12 Styling Tips for Short Men

Height is something many of us are insecure about.

That’s mainly because women don’t prefer dating a short guy. However, there are some things we can do against that. While we might not grow anymore, we could make ourselves look taller with some style tricks.

So in this blog post, I’m going over 12 styling tips for short men so you won’t have to be so insecure about your height.

If that sounds interesting, then keep on reading.

Style Tip #1 – Avoid Contrasting Colours

Starting off is one of the most essential style tips for short guys. The most prominent reason men look short is that they wear too contrasting clothes (Think about a white shirt and black jeans). That’s a problem because it splits your body into two, emphasising your height.

So instead, you should go with a less contrasting outfit. One of the best colour combinations for these is neutral colours, as they look similar to each other.

Style Tip #2 – Wear the Right Pants

Next up, we’re going to talk about the pants. When picking your pair of pants, you need to make sure you choose pants that make you look slimmer. For this, you should make sure the pair matches these specifications:

  • Dark Coloured – You want to avoid grabbing attention to your legs. So instead, try to find darker pants like grey, black, or a neutral colour.
  • No Cuffs – Cuffs break up your body, making you look smaller than you actually are. So try avoiding that.

Style Tip #3 – Avoid Baggy Clothing

Additionally to avoiding contrasting colours, you should also avoid baggy clothes. While they might be trendy currently, it has the bad effect of making you look smaller. That’s because baggy clothes look like you’re wearing a size or two bigger, making you look small inside them.

So when buying clothes, make sure they are slim-fitted.

Style Tip #4 – Avoid Wearing a Belt

Another pant-related style tip is to avoid wearing a belt. Belts will give you a horizontal line that will split your body into two. And when that happens, you’ll look shorter. So when possible, try to go with a belt-less look.

However, that doesn’t mean you cannot wear a belt at all. You’ll just have to be a bit more selective. What you’re looking for is a slim belt with low contrasting colour.

Style Tip #5 – Picking the Right Haircut

Believe it or not, haircuts play a role in making you look taller. They do it in two ways. First, they add a bit of height to your head. And secondly, it will take the focus to your upper body and face instead of your legs.

So what haircuts work the best? Well, what you’re looking for is mid to high-volume hairstyles. Here are a few that work:

  • Pompadour
  • Quiff
  • High and Tight

Style Tip #6 – Use the Power of Accessories

It doesn’t matter if you’re tall or short; accessories are extremely powerful. They are the finishing touches of any outfit. And if you’re a short guy, they can make you look taller as well if you do it right.

So when picking accessories, you want to do two things:

  • Make sure they are appropriately sized.
  • Use them minimally on your outfit.

Only then can you harness the power of your accessories.

Style Tip #7 – Buy Shirts with Small Scale Patterns

Buying shirts can be extremely difficult for short guys, especially with patterns. While most say that buying shirts with horizontal lines are a no-go, we say that it’s not. The thing you should look out for is the size of these patterns.

If they are too thick, they’ll make you look shorter. So when picking a patterned shirt, make sure that they have small details and patterns.

Style Tip #8 – Try out turncoats/overcoats

Short guys can wear almost anything, but nothing works as well as overcoats and turncoats. They are great for one reason, they make it easy to create a low contrast outfit. That’s because overcoats cover you from your shoulders to below your knees.

So if the weather starts getting colder, I highly suggest you try out a turncoat!

Style Tip #9 – When wearing bright colours, wear them on top

While high-contrast outfits are a no-go for short guys, there are still ways to wear them. So when you want to wear it, make sure that you wear the bright colour on top and the darker one on the bottom.

That helps others focus on your top instead of your legs.

P.S Another great thing you can do is wear a darker jacket on top of your bright shirt. That also tones down the contrast.

Style Tip #10 – Go for Monochrome Outfits

One of the most effortless outfits short men can pull off is monochrome outfits. With these outfits, you only wear one or two colours. And these have a significant benefit; they give you a streamlined look. And that will make you look taller!

Style Tip #11 – Buy Slim Shoes

When picking shoes, you want to make sure of a few things. First, they don’t contrast with your pants too much. And secondly, they are slim. That’s because narrow shoes won’t look too big on your feet which avoids attention to your legs.

So that means when buying shoes, unfortunately, white sneakers won’t look that great. You could wear them only with light blue jeans, as then the contrast wouldn’t be too big.

Style Tip #12 – Get Your Clothes Tailored

And for the last tip, we want to tell you that when buying clothes, it’s always a good idea to tailor them. Nothing will look better on you than clothes that fit you like a glove. This tip goes for everybody, no matter what body you have.

So, find your local tailor and tailor them to your size if you have the budget.


So as you can see, short guys need to do two main things to look taller:

  • First, wear low-contrasting outfits
  • And secondly, wear slim-fitting clothes

When you keep these two things in mind, you should never have any problems with looking too short. But are there any other tips I should have mentioned? If so, then comment on them down below. That way, we can help all of us become more stylish men.


Q: What should you not wear if you’re short?

A: Short guys can wear everything. However, it’s best to avoid baggy clothes and high-contrast outfits.

Q: What’s good about being short?

A: In terms of style, you can wear anything you like. The only thing you need to do is make sure that you match them well!

Q: How do you style a short guy?

A: The best tip I can give you is to wear minimalist clothes with low contrast. The best clothes for this are neutral coloured.

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