Going that extra mile - A tall girl's guide

17.6.11


We already learned how to dress if you’re a short gal, but now it is time for us tall girls to get a chance. I know it’s a challenge to find clothes if you’re tall, but let’s embrace our height and show the world how great tall gals can look!


Notable Leggy Celebs….

Taylor Swift (5’11”)



Maria Sharapova (6’2”)

Nicole Kidman (5’11”)

Florence Welch (5’9”)

Blake Lively (5’10”)

Michelle Obama (5’11”)

Julia Roberts (5’9”)
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1. GET CLOTHES THAT FIT

For tall women, inseams and shirt lengths often run short. Many stores offer ‘extended sizes’ in bottoms, but few do these for tops as well. So what’s the solution? Shop at a store designed for your height. If there aren’t any stores for you in your area, many online stores cater to tall women like Long and Tall Sally and Soft Surroundings.



If you have a little bit more cash to burn, a tailor is also a great option. Although expensive, they can make the perfect clothing piece for you. You might consider going to one for an investment piece, like a black suit, if you can’t find one that fits anywhere. Make sure to go to a tailor that has been recommended by friends or research them online on review sites like yelp.



2. THE PERFECT PAIR


The battle for the elusive pair of perfect jeans is one that everyone fight for, and it becomes harder when you realize that certain jeans aren’t offered in extended sizes.

 If you are desperate for some denim in extended sizes, American Eagle, has some great options for tall gals. 
Jeans like the Artist from AE look great on tall women. They add balance to vertical frames, and tall women can pull of wide leg jeans better than shorter women. 


Some other options for wide legged jeans are this one from Gap and this one from J Brand. 


Skinny jeans look great sometimes as well, but if they are worn paired with a tight top, you run the risk of looking very ‘pencil’ like. Since you are tall, you need to break up your lengthy frame.

Miu Miu shoes - Zara jeans - H&M blazer - lace H&M shirt - Karen Walker sunglass

Once again, you can go down the route of custom made products. Luckily online, there are many custom jean makers. Like Indi where you can change everything from wash to what design is on the pockets, and most importantly inseam! 


3. KEEP IT ‘PG’

aquamarine H&M shoes - camel vintage scarf - sky blue vintage shorts - off white

Skirts and shorts often look scandalous on leggy ladies, but you don’t need to shun them out of fear of showing off ‘the goods’. Many stores do offer shorts in extended sizes. Online Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic . 

bronze velour thrift blazer - lime green thrift shorts - dark green via thrift s

And some other tips for wearing shorts: make sure they aren’t too tight (this goes for everyone!). Make sure the waist flatters and is high enough, and keep the inseam appropriate for the occasion.

Topman hat - black - beige Zara - silver Mango - white United Colors of Benetton

 If you want to emphasize your legs, find a great pair of high waisted shorts like these,your legs will look like they go on for miles!

black Anthropologie boots - black Zara jacket - red wholesale-dressnet sweater -

Zara blazer - Topshop skirt - Missguided shoes - asos shirt

You may want to skip the miniskirts at Forever 21; they will look extra short paired with your extra long legs. 

f21 shirt - sam edelman shoes - Marciano blouse - Elizabeth and James top - vint

But there is no reason not to rock skirts. Look for skirts that would normally hit at or above the knee on an average sized woman. This should be long enough to look ‘mini’ on you but not show off too much.


4. GO BOLD OR GO HOME

Zara shoes - H&M dress


Bright and bold prints and chunky jewelry look great on tall girls. Often bold prints can overwhelm women with shorter frames, but if you are tall you can rock them. 

deep purple whhttt vintage shoes - deep purple whhttt vintage blazer - hot pink

A shirt with a great print will look chic with some nice jeans and some heels. Bold prints are great for when you’re running low on time and want to look good. 

gold afghan thrifted vintage dress - beaded Anthropologie belt - feathered thrif





A floral kimono top will help you embrace your feminine side.


Stella McCartney - black Chanel - Zara belt - black Mango - blue vintage earring

 Bold prints on maxi dresses work well for leggy girls, take a cue from Gisele in these H&M ads and find a flowy, printed maxi.



bubble gum Zara top


Tall girls can even  color block in candy colors and just add and a pretty maxi skirt and you are good to go!



And now for the statement jewelry. Luckily you don’t have to scour through the extended size section for these! Bright, bold, and chunky pieces won’t overwhelm your frame.

Marni skirt - Casch by Gro Abrahamsson cardigan - Marciano shoes - Ra  re aka Ra

 So you can play around with interesting jewelry. Bright pieces like this would look great on a tall frame. And don’t forget the large bangles and cocktail rings as well too!

black Louis Vuitton bag - hot pink bodycon Zara skirt - carrot orange Zara heels

5. EMBRACE YOUR HEIGHT

beige mary janes janilyn shoes - blue acid wash Monroe jacket - black Forever 21

Heels—now that’s a tricky subject for us tall gals. Some may argue that you should skip the heels, you already got the height, but I like to argue the contrary. Wear the heels that you want to wear, don’t be afraid of ‘towering’ over your peers. 

gold Gap sweater - red American Apparel pants - black calvin klein shoes

Heels complete and outfit, and there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to rock them! Do want YOU want to do before you listen to what others want you to do.

off white eyelet Express dress - peach tie frong vintage blouse - nude patent le

If you still can’t be swayed into rocking the high heels, or if your significant other doesn’t want you towering over him, there are other options. Michelle Obama is frequently seen wearing a kitten heel.

black vintage bag - puce Zara heels - ivory American Apparel skirt - yellow Zara

 These heels are only an inch or two high, but they make your legs look better than they would be in flats, and of course, they are comfier! 

black Ray Ban sunglasses - Topshop necklace - Topshop - Accessorize - Zara - bro

And flats, if you are going to a formal occasion in flats, stick to patent leather ones. They are much more pulled together and will look great in place of a pair of pumps.

white blazer - black Forever 21 - black Nine West belt - black H&M shorts - blac

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