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Accessories for the Short Man:
Ties, Belts, Socks

Ties | Belts | Socks

Ties
Most men's neckties are proportioned (in both length and width) to fit average-height or taller men. Typical sizes are between 58 and 60 inches in length and about 4 inches in width. Smaller ties can sometimes be found in the young men's department, or at retailers who specialize in clothing for shorter men.

For shorter men, a tie of length of 54" to 56" usually fits well. A narrower tie width also usually looks more proportional on a short man-- too wide a tie ends up making a short man appear smaller and stout, taking away from a clean vertical line.

J. Raffiani (www.jraffiani.com) specializes in neckties for men 5' 8" and under. The ties featured on the J. Raffiani site are specially tailored to be 54 inches in length, as well as slightly narrower than your average tie, to be better proportioned for shorter men. There are many styles to choose from on the site, and all ties featured are handmade from 100% Italian silk.

Short Men's Sizes (www.shortmenssizes.com) offers a variety of short size ties (54" x 3.75") by designer Barbara Blank in their "Neckwear" section.

Shortshrifted.com, a New York city-based blog about short men's clothing and fashion, has compiled an excellent survey of 55 brands of neckties by length and price! The Necktie Guide is downloadable from the Shortshrifted blog menu.

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Belts
Short men should avoid any article of clothing that looks as though it was handed down from a larger man-- belts are no exception to this general rule. Don't wear a too-long belt that has a lot of extra leather flapping around; it ends up making you look smaller.

You might want to choose a belt color and style that blends well and doesn't interrupt the vertical line of your outfit. A belt in a color or pattern that stands out from the rest of your clothes can make you look "cut in half"-- short men tend to look taller if there is a smooth up-and-down look to their overall appearance.

Your belt size is usually 2 inches more than your waist size (example: if you have a 28-inch waist, you would choose a 30-inch belt). Included below are retailers who offer belts in smaller waist sizes, since those belts tend to be harder to find.

Gap.com stocks a classic leather belt in both brown and black that runs down to 28 inches.

Numerous other retailers stock leather belts in 30-inch sizes on their web sites, including Banana Republic (www.bananarepublic.com), JCrew (www.jcrew.com), and L.L. Bean (www.llbean.com), to name a few. Call ahead if you are visiting one of their retail outlets to see if they have the size and color you need in stock.

Bluefly.com (www.bluefly.com) has a search engine for belts that allows you to search for sizes as low as 28 inches. To shop by size, choose a "belts" from the "shop by category" menu. This site features high quality leather designer belts at good discounts.

Hugestore.com (www.hugestore.com) also has a belt search that begins at 28 inches.

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Socks
Most men's socks are made to fit shoe sizes 7 and up. If you wear smaller than a men's size 7, you'll probably need to shop in the boy's department or in a short men's specialty shop.

For white athletic socks, try Fruit of the Loom boy's crew socks (they usually come in a 6-pack), or Gold Toe brand boy's athletic socks. Both of these brands are commonly available in department stores and discount retailers.

For dress and casual socks, Gold Toe brand boy's socks (www.goldtoe.com) are of good quality; they can be found in many department stores or ordered directly from Gold Toe's web site. Gap.com and oldnavy.com both carry kid's socks; the Gap's come in white, navy, and tan. Size large in both brands will fit shoe sizes 3 to 4, and size extra-large fits shoe sizes 5 to 6.

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