The average height for a woman in the UK is 5ft 3 inches, according to a study by the Office of National Statistics. At 5ft 10 inches, I tower above most other women, and quite a few blokes as well. Whilst it definitely has its benefits, it also comes with its fair share of problems, some that most people wouldn’t even think about!
I rarely wear heels. For starters, they hurt my feet, but I also generally look ridiculous. I went out to a family party a few days ago wearing a brand new pair of heels. They are gorgeous and surprisingly comfortable, but then I stood next to my 6ft 2inches tall dad….who had to look up to talk to me.
5 Tall Girl Problems
Clothes: Whilst some shops do tall ranges, generally buying clothes is difficult. Trousers are too long, skirts are too short. And it’s not just clothes for the bottom half – very few places take into consideration the fact that tall people don’t just have long legs, they often have long bodies as well. I have to be very careful when buying tops because they usually end up looking like cropped tops (and trust me, no one needs to be seeing my tummy these days!).
Bathtubs: I’ve pretty much accepted that being able to lay my legs flat when having a bath is never going to happen.
Photos: Whenever I have a photo taken with friends (who are all short arses!), I have to sort of bend funny to actually fit in the photo, and end up looking ridiculous.
Pushchairs: This didn’t even occur to me before having kids, but pushchairs are generally crap for taller people. It was something that we looked into before buying each one, and our Chicco one at the moment is absolutely perfect height. Babies Lounge has come up with a list of strollers that are perfect for tall parents, which is really useful.
Leg room: On planes, trains, buses…public transport is never comfortable for anyone, but especially when you have to cram a pair of 34inch legs into a space absolutely not designed for a pair of 34inch legs. And don’t even get me started on cinema or theatre seats.