If you are short or of average height, you may sometimes wish to look taller than you are. You can do that by dressing smartly. Even medical experts say being short or of average height has its pros and cons.
According to a study by Indian-origin cardiovascular expert, Nilesh Samani, of the University of Leicester, every 2.5 inches change in your height affects your risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5%. However, there is a positive side to it as well. If you are moderately short or even short, one study suggests that if you are about 5 feet 9 inches and under, you could be enjoying sex better and plenty.
Whatever keeps you happy, here are some styling tricks from experts on how you can dress to look tall:
Well-fitted flared jeans that have a long hemline will instantly make your legs look longer.
Deep and elongated V neck dresses and tops automatically shift the focus to the upper half of your body and will subtly take away the focus from your legs, while adding glamour and style to your outfit.
Maxi dresses look good on all body shapes and heights. Pairing up heels with your maxi dress is a win-win as it enhances your body shape and add a few inches at the same time.
LOW CONTRASTING FOOTWEAR
Shoes for short men are critical as they can have a lengthening effect. But ensure that the shoes don’t contrast too much with the trousers. The low contrast will visually elongate legs.
Topcoats that fall to the mid-thigh area helps to lengthen the torso and create the illusion of height. Just make sure that it doesn’t contrast heavily with the rest of the outfit.
Keep them slim. It’s best if they are no thicker than 1.5 inches and shouldn’t contrast too heavily with your outfit. Thin belts or no belts make you look tall. Also, suspenders are a refreshing way to add to the vertical visual effect. Plus they look classy.
– Inputs from Salesh Grover, business head, OSL Luxury Collections and Vandana Anurag, founder The Parisian Boudoir (an online multi-brand boutique).