Tips for the Vertically Challenged

Many of you, like myself, may have trouble finding clothes that fit you because you’re short.  It happens – you can’t help what God gave you.  However, you can change your buying habits and purchasing clothes that will be somewhat flattering to a smaller figure.  Follow the five-tips below to look and feel 2 or even 3 inches taller! (and no, one of them is not to buy 2 or 3 inch cowboy boots).

1.  DO NOT BUY BAGGY JEANS / SHIRTS

Unless you are a member of Kriss Kross, you shouldn’t be wearing baggy anything anyways.

2. SLIM-FIT

A smaller frame will almost always require a slimmer-fitting shirt.  Most dress shirts seem to come in the “extra-floppy”size and you look like you’re wearing a trash bag.  A number of store sell slim-fit shirts that will be a bit more flattering to your figure.  A lot of department stores have a good variety.  And even still, you may need to get it tailored if it doesn’t fit you right the first time.

3. STICK WITH THE SOLIDS

As short men, loud and obnoxious patterns (aside from being loud and obnoxious) make you look shorter.  You do not want to look like an optical illusion walking down the street in some plaid or checkered shirt.  Solid colors along with thin stripes will not only keep you in style but also stretch you a bit (or atleast appear to do so).

4. BUY THE FIT, NOT THE SIZE

I know that you may think you’re a small shirt, 32/30 waist, etc, but designers don’t make clothes to dress John Q. Person.  Make sure you try on the clothes before your purchase so you know how they fit.

5. KEEP IT THIN

When layering up with a nice shirt/sweater combo, try to stay with thin, solid v-neck sweaters or those with minimal patterns.  Bulky sweaters like the one grandma gave you for Christmas will swallow you like the girl next door.  And, it will make you look like David the Gnome (if you don’t know who that is, either I’m too old or you were deprived as a child).  The v-neck will draw attention to your head, shoulders, and neck, and may even make you look a bit slimmer.  Also, see rule #2 for slim-fit shirts underneath so you dont look bulky.

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