Let's face it: I'm sure there are hundreds of articles out there pertaining to life as a tall girl. But in the past week alone, I've heard enough comments about my height to make me want to rip my hair out, or maybe just shrink a few inches. (Maybe Rick Moranis, who stars in "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids," can take care of that for me.)
I mean, growing up, I was always "the tall girl." But, I kind of thought (hoped) I would grow out of it eventually. I thought that maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal when I got older.
Nope, it still is. Here are some of the struggles I've encountered, and continue to encounter to this day:
1. The Flood
I don't think some people understand how difficult shopping can be for a tall girl. It's pretty much a given that no regular store will have pants long enough for my legs. Seriously, designers must think a woman can't be taller than 5 feet 7 inches.
Oh, and dresses? The only maxi dress I've been able to find that covers a decent part of my legs is from the maternity section at Gordman's. Don't ask me why or how.
Recently, I went to a formalwear store to get fitted for a bridesmaid's dress for a wedding in October. I tried on the one dress the store had there, and what do you know? It was too short.
So, the lady helping me with my fitting came in to take a look. She said, “Wow. You're tall.”
By this point, I'm sure I was looking at her with the bitchiest look I could muster. It's not like I haven't heard that one before. Then, she literally put her hands on either side of her face and asked, “What are you going to do?” I came to find out she was referring to the length of the dress, not my height.
2. The Questions And Comments
“How tall are you, 6'5"?” I'm freaking 5 feet 11 inches tall.
“Do you play basketball or volleyball?” There's always the assumption every tall girl has to play one of these sports. Of course, I did play basketball.
"How's the weather up there?" Clever.
3. The Nicknames
Jolly green giant, Sasquatch, Olive Oyl, Bambi, stilts: Yeah, they're not fun.
4. Women's Cut
This gets its own category because it really makes me mad. On several different occasions, I've had to order polo shirts or pullovers for a couple of different jobs. For some of those occasions, I was dumb enough to order women's cut.
They're hanging in my closet with the tags still on them. Apparently, “women's cut” clothing is only right for a few select women, and I'm not one of them.
5. Compact Cars
Honestly, getting in and out of them — especially without getting an injury — is next to impossible.
6. Hotel Showers And Any "Normal"-Sized Bathtubs
Wow, those low shower heads call for some flexibility from my not-so-flexible 5-foot-11-inch body. I'd just love to take a relaxing bath with a glass of wine, even if it's just once. Unfortunately, there's no such thing.
7. Public Restrooms
There's nothing better than being able to survey the entire restroom, check yourself (well, from the chest up) out in the mirror and make awkward eye contact with the woman washing her hands, all from the stall you're standing inside.
8. Having Short Friends
We can't share clothes or shoes. We can't take normal pictures together without me looking like I'm double their size. I have to walk like a turtle in order for them to keep up.
Maybe some day, things in life will be more suitable for tall girls. But until then, cheers to all the girls who are 5 feet 11 inches and up.