When you’re tall, going shopping for clothes isn’t as easy as it might be for people of average height. There are certain considerations that tall gals have to keep in mind. For example, shirt sleeves might not reach the wrists, pants might not reach the ankles, the bellies might be left exposed under T-shirts, and normal accessories might look tinier than you want them to. If you are 5’9” or taller or have an inseam that is 32” or longer, it’s time to start embracing our vertically gifted frame. Start focusing on a handful of items that will help you accentuate your long legs and graceful physique. Here are five must-have wardrobe essentials for ladies with tall frames.
Tunics are long tops that hang just past the waist, or even just above the knee. While they can make petite women look short, they have a more flattering effect on tall frames. Consider a V-neck tunic, which not only complements a long torso but also brings focus to the neckline instead of the shoulders or torso. An eye-catching, long necklace also looks great with a long tunic. They look great over skinny jeans with some nice leather boots as well.
Finding jeans that fit right is a difficult task for any woman, regardless of her height. Finding the right fit in the waist, thighs, and hips is a feat in and of itself, but when you’re tall, you also have to make sure the legs are long enough. One thing in your favor if you’re on the taller side is the fact that flared, wide-legged jeans are in style right now. Because they’re flared, it won’t matter so much whether they are long enough, because the length will be less obvious. Nonetheless, you still can find flared jeans in the right length if you shop in the right places. Also in style are high-rise jeans, which also flatter taller women with longer torsos.
While mostly reserved for fall and winter, over-the-knee boots are super stylish and fun to wear if you want to accentuate your long legs. They look best in leather, and they should be thin and comfortable enough to move with you and not cause you to overheat. You can wear them with a midi dress or pencil skirt, or over some leggings or skinny jeans. You also have a choice in terms of whether you want your high boots to make you look taller, or if you're happy with your height as it is. Some high boots have heels, and some are flat. Both look great on taller frames.
Certain types of women’s dresses also look better on taller women. One of those types of dresses is the midi dress. This style has a hemline that falls below the knee, but above the ankle, sort of hitting in the middle of the calf (which is why they call it a midi dress). Because it doesn’t hide your legs or show too much of them, it gives tall women the perfect balance they need, as the way it skims the calves accentuates long legs. If you’re trying to give the illusion of being shorter, consider a midi dress in a pattern that’s bold and funky. This draws attention from your height and instead focuses it on the actual dress.
When it comes to outerwear, the one coat that comes to mind as being super flattering for taller frames is the trench coat. Whether it’s a raincoat or a wool winter coat, the trench provides a timeless, sophisticated style that complements taller frames. (Plus, they look good with those high boots we mentioned before.) The reason trench coats work so well with taller women is that they often have a way of balancing out height with their tailored shape. And because a belt cinches your waist with its horizontal line, it emphasizes your midline instead of your height. A V-neck with a collar also helps add some details to make the jacket not look so elongated and to provide an overall sense of balance to any look.
When you focus on the essentials that complement a tall frame, it will be so much easier and more enjoyable to go shopping for clothes that not only fit but make you look like a goddess.