Fashion Icons for the Shorter Man
Though the male catwalks are often filled with hulking men that passed six feet in their teens, fashion icons come in all shapes and sizes. Whether they are barely over 5ft and sporting height increasing shoes or whether they are just a few inches shy of 6, men take inspiration from all corners when it comes to their personal style; here, we take a look at some of the pint-sized icons who have created their own fashion niche and inspired men everywhere.
Rather than letting his diminutive height be an issue, Tinie Tempah reclaimed it and embraced it in his very own stage name. Known for his black-rimmed glasses and an array of sharp suits, Tinie (real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) has set the fashion scene alight with clothing for the shorter man. Highlights include the traditional mac coat he wore for the Burberry Prorsum show recently, and an all-red suit that attracted attention at another fashion bash.
Iconic for his role in The Graduate in the 1960s, Dustin Hoffman has been a steady fashion icon for the shorter man ever since. Measuring in at 5ft 6, he is not short by any means, but has managed to dress himself in a way over the years that have offered a different slant on his frame. At many of the awards shows he attends, Dustin generally sticks to tried-and-tested slick suits, which look fantastic on men of any height, and offers a great template for any man to base his own look.
Known for wearing thick heels or elevator shoes, Gorgeous George, as many women like to call him, is an icon for the shorter man. In his earlier movies he looked like a towering, commanding figure, but in his more recent outings, both on the big screen and in candid shots, he appears to have shrunk in stature. George Clooney is the epitome of the phrase ‘height doesn’t matter’; many of the world’s most beautiful women have confessed to a crush on George, and in his charming suits with his suave silver locks, height is one consideration that falls to the bottom of the list.
So how do these smaller in stature men walk tour? It’s all about the tailoring. While Simon Cowell may favour his high wasit lines, smaller men should wear trousers that sit at the hip. This serves to elongate the body, whereas higher styles tend to truncate the torso.
While some form of pattern is usually in fashion, follow Clooney, Tempah et al and stick to smaller prints. Items that are from the same colour palette are also a must even when clashing prints, as this pulls the look together to create a seamless silhouette that can add the illusion of inches. And of course, to add those vital few extra inches, height increasing shoes are a subtle way to gain a little extra confidence. Just be sure to match them with the rest of the look to be a true trend setter.