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To think a lot of people assume everyone is tall?

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SleepDreamThinkHuge · 11/09/2022 08:23

I have noticed that people seem to think everyone is tall. In their definition they see "tall" as 6 foot or over for men and over 5 foot 7 for women. But in reality, that is not the case. In the UK, someone who is 6 foot (man) is

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Am I being unreasonable?


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Abraxan · 11/09/2022 09:08

I'm 5 foot so everyone is tall to me generally.
Dd is 5'4" which used to be average, but seems on the short side for younger women these days.

Dh is 6 foot 1, so in the taller side of average. Lots of DD's younger male friends are this kind of height though, so the average is quite likely rising.

We went to Malaysia on holiday this summer and at 5' I was much more 'average' and even taller than lots of the women. Dh was a novelty and was spoken to about 'being so tall' on numerous occasions throughout the holiday.


hopsalong · 11/09/2022 09:19

@HailAdrian People always say this about Zara and leg length but I never find it to be true! I'm 5'9'' and it's one of the many high street shops where all the trousers are too short. H&M is the only one where they're OK. (Sort of makes sense, given that people in Sweden are taller on average than in the UK.)

Personally I consider 5'8'' tall for a woman and 6'2'' for a man. On the other hand, I wouldn't consider a woman of 5'4'' as unusually short, but two friends of that height see themselves as tiny.


Spanielsarepainless · 11/09/2022 09:19

If this were true all clothing ranges with a petite line would also stock tall. But unfortunately they don't.


TheOrigRights · 11/09/2022 09:22

5'8" woman. I'm tall. HTH.
What I've noticed is that I think the world is made for people my height.
I have never had a problem with counter tops, driving seats of cars, airline seats, reaching things (within reason obv!), even down to clothes shopping (which is daft cos I'm obv taller than the average woman).


OneTC · 11/09/2022 09:23

SleepDreamThinkHuge · 11/09/2022 08:28

To think in reality height is relative. If you are a man who is 5 feet 7 or 5 feet 8 you may be shorter than the average man, but you are still significantly taller than the average UK women which is around 5 feet 4.

I blame le corbusier Grin


womaninatightspot · 11/09/2022 09:24

I’m 5 11” which Id say is tall for a woman I did spend a uni year in the Netherlands where I was average though. A lot more clothes shopping choices! 5 4” seems really short to me rather than average. I think it’s a generational thing. People are getting taller so possibly average heights for women and men born post 1970s would be closer to your perceived average heights.


LionessesRules · 11/09/2022 09:25

M&S think everyone is getting taller.
At 5'7 I used to be firmly in longer length trousers. The past couple of years I've needed to try on standard and longer, because it was hit an miss. Last week the standard length was a bit long.

While I'm taller than many, I don't think I'm stand out tall.


Mizmerise · 11/09/2022 09:26

It’s all relative, isn’t it? I mean, I accept the national averages. But I’m 5’11, so most other women are short to me, and men under 6ft are definitely shorties.

I expect I’d feel very differently is I was 5ft.

In terms of clothing lines it is, again, all relative. I find many high street lines too short and cut wrong for my shape (waistbands in the wrong place etc). Zara (mentioned upthread) is unwearable for me other than the odd blazer or coat in Large (I’m a size 12). Blouses cut for barrow little shoulders and trousers swinging at my ankles.


OneTC · 11/09/2022 09:26

TheOrigRights · 11/09/2022 09:22

5'8" woman. I'm tall. HTH.
What I've noticed is that I think the world is made for people my height.
I have never had a problem with counter tops, driving seats of cars, airline seats, reaching things (within reason obv!), even down to clothes shopping (which is daft cos I'm obv taller than the average woman).

Much was designed actually for someone even taller.

Look up modulor and how that's influenced so much of modern architecture and it was modelled for a 6 foot tall policeman.


Rapidtango · 11/09/2022 09:27

I've just used that height calculator that SleepDreamThinkHuge posted and I'm 99.988 centile and 'extremely tall' Grin. That explains why my jeans are always flapping around above my ankles and my t-shirts finish just below my boobs.


klipwa · 11/09/2022 09:31

Statistically 99.6% of adult women are taller than me.

In reality, that means most children are taller than me by the time they get to secondary school!

In my world everyone is tall


Windbeneathmybingowings · 11/09/2022 09:35

YABU. most people are in two categories.

Taller than me
Much taller than me


FKATondelayo · 11/09/2022 09:37

Not sure if this proves your point OP but on Kate Moss's Desert Island Discs Lauren Laverne said something along the lines of "most supermodels were tall and statuesque until you came along'. Kate Moss is 5' 8".


GreeboIsMySpiritAnimal · 11/09/2022 09:38

halfsiesonapotnoodle · 11/09/2022 08:27

I'm 4ft 11. Everyone is tall and they don't give the slightest thought to the fact that some of us really struggle to reach, to see, to use mirrors put up by wankers etc!

My FIL is over 6 foot and hung our living room mirror. I'm 5'8 and have to stand on my tiptoes to see in it!


Bollocks989 · 11/09/2022 09:39

Everyone has a different perspective depending on their height.


ElegantlyTouched · 11/09/2022 09:43

Amazing, at 5'4 I'm actually above the average of 5'3.7! Thought average was 5'5 now. Thanks OP, I can stand tall! 🤣


CHIRIBAYA · 11/09/2022 09:44

Not just M&S jeans; H&M trousers seem to be for those ladies approaching 6 foot; the rest of us are expected to take them up. Must be a cost saving thing not having to produce different leg lengths but it puts me off buying.


OneTC · 11/09/2022 09:56

On average everyone is taller than me and you need a room with 122 other men in it before 1 might be smaller. Me and DP who is a small woman, are the same height.

These threads are always eye opening because you see people describe what to me are lofty heights I can only achieve with a stool to stand on, as short Grin

To think a lot of people assume everyone is tall?

Shlomping1234 · 11/09/2022 10:01

I'm 5ft 2. We went to a family pub once when my baby was a few months old. The fold down changing table was up to my shoulders! It must have been a 6 footer that installed it and thought it was an ideal height to change a baby 🤣


steppon · 11/09/2022 10:06

Well i'm just under 5ft 10 (got measured at last pregnancy again) & everyone tells me I'm 6ft because they are 5ft 7 😆 I also think people forget we shrink as we age.

On MNs everyone has 6ft 15 yr old sons & daughters though!


steppon · 11/09/2022 10:08

@FKATondelayo I did some (shit) modelling, honestly never felt so short & outta place!


SallyWD · 11/09/2022 10:09

I don't really understand your post at all! I'm 5ft8 female and know most women are shorter than me although I do know a few women of 6ft or thereabouts. I have eyes, I can see who is taller than average, who is average and who is shorter.


steppon · 11/09/2022 10:10

In the Netherlands I also feel very average height. DH is just under 6ft 2 but doesn't feel that tall to me, some family members are 6ft 4/5 & that does feel tall.


RewildingAmbridge · 11/09/2022 10:11

Generationally the averages will be different though, so a 5'2 23 year old will feel shorter than a 5'2 73 year old, as the younger will have taller peers


YourVajesty · 11/09/2022 10:13

As part of a talk couple (5’ 11” and 6’ 4”), I think the world is designed for short people. My poor knees are in bits from lack of leg space in cinemas, theatres, planes etc.

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