If you've ever felt like you were blindly navigating tall women's fashion, desperately hoping for a guide to help you along the way, you're in for a treat! A number of stylists, designers and tall women who have "been there and done that" offered exclusive accessorizing tips to About.com's Tall Women's Fashion segment. These tips will help you choose the right accessories to compliment your height.
Alexandra Daum, Sasha Rhett Watches
Alexandra Daum isn't just the designer of Sasha Rhett Watches, she's a tall woman herself, standing 6'0". So, if anyone can confidently make tall women's accessorizing suggestions, she certainly can. Here are her three top accessorizing tips:
- Try to break up your outfit with accessories so you don't look like one big column of clothing. Brightly colored watches, belts and scarves give a long frame some pop.
- Avoid gladiator sandals if you have above-average sized feet.
- Flats are my favorite summer-to-fall footwear. An exciting pair of flats can really add something to any outfit.
Denise Ilitch, Denise Ilich Designs (DID)
When it comes to accessorizing, Denise Ilitch knows her stuff. Her brand focuses on eye-catching, conversation-starting pieces that are perfect for tall women. Ilitch states that "Tall women who embrace their model height should pick items that accentuate their long neck, such as dangling statement earrings. Women who wish to conceal their lengthiness and who want to create the illusion of being smaller should consider wearing scarves that are proportionate to their body type."
Michele Little, Style and Self-Image Expert - One Chic Mama, Inc.
Michele Little has been featured on National Public Radio, Chicago-area NBC affiliate and the Chicago Sun Times for her style and image advice. She offers the following accessorizing suggestions:
"Tall women have a commanding presence and do better with accessories that have 'substance' to them. Not only can they get away with larger pieces, they in fact need them to balance their personal scale. Choosing smaller accessories that are dainty and delicate will simply 'disappear' on a tall woman rather than adding anything of value. Skinny belts are not the best choice - a belt that's 1 1/2" wide would better balance out her stature. If a single necklace doesn't pack enough punch, consider wearing multiple necklaces, or pile on an armful of bangles rather than wearing just one. The tall woman doesn't have to worry so much about something 'wearing her' as she does that it 'gets lost.'"
Michelle Jeremias, Wardrobe Stylist and Fashion Blogger
Michelle Jeremias spends her day styling others, but as a 5'7" woman wearing a size 11 shoe, she has a special heart for tall women and their fashion dilemmas. "Shoes are always a difficult thing for me to find. My favorite brands are Me Too, Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Cole Haan, Ugg and Reef sandals. I find most of my shoes on Zappos.com or at Nordstrom. Overall, tall women have an advantage - they don't have to worry about accessories being too large. Handbags are a favorite of mine and you can never find one too big."