There’s a commonly-held belief that fashion is a tall woman‘s wonderland. If I had even 50 cents for every time I’ve heard the words, “You could totally wear that because you’re so tall,” I could afford to have all my jeans tailored to actually touch my ankles.
To a point, this is understandable; fashion models tend to be fairly statuesque, after all, so we’re used to seeing clothing photographed on long, tall bodies.
However, the reality is not so easy and carefree. Every lofty lady has war wounds from tripping over her huge feet in a change room, and lived experiences of revealing her undies to the public after foolishly borrowing a much shorter friend’s “dress”.
These are our sartorial struggles.
1. Playsuits and jumpsuits pose a very real injury risk.
Playsuits: they’re all fun and games until they’re too short in the torso and you get an almighty wedgie the moment you stand up straight in the change room. Which is nine out of 10 times for you.
No wonder Blake Lively looks happy — she's found a playsuit that actually fits. (Getty)
Some people swear by the adage of 'suffering for fashion', but is any trend worth feeling as though you're being sawn in half lengthways from between your legs? No. Definitely not.
2. Online shopping has left you with trust issues.
A moment, please, for every tall dame who has ordered a dress/skirt/pair of shorts that looked perfectly reasonable on their laptop screen, but only just skimmed the base of their bum cheeks in real life.
Watch: One piece of clothing that doesn't discriminate based on height? A scarf. (Post continues after video.)
3. Sleeves are the enemy.
Owning a shirt with sleeves that comfortably reach the bottom of your hand is a wonderful feeling, probably. Thanks to your "go-go Gadget" arms, you'll never know.
4. Your jeans and your ankles are rarely acquainted.
Jean shopping isn't easy by anyone's definition, but being taller than average complicates matters even further.
Lucky I wore cute socks to work today, because they weren't supposed to be visible.
You'll spend way too many minutes of your life furiously tugging on the hem of skinny jeans that have decided they want to be capri pants, and shiver through the colder months thanks to the 'wind tunnel' between the bottom of your jeans (any kind of pant, really) and the top of your ankle boots.
Then again, you might love the look of cropped pants, so in that case this is a big win. (Post continues after gallery.)