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How to look taller (tips for summer outfits)

Every man has probably wished for a bit more height at some point, except those already towering at 6'5" and above.

But let’s be honest: height isn’t something we can control, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

What we can control, however, is how we dress. With the right clothing choices, you can use outfits as an optical illusion to make the most of your height and build. Follow our tips to always look proportionate and never lankier or shorter than you actually are.

Get Golden
The golden ratio is a mathematical rule of balance that can also be applied to clothes to create more proportionate-looking outfits.

In a nutshell, the golden ratio rule for outfits is one-third upper and two-thirds lower. Our bodies can be somewhat disproportionate; some of us have bigger torsos, while others have longer legs.

This is especially helpful because summer styles often involve showing more skin. For example, you might wear your shorts slightly lower or higher than your natural waistline. This small adjustment can make a big difference in how proportionate and stylish you look in your summer outfits.


Optimize your palette
Wearing different colors divides a person’s body into separate segments. People can see where your torso ends and legs begin!

Having your body divided into fewer “parts” creates the illusion of a longer body. Shorter guys are better off wearing monochrome or low-contrast ensembles to avoid a stark contrast between the upper and lower halves.

Think head-to-toe khaki or a crisp white linen shirt with matching linen shorts. This creates a seamless vertical line that elongates your silhouette.

Get the angle right
Stripes are used to add texture to summer outfits, but it’s crucial to get the angle right.

For shorter guys, vertical stripes are your best friend. These perpendicular lines draw the eye up and down, creating the illusion of added height and making you appear taller than you actually are.

Whether it’s a vertical-striped t-shirt or a pair of shorts with subtle vertical detailing, incorporating these patterns can elongate your silhouette and give you a more proportionate look.


Pay Attention to Fit
Regardless of your height, the fit of your clothes is crucial for looking your best, especially in summer. Shorter men should steer clear of overly baggy clothing, as it can make them appear shorter and broader.

A well-fitted polo and a tailored pair of shorts will accentuate your natural shape and create more streamlined appearance. Perfect for those poolside hangouts or breezy evenings on the patio.

By focusing on the right fit, you’ll ensure that your summer outfits enhance your proportions and keep you looking sharp and stylish.

There you go,

By following these tips, you can create outfits that enhance your proportions and help you feel confident, no matter your height.

-Forte Team