Men of Short Stature: Dress to flatter your body type, not to look taller

October 30, 2012 · 12 comments

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Hey gents,

I have a confession. Sometimes I want to be all things to all people, but in reality, it’s not that easy.

I want to help you find clothes that fit, look good, and make you feel awesome. Luckily, most of the advice I have applies to everyone, regardless of body type or height. But sometimes, there are issues unique to guys of a certain stature that only they would know because they’ve experienced it firsthand.

For example, I have no idea what it’s like to be 6’5″ with a size 14 shoe. I can sort of imagine, but I won’t know all the minute insecurities that come with being that size.

In reality, we all have our insecurities regardless of height / weight combination (or height and shoe size, in this instance). And for each insecurity, there’s a way to overcome it.

I often get questions from dudes of small stature. Things like, “I’m 5’6″ and 125 lbs, how do I find a decent suit jacket that’s not billowing in every direction?” or, “I’m only 5’4″, where can I find pants that actually fit me?”

While I do have ways to help (and like I mentioned, lots of the tips and advice I have are universally applicable), I often wonder if I would have more emphatic tidbits of encouragement were I that same size.

Enter Brock, Stage Right

I first met Brock through his site, The Modest Man. What I like about Brock’s approach is that he gives timeless style advice but adapts it to the shorter man.

Being 5’6″, he understands the challenges shorter men may face, and is able to address these concerns from firsthand experience.

He’s also been around the block a few times, so he knows what stores have a good selection for shorter guys, plus the kinds of tailoring tricks and tactics that can work wonders for both your wardrobe and your stature.

One of the overarching messages of The Modest Man is this:

Shorter men shouldn’t try to look taller, but rather, dress in a way that flatters the body. – Click to tweet this!

Finding well-fitting clothes is the key to looking your best, whether you’re 4’4″ or 6’4″. It’s all about fit, fit, fit! (Haven’t I been saying this all along?)

And now… Short Man Style

Brock just released his comprehensive guide, Short Man Style: How To Achieve The Perfect Fit (aff link). I recently checked out the eBook and was very impressed.

Before I began, I mentally put myself in the position of a beginner style student as I read through it, and I found it very helpful.

Short Man Style covers every aspect of your wardrobe and every potential piece you may have questions about. And remember, all this advice is tailored for a man of shorter stature.

Not only does Brock talk about how your clothing should fit, but he also gives specific suggestions of where to buy these things.

I know that if you’re not of average height and weight, finding off-the-rack clothing that fits well can be tough! Brock gives you a head start through Short Man Style.

What’s most valuable is that he’s actually purchased clothing from these places and tested them himself, so you know you’re getting a good recommendation from a gent who’s already scoped the scene and peeped the goods.

Oh, and in case you’re not a big baller shot caller, you don’t have to worry. Short Man Style gives recommendations for items at different price points (most of which are in the attainable price range, vs. the Neiman Marcus / Saks Fifth Avenue price ranges)… so if you’re a shorter man and thought you had to go to high-end stores or custom shops to achieve the best fit, you’re wrong, my friend! Brock will show you what’s up.

A decision tree to help you with your next suit purchase

He also covers the whole spectrum of your wardrobe, from your work hours to your off hours. There are tips on how to buy a suit to flatter your height (nope, it’s not all about vertical pinstripes), how to find the right shoes (nope, no platform soles recommended here), the perfect width for your neckties, and even how to get a great pair of shorts and a polo shirt.

He explains the variances in sizing among the different brands of said casual shirts, which interestingly enough varies a lot, since stores use different size charts for their clothing. That means there’s one less thing for you to think about, since Brock spells it all out for you.

Tall dudes, stay away

If you’re above 5’8″, while you will get some useful information from this eBook, it’s not really meant for you. The information here is tailored specifically for the shorter gent.

So if you’re 5’8″ or below and still getting your bearings on how to achieve the perfect fit for your specific body type, whether on a work day or a weekend, Short Man Style will certainly help you get to the next level.

For a bit more info, take a look here: http://bit.ly/ShortManStyle (aff link).

I’ve spent a bit of time going through this eBook, and I really do believe it will be a big help to you guys who feel like you can’t quite nail down how to achieve the perfect fit because of your size. It’ll also be helpful if you’re struggling to find these clothes when out in the wild (aka the store or mall).

Extra stuff

To top it off, Short Man Style also comes with a few bonuses. One is an audio walk-through of the book, which is nice if you like listening to audiobooks while working out or mowing the lawn or something.

Another bonus is a PDF of tidbits of advice from style pros, myself included, though I’m not sure I consider myself a “pro” :)

The cherry on top as far as bonuses are concerned is the duo of videos Brock includes. One deals with the issue of a too-long tie (that pesky narrow end always ends up too long), and how to remedy that. Another is how to wrap a scarf so it’s not hanging too low when you wear it. Pretty important, considering winter is upon us.

These little things make the biggest difference; Brock does a great job addressing them.

Finally

If you are super advanced in your style game or are of average / above average height, this eBook probably isn’t for you.

It’s a well-rounded resource for the shorter gent still getting his bearings when it comes to fit and finding appropriate clothing.

If this sounds like you, I definitely recommend checking out the book; it will be a huge asset to you. Take a look here: http://bit.ly/ShortManStyle (aff link).

ps — Sorry I’ve been a little quiet on the site lately. Working on some stuff behind the scenes (including getting Effortless Gent TV set up), so stay tuned!

About

Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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