By Gracey, Already Pretty Contributor
Let’s be honest; it’s hard to find tall clothes. And it’s even more difficult to find tall clothes that fit. Part of the problem is that retailers have a different idea of what constitutes tall. I’ve seen retailers identify tall as 5’8″ which means that even though it’s “tall” it’s still going to be too short for my six foot self. Add to that the fact that I prefer to buy my clothes at thrift stores and it’s nearly impossible to find tall clothes!
So, what’s a tall girl to do? Well, happily, there are ways to cheat a bit so that even if an item isn’t quite long enough for your tall frame, no one’s the wiser.
Boots and skinnies
The combination of boots, either tall or ankle, and skinny pants is a boon to tall girls everywhere. Can’t find skinnies long enough? No matter, just buy regular length skinnies and tuck them into some tall boots. No one is the wiser.
In fact, I actually recommend wearing regular skinnies under boots. If your skinnies are too long the excess fabric can bunch around the ankle and be uncomfortable. Regular-length skinnies are often the perfect length for wearing under boots, and you don’t have to pay for shipping from places that only sell tall styles online!
Not a fan of tall boots? Then might I suggest the current trend of cuffed skinnies and ankle boots? Once again, if you’re cuffing your skinnies above your boots, no one will know if they’re technically “too short” for you.
Petite midi skirts
If you aren’t a jeans-wearer, preferring instead to wear skirts and dresses, why not try petite midi skirts and dresses? I know it seems counter-intuitive, but a LOT of the skirts and dresses I thrift are midi length petite sizes that are the perfect length on my tall self.
Tights and leggings
If you prefer shorter skirts and dresses, you’ll find that tights and leggings are your best friends. A skirt that may feel too short on its own will feel infinitely more comfortable layered over either tights or leggings.
While this dress isn’t scandalously short, it’s shorter than I generally wear and the tights helped me to feel comfortable wearing it.
Bracelet length, and 3/4-length sleeves are fantastic for tall women because they’re not supposed to go all the way down to your wrist. So instead of looking too short, they just look chic.
And, you can layer the shorter sleeves over long sleeves to add interest to your layered outfits.
When the trend of rolling or scrunching blazer cuffs came around, I was thrilled. I could finally buy blazers from the thrift stores and not have to worry about them being long enough in the sleeves. This trick also works for button-down shirts.
Yeah, that shirt, while awesome and made of silk, is not remotely long enough for me in the sleeves.
And there you have it, Reader Friends. Everything I know about how to make your clothes look as though they fit you when they are, in fact, too short.
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.