Ok, I am 5’10 (178cm) and a size 16, which is classed as an “inbetweenie”. An “inbetweenie” is a woman who can shop at regular stores and at plus size stores. Although we have a greater range of clothing to choose from, it can be quite difficult to find flattering, and stylish, clothing that actually fits or have a good length. Unfortunately, a lot of plus size clothing stores seem to think that if you are plus sized, then you must be short. Other stores seem to think that if you are tall, it also means you are skinny. Not so shops, not so!
I also have an hourglass figure with slim legs, so most jeans and pants don’t fit properly. I mainly buy jeans from three stores; Dream Diva, Trenery and Sussan and when I find jeans that fit, I will buy a few pairs, as I wear jeans most of the time.
I am regularly asked by tall friends how to style outfits and where they can buy clothing that fit, so here are my tips for tall, curvy girl styling.
Jeans, pants and maxi skirts/ dresses are never long enough, usually falling above the ankle and not below it.
Pants waist bands either sit on the widest part of the hips, creating a muffin top and butt cleavage or leaving a gap at the back.
Dress waistbands tend to sit under the bust instead of at the waist. This also applies to jumpsuits.
One piece swimsuits or body shirts. Ummm just no… we end up with 90’s high cut leg holes and front wedgie or the neckline somewhere under our boobs, as there isn’t enough material to cover the whole length of our torsos.
Tall ladies can pull off the wide leg pants look quite easily, without looking short and frumpy AND we can wear them with flats! Which is fantastic with boot cut and flared leg coming back in a huge way this season.
Legs looks amazing in pencil and midi skirts.
I have bought Peter Alexander night shirts to wear with pants as they are short enough on me to look like a longline tshirt. This also ends the problem of shorter tops bunching up during the night and exposing your back and kidneys.
Over the knee boots actually work as knee high boots. Yay!
We can buy men’s clothing (trackpants, jeans, shirts etc) and save money. Men’s clothing is always cheaper than the equivalent women’s item. Men’s shirts look fantastic on
Men’s shirts look fantastic on us and as they are designed for broader chests and actually button up over ample busts! They are a perfect length too.
What to wear:
Shift or “body con” dresses are the most flattering fit of dress on tall and curvy women. Kaftans and loose maxi dresses tend to make one look pregnant (believe me, I have been asked this before!). I tend to stick with dresses that skim the body and highlight my waist.
Midi and pencil skirts are the most flattering skirts a tall, curvy lady can wear. The slim line shows off the waist and legs but skims the booty giving a sexy silhouette effect.
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. Both items will balance out any curves you have. 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 fitted top, or pair an oversized jacket with skinny jeans or slim pants. We love boyfriend jackets teamed with skinny jeans.
Fitted tunics or long line tees and tanks are fantastic under jackets, cardigans and great an elongating effect. They are also great at hiding tummies but highlight your waist.
Jackets: always buy jackets that fall to the hip bone. I swear it makes you look slimmer, as it cuts the widest part of your body in half. Jackets are best worn over longer tanks or fitted tops.
City Chic is the number one retailer in Australia offering a unique range of dresses, tops, bottoms, active wear, intimates, accessories and swimwear, for sizes 14 to 24. We love their feminine floral and lace pieces. Gorgeous day dresses and to die for after five/ formal wear are key items in City Chic’s range. Having said that, City chic offer fantastic casual wear with jeans to fit every curvy girl and flattering tees you will love.
Harlow’s range of tops are amazing! I have 5 of the hi low tops and two shirts and they have been in high rotation in my wardrobe for a few years now. Fantastic on their own or under jackets (which is what I usually wear them with), the Harlow top gives enough coverage to the “lumpy” bits while creating a flattering outline (as pictured below in the far right outfit). Harlow’s jeans are also flattering and made for the tall curvy girl in mind.
17 Sundays are well known for their on trend, comfortable, casual range especially their jogger pants (in which there are seven different styles of). 17 Sundays also have cute tops and beautiful knits.
Embody Denim are well known for their flattering jeans for curvy women but did you also know they have gorgeous dresses and jackets? Embody Denims dresses are made with the curvy girl in mind and provide a flattering fit that skims over the body (as seen in the middle outfit below).
Love Your Wardrobe creates stunning pieces that are expressive, flattering and contemporary. Love Your Wardrobe offers on-trend clothing that complements the curvy, real woman using great fits, flattering fabrics and current designs. The range is affordable without compromising on style and quality.
Honourable mentions go to:
Sussan– Sussan’s sizing ranges up to a size 18. Their lengths on pants, jeans, dresses, tops and knits are perfect for tall curvy girls.
Next– Next have a wonderful range of work wear and smart casual wear in tall and regular fits. Beautiful classic pieces that will last many years.
Dorothy Perkins– We love Dorothy Perkins beautiful feminine range. They also have a ‘tall’ collection of their most popular pieces.
Trenery– Trenery has the 30+, curvy, tall lady covered with stretch, longer leg length jeans. Trenery’s tops, jackets, knitwear and dresses are longer length, incredibly flattering and stylish.
Where do you like to shop? What issues do you have with buying clothing?