A Shorter Man Seeking Style Advice

Question from M:

I would really like to get some more style tips for shorter guys (I’m 5’7). May sound funny but every shirt i buy either in a small or a large the sleeves are always too long and it comes with “wings”. What can you suggest for the wee folk? Hah.

How do I match my girlfriend's heels?

I do not consider myself short as I am 5′ 10″ which is considered average. My problem is that my girlfriend is also 5′ 10″. She often doesn’t wear heels because she knows I don’t like to feel short, but I know she loves them and I don’t want to keep them from her.

My question is, what can I do to gain a little height so I don’t feel quite so short when she puts on 4-5″ heels?

Short and overweight – tuck in or untuck shirts?

I am 5’6 and 245. My profile is what kills me – my stomach is low and sticks out quite a bit. Being short makes it so much worse.
I have a hard time finding shirts that fit well but are also the right length. Most shirts I buy end up too long and I look horrible.
I mainly like to wear polos, but the size that fits right otherwise (not tight, doesn’t hug my stomach, sleeve seam doesn’t start too low down my arm) are all too long, I feel.
In a video of yours I watched on youtube (rules on tucking in a shirt), you stated to follow a 2-in or 4-in rule. My shirts always seem to be 4-in or longer down, and being short I have realized that is a bad thing.
So – considering how my stomach protrudes, should I even consider tucking in my shirts? I have button downs that are casual and not dress shirts…sometimes I try tucking them in and checking myself out – I look ridiculous because of my stomach. I DO try sucking my gut in, but that’s just uncomfortable. But I also heard in the video to “own your look”…
So what is your advice for a short man who’s stomach sticks out?

Suits for Slim Guy

Hi,

I’m very short and have a slim build. I’m 22, 5’4 and 105 lbs. I recently started eating more and working out more to try and gain weight, I was up to 115 actually when I played highschool sports and worked out a lot more. Anyways, I want to purchase my first suit but given my very slim build, most off the rack look, awkward. I’m not sure if it looks awkward because I’m not used to the way I look in suits or they really do look awkward. But a few that I tried on look wide on me, the length is actually not too bad I feel. Do you think this is a fair assessment or off-the-rack suits on a guy with my build? My question is, should I go with custom made? or are there certain brands that have suits that will look good? My price range is probably $250-$400 or so.

Thanks!

Suits for Slim Guy

Hi,

I’m very short and have a slim build. I’m 22, 5’4 and 105 lbs. I recently started eating more and working out more to try and gain weight, I was up to 115 actually when I played highschool sports and worked out a lot more. Anyways, I want to purchase my first suit but given my very slim build, most off the rack look, awkward. I’m not sure if it looks awkward because I’m not used to the way I look in suits or they really do look awkward. But a few that I tried on look wide on me, the length is actually not too bad I feel. Do you think this is a fair assessment or off-the-rack suits on a guy with my build? My question is, should I go with custom made? or are there certain brands that have suits that will look good? My price range is probably $250-$400 or so.

Thanks!

Looking old?

Hi Antonio,

I’m 23 and in graduate school. I’ve never cared too much for how I dressed. Additionally, being 5’5 and 110lb makes a lot of clothing too big for me. Also, I look young for my age. I often get carded twice at some bars and people confuse me for a teenager sometimes. So my question is, how should someone that look very young in the face and in the body adjust his style so that it doesn’t look like the clothing is too “grown up?”, or is it that picking right clothing will naturally make me look older and I shouldn’t worry about looking out of place in “grown up” clothe/accessories? I’m also considering the future where I will most likely to be a professor at a university where I can get away with business casual clothing 95% of the time.

Thanks, cheers!

ps: your advice on shopping on Asian online stores is fantastic.

Do Short Men Need Custom-Tailored Jackets?

I’m pretty small — about 5’6″ and skinny. Do I need to just give up on store-bought jackets and suits and start having them custom tailored? I find that even jackets in my “size” from stores tend to be really bulky and blocky in the shoulders, and the sides of them always seem floppy and oversized. Can adjustments help, or do I need my jackets made from scratch?