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Best Fashions for Tall & Short Guys

If you line up all the kids you know from tallest to shortest, only 1/3 of them, the ones in the middle, are considered average. That means that 1/3 of the people you know are short, and the other 1/3 are tall -- or to put it another way, 1/3 of everyone you know is average height, and the majority of people aren't! That may seem like really simple math, but if being non-average in size bothers you, it's comforting to know you are in good company.

This fall, the back to school styles that are in can really work to your advantage. Here are some ideas.

Stripes and Patterns

Horizontal stripes (the ones that go from side to side like the horizon) can help minimize your height, making you look shorter. Vertical stripes (the ones that go up and down like vertical blinds on a window) stretch out your look and make you appear taller. Since stripes are in style this season, especially with the preppy look or skater style, use them to your advantage. For tall guys who need to lose an inch or two, shirts with a pattern like checks can help as well. For guys who want to appear taller, steer clear of complicated or big patterns or even big accessories like watches, which make you appear smaller by comparison.

Fit

If you're on the short side, tight-fitting clothes can make you look taller. Pick up a pair of colored or dark blue skinny jeans and go for tighter-fitting shirts like those from Hollister, American Eagle and Abercrombie. And of course, the opposite is true for baggier pants and tall guys! But when it comes to up top, tall guys should avoid baggy or wide shirts and jackets, especially with shoulder pads or bulk that maks them appear even bigger.

Tall guys should never wear pants that are too short, as it looks like their legs are too long for their clothes. Socks shouldn't show beneath your jeans when you're standing straight. It's better for pants to be a little too long on tall guys than too short. For shorter guys, avoid pants that are baggy, as they look too big, and wear pants higher on your waist to make your legs appear longer.

In general when shopping for clothes, if you want to look good and find clothes that work well with your body type, clothes that fit are more important than a specific style. You can always buy plain clothes that look good on you -- like jeans and a t-shirt -- and accessorize with clothes that suit your personal style, whether you are goth, sporty, preppy, emo, slacker, rocker, skater or earthy.

Have Your Say

Are you tall, short or somewhere in between? What is your style dilemma and how do you overcome it? Have your say!

 

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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
I mean, not that I want to be perfect but I ust start calling myself too dum, dumb dumb dumb and yeah, the truth is  I am and not beating myself up about it exactly, but I just feel so, so dumb.
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
I don't know where else to post this, but note that this isn't related to my friends. In a small way it is but it isn't.. anyway, my problem is I've read a lot and observed people around me. I've realised the kind of mistakes they make and have learnt how to avoid some of them. I've learnt from my childhood stupidity and sillyness too, and from the past two years. But I did something that many others must have done. Problem is I feel dumb now. Not because I think myself to be superior to others but because, it's simple for them to get over it but for me it's hard. I don't want to mention what I did but I had really strong feelings and one slight word can ruin my mood in that case. I've realised my problem is that I want to be perfect and to not make mistakes. But I know that mistakes help us learn. And I just need to relax but don't know how to. I want to, unlike people who give up and submit to the darkness - no offsense. But I really, really want to. It's been tearing me apart. Please, if anyone can help me, please please help.
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Yoisho
I'm in 8th grade and I ride the bus with a friend of mine. He's in 6th grade. Recently, I've had all of these weird feelings and I think I like him. He's so young but he already has a girlfriend. I couldn't get in the way of that. PLUS, everyone would make fun of me. I can't tell anyone this because I know I'll be judged.  What do I do?  :rain  :mad
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hardworld
hardworld posted in Style:
find black trousers w a good drape, wear w plain white t shirt and converse and flexx on all of them and rule the school 
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AnnaOfExquizurd
AnnaOfExquizurd posted in Style:
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:Assuming you're around the average height for a ten-year-old, you're probably not fat. My best friend's ten-year-old sister weighs close to that much, and she looks nowhere near fat. But even if you're shorter than most, I wouldn't worry about it until a lot later in your life, because kids tend to "grow into" their weight. BMI isn't always accurate, too, though; my BMI marks me as overweight, but I'm told by lots of people I'm average-looking.If you want to worry about it now anyways, I'd talk to a pediatrician or your parents or some other adult before taking action, and listen to any advice they may have. Made a typo first time around. Fixed it. First sentence said "weight" instead of "height".
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