How to Dress - 10 Style Tips for Tall Women

So you're about 5'8" but not quite sure what to wear or struggle to find clothes that fit right. You've been insecure about your height pretty much your entire life, but in more recent years have actually come to terms with it and are totally embracing your glorious height because why not, right? I mean, if you have it flaunt it, work with what you have and be proud of it. I'm all for it, but there's one thing to keep in mind when it comes to dressing for your height and that is proportion. Finding the balance between your upper and lower body for you is key when it comes to getting dressed and really this applies to all women no matter what shape or size. As a taller woman your goal is create symmetry from head to toe by playing with the placement of hemlines, patterns and contrast of colors.

For the purpose of this post my cousin, Yomira, allowed me to raid her closet and create new outfits with pieces she already owned while keeping in mind the tips outlined in this post.

So without further ado, here are 10 tips to keep in mind when dressing your tall frame:

  1. COLOR CONTRAST

    As a tall woman, wearing one color or what is called a monochromatic look is a style you want to avoid since wearing one color throughout makes you appear leaner and taller. Instead you want to create contrast wearing different colors for for the tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. In doing so you are visually dividing your body into sections. For example if you happen to wear and all black outfit, throw on a jean jacket and white sneakers or nude booties to create contrast.

2. PRINTS ON BOTTOM

Instead of wearing prints and statement pieces on top you want to transfer this attention towards the bottom part of you body and in doing so you're creating bulkiness, or “busyness” towards your legs therefore visually shortening this area.

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3. HORIZONTAL LINES

Focus on horizontally placed elements, lines, ruffles, embroidery, or embellishments all which give you a wider appearance versus vertical lines which make you appear longer.

4. WIDER SILHOUETTES

Going along with with tip # 3, choosing wider styles also extend your silhouette horizontally rather than vertically. For example wide trousers, and bell shaped skirts and dresses.

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5. CHOOSE LOW/MID RISE OVER HIGH RISE

I know, high rise bottoms are all the craze now days because they help accentuate your waist line however this silhouette for you visually raises your waistline making you appear longer. Instead of your legs starting where they would naturally, wearing a high rise jean extends this line higher. Opt for a low or mid rise jean this will visually lower the start of your lower body.

6. AVOID TUCKING

Tucking your shirt has the same effect as a high rise silhouette. Instead wear your shirt over your bottoms to lower your upper body and visually cut your lower body making your legs appear shorter.

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7. SHOW OFF YOUR SHOULDERS

Just as you would wear wider trousers and skirts, you can wear off the shoulder shirts or sleeveless shirts which visually lower your shoulder line therefore shortening your torso.

8. OVERSIZE ACCESSORIES

Compared to your larger frame, wearing small accessories will make you appear taller. Instead opt for larger/over-sized bags and accessories which are proportionate to your body.

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9. LAYER

Adding layers means you're adding more sections to your otherwise long silhouette therefore visually shortening your frame.

10. RECREATE YOUR WAISTLINE

When wearing a one tone dress add a belt to section your body. In this case you can also place your belt a little lower than your natural waistline therefore extending your upper body and shortening your lower body.

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BONUS TIP

As I mentioned earlier some women have learned to embrace their height and are not afraid to wear heels. My one tip for you then is to wear heels with straps, the horizontal stripes visually cut your legs making you appear shorter. Round toe, shoes have a similar affect.


That’s it for now! I hope I was able to shed some light into your wardrobe.

Thank you Yomira for allowing me to style you! I had a blast 😘

Let me know in the comments below which style tip resonated with you the most and what other topics you would like me to talk about next.

Coming Up Next: How to Dress - 10 Style Tips for Curvy Women

With much love,

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