Over the years I’ve picked hundreds of dresses off the rails only to be disappointed to discover the waistline is somewhere in that crucial area that expands when you breathe, otherwise known as a ribcage. On occasion this can work, for example if the disparity is so extreme it becomes something of an empire line, but mostly us tall girls are woefully underserved when it comes to shopping for dresses. However, don’t despair because there are a few tricks to getting round this problem.
One option is to look for dresses with elasticised waistlines, such as Zoe’s stripy Gestuz dress, which allows great flexibility as to where you tie it. Another would be to shop for tunic dresses without any kind of defined waist and cinch it in as you wish with your favourite belt.
Alternatively you could find a dress with a wide ruched waist such as the yellow Nicole Miller dress that Zoe wore to her 40th birthday party. Or even go for on-trend separates, combining a feminine, high-waisted, midi skirt with a silk camisole, such as I wore to Zoe’s 40th or even matching separates, as featured here. All look fantastic on long limbs, particularly the separates.
Perhaps less obvious is looking for dresses with different tiers. Effectively the layers of the dress hide the true waist, as demonstrated by this floral mini from La Redoute. When I ordered this dress I wasn’t expecting much at just £11. But it has restored my faith in high street shopping. It’s fairly lightweight, not to mention a tad skimpy, so to add some weight and modesty, I paired it with this faded denim girlfriend blazer. I love this mostly because it has pockets, so I don’t have to lug a handbag around. I finished with my old supremely comfortable LK Bennett wedge boots and hit the street feeling entirely carefree.