This week we're creating flattering looks for tall women, and discussing how we can help you dress so your proportions look balanced. As a tall woman, you may like to add more shape to your looks, emphasize your height and/or may have trouble finding clothes that fit well. The below guidelines will cover all of the above and how you can dress for your height and shape. We understand tall shapes come in all different shapes and sizes so we've made sure these tips are universally flattering.
With the help of professional stylist and body shape expert, Angela Barbagallo, we dress Mother of three and full time professional, Carla, so you can get a gauge of how our AW21 styles look on tall women. Carla is a tall pear body shape. She is 177cm (5"8") and wears a size L in tops and jackets and XL in pants and skirts.
3 Tips On Dressing For Tall
1. Balance out proportions and break up the visual line.
2. Know your body shape; are you a pear, rectangle, hourglass, inverted rectangle, or apple? Identifying your body shape will help you find pieces that are just right for you.
3. Know your measurements; your leg length and arm length is very important to know when shopping for clothes.
Tops For Tall Women
V Neck Tops or round shaped necklines are very flattering on tall women; the open silhouette simply draws the eye downwards and beautifully accentuates a long neckline. You'll also want to opt for tops that are long in length to emphasize your long torso. Worn like Carla below, wear your tops over your bottoms rather than tucked in to create this flattering line. However, if you do like a tuck, pair your top with a longline blazer or jacket to maintain a sleek line. Tunic's are also your friend! They're often too long on shorter women but perfect for tall frames.
Jackets For Tall Women
As with tunics, tall women can really pull off a longline jacket or cardigan. When wearing a longer layered cardigan or jacket, make sure you have a piece under that is shorter in length. Pairing a longer cardigan/jacket with longer base layer may overwhelm you and look like there is too much going on. But if the piece you want to wear under this long layer is also pretty long, try tucking it or tieing it in a knot. Having a defined waistline under the long layer helps break up that long visual line and creates some balance.
Bottoms For Tall Women
Although you would look great in any kind of pant/trouser, you will particularly look great in a pant with a flare or wide leg. High-waisted styles also work really well to lengthen the legs and define the waistline. For the days that you really want to show off your long legs, a straight leg pant is the perfect option. This goes for skirts too; a straight, full length skirt will elongate your body and show off your height.
If you have trouble shopping for pants that are the right length for you, our best selling Essential Pants and Luxe Pants now come in 3 different lengths; tall, regular and petite. Our Soft Bamboo Leggings are also perfect for tall women as we've added extra fabric at the ankle especially for you!
Dresses For Tall Women
When it comes to choosing a frock, tall women can wear maxi and midi dresses effortlessly. While shift maxi dresses accentuate your height, try and pair it with flats rather than with heels to balance out the proportion. Dresses are most flattering when the waistline is defined in some way to control the flow and balance. To reign it in, try cinching up the waist with a belt if your dress doesn't feature a waistline. If you don't have a waistband or belt, try opting for a midi dress or something else shorter in length so the fabric doesn't become visually overwhelming.
Carla wears the Harmony Dress.