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The Tall Girl’s Guide to Fall’s Fashion
For designer and stylist Irene Agbontaen, her tall-
This early realization taught Agbontaen that dressing her 5-
Agbontaen, a playful and fearless dresser in her own right, reaffirms that proportions are the key to pulling off even the most daring of looks. “I don’t shy away from trends,” she says. “I feel like I can always wear what I want. There’s a way to make it work.” Here, Agbontaen tackles this fall’s major trends and shares some of her time-
Consider the tracksuit.
“Of late, tracksuits have been popping up on the runway, but they’ve always been popular in London. I like my tracksuits to fit oversize, and I like the sleeves to drop a bit longer. I tend to buy a lot of men’s tracksuits, but I make them feminine by wearing [them] with a sock boot. The good thing about men’s styles is that everything is kind of tapered and tailored, so the fit will still be a slim line. I usually get a men’s medium or a women’s large. I’ve found that it’s just about toying with sizes to fit your frame; that’s how I get around the struggle.
”Maxi dresses are a cinch—but be sure to make a statement with footwear.
“I’m still waiting for the day that I find a maxi floral dress to the floor—that is, unless I make one myself. Most of them will stop just on the cuff or above the ankle. But since that’s kind of in at the moment, I’ll wear them with a little sock boot or sneakers. In terms of fit in my torso, I tend to size up, nip it in at the waist with a belt, and pair it with a slouchy vintage boot to style out the shorter length.”
Embrace the midi length.
“Midis can be a funny one to pull off. Thankfully, it’s almost as if the awkwardness of things not fitting is on trend now, so it’s a lot easier to make things work. Some brands have specific fits now for our height—places like H&M and ASOS, and of course TTYA. But if you can’t find that specific fit, you can get a regular maxi skirt, which will fit like midi length on a tall person.”
Try the velvet trend—just add layers.
“Velvet can be a tricky trend because you usually can’t find it to specifically fit a tall frame. And you’re definitely going to want to wear a lot of velvet for the upcoming holiday season. The best way to get around it is to layer. When I can get a velvet dress, I pair it with something that is tall-
The puffer is a perfect slouchy statement piece.
“Oh my god, I love a puffer jacket! Cropped puffer jackets have been a popular fit for fall, so I don’t have to worry about where the jacket hits my waist. The problem here is that the sleeve lengths never really fit. My styling trick is to buy a slightly bigger size and wear it off the shoulder. At the moment, I have this massive cobalt blue jacket. It’s a size 14. I just slouch it over my shoulders and wear it like a shrug. I like to wear all black and then top it off with this striking blue puffer coat. I just make it work by turning it into a statement piece.”
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“It’s a no-