Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fasion: Tall is the New Petite

Gap Tall

It’s fairly easy to find “petite” lines in stores, with items tailored to that body type. Luckily, outlets are beginning to realize that tall women need a corresponding line of their own. Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, J Crew, and Alloy offer “tall” versions of many of their classic tops, dresses, jeans, skirts, and slacks. These specialty pieces feature longer inseams, hems, and sleeves and a lower waistline on blouses to accommodate a longer torso.

I bought this gorgeous violet top from Banana Republic and I tried it on in both regular and tall; the tall version really did fit better on my waist and bust—it didn’t ride up at the waist or gap in the front. I’ve also tried Gap’s “long and lean” jeans and I find that they fit well and have generous inseams.

BonusHere’s a little fashion nugget, just for fun: A group of four tall women have created a t-shirt line just for us, with funny, height-centric sayings front and center. My favorites: “Notice: You Must Be 6’5” To Ride,” “A guy loves a girl he can look up to,” and a fortune cookie that reads “Short man who dance with tall woman get bust in mouth.”

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