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Stretching the rules of proportion

Why are we surpristape-measureed when we see actresses and actors who look short in real life? That’s because on the screen, their clothing has been tailored to scale to give an impression of greater height.

I like to stretch accessory guidelines. I have been told many times that only certain items should be worn on tall folks and short people. For instance, the rule is that a short person should never have cuffs on their slacks. Also, a tie on a shorter man should be worn slightly longer than appear too short. However, I feel that if the proportions are working and the accessories look good, that usually works no matter what the person is wearing.

Stretching the guidelines on accessories can make an outfit truly stand out.


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One Response to “Stretching the rules of proportion”

  1. Stephen N. Smith Says:

    I was around men’s apparel for about five years and had an excellent mentor in Les Ho. As for cuffs, men with cuffs are considered classier and more well dressed than men without cuffs. As for ties; tie the tie to appear just below the belt, or it is too short. As for pants, the pant should have a slight break at the shoes. As for belts, the belt should notch with some length beyond the buckle and loop.

    Your advice is sound on proportions and accessories IF the shoes are shined and shirts, suits, pants and sport coats are pressed. Cuff links make a positive statement. Another old adage is never wear a stripped shirt with a stripped tie. Contrast the colors of your wardrobe; do not look monotone in colors. Mix grays with browns; navy blue with khaki and grays and camel with the above variations as well as British green. Long sleeve shirts, in the business world, are considered dressier than short sleeve. Business casual can be a trap for your image if you neglect an overall business image, regardless if its Friday.

    In the business world, you are dealing with the image of your apparel in the context of viewing your colleagues’ apparel as well as business contacts and in many cases, customers. The first impression sets the stage, subtly, for everything that follows in business.

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