Fashion Fix : especially for taller women

This week’s Fashion Fix was inspired by CountryWives’ reader Valerie Ray from Shropshire. At five foot ten with an inside leg measurement of 33 inches she, like many other tall ladies, is finding it hard to source fashion pieces that will really suit her shape. So, CW has come to the rescue with this guide to fashion shopping especially for taller women!

Just click on any pic that takes your fancy to be taken straight to the relevant website where you’ll find more details.

Long Tall Sally – although I have been disappointed with some of the fabrics that LTS have used in the past, I have been very pleased with the t shirts, jeans and yoga trousers I have bought – mine have been worn and washed frequently and all have retained their shape and colour.

TIP: Try wearing different colours on the top and bottom halves of your body to break up your height.

LTS black or white cotton modal £18
LTS shaper straight jean. 5 colours. £55
LTS Slim leg yoga pant £40
Wide leg navy pinstripe trousers £84 and matching blazer £149 from Me+Em

Invest in a trouser suit – it’s the quickest way to upgrade your look and instantly be taken more seriously. You can also make it more casual by rolling up the sleeves, wearing with a plain t shirt or swapping heels for trainers. This one is from Me+Em who I have always found to be generous in their arm and leg lengths.

TIP: High waisted trousers look great on tall women. But avoid capri pants as they’ll hit your calf at the wrong spot and it will look like your trousers have shrunk in the drier. Tall women can pull off flares or wide-legged styles, too.

J Crew quilted field jacket £185

TIP: Got long arms? Look for 3/4 length sleeves or create them by rolling up sleeves that are just that little bit too short. J Crew has a tall section on its website – you won’t have to look hard to find some good pieces.

TTYA. Black, grey or white. 100% viscose. £35

Ignore the 12 year old model’s sad face and concentrate on the really useful (and very pretty) t shirt with beautifully long sleeves from Taller Than Your Average  

TIP: Sometimes models aren’t as tall as you might think, so have a look to see what the model’s height is – most websites give this information.

COS Long cotton shirt dress £79

The average Swedish woman is 5’9” which dwarfs the UK’s average of 5’3” which is why brands like COS are cut longer than many of their high-street counterparts.

Topshop is another great source of clothing for tall women – of all ages. TIP: Highlight your waist – it’s a  simple way of giving the illusion of a perfect hour glass figure.

Floryday Cotton maxi shift dress £36.10

The average British woman’s height is 5ft 5in, so finding clothes if you are taller can be tricky. Knee length dresses turn into minis, and maxis into midis. My last recommendation is a bit of an odd one. The Floryday website has an amazing selection of longer dresses which are such good value that you almost don’t trust them to be any good. I took the plunge and ordered a chiffon maxi dress from them last year and it turned out to be wonderful (and very long).

Anthropologie Macerata necklace £88

TIP: Tall girls can indulge in big and bold accessories like this spectacular necklace

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7 Comments

  1. Grace – Thank you so much for writing this article. I shall be following up many of your suggestions – I just feel guilty I couldn’t find anything myself! Thank you also for the name check, lovely but unnecessary.
    Best wishes and thanks.
    Valerie Ray

    • Hi Valerie, without your email, I wouldn’t have done the research/written the post, so thank YOU! Best wishes, Grace

  2. Thank you for the tall ladies fashion article. I am 5’7 not particularly tall but have not bought a summer dress in years because they are either too short or have no sleeves. I am 70 years old so I don’t want a short skirt or a vest like
    top. I am thinking of making my own. So disappointed when I see a dress I like only to find it’s far too short and there is no hem to let down. Rant over.

    • Hi Rosemary, I am positive you will be able to find a longer length summer dress from one of the fashion houses I mentioned – there are so many styles available at the moment. Best wishes, Grace

  3. Just like to mention Next they have a petite and tall selection of clothes I am 5.10ft on there web site they have the tall and petite section listed separate. The quality and price I think are good.

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