Podcast Episode 9: Dressing the Shorter Man

This episode was based on a revisitation of my September 2012 post Dressing the (Smaller)Man. Being as I’m six feet tall, I can only approach this topic from a hypothetical perspective. So I decided to bring on two of my good friends who are both style experts and on the shorter end of the spectrum.

Aaron Marino runs I Am Alpha M, a hugely popular men’s style site and YouTube channel. Aaron puts out daily videos that cover topics like dress, grooming, and fitness and has one of the largest, most abundant personalities of anyone I’ve ever met.

Brock McGoff runs The Modest Man, a menswear site dedicated entirely to helping men of shorter stature learn how to dress to their proportions and ensure that their style game is always on point. Brock puts his money where his mouth is and is one of the best dressed, most confident men I know.

In the episode we cover topics like:

  • Aaron and Brock’s Archetypes
  • How and why they both started caring about men’s style
  • The biggest challenges short guys face when trying to dress better
  • How to have the right attitude when it comes to custom clothing
  • Why being short is only one aspect of a man’s physical presentation to the rest of the world
  • Should short guys wear elevator shoes and other height-enhancing articles of clothing.

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Easy for this episode. It’s both Aaron and Brock

Embarrassment:

Kim Jong Un

Meet The Author


Tanner is the founder and primary author of Masculine Style. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and two kids, and helps run Beckett & Robb – a men’s clothing company built around custom suits and shirts.

  • facelessghost

    So weird–I always imagined you were short 🙂

    Anyway, I hope that at some point you get around to “Dressing the Tall, Gangly Gentleman.”

  • Mike Barham

    Good stuff! I’m 5’8″ and have been following both Aaron and Brock for quite some time. Aaron’s huge catalog of videos has helped me with everything from gym tips to pocket square folds.

    I’m definitely in line with Aaron’s thinking, in that I never really give my height any thought. Maybe that’s just because I don’t know anything else, but it hasn’t stopped me from having success in business, with good-looking women, or anything else. I suppose my size might be a factor if I got in a lot of bar brawls, but confidence pretty much carries the day everywhere else.

    Dressing well helps breed confidence, of course. I definitely feel more confident when I walk into any room wearing well-fitting clothes, and being the best-dressed man in a room definitely helps in the business context. (Though in my industry being the best-dressed man isn’t very tough.) I don’t think that the majority of people in my business network even think of me as short; they’re far more likely to identify me as being a stylish dresser. From that perspective, dressing stylishly can help people to focus on something other than one’s height, and then they remember you not as “that short guy,” but as “that well-dressed guy.”

    I haven’t gone the custom route recommended in the podcast – at least not yet – but I do get a large percentage of my clothing tailored now. It’s a huge help.

    And just remember, we short men have a MUCH easier time flying coach than you gangly dudes!

    • MasculineStyle

      Great points Mike. If the most interesting or unique aspect of the way a man looks is his height, or lack thereof, then it becomes the main focus. You’re much better off being known as the guy who dresses well than the short guy.

  • renindy

    I credit brock for changing my life. A couple of years ago, i stumbled upon one of his blogs, and it gave me real hope as a 5’6″ guy. I don’t mean hope to look good, but hope….to LIVE good. To have a life, to get my life back. I have assembled my own sort of ‘commandments of style’ or principles of style for me. going to the boys section has lots of tony hawk shirts and can be really depressing (especially at 52). Aaron was right the classiCS NEVER go out of style and so that is where my own style tends to go, i am a musician, i ride motorcycles, but i love the classics. Thanks again Tanner for hosting these two gents. My tailor has become the 4th person of the trinity pracitcally, and life is good now. Peace