I stand at 6 feet 2in and round myself pretty well at a size 14/16. After decades of dressing, I finally realized that although I am different from an average woman, no woman is ever the same. And the women I have worshiped for years as style icons have never played an official trend book. These women were dressed for the unique body shape that was given to them, and they set the trends for many, because they worked, with whom they were blessed. Too bad I did not say it years ago. Instead, I spent years covering shirts too big and jeans too wide, thinking that the clothes would prevent me from being different. I was the embarrassing teenager getting dressed to insert myself when I was really there like a sore thumb. Nothing was tailor-made, nothing suited and I could just as easily carry a bag of potatoes. If you are over 6 feet tall at the age of 12, you can face a number of issues that have never been covered by a column of fashion tips. The day I discovered the joys of defining a size with the simple tie of a shirt, displaying long calves and an hourglass shape with a pencil skirt and using a heel as a tool to accentuate your legs was the day on which I went by stupid wallflower Style Enforcer.
Emily stretches her legs with a pencil skirt and heels
In my youth, every skirt was a mini, all the pants were of Capri length and almost all the t-shirts were crop top. It meant that a day of training turned out to be an everyday struggle made even more difficult by the fact that I was obsessed with glossy magazines and wanted to emulate fashion shootings. I would try to borrow clothes from friends, but it ended in disaster – or hysterical laughter. What do you do when your best friend is seven inches smaller than you and want to dress in the closets of others? My stilt trauma did not stop there. As a teenager, I bought striped men’s trousers with button-down shirts and stocky chains as I tried to replicate Cindy Crawford’s androgynous sets. I snuck into my brothers’ closets to steal “friend” sweaters that women did not have at the time because I knew they would be quite long.
Belts accentuate your size and define your shape
Somewhere on the way, thankfully, the whole copy of fashion has evolved into the discovery of my own personal style. And I must say that I took my inspirations style very seriously at the time. In my office library, I have three bound books that I call my “encyclopedias of style”. Since I was seventeen, I’ve inspired every page with a style that I’ve put together in magazines, ad campaigns, and catalogs, and I’ve included them in those books. I’m still watching it today, 15 years after adding the last page. It’s as if my style is composed side by side, and each new idea gives me the confidence to try something new and bold. From these pages, I finally learned to love the long legs that created endless hours of inner sorrow. I took the opportunity to make a name for myself in the crowd, and I even changed my career to form a world where my life was developed day and night with the creation of fashion Foie Gras Fashion. FFG was indeed the new encyclopedia of style, in digital format. You should see what I have planned for the summer.
Have the confidence to try something new.
I keep an eye on my tall, curvy form for the coming season and look for knee-length skirts, long dresses and casual sheets that are worn in all directions. I pay close attention to the fit – not cheap because some of the best adjustments are always in the high-end labels. American designers like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Michael Kors account for more than half of my seasonal expenses because dresses, skirts and trousers are very feminine for all sizes. I also printed my eyes on Stella Jean skirts, Next Wide pants and Tall Tall Sally Collaboration with Taller as a means. If I look back on the road of style that I was driving, I would not change a moment. Every bad turn has taken me to where I am now, a confident woman committed to the ever-changing world of fashion – a woman who finally offers a multitude of opportunities to the women of the world who are blessed vertically.