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37 inch inseam — colorful skinny jeans

166017_detailOne of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your looks is to have basics with really great details. That’s why I’m really salivating over these 37 inch inseam jeans with a braided belt. The fit looks pretty decent as well, probably will look best if the thighs are pretty tight-fitted. Anyway, check this detail shot out! Drool! Even with a basic, solid-color T, this would make a really nice summer look. It’s a little hippy, but in a subtle way (as opposed to, like, a flower patch on the knee).

Alloy.com is selling these for about $40. Anybody know if Alloy’s sizing runs small, large or true? I haven’t ordered in a while! Click the pants below to go right to the page.

April 27, 2009   5 Comments

Old Navy Tall Line Review

Have you guys seen those Old Navy commercials featuring the mannequins? Is that the most annoying ad campaign ever run or what? I absolutely want to throw something at my TV every time it comes on.

Despite this, today I’m going to review Old Navy’s tall line of clothing, simply because I didn’t even know it existed. I think Old Navy must have snuck it in a couple of years ago, because I stumpled upon it recently and let a little squeal of excitement. Now, to be clear, Old Navy puts out some cheaaaap (and generally pretty boring) clothes. However, there are diamonds amongst this rough, so check out my favorites.

There are a ton of denim and pant options in the tall section, but I really love this dark-blue cuffed pants:

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Having stylish, light jackets really pull together your outfit. Love this baby-blue jacket!

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It’s so great to have another affordable tall option!

April 21, 2009   No Comments

New Tall Summer Line Review - Tall Girls UK

I sort of hate reviewing summer tall lines since most of the clothes aren’t particularly ‘tall’-specific, but Tall Girls UK has their new line out, so here goes. To start, if you’re into the long maxi trend, there are definitely some great summer maxis there. Maxi dresses don’t really work for me, but it’s nice that there are some options for tall women too:

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Plus, another tall tight option, this time some long fishnet footless leggings:

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Plus, check out this beautiful hooded tall robe. Love it!

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Plus, lots of clever t-shirts with tall girls slogans on it, and some summer tops and cardigans. Happy shopping!

April 20, 2009   1 Comment

Last minute deal — 20% off Designer Tall Jeans at Designs By Stephene

Want some fabulous designer jeans with long inseams for (relatively) cheap? Today’s your day! I just found out there’s a “Tax Day” sale over at Designs by Stephene (code - taxtime). Everything is 20% off today only.

Tragically, everything is still beyond my budget, but if you got a big refund and some job security, more power to ya’! Designer jeans always make your backside look great, but you should still be prepared to drop 150-200 bucks (oouuuuch!). They’ve got Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans and more in 36 and 37″ inseam (look in their left menu for the long inseam section).

April 15, 2009   No Comments

Fashion Tips for Tall Women — from Oprah!

Oprah Photo of Tall womanOooo! I’m loving the photos and ideas from Oprah’s feature, The Best Fashion for Tall Women. Too bad the majority of the women are 5′11″ — would have loved to see some taller women. Like all magazine shoots, the actual clothes are waaaay too expensive, but be sure to swing over for the slideshow to get some ideas. Here’s a bullet-point summary of the tall tips:

    Oprah’s Fashion Tips for the Tall Ladies

  • High-waisted styles and wide-leg pants make a long torso look more in proportion
  • Asymmetrical tops can take focus away from prominent shoulders
  • Different colors on top and bottom can break up your height
  • If you have a slim upper, be sure to emphasize with structured tops
  • Got a lanky-arms issue? Try layering! A tee with sleeves that hit the wrist + cardigan + jacket with pushed-up sleeves = tres chic
  • A-line shape adds a bit of width to thin frames.
  • Belts bisects long bodies, and show off great curves

(thanks to Amazona Blog for finding the article!)

April 15, 2009   3 Comments

How to pick dresses for taller torsos

So, dresses are always a bit tricky for women with longer torsos — some styles fit us tall girls fantastically, and some will leave ya with bizarre fabric bumps all over. Generally, I find that stretch fabrics and wrap or pull-over styles work best, while stiffer cotton fabrics and fitted bodices — not so much. In particular, fitted dresses that have unforgiving seams in both the top and bottom are best bought in “tall sizes” or avoided all-together.

So, I really love the preppy-vintage-femme style of Joules Clothing, but without any tall options, it’s tough to decide about the fits. Here are three dresses that caught my eye. Below the pics are my thoughts on how I would evaluate these dresses for my taller torso.

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So, these all have the advantages of billowy bottoms, the main question is in the fit of the three different upper styles.

  • First up, the gorgeous countryside white dress. It has a loose skirt and a mid-waist style — all good signs for tall bodies. Unfortunately, the “neatly-fitted bodice” may be problematic, since longer torsos don’t line up with average ones. Generally, the more regimented the stitching to accommodate the fabric around the breasts, the more likely you’re going to have weird fabric bunches. This one doesn’t look too bad in front — I’m more concerned about the waist being too high and lying on the lower ribs instead of the waist. If I got this, and was between sizes, I’d probably order up. I’d try this on if I spotted it in a store, but probably won’t be ordering it online.
  • Next up, the polka-dot number. I loooove the fabric, and the fact that it has an adjustable wrap top and stretchier material is a really great sign. Wrap-tops are excellent for adjustable fits. The one red-flag on this one is that the waist is designed to fit just below the breast (empire-style). I think an empire-waist is a fantastic look for taller women, but with our longer torsos, there is definitely some danger of this dress cutting you off mid-boob. I have a small-B cup, so I would consider giving this one a go, but only because I truly adore the print.
  • Finally, the navy number. We’ve got a mid-waist fit, soft fabric, and an adjustable wrap. Looks like a winner! I actually think this would fit me really well. I think love slightly puff sleeves (although I wish the sleeves were a couple of inches longer to balance my sinewy arms) and I love the attention-grabbing thick wrap bow up front. I’m not a personal fan of denim dresses though, particularly with those prairie pockets, but if this was in another fabric, I would grab it.

Phew! Shopping as a woman with an unusual body sometimes makes me feel like a hunter stalking exotic and rare prey (not that I condone that, I’m just sayin’).

I remember as a teen going to the mall and dragging 50 items into the dressing room, finding nothing that looked right, and ending up with some really ill-fitting clothes. Now that I know my fit, I can roll into a vintage or thrift store, go through the wracks with a clear eye of what works for me, and hit about 50% success in the dressing room. The more you know about your fit and body, the easier it will be! Happy hunting!

April 14, 2009   No Comments

Short people complaining about long leggings

I was looking for more long-inseam leggings to add to the Redwoodlings Tall Leggings & Tights Guide when I came upon some nice Newport News leggings on Amazon.

Now… I’m not a mean person, but I did get some satisfaction from all the whining short people complaining about how the leggings run too long on them. Heehee!
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April 10, 2009   1 Comment

Long Torso, Tall Swimsuits from Delia’s

Looking for a long torso, tall girl swimsuit that won’t break the bank? Well, this season Delia’s has a decent selection of tall suits in the $30-$50 range. Yesterday I found a 15% off coupon code (CHIC15), good through 4/16, for their new items too.

As with most summer lines, there actually isn’t very much geared specifically towards the long-limbed, but a couple of items caught my eye. I’m a bit suspicious of some of the suits (because some look better against white than on the models) but here’s my fave, along with a nice summer-y tank I’m digging.

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April 10, 2009   No Comments

Extra Long Colorful Leggings for Tall Women

Sometimes it’s easy to find the basic styles of tall clothing (bootcut jeans, long-sleeve t-shirt, black leggings), but not the more interesting or colorful versions. I’ve been longing for some crazy and bold leggings to extend my wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Anyway, after some online hunting for eccentric leggings and tights with 36″ inseams, here are a few of the wild styles I’ve found:

1. Leggings from Top Shop UK: Right now, Top Shop has tall leggings in the craziest colors. Here are some of the most bold, but they’re also carrying two faux denim styles and shiny black latex.

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2. Classic leggings by Newport News: So “classic” isn’t the most exciting descriptive term, buuut these guys come in all kinds of colors (Graphite, Mushroom, Dusty-Lilac) and have tall options in each size. The thing that really caused me to take notice was the price (under $15!) and reviews that said things like “Before I brought these, I wasted money on leggings that were 5Xs the price, barely touched my ankles and so-so for fit. I’m tall (6′) and these leggings from Newport fit long on me and make the legs look shapely.” Woo!

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3. Whoa. Check out these leopard leggings. I think I might wear these with a skirt of longer shirt, but whatever works for you. Haha. There’s no size or inseam information (and they’re 72 bucks, yikes), but the description is Women’s Hyde Extra Long Leggings and it’s usually a good sign when they throw that ‘extra’ in there.
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4. We Love Colors Inc. has the widest range of colors (45!) for their tights and leggings, plus all kinds of crazy tie-dye options. But will they fit? I honestly don’t know, but they have both plus-size ranges (the A1 may fit up to 6′2″) and men’s tights (which should fit the tallest of us!). Please let me know if you’ve tried any from here (redwoodlings@gmail.com).
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April 9, 2009   3 Comments

Spring Lines for Tall Clothing

It’s that time! Stores are throwing down their Spring lines. So what looks promising for us tall gals? Here are two new items, I’ll post more as they roll in!

First up, Delias welcomes the Spring with more 36″ inseam jeans in every eye-popping color of the rainbow. (p.s. through the end of April, you can get free shipping on orders over $25 with the code DXEAFF.)

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Also, I’m super excited about Alloy’s trouser jeans for Spring (with 37″ inseams). Alloy often seems to trend towards the super-flared and distressed look, so I’m happy they’re reeling it in a bit this year. Love the trouser look!

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Plus, there are a bunch of new items from Tall Girls UK’s Spring line. Although this slouchy v-neck cardigan may not scream summer, it would look great paired with some cut-off denim shorts. I love having summer sweaters I can toss in the bag in case the temperature dips at night.

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Yay! I love Spring. I’ll review more tall collections as they roll in!

April 7, 2009   No Comments