How to Dress if You Are Short

A few simple dos and don'ts can give the illusion of extra inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Men's Dress Shirts
  • Men's Dress Shoes
  • Men's Dress Sweater
  • Men's Khakis
  • Mens' Dress Pants
  • Women's Closed-toed Shoes
  • Women's Dress Pants
  • Women's Dress Shirts
  • Women's Dress Shoes
  • dresses and skirts


    • 1

      Wear tops whose details pull the eye down vertically; V-necks are a good choice.

    • 2

      Tuck shirts into pants to make your legs look longer, which will make you look taller.

    • 3

      Opt for clothes that fit close to your body. Bulky ones - like oversized jackets and tops - will draw the eyes out horizontally.

    • 4

      Try slim pants that closely follow your thighs and butt to make you look taller.

    • 5

      Wear vertical stripes - for instance, a pinstripe suit.

    • 6

      Don short skirts, avoiding skirts that cut slightly below the knee or at mid-calf.

    • 7

      Slip into higher-heeled shoes. Letting your cuffless pant legs drape over high shoes will provide an instant look of height.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try dressing in monochrome, matching your hosiery and shoe color to the rest of your outfit to create an uninterrupted vertical line.
  • Browse in the petite sections of clothing stores.
  • Avoid cuffed pants, which can make you look shorter because they visually shorten the leg.
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