If you are one of those fortunate women who can reach the top shelves in supermarkets without asking for the help of a male, then you are indeed lucky.
You are also lucky as you are the envy of those not-so-tall women who wish they had the height and elegance to carry off what seems like most items of clothing.
Funnily enough we suspect that many of you are infact just the same as the rest of us who are not satisfied with our size or height… but then again maybe you are and want to make the most of your height?
Below we give you some top tips whichever category you fall in to, so no matter who you are you can be tall and beautiful!
Making the most of your height
If you are fortunate enough to have those extra few inches then you are lucky that most styles will suit you. This is not to say there aren’t things you should avoid, but generally there are lots of fabulous ways in which you can allow your clothes to embrace your height.
Choice of garments: long dresses will always create a better impression of length, as there will be a continual flow from the shoulders area to the floor. Trousers and skirts require a top, and the choice of two individual garments will detract away from the continuity required to give the illusion of height.
If you do choose trousers for that more casual look, then try cuff less trousers, as these will appear longer. Steer away from Capri trousers and anything that is three-quarter length as these cut off at a mid-limb point and will not create that impression of length you are aiming for.
Colors: that long and lean effect can be obtained by sticking to one color throughout the outfit. If wearing a dress, patterns should be avoided as much as possible. If wearing a top and trousers both garments should be the same color with no belt worn or a belt of the same color (introducing different colors will break up the length and the belt will act as a dividing line).
Detailing: choose thin vertical stripes, detailing such as visible seams, and well-tailored darts and sharp creases, again to create length.
Accessories: long scarves or heavy necklaces depending on the occasion. Hats always accentuate height, as do high swept-back ponytails for those of you with longer hair. Shoes should be high and elegant. Look out for shoes with interesting detail on the heel, or eye-catching chrome look heels.
Playing down your height
If you are one of those women who get fed up of being so tall, and really want to play down your height, then there are things you can do to create the impression that you shorter.
Choice of garments: long dresses that create a continual flow from head to toe are to be avoided. You should choose separates and in particular pick tops that are long in length (below the waist) and cover the tops of your legs. These will give the appearance that you legs are shorter than they actually are.
Select trousers that have a cuffed appearance round the bottom; this will make the actual length of the trousers seem much shorter. Capri and three-quarter length trousers a can be worn but make sure they fit in the right places on your legs so that you don’t look like they are too short for you.
Colors: unlike your tall friends who wish to celebrate their height, you have more scope in terms of the colors you should be wearing to truncate your height. Choose mixtures of dark and light colors, when combining tops and bottoms, and embrace patterns and detail that run across the width of tops.
Monochromatic looks should be avoided. Wear belts to provide that dividing line between your top and bottom areas, and divert the eye from left to right even more by introducing horizontal stripes to the outfit if you are feeling brave!
Accessories: it may seem obvious but shoes play a big part in creating height (or not as the case may be). Choose flat heels or ballet flats depending on the occasion. Look for shoes that have detail on the flattest part of the shoe at the front as opposed to the heel.