1.24.2010

Style Secrets: Tall Drink of Water

“Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.”
Julia Child

Dolls I am convinced that the taller mademoiselle’s teetering about this good green earth in L.A.M.B.’s Valisa Lace Up Pumps on Hidden Platform have been bestowed with an unfair rap. We shorter girls have misconstrued their covetable height as a blessing; a characteristic which makes them more enticing to cute boys given their mile-long legs, and seductive strut. The plain and simple truth, however, is that, while we petite pretties are gazing up in adoration at our taller counterparts, those very same individuals are often in complete envy of our tiny statures.

But I digress; it is a known fact that, in any given situation, the grass is often greener on the other side. Even so, as the fashion-forward femme fatales we are, it is our duty to embrace our height – no matter how many inches or lack thereof are present – and stun with our style; taunt with our tempting good looks; and wow with our wardrobes. Yet we must do so in a way that is proper for our given elevation point. While limitations enshroud the closets of the petite, such restrictions are rarely encountered by the lofty ladies amongst us.

When it comes to height and the world of fashion, anything goes! Tall allows you to don almost any piece of frippery that catches your eye; the key is to be aware of your body shape, embrace the length of your form, and do everything in your power to accentuate your sensational stature. A task, kitty cats, which is far easier to accomplish than it actually sounds!

Solid Sophisticate Whether you’re on the brink of breaking through that pesky half-inch line marked upon a ruler from your elementary school days to prove to the world that you are, in fact, a proud member of the “five feet and over crowd,” or you’re simply a willowy vision eager to highlight your desirable sylphlike silhouette, there is no more powerful way to bring attention to your long, lean, lithesome frame than by perusing solid colors, and creating ensembles which stick to a monochromatic palette.

Solid colors retain the ability to create the illusion that one is more svelte than they truly are; they provide a false appearance of added length which serves to make one’s form more fluid and flowing – a trick of the eye which works to make the tall girl look even more runway ready than patterns or bold prints would. Such a streamlining of style makes you effuse confidence and aplomb in any situation; whilst subtly bragging to the world that you couldn’t be more proud of your prominent height.

“It was only when I moved to New York that I realized tall is good.”
Kristen Johnston

To the Max The maxi dress, like over the knee boots, is one of those fundamentals in life that can be downright intimidating in the beginning stages. There is something quite domineering and frightening about the extreme length which it proffers so eloquently that leads one to take a step back and mull over the winsomeness and capabilities of such a style. Do me a favor, darlings and halt contemplation of all kinds; as a skyscraping siren, owning a maxi dress is not an option for you, it is an absolute matter of necessity.

There is no more dazzling way to spotlight one’s height than via a sweeping, floor-length frock that pools around your feet in a fashion which makes your presence and appearance seem everlasting; quite a bit like the immortal Grecian goddesses you will be mistaken for when donning such a look. While shorter girls must search high and low for form-fitting maxis, as someone harboring unstoppable tallness, you do not have to worry about being swallowed whole by such a design; therefore seek out cuts that ebb and flow with the movements of your body like A.L.C.’s Strapless Maxi Dress with Belt or Karina Grimaldi’s Antonella Maxi Dress. Such a skimming construction partnered with your height works to ensconce you in effortless elegance which makes you come off as ethereal, enchanting, and empyreal – almost like a glamorous mythical being. Weave your hair into an Alexander Wang side braid, slip a pair of Elizabeth and James’ Blair Jewel Thong Sandals upon your feet, slide a bulbous vintage cocktail ring like mark’s For Keeps Ring upon your finger, and clasp tuleste market’s Half Circle Chain Necklace around your throat to complete the look. From here on out, we’ll just call you Aphrodite.

Waisting Away Regardless of what anyone may or may not tell you, a high waist will forever be in style. There is truly no more classy and sophisticated way to make yourself look slimmer and taller than with the assistance of a pair of high waisted anything accoutering your lower half – be it Alice + Olivia’s Pinstripe Pleated Shorts with High Waist or So Low’s High Waist Leggings.

“Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.”
Mae West

A high waist is the universal way for all women to add inches to their stature. Given the fact that you are already a tall drink of water, of course, this may sound completely unappealing; but such a look truly has its benefits – even for a lady of length, like yourself. Tagging inches onto your already boisterous height via a high waistline elongates your figure in its entirety making one appear more genteel and opulent; whilst slimming the body all at once – an array of elements which serve to make you more effectual in your appearance, and contribute a splash of authoritative audaciousness to your entire demeanor.

Long and Luxurious Darlings you are towering, you are tantalizing, and as a proud member of the statuesque and sassy club, I cannot stress enough that you, as the gorgeous glamazons that you are, should use your grace, poise, and chic caliber in the height department to enhance your true beauty; one of the best ways to do so is with the assistance of long, luxurious tops gracing your upper half.

We pint-sized firecrackers often find ourselves the victim of looking short, stumpy, and stocky when styled in sweaters, t-shirts, cardigans, tunics, or typical t-shirts that fall anywhere below the hip; but you have the height for such a design. You possess the tallness required to do justice to these particular pieces; therefore, embrace them!

“Censorship is the height of vanity.”
Martha Graham

Pieces like Splendid’s Distressed Fleece V Neck Tunic, mark’s Cold Shoulder Top, and Rachel Pally’s Oversized Swing Tank harbor the ability to lengthen your torso and shorten your legs ever so slightly; a look that would be fairly unflattering on someone shorter, but which only serves to make you more glamorous. Do keep in mind that long tops have the potential to stunt the growth even of the tallest temptress; so use them wisely. But please, do use them – you will not be sorry my loves!

Mod Squad A constant worry for tall girls, I kid you not, is that of showing too much skin. One wants to be ravishing, regal, and resplendent in their look du jour, not risqué; yet for those with legs that go on for miles, sticking to this tabulation can be quite a challenge. The Diane von Furstenberg Kawa Sequin Skirt that fell to the knees of your petite flaxen-haired pal hovers just below the derriere when worn by you; the Young Fabulous & Broke Caroline Skirt that ruffled romantically about the thighs of your little sis hardly graces your upper legs. Let’s face it, there’s nothing you can do about these things; yet given the fact that “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” you want to ensure that you are putting your best frock forward!

“You can’t reason yourself into happiness any more than you can reason yourself into an extra six inches in height.”
Stephen Fry

Dolls don’t you dare lock those mini dresses or bandage skirts away! Yes, you are tall, but that is no reason to stifle your style and steer clear of particular designs simply to please others; the secret is to guilelessly be mindful of the length of your more flirty, feminine bottom half bliss. Skirts and dresses will undoubtedly look shorter on you than they will on someone not as blessed in the height department; therefore, retain modesty in your wardrobe by using your fingertips as a guide for length, or merely incorporate longer looks, like pencil skirts, into your everyday style. They may effuse professionalism, but with the right accessories, their playful side comes out making them even more cheeky than their shorter sidekicks!

Ruler of the Empire The way I see it loves, the fashion world is like a fairy godmother of sorts; whereas the empire waist acts in the place of the magic wand, casting a bit of alluring enchantment upon anyone with the good sense to accouter themselves in such a design.

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”
Jean Genet

While empire waist dresses and tops retain the ability to be universally flattering on women of all shapes and sizes; when worn by the taller ladies there is a tad more elegance proffered which is imposing and monarchical, making the wearer radiate the same sort of stately presence as that synonymous with the members of the British Royal Family. Empire waists, like that seen upon Juicy Couture’s Shirred Empire Paisley Dress or Wilt’s Empire Tunic, bring a hoity-toity hint of haute couture to the high-reaching beauty’s wardrobe, making one appear more willowy and elongated than a fitted piece would allow; whilst permitting the pretty in question to retain complete comfort from day to night!

Flat Foot Don’t worry darlings, no one will hold it against you, or consider you a traitor in any way, shape, or form for wanting to forgo the extra boost of height created by the addition of heels in place of fancy flats that will keep you closer to the ground. Girls short in stature may feel the desire to peruse heels whenever given the chance; but as someone brimming with tallness, flats are the most fabulous way to downplay your height, without forsaking sassy style!

I know better than many that heels oftentimes make one feel more grown-up in their style; but flats have the ability to be just as sophisticated, feminine, and polished as a pump, as long as one knows well enough to search for perfection. Many times typical ballerinas grow boring in their aesthetic, and begin to lose their identity, making the wearer feel as if they have fallen into a footwear rut, and leading them to pursue something a little more fabulous, which often arises in the form of a stiletto. The key to sublimity is to think outside the box. Seek out pieces with personality that veers away from the ordinary silhouette of the ballerina. Show your spirit fingers with Steven’s Jezebel Jazz Shoes; wrap your mind, and wardrobe, around the model of menswear via Elizabeth and James’ Wicked Suede Oxford Flats; pay tribute to retro architecture’s like that seen on Alexander Wang’s Ines Suede Oxfords. Adorning your tootsies in savvy, slightly offbeat styles is the number one way to feel both mature and magnificent!

“Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”
Robert Frost

Of course, should you feel plagued with the desire to pump it up, do not at all allow your height to stand in the way. Wear your Tory Burch Julianne Open Toe Logo Wedges with wild abandonment; don your Dolce Vita Trinity Leopard Platform Pumps to make your silhouette more daring; and flaunt your Paul & Joe Sister Perine Zip Front Pumps with your finest frippery. Just make sure to pop a pair of CitySlips in your purse should you encounter a wardrobe malfunction of the footwear variety, or simply want to soothe your pained, yet perkily pedicured paws after trotting around town styled in stilettos!

Maximum Measures Capris are cute and pants that hit right at the ankle can be ambrosial, yet both lack the ability to do anything spectacular for one’s body – even the flowing form of the tall girl. Lengths that fall within the “in-between” category, hovering in the midst of long and short styles, quite often ruin the look that one is going for, and stumps one’s silhouette; making you appear shorter than you actually are. Whether you’re ten feet or two feet tall, one looks their absolute best when going to the maximum in either direction of measurement. Slip on a pair of tailored shorts like Forever 21’s Nautical Twill Short, which give you the ability to serve up a splash of sophistication at the very same time that you are baring your legs in the most flattering and blissful of ways; or style your bottom half in Grid Woven Trousers which flit flirtily around your feet in the most cosmopolitan of fashions. The ideal way for one to show off their glorious gams is to fully embrace the sentiment that going to the max will forever keep you looking like a superstar!

“The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.”
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Looks for the Leggy Lady Darlings, I truly hope that you’re not overwhelmed at the thought of trying to accentuate your covetable height; but just in case you’re feeling slightly numb by everything that you have learned, here are a few complete ensembles created with you and only you in mind to get you started!

A plain white tee tucked into Alice + Olivia’s Pinstripe Pleated Shorts with High Waist, paired with Boutique 9’s Ronnie Jazz Oxford Flats, and topped off with House of Harlow 1960’s Chain & Leather Corset Necklace.
Plush Faux Leather Liquid Leggings topped with Mike & Chris’ Hunter Tunic in Heather Red, and worn with Jeffrey Campbell’s Lubbock Suede Over the Knee Boots in Black.
Juicy Couture’s Shirred Empire Paisley Dress coupled with Frye’s Rider Pull On Boots, and tuleste market’s Croc Bangle Set.


“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
Jean Houston



Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It and Shopbop for the pictures.


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57 comments

Kaya said...

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”

Can you explain this?

Pop Champagne said...

I love empire waste shirts and dresses, I do think that it enhences our curves very well for any body types. haha I always wish I was 2 inches taller, but I suppose I'm average height/on the taller side for a standard asian already. sigh... the grass is always greener on the other side!

Diane said...

can i just say that i love that you quoted julia child. just watched julie & julia last night...and i loved every minute of it.

Jen said...

Erika, your style tips are surely the best on Blogger? J'adore them!

I am a tall girl myself, and have always embraced my height. My Mr is also tall which helps, of course. Our children will be giants I'm sure.

Claire said...

Wow, love that first quotation, had never heard that before!

One thing I will say is that high-waists not always so flattering! It's about being aware of one's body shape, as you state. For me, a high waist accentuates how short my body is (it is SHORT, even compared with those of normal height), so I rarely wear a high waist.

Nice to see a focus on taller girls - I have come to terms with being 5 foot 9, I wouldn't want to be any taller but I have often envied the shorter girl. Whilst I will never come across as short or cute, I can, if necessary, command the attention of a room on entry (5.5inch heels FTW) and can be graceful and elegant and glamourous much more easily.

Miss Vintage Vixen said...

Oh my goodness... you're my hero. Thanks for posting something that I've been looking for around the internet for ages...

Short women unite!

meraldia said...

Great advice, as always, Erika!

Eden said...

the style tips are so spot on! love how you really went into detail with them. love solid sophisticate the most!

<3
eden

Anna Jane said...

Love this post! I'm quite tall myself (6ft 2 in stilettos!) so I do have to bear in mind that what I wear will probably be noticed considering my height. Being tall isn't necessarily a blessing however, and there are often times I wish I was a lot shorter. For a start, patterned tights/leggings look ridiculous on my giraffe legs, and it's an actual nightmare finding jeans which don't cut off at the ankle. I also have the skirt-far-too-short problem. :/ These tips are awesome though, thanks for sharing!

- Anna Jane xxx
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

Jacqueline said...

Great photos in this post. If you want to be tall for a few hours just slip on some platform heels. I do feel that high waisted skirts make you look taller and now I see that I wasn't wrong about that =) I really liked this post and the quote at the very beginning. xoxo


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Couture Carrie said...

What a fantastic theme for a post!
So well-researched, darling! Love the quotes and all these ideas :)

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

xoxox,
CC

Princess Liberty said...

Interesting post !

Jen said...

what a great post. i love how you gave tips for both height and lack of height. the looks you put together at the end of the post are fantastic! :)

Theresa said...

This is an incredible post! The quotes included were great, but the overall post was fantastic! The encouragement to embrace one's self and the tips on how to do just so are definitely read-worthy.

Meg said...

Great post! I'm despreately searching for a pair of oxfords, but I can't seem to find a pair that fit right (big feet are a downside of being tall I guess).

nookie said...

I'm not very tall(average like) and it's great,because I can wear high heels without any problem:)
aww and I have tall friends who can't wear heels:)

great post dear

Rachel said...

As you know, I am nowhere near being tall. I used to wish I was, but I'm happy with my short stature now. :) Either way, I cannot deny that these are excellent style tips!

I love all the pieces you selected, especially those Elizabeth and James Blair Jewel Thong Sandals. So pretty!

Kristin said...

I'm a shorty and I still rock the maxis...I can't help it...I lurve them!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i'm happy to read about your support of the maxi dress...i want to wear mine for years to come!
i haven't tried it as a Winter look yet (with boots & sweater), but i will.
xoxo alison

Leah said...

I love these style tips... though I'm not that tall, I will surely follow your tips to the letter. I always like to think that I'm tall for an Asian.

Polished Sense said...

I'm very short 5'3 to be exact. I wish I was tall. But however, love the gold shoes and heart tights. Might be a very interesting combination to style. Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy Sunday :D

♡,
Jessica

kirstyb said...

loving the heart tights x

Aury said...

This is such a fabulous post Erika!!! It is beautifully written, as always, but even more importantly it is chock full of style tips of such quality that I feel it needs to be proclaimed as style gospel to the world. Well done!

labelllefille said...

I love your tips as always! This was a great idea for a post! xo

http://labelllefille.blogspot.com/

Stéphanie said...

So so great post dear Erika !

K said...

I'm a shortie, and proud of it! lol I think that while growing up wishing I had a few more inches, my height is actually a blessing. Ciara's "One two step" mentions my exact height, heels always work, and finding guys taller than me is rarely a problem.

Cafe Observer said...

Being Tall can bee a plus or minus. Sure, if you have Great Leggs! But, more of you can also emphasize more of your faults for more to notice.

One must bee xtra careful when deciding what 2 wear.

bananas. said...

after 27 (almost 28 years, eek!) of being short and tiny, i've come to learn what and what not looks good on my stumpy body.

and after that long, i've also learned to appreciate my shortness.

i always say...i sometimes wish i was tall and then i'm reminded of tall people dancing and i change my mind.

haha it helps.

Joanne Faith said...

You are wonderful for writing this! I always need to grab a breath of personal confidence before stepping out in short skirts & dresses because I fear I am just too damn tall! (i'm not even that tall, really, just a humble 5"7!)

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Being on the short side myself this was amazinggg to read!

Sandy said...

Great post as always Erika. At 5'7", I think this is the perfect height. I'm tall enough to carry a lot of looks but no so tall that I tower over everyone else. Except at work. I think the average height of most women in my office hovers around 5'3". And I wear 3" heels so yeah, some of them have an interesting vantage point :)
The other great thing about being taller ... 5 or 10 pounds doesn't look like a whole lot ... at 5', it looks like 20.
Have a great week!

Sabine said...

Oh dear, it's monotonous colours, high waists and no oxfords for me... but maybe I can reason myself, if not into 6, then perhaps 3 inches extra height? Sabine x

clarewbrown said...

Great post! I have really long, super skinny bird legs lol. They always make me very self conscious so this kind of post in exactly the inspiration i need to go out a bear my bird legs :)

Scientific Housewife said...

Great post! I am tall and it definitely has some disadvantages, like finding jeans that are long enough or dresses that don't show our booty :)

Emily said...

i love this post!! Such a great topic.

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

I am about 5-5, and I love being in the middle; however, when I was younger with a best friend that was nearly six-feet tall, I was a little jealous when every boy made a big deal about her height. But then I realized I wouldn't have been able to date most of the boys in our small town, so then I went back to liking my height.
Thanks for all the height-accentuation tips!

Samantha said...

Everytime you blog there's always something insightful you manage to share. This entry had so many I can't possibly mention all the ones that stood out for me. thanks for sharing once again!

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Gosh, I will take anything to be taller! How tall are you, out of curiousity?
XOXOX
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

Margaux. said...

nice post! I love how much though and detail you put in

wonderfelle said...

i'm usually ok with being short but this post made me wish i were inches and inches taller... (or at least average height)! lovely, lovely ideas my dear :)

E said...

Um, those LAMB shoes are pretty much my dream shoes right now. What I wouldn't give for a fantastic pair of white lace-ups. Want them.

MissNeira said...

I love that sheer top and lovely heart tights!!

Bonnibella said...

I'm tall within the confines of my friends, 5'8 when others are barely 5 feet. I reduce my sexy sky high heels because I'm dubbed as an amazon woman; however I will now use your "glamazon" term.

I do, however, love my height because nothing is sexier or classier than mile long stems.

I love this post Erika!

The F Word Online said...

i would love to be a little taller :( I'm 5'1 ... guh. my roommate's 5'11 ! our friends always call us 1/4 and 3/4 ... its their humourous way of saying your other half.

xx lue

Elizabeth Marie said...

The grass IS always greener. Dude, you are going to work for Vogue one day. Or W. Or whatever you want.

Inspiration in Italy said...

What wonderful ideas, love the pinstripe shorts!! The corset necklace is also amazing.

Hope you had a great weekend, my Love!!! ♥
xo
Rachel

FashionJazz said...

Ur style tips are amazing!! I luv reading ur posts!! Hope u had a fabulous wknd! xx

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

LOVE THIS POST - I'm six foot tall! So loved every single word of this. Thanks so much for writing such a wonderful post :)

♥ Hannah

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xx

SogniSorrisi said...

Great post. Love the quotes!

Jaime said...

Love this post! Anything to help me look long and lean works for me! :)

Danielle and Clint said...

What a great post!! I am a short person with a larger chest and I find it so hard to find clothing. But this fall, I started to see what I needed to do to make my clothing work for me. Most of your tips are what I had to realize. Great job!

Hanako66 said...

this is such an awesome post!!! as someone who is vertically challenged, all of these tips are helpful!

All Women Stalker said...

I'm only 5 feet (yes, a midget haha) but I seriously WANT to sew a maxi dress. :O

Ela said...

It's so true, the grass always appears greener. I'm always whining about wishing I were taller, the hubs shudders at this because he hates the thought of me having big feet/hands that come with height, LOL.
But I always think an extra 2 inches couldn't hurt...though then he'd be too short for me (6') because I still like him being taller by 4-6 inches when I'm in heels :)
xo

Jessica said...

And now I'm thinking about what life could have been like if I wasn't 5'7"! ;-)

Sherin said...

Ooooh, I would have loved to be slightly taller than I am: but like you said: its time to embrace my height no matter what.

sara said...

wonderful, love the black tight leather pants and the black pair of shoes, I guess I'm just into blacks

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