If you've ever walked into a room, only to realize that: a) you easily tower over everyone including the men, and b) everyone else in the room seems to have noticed that fact, too, then you recognize that people take note of a tall woman. You may be tempted to dress quietly and conservatively to blend into the crowd, but who really wants to do that? Instead, make the most of the inevitable stares and "wow" them with the following styling tips:
- Wear Beautiful Shoes
As a tall woman, you're probably familiar with what I've termed "The Six Foot Scan." It's the reaction other people have when they see your immense height and they have to check your feet immediately to determine whether you're wearing heels. Fight the urge to yell, "Hey, there's nothing to see down there!" by taking advantage of all the extra attention your feet receive. It doesn't matter if you prefer heels, flats or athletic shoes, just choose beautiful shoes that deserve to be stared at.
- Don't Fear Heels
Heels seem to add confidence, sex and status to any outfit, and if 6'5" former professional basketball player Lisa Leslie can rock the high heels, there's no reason you shouldn't, too.
- Use Oversized Accessories
Don't be afraid of carrying a giant bag or wearing thick arm bangles. Unlike your shorter friends, oversized accessories won't make you look like you're playing dress up with your mom's clothes. Pair a thick belt with a shift dress or a big bag with a tank top and jeans. Just limit yourself to one oversized accessory per outfit in order to avoid looking clownish.
- Show Some Skin
You've got a lot of skin on your long body, so you might as well use it to your advantage. The trick is to play it up without looking skanky. Focus on showing off one area at a time. For instance, if you wear a backless top, pair it with a longer skirt or jeans. This way you'll grab attention without stopping hearts.
- Highlight Your Neck
When getting ready for a night out, your long expanse of neck and your extra décolletage are assets you should highlight. Choose interesting necklines, pull your hair back, and wear necklaces or large earrings that attract the eye.
- Pair Narrow with Wide
If you shy away from wide-legged pants or broad-shouldered jackets because you're afraid that menswear will make you look, well, like a man, it's time to revisit your thinking. If a runway model can pull off the look, then surely you can, too. To avoid looking "big," just make sure you only wear one oversized item at a time. For a pulled-together look, wear wide-legged pants with a tight top, or pair an oversized jacket with skinny jeans.
Add a splash of color to your façade each day. Color adds interest to an outfit, and a woman wearing color exudes confidence. You don't have to add much, just throw on a turquoise necklace with your brown jacket or wear red heels with your little black dress. Color can also draw attention to your favorite assets, so if you love your narrow waist, wear a bright belt.
- Be a Minimalist
Avoid piling on everything from necklaces and belts to bracelets, hats and scarves. If you wear your height as an accessory, you don't have to add much to your look. One or two simple pieces are all it will take to complete any outfit.
- Play With Your Hair
When I was in high school I remember someone telling me that no tall girl should have short hair. The theory was that a short-haired-tall-girl would look too masculine. That's a lie. There's a reason why the contestants on America's Next Top Model all undergo dramatic makeovers that include major changes to their hair-tall chicks can rock any look. Because hair grows back and can always be changed, enjoy experimenting and playing with different styles.
- Be a Drama Queen
You may not want to play up the drama every day, but don't shy away from the occasionally dramatic eyeliner or bright red lipstick. Tall women often feel self-conscious wearing trendy makeup because of the extra attention it draws. Even if you don't think you could ever go out in public while wearing glitter eye shadow, get together with your girls and challenge yourself to try something new at least once a month.