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The Tall Guide

Being tall can have its advantages: a great runners’ stride, super-long legs, whether in the theatre or at the opera – you can always see. However, having that extra height isn't always a walk in the park. Getting it sartorially right when you’re taller than the average can, sometimes, prove slightly tricky. We spoke with Harrods Personal Shopper, Armita Asgari for some style tips.

Play With Proportions
To break up your body’s long shape, play with different proportions. Skinny trousers look great with a billowing blouse or a loose-fitting top. Similarly, adding a slim belt to dresses will add interest to your silhouette and stop you looking drowned in fabric. We love how Uma Thurman (pictured above) has teamed a cropped jacket with a bias-cut dress.

Layer It Up
Some tops don’t always cover-up long bodies, but if you add layers, you can avoid impromptu crop tops. Simply invest in T-shirts and vest tops in different colours that you can layer under statement tops. Our go-to brand is Helmut Lang for super-cool tees.

Mix Up Your Heel Heights
If you’re already 5’10 or over, donning towering heels can seem daunting. But that doesn’t mean you need to stick to flats; Harrods has a fabulous range of kitten and midi heels that will add sleek, ladylike elegance to your look. Valentino’s Rockstud Ponyhair Pumps give good heel without being too vertiginous.

Show Some Colour
Always try to wear more than one colour. Wearing one hue from head-to-toe won’t always flatter your shape; make like J. Crew’s Creative Director and bona fide style maven, Jenna Lyons (pictured above), and opt for complimentary tones that break up the look of those long limbs.

The Right Accessories
When it comes to accessorising your look, it’s always better to invest in a larger bag than a smaller bag – wearing a small bag could look disproportionate to your height. Chloé’s Medium Suede Baylee Bag is perfect for avoiding this. Statement jewellery always adds a perfect finishing touch; we love Nicole Kidman's eye-catching cuffs (pictured above). Finally, have another play with layers and add a long pendant or necklace to your ensemble.

Shop our edit of tall-friendly styles below.

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