I am not a tall woman at 5’5” however have worked with many women who are 5’7” and above who find their height more of a hindrance than a help. I on the other hand would love not to have to rely on heel s and platforms to make me look taller however that is my lot and I make the most of it, and that is what I would suggest to all women who think the grass is always greener!
Tall women often have more of a problem getting clothes to fit in terms of length and were as us shorties can take things to the tailors to get a few inches of fabric cut off, tall women have to find the extra length from somewhere and this can be tricky! Don’t ever though settle for trousers that are too short for your legs as this will look like you have borrowed someone else’s clothes which in turn will make you look bigger than you actually are.
More than ever shops offer taller sizes in trousers now and many high street names such as Topshop and Dorothy Perkins cater for this market, however other shops like Zara naturally cut their trousers in longer lengths so this is a great place to start. Try on as many trousers in as many stores as you can to find which fit your length the best as brands will differ in terms of how much extra length they offer. It is always better to buy longer and then get them adjusted rather than spending hours and hours trying to find the perfect fit. As long as they fit well everywhere else, length can always be shortened.
CREATE A WAIST
It’s a good idea to always create balance in your figure so that you don’t look like your body goes endlessly up and down. Use belts over layered tops, cardigans and jackets to break up the body.
Use statement necklaces to break up the length of your long torso and create more interest in your outfits. Accessories are great for giving the eye a point of interest and on a long body this will mean that the eye has lots to attract its attention to and detract from the height.
DRESSING THE TALL WOMAN'S LEG
I would often tell clients to avoid crops in some cases as they can make you look like your trousers have shrunk! Luckily for you however you can wear many current fashionable trouser styles that some of your shorter counterparts would not be able to get away with such as looser cropped cuffs where the cuff falls just below the knee giving your legs more depth. Wear them with soft loose fabrics up top and achieve this season’s soft tailoring look. Other styles you could try would be peg and harem styles which finish just above the ankle, yet the softer shapes on the leg mean that they flatter your tall figure. Pegs are a great work wear update whilst harems are more dressy for evening wear with chunky strappy heels.
Don’t be afraid to try skinny or cigarette styles which are usually cut longer in the length. They will show off your long pins perfectly and offer a leaner silhouette. Wear with a looser chiffon vest that falls just on or below the waist to create a modern look. If you’ve got good legs don’t be afraid to go for modern tailored shorts with t-shirts, blazers and flats.
Also a nice high waisted flared trouser looks elegant and chic on tall women with a small heel, with a blouse or tee tucked in to the waistband. Trousers with soft pleats or pockets on the hips will also add shape to your legs. Look for longer length blazers which are a key trend right now and layer over t-shirts and shirts with the sleeves rolled up for a more casual take on this classic piece.
TOPS FOR TALL WOMEN
If you’re tall and slim with a boyish frame look to create more womanly curves with your outfit choices. Use frills, ruffles and patterns up top to create the illusion of a bust and waist. If you want even more of a boost use gel shapers in your bra to give you more volume, boost or definition depending on the top you are wearing.
SKIRT STYLES FOR TALL WOMEN
High waisted trousers and skirts will also highlight your fantastic legs whilst ensuring you show off your waist. Team with softer tops in chiffons and silks that fit loosely and finish off with some bangles and a statement necklace to add points of interest around the body and create the illusion of more curves. Tunic dresses with dropped waists and ruches which will add some womanly curves to your figure and break up the length of your body.
DRESSES TO SUIT TALL WOMEN
For evening dresses, tiered dresses will look fantastic on you as they will give depth and shape to your tall figure and you can pull off that amount of detail and look fabulous. Details such as fringing, feathers and embellishment you will be able to carry off like a true catwalk queen. Try to avoid block colour from head to toe if you feel 'too tall' for it; unless you are going to break it up with accessories otherwise you may look too up and down. Two-tone dresses are also a great option for you as they will give you instant balance to the body by highlighting your waist.
Maxi dresses in bold prints will look fantastic on you as a casual summer staple worn with gladiators. Cocktail length dresses for the evening will also look fantastic, but again go for styles that have some detail on them whether it be pattern, colours, embellishments or three dimensional details.
SHOES FOR TALL WOMEN
Don’t always feel like you have to wear flats! There’s nothing sexier than a tall woman in heels who isn’t afraid to show off that height. Opt for chunkier heels, strappy shoes and coloured steps which will break up the leg more balancing out your height. Try to steer away from very pointed stiletto heels which may make your legs look disproportionately long.
ACCESSORIES FOR THE TALL FIGURE
You can get away with large statement shoppers and maxi clutches and should go for these styles rather than small bags which look too small next to your tall body.
By Nicola Fulstow