One of life’s greatest falsehoods is that tall women are considered and treated fairly in the fashion industry. Stemming from the fact that fashion runway models are expected to be tall (at least 5 foot, 11 inches) in order to fit the clothing designed by moguls within the industry, being a tall woman is what most would expect to be ideal. However, in today’s world, being tall is actually a very difficult reality.
The height of an average woman in 1960 was around 5 feet, 3 inches and around 5 feet, 4 inches in 2002. Today, the average height is still 5 feet, 4 inches, so how are tall woman ever supposed to feel as if they are meeting the standards set forth by society? Despite the fashion industry’s constant pursuit of tall women, it is salient to accept the fact that most tall women will never become models nor do they want to, but instead just want to find clothing suited for them in their routine lives.
Surely and much like plus sized or petite women, those of a taller stature have a difficult time finding clothing that not only fits them properly but that looks great and is considered high end as well. Often times, the average department store offers little to no accommodations for tall women, so where is this population expected to turn? Thankfully to the high end, designer lines intent on shaping the fashion industry to the standards they themselves have set and for the better.
Created by Kaersten Cooper, a woman who stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall, Marge is a clothing line for the du jour, tall woman. For women 5 feet, 9 inches and taller, this line not only fits women perfectly and shows them just how clothing is supposed to feel but is quite gorgeous, too.
Silk camisoles, coats, and virgin boiled wool sweaters are a few of the items offered by Marge. Created with fabrics from Italy and made in San Francisco, this attire is anything but cheap.
With modern, tropical inspired pieces, Akris is a line designed for bold women. Tall woman usually have to abandon their high heels in fear that they will stand even taller, making clothing look ridiculous and not proper for the wearer. Akris, though, encourages females to grab their heels and rock their patterns, if they are daring enough, obviously.
With a Safari Trench jacket costing over $1,000 and a Kimono blouse for $695, the apparel offered by this designer is flashy, versatile and, certainly, high end.
One of the greatest feats for tall women is when they find a dress that fits them properly. Usually having to settle on a style and cut that they rip the hem off of, women with height tend to avoid dresses that were not made for them to begin with. With maxi and sundresses as their speciality, Anthropologie has shaped this branch of the industry for the better.
From their Faithfully Daisy Midi dress for $169 to their Terracotta jumpsuit for $198, you are sure to dazzle with their patterns, cuts, and colors.
Catering to women of all shapes and sizes, Tory Burch is at the top of the line when it comes to patterns and textures. From their daring Jackie top to their Kaleidoscope caftan, Tory Burch guarantees women will embrace their height whether at the beach, a classy event, or even relaxing at home.
Shopping for pants in the average world when you are above average height is like searching for a needle in a hay stack. Sure, a few pairs are out there, but the style choices are limited. Being more likely to find pants with inseams designed for average or petite women as a tall woman is torturous, to put it lightly. Earl Jean, a designer, was intent to change that and incorporate the change in common stores, like Macy’s.
Carrying jeans with inseams 33 and up, Earl Jean has created a whole new world for tall women. With fabrics customers have claimed do not stretch out over time, the durability of these pants speak volumes about the line and designer in general.
Diane von Furstenberg (DVF)
Former German princess and modern fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg, understands the struggle that tall women undergo each day. Best known for her wrap dresses for tall women, Diane offers her attire in over 70 countries. Often exclaiming that she “Designs clothes for women who love being women,” the designer is both a human rights activist and fashion mogul, two titles that the world undoubtedly needs more of.
This guest post has been written by Kelsey, the editor at LuxAuthority who is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!