Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti


How to Dress to Look Taller

“The illusion, is now reality”

By Janine Giorgenti

Remember that famous movie line? It was delivered by Michael Douglas’ character in the hit – 1987 – film, Wall Street. Whereas he was referring to the perceived value of an expensive piece of artwork, the same principle holds true – today – for the perceived value of height and looking taller.

It should come as no surprise that being tall comes with benefits. Studies have shown that taller men enjoy better career prospects, gain more positions of power, and make more money. All this, of course, is relative when you consider that the average American male’s height is 5’9.

Looking to create the illusion of increased height? Here are a few tips.

Select the right pattern.

All patterns are not created equally and not all patterns apply universally to all body types. Your stripes should be proportionate to your build and overall frame size. Wide stripes on a slender physique can – actually – make you look shorter. Similarly, when discussing checks and plaids, you will want to go with the smaller patterns. The bigger the pattern, the shorter you will look.

Match or go monochromatic.

When you wear different colors, they ‘divide’ your body into separate segments. Conversely, wearing the same color (or color tones that fall within the same range), creates a “solid line” for someone’s eyes to pick up on. Fewer “segments” better creates the illusion of height.

Limit the lapel.

If you have a smaller physique, a skinnier lapel will be the way to go. Wider chests (size 44 and up) generally call for a wider lapel. If your lapel is “bigger” than what your frame calls for, it will make your shoulders appear to be narrow. On the flip side, a narrow lapel on a broad-chested individual will give them a “boxy” appearance”. Neither presents a flattering look. Boxy or broad equals a shorter appearance.

Keep it close to the waist.

Say no to low rise pants and try to keep your pants as close to your – natural – waistline as possible; this will help make your legs look longer. Low rise pants shorten the appearance of your legs, so, if you’re in the market for a new pair of pants – look for the regular rise variety.

“Hey, I’m up here”.

Here’s a bonus tip. If you’re wearing more than one color, you will want to make sure that your pants are darker than your shirt. The logic behind this is that you want to keep the attention – of the observer – to your upper body. Lighter colored pants will draw attention to your feet and will make your lower half seem shorter (and heavier).

Make a concerted effort to draw attention to your upper body; perhaps by wearing a beautiful tie or pocket square!

Looking for a beautiful new – monochromatic or striped – custom made dress shirt? Purchase three Giorgenti dress shirts, and get the fourth for free!

Call Janine at (646) 957-6916 to schedule your fitting.

About the Author

Janine Giorgenti

For over 25 years, Janine Giorgenti, renowned fashion designer and image consultant – has provided a long line of satisfied clients with unparalleled service and first class made-to-measure custom suits. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and other top media outlets – Janine has established a clientele of some of New York’s most successful and discerning professionals – including such New York dignitaries as former New York Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom and chief economist Dr. Irwin Kellner.

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑

How to Dress to Look Taller

by Janine Giorgenti