Alright, I realize I may have some explaining to do. I know some of us may still think of Mandy Moore as one of those peroxide blonde, super-saccharine teeny-boppers of the early 2000’s. And, there is no denying that she did indeed start her career with a song that likens missing her young beau to going into withdrawal for a severe candy addiction. But that was years ago, and Ms. Moore has changed her tune and long since apologized for her pop princess past.
Keep reading to learn why Mandy is my personal style icon and an inspiration to tall girls everywhere!
I first started following Mandy’s style a few years ago, quite honestly, because she is tall (5’10”). Being close to 6’0″ myself, I find that I must often follow a different fashion code than the average shopper, and it was nice to see a celebrity working with their height to such glamorous results. For years, after my super-spurt in the summer between eighth and ninth grade, I was very ashamed to be taller than my (male and female) classmates, and so I shirked from heels and began to slouch (much to the chagrin of my mom). Although I grew out of my discomfort with being tall, I still experience frustration occasionally with what seems like limited clothing options; I often begrudge that the world of shorter dresses and skirts, and many of the more interesting varieties of pants, are off-limits to me.
Mandy seems to share this feeling. In fact, she has recently started her own clothing line, Mblem, partly because of her frustrations out of finding clothes for her body type. In an interview with The Associated Press, she said she was “always searching for the perfect jeans or t-shirt.” While checking out recent photos of Mandy, it seems that she has mastered the art of layering that is so vital to any tall woman. Over the years, I’ve learned to layer my casual dresses over skinny jeans or a tights and spandex short combination, and I’ve learned that most fitted tees require a longer tank top underneath if I want to be dressed appropriately and keep away cool drafts.
I have slowly come to embrace my tallness, and I realized that what at first appears limiting is actually an advantage. I look to Mandy’s style because she seems to understand and play up her strengths. She knows that she can always get away with carrying huge bags, wearing big chunky jewelry, and sporting over-sized glasses.
She’s also not afraid to experiment with looks that most people would advise taller ladies to avoid, like long maxi dresses or heels. For years I was afraid to wear high heels to my classiest affairs, because I was afraid of towering over my dates. Now I’m slowly, and happily, increasing my collection.
Besides her wardrobe choices, Mandy also always manages to look natural, healthy, and happy. She has experimented with nearly every hair color and style, and has looked beautiful with every single one.
As for her music, it seems like Mandy is striving to escape her prior pop image and go the way of the soulful singer-songwriter. In an interview with (sadly defunct Jane Magazine) she lambasted her previous albums and regretted that “people wasted their money on such trite, blah pop music.” On her most recent album, she co-wrote most of the songs and collaborated with the fellow singer-songwriters Chantal Kreviazuk and Rachael Yamagata. It seems like she is developing herself into the artist, designer, and person that she wants to be, and that is inspiring. I’m glad Mandy is following her own road and giving tall dames everywhere a good name.
As the resident tall girl at ModCloth, I’m always happy to share in all of my fellow tallies’ joys and frustrations, and answer any questions.