10 Things Only Tall Girls Understand

I  could probably fill a book with my #tallgirlproblems. Although I’m sure there are just as many for those small girls out there, here of a few of my top peaves about being tall – share yours in the comments below!

The teeny tiny tall section

Why oh why should tall girls only have two pairs of jeans to choose from? I want the ones over there, in the section at the front of the shop, they look really – oh. They’re regular. And I don’t want a breeze around my ankles. Ugly jeans it is!

The way a dress goes from demure to ‘who are you trying to pull?’

On the hanger, it looks amazing. The perfect shape, colour and material you’ve been searching for. This is THE dress – it’s taken you two weeks to find it and it’s in your size. Hallelujah! You’re just going to pop in the fitting rooms to admire how amazing it looks. Just got to get the zip done up and…oh. The dress now looks so short you don’t even want to step out of the changing room to check it out in the floor length mirror, let alone wear it to your cousin’s wedding.

“How is the weather up -“

No. Just no. Do you have any idea how many times I have heard this in my life? It wasn’t funny the first time and even though I’m smiling weakly on the outside in my head I’m secretly wishing you trip over when you leave. I’m just kidding! Maybe.

The perfect shoes that you (think) you can never wear.

You know the ones. You grab them off the shelf to marvel in their amazing-ness, only to realise the heel is about five inches high and you will tower over everyone in them (and if you’re me, break your ankle in the process). On the plus side, kitten heels hurt way less and you aren’t hobbling up the stairs at the end of the night. There are perks!

The perils and frustrations of buying tights

Picture: I’m looking at a pack of tights, deciding which size I am. Medium seems to be what I’m after, so I try them on. Perfect fit around the waist but…why is the crotch round my knees?! Opt for large instead. Pull tights up in delight as they fit my entire leg… then groan in dismay as they proceed to fall down, as the waist is ginormous and enough for a small person to fit in with me.

“Can you reach this for me…?”

Technically, yes, I can physically reach that for you. I could stretch up and grab it off the shelf for you, and you could get on with your shopping. But I don’t want to because a. I don’t work here and b. I have already done it five times so far and I only have two items in my basket.

Unsuspecting low beams/doorways/hanging items

There should be laws against low door frames. Wooden beams shouldn’t be so low that they need padding around them. Wind chimes aren’t such brilliant inventions that it excuses them from hitting me in the face repeatedly with lots of little poles, especially since the sound of them alone is painful enough.

People who notify you of aforementioned low beams/doorways/hanging items…after you’ve walked into them

If you’re going to have a height-unfriendly house, the least you could do is warn me before I walk into your low hanging paraphernalia. If you don’t alert me to your oddly placed door frame before my head hits it, the least you could do is ask me if I’m ok. Do not tell me to watch out for the door frame that I have just hit into. And definitely don’t chuckle at your own joke. Then exclaim out loud how tall I am. Really? I hadn’t noticed.

Beds that aren’t your own

I never realised this was a problem until I stayed in a hotel in London last month. The bed was super comfy, the sheets were really soft, and…my feet dangled over the edge even though my hair was touching the headboard. I laid there in shock for a moment at the previously unfathomable idea that a hotel had provided me with a bed that I couldn’t physically fit in. Madness.

Seats that you can’t quite get comfortable in

Builders of aeroplanes don’t seem to be aware that people over 5″5′ exist and bus seats aren’t that much better either. Eschewing public transport is a great idea until you remember your steering wheel won’t go any higher and your car keys tickle your knee whilst you drive. Bike anyone?

What else to you find really annoying as a tall (or small) girl?

By Genieve Crump


  • Sierra

    I hate shopping for dresses, I avoid shopping for them online because they are always way too short. Being tall is rough sometimes. lol

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  • Hannah

    Buying tights is the worst!


    • Genieve Crump

      Completely agree! Such a pain :(

  • Cassie

    As someone who is 5’9- I totally agree! The heels one bothers me most, though. I love wearing heels, and it’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable (and not circus-freak-like) doing so. It helps that my boyfriend is still infinitely taller than me with or without monster heels, but whenever someone comments on my height, it brings my confidence down at least 20 notches.

    Height isn’t a flaw by any means, but when someone comments on it, it means it’s out of the ordinary and something to notice. I don’t want to be noticed for my height, just compliment my damn shirt or something!

    Cassie x The Beauty Behind the Bar

  • camille

    Never had any of these problems

  • Alison

    Shopping for shirts has always been interesting for me, “oversize” is my “just long enough.”

    When I was younger, I used to always worry about my heels being too tall. The first time I truly felt totally comfortable with my height was at my senior prom. I didn’t have a date, so I wore the tallest pair of stiletto heels I could find and had an awesome time with my friends.

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  • Frieda

    Absolutely agree with everything above!!! I’m 6ft/182cm tall and why I absolutely LOVE being tall, there are some downsides to it.. I’ve been wanting to wear maxi dresses for a couple of years now. Still haven’t found a single one that is A long enough or B if it is long is also slim enough…
    xx http://friedarika.blogspot.de

    • Genieve Crump

      I’m with you there Frieda – even though it can be annoying, I still like being tall! I am about to go maxi dress shopping, wish me luck!

  • Camilla @ Summer Isn’t Over

    so many dresses off limits :(

    Summer Isn’t Over

  • Kate

    Ha! Appreciated this post. I’m 6’2″ and I feel like the list could go on and on and on…how about trying to get into a car (let alone sitting or driving in a car) without bumping your head or dealing with your knees at your chin. Or trying to hug someone shorter only to realize their head is going to the most awkward place possible. Or trying to buy socks that fit your huge feet only to realize there literally are NO women’s socks that will stretch to fit without holes. Or when that adorable top turns into…a crop top. Or trying to take a picture with friends but realizing your head will not appear in the frame (worst at weddings). Or walking faster than 99.9% of the population. Or the agony of watching someone under 5’5″ date one of the few men on the planet who are tall enough to get with you. Or short showers…or worse, bathroom stalls…I could go on and on!

  • Noemi

    I’m not tall at all and I’ve always dreamt about being tall for many reasons.
    “Can you reach this for me?” is something I asked a few times, usually to men (if no shopping assistant was around). I understand is bothering but for me has always been kind of humiliating… not been able to reach the last box of biscuits at the supermarket and having to ask for help!

    • Genieve Crump

      The point about reaching for things is mostly in jest! I do get asked it, but I don’t really mind that much :) I think it’s just one of those things you get asked more if you’re taller…

  • Dr.Sheftall

    Being tall women is a bless ladies, many Cambodian girls came to here require for adding their height. I told them i can make your body and face look sexy and younger but can’t make you higher. Anyway men love tall ladies with nice figure, feels like we date models

  • Dr.Sheftall

    Being tall women is a bless ladies, many Cambodian girls came to here require for adding their height. I told them i can make your body and face look sexy and younger but can’t make you higher. Anyway men love tall ladies with nice figure, feels like we date models

  • Nau

    Oh, I know the struggle. Shopping in the US is hard, but when I lived in Japan it was downright depressing. Those cute parkas that come to their knees? Barely covered my butt… All those adorable skirts and dresses were tank tops or less on me. Boo… Still have those sorts of problems here (especially the tights!), but at least in the US there is a bit more size diversity so there’s more options available. Patience at thrift stores and a willingness to explore the men’s section have helped me a lot.

    Fun fact: I wore a pair of stilettos to a party once.
    I was the tallest person in the room by 3″ or more. Ehehehe… ^^; oops. Too bad, too, those were the most surprisingly comfortable yet sexy shoes I could ever hope to break my neck in.

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