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How to Dress for Your Body Type: Tall Edition

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

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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.

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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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Find Nicole: Website, Fashion Instagram

Find tips to dress for other body types here:

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Petite Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Slim Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Plus Size Edition

How to Dress for Your Body Type: Curvy Edition

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What is the hardest to find for your body type?

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10 Comments

  1. Delaney_Marie

    Posted by Delaney_Marie on October 22, 2014 at 19:55

    This really helped me because I am 5’7 and dresses are especially a struggle. I still find myself buying 5 inch heels, as if I don’t tower over most of my friends as it is.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Karyn14 on October 11, 2014 at 14:51

    Being tall can be hard when most of the dresses are short these days. I try to go for maxi dresses because they are always long enough and tend to be flattering!

  3. Christian_Girl6860

    Posted by Christian_Girl6860 on September 27, 2014 at 19:15

    YES YES THANK YOU! I have been waiting on this for years now! I am 14 and 5’8!
    Jeans are the worst! They go up past my ankles!!!!!! #tallproblems

  4. Busygirl996

    Posted by Busygirl996 on September 23, 2014 at 02:17

    I’m not only talk but I also have a long torso, a big bust, and a big, well, bottom lol. This makes dress shopping SUPER hard because either the busy is wayyy too small (I’m a G cup, not expected for a 17 year old), the part underneath is too big (there’s a 36 before that G, not a typical size for any woman of any age), or the dress that would be normal for most doesn’t even cover my butt because of all three!! Thankfully I LOVE dressing professional, shirts, dresses, the whole deal, and those are made longer which solves a lot of my problems.. Most of the time 🙂 my biggest problems are finding formals!! PTL for friends with similar sizes and body types!!

  5. projectinspiredmegz

    Posted by projectinspiredmegz on September 14, 2014 at 14:39

    I’m 6’1″ and have these style problems every time I go shopping lol! A modest but pretty dress that covers everything it needs to cover? Or jeans that don’t rise up my ankles? It’s like trying to find a unicorn sometimes! Thank goodness for stores that do carry tall sizes and these style tips.

  6. Danceforjesus23

    Posted by Danceforjesus23 on September 10, 2014 at 16:20

    I’m 5’8 and the hardest thing to find it shorts! We use the fist rule at the summer camp that I work at (which I really appreciate. My arms are really long so I hate it when places go by arm length for shorts) but even then it’s hard to find shorts long enough! Most just hug your butt these days. When I can find ones long enough they usually cut off somewhere weird on the thigh or are just ugly in general.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by eclair95 on September 8, 2014 at 23:20

    I’m 5’7″ and I really struggle to find modest dresses that come to around the knees… Everything is so short these days!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by emmasarah17 on September 4, 2014 at 22:11

    The struggle is real! I’m also 5’10” and finding modest dresses is IMPOSSIBLE.
    Business wear is especially difficult…which is inconvenient considering the fact that I’m a business major!! :S

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by emmigirl on September 4, 2014 at 15:25

    I love this! I’m 5’10” and finding clothes that are long enough is a struggle!

  10. Tessa_A

    Posted by Tessa_A on September 4, 2014 at 12:27

    They are all most all hard to find. Shirts are too short and especially pants! My legs are soooooo long!