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Posted on 15 Mar 2012 13:42:19 GMT
A.Jansson says:
Does anyone know where you can find over-knees that are actually, well, over-knee? I figured thigh highs but most of them are nylon and I want regular knit socks, and they almost never give even an approximate length.

Posted on 17 Mar 2012 20:17:54 GMT
Parko says:
I'm so glad to find this discussion - I'm 5'11 and relied on New Look & Dotty P's for their affordable, fashionable tall ranges and have been gutted that they've stopped them (sorry, taken them out of store and stopped making any decent stock for them). LTS isn't great for style or price, tallgirls have lovely stuff but so expensive! I've not had any job with Very's tall range - everything's way too short and a lot of it seems really cheaply made! I had even worse problems than usual whilst pregnant - finding nice clothes that are long enough to cover my modesty and my bump was a nightmare. One tall girl I bumped into a few weeks ago told me she's bought some of the tight mini-skirts that are on sale everywhere at present (think H&M, £4) and wears them pulled low on her hips underneath slightly-too-short dresses/tunics etc. I've not tried it myself but seemed like quite a good idea!

Can we start a campaign to get Mary Portas involved & shops to start catering for us longer ladies? Lovely as it'd be to be able to afford tallgirls or a quick trip to Holland to shop I'd much rather be able to go to normal shops and know that I'd stand a chance of getting something I could wear.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2012 16:28:30 GMT
M. Oswin says:
i'm 16 and i'm 5 feet 8 inches... new look had a tall range for a while but now they don't do it anymore, even the tall range jeans were boring, and at the other size of the shop they had all of these really cool colourful ones. it is annoying, but i sugest you collect spare bits of fabric and you can add length to your cloths :) it can be a pain, but it's better that nothing!!! Kiera. O x

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 16:37:49 GMT
Same problem for me too. I'm 5'11 and struggle to find jeans that are long enough and that fit me up top properly too. Usually I have to choose between something that's long enough but results in a baggy crotch, or something that fits up top but isn't long enough! I have found, though, that Next seem to have an OK selection so It's not so bad. The could be longer in the leg but I'm not looking like a female Steve Urkle for the time being!
I'll definitely be giving a shot!

Posted on 19 Mar 2012 13:44:03 GMT
Same here. I am 6ft and have a 35in inside leg and long arms. I also have the problem of being broad shouldered and a size 16/18. If I do find tall clothes (rarely) they are either made for skinny people or are lacy/frilly/old fashioned. I have had this problem since I was about 14 and now at nearly 30 dont see much of an improvement in the industry. It would be nice not to have to pay £50ish for a pair of tracksuit bottoms or £40+ for a swimming costume that doesnt cut me in 2! Dorothy Perkins was the best place for a while, its so frustrating they stopped their tall range. Just about every shop you go into has a petite section but they dont seem to understand that you can roll up sleeves that are too long but cant do anything if they are too short! I'm just glad I stopped growing as my dad is 6ft 7in with a 38in inside leg!!!

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 15:24:16 GMT
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Posted on 21 Mar 2012 20:14:50 GMT
Hi all Im a 6ft long legged (36 inches) 26 yro.Im all leg and no torso but im top heavy!Trying to get clothes is a nightmare!!!!Jeans.trousers are fine (usually from Next) but tops,skirts,shorts etc... is just awful!Newlook sells cheap tat,Dotty P's range is appauling and Topshop isn't much better!LTS is good for special things like dresses for a wedding etc but everyday wear its too expensive!

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 10:31:45 GMT
Cleopatra says:
Hi. I'm glad I found this forum as it crazy out there trying to find clothing, especially fashionable ones as you all say. I'm 6ft and size 8...which makes it even worse as the stores that do make tall jeans for instance, only start from a 10. The ONLY place I have found for jeans and long tops that are fashionable and not over the top in cost in Jane Norman. I buy all my jeans there, but the only problem with that is that they only seem to get new styles of 36" jeans every other month, so if you are in desperate need to replenish the takes time. The tops are also long and I even have some tops at home that I have to turn the cuffs up on when I wash my hands, makes a nice change :)

I'm off to Amsterdam soon, so I'll investigate that side of things as many of you have kindly recommended it :) but for the UK, if you haven't looked at Jane Norman then you should give it a go, although it may be hit and miss.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2012 17:58:56 BDT
Dear P Cream
OK so I am a feller! but I am 6.4inch, tall, and had a problem getting cloths that fitted. Within the cost barrier, my mother made me a shirt out of jersey knit. Suitable for work. When I washed it, it shrank. then the thought came to me that I can make that. I even went to night school to learn how to make tailored Jackets. this was about 10 or 15 years ago. I have been doing something, similar ever since. there has been a five year gap due to health problems. the point is if I can do this, why not you.?.. A Large verity of patterns are easy to come by. Now I can say "I made that"

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 20:59:31 BDT
I can also vouch for - I have quite a few bits and pieces from them, and whilst they look to be a bit on the pricey compared to what New Looks tall range was, their clothes really are of an amazing quality, the stuff I bought six months ago and have work day in and day out still looks brand new. I can also recommend the german brand MAC for jeans - I'm not sure where about you get them over here, as I tend to buy them over there. They are perfect if you're a bit curvier but still want feminine looking jeans.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 10:47:12 BDT
Long Tall Sally specialises in clothes for tall women here is the link -

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 21:27:32 BDT
Tish says:

I'm 5'11" and tend to buy a lot from 'Landsend' an American company which is going strong in the UK too. They are especially good for skirts and trousers, as for dresses - it depends on the style.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2012 19:02:13 BDT
I'm 5ft 10in and I recently discovered a place online called Light in the Box. They allow you to take your own measurements and they will adjust the dress you like to suit your size. I have taken them up on this and am waiting for the dress to arrive. Obviously it takes longer with doing this and it might be more expensive but for a special event it could be ideal.

Posted on 16 Apr 2012 18:36:22 BDT
snowzz says: didn't have a lot to offer IMHO. Lots of unstructured jersey and Maxi dresses which are the ones you can usually get away with from the normal ranges. What I really struggle with are dresses, jackets and swimwear. If a hemline isn't long enough on a skirt or maxi dress it is often possible to add an edging/trim to add an inch or two, but there is no way to add a couple of inches to the midsection of a dress or jacket. I agree that LTS carries a lot of dross, and is expensive for 'cheap' items like T shirts and vests, but it is still worth checking. I got a really nice navy lace shift dress there this season. It was expensive, but it is so unusual for me to find a well fitting tailored shift that I bought it. The other joy with LTS is that I can wear it to a wedding this summer, fairly confident that it will be the only one. Another surprise find for me last season was Lands End. They hem your trousers to order, and I got two fantastic long body swim suits. Unfortunately neither they nor M&S seem to have done long swimwear in as many styles this year as they had last year. I find H&M (T shirts) and Primark (vests) good and long at the moment, but it varies from season to season.

Posted on 16 Apr 2012 18:50:41 BDT
Bee says:
I'm 5ft9 and have gone to the extreme of getting clothes custom made on etsy! But other than that, get an easyjet flight to the Netherlands and stock up!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 14:59:34 BDT
A N. Nunns says:
gor your son use high and mighty the have a very tall range of really good brands

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 15:03:38 BDT
What is this in English?

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 15:25:48 BDT
Z. Seddon says:
New look or type in google dresses fro tall women I am 6 foot 3 it is hard but also shops in manchester are quite good

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 10:31:12 BDT
R. Irvine says:
Retailers nowadays are stocking more plus size clothes to cater to obese people. Catering to tall people isn't cost effective for them. There are A LOT more obese customers than there are tall/petite people. Sign of the times I'm afraid.

There is tall clothing out there on the high street, you just need to look for it in less obvious places. Don't just go directly to the 'Tall' section. Look around at the normal clothes as well, don't just dismiss then. Try clothes on that you wouldn't normally look at because you assume that the waist isn't going to be in the right place, or the sleeve length isn't going to be long enough. You don't know unless you try. You could find something that's perfect for you and then all of a sudden it will open your eyes up to the possibly of other styles of clothes that you didn't think you could wear.

Best places I've found for longer length clothes that aren't categorized as 'Tall' are:
Crew Clothing Company
Dorothy Perkins
Sainsburys TU clothing
Miss Selfridge

Obviosly not everything these retailers sell is appropriate for tall people, but you just need to look around, you'll find that some things are perfect for taller frames, even though there not in the tall section. The only clothes I get in the tall section are my jeans from Topshop Tall. I need them in 36in length, I'm 6ft 2. I'm 22 years old, I'm young so I want to be fashionable. I'm not about to start shopping in Long Tall Sally or some other plus size shop. The best thing that any tall woman can do is understand her body shape first before thinking about her height. It works for me.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 22:15:24 BDT
Rach says:
I am 6'1" and have all the problems listed above. My biggest annoyance is sleeves that are too short and tops that are too short in the body. I find jack wills tops are great at solving this problem. Their layering tops are great and longer than normal clothes. They are slightly more expensive than some places but I reason that as I'm comfortable in them and they prevent me hunching up to keep warm, causing knots on my back and then needed an expensive massage, I wear them all the more and so cost per wear is a lot less than many of my normal clothes.
Some Hobbs trousers are good as they have a good hem on them and come in anything ranging from 33" - 35" before dropping the hem; again expensive but cost per wear is fab and they're a really nice quality for smart.
Suit jackets I've more or less given up on.
LTS is definitely too frumpy now. And seriously overpriced.
I find fat face dresses aren't too bad but I am wearing them shorter than I probably should be. Skirts I buy a size up and wear them on my hips rather than my waist! Needs a long top to cover up the gap in between though... Vicious circle really. I hate buying online unless I know the shop and sizing as sending stuff back is expensive and a faff I can't be bothered with!

I would spend a bit more though, it made such a difference to my body temperature in winter!

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 13:52:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2012 13:53:21 BDT
South at do a tall range.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2012 20:46:30 BDT
Jojo 1982 says:
Let me share the fashion secret for tall women. ZARA! A lot of their full length trousers are 36inch inside leg and they are very on-trend. I feel like that shop was make for me. For jeans, it's all about TK Maxx. Yes, it's a bit of a jumble sale, but i've always founds the perfects jeans there. You need to find a good TK Max though, some of them are shocking. Brent Cross and Wood Green (London) are pretty good. M&S also have some great pencil skirts in an extra long size - perfect for work. Also, if like me you've got size 8-9 feet, then take a look at Nine West; always a comfortable fit.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 00:49:07 BDT
I'm 5'10" and I have to agree that whilst there was a short period when Tall ranges were popping up everywhere, several stores do seem to have scaled back. I was furious recently when I made a special trip to the only Dorothy Perkins on Oxford Street that was still carrying the Tall range (they have four stores just on Oxford St, so it already annoyed me that I could only shop in this particular one) only to find that they no longer have a dedicated section and you now have to trawl through all the other dross in the hope that you might get lucky and find something Tall!

These days, I rely entirely on TopShop for jeans, trousers and coats. They have a good range of clothes generally on Tall online. I have plenty of dresses from the range too. They also introduced swimwear this year but it sold out very quickly. If you're worried about paying out for postage and then paying to send back, my tip would be to order over £75 as postage is free and then return unwanted items to store or use Collect+ to return as both of those methods are free for returns. In fact, you can get around paying for postage/returns on a lot of sites this way.

I would agree with others that Zara is good for trousers too, but it varies widely, so you do have to try everything on. I use Long Tall Sally for work clothes as I have to adhere to a corporate dress code, but otherwise their stuff can be frumpy and it's not the quality it should be given the price.

I also get a lot of work wear from Next's Tall range. I get pyjamas and lots of leggings from there too. In fact, the trend for wearing dresses over leggings is what has made my life so much easier. I own quite a lot of standard sized casual dresses and I just wear them over leggings so I'm not showing too much leg! For dressing up I probably do just accept wearing dresses that are a bit too short (my height is all in my legs and I like to think I get away with it!).

I have bought clothes from but I do think it is, like LTS, quite pricey. I also think (also like LTS) that they add too much length in the bum. I have a fairly traditional African figure, so I'm fairly 'hip heavy' (!) but I still find they've allowed too much extra length in this area, making for a poor fit and removing any chance of their garments being fashionable.

Someone mentioned Jane Norman earlier in the thread, which I find utterly astounding! If I were to pick one shop on the high street that would have no chance of having anything long enough for me that would definitely be it. I consider it to be a shop designed entirely with dwarves in mind!

My final point would be (like someone mentioned before) to learn to make things. I only ever had basic training on how to use a sewing machine at school, but I can read a pattern no problem and when I can find what I want in the shops, I'll make it. The available patterns normally reflect what's going on in fashion so I can always keep up with trends. Last summer I wanted a playsuit but TopShop was the only place that had them in a Tall and they didn't have any colours I liked, but I had no problem finding a decent pattern to make my own. Then it means you can adjust the clothing so it'll fit even better than anything you get on a Tall range. :-)

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 10:05:20 BDT
R. Irvine says:
I've been following this discussion with interest and I've already commented. One thing I've noticed is that everyone commenting is over complicating the issue. I've already said that the best thing any tall woman can do is understand her BODY SHAPE first, before thinking about her height. A tall woman is still a woman and therefore her body shape is still catered for by retailers. If your tall your still going to be a certain shape but just elongated. True it is harder to buy clothes when your tall (I'm 6ft 2) but to be honest the only time I think about shopping for my height is when I need jeans in 36 in leg...then I just go to Topshop. Everything else I buy I just think about what suits my body shape and frame.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 11:09:57 BDT
M says:
Hi everyone have any of your thought of tailoring your own clothes I mean i do that there are asian shops in the uk that do that too you buy your own material and give in the design .... u can buy as much material as you like according to ur height and can be stiched for u there are many designs i have put up on feel free to browse... I wasn't so much into fashion till i came abroad but seeing the designs its incredible all the colours
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