My Love/Hate Relationship With My Long Legs

Philadelphia fashion blogger Alicia Tenise styles the Zara Orange Off the Shoulder Gingham Crop Top, Levis 501 Shorts in White, and Cult Gaia Ark Bag

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Top: Zara (similar) | Shorts: Levi’s ℅ Shopbop | Bag: Cult Gaia | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: ℅ Taudrey | Earrings: Gorjana | Shoes: ℅ Altar’d State

I know what you’re thinking: Leesh, what’s up with the title of your post? (Have I ever told you that all my good friends pretty much call me “Leesh”? That’s a thing. And since we’re obviously good friends on here…)

Growing up as a lanky girl was awkward, to say the least. I was taller than everyone in grade school. If you needed me, I was automatically heading to the back of my class photos. It got really awkward when I was 12 years old and already 5’7″ and, you know, fully developed. My doctors projected that I’d be 5’11”, but I actually just stopped growing when I was 12. It was odd, but I’m thankful, cause I think 5’7″ is a pretty decent height and I can still wear normal sizes most of the time without having to go in the “Tall” section.

Anyway. Can I tell you how many times I got in trouble in school for shorts? I can’t count how many times I was sent home or “warned” on one hand. As an adult, I’ve been somewhat weary of shorts. Everything looks a million times shorter on me because my legs go on for days.

As a long-legged girl, you have to realize that a lot of brands of shorts just aren’t going to work for you. And that’s ok! Once you find the brands that do work, it’s like magic. I’m personally a big fan of Madewell shorts and pick a new pair up every year. I also just tried the Levi’s 501 Shorts pictured here, and they’re leggy-girl approved. 

Any other long-limbed girls out there? Tell me about your clothing struggles!

Photos by Anna Meyer

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  1. Jennifer wrote:

    I never noticed how long your legs are before but WOW! those are some beautiful, long legs!! I feel you on the short short front…my biggest problem is the inseam. A 3″ inseam cuts into me…I don’t know how anyone can wear them. I need at least a 4″ inseam.

    And forget those jerk administrators sending girls home because of shorts…I don’t think I knew of any boy who was sent home for their pants hanging off their butts.

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  2. Ashley Vickney wrote:

    UGH SAME SAME SAME. I’m all legs. I literally used to wear bermudas for years because I was so self conscious of my long legs. You look AMAZING in these!

    Also can we talk about sexist dress codes? Over it.

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  3. wanderwithava wrote:

    5’10” over here!! I really struggle with denim shorts – I want it to fit loose on the thigh, but fitted on the hips/butt. I really hate tugging on my shorts – they constantly ride up (same issue with pencil skirts for work)!

    My go-to is H&M – they have flowy shorts that don’t ride up, come in many colors and patterns, and are usually $30 or less. But I’m still on the hunt for perfect denim shorts! I’ll definitely try out Madewell.

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  4. Emily wrote:

    I know exactly how you feel – I was actually sent to the principal’s office on my last day of senior year and told to put my gym clothes on! I’ve always had a problem with shorts, but tend to wear J.Crew, since they have a longer inseam. I’ve gotta try the Madewell ones!

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  5. Lauren wrote:

    This is the cutest outfit I’ve seen in awhile! Love this colour on you!!


    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  6. I FEEL YOU. It can be a legit struggle! And the good ol’ “warnings” in school…OY. haha!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  7. I definitely don’t have this problem but gorgeous outfit! And that second to last photo of you is STUNNING!

    Xx Taylor

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  8. Rachel Ritlop wrote:

    I love this outfit!! That crop is literally so cute!

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  9. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    I seriously LOVE these photos – LEGS FOR DAYZ. And honestly, I’m pretty jealous of your stems…since I have stumps. Buuuut I can definitely see why sometimes they’re an issue for you 😉

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  10. Neelofar wrote:

    Love Love Love this outfit!!! So jealous of your legs too!
    Neelofar | The Lovliest Lily

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  11. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    LOVE this look!!!! Cute top!!

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  12. Jenny wrote:

    Those shorts are too cute! I need to try some Levis shorts.

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  13. Mary Gui wrote:

    i wish i had the problem of having long legs haha! those shorts look great on you!

    Posted 6.8.17 Reply
  14. Brittany Daoud wrote:

    YESS girl I totally feel you! I hardly ever wear shorts because my legs are so. freaking. long! And buying dresses and skirts can be tricky too, especially when buying them online!

    Posted 6.8.17 Reply
  15. Jeannette wrote:

    Silly girl, I wish my legs were as shapely as yours!

    Posted 6.8.17 Reply
  16. Molly Moon wrote:

    You look so cute! I’ve always wished for long legs so I could rock a good pair of shorts.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

    Posted 6.9.17 Reply
  17. Carly Ned wrote:

    Love those shorts on you girl! I’ll have to check out Levis.

    Posted 6.11.17 Reply
  18. Dia wrote:

    I totally understand what you mean. I’m taller than most of my friends so when I try shorts they are usually super short and my butt is big so they are even shorter lol fun stuff.

    Posted 6.12.17 Reply