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5 style tips for tall gals

Those runway models sure do make being long and leggy look easy. But unless you’re on the catwalk, it’s hard finding clothes that fit for taller girls. Never fear, because GL is dishing out the gotta-know fashion tips and the best shopping spots for statuesque stylistas.

Soak up the ‘70s

Now’s the best time to be long ‘n’ lean with the revival of boho styles. We love a good fitted tee on any shape, but billowy tunics dazzle on a streamline silhouette.


Fire Floral Print Top (Juniors), $10 (on sale),

Insider’s Tip: Go big! When it comes to prints, anyway. Bolder prints might overwhelm short girls, but they look amazing on tall gals.

Finding the perf pair of jeans
For the best fitting jeans, steer clear of highwaters. Anything that hovers above your ankles – unless intentionally cropped – draws more attention to your height in a not-so flattering way.
Levi's Jeans, 518 Bootcut Jeans, $40 (on sale),

Insider’s Tip: All types of jeans work on your long frame – from super skinny to extreme flare. Just be sure to avoid low-rise jeans if you have a long torso.

Dig those dresses

Lengthy girls look lovely from minis to knee-length dresses or skirts. Our (debatable) stopping point: mid-calf hemlines, which are hardly flattering at any height. Start back up with ankle-grazing maxis.

Pintuck Trim Short Sleeve Dress, $30,

Insider’s Tip: If you’ve got long legs, don’t cover up your best feature. Invest in more comfy skirts and dresses for casual wear.

Heart your height

While most tall chicas tend to shy away from high heels, we say take the plunge and add a li’l boost to your collection of flats.

ASOS SALSA Floral Kitten Heel Shoes, $33 (on sale),

Insider’s Tip: Still not convinced? Opt for some 1-2” wedges or kitten heels instead of those skyscraping 3-5” platforms or stilettos.

Above all, stand tall!
Good posture does add a few inches to your height, but slouching to blend in is soo not the answer. Instead, ditch those doubts and stand proud, girl. No accessory is more important than confidence.

Lengthy-approved stores

American Eagle and Hollister both have long options for jeans, while Delia’s goes one step further and lets you pick your inseam (genius!). Head to Old Navy, Gap or JCrew for tall-friendly bottoms and tops. If you’ve got bigger feet (or that one pair of size 9 or 10s sells out too fast), sells shoes from size 9 to 14.

Where do you shop to find long ‘n’ lean clothes? Blog it out, babes.

BY KARMEN FOX ON 9/20/2011 12:00:00 PM

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