Shopping for new clothing can be a struggle for any woman. You know the deal: That sheath dress that looks totally cute on the hanger becomes a full-body tarp in the dressing room, or two dresses in exactly the same size fit like night and day. But for tall girls, your height can make the struggle just that much more real. It’s hard to remember how much you love your long legs when all your pants become capris!
Luckily, there are tons of tall girl fashion hacks to help you embrace your height in flattering ways, instead of trying to hide it. Some of the best tips, though, have nothing to do with what kind of boots you choose to wear, but rather the knowledge and attitude you take to the dressing room.
Let’s start there!
Learn Your Measurements
As a tall girl, it can be so disheartening to search through racks of adorable pants and skirts made to fit someone with shorter inseams. But sometimes a little knowledge and acceptance goes a long way – and sometimes that means simply knowing your size.
Grab a tape measure and a helpful friend, and measure your legs, hips, and natural waist. You’ll be amazed at how much the fashion world opens up to you once you start looking for the right things in the right places! Some clothing stores like Gap and Express make tall sizes, so be sure to do your research online once you’ve got your measurements established.
Always Hit the Dressing Room
While everyone has to deal with some degree of “looked-better-on-the-hanger” syndrome, this can feel like an epidemic for tall girls. But much like knowing your measurements, the best medicine is simply trying on everything before you buy. Better to find out something doesn’t fit before you pay than after – plus, in a dressing room, you’re free to experiment with unconventional styles that work especially for your body.
If you prefer to shop online, be sure to order from sites that offer free shipping and free returns, then order a couple different sizes of each item if you are unsure of how it will fit. That way you can try them on at home and send back the ones that don’t fit without any hassle or extra cash.
The Best Outfit is Confidence!
While there are a few pro tips to perfect your tall-girl wardrobe, you should never feel you have to compromise your unique style just because of your height. As long as you wear what makes you feel beautiful – and wear it with confidence – any outfit can become a good “tall girl” outfit.
Now for the Style Hacks!
Tip 1: Embrace Oversized Pieces
Unlike your shorter friends whose frames may be overwhelmed by an oversized t-shirt, your tall frame is made to handle larger, looser pieces – so you can actually rock that favorite t-shirt or button-up from your boyfriend’s closet! Stock up on shawls, smocks, and tunics too, and don’t be afraid to pair them with fun statement belts.
Tip 2: Cuff Your Pants
Cropped pants are in, so for pants that don’t quite reach the bottom of your ankle, lean into the style by rolling them into a cute cuff. Bonus points for adding a pair of strappy heels (yes, you can rock heels!)
Tip 3: Invest in Jumpsuits and Rompers
Your height is your best feature, and jumpsuits and rompers were made to highlight it. Full-body pieces tend to swim on smaller frames, but your figure has the length to do them justice (and look amazing while you’re at it!) The best part is the versatility – both rompers and jumpsuits can be dressed up with the right shoes or boots, but can also be perfect for a chilled-out afternoon.
Tip 4: Strap on Some Thigh-High Boots
Like with oversized and loose-fitting clothes, over-the-knee boots are made for your height. While your shorter friends can, unfortunately, seem to drown in extra-tall boots, your long legs not only stand up to the excess material – they flaunt it! In boots that turn your height into an asset, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.
Tip 5: Love the Skinny Jean
Almost any tall girl will tell you that skinny jeans are a must-have. Whereas other denim styles can look awkward when they come up short, skinny jeans’ tight fit makes them more forgiving of cropped or too-short lengths. Plus, they’ll pair perfectly with those thigh-hugging boots!
When runways seem to prize tall models with legs for days, it’s a shame that clothing racks are often another story. But we hope with the above tall girl style tips – plus a good dose of knowledge and confidence – you can feel empowered to dress your height exactly the way you want!