Archives for October 2013

Tall Lace Shirt – Styled 3 Ways

Today when I came across this tall lace shirt, I just had to feature it. After all, it’s very pretty and can mix and match with so many things. So today I’m featuring 3 totally different looks to show the versatility of this shirt.

Textures

All of these items have varying textures, but when combined they would look beautiful worn through the holidays.

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Tall Lace ShirtVelveteen Tall Pants – 36″ Inseam

Glitter Ankle Boots to size 12. Gathered Shopper Bag.

Tall Monochromatic Outfit

Monochromatic looks always look modern, chic and professional.

monochromatic gray tall outfit

 

Modern Tall Bootcut Pants – 33″, 35″ & 37″ Inseam.

Tignanello Bag.  Clarks Flat to size 12

Girly Tall Clothing

Flirty and fun, wear this tall outfit to work or out on date night.

girly lace tall clothing

Flora Skirt – choose “long sizes” – 25″ length.

Metropolitan Bag. Nine West Tall Black Boots to size 12.

Which look is your favorite? I can’t decide.

If you look gray, you may like this post on Houndstooth.

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Being Tall Can Be a Pain

Hopefully this has never happened to you, but being tall can be a pain at times! 

April Marin Womens Custom Made Suits & Dresses

I want to share with you another resource for custom made clothing.

April Marin sells women’s custom made suits and dresses for women up to 6′ tall. Make sure you take a look towards the bottom left of their menu for the custom made section and you can easily enter your height and measurements to get items made for you.

I’m not sure why they stop at 6′. If they are doing custom anyway, it seems like it may be easy to be able to make it for taller women, perhaps it’s something you could email them if you’re taller and love their clothing.

april marin women's custom made suits

Kristina Women’s Custom Made Suit

I would love to hear comments from anyone that has used April Marin.

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Mad about Plaid

tellI love plaid.  I always have but living in New England has only made me love it that much more. When I saw this gorgeous event from t.e.l.l. New England with its lovely rustic charm and quintessential New England-ness, I was inspired.  Here are a few fun plaid picks along with denim and shoes to complete the look.

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Men’s Everyday Classic Tall Slim-Fit ShirtsTwo-pocket Tall plaid flannel shirt.

Men’s Plaid Tall Western Shirts.   Lived-in wash Tall plaid poplin shirt.   Wallin & Bros. Signature Tall Sport Shirt

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Big & Tall Relaxed Straight Tall Jeans.

Polo Ralph Lauren Millbrook. Up to size 14.

 Tiffany-Signature (2)

Fleece Tall Track Pants

I’ve noticed that we’re getting lots of searches for men’s tall athletic pants. This is always a hotly requested item as it seems many retailers aren’t making many extra long workout pants these days.  But, I’ve just updated our section of men’s tall workout pants with the latest items. Today I came across this pair of Adidas Fleece Tall Track Pants with a 36″ inseam and thought some of you may like them. They also come in gray.

tall track pants

Facebook Tall Personal Shopping

Last night I asked if anyone needed any personal shopping help. I was able to answer several people directly via Facebook, but some required more detailed help. So here is the answers to your style questions:

Tall Tankini

Needed- a tall tankini with a skirt, size 16 – preferably around $50.

I’m having a hard time keeping within your budget, so here’s what I did find.

tall tankinis

Adjustable Tankini Top – several colors.    High Rise Swim Skirt.

sara tall tankini dressAll in one tallswim dress – 32″ long – comes in 3 colors. Comes with built in tankini bottoms.
Reviews say you may need to size up.

tall tankini

Playa Tall Tankini.   Shirred Swim Bottom.

tall tankini and skirt

Adjustable Tall Tankini Top.  Swim Mini Skirt

 

Tall Khakis

“I also can’t find cute, stylish, cotton (or blend) khaki pants with a boot cut leg and a bum that won’t sag in size 16/18 with a 36″ inseam anywhere! Would spend up to $75.”

gap tall khaki pants

Gap – Tall Khaki pants have a 37″ inseam, but if these would work, I know a lot of us love them. Just to size 16 though.

crepe tall khakisLoft – Julie – Curvy Fit – or Marissa or Zoe Fit – straight through hips

tall khaki pants 36" inseam

Loft – Tall Cotton Pants – reviews say they have a slimmer fit.
View more tall khakis here.

Long Red Sweater

“I’m post-pregnancy and looking for a long, red (jewel tone) sweater (the kind that’s open in the front) to wear with dark jeans and brown, knee-high equestrian boots for Christmas pictures. I want it to camo the mummy tummy. I’m size 16-18 (xl), six feet tall, 36″ inseam. Will spend up to $100.”

As much as I’d love to find you an open cardigan, I’m not finding it in redish colors, so here’s the next best options:

 red cardiganRed Tall Cardigan

 tall burgundy cardigan

Boyfriend Burgundy Tall Cardigan

Tall Denim Jackets

“I just started working in a preschool with a little boy who has a tendency to bite. I am desperately looking for a jean jacket to save my arms. I need the sleeves to cover my wrists. I am 6’2 and an Xl. My school will cover a reasonably priced jacket, but I am willing to pay a little extra for something I can wear outside the classroom as a wardrobe bonus!”

This request made me laugh as it’s a first, but let’s save your arms! 🙂

tailored denim jacket

Tailored Tall Denim Jacket on sale.

tall denim jacket

1969 Tall Denim Jacket

 old navy tall denim jacket

Tall Denim Jacket

As always you can always submit a tall personal shopping request – see details here, or submit a voicemail by clicking on the black bar on the right side.

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Big and Tall Fleece Sweater and Outfit

Wear this big and tall fleece sweater alone or as a jacket. Available in black or the cool gray color with black accents. We’ve paired it with jeans and boots for a rugged look.

big and tall fleece sweater

Summit Fleece Tall Sweater – also in black.  Tommy Hilfiger Big & Tall Jeans 34″, 36″ and 38″ inseams.

Dunham Ankle Boots to size 15.

You may also like to view more tall sweaters or men’s tall jeans.

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Giraffe Prints for Giraffes

When I saw this pin on Pinterest with giraffe prints as accents….

pinterest giraffe print bag and giraffe scarf

I knew I could use it as inspiration to create….

Giraffe Prints for Giraffes:

 

giraffe prints accessories and women's tall outfit

 Tall White Button-Up Shirt.  Giraffe Print Pashmina.   Packable Tall Anorak.
Destructed Staight Jeans – 35″ Inseam. Dooney & Bourke Giraffe Print Bag.
Softspots Flats to size 12. Engraved Link Bracelet.

It seems that giraffe prints were made for me, what about you?

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Mens Chinos 39 Inseam & Outfit

It’s not every day we come across mens chinos with a 39″ inseam length. Boden offers this stylish slim fitting pair made of a soft twill fabric. They come in 6 colors so you may want multiples! They are casual enough for every day wear, but could also be worn with a blazer for a semi-dressy look.

mens tall green chinos

 Men’s Chinos 39 Inseam for the unfinished length, 6 colors.

Men’s Tall Military Shirt – 4 colors.  Nautica Big & Tall Jacket.

Fossil Messenger Bag,  Rockport Slipons to size 15.

View more more pairs of men’s tall pants here.

Why is Tall Clothing Sizing so Inconsistent?

I’ve got lots of emails from some of you frustrated with tall clothing sizing being so inconsistent.  Hey, I’m in the boat as all of you! It frustrates me too, so don’t shoot the messenger! As much as I’d love to buy everything I see and give you reviews and sizing on every brand of jeans, shirt, dress as well as shoes, it’s just not going to work within my budget. I wish I could though! 🙂 But, I have learned a few things over the years on how clothes are designed and manufactured. Today I’m sharing with you some insights as to why you may purchase a shirt one season and the seemingly same shirt the next season, but suddenly the sizing is so much different.  Also I’m offering a few tips for those interesting in creating a clothing line someday. It’s a dream that I have!

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The fit of a garment depends on the pattern maker. If you don’t find a good pattern maker you’re doomed.  And skilled pattern makers are hard to find, especially ones that can adapt to tall sizing – meaning not just adding inches of fabric to the arms and legs, but proportionally make everything fit correctly.  So how do you find these pattern makers? That’s the million dollar question as many clothing makers like to keep the ones they find in under lock and key. I’ve tried to get Liz from Elle Mayers to tell me her pattern maker and manufacturer, but she just won’t. (Actually, I don’t blame her and we’re good friends.)

A few tips: you will need to send these pattern makers as many measurements as possible with lots of back and forth discussions. Then they will mail you (or you will pickup) a  pattern and perhaps a mock-up garment that you can have adjusted with more fit changes. You will have a pattern made say like in a size 8 and then the pattern maker will create patterns smaller and larger from just this one size. So you had better get the fit just how you want it the first time. Some companies choose to forgo the larger sizes as they often have to create a pattern in say a size 16 and then size up from there as the pattern can get too inconsistent based on the smaller size. It all adds up.

Multiple brands within a Large Store – Let’s use JCPenney as an example. They have a men’s tall clothing section as well as women’s. They are selling multiple brands within their tall section and each label has their own sizing. So it’s quite frankly hard to tell whether one brand fits the same as the next one.  If they don’t supply a size chart for each brand, it can really throw us off.

Independent tall stores have the best chance at getting the sizing right as they can create their own patterns and are generally good at supplying us with size charts. However, if they are a new store, it may take a season or two to perfect the pattern sizing. For example – last year I decided to buy two items from a fairly new tall store. One was a pair of leggings and this store did a decent job with the leggings. The other item was a sweatshirt and I can tell you that the sweatshirt was one of the worst fitting items I have ever worn.  It’s as if the pattern maker didn’t account for women having a chest at all as it turned into a tight sports bra and then the shoulders were about 3 inches too wide. I couldn’t believe how ill-fitting it was. When I showed it to Mr. Tall, he literally fell over laughing, it really was that bad!  A good pattern maker is worth the money!

Let’s move on to manufacturing.

Once you’ve finally got a good pattern, it’s time to find a manufacturer. If you are making items in the USA, perhaps you can travel to some manufacturers and see if they can make your item. Sometimes they will even let you be there while the items are sewn so you can be part of the quality control.

Let’s say you want to design an entire line of clothing, did you know that you may have to have many manufacturers? Most clothing manufacturers specialize in sewing only one type of fabric. Some may only work with denim garments, while others only construct knit items.  It gets to be a confusing game of finding out who sews what. Also you can’t use the same pattern for a shirt designed to be polyester cotton and suddenly you want it in made it knit. The knit can stretch out too much as thus requires a different pattern. This is a huge mistakes that some newbies may make.

Another obstacle is getting a manufacturer to make low quantities of items. When you are just starting out, you want to create the lowest number of items possible or you are going to run into a serious cash flow problems. You will get a better price per product with bigger runs, but who can afford that when you are specializing for a niche?

 Overseas manufacturing can save you money. However, what if they don’t understand your instructions for making tall items?  I’ve read of stories where the manufacturer really thought they knew best and so they resized the items to what they thought would be average sized. Then all the items had to be totally remade as it was supposed to be tall sized.  It can help to have a middle-man who speaks English and works close to the manufacturer so they can translate and do quality control, but then again, you will pay the middle-man a fee too!

Overseas manufacturers are notorious for cutting corners and doing things like slipping in cheaper fabrics after 1 or more runs on the items. – The substituted cheap fabric for them (not you) may shrink or they may have even sub-contracted it out to their manufacturers with less quality control.

When you are starting out, it may be best to try to keep your manufacturing within the country you live, as you will have fewer headaches and cultural/language problems to overcome.

If you are considering creating a clothing line, the best resource I have found is a Facebook page called Fashion-Incubator. The owner has written this book with detailed instructions on how to create a clothing line. The book’s expensive, but invaluable and once you buy the book, you have access to a forum that gives you insider manufacturers, etc.  I highly recommend buying the book.

One way to get over worrying about fit issues, is to realize that not everything will fit perfectly all of the time. As tall people, we have to be willing to buy multiple sizes, get them shipped to us, try and them on and return the sizes that don’t fit. Yep, you didn’t want to hear them from me, that’s the reality. Until all tall sizes are in stores, this is the best I’ve got for you.

I’m not an expert in manufacturing clothing, but these are a few things I have learned. Does anyone more experienced than myself have any other tips? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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