Style has a lot to do with perception. If you are shorter than average, looking so does not have to be a given. You can look fantastic even with a small stature. Dressing and looking taller is possible by following a few basic style tips. It’s possible to not only dress taller but to dress to impress, by considering these specific styles.

Contrasting Color Shades

A monochrome palette creates an impression of height. Instead of wearing clothes with contrasting colors, choose items that have different shades of the same color. Darker shades are more effective, although black isn’t. When colors are mixed, the lighter ones should be on top and the darker ones saved for your legs. The eye is drawn upward, forming an impression you are taller than you are.

Fitted Blazers

Blazers and even suit jackets plump up your shoulders. That adds height, and keeping your top buttoned accentuates your chest and creates the illusion of a smaller waist. You’ll, therefore, look slimmer and taller. If you are wearing a two-button jacket, the top button should be above the navel so the torso/legs appear longer.

Slim Trousers

You definitely don’t want to wear baggy and sagging pants to look tall. Slim cut trousers will make your legs look longer. The distance from the middle of the crotch seam up to the top of the waistband contributes to this effect too.

Proper Shirt Fit

To appear taller, your shirt should not pass your hipbone, and it should be tucked in. If you choose not to tuck in, make sure the hem stays above the hipbone. Longer styles will shorten the appearance of your legs. A shut up hippie shirt will also draw attention to your chest and mid-section; someone’s attention may be so caught up they won’t think what your height is.

Long Sleeves

Wearing short sleeves creates an optical illusion of shorter arms. The rest of you will look less tall as well. Long-sleeved shirts can be cuffed so your arms and body appear longer. There are plenty of stylish long-sleeved shirts too, so you can pick and choose what suits your personal style

Minimal Accessories

You can accessorize a little, but you don’t want to wear flashy shoes or watches, or big belt buckles. The idea is for people’s eyes to be steered upward. If you want to look tall, don’t draw attention to below your chest. Hats or bright pocket squares, however, can be good for you. The illusion you create forms an impression in people’s minds; you can have a taller presence by dressing appropriately and taking advantage of the many styles that will help you do just that.