TWM Style Tip #1
What if my palazzo pants are too short?
You can taper the pants to create a more straight leg effect and wear it with a pair of sandals with an ankle strap or funky sneakers OR add a pair of lace-up sandals to close the gap!
Are your jeans too short? This is probably the biggest challenge we as tall women face! How do you look cool with a pair of jeans that sits halfway up your ankle?
Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve…..or is it up my leg?(LOL)
- Shorten the jeans to capri pants (mid-calf) or knee length.
- Roll up the hem once or twice to create a funky look.
- Lengthen your jeans by adding a piece of lace, trim or printed fabric.
- Wear a pair of colourful “Happy socks” to hide the awkward gap.
- Wear a pair of lace-up sandals, ankle boots or a funky pair of sneakers and nobody even notices your jeans are too short.
TWM Style Tip #2
Finding a dress in a shop- that actually JUST cater for the average height,1.62 m worldwide and 1.59 m in South Africa (according to Google)…….HOW on earth will I find a dress that fits well as a tall woman- I am 1.87 m. No wonder most dresses are tops for me!
The ideal height for a woman (worldwide) is 1.68 m. South Africa has the 76th shortest average height for women in the world (1.58…..up from 1.54 m in 1914)! South African men are quite short- ranked 47th overall for the average height of 1.67 m. IF this is true (once again according to Google)…..then we as tall women (1.76 m and taller) are fighting a losing battle……clothes and “men”wise!(LOL)
YES, I know we all have our “lucky days” when we find something in the shops that fit not too bad…..but being taller than 1.8, makes this “euphoria” of trying on clothes that actually fit okay….very short lived!
Therefore I would like to share TWM Style Tip #2!
Apart from adding a piece of fabric or lace at the bottom of the dress…..and I am dead sure you all have tried that! Leggings (although I am not a big fan) can also cover that “awkward” gap!
I would rather create that extra length to a dress, by wearing a pencil skirt underneath (yes, the skirt sits on your hips and your underwear is sticking out…..but who sees that?) In that way you can get at least 5 -10 cm extra added to the length of your dress…….OR you can wear a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings with it (also too short….but refer to STYLE tip #1)
By doing this, you do not only add length to your dress but you also create your own unique “tall style!”
TWM Style Tip #3
What if my tracksuit pants are too short?
What if my yoga pants are too short?
I am not very active….therefore I do not wear active wear very often! I would like to be more active…..but looking awkward is a bigger “issue” for me, than actually doing something, looking awkward! Shame on you, Carina! (LOL)
Apart from shortening the pants to end mid-calve (cutting off the flair of the pants)……you can taper the pants to give it a more sleek look and still keep the length! Add a pair of funky sneakers….and nobody will notice that your pants are actually too short!
TWM Style Tip #4:
As tall women, tops, blouses and shirts can be a “tall” challenge as most of the times, the sleeves are too short and the top never ends at a complementing length.
Over the years I have created a few style tips to conquer this challenge……
– wear some bangles or bracelets to fill the gap of sleeves being too short,
– half tuck or tuck in the top if it ends at an awkward length and show off your waist and/or your beautiful “booty!” By doing this, you put the focus on the waist and hips….and nobody even notices that your sleeves are too short!
TWM Style Tip #5:
It sure looks like a maxi dress……but why are my ankles showing?
I am not sure about you, but most of the times a long dress, is just not that for me! At 1.87 m I never find a maxi dress long enough……and adding on a piece of lace to lengthen the dress is so not working for me anymore!
Over the years I have found creative ways to make a too short maxi dress work for me. So, “What if?” my maxi dress is too short?
– shorten the dress to either knee length or mid-calf, however it all depends on the style of the dress.
– wear a pair of lace-up sandals to cover the awkward space between ankle and hem of dress.
– wear a pair of funky, eye catching sneakers, sandals or shoes to divert the attention to your shoes and not the hem of the dress.
– put the focus on the top part of your body by wearing beautiful accessories or a jacket……and nobody even notices that your dress is actually too short!