and jackets with such patterns and try out the various types of stripes to see which ones are the most beneficial for you. Do not mix them, however, as it will look very distracting and may even cause you to look shorter.

Choose The Right Jacket Length
A coat or jacket should end where the buttocks meet the legs. A poorly fitted jacket is not only a fashion disaster but it also has a strong negative effect on your height .

For some men, it is also a good idea to complement a jacket of perfect length with shoulder pads. This will make your shoulders appear broader and create the tapered V-shaped upper body, which will ultimately help you to look taller and more athletic.

Important
Remember that being short is not a bad thing. Being truly happy with who you are and showing confidence will already help you look loads taller.

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