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the stylist’s notebook | when you’re tall

13 May 2009

I’ve done one for the petite ladies, so it is only fair that one is done for the tall (and because I’ve been flooded with requests!). So darlings, here it is!

It is only human nature to want what we don’t have; the grass may seem greener on the other side of the fence, but as we’ve all heard one too many times, we must embrace what we have and make it work for us. Surely you may envy the petite girls who wear six inch heels and still have to tippy-toe to kiss their dates good night, but just as you envy us, we petite ones stare and wish we could forgo heels and not have to tippy-toe to kiss our dates and have them stoop down. Height-age is good; somehow, height is always associated with authority and power. Use it to your advantage, ladies! It is most definitely an advantage come time for one of those chaotic designer-blow-out sales; you have first dibs on anything on a higher shelf!

So what to wear?

Jimmy Choo

After days (I think a full week now) of attempting to write this particular post, I think it is quite safe to conclude that you taller ladies have no restriction or certain clothing to avoid when dressing. That said, it would be much easier to accentuate and make the most of your height. The only thing left for you to figure out is how to dress your body shape well. Anywho, onward and forthward!

Long tops: long cardigans, tunics, tees, sweaters, etc. Take advantage of your height ladies! Whereas longer tops may shorten/make stouter the petites, no such worries plague you! Body shape/type is simply irrelevant in this case; longer tops are wearable and hardly tricky to wear. Do use your height to your advantage and wear those beautiful long cardigans over a tee and jeans. In some cases, they can even make you seem a few inches shorter – which would be considered a plus for some!

Empire-waist Dresses/Tops: I love empire waisted dresses or tops; they’re quite wearable for all women. But somehow, on the taller ladies (lucky you!) they look breathtaking! Such style elongates and slims your body; whether worn with casual sandals or heels, empire waists always look so gorgeous.

Maxi Dresses: A must have in every tall woman’s closet. Emphasis on the must-have! Definitely beautiful in the summer; pair it with strappy gladiators, braid your hair, and stick a fresh flower in it. Goddess-like? Of course. Such dresses, especially those in Grecian styles, accentuate your height; floor length maxis create an illusion of continuing, infinite length.

Extreme lengths. Of course capris and ankle-length pants are wearable, but such “in-between” lengths tend to shorten your overall appearance. Whether or not you are leggy is irrelevant in that shorts and long pants look quite spectacular on taller women. But if possess enough confidence to wear tiny shorts, by all means, go for it! Pair with flats to soften the look.

Flats. If you wish to downplay your height, flats are, by far, the simplest way to look chic sans the extra height.

Modest hemlines. Of course nothing is stopping you from wearing show-stopping bandage dresses and mini skirts; but do keep in mind that because you are taller, skirts and dresses have the tendency to look even shorter. Keeping skirts and dresses at the length of your fingertips, the least, is ideal for everyday.

High waisted skirts/pants. They do wonders for all women, regardless of height, making all considerably slender and just a bit taller. Though high waisted bottoms have the potential to make you seem even taller, the illusion of additional inches/centimeters is only beneficial. It has the ability to elongate your frame, to slim your waistline, and add a touch of elegance.

Solid colors. Wearing solid colors or monochromatic outfits further add to the long & lean effect. Solid colors give the illusion of, once again, continuity of length.

I should hope that this rather humble list helps a little. I must admit that I can only give the best of advice in what I know; and since I lack the vertical inches, I can only conjure what I imagine to be most flattering on the taller girls.


La C.

P.S.: My internet has finally been fixed! Hurrah! *dances with glee*

42 Comments leave one →
  1. thebaglady permalink
    13 May 2009 8:15 pm

    I love this! These ideas are fab; I’m going to send this page to my friends! They always seem to have a little trouble trying to embrace & accentuate their height!

  2. 13 May 2009 8:22 pm

    Like you, I wish I had this issue instead of the opposite! 🙂

  3. Hannah permalink
    13 May 2009 8:26 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this! I definitely appreciate it. 🙂

    I’ve always been a little iffy on maxi dresses, but this post has convinced me to try one. Thanks!

    • 13 May 2009 8:34 pm

      Hannah: You must try it! It looks absolutely breathtaking on tall girls =] I do apologize for such a short/not that detailed list. I wish I could’ve helped a bit more! But, with my lack in the vertical department, I tried ;]

      La C.

  4. 13 May 2009 9:32 pm

    I’m a shorty myself, but must admit that I love how maxi dresses look on tall girls. In fact, maxi dresses and tall girls go together like peanut butter and jelly – a marvelously delicious combination! 🙂

  5. Hannah permalink
    13 May 2009 9:49 pm

    La C: You did a great job! Your list is much appreciated, as always. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  6. 13 May 2009 9:59 pm

    Great tips, dear.
    Well I’m not a very tall woman, but I’m taller than the average of women around me.
    Despite being tall or not I love maxi dresses.

    All the best


  7. 13 May 2009 10:08 pm

    Yay for fixed internet!!
    I’m pretty petite but I have to say this list is pretty nice! I’m pretty envious of tall people + maxi dresses also!! Just looking at a maxi dress makes me automatically think that the dress would eat me alive. ahaha

    There is a tiny girl I know that has a cute leopard print maxi dress and rocks that pretty well though..hmmm

  8. 13 May 2009 10:44 pm

    I am of average height but love, love, love these tips! I didn’t like high waisted pants but will definitely try them on!

  9. 14 May 2009 1:02 am

    I’m short so I don’t have this problem. Great post. Glad your internet is now fixed. Take care.

  10. 14 May 2009 2:30 am

    hi there-great tips my dear, hope you are having a good week too!

  11. 14 May 2009 4:16 am

    Great post as always dear

  12. rossovelvet permalink
    14 May 2009 5:29 am

    I usually wear such things as in your lists, but I personally think short dresses look even better than long dresses on tall people… I’ve noticed that what suits me the best is the ‘A / trapèze – dress’, à la Courrèges, or Cardin, or… well, sixties x). It’s beautiful because it makes killer legs, and they seem thinner with the large part at the bottom…
    But maybe it’s not the same effect on every tall girl ;D.
    Cropped jackets also emphatize the length…. and -this sounds pretty stupid but it really does the trick- chignons make you a fantastical ‘vertical-effect’…
    Things NOT to wear are, as you say, are ‘middle’-length items…. and, I think, ‘5o pin-up style – vintage beachwear for example… mainly ridiculous ! -….
    Well, that was just my small contribution !

    But your post is really great, I’m searching the ultimate vestal-dress since almost 4 years now… I think I’ll have to sew it myself ! x)

  13. 14 May 2009 7:35 am

    wish I’m tall to wear a maxi dress!!

  14. kristine permalink
    14 May 2009 7:44 am

    oh! this is sooo perfect for me!

    i think i’m going to go out and find a maxi dress now!! (:

  15. 14 May 2009 9:35 am

    I recommended this article to my friend, whose extremely tall. I think she’s really happy with your tips, haha!

  16. 14 May 2009 2:20 pm

    Glad to hear that your internet has been fixed! I hate when mine goes out.

    I love this post.. Hope there’s one coming up with us shorties 🙂


  17. 14 May 2009 3:36 pm

    I wear pretty much everything you posted except for maxi dresses but I’m thinking of buying one now and see how I look! I love your tips and your advice! Great job! xxoxoxoxo

  18. 14 May 2009 4:21 pm

    At 5’10, I love this post!

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  20. 14 May 2009 6:11 pm

    I wish this was my problem!

  21. 14 May 2009 6:19 pm

    i agree, maxi dresses are fab for taller ladies! 🙂

  22. 14 May 2009 8:26 pm

    I need your help! I am going to London in 2 weeks for an internship and I just found out the dress code is “smart casual.” What are your suggestions?!

    You always have the best ideas!

  23. 14 May 2009 9:04 pm

    1. I love Mr. Westwick as well 🙂

    2. I am 5’7″ and wish I were taller! I love wearing stilettos because they make me almost 6′ …and then I feel like a supermodel …lol!! great post!

  24. 14 May 2009 9:29 pm

    Ah…. I want to be tall too!!!

  25. abdcforever permalink
    14 May 2009 10:00 pm

    wow this is so perfect for me! (= thx lc! im printing this out rite now cuz im going shopping tmro!

  26. 14 May 2009 11:18 pm

    excellent tips. well done.

    i am nearly 5’9″ and high heels make me feel like a towering amazon. some thing this is good, but then try standing next to the shorties. ugh. and watching them strain their necks as they look up at you. sometimes i wear tall wedges, but not that often.

    please forgive. i am babbling and making this about me.

    i am going to try some of your tips. i am not sure if they will work for me, but i am willing to try. :]

  27. 15 May 2009 12:37 am

    I never really thought about my height being a challenge, but you give excellent advice.
    I love the high waist shorts in the previous post. xo

  28. 15 May 2009 9:42 am

    what about us short 5’5″? so we can look taller and not so shot and dumpy!?

  29. 15 May 2009 11:01 am

    I LOVE those Jimmy Choo sandals!!!
    I’m alwyas in trouble when reading “what to wear” articles about height: I’ve never thought myself tall (I’m 170 cm – 5.57 feet I guess.. not so sure), but I can’t say I’m petite, too =)

  30. 15 May 2009 11:09 am

    great advice as usual, La C.

    i’m so envious of the long legs our tall lady friends have.

    i love tall girls who rock the heels. it’s divine.

  31. 15 May 2009 1:42 pm

    great info!
    Thank for your visiting my blog;-))

  32. 15 May 2009 2:17 pm

    Thank you, La C! Fab tips for us tall gals!


  33. 15 May 2009 2:24 pm

    Passing this along to my legs for days little sis and I’ll go read your one for shrimps!

  34. 15 May 2009 4:59 pm

    Unfortunately I’m tiny, but I do think all of this looks very good on tall women.

  35. 15 May 2009 5:57 pm

    I am a petit little thing so it does not help me, but a good post anyway!=)

  36. 15 May 2009 6:27 pm

    since your good at giving tips.. i have a glamour party to attend to tomorrow.. what is glamour for you? i really need a heads up for an outfit.. take care xx

  37. 15 May 2009 8:52 pm

    Oh lovely! I’m a tall girl so I loved reading your tips. I think I’ve worn almost everything you mentioned. Haha! (:

    xo, Kate

  38. 17 May 2009 12:37 pm

    WOW, how i love your blog miss. i stumbled across it moments ago and im already reading away. i love this post, and being a tall chickita this is great!


    do stop by my blog when you get a min, want to exchange links?


  39. 19 May 2009 10:29 pm

    Actually, I think that cropped pants of any kind look best on tall women. If their legs look shorter, it doesn’t really matter because they’re tall anyway!

  40. 20 May 2009 4:13 am

    things that made a good article then…wowwwww

  41. 20 May 2009 11:01 am

    Hello.. I just wanted to say that your blog is great… Ive been scouring the internet looking for blogs and posts about hair care to find inspiration for my blog.. you have given me some great ideas so thank you.. keep up the great posts

    Julie x

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