Whilst being tall comes with its benefits – namely, endless legs – styling a tall frame can be a challenge, something sisters Hannah and Zoe know all too well. The Founders of HøFSisters, the ‘Tall Fashion Journal’, have been 6ft since they were 16, so they’ve learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t. Here are their top seven fashion rules all tall girls should follow...
Avoid Head-To-Toe Print
Head-to-toe in one print can look too severe, so break it up with colour, texture or pattern. If you really love that bold print maxi dress, then belt it at the waist or opt for a style that has something to break it up – think strapless, halter neck, deep V-neck or a colour block pattern. Alternatively, separates look fantastic on a tall frame and a sliver of skin is the easy way to break up a matching skirt and top. Take advice from celebrity stylist Emily Giffard-Taylor and style a head-to-toe look “with a large bag, chunky jewellery or an embellished shoe to add a point of interest.”
Most fashion is designed to fit a person of average height; by avoiding clothes which are overly structured you’ll save yourself the frustration of a disappointing fit. A general rule is to filter out most dresses with a structured waist in favour of those which are bodycon, have a wide waistband, no waistband at all or a tiered waist.
The most common tall girl frustration: everything is too short! As Emily Giffard-Taylor says, you need to get creative, “Roll a too-short jean and wear it cropped or give new life to an awkward maxi skirt and wear high on the waist as a stylish midi.”
Opt For Half-Shoe Styles
They may be comfortable, but round toe courts may actually make your feet look bigger. So try a cut-out shoe and a pointy toe for a much more elegant look. A final tip – nude or pale pink coloured shoes always look great.
Create A Silhouette
Creating a silhouette is the simplest way to flatter your height. Belting loose clothing at your natural waist will create definition and give the impression of a long and lean physique.
Layer At Your Slimmest Part
Good layering adds interest to a look and can be very flattering – just avoid it where you don’t want to draw attention. For example, layering a tunic dress over a pair of jeans adds volume around your hips and bum, so if you’d rather not highlight this part of your body try layering T-shirts, shirts and jackets to draw attention to your upper body instead.
Ditch The Hat
If you want a little something extra for an occasion, avoid hats – try a fascinator that sits forward over your eyes or a delicate hair slide for the same effect without the added height. Plus, it avoids blocking the view for people behind. Fedoras and other hats are great for every day, but if you’re in a new environment, consider that the added height might make you seem more intimidating.