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'Go high or go home' has been my shoe mantra since I finally accepted my height – all six feet of it – about eight years ago. Throughout my teens I was crippled with insecurity about my BFG stature. I towered above the boys I fancied, was over half a foot taller than my female friends and my sports teachers assumed I would be the best in the year. N.B. I hate sporting activity and breaking into a sweat, have minimal to no sporting talent, and subsequently disappointed a lot of people.
Shopping was a constant struggle. The fit was never quite right on the highstreet – where jeans were ankle-swinging and sleeves showed too much wrist for my liking. On nights out I was always the chump in flats while my dainty Borrower friends showed off new heels. And with my broad shoulders too, sometimes the cut of a top was so tight I'd be hunched over like Quasimodo. Not a good look.
But hold the violins, this story ends quite happily. Thankfully, by the time I went to university, the boys had shot up, I discovered some of the advantages of being tall (no ID for me), and finally found the right pieces to cover and flatter my long limbs. Hello body confidence. I suddenly felt like I was in a Dove advert!
For all my fellow strapping lasses out there, here is my guide to dressing well as a tall woman. Don't feel like a kitten heel is your only option. Don't feel limited by your wardrobe, feel liberated! And do punch anyone who remarks on how tall you are. Fancy that? I'd never noticed!
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