Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tall Celebrities: The Oscars Red Carpet Breakdown

Elevated Style | Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman Oscars 2013

Images c/o Disney ABC Television Group

Elevated Style | Queen Latifa Oscars 2013

Even though we’re all tall women, it’s important to remember that we all have different body types to dress.

I’ve found that you can learn quite a bit about dressing for your body type by studying celebrities who have the same body type as you. Through following tall celebrities, I’ve learned that mastering fit is all about achieving balance. For example, if you’re heavier on the bottom like me, you should create balance by adding volume or interesting details up top (i.e. ruffles, patterns, etc.) to downplay the lower half.

Here are three tall celebrities—broken down by body type—who totally rocked it on the red carpet.

Charlize Theron (Tall Inverted Triangle)

Charlize Theron is 5’10” and has an inverted triangle body type, meaning that her upper section is heavier in proportion to her lower section. She has broader shoulders and narrower hips and legs. You can see that she added volume to her lower half by wearing a peplum top and a dress that hugged the upper body but flowed out on the bottom.

Nicole Kidman (Tall Column)

Nicole Kidman is 5’11” and has a tall column body type, meaning that she has a slim figure with a small bust, flat stomach, and long limbs. You can see that she created a womanly shape by pairing a heavier fabric to add weight with embellishments on the bust and volume on the bottom of the dress.

Queen Latifah (Tall Curvy)

Queen Latifah is 5’10” and has a tall curvy body type, meaning that she has no definitive waistline and limited overall tone and structure. You can see that the wide V-neck of her dress elongates her shoulder line and pulls in her waist to make her torso appear smaller.

Side note: Did you realize that all of these tall celebrities are taller than their male counterparts in the photos? LOVE it.

Readers: Who are your favorite tall celebrities? What’s your tall body type and how do you dress for it?

Outfit Idea: Florals + Polka Dots

Elevated Style | Madewell Melody Dress in Rose 2

Elevated Style | Madewell Melody Dress in Rose 3

Elevated Style | Madewell Melody Dress in Rose 4

I purchased this dress a few weeks ago and have already worn it a few times. I love the soft floral pattern and how nicely it drapes. I kept it simple by pairing it with black tights and shoes so that the dress would stand out. I added the sleek polka-dot bag to keep the outfit from looking too boho.

If I were to wear this outfit again, I would add a cardigan over the dress or a turtleneck underneath. It’s a very lightweight dress with see-through sleeves—not great for a cold winter day.

Readers: Do you like this type of dress? How do you keep it classic and appropriate for work?

How-To: Finding the Perfect Black Opaque Tights as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 1

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 7

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 6

If you haven’t noticed, I LIVE in black opaque tights during the winter. They’re most definitely a wardrobe staple for me and many of my outfits are built around them. It’s not easy though, finding black tights that are opaque enough, especially as a tall woman.

Here are some tips I’ve learned for finding the perfect black opaque tights:

  • Check the “denier” (fiber density) on the package. The higher the number, the more opaque. I like 90 denier or more.
  • Look at the spandex-to-nylon ratio. Generally, I prefer no more than 91% of the tights to be made of nylon. I’ve found that the higher the nylon percentage, the quicker the tights rip. Sometimes materials other than spandex will be used. This is fine, but again, make sure that the percentage of nylon is no more than 91%.
  • Buy the largest size possible. The more fabric you have to work with, the more opaque the tights will be. I like Hue Super Opaque Tights Non-Control Top and I wear the largest size (size 3).
  • When you’re in the store, put your hand in the tights and stretch as much as you can to gauge how opaque they will look on your skin.

[spacer size=”20″]Once you’ve found the perfect pair, take care of them by not putting them in the dryer (been there, done that) and by wearing slippers or shoes with them at all times to avoid snags (obvious, but this happens!).

Since I’m on the shorter side of tall (5’10”), I’ve always been able to buy regular-length tights.  I haven’t been to the land of tall-sized tights, but would be willing to do some research, if you’re interested. Let me know!

Readers: What brand of black opaque tights do you recommend?