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Tall Women’s Clothes and Resource Guide

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Introduction

Dresses are the ultra-feminine clothing option. Dresses are sexy, romantic, beautiful and soft. Like skirts, there are so many styles and length options for dresses. There are sundresses, formal dresses, knit dresses, conservative dresses, strapless dresses, etc, etc. But unlike the skirt, shopping for a dress does pose a bit of challenge for the tall women and tall girsl because the dress has to cover two parts of the body, the tall torso and the long legs. Even when the desired length for the dress is short, where the dress breaks in the torso can give the appearance that the tall woman/girl is wearing an odd shaped shirt rather than a short dress. Additionally, tall woman/girls are also concerned with the condition of their legs, knees and ankles.

 

Dresses – Length and Fit Suggestions

Length

  • Lengthen it – letting the hem out of a dress to gain some about an inch or two in length
  • Shorten it – make it a mini
  • And of course, shop specialty stores, online stores and catalogs that cater to tall women and tall girls. To find retailers that specialize in women’s tall sized clothing. See question 1 – “Where do I Find Women’s Tall Sized Clothing” of the F A Qs pages of this site. 

Fit

  • If the dress has large gaps in the shoulders, bust, waist, hips, and buttocks, choose a smaller size.
  • If the dress squeezes/smashes the bust line, choose the next size up.
  • If the dress creates horizontal creases and indentations across the thigh and buttock area, try on the next size up
  • If the dress cuts into the waist and parts the stomach in half, try the next size up
  • Fit the largest body part first, and the other parts secondary. You can than have the seamstress/tailor provide alterations on the secondary parts. Example: pear shaped, should fit hips & buttocks first and then have alterations to fit the bust and waist areas.

 

Dresses - Fashion Tools Table

For more detailed information on understanding what works for your tall body type and why, check out the Tools to Use – Choosing the Skirt and Dress that Works for You section in One Size Does Not Fit Tall –Tall Women’s Fashion Guide and Resource. The Tools to Use sections outline precise information on why a cut will work on your body type.  Knowing this information will simplify your shopping experience; you will find what you are looking for with great ease because you will know what fits well on your body with a quick glance.

 

  • R = Recommended
  • OK = Okay
  • NR = Not Recommended

 

Dress Types & Fit Descriptions

Mini Length – The mini hemline provides minimal leg coverage and will make the leg appear extremely long

 

Knee Length – The knee length hemline covers the entire thigh. The leg will be divided in half and appear equally proportioned

 

Calf Length - The calf length hemline covers the entire thigh and the knee and will provide and make the leg look shorter

 

Ankle Length (or longer) - The ankle length hemline covers the entire leg and will provide and make the leg look long

 

A-line Cut – Perfect for all body types. It will minimize extreme curves will at the same time giving curves to those who want to a little more

 

Straight Cut – gives a sleek appearance and will emphasize curves

 

Pleated Cut – Depends on the length of the skirt and the size of the pleats, but this cut could make hips look wider

 

For a description of the body types and dimensions outlined, as well as, determining what applies to you, visit the Body Type Page.

 

Hemline

Standard

Curvy

Top-Heavy

Apple

Pear

Mini

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

Calf

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

Knee

R

R

R

R

R

Long/Ankle

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

Cut

Standard

Curvy

Top-Heavy

Apple

Pear

A-line

R

R

R

R

R

Straight

OK

OK

OK

OK

OK

Pleated

OK

NR

OK

OK

NR