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How to Dress If You're a Tall Woman

Make the most of your height with these wardrobe tips.


  • Step 1: Get horizontal Break up your long vertical silhouette with horizontal lines – stripes; thick belts, especially in a contrasting color; shoulder details, and waist-length jackets.
  • TIP: If you have a boyish figure, choose jackets that nip in at the waist to create an hourglass figure.
  • Step 2: Stand tall Wear kitten heels, which are slim heels one and a half inches to two inches tall; they make legs look better than flats. Avoid chunky shoes with thick heels.
  • Step 3: Tuck it in Tuck shirts into pants to create a visual break between your legs and your torso. Tucking pants into boots also looks good on tall women.
  • Step 4: Skirt the issue Wear skirts that end above or at the knee. If you like a longer skirt, choose one that's flared to prevent a stick-straight vertical line. A-line dresses work for the same reason. If you wear a pencil skirt, team it with a blouse in a contrasting color.
  • TIP: Got mile-high legs? Team a short skirt with knee-high boots.
  • Step 5: Get a leg up If you have a long torso, shorten it with high-waisted trousers. If you've got long, toned legs, show them off in skinny jeans.
  • TIP: Wear regular-length pants as cropped pants.
  • Step 6: Use prints to your advantage Use big prints and bright colors to your advantage: Wear them on top to distract from a bigger bottom half; wear them below to downplay a generous bosom.
  • FACT: At 7-foot-7, Sandy Allen of Shelbyville, Indiana held the title of tallest woman in the world until her death in 2008.

You Will Need

  • Belts
  • Waist-length jackets
  • Kitten heels
  • Short or flared skirts
  • A-line dresses
  • High-waisted trousers
  • Skinny jeans
  • Big prints
  • Bright colors
  • Nipped-in jackets (optional)
  • Knee-high boots (optional)

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