When it comes to fashion, it's all about looking great and feeling comfortable. Being able to create a unique look that coincides with current trends will make you stand out. Have social clout and you'll be a trendsetter, giving the average-joe something they can identify with and aspire to imitate. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Good fashion sense brings with it positive attention. Being a short guy, you already stand out because of your height. That said, if you're a short guy who sports stylish threads, you may end up as a bit of an icon in your social circle generating all sorts of cool conversations. In this article, we are going to look at two short icons in the music business who have left their mark on the fashion world a couple times over. By analyzing their fashion choices, perhaps you could come up with your own cooler iterations.
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Lenny Kravitz was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 26, 1964. Being a talented and successful recording and influential rock and soul artist for over three decades; his premiere album was released in 1989. He went on to win multiple Grammy awards and record several more multi-platinum records. He was married to the famous Lisa Bonet of the hit television series "The Cosby Show". Kravitz stands at just 5'6 and often wears stylish footwear with modest heels like the man he credits as being a major influence on his musical style, Prince. After their divorce his ex-wife went on to marry 6'4 Jason Momoa. While Bonet went on to bigger men, Kravitz went on to bigger things, dwarfing his ex-wifes dwindling career starring in big budget movies and touring extensively.
The Liquid Metal Rocker Look
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Here, Kravitz sports a pinstripe blazer with a glossy satin lapel. The pinstripes are shiny black which creates a glossy/matte mix. His lower half is reminiscent of the late 90s glam rock look with his signature leather pants and gold metallic boots giving a crisp sparkly appearance all which further accent the shine provided by the lapel of his blazer. To round out the outfit, he rocks and open collared white mini polka dot on black button down with a low-cut v-neck black tee underneath. Being the rock star he is, he makes sure black is the predominant color. The mix of fabrics and textures (wool, leather, cotton, metallic, pinstripes, polka dots and solids) is daring and keeps the overall look classic, yet modern.
The Nu-Rastafarian Look
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Here we can Kravitz is identifying with his Caribbean roots (his mother Roxie Roker who starred in the 1970s hit sitcom The Jeffersons was of Bahamian descent), blending an island look with his rock repertoire. He sports a tipped beanie on his head and leather jeans with suede biker boots on his lower half. Check out the unstructured blazer – all black. The accessories - Ray-Ban aviators, a lightweight silk scarf and pendant chains make his outfit pop. The overall look is comfy, casual but sleek and trendy.
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Marco Antonio Muñiz as born in New York City on September 16, 1968. He is considered by many the most successful and recognizable salsero of this generation. He has been on the scene since the 1980s starting out as backing vocalist for groups hit Latin-Pop groups Menudo and the Latin Rascals, then as a solo Freestyle artist. By the mid 1990s, the 5'6 singer was selling millions of records singing in his native tongue of Spanish. Marc Anthony has since made a name for himself not just in music, but because of his personal life. He has been married to some of the world's most beautiful women, the most famous being Puerto Rican mega-celebrity singer, actress and dancer, Jennifer Lopez. They have two kids together. Anthony also a hit in the fashion world with a clothing line in his name sold at mass merchandiser Kohl's.
The Viva Puerto Rico Libre Look
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Anthony attended the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami wearing a fitted white blazer with white buttons and silver handkerchief, slim straight fitted black trousers and a white shirt. The entire outfit is complimented with nice shiny black loafers, dark shades and an accessory on the arm. His outfit contrasted well with his wife’s getup.
The Contemporary Record Mogul Look
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Here Anthony is seen sporting a charcoal grey slim fitted suit (which doesn't appear to be custom/bespoke as the sleeves extend all the way down to the hands), with a regular-width black tie and black patent leather shoes at the 22nd Annual BMI Latin Music Awards. Although there are no visible accessories, the outfit screams both minimalist and sleek. Sometimes a less is more. As with most of Anthony's outfits, they compliment his slim physique extremely well. His clothing choices help him to stand out amongst his average height and tall peers.
As we can see from these two crooner-fashionistas, you can go a long way by not only choosing stand-out items, but also by complementing your physique. Kravitz's sense of style is often complimented. While men are shunned for wearing heels, the way Kravitz does it adds value to his outfits. Clearly, he's not trying to look taller, but make his outfits pop. It's all about creativity and experimenting. You too can be a short guy fashionista. Get out there, pick up some copies of GQ magazine, browse our fashion articles and fashion forum for short men, and tinker. Who knows, you might the person everyone calls for fashion tips!
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