A quality floor mirror or full-length mirror is going to be crucial for all of us over the next three to six months, and I’ll tell you why. As we step out into the world with cautious confidence and re-learn how to be among friends, family, dates, coworkers, and judgmental strangers, one thing that will help is knowing you look good. A year of Zoom Casual dress codes and soft pants has left everyone a little rusty on outfit assembly. And a discerning look in an honest mirror for a proper fit check means you can walk out with one less worry on your mind (and, if you’re of a mind, a good fit pic for the ‘gram). But even the deepest soul-searching gaze into your own reflection won’t do much good if you’re looking into a warped mirror—or no mirror at all.
But what makes for the best full-length mirror possible? One that adequately—and literally—reflects your true self? One that doesn’t turn you into a funhouse caricature, but also doesn’t falsely flatter your ego?
Gio Jimenez, founder of custom mirror brand Puddle Pieces, advises that you stick with mirrors made from actual glass, because “distortions tend to happen more with acrylic and Plexiglass.” If you’re unsure, check the reflection in the corners of a mirror and pay attention to anything in the background that should be perfectly straight. If it’s not, you’re either dealing with something other than glass—or cheap glass.
Because the best floor mirrors and full-length mirrors don’t just have glass, but thick glass. “Nothing less than one-eighths of an inch,” says Jimenez. “Anything less than one-eighths is for sure going to break.” Besides being fragile, thin mirrors tend to bend and warp. If you like the aesthetic of a floor or standing mirror—the kind that rests on the floor and leans against a wall—a thicker mirror is even more important. (It’s why Puddle Pieces’ leaning mirrors have wood backings.)
It’s worth noting: you don’t necessarily need a massive freestanding mirror as tall as you to snap a head-to-toe pic. Jimenez recommends mirrors that are at least 36″ tall—though bigger has its merits. “The larger the mirror, the closer you can stand to the mirror,” he says. The smaller the mirror, the more space you’ll actually need between your body and the glass to see your whole self.
With all this in mind, we’ve turned up 15 full-length mirrors. Somewhere in here should be one you can see yourself in.