Amongst a man’s arsenal of clothing, dress pants are one of the most underrated pieces. People usually dismiss dress pants and pay little attention to them, but as long as you know how to, a well-chosen pair of dress pants is able to not only make you look extremely presentable but also exceptionally flattering (i.e. making your legs look longer).
In today’s article, we have selected 5 simple and easy-to-do hacks that will help you look taller effortlessly!
1) AVOID LOW RISE PANTS
If you don’t know what “low-rise” or what “rise” means, we have the definition and sample image for you below:
How low or high a “rise” is referring to the distance from the top of your waistband, all the way down to the crotch.
(Different types of rise. Image source)
In recent years, “low-rise” jeans have been gaining traction in terms of their popularity, but the main and glaring issue is that they’ve applied these same rules to dress pants as well.
Contrary to popular belief, it just doesn’t work this way. “Low-rise” pants have a tendency to make your legs look shorter than they actually are because the proportion of your legs is shortened. In short, it robs you of your height and makes you look sloppy.
(Low rise dress pants make your legs look shorter. Image source)
A rule of thumb to follow is this: when it comes to dress pants, always wear pants that are higher than what you normally wear for jeans or shorts.
On the other end of the spectrum, make sure to not wear your dress pants too high especially if you have a comparably smaller torso. You want to look smart, not like a clown. For higher waisted dress pants, we suggest speaking with your tailor to get an accurate and proportionate rise.
At Common Suits, we have an ideal ratio that achieves a flattering body – leg proportion.
(An example of high waisted dress pants. Image from Common Suits)
2) WEARING BELTLESS PANTS, OR PANTS WITH A SIDE ADJUSTER
Let’s take a look at the optical game below, which rectangle looks lengthier?