Do Women Like Short Men? | Only If You Meet These Criteria

Initially, most women will default to saying that height is important. But when you start to unpack it, it's easy to see that it's not as important as they make it out to be.
Tall girl in heels high fiving short guy

We know women prefer tall men, but that doesn’t mean they won’t give a short guy a chance.

In fact, there are plenty of reasons why women might find shorter men attractive.

First, you have to get over the fact that this is a negative. At W.A.R. of men, we focus on not doing things for women but to focus on being a better man in general.

If you’re a desirable man, chances are women will like you more regardless of your height.

But getting over that hump is key, and once you do, it’s smooth sailing.

Second, don’t assume short girls don’t like short guys. There are plenty of girls out there who don’t mind dating a shorter guy.

Third, don’t be self-conscious. The worst thing you can do is focus on your height and let it hold you back.

If you act confident and secure, women will be drawn to that.

Now let’s unpack each one of these points a little more.

What is considered short for a man?

In the United States, the average height for a man is 5’9. That puts you in the 50th percentile for height.

Anything below that is considered “short.” So if you’re 5’6 or 5’7, you’re considered short.

If you’re 5’5 or shorter, you’re considered very short.

This is just the average height for men in the United States. In other parts of the world, the average height for men is different.

For example, in Asia, the average height for men is 5’7. So if you’re 5’7, you’re considered average in Asia.

But you’re considered short if you’re 5’7 in the United States.

It’s all relative.

So when we talk about short men, we’re talking about men who are shorter than the average height for their country or region.

Does height affect your attractiveness?

Short women are considered more attractive than tall women, but the reverse is true for men.

Tall men are considered more attractive than short men.

Now, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. There are plenty of short men who are considered attractive and plenty of tall men who are considered unattractive.

But in general, women prefer tall men, and men prefer short women.

This is likely because height is a sign of strength and power. And in our evolutionary past, these were qualities desired in a mate.

This doesn’t have to be negative. As guys, if we see a woman with physical features that are our preference, she will immediately be more attractive than the woman next to her.

At the same time, if you talk to that same woman and she doesn’t appeal to your intellect or have the same humor as you, she will quickly fall down the totem pole.

The same is true for women, they may be attracted to a particular look, but if the guy doesn’t meet her standards in other areas, he won’t be attractive for long.

So if you’re a short man, don’t worry. Many women out there find short men attractive because they meet the criteria we’ll discuss below.

Short guy hanging with women

Do girls care about height?

Initially, most women will default to saying that height is important.

But when you start to unpack it, it’s easy to see that it’s not as important as they make it out to be.

Women want a man taller than them because it makes them feel feminine, small, and delicate. And these are qualities that women find attractive in a man.

What short men need to understand is that you can absolutely deliver on these things as well without being tall.

It is just that immediate feeling that women get because a tall man can appear to have these qualities even if he can actually deliver.

Whereas a shorter guy may have to put in more work initially for the woman to see that he has these qualities.

But once a woman realizes that a shorter guy can deliver on these things, she’ll find him just as attractive as a tall guy.

What short guys can do to stand out

We’ll go into what short men can do to show women they possess the qualities that matter in a long-term romantic relationship.

Own your masculinity

Taller women and short women all want the same thing. A manly man.

What does that mean? It means a man who is assertive, confident, and able to take charge when necessary.

Many shorter men mistakenly believe that they have to be extra nice or extra gentle to compensate for their height.

Or, even worse, overcompensate, which reeks of insecurity.

Women don’t want a man who is going to be a doormat. They want a man who is going to be a strong partner and equal.

So if you’re a shorter man, the best thing you can do is own your masculinity. Be confident and assertive. And don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough because of your height.

Dress the part

How you dress is one of the quickest and easiest ways to show confidence.

If you’re dressed like a slob, it’s going to be hard for anyone to take you seriously. But if you’re dressed sharp and put-together, people are going to see you as a man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.

One of the best ways to dress for success is to invest in a well-fitting suit. A suit will make you look taller, thinner, and more muscular. And it will convey confidence and authority.

Next, you need to invest in the proper shoes.

If you are 5’7″ and want to be taller, you can buy a boot that will give you a 2″ lift, and now you appear to be the average height of a man in the United States.

Be a protector

One of the qualities women find most attractive in a man is his ability to protect her.

This is something that shorter men can absolutely excel at.

Because you’re not as tall as some other guys, you may have had to fight harder and train longer to be able to defend yourself. And this will give you an edge when it comes to your perceived ability to protect your woman.

This is not just physical. Protecting her emotionally is just as important.

Be the man who is there for her when she’s feeling down. Be the one who listens to her and helps her through her problems.

Be able to take care of yourself

Women want a man they feel can take care of them, so if you can’t even take care of yourself, it’s going to be hard for her to believe that you can take care of her.

This means being financially responsible and stable. It means having your life together and not being a hot mess.

Showing her that you can provide a quality lifestyle for yourself and potentially for her is extremely attractive.

Be a great lover

Being a good lover is essential no matter what your height.

Everyone is not naturally good in this area. However, if you feel you have issues or just want to improve, plenty of resources are available to help you.

Height is not noticeable when lying down.

When you’re in bed with a woman, she’s not going to be thinking about how tall you are.

All she’s going to care about is how good you make her feel and how much pleasure you can give her.

Go for shorter women

If you are 5’6″, think about going after a short woman.

If you are dating a 4’11 woman.” She will at some point wear heels that are 4″. You will still have a few inches on her.

The truth is that many shorter women actually prefer dating shorter men. They find it more comfortable and less imposing.

Go for tall women

A taller woman may actually be open to dating a shorter guy. Tall women usually have fewer options since only a tiny percentage of men are taller than them.

So if you’re a shorter man, don’t rule out taller women. You may be surprised at how open they are to dating you.

And when you do date a taller woman, it’s important to own your height and be confident about it. Don’t let her tower over you and make you feel like less of a man.

Dress properly to appear taller

Most guys don’t know how to dress to flatter their body type.

This is something that shorter men need to be especially aware of.

The right clothes can make you look taller, thinner, and more muscular. And the wrong clothes can make you look boxy, frumpy, and out-of-date.

Here are a few tips:

  • Go for monochromatic looks. Wearing one color from head to toe will create a slimming effect and make you look taller.
  • Avoid baggy clothes. Clothes that are too big or loose, like an oversized shirt, will make you look shorter and heavier.
  • Wear vertical stripes. Stripes that go up and down will create the illusion of height.
  • Invest in a well-fitting suit. A suit will make you look taller, thinner, and more muscular. And it will convey confidence and authority.
  • Get a tailor. Spending a few extra bucks to get your pants tapered here and your shirt slimmed down there will make a big difference in how you look.
  • Wear shoes with a low heel. A low heel will add height without making you look like you’re trying too hard.

Many men can stand out positively if they take a little more care with their clothes and appearance.

Work on your physical appearance

It matters, guys. Even well-fitting tailored clothes can’t hit a big gut.

Dressing properly can only do so much. If you want to look your best, you must focus on your physique and hygiene.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Lose weight. This will make you look taller and more muscular.
  • Build muscle. More muscle will make you look thinner and more athletic.
  • Get a haircut. The right haircut can make you look taller, leaner, and more handsome.
  • Stand up straight. Good posture will make you look taller and more confident.
  • Whiten your teeth. White teeth are associated with youth and health.
  • Take care of your skin. Clear, smooth skin is attractive no matter what your height.

Many women appreciate a man who cares about his appearance and takes care of himself. Even tall guys can’t get a pass if they’re overweight and out-of-shape.

Short High Value Man

Increase Your Value

Taller girls will care much less about your height being a high-value man.

The higher your value, the easier it is to pull off being shorter.

Because women will be more forgiving of your shortcomings (pun intended) if you have other things going for you than make up for it.

If you focus on the things mentioned in the article, you are on your way to becoming a high-value man that any woman would be lucky to date, regardless of height.

You have all the necessary things a tall woman or girl would want in a guy:

  • Stability
  • Money
  • Confidence
  • Status
  • Physically fit
  • Good hygiene, to name a few

As always, work on yourself first. Then other things like women, career opportunities, and growing social circle will come much easier.

Short Men FAQ

Do short guys have trouble dating?

No, they don’t. In fact, many women find shorter men attractive and are open to dating them. The key is to be confident and own your height.

Is it weird dating a shorter guy?

Tall ladies may initially feel a little self-conscious about dating a shorter guy. But ultimately, it’s not that big of a deal. As long as you’re confident and own your height, you’ll be just fine.

What do guys think about tall girls?

Guys feel confident and more masculine when they’re with a tall girl. There’s an energy of “How did he get her” that can be a big ego boost for a guy.

Can short guys be attractive?

Short guys can, without a doubt, be attractive to the right girl. If the guy has enough of the other qualities that set him apart from other guys, it’s usually acceptable.

Do guys prefer a tall or short girl?

Men typically don’t have a height preference as long as the girl is shorter than them. They feel more protective and considerate towards shorter girls.

On the other hand, guys feel like they need to “live up” to tall ladies. So there’s more pressure for them to appear strong, manly, and successful.

Men are generally attracted to high-value women regardless of their height. So if you’re a tall woman, just be confident and rock that height!


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