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Must-Have Style Tips for Tall Women

From the best tops to expert tips, everything you need to know.

Tall body shape

When you’re tall, finding the right clothes can be a challenge. You’ve probably bought pants that hit way above your ankle or tops with sleeves that fall short (literally). Or maybe you're curvy and struggle to find plus size styles made for a taller stature. Keep reading to find out what it means to be tall, how to shop for pieces that fit, and all the expert styling tips for your unique frame.

tall frame

What is a tall frame?

Determining if you have a tall frame is all about height, so keep reading for specifics. Here are three characteristics that might mean you’re in this category:

• You’re 5’9” or taller

• Your inseam is 32” or longer

• Sleeves and pant legs are often too short

Keep in mind, these won’t all be the case for everyone. Taller frames come in all sizes and proportions—you may have legs that need a longer inseam, but may never really have an issue with sleeve length. 

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3 style tips for tall women

1. Know your body shape

Are you an apple, pear, hourglass, or something else? Identifying your body shape will help you find pieces that are just right for you.

2. Know your measurements

In addition to your shape, your inseam and arm lengths are important measurements to have on hand when shopping for clothes.

3. Know your proportions

If your seat hits about halfway down your frame, you’re likely a true tall. If not, you may just need tall tops or pants, not both.

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What to wear if you have a tall frame

We’ve covered how to tell if you’re tall and a few general tips, so it’s time to get specific. When shopping for outfits for tall women, here are the best tops, jackets, pants, dresses, jeans, and accessories to look for.



Best tops for tall women

Pay attention to sleeve length. You can also choose a three-quarter sleeve for a more forgiving fit. Brands we love with tall sizing: Equipment, Cotton Emporium, Madewell, Free People, Halogen, Frame

Blouse


1. Blouse
These tend to have longer cuts that better fit tall torsos

V-neck


2. V-neck
The open silhouette beautifully accentuates a long neckline

Tunic


3. Tunic
Often too long on shorter women, but great for tall frames

Best jackets for tall women

Spoiler alert: You can’t really go wrong with your third pieces. Brands we love with tall sizing: BP, Madewell Thread & Supply, Alex Mill

Longline


1. Longline
As with tunics, tall women can really pull these off

Cropped


2. Tailored
The more traditional length and shape emphasizes your waist


3. Belted
Creates shape with a horizontal line

Flattering dresses for tall women

Look for longer hemlines that will hit at just the right spot. Brands we love with tall sizing: Reformation, Topshop, Halogen

Midi


1. Midi
The calf-skimming hemline accentuates your legs

Printed


2. Printed
Creates an eye-catching effect on a tall frame.

Wrap


3. Wrap
A universally flattering style that creates shape on top

Best jeans for tall women

Most premium denim brands offer longer inseams, making them ideal for tall women. Brands we love with tall sizing: 7 For All Mankind, DL1961, Frame, Paige, Hudson, Joe’s, Madewell

Flared


1. Flared
Perfect if you want to create a little more shape

High-waisted


2. High-waisted
Lengthens your legs and defines your waistline

Straight


3. Straight
For those days you really want to show off your long legs

Stylish shoes and accessories for tall women

While you may not think these things can have an effect on your silhouette, they surprisingly do. Brands we love: Schutz and Sam Edelman for shoes; Madewell and BP. for accessories

Strappy sandals


1. Strappy sandals
Especially in neutral colors, these make your legs miles long


2. Pointy-toe shoes
Lengthen your legs and overall silhouette

Belts


3. Belts
Wear one at your natural waist to create shape

A note about boots: If you’re tall, you’ve perhaps found that over-the-knee boots just don’t hit at the right place for your longer legs. (Though we can’t recommend Stuart Weitzman enough for their varying heights in OTK boots.) If that’s the case, try these tips:

  1. Know your knee-to-ankle measurement and compare it to the boot’s shaft height
  2. A calf circumference of 13.75” or less is considered narrow
  3. Some boots feature adjustable or stretch fabrications that conform to varying calf sizes
  4. As an alternative to over-the-knee styles, short boots worn with matching opaque tights create a similar effect
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3 outfit ideas for tall ladies

Everyday outfit

Again, bold prints are your friend. On top, go for a trendy animal print or classic stripes. For jeans, a high-waisted pair in a straight-leg silhouette is equally great on a taller frame. If you’re adding a jacket, a longer hemline will tie the look together.

Sophisticated workwear

Pair a cropped, tailored blazer with subtly flared trousers to balance the look and define the waist. Own your height with a pair of pointed-toe heels. You don’t have to go super high, even a kitten heel will give you a little lift. 

Out on the town

Make the midi dress your go-to when you’re dressing up a little. It’s so easy for taller women to pull off, especially since it makes the most of longer legs. And don’t be afraid of prints—tall frames are perfect for some pop.

Want to know more?

We’ve compiled answers to some FAQs about how to dress tall women. Click the questions below for more style advice.

What if I find pants I love and they’re just too short?
Do you have any tips for finding a blazer that fits?
How can I incorporate prints and patterns?
I’ve had trouble with jumpsuits. Do you have any tips?
Do you have any tips for sleeve lengths?
I love the monochromatic trend. Will this work for me?

Want more style tips? Visit our body shape pages (linked above) and find out even more about which looks work best for your frame. To get a Trunk full of looks styled just for your unique body, talk to a stylist.