Wednesday, June 5, 2013
tall girl problems
Last week in my abc's of me post, there were a few comments about my height. Tallness can have its perks, but I can find just as many negatives…
Guys can't handle it. Not all of them of course, just the ones who are shorter. In my experience, or so they've told me, they find my height emasculating, intimidating, and/pr not needed (especially if I'm wearing heels that send me over 6 feet). I had a guy tell me that I didn't need the heels.
Finding pants that fit. I'm with you petite girls on finding the perfect pair of pants. Sometimes, even the long sizes end up looking like floods. In college I had to order the special 35 inch inseam from alloy. I am able to buy regular pants, I just need to wear them as capris.
Making shorts/skirts/dresses look appropriate. Us tall girls can have some pretty long legs, and while that is great for some reasons, wearing anything that shows them off can get complicated. You may think I'm wearing really, really short shorts, but no, it's just my long legs that make the shorts look smaller than they actually are.
Back problems. I have trouble keeping my back straight, as my mom always likes to point out. I have this problem because I spent years hunching over to 'fit in' with the kids at school. I'm always crooked and leaning in my photos from middle and high school.
Children call you big. This happened the other month in target: a little girl was walking with her mom, saw me, and yelled 'momma that girl is BIG!'. I started laughing, and the mom, embarrassed, said 'honey, we don't say big, she's tall'. HA. I would also get that all the time in student teaching. My favorite was 'Miss K, you're as big as my dad'.
On the upside though…
Crowds. Since I can see clear over everyone, I'm the friend that snipes out the potential creeper or ex right away, and signals to the group that danger is nearby.
Being mistaken for a model. This doesn't happen all the time, but if you're tall sometimes people think you must model. I find it funny when they say it like this: 'do you model?' 'oh, no' 'well you're just so tall, I thought you would'. Notice that height appears to be the only requirement for modeling.
Reaching high places. I was the roommate who would be called upon to grab things in high places. At home, if my dad isn't around, my mother also uses me for this.
Scaring people. I have a desk job, so I greet people sitting down. Occasionally, I will have to stand in front of the person I'm helping, and when I get up, they have this startled look on their face. One person even told me he was not expecting me to be 'that tall'.
What are your tall/short/average girl problems??