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Shape advice

How to dress if you’re tall

In our shape advice clinic you’ll find practical tricks and tips on how to make the most of your curves. A little expert knowledge along with some clever styling can work wonders when it comes to flaunting your figure.

Editor: Gabi van Rey

Stand tall and proud. Many women envy you for your height – especially your never-ending legs. However we know that sleeves and trouser legs can often be a problem, with lots of styles coming up too short. Don’t despair: Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of your fabulous figure.

Do you have that in my size? Yes!

Ankle swinger alert. In order to avoid this conundrum, opt for long length trousers made especially for tall women, many of which can be found in our shop. The inside leg length of these styles has been adjusted making them the perfect fit.

Longer length cuts are also great for pairing with high heels. Especially with wide-leg or flared trousers which hems are designed to drop to the floor.

But tall women needn’t rule out cropped styles, rolled up boyfriend jeans or slim fit jeans which also look great on longer legs.

Embrace femininity

Work with feminine garments and avoid masculine cuts, unless you’re going for a girl meets boy look à la Yves Saint Laurent. Fifties vintage dresses with sweetheart necklines or halter-necks are especially feminine.

Dresses and skirts in general, whether maxi or midi, create a romantic, feminine look, especially when they are crafted from soft, flowing fabrics such as lace or chiffon.

Bohemian and hippy infused designs also look gorgeous on longer frames.

Mix patterns

Don’t go for tone-on-tone combos or two pieces for the office, as these tend to visually stretch your figure. Items in different, harmonising colours break up the silhouette, and the same goes for different coloured shoes.

Combinations of solid coloured and patterned pieces (whether solid coloured worn below and patterned above or vice versa) also create natural breaks in your silhouette.

Show your waistline

High waisted trousers and skirts help to make the upper body look well proportioned and create an hourglass silhouette.

Tall ladies should avoid oversized maxi dresses, because they can easily look tent-like.

Flattering cuts

Layering, A-lines and multi-layered dresses add depth and structure to a tall stature.

Asymmetric tops and tunics look stunning on tall women because the striking hem offers a natural break to your height – the same goes for longer tops.

High heels are your friend

It’s a myth that tall women can’t wear high heels.  It’s all about owning it and feeling confident. Kitten heels and small wedges are perfect for dipping your toe in (excuse the pun), but don’t shy away from ankle strap heels which will emphasise your fantastic legs.

Feel more comfortable in flats? Ballerinas are a great choice due to their round shape which makes your feet appear smaller.

 

Gabi Mertens

Editor: Gabi Mertens

As a navabista, she’s lucky enough to live her passions: the written and spoken word, fashion and people.

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