Sundays are for brunch. Yesterday I was invited out to Lé Brunch at Brassaii, to celebrate a beautiful friend’s birthday. Not only was it a fabulous 3 course meal (the Lobster Breakfast was SO good), but it’s also an event that is notorious for turning into a pretty fabulous day party. A fabulous party always calls for a fabulous outfit, so I decided to pull out the awesome crepe pants that I recently got from Long Tall Sally.
This isn’t normally an outfit I’d piece together at the end of February, but mother nature has been teasing us Canadians with tastes of Spring so I couldn’t help but take advantage of the beautiful weather. This definitely beats trudging through snowdrifts in clunky winter boots, and bundling up in bulky coats, hats and scarves!
Crepe Tapered Zip Pants in Ivory.
Price: C$35 (they were on sale from C$89!!)
I’m wearing a size 6.
Jacket: H&M (I bought a smaller size so that it would fit like a cropped jacket)
My very first experience at a “tall girl store” was in my preteen years. I was already finding it difficult to find clothes that fit my tall, extremely lanky figure, so I did some research and asked my mom to bring me shopping at Tall Girl, a store dedicated to clothing for vertically gifted women.
It was early 2000’s, low rise pants were all the rage, and though I wasn’t necessarily best dressed in my class, I liked to think I had decent taste in clothing. So when I walked into Tall Girl, and was overwhelmed by styles closely associated to the ‘mom jean’ (which was no where close to being back in style yet), I was NOT impressed or excited to shop. Though I settled on a pair of grey plaid dress pants that day, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the high waisted fit, and I think I wore them all of 3 separate occasions. I never returned to that store, deciding that Tall Girl seemed more like Tall Mom and that “tall girl stores” didn’t align with my sense of style or resemble anything close to trendy/updated fashion.
This is something I continue to struggle with to this day. I consider my style to be young and trendy, but generally simple and casual. I love statement pieces, and edgy, rocker chic type vibes, and feel best when my outfit says something different. In my experience, I’ve yet to find a tall girl shop that caters to all of this, but then again, I’ve spent most of my adult life avoiding them like the plague. I’ve gotten by this long on many brands/stores that I’ve fallen in love with, but sometimes they miss the mark on fitting a taller stature. This blog has had me diving back into the world of tall clothes and reminding me that there ARE clothes that fit perfectly and that I don’t have to settle. Perhaps I’m overly picky, but the part I’m still working on, is finding styles that I love in the sizes that my body loves.
Know of some tall brands/stores you think I would love? This tall girl is still learning to shop tall, so send me your shopping faves.
If you’re a tall girl and you’ve yet to discover Topshop’s ‘Tall’ department, you have definitely been missing out. I struggled for years to find my go-to brand/store to buy pants at, and since I’ve started getting my pants there, it’s the very first place I refer every other tall girl to.
I generally have a fresh pair of their ‘Leigh‘ (pictured above) and ‘Joni‘ styles in my wardrobe for my every day pant. Both are fitted skinny jeans, which are my favourite to wear, and both come in a variety of colours.
Unfortunately, the pants only come in a 36″ inseam, so for those that are even more vertically gifted than myself, this might prove to be a bit short. To be fair, they do note that the clothes are for “5’9 and over,” so even some of the styles they carry are pushing the limit for myself. Because of this, I prefer to shop in-store so I can try on the garments first (almost always necessary when trying to fit an atypical body type). Living in Toronto makes it easy enough for me to stop by the downtown location, but their selection has recently become extremely limited, almost forcing tall girls to shop online instead (Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada or Topshop.com in the US).
Pants – TOPSHOP Tall MOTO Black Leigh Jeans
Sweater – Free People
Boots – Steve Madden
Toque – The Store On Queen
As a tall lady, I get so excited when I see other tall girls. I get all like “omg someone who understands me!” and instantly start plotting how to become friends. There’s something about knowing that you’re not the only one who has heard the same tall jokes over and over again, or that others have just as difficult a time finding clothes that fit. Despite what it might feel like most of the time, there are others like me!
Ultimately, that’s what brought me to starting this blog. I wanted to create a space where I can vent about my tall struggles, celebrate my tall victories, and just share my experiences, so that other tall girls browsing the internet might get that “omg someone who understands me!” moment that I love so much. I also plan on continually seeking out more answers to the ultimate tall girl question: “Where do you find pants?!” because let’s be honest ladies, dressing our majestically long bodies is a neverending struggle. The amount of times I get asked where I go shopping when I cross paths with another tall girl, it’s about time I documented my findings.
I also happen to live in one of the most exciting cities in Canada, and while I love finding new places to shop, I also love finding new experiences here in Toronto. I’m so lucky to live in a city that has so much to offer and am excited to report on some of the adventures this mermaid has in the 6ix!
That being said, if you know of a store or brand that makes longer lengths or sizes that are more flattering to a taller frame, let me know and I’ll check it out for myself. Or if you know of an event in the city/a new hot spot to check out, and you think The Tallest Mermaid should be there, leave it in the comments.