Even subtle patterns in the fabric, such as herringbone weaves, can help you slim your visual profile and make you seem taller.
However, you want to keep those stripes – think pin-striping, rather than wide blocks of color. Window-pane patterns are a definite no; the horizontal stripes and the negative space created negate the eye-tracking effect you’re looking this means clothes that are cut close to your body.
The problem with this is that the sudden color change – from white to brown to blue – creates a visual interruption.
The eye doesn’t travel smoothly down your profile; the sudden change cuts you in half, truncating your torso and skewing your proportions.
One of the biggest mistakes that men make is to wear clothing with a strong contrast – a white shirt, brown belt and blue jeans for example.
OK, before you click the back button in disgust, hear me out. We inevitably find our focus divided among the million little things that occupy our attention.
But when we feel like someone is giving us their listening instead of waiting for your turn to talk – is absurdly powerful.
Instead, you want clothes that are relatively consistent in hue.
They don’t have to be perfectly monochrome – you don’t need to dress head to toe in black, for example – but keeping things within the same color-scheme helps the eye track over your body without stopping.