10 Clever Ways to Appear Taller

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10 Ways to Appear Taller

We all know that society inherently favors taller men – they make more money and get perceived as more powerful and successful. They have an unfair advantage in life purely because they struck it lucky at the gene pool. Taller men seem stronger, smarter, and better equipped to deal with challenges. There is a bit of science to back those preconceptions, particularly from a physical point of view, but that doesn’t mean that if you’re not tall, you should automatically get the short end of the stick (so to speak).

Height is totally out of your control. If your family is shorter, you likely will be too. That doesn’t mean you must spend the rest of your life dealing with strong feelings of inadequacy. There are multiple methods for you to appear taller, and not just a smidge taller either – up to three inches in an instant! Below are 10 of the most ingenious ways to seem taller:

Sustain a Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most effective ways to appear taller. Carrying extra pounds can compress your spine, resulting in a height reduction of up to an inch – if not more! Follow a balanced diet, rich in healthy fruits and fresh vegetables, and exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. If you’re carrying some extra weight, then you’ll quickly start to notice a difference in your height and confidence levels.

Improve Your Posture

Many people, including women, have poor posture. Stagnant lifestyles and uncomfortable office chairs have led to an epidemic of slouchers. Correcting bad posture through stretching, yoga, and conscious training methods with a chiropractor can help you gain up to inches in just a few weeks. People with good posture are better at sports and exercise – and they benefit physically and mentally as well.

Tailored Clothing

Baggy clothing does nothing for your appearance, mindset, or ego. Wearing ill-fitting clothing instantly makes a person look wider because it draws the eye to the horizontal line across their body. That can make you look bigger and out of shape, and it also takes the focus away from the vertical lines and makes you look shorter. Choosing a structured look with a tailored fit will make a significant difference to how tall you seem. Streamlined looks add length and help you to feel on top of the world.

Height Increasing Shoes

Shoes with a little extra height built-in are about to become your all-time favorite secret weapon in your mission to look taller. Avoid bulky-looking shoes, you need to pick a shoe that will help elongate your shape. And don’t stress, they aren’t strictly for formal wear. You can also get height-increasing athletic shoes that are just as comfortable as the traditional options. 

Keep An Eye on Your Buttons

Wear tailored jackets with a high waist button because they draw the eye higher up. That will help make your legs seem taller and help you to appear taller. Don’t choose a jacket or blazer that is too long as that can have devastating consequences on your overall appearance. Choose a well-fitted shorter jacket that will create the illusion of elongated legs.

Choose High-Waisted Trousers

High-waisted trousers make it seem like you have longer legs, much like keeping your jacket button above your navel. Make your legs look longer by creating the appearance of a lengthened waistline. High-rise trousers and jeans, combined with better posture, will help you instantly look taller and younger. 

Avoid Busy Colors

Block colors may seem like a good idea initially, but they only work against you. By creating defined horizontal lines against your body, overly vibrant colors make men appear shorter. That doesn’t mean you are limited to a monochromatic wardrobe; it just means you need to put some extra thought into your clothing choices. Choose color combinations that help you play to your strengths, not ones that make you look like a clown. Wear darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on top to break your outfit without aggravating those horizontal lines.

Wear A Hat

Wearing a hat is a surprising way to make you seem taller. It isn’t by magic; it is because they extend the top of your head – making you look as tall as the hat you choose. Choose a hat that compliments your overall style and the look you are trying to achieve. Never choose a hat that clashes with the rest of your outfit. For example, a trucker cap should not appear in the same place as a tailored suit. Express your creative and stylish side but keep things classic for a no-nonsense approach to fashion.

Wear Vertical Patterns

You may be growing tired of hearing about lines, but one last note on them – choose vertical patterns. That is a simple concept and one that gets used by fashion houses all over the globe. Vertical lines will help lengthen your appearance, so whenever you’re looking to mix things up with a pattern, choose something in that range.

  No Vests

As tempting as they are at times, vests don’t do shorter men justice. Unless you want to look like a jockey at his first horse race – stay far away from them. They will only make you look shorter and smaller because they draw attention to your torso and chest. For formal winter-style outfits, you should choose a long coat that ends near your mid-thing area. They are excellent at creating the false illusion of longer legs and extending your torso.

To End

These changes are relatively minor and will effortlessly change the way you appear. Height does have a psychological effect on people. It isn’t a negative thing; it just means that if you weren’t dealt a great hand – you need to spend some extra time faking it. While height isn’t everything and is by no means an accurate measure of the man you are, it wouldn’t hurt to seem a little taller, right?

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