Photo Credit: Alexandra Gavis
Sometimes I go a whole day without a comment or even a stare. Most days, however, I’m unable to walk in public without getting several remarks, whispers, stares, or points from strangers. Per day. This is the case for most very tall women I know, and sometimes, especially on days when we’d rather not be noticed, it’s hard to withstand!
Support from fellow tall friends I know in real life or have connected with through The Height of Style and on Instagram are great sources for tallspiration. After scrolling through the Instagram accounts of so-called “plus sized” model Robyn Lawley (6’2”), Alicia Jay (6’6”), or even Karlie Kloss (6’1”), I find great relief in seeing other tall ladies represent our body type with confidence, positivity, and elegance—despite the ridicule they have had to endure as well.
The great thing about them is not that they’re tall, but that they’re tall and promote healthy living, embracing natural size, and refusing to let haters or body-shamers ruin their day. Nadine Moffatt and Paulina Zimakas, the founders of DressMavens.com (a custom clothing store for ladies of all shapes and sizes) promote this same idea of body acceptance by making a business of replacing tag size obsession with a focus on fit.
As mentioned here, I picked out the Stella dress in “Teal Cotton Cashmere” some weeks ago—an unusually bold color choice for me, but life’s too short to abstain from color!. I was delighted at how quickly the dress arrived on my doorstep in a little over two weeks from my order date.
I’ve done many reviews of clothing before, but having an item made to fit my unique dimensions is SUCH a luxury. I felt positively queenly opening that box when it came! The wrapping and packaging were exquisite and feminine, and the Dress Maven angels even included a thoughtful note and extra little goodies to accompany the dress (a complimentary scarf and weekday tags for hangers). Already, I was in love!
True to the dimensions I had entered in during order placement, the Stella dress fit my every curve once on. Full disclosure: I’m normally a size 6 or 8 up top and a 10 or 12 for bottoms. The Stella didn’t make me choose between sizes! It matched the ebb and the flow of my pear shape dimensions perfectly, and provided a thick, flexible, and comfortable support with secure lining and quality fabric. The ruching is very kind to pear shapes, and the detailing around the neck helps to draw the eyes up toward a more flattering region. The raglan cap sleeves are subtle and elegant (but if you’re looking for fuller coverage, instead opt for the Charlie or the Nancy or go for a sleeved dress like the Audrey).
The dress itself is formal enough to be appropriate for work conferences, while in color it is bright and festive enough for after-work events. Wearing the Stella made me feel pretty near presidential—literally! It reminded me of something Julia Louis-Dreyfus on “Veep” would wear (is anyone else obsessed with that show?). Who doesn’t want to look like that? I definitely recommend checking out dressmavens.com, and following them on Twitter (@dressmavens) and Instagram (@dressmavens) to join them in the journey toward body acceptance and a healthier female representation in Western society.