Category Archives: Tall Tricks

Tall Trick: How to Find Flattering Ankle Crop Pants

Elevated Style | J.Crew Cafe Capri Wool 2

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Ankle crop pants are all the rave this season, and fortunately, they tend to work well on tall women of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips for wearing this season’s hottest pant:

  • Choose the right length. An inch or two above where your foot meets your ankle is perfect. Any longer and you might look like you outgrew your pants!
  • Consider your body shape. If you are tall and curvy or pear-shaped, choose a pant that either has a straight leg or has a slight flare at the bottom. This will help to de-emphasize any unflattering proportions. You can see that I’m wearing a straight leg style (i.e. the pant doesn’t taper all the way in at the ankle) to complement my pear-shaped body. If you have a slim or athletic physique, choose a narrow-cut pant. This will give the appearance of more curves.
  • Don’t forget about the rise. Ankle crop pants look best with tucked-in shirts, therefore a regular or high-rise is great for most body types. To ensure the rise isn’t too low for me, I like to dance around the fitting room. If everything stays in place, I’m good to go!

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Above, I’m wearing the tall Cafe Capri in Wool from J.Crew. Tall sizes are on sale for $49.99 and if you order before Friday, you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! What a steal! These pants are made from a lightweight wool which is perfect for wearing all year round.The inseam is 30″ (for comparison, the inseam of the regular size is 27″) and the rise is very low. I’d say that these pants run large. The first pair I ordered (size 6T) fit fine at first and then loosened up quite a bit throughout the day (baggy butt syndrome!). Size 4T (above) fits me much better.

For those of you who shop at tall-only retailers, I found a few cute ankle crop pant options here and here at Long Tall Sally.

One last piece of advice: I find that ankle crop pants look best with a heel or pointed flat. Alright, it’s time to show a little ankle!

Readers: Do you wear ankle crops?

Tall Trick: Every Tall Woman Should Own a Chunky Heel

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 3

J.Crew Factory Wool-Blend Walking Coat; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; Sperry Topsider Princeton Boots; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf; Hue Tights; H&M Bracelets (similar); J.Crew Factory Earrings

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Do you find that stilettos and dainty shoes look lost on your tall frame?

Your ankles will thank you because sturdy, chunky heels are back in style. AND they are flattering (and functional!) on tall women.

When paired with the right outfit, chunkier heels can help slim the ankle and balance out tall proportions. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years on how to wear chunky heels:

  • Chunky heels under boot-cut jeans is a no-no. This will look too clunky! When you wear chunky heels—especially chunky ankle boots—your pants should stop at your ankle.
  • Chunky heels look best with skinny jeans, cropped pants, leggings, or tights.
  • Chunky heels can also look great with a mini or pencil skirt. Just make sure your hemline falls above the knee.

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Readers: What’s your go-to chunky heel?

Tall Trick: Creating the Perfect Skinny Jeans

Elevated Style | 7 for all Mankind Ginger Flare Trousers 2

Elevated Style | 7 for all Mankind Ginger Flare Trousers 3

There’s nothing worse (maybe bathing suit shopping?) than shopping for skinny jeans when your a tall woman. You don’t want anything so tight that it restricts movement, but you want something long enough that you can wear heels with and skinny enough to be able to tuck into jeans.

Here’s a trick that I learned a few months ago…turn your jeans into skinny jeans!

  • Step 1: Find your favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans. Mine happened to be a trouser jean.
  • Step 2: Bring them to your tailor and ask for the jeans to be converted into skinnies! Who knew?! It will usually cost anywhere between $20 and $50, depending on where you go.
  • Step 3: Buy a new pair of your favorite jeans!

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Above, I’m wearing my recently converted skinny jeans. I love how they fit into my boots without being too tight. You can see the original jeans here.

If I can convert my ex-trouser-pant-monstrositiy into a nice pair of skinnies, then you can certainly convert your jeans!

Readers: Are you brave enough to convert you favorite jeans into skinny jeans?