Sometimes the biggest challenge tall women face while shopping for clothes is figuring out what to look for. Although most stores have a section designated "petite" for shorter women, you won't usually find a "tall" section—especially when shopping for dresses. Even online, you may have to get creative in where you look and what search terms you use. Often, searching for plus-size dresses is a good place to start.
To make things easier for you, thredUP has a page dedicated to tall dresses. We also give you the option of inputting your sizes (XXS–XXL, 00–16, waist measurement, and shoe size) for more tailored search results. This allows you to filter out any items that won't fit and focus on more likely options.
Tips and Tricks
Still can't find exactly what you're looking for? If you find a dress that suits your height but doesn't quite have the right fit, consider taking it to a tailor. The best part about shopping at thredUP is that you'll find high-quality clothes at discounted prices, making it easier to work tailoring into your budget. Alterations to the waist and bust can take a too-loose dress from shapeless to flattering at a reasonable cost.
Maybe you found a dress that fits you like a glove—but it falls short when it comes to length. There are a few ways you can salvage the dress without sacrificing style. Many women's dresses pair well with opaque tights or leggings. This is a particularly good idea during cold months, when you can accessorize with a long sweater and booties for extra warmth. Alternatively, you may be able to add an underskirt to change the look and length. Add a whimsical touch to cotton or denim dresses with a layer of lace around the bottom.
Best Brands for Tall Women
Although it may not be the norm quite yet, several companies do carry stylish clothing lines designed specifically for tall women. One example is New York & Company, which offers long-length dresses in addition to its average and petite dresses. Their sizes range from XSmall–XXLarge or 2–20. Similarly, ASOS has added long-length and tall-fit dresses to its selection. Designed by Vero Moda Tall and Y.A.S Tall, the whole line was made for women 5'9" and taller.
A search for tall dresses also turns up results from Old Navy, Lands' End, and Ann Taylor, among others. These brands and many more are available at thredUP, where you can find gently-worn clothing at prices you'll love. Remember that our selection changes daily as new pieces make their way to us, so check back often to find your favorite brands and styles. See something you like? Don't wait—each piece is one of a kind, so you may not get a second chance.