Shape Report: Tall Styles

Gwynnie Bee Shape Reports series, showcasing women of all shapes & body types: sizes 10-32

Today, we launch the collection of pieces proven popular with our tall members – those over 5’9″. For this shape report, we turned to two of our taller blogger partners, Brittany of The Fat Girl’s Guide (5’11”) and Misti of Entertainista (6′). For other body shapes, check out all of our Shape Reports here.

Tall Style Tips from Brittany of The Fat Girl’s Guide:

Being 5’11’’ and plus size has definitely had its challenges. Trying to find things that had a nice fit to them, enough length, was fashionable and on trend used to be the bane of my existence. I put my mother through the ringer on back-to-school shopping trips, trying to find jeans with extended inseams and extended sizes, along with the flattest shoes the world has ever seen. Any other tall girls remember how awful shoe and pants shopping was before specialty sizing and ballet flats were a thing? It was torture!

Luckily, we have so many more options now and more companies that cater to us Amazon women, including Gwynnie Bee. We can now try different companies with different fits to see what works best on our bodies. This is a great way to figure out what kind of staples work best, and a way to expand your horizons by trying new silhouettes you may have previously thought were no-nos for us statuesque ladies.

My number one go-to comes from years of not being able to find pants that fit right– A-line dresses. I love a great dress. It’s the easiest way to put together a cute outfit. I find something with a good length, since most things simply look shorter on me than most. A great color or print, and a cut that makes me feel fabulous goes a very long way. I would say half my closet is full of great dresses. I wear them with sandals or ballet flats in the warmer months, and in the winter I add tights, boots and cardigans. I really do wear them year round. They’re versatile, comfortable, classic, and fashionable all in one.

Paper Doll Feather Print A-Line Dress

Another go-to you will see me frequent is the tunic top and leggings. Again, it is so comfortable, yet still on trend. Lucky for us tall girls, the skinny jean/pant is still trending. Now, don’t let the name fool you because it can really work towards your advantage and look great on any size. With a skinnier pant leg, the length is usually shorter, coming just below your ankle or right at the ankle. This lets you try on and get regular lengths in most cases. Hurray! With this silhouette, you can also show off some super cute shoes! I usually don a pointed toe flat to extend my legs, give a more dressed up look, and also to stay low to the ground- walking in high heels was never my forte. Even so, I say that if you can walk in them, wear them! Embrace your frame and extend those legs even more in a heel or wedge! Also note with tunics, sometimes they might look more like regular shirts on you. This is totally cool! Pair them with some jeans. And short dresses? Now they’re a tunic to you! When you’re tall and plus size, you need to not worry about what the intended purposes of a piece was. Just worry about how it works for you and how great you feel in it!

Evans Spot Print Hanky Hem Shirt

Now, something that I always wanted to wear and never thought I could because of my height- maxi dresses. More like midi-dresses to me! I had such a hard time finding maxi dresses that were long enough on me. But I was finally able to make it work! The first thing you can do is look at the length on the model. One thing we are very lucky to be is about the same height as most models. If the dress is long on her, it will probably be long on you! I ordered the ASOS maxi from Gwynnie Bee in a larger size in order to get the length I wanted on it. It’s long, plain silhouette worked in my favor when it came to length, and looked great once it was belted. I also really love the mesh paneled maxis, this gives you a little leeway on length as well. Another styling tip when rocking the maxi dress is a shoe that wraps the ankle. Again, show them off! Make it look intentional.

ASOS Curve Maxi Dress in Tie Dye

The next trend was one I pined over for a long time as well with literally NO results until I ordered them from Gwynnie Bee. The peplum top. I really want you to do this don’t when you’re plus size and tall! Peplums can hit weird if you have a shorter torso and a larger frame like I do. It not only accentuates your curves, but also your proportions. I will say this- not all peplums are created equal, but when you find the right one, it’s magical! I like more structured peplums that hit right at my natural waist and flare out nicely. I also like them to be long enough to cover tummy lumps and bumps that show in tighter skirts and pants, which I personally find essential to the silhouette. A peplum will definitely play up your curves, which I urge you to embrace! They also can make your legs look a mile long. If you had told this tip to back-to-school shopping Brittany, she would of cringed. Now, I embrace it and showcase the things that make my body different and special. Perhaps you can do the same.

Cult of California Galaxy Print Peplum Top
ASOS Curve Peplum Top in Spot Print

In all, shopping plus size and tall can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many more style choices now that can cater to any taste. I hope you can take some of these style tips and adapt them to your outfits or find some inspiration to try a look you’ve always wanted to, but never thought you could.

Tall Style Tips from Misti of Entertainista:

One of my go-to looks for dressing my almost 6′ 0″ frame is a maxi dress with a cinched waist.  A maxi dress always hits at the perfect length (usually ankle) so there is no need to alter.  Maxi dresses are on a big trend right now and are not just for summer anymore as many designers are starting to move this trend into fall and even spring.  As we move into early fall try adding this Kiyonna maxi dress into your wardrobe.

SWAK Gwen Maxi Dress

My other go-to is a mid-calf dress, now on a tall woman a mid-calf usually hits me at my knees give or take a few inches.  These dresses get paired with tights or leggings (go for skinny ankle leggings vs. a more trouser type). Keep the heels low to elongate your form just a touch. This Igigi dress would be perfect paired with tights. (Go for a bold color to jazz things up.)

NY Collection Tropical Print Dress

One the bigger challenges I have as a tall women is the tunic.  The tunic should hit about mid-thigh to knee but on a taller frame it can look more like a long shirt, so that is how I wear them.  I love pairing this Style & Co. tunic with a pair of skinny jeans and some demi-wedge sandals or boots.

My other challenge is the skirt, more specifically a pencil skirt.  When done right a pencil skirt can be both sexy and professional. However, a tall woman needs to be careful with the length. I look for pencil skirts that are supposed to hit a few inches below the knee as they will be about knee length on my frame.  I try to stay away from flares at the end as they tend to hit in unflattering places and can make me look short instead of elongating my figure.  I love the Ruched Pencil Skirt from Kiyonna as it hits at just the right length and the ruching helps to hide any other problem areas.

Check out the full Taller Styles collection here.

Are you tall? What are your favorite styling tips or your favorite GB items? We’d love to expand this collection with your suggestions.

  • Comments ( 3 )

  • Teresa

    The Hayden Maxi dress from Thread and Butter is the perfect length for tall gals! At 5’9″ this dress was a true Maxi on me! I wish I could live in this dress all summer. I would have held on to it a little longer, but with so many great options in my GB closet, it was time to move on to something new.

    • gwynnie

      Great feedback! Thanks for sharing.

  • Gwynnie

    Stay tuned to Gwynnie Bee’s tall style looks on our Taller Styles Pinterest board.