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Life's too short, but you don't have to be...
Although catwalks typically feature 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 6ft, 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.
In the grand scheme of things, height compatibility might not seem like the most important thing in a relationship. However height is often a key feature in what we judge to make a person 'attractive', and men and women alike are often turned off by a large disparity in height. Because of this, men and women tend to have ideas about what is the ideal height and the ideal height difference between them and their perfect partner. This is especially apparent in people who markedly above or below average height. Continue reading
In modern culture and fashion, wearing high heels is almost exclusively a ‘feminine’ thing. Today men may feel self-conscious about wearing heeled shoes, and shoes that do add height for men are usually referred to as ‘lifts’, ‘cubans’ or 'elevator shoes' rather than 'heels'. In light of this, many people may be surprised to learn that historically it was actually men who started the trend of wearing high heels.
Height is often such a touchy subject that some will try literally anything to be taller - even if it dangerous. While many smaller-than-average people opt for certain clothing choices or heeled shoes to add the appearance of height, some are so desperate that they resort to chemicals or even surgery to add actual inches to their body. While adding the appearance of height does have certain benefits, there are much cheaper, safer and generally more sane ways to look taller than forcing your body to stretch or grow. Here are three crazy ways to get taller that we certainly would not recommend at home, no matter how short you are!
The typical Hollywood A-lister is 6ft+ with a dazzling white smile and a finely honed body - unrepresentative of the rest of the population, but an ideal many men strive for nonetheless. So what about those unconventional Hollywood heart throbs who have found success and fame while looking up to many of their peers? We take a look at some of the most famous men on the planet who have made a success of themselves - with or without those few extra inches…
Height is inextricably linked in our subconscious to power, and therefore it is unsurprising that taller people tend to do better in business. By almost all measurements, taller people rise higher in business, earn more money and progress further in their careers. The question at hand is why do taller people (especially men) have an advantage and does adding inches to your own frame help you reap those same benefits?
Taller people enjoy many proven benefits in life including better relationships, better salaries and better self-confidence. It is not surprising therefore that many people who are not naturally gifted with height look for ways to artificially add inches to their body. While women can simply don a pair of heels, men have to resort to subtler arts to try to increase their perceived height better than just buying height increasing shoes.
Society has accustomed us to linking taller men with masculine qualities such as success, ambition and confidence. Taller men often get the girl, the job and the promotion among other rewards. Why? Because height is an indicator of good genes and this helps in the worlds of dating and business where people judge you and make assumptions about you based on how you look and dress. It is not fair, but it is reality. Continue reading
There are literally hundreds of famous individuals who have disproved the theory that being short impedes success. A couple of those include Beethoven and Picasso.
At 5'4", Ludwig van Beethoven made it to the top as a composer in his time. He was famous for being a pianist of great fantasy and verve, admired in particular for his brilliant improvisations.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was an artist of the early 20th century whose work remains famous today. Picasso was 5'4", regarded as a boy genius, he and his art inspired many 20th century movements.
Altitude Shoes was born when its founder wanted more out of life and realised what it took to do just that. An ambitious man in his late 20s, he had already achieved excellence in several fields; however, he felt there was something missing. He was short. And he wanted to be taller. So, he set out to turn this short-term disadvantage into a long-term advantage.
It is well-known both anecdotally and statistically that taller people generally have it better in life. They have higher levels of self-esteem, they get paid more and they are more likely to have successful relationships. But incredibly, there is also evidence to suggest that taller people also have an intelligence advantage. Continue reading
Winter Fashion Essentials For Every Man’s Wardrobe
Being a trend setter and taste maker is in no way reserved just for the girls. If you pride yourself on your sharp sense of style, winter is the season for you but before you pack your wardrobe with bundles of hot off the catwalk looks, try our rundown of white hot essentials. Perfect for city slickers and country mansions, no man’s wardrobe should be without these winter essentials this year…
- 1. A Sharp Suit
Classic tailoring never really goes out of style but this winter a sharp suit is your go-to, especially for the festive soirees sure to dot your Christmas getaway. A suit is a wardrobe classic so it’s worth paying as much as you can afford to pick up an investment piece that will serve you well year after year. Textures are also big news this season so look for interesting touches such as the use of cashmere and leather. Be careful not to go too OTT on the detail as you won’t something classic that you can get wear out of and still look totally on trend in five year’s time, rather than something that’s going to look dated in a few months. Check out some of our formal and stylish elevator shoes for men which go perfectly with a sharp tailored suit.
- 2. Tartan
If you hit up Instagram you’ll have seen tartan packed all over your feed – from tees to hats, trousers to jackets, the Scottish staple is where its at style wise this season. The girls are going made for a classic red and black combo so it’s a safe bet if you want to look totally on trend and still impress the ladies in your life with your on-the-nose fashion savvy. If you’re a bit unsure, try an accent piece like a scarf –another winter staple- which can bring a casual tee and jeans combo right up to date.
- 3. A Trilby
Another steal from the girls who’re embracing hats and the whole masculine-feminine vibe for AW13, hats have been big news for the last couple of seasons are look set to be around for a while yet. Dapper, cool or footballer-off duty, there’s a trilby to suit your style. Classic black is a good investment but try a quirkier maroon or cream if you really want to stand out and make a statement.
- 4. A Winter Knit
There’s nothing cool about goose bumps and purple skin and if it’s good enough for the world’s highest paid male model, it’s good enough for us. A winter knit will probably be your most hardworking wardrobe buy this year. Look for chunky wool and textural detail such as cable knit as well as interesting design features like a shawl neckline in any colour that tickles your fancy. If you’re stuck finding something that doesn’t look like it was knitted by your granny circa Christmas 1990, H&M’s latest menswear campaign with super Sean O’Pry is all about the knitted jumper so head to the high street and rifle through their selection.
While it makes sense that giant NBA players are getting a good wage, few people actually realise that it is not just in sports where height can tender an career advantage. Recent research has confirmed again what many analysts have long suspected: taller people tend to go further in business and are better paid than their shorter colleagues. So why is it that height can transfer to career success so easily, and just what can you do about it if you’re not naturally blessed with height? Continue reading
Depending on your height, you are probably used to looking up or down at people to talk to them. But what would happen if you turned up at a party and found everybody was exactly the same height? That is the idea artist Hans Hemmert had when he threw a ‘Same Height Party’ to photograph for a German art exhibition, as seen above. While Hemmert’s photographs are actually from a 1997 exhibit, they lived in relative artistic obscurity until they made their way on social media sites last year.
Our stereotypes about height pervade group thinking and popular culture, so much so that it actually affects the kind of leaders we choose. Taller men supposedly reap many benefits, one of which is that they are seen as more capable leaders. However when one looks at the data on the height of world leaders, there are many short surprises.