If you think that being short means you’re the only one who has trouble shopping for an appropriate wardrobe, we have something to tell you: most guys think this way. It doesn’t matter if you’re small, tall, big, wide, or some combination of these. Every man has a unique body. Once you understand that—and once you learn to dress for your unique body—you’ll start to experience the true feelings of confidence that the right clothes can give you. Without any further ado, here are some short men fashion tips to help you along.
Tip #1: Don’t Hide Your Proper Fit
If you think you have a physical flaw (and you don’t), your natural instinct is going to be to compensate for it in some way. Maybe you’ll buy pants that are too long, thinking that it gives you a more balanced silhouette. Maybe you’ll purposefully buy shorter tops to avoid the feeling of dressing in clothes designed for a taller man.
The key is not to hide your proper fit, but to embrace it. Learn your sleeve size. Your inseams. Your waist. Purchase the clothes that fit these measurements rather than trying to make you fit the clothes.
Tip #2: Purchase Items that Suit Your Proportions
If you have shorter legs, buying a longer pair of shorts is only going to look wrong on you. It’s important that the clothes you do buy suit your specific proportions. For example, at Vintage 1946, we offer both 9” Twill shorts and 7” Classic Twill shorts like these Blueberry options.
Guess which ones tend to suit the proportions of a man with shorter legs? The 7” shorts, of course. Longer shorts make look a little off with shorter legs, but the shorter styles should look great!
Tip #3: Don’t Overdo It
You might hear a lot of fashion myths about appearing taller:
- “Wear vertical stripes!”
- “Wear lifts in your shoes!”
- “Only wear boots!”
The problem with these tips is that they try to use optical illusions. They’re not going to make you any taller than you already are. If anything, they’ll only make you worse-dressed.
That’s why it’s important to keep things simple. Don’t look for five accessories that can somehow distract from your height. Instead, embrace your height and resolve to be the best-dressed man in the room.
Tip #4: Have Fun
You’re looking for clothes that are going to give you confidence. You can’t do that unless you have fun with it. Every so often, drop a fun item into the clothes you wear that have nothing to do with your height, such as these Authentic Madras Shorts in Orange. If the purpose of clothes is to help instill the confidence you need to put your best foot forward, that means that not all clothes have to do with your height. They can simply be about you and how you feel.
With these tips, we hope you’ll find a style that suits your proportions. Be sure to browse the collections here at Vintage 1946 for plenty of great looks to add to your wardrobe!