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Every man on earth has his own problems. Whether it’s in his career or personal life, it’s simply the way the world works.

But short men face challenges others may not know about, including:

  • Heightism – Short men can be passed over for jobs and excluded from many things based solely on their height.
  • Online dating – Women will tell you to swipe left if you don’t meet their height requirement.
  • Getting the right fit – Designers all use average measurements for their garments. That means that department stores don’t have clothes that will fit the shorter than the average man.
  • Being passed over for promotion – Believe it or not, promotions are hard to come by for short men. Research has shown that height is strongly related to a man’s success, and whether intended or not, employers are looking for leaders, and it is more challenging for short men to appear as such.

What’s a short guy supposed to do? Grow? If you are in your twenties or older, that isn’t likely. Your height is what it is.

But there are ways that you can dress yourself to make you appear taller. In this article, we explain how short guys can look taller and leaner.

#1 Match Your Shoe Color To Your Pants

If your shoe color contrasts with the color of your trousers (e.g. white sneakers and black denim), you’ll look shorter. If you go with shoes that are a similar color to your trousers, this low contrast visually elongates your leg – making you look taller.

During the warm and hot months, there is a trick you can pull off when wearing shorts. Wearing shoes that match your skin tone as closely as possible will elongate the legs. Tans, beiges, and browns (flesh tones) – shorts should sit above the knee, which will show more leg. Creating one continuous color line makes it look like one long leg.

The final approach to shoes is to pay attention to the shape and the silhouette of the shoe. Remember that the goal is to elongate the leg. As such, you should wear a pointed toe shoe – rounded or squared-off toes can shorten the foot. Pointed toes visually lengthen the foot and, subsequently, the leg.

Keep the shoe below the ankle – this applies to wearing shorts. Low-top shoes show more ankle than high tops or boots that shorten the leg because the rise is past the ankle.

#2 The Right Haircut Makes You Look Taller

The higher people’s attention focuses on your body, the bigger you look. If your hairstyle looks sharp up top, that’s going to make you seem bigger than you are. You’ll look like a man with a stylish haircut, which benefits anyone regardless of his height. Here are a few styles to start with:

  • Pompadour – A pompadour haircut features length and volume on top, swept-back, while the sides and back are either slicked down or short. Think Elvis Presley.
  • Quiff or Undercut – The defining features of these two cuts are the shorter skin fades on the sides and back and the longer cut on top. The quiff typically is a little longer on top and blown out. Think Pinky Blinders.
  • High and tight – This is the timeless classic used by the military to convey strength and power. The same kind of skin fade on the sides and back with more length on the top draws the eye upward.

#3 Wear A Suit That Compliments Your Body’s Proportions

As a shorter gentleman, proportion should always be a goal. A suit has many places where a tailor can make adjustments to make you look taller:

  • Shorter jackets – Jackets usually cover the butt, but a shorter jacket will expose the leg more, giving the illusion of height.
  • Narrower, notch lapels – Wider and peak lapels accentuate the shoulders and make a man look broader up top. You want to play down your width for a shorter person as that will make you look taller.
  • Slimmer sleeve widths – Leaner cuts add the illusion of length, so slimmer sleeves that hug your arms will make them look longer.
  • Higher buttons – The buttons on your suit are called waist buttons. These sit at the natural waist. Sometimes, this can shorten the legs on a suit and creating a shorter appearance. Having a waist button sit slightly higher elongates the legs and gives a taller look.
  • Medium rise trousers – The drop of the crotch plays a big part in how long the legs appear. If the drop is too low, it will create the illusion of shorter legs and shorter stature.

What’s also crucial about proportion is the fit. It should be slim, should accentuate your silhouette. Baggy fitting clothes give a wide appearance and take away length and height.

#4 Wear The Right Dress Shirts

Shirts can be very tricky for short guys. Many times dress shirts can look massive on shorter gentlemen because of the excess fabric that billows and bunches.

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To combat this reality, make sure that the shirts are:

  • Slim or fitted through the chest – this helps to narrow the torso. Even if you are an athletic-built gentleman, you want to make sure that the shirt you are wearing narrows your chest for the cleanest fit.
  • High armholes – higher armholes allow for a slimmer fit with more movement. Again the slimmer fit gives a leaner appearance.
  • Tuck in the shirt – A tucked-in shirt shows the waist and helps with elongating. It also allows any excess fabric to be tucked away. If a button-up is un-tucked, it should not be lower than 2 inches past the waist
  • Sleeve Length – Generally, sleeve lengths should stick out 1/2 in. to 3/4 in. from your blazer or suit jacket. Showing 1/4 of the shirt will ensure it never looks too long for your arms.

#5 Buy A Topcoat

Topcoats are a stylish weather shielding piece, so the fabric is thicker and heavy-duty. Due to this, getting a top coat altered can be an expensive venture if tailors will be open to doing the job.

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To avoid this headache, you want to purchase topcoats explicitly made for your shorter frame. These types of coats will have design elements similar to that of blazers and sport coats for shorter guys.

  • Right sleeve and body length – Proper scale and proportions of the jacket will keep it sleek, essential for layering during the cooler months.
  • Notch lapel – Keeps the eyes inward (toward the chest) instead of a peak lapel pointing the eyes at the shoulders.
  • Correct button placement – Buttons are like small bullseyes. The eyes immediately find them. If the buttons are out of place, then the topcoat will lose the illusion of length. For example, the higher the buttons travel up the coat, the longer it will look and the taller you will appear.

#6 Leverage The Power Of Accessories

Accessories can make or break an outfit. Wear subtle accessories up high as they will draw the eye up. Keep them subtle so that they don’t overpower the wearer’s height.

  • Socks – Just like with shoes, the goal is to elongate and keep contrast low. Bright socks with loud patterns break up your look and keep your legs looking shorter.
  • Hats and scarves – These are excellent for adding color, drawing the eyes upward and to your face. Hats add inches to your head, and scarves will accentuate your facial features and keep the attention where you want it, up top.
  • Belts – Belts divide you in half, breaking up your attempts at elongating your look. It is best to go beltless, but in times that it isn’t possible, keeping the belt slim and low contrast is best.
  • Ties – Master as many tie knots as you can so you can control the length and ensure that they are never too long. The longer ties make you look much shorter.

#7 Use Color To Streamline Your Silhouette

Streamline is the desired effect. The eyes of onlookers should seamlessly travel up and down your outfit. To do this, you have to

  • Stick with a low-contrast palette
  • Avoiding items that cut the torso in two
  • Manage accessories and patterns (no large and bright belts, stay away from horizontal patterns)
man monochromatic outfit

There are two ways to accomplish this:

  1. Stay in the same color family – staying in the same color family streamlines the look and gives an elongating effect.
  2. Lighter colors on top – If you wear different colors, ensure the brighter color is on top to draw the eyes upward.

#8 Choose Pants That Make You Look Taller

What kind of pants should short guys wear? Pants that make you look slimmer. The slimming look cleans up the lines and elongates your legs.

The following are things to keep in mind when buying pants:

  • Medium or high drops – The proper crotch drop in your pants is a critical component to style and fit for men who lack substantial height. If the drop is too low, it will shorten the legs even more. Avoid low drops at all costs. To the extent possible, pants should be slim through the leg and narrow at the ankle.
  • Avoid cuffs – a 2-inch cuff cuts into the length of your leg and makes it look shorter. The goal is to have one continuous and unbroken body line along the leg.
  • No pleated pants – Pleats give the illusion of wider hips and are a similar concept as the shoulders. You want to appear slimmer and lean to achieve the illusion of height.
  • Little to no break in the pants – The break in your pants refers to the amount of bunching they do at the shoe. The more bunching you have at the ankle, the shorter you will look as the pants will look too long. Whenever possible, no break is the best choice.

#9 Wear Bold Glasses

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Wearing bold glasses keeps attention on your eyes – right where you want it (above the neck). It’s such a minor, simple change, and it has a significant effect.

#10 Find A Tailor (And Make Them Your Best Friend)

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Not all tailors are created equal. Please do your research and find a good tailor who is knowledgeable and skilled in their craft. Talk to neighbors and friends to find out who they may use.

Even if you don’t use a tailor often, it’s best to have one in your arsenal. There will come a time that you need him or her. If the sizes are too big, they will widen you and highlight your lack of height or take away any of the above efforts to add height.

Your height is your height; there is nothing that you can do about it. If you follow these 10 tips, you will find yourself overcoming the struggles that other short men face and navigate the tall world a little above the rest.

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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