Archives for October 2011

Tall Tuesday: Link Up Your Best Post of the Week

It’s Tall Tuesday. It’s time to link up your best blog post of the week. This can be from your personal blog, or a tall store blog. Then I encourage you to visit a few of the linking blogs and add a comment. We can all help each other when we spread the love.
Rules: please keep everything family friendly!

Should I Push My Tall Son to Play Basketball?

Now that I’m a parent, the answers regarding my own children are not always obvious. I would appreciate any insight anyone may offer.

My husband and I have 4 tall sons and a very short adopted daughter. My oldest son has no interest in sports. He’s very studious and has tried a variety of sports. He didn’t liked them and moved on. He’s very active in a variety of other clubs including music and academics. We are perfectly fine with what he is doing.

My next son is in middle school. He enjoys football. This year he is trying basketball after not playing for a few years. One physical problem he faces is that his leg bones have grown faster than his tendons, so the muscles are constantly pulled. When running, it’s very painful. During football, they cut him some slack and he didn’t have to do as much running as the other kids.  After 3 days of basketball season, he isn’t loving it and want to call it quits.  He feels awkward and uncoordinated.

My husband and I have learned how to tape his ankles so that the pain is lessened. This particular child is extremely tall. He has the potential to be over 6’6″ tall. We don’t want to push him into something he hates, but we feel that middle school is a good time to learn the basic skills of a sport. We feel like he should play this year, before making any permanent decisions.  However, we don’t want to fight him every day regarding this issue.  At least if he decides to play later on, he needs a foundation of skills and know the basic rules of the game.

I played basketball in high school while my husband didn’t. As the tallest girl around, I felt intense pressure to play basketball. I didn’t love it for a few years as I was growing so fast and was uncoordinated. I’m thankful my parents kept encouraging me as I eventually learned to love it.

I’d love every one’s thoughts on this issue as I want to be supportive of my child. Yet, I don’t want him to grow up resenting me for pushing him into the cookie-cutter mold of having to play basketball just because he’s tall.  Ugh! Help!

Please sound off by commenting below.

Tall Personal Shopper: Tall Teen Guy With Athletic Thighs

I received a personal shopper request from Jim, He is trying to find some items for his 16 year old son who is 6’8″ tall. His waist is 34″ and inseam is 38″ with leg opening of 20″ or more. He wears a size 17 shoe (the reason for leg opening size). Items needed are mens pants in causal and dressy style and jeans in relaxed fit. His thigh muscles are large.
Tall Personal Shoppper Help:
The good news is that we have special sections of men’s tall jeans and pants categorized by inseam length. We are constantly updating these sections.

Based on what you have asked for here are some hand picked items I would like to recommend:

If you want the perfect fit, you may consider getting a pair of custom made jeans with your son’s measurements.

For ready made jeans:

Popular among teen, Buckle’s Seth Jeans in loose style with your size and a 20″ leg opening. Here’s the same style with a medium wash.

Classic style Eddie Bauer’s loose fit 5 pocket jeans are also available with a long-rise which is good for most tall guys.

You can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi’s jeans. I had Rochester Clothing measure the leg opening of this pair of Levi’s 550’s in relaxed and the leg opening is 20″. They have a 90 day return policy.

Rochester Clothing also measured the leg opening on this pair of Levi’s Open Rigid-Welder jeans and the leg opening is 20″.

Casual or Dressy Pants

I’m not having much luck with a 34″ waist in casual or dressy pants with a wide leg opening. The widest legs I can find in your size is the following 2 pairs. They both measure 18″ wide at the opening.

Rochester Clothing No Wrinkle Flat-Frong Twill Pants – more of a casual style. They are almost sold out.

Rochester Clothing No Wrinkle Pleated Twill Trousers – a dressier heavier weight style.
I hope this has helped you in your search to help your tall, teen son look stylish. My tall personal shopper service  is a free service. If you need, help be sure and submit all required info before sending me an email.

Tall Tuesday: Link Up Your Favorite Post of the Week

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It’s Tall Tuesday. It’s time to link up your best blog post of the week. This can be from your personal blog, or a tall store blog. Then I encourage you to visit a few of the linking blogs and add a comment. We can all help each other when we spread the love.
Rules: please keep everything family friendly!

Tall Personal Shopper: Mens Tall Shawl Collar Cardigan

I received an email request for help from a lady I will refer to as Nancy. I have changed her name as she wants help finding a gift for her husband. (Sneaky aren’t I? ) Anyway, Nancy is looking for a quality, wool or cashmere shawl collar cardigan with buttons in a size XLT or 2XLT. She prefers charoal, brown, black or navy.
Shawl collars are kind of hard to find this year. However, I believe I’ve come up with a few quality options.

Joseph Abboud Shawl Collar Tall Cardigan in size 2XLT. Sale $99 (save 50%)
Paul & Shark Shawl Collar TallCardigan in 2XLT. Sale $348 (save 50%)
Banana Republic Cableknit Tall Cardigan
Our tall personal shopper service is free. If you need help finding something special, please submit all required info.

Mens Long Shorts 16" Inseam

Need some extra long shorts? This pair of adidas long shorts are meant to be 3/4 length. However on tall guys, they will probably hit you are your knee or just past. They have a 16″ inseam length. Shipping and returns are free.
adidas - PREDATOR UCL 3/4 Training Pant (Black/Noble Ink) - Apparel

Tall Tuesday: Post of the Week

Since it’s Tall Tuesday, I thought it would be fun to start a new feature on this blog. If you are tall and have a blog, link up your best post of the week. This can be your personal blog, or a tall store blog. Then I encourage you to visit a few of the linking blogs and add a comment. We can all help each other when we spread the love.
Rules: please keep everything family friendly!

We All Have a Tall Story!

Today I am inspired by the blog post over at All The Tall Things. Laura shared her “tall” story and I figured it was time that I shared mine too.