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Men’s Style: How to Dress to Look Taller

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In working with my male clients, I have come to discover that men carry as many wardrobe and body insecurities as women. Whether they like to admit that or not, is another story. But I find it true (client after client), that there is something we all wish we could change about our bodies. I have found that most men who are shorter than average often feel sensitive about their height. In reality though, and just like women, men come in all sizes. And the truth is, if a relationship is right, nothing else matters. But that doesn’t wipe away the secret insecurity some men, and some women, may have about their height. As a personal stylist, I have developed five easy ways to help lengthen stature and boost confidence all at the same time! All it takes is a bit of strategic styling, a few tricks of the eye, an illusion of color, and even a hidden height secret.

1. Start With Your Shoes

As I have previously discussed, shoe choice is of utmost importance. But there is another secret shoe trick when it comes to style. By matching the relative pant color and tone to your shoe color and tone, you will effectively lengthen the look of your legs. It’s easy to remember:

  • Light-colored pants with light-colored shoes
  • Medium-colored pants with medium-colored shoes
  • Dark-colored pants with dark-colored shoes

Don’t forget that your sock choice matters too! Make sure your socks are also within the same color range. But this is also where you can get creative! Try a navy dotted sock, or a purple/grey argyle choice. You’ll look both taller and get the change to be creative.  That’s a double whammy in the style world!

2. Go for the V

I’m talking about V-neck T-shirts or sweaters, and I highly encourage wearing them.  Different than a crew-neck, which is the typical rounded neckline, a V-neck offers you two means of style enhancers 1.) The angle of the “V” brings out the angles and the sharpness in your face and features. Simply put, that means you’ll appear even more attractive. 2.) It elongates the neck! By showing more neck, and a bit more skin above your chest, you are effectively lengthening your neckline, which in turn will make you look taller and slimmer! A crew-neck does offer a softer appeal (which isn’t a bad thing, just different depending on the message you want to send), but a V-neck should absolutely be part of your everyday style plan!

3. Do the “Half Tuck”

This is a relatively new styling trick for men, but it works every time. It’s called the “half tuck” – thank you to David Beckham for making it a “thing.” This is when your shirt is partially tucked into the front of your pants, and left hanging loose around the sides and in the back. The look is supposed to have a laissez-faire feel, where your shirt may have mistakenly gotten stuck at your belt buckle, but it is strategically the most important styling trick of them all: The more leg we see visually, and the more belt buckle we can see, the longer your legs will look. Have you ever worn a t-shirt and felt short in it? Try the half tuck. This unlikely style hero will be just the trick to add some swagger to your look, while also making you appear taller!

4. Reach for New Heights

Take it to new heights… to your head! Adding body to your hairline is another very easy technique to add a few more inches into your overall look. Try styling your hair with a touch of product, and add a bit of loft in the front. Girls love a well-groomed man. Not particularly into using products, or styling your hair at all for that matter? Sport a hip hat! A fedora, a panama, a pork pie (think Heisenberg in Breaking Bad), a Trilby (think Justin Timberlake) or even a newsboy cap! They will all help you add height, and even a touch of style to your look. Accessories always finish an outfit.

5. Discover the Secret That Stays in Your Shoes

While yes, there may be a hilarious Seinfeld episode about wearing height enhancers for your shoes, it’ actually is a very real thing. Check out a company called Lift Kits! They offer insole inserts that literally add inches to your height. The best part is that because they are inside your shoe, nobody will ever see them. So if height is really an insecurity point for you, there is nothing wrong with throwing these puppies into your kicks and feeling a touch taller. The truth is, when you feel confident, you actually stand taller, your shoulders are back, and you keep your head high – so give yourself an instant boost of confidence!

I am a firm believer in all these styling tricks. Not only have I watched them work for my clients, but I have witnessed my clients gain a boost in confidence, have a more active dating life, and carry a happier demeanor all around. Try one, or try them all – they are sure-fire ways to enhance your height with subtly and class.  Now, go get ‘em boys!

Named “LA’s go-to stylist” by the Los Angeles Times in 2012, certified image consultant and personal stylist, Laurie Brucker of LaurieBstyle LLC, is the stylist for real people. With a degree in Apparel Merchandising from Indiana University and a certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for Image Consulting, Laurie was hand-picked as a top stylist in 2011 to represent Stacy London from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Keeping style very personal, Laurie has developed the “Style Strategies for Success,” which empowers her clients with the tools, techniques and art of creating your own unique sense of style that’s right for you!
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5 Comments »

  • Hello Nealio
    If you think these suggestions are artificial then you are wrong.
    if men have best dressing style then any women get disingenuous.

  • John says:

    Hi Lauire,great artical!Can Lift Kits work with converse all star high tops?If not what kind of shoe would you reccomend for Lift Kits?

  • Craig says:

    So glad I found this article! Thanks for the tips!
    (Full disclosure: I just connected with a nice young lady my age on JDate and we have yet to meet in Real Life. She’s only about an inch taller than me, which doesn’t seem that big a deal to me and I doubt matters to her, but I’m still keeping this stuff firmly in mind… just in case.)
    Besides, there’s no rule saying that the men MUST be taller than the women; maybe we’re just used to it because men tend to be slightly taller than women on average.

  • Laurie says:

    Hi Nealio!

    I completely understand what you are saying. And yes, these are “trick of the eye” fixes for something that should be accepted the way it is. I am a firm believer that the right match will be the right match and all of this fades away. However I am in the business of building up confidence. And these tips are meant to be confidence boosters. If they can help somebody who may be feeling insecure, or feel that their height is something to be concerned with when it comes to dating then the job is done. I will be answering this comment more in depth on my next story because I believe that you are not alone in thinking this. So stay tuned and thank you so much for your commenting! I appreciate all thoughts and conversation!

    Best,

    Laurie

  • Nealio says:

    Yet, many of your suggestions are artificial…which many women find disingenuous.

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