Beauty & Fashion
How to Dress for Your Body Type: Tall Edition
Written by Project Inspired | September 3, 2014
Hey PI Girls! We are doing a series of posts on “How to Dress for Your Body Type,” asking ladies who have made it work and love their figure. The point is that every shape is beautiful, and everyone should embrace and love the natural beauty God gave them—no matter the size! In these posts, we are going by the standard sizes in the fashion industry, but understand that they don’t apply to everyone. Hope you find these tips helpful! See the other body types: “Petite Edition,” “Slim Edition,” “Curvy Edition” and “Plus Size Edition.”
Body type: Tall
Name: Nicole Weider
Question: What are some signs that you’re “tall”?
- When looking at cute heels, you check the height to make sure they aren’t five inches!
- You frequently have to bend down in pictures so you look more like the same size as everyone else.
- Many “dresses” you see in stores you could only wear as shirts!
- People may frequently ask you to grab things off of tall shelves or closets!
- You’re as tall as most guys, but you’re okay with that. (I promise, eventually you’ll like it.)
Question: Who are some of your body-type style icons?
Answer: I wear what I think looks good on me, and it’s been a lot of trial and error with different brands. Thankfully I’ve figured out now what types of clothes look best on me! Some tall girls (all 5’10” or taller) with style are Taylor Swift, Rachel Roy (who has an amazing fashion line at Macy’s), and Jennifer Lawrence.
Question: What are some clothing brands that you have found work well for tall girls?
Answer: The brand Loft has a whole section of clothes made for tall girls. I also love that brand because the pieces are more modest and classic. Old Navy has a separate section for tall clothing. My favorite company, though, is Nordstrom, because they offer a lot of different sizes and they also have a good return policy in case you bought something online and it’s too short in person!
Question: When and how did you began to love your body type?
Answer: It was tough in middle school, I’ll admit. Being the same height as most of the boys, I got teased a lot. But when I was a teenager, 15 to 18, I started to embrace being taller. I liked the fact that it helped me in basketball and volleyball, and that I was able to get some modeling work because of it.
Question: What are a few tips you have found helpful in dressing for your body type?
- When I buy a dress online, I make sure it has a length of at least 37 inches. For me, that’s the right length—it’s right above my knees.
- I stay away from low-rise jeans, because for me they aren’t modest or flattering.
- Choose jeans that have a little bit of stretch to them. I noticed the “magic formula” for all my jeans that I love is roughly 85 percent cotton and 2 percent spandex or elastane (another word for spandex).
- I don’t wear anything too boxy on top because my proportions would look off.
- Don’t be stuck thinking you’re only one size. Clothing companies and brands have sizes all over the place, so just wear what fits you and you feel comfortable in, regardless of what size it says! And here’s a little secret: If you want something, but you aren’t happy with the size label, just cut out the tag when you get home so it’s gone. Don’t let a size get in the way of what looks the best!
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