Recently I asked my followers for blog post suggestions. My friend, Lida Citroen, asked for tips for tall gals, so to Lida and all other members of the “tall girl club,” here you go!
While it’s still important to dress for your body type, most of the following tips are fairly universal for tall women. As you read, you will see that just like all other women, alterations make a huge difference in your clothing.
1. Be proud of your tall model-like height! And to that I add, if you want to wear heels, don’t hesitate! (A small caveat might be if you are looking to make partner in your firm, and most of the partners are short men… I’m just saying.)
2. Pant length is crucial! Your pants should only be ¼” to ½” off of the floor. Otherwise, unless you’re wearing capris or cropped pants, you risk looking like your pants shrunk or you outgrew them. This might mean buying “Talls” or letting the hems out of your existing pants. If there isn’t much hem to let down, your tailor can add seam tape to give you the most length possible. And don’t forget the option of skinny pants tucked into boots.
3. Have fun with your shoes! Because you’re tall, you can easily wear shoes that contrast with your outfit. Why not wear a pair of incredible red pumps with your black suit? (Doesn’t every woman want a pair of red shoes?) Other shoes to try: Mary Janes, T-straps, Booties and Over the Knee boots.
4. Wear prints that are in scale with your height. This doesn’t mean that just because you’re tall you should wear the largest print you can find. Simply avoid tiny to small prints that will appear too delicate for your stature.
5. If you want to downplay your height, there are many ways to do it. Wide belts will provide a division between your upper and lower body. Wide horizontal lines, wearing different hues on your top and bottom and wide cuffs on your trousers will also diminish your height.
6. Be aware of skirt lengths. Skirts that are supposed to be knee length may be a little too short for you. Especially if you’re wearing a hip length jacket, a skirt that is an inch or two above your knee may look proportionally off. As in the picture, a hem around your knee will look just right.
7. Sleeve length is also a concern, especially with jackets. Not all tall women have extra long arms, but if you do take care that your sleeves aren’t too short. With your arms at your sides, bend them into a 45 degree angle. The bottom of your sleeve hem should hit at the spot where your thumb starts to jut out. Shortening or lengthening is an easy alteration for your tailor.
8. If you’re concerned about your height being intimidating, feminine clothing can help. It’s probably better not to veer to the side of overly girly, but instead look to sweetheart necklines, fitted silhouettes, and kick pleats.
9. Accessories should be in scale with your height. You have regal stature, so why not play it up. You don’t necessarily have to wear extra bold jewelry; however, try to avoid dainty looking pieces.
10. Finally, check out this link for an extensive list of tall gal resources.
Please let me know if you have any other questions about dressing your gorgeously statuesque frame. And definitely feel free to share tips and resources that have worked for you. I love your comments!