You might not be able to stretch those legs of yours any higher, but when it comes to putting together an outfit, you’d be surprised at how much taller you can make yourself look. All you need are the right pants and a few tips for increasing your height visually. Here’s how to look taller with your clothes.
Achieving The Proper Fit: Do’s & Don’ts
DO wear shirts that stop around the middle part of your fly. DON’T wear elongated shirts—as they may make you feel taller, but they can have the visual effect of shortening your legs.
DON’T wear baggy dress shirts. DO wear a slim waist to emphasize as much length as possible—anything else will make you look less “long” in the torso.
DO measure your inseam properly. You want the bottom of the pant crotch to fit you properly in order to elongate the inseam as much as possible. DON’T wear pants with low crotches. Shortening this only makes your legs look shorter.
DON’T mix up your trouser and sock colors. DO match your socks to your trousers, as this can visually extend the length of your pants, giving your legs a longer look and a better overall visual balance to a “tall” outfit.
Again, avoid the temptation to wear long clothes. If you wear clothes that fit properly, it will do your silhouette far more favors and help you appear taller.
Manage Your Accessories
The first accessory to pay attention to—if you’re wearing one—is the tie. Don’t go for extra-long ties to try to “lengthen” your torso. Similarly, a tie that’s tied too short will only look strange. Instead, try to get the tip of your tie to touch the middle of the waistband on your pants. This means it will only go slightly over your waist. Any more than that is too long.
When it comes to belts, you should consider going beltless when applicable. You’ll want to avoid most horizontal lines in your outfit when you can. Additionally, a belt takes up an inch or two of vertical space that could otherwise go toward extending the visual length of your pants.
Try to wear accessories that draw the eye to the upper body, including:
- Pocket squares
- Tie clips
The more you can emphasize a natural advantage like a longer torso, the more your accessories will be able to do to help create a taller impression.
Consider a Tailored Jacket
Why bother with a tailored jacket? Because you’ll have more input in how the top button rests. You need a top button that goes above your navel, extending the amount of visual space below the navel—and therefore the legs. This helps properly proportion the appearance of a suit.
Consider Berle Tailored Trousers
Of course, it helps to have the right-fitting dress pants to make these tips work. We recommend that you have yourself measured and enter in your specific details when you order our Tailored Trousers online. With a great fitting pair of pants, you’ll look great, feel great, and have more confidence every time you put them on.