Are you tall and find it difficult to dress? Let’s discover how to dress when you are tall and where to find the best clothes for tall women.
Anyone over 5ft 10 or 1.78 meters is considered tall. Many women will eny you, but if you’re tall, then dressing comes with its own set of challenges, even though you have fewer limitations as petites.
As always though, please note though that these are only loose guidelines.
Every body is different, so trust your own instinct and see what works for you, your body shape, your style personality and your lifestyle.
Are you the opposite of tall? Check out our article on how to dress when you are petite.
Dressing challenges for tall women
Although being tall can be a real plus when you are dressing, you may still find it difficult to get your outfit in balance.
You have lots of flexibility when it comes to getting dressed.
It’s really up to you whether you prefer to show off your tallness or whether you would like to look a little shorter.
In general as a tall person you will want to achieve the following with your clothing:
- Get your outfit well proportioned and create a flattering silhouette
- Find properly fitted clothes.
Leonie (above) shows how you can emphasize your tall figure by wearing well-fitted clothes in similar shades. If you wanted to look shorter, you could opt for lower heels and a top in a contrasting color.
Get her look with this similar silk shirt, trousers and ankle strap sandals.
1. Create a nice silhouette
If you are tall, you may need to work a little harder to create a nice balance in your outfit.
Often, you will want to give it more shape.
Work with strong blocks of colors to help define your body and break the strong vertical line.
Karen (above) opts for shades of red and pink. The on-trend ruffle across her shoulders creates width rather than length. But you can see that wearing boots in the same color as her trousers makes her legs look longer.
Check out this pink blouse that you can wear with this similar pair of flared pants and booties.
Get clothes that give your body a clear shape
As a tall woman, you may like to add more shape to your outfits. Here are some suggestions for choosing and wearing the best clothes for tall women.
Choosing tops and jackets for tall women
- Wear tops with round necks. V-necks will simply draw the eye downwards and elongate your figure further.
- Choose blazers with waist definition.
- Bell sleeves will give extra shape to your arms.
- The current peplum style works very well for tall women and gives you more shape.
- If you like to tuck in your tops, combine with a longer tailored jacket or blazer.
- Wear tops over your bottoms rather than tucked in.
Nic (above) wears a top and blazer that add width because of the strips and double-breasted style rather than additional height.
Check out this similar striped tee, blazer, skinny jeans, slip-on sneakers and earrings.
Choosing bottoms when you are tall
- Opt for A-line skirts.
- Although you can wear many kinds of trousers you will look particularly good with trousers with a slight flare.
- You are one of the lucky ones who can wear capris without any problems, but they will still decrease your nice long legs. Combine with shapely tops! Check out more tips on how to wear capris.
- You will also look good in maxi dresses, but make sure they have the correct length. Of course these will make you appear very tall.
Dahlia (above) opts for straight leg black pants which have a very slight flare.
Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, pants, mules and necklace.
Accessories and shoes
- Wear long chunky necklaces, which bring attention to your center.
- If your arms are long too, you can go wild with lots of big bracelets. (If prefer to not show them off, check out our tips on how to cover your arms).
- You can wear heels or flats. Most tall women will look best in shoes with shaped heels, like kitten heels.
- Large bags look good on you as well.
Dionne (above) opts for an oversized bag with her denim dress.
Check out these shirt dresses from ASOS, Amazon and Frank & Eileen, that you can wear with this similar pair of sneakers, handbag, necklace and sunglasses.
What to avoid wearing when you are tall
- formless three-quarter length jackets,
- straight dresses,
- dropped waists, cropped tops,
- turtle necks,
- tiny bags.
2. How to find tall women’s clothing for your long arms and long legs?
Being tall means that you cannot always find clothes that fit properly in the shops.
Here are some tips on how to get clothes that fit correctly.
- If you can’t find shirts with the right arm length, you can buy them with double cuffs and then wear them unfolded
- Otherwise, if sleeves are too short, have them taken in to halfway length.
- If dresses are too short, just use them as tunics or wear over pants.
Tall celebrity women
Famous tall women include Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda and Michelle Obama.
You can see how Michelle chooses to dress her tall shape in this piece on how to dress if you are Michelle Obama.
Nicole often emphazises her height in dresses, which is a choice all tall women can make.
But she looks more in proportion when she adds more shape to her looks such as with peplum styles. As a tall woman, it’s really up to you what you decide to do.
You can emphasize you tallness even more or use some of the tips above to tone it down a little and create more shape.
The best Clothes for tall women: Fashion stores to bookmark
So, now that I’ve taken a look at what you should consider when putting together outfits if you are tall, where can you actually buy clothing which fits properly? Which are the best stores for tall women’s clothing?
Lucky Brand offers long and extra long lengths for many of their styles.
LOFT has a special section for tall women. Their tall section includes many of their most popular items, including the print midi dress (below).
LOFT Tall cheetah print midi shirtdress
ASOS has a tall section for everything from formal attire for weddings to more casual, day-to-day basics like the black cigarette pants (below) which should go with everything in your closet.
ASOS DESIGN Tall tailored smart mix & match cigarette suit pants
Old Navy has a tall section specially designed for women 5′ 10″ and above. You’ll find clothes with longer sleeves and length and pants with a lower knee position.
You could wear the black moto jacket below with your summer dresses to add some warmth on cooler days.
Old Navy faux-leather zip-pocket moto jacket
Banana Republic usually has more than 200 items in its tall category. You could wear one of its blazers with your jeans.
Banana Republic classic-fit Italian wool-blend blazer
Ann Taylor has a good range of tall pieces which are particularly good if you have a classic style personality or are looking for pieces to wear to work. The print jumpsuit (below) could be dressed up with heels and a blazer, or down with sneakers and a denim jacket.
Ann Taylor Tall zebra stripe jumpsuit
Topshop allows you to search by fit, so you can simply click on the “tall” section.
Nordstrom doesn’t have a tall women’s section as such, but if you pop womens tall clothing in the search section, you’ll find plenty of options suitable for longer limbs.
Zella flare high waist flare pants
Amazon is a go-to for just about everything. If you put “tall womens clothing” in the search, you’ll find longer length options.
Athleta is a good go-to if you’re searching for workout or exercise wear such as leggings.
Alloy Apparel is a dedicated store for taller women, so you’ll find plenty of options to fit you including jeans, pants and loungewear.
Alloy Apparel Tall soft cowl neck pullover
J.Crew has a good choice of classic styles in tall sizes. If you pop “tall” into the J.Crew search box, you should find all of the tall options.
J.Crew Tall blazer in Italian cotton-linen
QVC may not seem like the obvious choice when looking for clothing. However, they actually have a wide choice of tall options, particularly if you’re looking for pants.
New Look could be a good choise for you if you are in the UK. There’s a good tall range with close to 300 items to choose from, including the pack of t-shirts (below).
New Look Tall 3-pack crew neck T-shirts
Boden has clothes that are both classic and manage to be a little bit out of the ordinary because of their styles and prints. There are “long” options for many of the dresses and pants.
Jeans for tall women
Finding jeans for tall women can be a problem as you may struggle to get a fit which works for you.
You will want to make sure that the hem length hits you at the top of your ankle for skinny styles, and below that for bootcuts and flares.
You will also need a pair of jeans that have the knee in the right place. And, if you do opt for cropped styles, you will need to make sure that the hem ends where it should and you don’t look as if you are wearing long shorts.
Thankfully, there are plenty of jeans especially made for tall women. Plus, it may well make sense to invest when it comes to your jeans as many designer jeans are often cut long so you can always hem them to the right length.
Make sure you measure your inseam before you order anything online.
Marie-Louise (above) opts for a pair of perfectly fitting jeans which hit her ankle bone.
Recreate her outfit with this similar shirt, jeans, sandals and belt.
There are more tall jeans options for you below from, NYDJ, PAIGE and Old Navy.
Old Navy high waist skinny jeans
Pants for tall women
Finding a pair of pants will give you the same problem as for jeans. Your best option is to go for stores which offer a tall section to make sure that the inseam is long enough for your legs.
Another option could be to have regular pants hemmed so that they are the right length for you if you want a cropped pair of pants or capris.
Abi (above) opts for classic black bootcut pants.
Steal her look with this similar sweater, pants, booties and tote.
Take a look at more tall pants choices below.
Alloy Apparel Tall high waist flare dress pants
LOFT Tall curvy straight pants in stretch double weave
Jumpsuits for tall women
Finding jumpsuits to fit you if you are tall can be a real problem.
You may find that an ill-fitting jumpsuit is too short in the torso, which means it rides up at the crotch, making it very uncomfortable.
To find the perfect fit, you may have to experiment a little and try on options from a number of brands to make sure you find a jumpsuit which is the right fit for your legs and torso.
Or just take advantage of the fact that cropped jeans and pants are very much on trend!
Madeline (above) chooses a classic navy jumpsuit.
Check out this similar jumpsuit from Banana Republic and wear it with this similar pair of sandals and clutch.
New Look Tall zebra print tie strap shirred jumpsuit
Dresses for tall women
When it comes to choosing a dress, you will want to make sure that the sleeve-length is right for you, that the hemline sits where you want it to and that the waist is on your waist.
Alice (above) wears a white maxi dress, but breaks up the lines of her body with her on-trend bag and her belt. She chooses to add extra height with heels.
Get her look with this similar dress, heels, belt bag, belt, necklace and sunglasses.
Banana Republic midi shirtdress
Tall maxi dresses
If you choose a maxi dress, this is likely to show off your height, and possibly make you look even taller. A v-neck will also show off your height.
Tanasha (above) chooses a print maxi dress perfect for summer.
Steal her look with this similar dress, sandals, handbag and hoop earrings.
The maxi dress below also has plenty of positive reviews on Amazon from women who say it is a good choice for tall women.
Best clothes for tall women: Tall women’s coats
When searching for the best clothes for tall women, it can be a challenge to find a well-fitting coat no matter what your height.
But, if you are tall, it is extra challenging. Pay attention to whether the shoulders sit where they should, the arm length and the waistline as well as deciding if you are happy with where the hem ends on you.
Aroob (above) opts for a classic beige trench. You will find that choosing a double-breasted coat can take the attention away from your height as it draws the eye across rather than up and down.
Recreate her outfit with this pair of pumps and bag from Chanel, and you can wear them with similar dress, coat, and headband.
Shirts for tall women
Just as with coats, you will want to make sure that the shoulders are in the right place and that the sleeves are long enough.
If you are having trouble with the fit of your sleeves, you could always roll them up so they look as if they are meant to be three-quarter length sleeves.
Patricia (above) wears her classic white shirt with rolled up sleeves.
Check out this similar shirt, skirt, sandals, handbag, straw hat and sunglasses.
J.Crew Tall relaxed-fit linen shirt
For more ideas, see this article on how to wear a white shirt.
Pajamas for tall women
It’s not just daywear you may struggle with if you are tall, if you are looking or the best clothes for tall women, it can also be problematic when it comes to finding pajamas.
After all, you want to be comfortable when you sleep and not to feel that your sleepwear doesn’t fit you properly.
When shopping online, check if there are any details about the inseam length. You will also find that some stores tell you the height and size of the model so you can get a better indication of whether the pieces will fit you.
These are just some of my tips on how to dress if you are tall and where to find some of the best clothes for tall women.
Perhaps you are tall and have a few to share as well?
Also, do you like to emphasize your tallness or do you like to appear a little shorter?
- How To Dress When You Are Petite?
- How To Dress Like Michelle Obama
- How To Wear Tunics Or Short Dresses With Pants
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hi i am 1,90m and I am fat as well. Sometimes I feel so useless ..and I don’t know what to do with myself.
Hi Yvonne. Please realise that everyone is beautiful and useful. Perhaps try to speak to someone or visit a doctor for help? If you are struggling with your body image then this site has many very useful articles: http://www.alreadypretty.com/
Hello Sylvia. I was very happy to discover your site today. You offer very helpful advice. Thank you.
I happened upon these comments from tall women and would like to share my experience.
I’m 6’1 (1m86) and I live in France. Now THAT’S a clothing challenge because the average French woman is something like 5’5″!
I have hunted high and low over the years and have compiled a list of shops that specialize in clothing for tall women. Here are some of the places that help me stay fashionable:
1. Sumissura: made-to-measure and relatively inexpensive!!! ❤️
Thanks for the feedback Kaye!
I am 185cm, 6ft, I am a UK size 14, a triangle and very very long legged. I have had many of my pants made as I cannot buy long pants in the shops.. I can usually find pencial skirts long enough but not dresses. Because of my long legs and arms I find that I look best in pants that finish between my calf and ankle especially if they are patterned. I wear fitted clothing (tops and skirts and some dresses) which looks great but cannot find jackets long enough to wear with pants – too much leg and out of proportion. So my style is classic, feminine and dramatic and I love to wear wide leg pants, long flowy tops (break the guide of vol over vol), leggings and tunic tops, sleeves that are not too tight, long tops over Capri (7/8 for most but Capri for me). I have a long neck and face and so wear my hair to my shoulder and it is fairly curly so that softens my look. I do wear heels but only if I am doing corporate work, otherwise it is flats. I am a size 11 so find shoes a challenge to buy as they generally only go to a 10 in the shops. There are not a lot of great tall role models in the general public and so it is a treat to see a tall woman who has dressed appropriately for her height.
Lovely to read your tips and feedback Debbie!
Thank you for the tips! The biggest challange is to find a sexy heels that are not more than 3.5 inch!
At 5’10” I used to like to emphasize my tallness and used a lot of your tips. But I’ve recently put on about 20 extra lbs. and find my old clothes draw attention to my weight. Any tips?
Hi Morena. That depends on where your weight has settled. Start by determining your body type (https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-determine-body-shape/) and then follow the directions for that type.
I also have been 5’10” since Jr high….. pants have been a problem, but if you are careful, you can find mens low rise jeans sometimes, that fit really well, and look fantastic. The pockets are better in size for my size 14-16 rear end. A problem I also have is that many empire waist tops, are not only too short, but the straps are not long enough. the bust portion sits too high. tunics that are not long enough are also a problem. I live in a rural area, without the tall shops of a big city.
Thanks for your great feedback Monica!
I am 1,83 and I do not think it’s no idea to try to hide this. My opinion is that it’s better to “use” the length. But when I was a teenager, I cried myself to sleep and fantasized about saw off my legs.
I’m only 5’9″ but I have many of the issues faced by tall women, though honestly I don’t really think about it. I just buy what looks good. There are a few silhouettes that I always gravitate toward, however. Capri pants, kitten heels (high heels can make me at over 6′!) 3/4 length sleeves, fitted jackets, sweaters and coats. I can also wear blouse drop-waist tops though. I also find that breaking up my body with color looks good.
Great post Sylvia!
Love your suggestions. The new trend with cropped sleeves in sweaters and jackets has been fantastic for tall women.
Yes, better make sure that you buy something now that it’s in fashion. It may all be gone next year…
Even though I am “only” 5ft 74 (1,75 meters) I have similar challenges. My arms and legs are quite long. Never knew that big busted would create a new problem, but over the years I had to add that to the list of challenges as well. So I am now very careful with blouses (rather not).
I don’t wear wide trousers with verical lines, nor a straight coat with a length halfway my thigh (that looks really ugly). I am always trying to create a waist, which is not always simple. Tops with a peplum look absolutely fabulous on me. Tailored jackets too.
I still make the mistake in thinking “Oh that looks nice on that shop assistant… I’ll buy that too”, only to find out later that the shop assistant is half my size, so obviously, what suits her will most of the times, not suit me. But, you live and learn.
I also think you should try flared pants some time Greetje. You are definitely getting better all the time in knowing what works for you.
What super helpful & fab tips Sylvia!!!
I am tall and disproportionately big on top versus the bottom. I typically wear a size 12 top (big busted) and a size 6 bottom (skinny legs and small behind). I find heels that are too high (over 3 inches) tend to make me look giraffish and accentuate the disproportion. I try to stay with a mid-height heel. Also, I find if I add a little bit of a flair or wide leg in a pant it balances me out.
Great tips Renita. Thanks for the feedback!
I’ve been 5’10” since junior high. Pant length sometimes is a problem for me but luckily more and more pants have the option for tall sizes. Since my legs are so long I usually wear tunic length tops so my body looks proportional. I stay away from sleeveless shirts because they seem to accentuate the length of my arms. I really love 3/4 length sleeves. I am thin so I like fitted clothing like fitted jackets and shirts.
Yes tunics should serve you well. Thanks for your feedback Marla!
I’m a short stuff, but I love those outfits you show…the colors are especially nice. 🙂
Thanks Rita. I’m always trying to make all the articles interesting for everyone 😉