Fashion problems that only tall girls experience is a completely unknown topic for me. I'm small—too small to even consider dishing out advice to those leggy ladies in need. So in order to crack some of the trickiest codes of shopping, dressing, styling and trend-smashing when you're blessed with such height, I called upon London's leading lady: Marsha Campbell. The UK blogger has been extolling the virtues and breaking down the walls of what it means to be extra tall and love fashion.
You may think that since they're so tall, tall girls would have the world's wardrobe at their feet—after all, fashion week is chock-full of statuesque models, editors and influencers. But the truth is that there are just as many trials and tribulations when you're super tall and stylish, as there are when you're short or curvy or just not cut to the generic cloth that makes up the industry's rails and rails of clothes.
"Being tall means that it's not only about relying on what's on offer in stores, but it's about creating your own style and exploring fashion in a way that others may not take the chance," Marsha explained to me. But just how does she recommend you do it? For the most game-changing solutions to tall-fashion challenges, keep reading.
1. where can i buy tall-girl clothes on a budget?
"TTYA and ASOS Tall are great for basics required for everyday styling, from loose-fit tees to crop tops to maxi tube dresses with extra long arms that cater for 5'9" and above," recommends Marsha. "I can mix and match their pieces with items already in my closet to create effortless outfits season after season."
These places are particularly good for hunting down the trickiest item of them all: the all-in-one. Tall girls often struggle with the length on swimsuits and jumpsuits, but these ranges will be baring that all in mind.
2. which prints are most flattering?
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"Bold prints work best on a taller frame, as small prints just tend to get lost," says Marsha. "With stripes, I always go for a horizontal stripe rather than vertical, as this can make me look even taller."
3. is there a styling trick for looking shorter?
"I like to use hem lines to break up my height by playing with the proportions and layering," says Marsha. "Sweaters over a button-down shirt styled with denim is a great way to break up your frame. Simple details like rolling up the hem of your jeans can really add that extra touch."
4. where can I find fashionable size-9 shoes?
"With heels, I feel there is no optimum height—it's all about what you feel comfortable with. For the day, I like to wear up to 3.5 inches and then higher at night," says Marsha. "Flats from luxury designers such as Valentino, Nicholas Kirkwood or Aquazzura go up to a size 9." We've also noticed Marsha's a fan of Boden's ladylike shoes, and they too go up to a 9.5 in many styles.
5. is there a trick for getting jeans to fit?
"With skinny jeans, I always check whether they are long enough, or if I can get away with wearing them as a 7/8 silhouette," explains Marsha. "The real problem for most tall frames [is finding] a longer rise." One of our inside sources rates Topshop Tall jeans as the best go-to on the high street.
6. are any particular items more suited to tall girls?
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"Knowing how to shop for my height has definitely developed over time," says Marsha. "What I generally find works best for my height are big prints, bold colours and statement jewellery. Somehow, being tall is also perfect for carrying off a hat—so what better way to finish off any look?"
7. how can the shopping process be less painful?
There's one clever trick Marsha has up her sleeve: "Dressing room mirrors with different angles to allow a 360 view are ideal to ensure the perfect fit, but if this is not available, I use my compact mirror in order to check the fit from behind.
"When shopping, I never worry about the size; I just buy what suits my shape—so don't hesitate to go up a size, as this sometimes works best for a taller figure; then the garment will sit in the right position on the body."
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