I have been keeping zipped-lips on a few very exciting upcoming partnerships with brands and publications (please stay tuned!)—but I am super excited to announce that my interview for Elle Finland has now hit newsstands and the web! I was interviewed with some of my favorite leggy and loquacious peers including Laura of All the Tall Things, Alicia Jay of TallSWAG and Irene of Mademoiselle Pigalle in a feature showcasing tall & petite brands and bloggers. I am riding the dazzle wave that comes from being included on this roster of uber-talented blogging dynamos, and truly have you all to thank for it! Thank you for reading, emailing, commenting, and sharing here at The HEIGHT of Style. Without you, I wouldn’t be inspired to write—and with you, our growing community of vertically-inclined fashionable lovelies will continue to thrive…
So please continue to stay in touch—if you need styling advice, have an idea for a feature, or want to establish a sponsor relationship, drop me a note! I will get back to you as quickly as I can. And check out the gorgeous shot below from my photographer friend Alexandra Shlimovich. She’s an artist in every sense of the word, and I actually felt like I started to embody ‘The HEIGHT of Style’ in front of her lens…thanks Alexandra!
Here is my full, unedited interview with Elle in English. Happy reading!!
Elle: What is the best style advice you’d give to your tall fellow women?
HoS: Being tall isn’t an inconvenience or impediment to being stylish—it’s a gift. In our age—where uniqueness is valued, and individuals like Alexa Chung, Tavi Gevinson and Iris Apfel are considered style visionaries—height is a rare asset; a long, elegant, canvas to start embellishing on. It’s not a mistake that high fashion models are all at least 177 cm—clothes look wonderful and fall wonderfully on a tall figure. The best style advice I can give any tall woman is to love your height; embrace your shape; and dress in a way that feels quintessentially you—with our elongated frames, we tall ladies can pull off practically any style, and look completely intentional doing so! Oh, and when in doubt—wear heels!
Elle: Could you name three pieces of clothing that fit you / tall women in general perfectly? I mean the ones one should really invest in…
HoS: For tall women, I always recommend boyfriend blazers in neutral shades as separates/outerwear pieces— many tall women can find them to fit right off the rack, and the exaggerated, longer silhouette looks very flattering on taller frames (boyfriend styles can tend to overwhelm shorter women). Plus, I particularly love slightly-oversized boyfriend blazers over flirty dresses on tall women—it’s the perfect juxtaposition. Zara is a great place to shop for boyfriend blazers off the rack, as is Long Tall Sally (www.longtallsally.com) or Topshop (their tall line).
I also think that every tall woman should have a luxe miniskirt in her wardrobe. For many of us talls, our legs are our favorite asset, and I particularly like how a miniskirt—in a sumptuous fabrication like brocade, leather, or suede—can highlight those lovely long limbs. It’s amazing when tall women rock mid-thigh luxurious skirts (and many off-the-rack skirt styles ARE minis on us) with simple separates like long sleeve tee shirts, tights, and ankle boots—it is such a fashion-forward—yet understated—look.
Finally, I think the investment piece that a tall woman must have is a fabulous, personally-appealing heel. I know many tall women are nervous about donning shoes that make them taller, but a heel has transformative effects on the body—it makes you stand straighter, makes your legs look super-sculpted, and is an instant confidence booster. I particularly recommend Shoes of Prey (www.shoesofprey.com)—a bespoke shoe company out of Australia that allows you to design your own dream shoe in up to a European size 49 and Barefoot Tess—the most comprehensive site for designer exclusive shoecandy in sizes 11-15.