5 Style Hacks That Will Make You Look Taller

Sleeves down to your ankles? Jeans rolled up like life buoys? ​We've got you sorted

As a shorter man trying to dress well, it often feels like the odds are firmly stacked against you.

In the majority of cases, clothes are designed with 6ft-plus guys in mind. Fashion, it seems, is a tall man's game - you'll just have to do with looking like you've stumbled out of a lost property bin.

But by employing a few simple tricks, you can measure up to any look you want. With the help of Alice Watt, a personal stylist from Thread, we present the 5 style hacks all shorter men need to know.

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Match your separates correctly

"In terms of the bottom half, matching dark shoes with dark trousers will make your legs look longer," says Alice. "Personally, I love the look of dark-coloured minimal trainers from Eytys or Common Projects."


There are other tricks you can employ to fool people into thinking you're a beanpole. Foregoing a belt will add visual length to trousers. Ties should be slim (unless you're on the heftier side, as they'll only make you look wider), and it's important to stick with vertical stripes, rather than horizontal.


When it comes to layering your outfits, make sure the lighter colours are used for your torso. This will create an vertical line that visibly extends the body. If you can match it with trousers of a similar shade, all the better, as that will stop you from splitting your body in half, so to speak.

Pay attention to your shirt length

"I'd look for shirts that fall within an inch of your trouser waistband, because longer shirts can drown a small guy," advises Alice.


Shelling out on a whole made-to-measure wardrobe would burn a hole in any man's wallet, so it's best to just be more discerning with your purchases. Try before you buy, and when you're online shopping, always remember that the clobbered-up male model is most likely 6ft-plus.


It also means ducking the recent trend for grunge-inspired long-line shirts in favour of classic lengths - but considering you haven't stepped on a skateboard since you were 9, that's not too much of a loss, is it?


In any case, stick to Alice's one-inch rule. If it starts to feel like a crop top, then you've gone way too far.

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Get on first name terms with a tailor

"No job is too small for a tailor," says Alice. "A couple of shaved inches can really make the difference in the height stakes."


When it comes to trousers and jeans, the inseam length is important. Shorter guys who want to avoid material pooling around their shoes or swamping their legs should request a tapered fit with little to no break at the bottom.


How you have your shirt altered depends entirely on your particular shape. If you're confident enough, a slimmer fit will make you look taller and leaner. Also, to ensure that it doesn't look like you're wearing a hand-me-down, allow no bagginess around the armpits.


And finally, whatever your build, shirtsleeves should always end around your wrist (especially under blazers, where the ½ of the shirt cuff should remain on show).

Respect your spine (and get confident, stupid)

Maintaining good posture is integral to making the most of the height that you do have. Our advice? Book yourself in for a nice, comprehensive, "argh, that hurts but keep doing it" massage to iron out the kinks and knots that you've accumulated over time.


Once that's done, start practicing good posture in your day-to-day life. Never slouch when sitting, ensure your chin is parallel to the floor, and try not to push your shoulders forward. Not only will you start to feel more confident and healthy in your body, but you may even find a valuable extra inch.

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Know what to avoid

If Nigel Farage's recent ever presence in the news has brought about one good thing, it's that we all now understand why a shorter guy should never wear a double-breasted jacket. It's far too boxy, and you end up looking like a rubber. Stick with a two or single button blazer.


Keeping a fitted blazer buttoned (if it's a two-button, only secure the top button) will create a lithe, V-shaped silhouette that will also add size and width to your chest and shoulders.


Short sleeves are another no-no. Even taller guys find them hard to pull off, and they effectively shorten your arms.