If only I had a pound for every time anyone’s ever said that to me! Talk about stating the obvious. I’m pretty sure at times those words have been an insult, a compliment, said out of genuine shock or just passing comment. I’m 5’11” and have always been tall, I was always the tallest in my class in school until some of the boys started overtaking me in our teens. 5’8″ at the age of 14, in the 90’s when tall girls clothes meant wearing men’s jeans (yep), I absolutely hated clothes shopping. Loathed it! I remember one particular Saturday standing in the change room of Debenhams with my Mum, angry tears in my eyes, frustrated because NO clothes meant for a teenage girl fitted me. As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough when you’re desperately trying to fit in, there I was standing out like a sore thumb. A lanky sore thumb at that. Not that my height didn’t have some advantages when I was a few years older and realised I could get into clubs quite easily with the tattiest of fake ID’s…sorry Mum! Of course, clothing lines changed and soon I found solace in tall brands, such as Topshop Tall, New Look Tall, ASOS Tall, Dorothy Perkins Tall, Next Tall and Long Tall Sally. Every year it seems like more brands are offering tall clothes, which is great to see, even if the fit isn’t quite right from some…and don’t get me started on the lack of tall maternity / breastfeeding clothes!
Now in my thirties I’ve decided to write a little about how my height affects my daily life, and maybe I can connect with other tall ladies out there. From clothing to low light fittings, low toilet mirrors (completely irritating on a night out) and not enough legroom (ever) I hope my blog is at least a little entertaining if not sometimes helpful!