I have a confession to make. Despite being tall (6ft in flat shoes), most of my wardrobe did not come from tall retailers / ranges. I buy my trousers and leggings from Long Tall Sally, Next’s tall range, and Marks & Spencers’ tall range. But I prefer dresses and skirts, and those along with my tops are very much from standard ranges.
I find most “Tall” dresses, skirts, and tops lack a defined waist, so they don’t flatter my body shape. The tops and dresses almost all have crew or round necklines, slash-necklines, or high v-necklines, which are nowhere as flattering on me as low v-necklines and low scoop-necklines.
Then we come to colour…sigh. Where are the bright colours? My body and mind cry out for emerald / forest green, fuchsia, bright red, crisp ivory, cobalt blue, and hot pink. Instead I am presented with black, greys, browns, navy blue, khaki green, green so dark it’s nearly black, muted orange, and pale pinks.
More Colour Please
Anyone who is designing a tall clothing range (tops, dresses) and reads this: please, please, no more all black clothing ranges. No more mostly black ranges with a few greys, whites, and dark blues. I can understand the need for neutrals and dark colours for trousers and leggings, but even there can a girl get some bright colours for summer? And can we get some clothes with sexy details please, like black leatherette trousers with buckles?
Images from left to right: 1. Fuchsia Midi Skirt with Pockets £22.73 2. Red Midi Skirt with Pockets £22.73 3. Longline Funnel Coat £99.00 4. Cashmere-Blend Wrap Front coat £329.00 5. Blue Cut Out Long Sleeve Top £18.00 6. Check Print Longline Shirtdress £22.00
Tall Is Not A Body Shape
When will the fashion industry recognise that “Tall” is not a body shape? I could line up 5 tall women and there would be a pear shape, inverted triangle shape, hourglass / vase shape, apple shape, and column / rectangular shape. Why is it that the last one (column / rectangular) dominates tall fashion ranges?
This is why I have several skirts from Nife – a Polish brand that does a variety of skirts in different styles and colours. I have their A-line midi skirts in pink and red, which flatter my vase / hourglass shape. I also have a lot of tops from Jane Norman because they do low v-neckline and scoop neckline tops. Whenever I’m in the US I am impressed by how many more colour options they have in their clothes – on my last visit I picked up two A-line dresses for work – one in a pink, purple shade, and another in bright forest green.
Moving on to coats, jackets, blazers – again here I agree that neutral colours can dominate. Bring on the black, charcoal, camel, cream, etc. But occasionally let’s throw in a blush pink, bright red, bright forest green, or magenta coat.
All my winter coats are black. They’re cut with defined waists AND they have belts – something I’ve rarely seen in a tall range. I picked up the newest one for £99 from Warehouse two weeks ago, on one of my “Let’s have a quick looksie” jaunts in the Canary Wharf – London branch.
I get it that no retailer can please everyone. But the world of tall fashion seems pretty unbalanced in favour of women who like and/or suit certain colours. As well as and ones that have column / rectangular body shapes.