Tall Style: Figuring it Out

Tall Style Guides.

It’s been a while since I posted. I have been busy-as we all are, so I know that’s no excuse. Actually, busy is an understatement! How time flies, is something I will never understand. Maybe it’s not for us to understand.

So, what are tall style guides? Why are they important for a tall girl or lady?

I wanted to post about something that I had to experience and figure out for myself along this style journey. Getting clothes that fit me, and fit me right. Back then, I wasn’t aware there were guides that could be used to narrow down my choices-which were not many. Something that would help me know what clothes to choose…for me. When I finally came across this information, I was blown away because here was info that I could use to better understand my shape and it allowed me to make conscious choices about what to wear. These were the guides and size charts. More importantly tall style guides. They gave me direction, ideas, understanding. It’s like a light bulb went off! So glad it did!

When shopping or looking for clothes that fit a beautiful tall frame, the right sizing is very important. This is of course the same case as with regular sizes, but for the tall individual, I feel this is a necessity.It is imperative that you get this right, because I feel every thing is magnified when you are taller.

For example, a regular height or short person can get away with wearing short pants. But for a tall person, the ‘short pants’ have to hit the right spot, failing which, the person just looks like they could not get right/properly fitting/long enough pants. Not a nice sight.

For tall people, it’s not just about adding inches or opening hems, the clothes need to fit right. Then you behold the beauty of height. Today’s post is about Tall guides or sizing charts for tall ladies that are available for us to refer to when in a bind or we don’t know how to measure ourselves to make buying decisions. Like a ‘True North’- of sorts, in the styling stakes.

There are several good resources out there that one can use to compare notes. I will share information from 3 sites that cater to tall ladies-Long Tall Sally, J Crew and Gap.

Examples of Tall Style Guides

Long Tall Sally (LTS)

Taking your measurements

The diagram below shows the points where one can expect to have measurements taken and use this to compare on the size charts.

Size guide full model
Source J Crew

When taking bust and waist measurements:

Size guide bust
Bust — Measure the fullest part of your chest with a tape running under your arms and straight across your shoulder blades
Size guide waist
Waist — The easiest way to find your natural waistline is to put your hands either side of your waist and to bend to one side. Your natural waistline is where you bend.

 

Hips — Your hip position will be about 20cm down from your waist. Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Dress Length — Measure from the base of the neck downwards to sheck if the product length will suit.

Top Length — Our top lengths are measured from the base of the neck down to the hem.

Inside Leg Length — Our trousers and jeans are available in a variety of inside leg lengths appropriate to the style of the product. To get an accurate measurement of your inside leg measure from the top of your inside leg to just below the ankle.

Body Length — Measure from your side neck to inside leg to check your body length and the correct size.

 

Finding your size:

LTS offers the following guide to clothing sizes

CLOTHING SIZES

UK & Australia Size 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
USA & Canada Size 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
European Size 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Relative
Sizes
XS S M L XL
S M L
TTYA S M L XL
Bust 81cm
32″
86cm
34″
91cm
35¾”
96cm
37¾”
101cm
39¾”
106cm
41¾”
112cm
44″
118cm
46¼”
124cm
48¾”
Waist 64cm
25¼”
69cm
27¼”
74cm
29″
79cm
31″
84cm
33″
89cm
35″
95cm
37″
101cm
39¾”
107cm
42½”
Hip 90cm
35½”
95cm
37½”
100cm
39½”
105cm
41½”
110cm
43½”
115cm
45½”
120cm
47″
127cm
50″
133cm
52¼”

Source: Long Tall Sally.

Shoe sizes-The site also has great information on shoe sizes pointing out the special aspects they have taken in designing shoes that cater to the needs of the tall lady. Some of these include for example increasing the length of long leg boots so that they fit better amongst other adjustments.

For more information visit the site on http://www.longtallsally.com/size-guide.

 

2. J CREW

J Crew have a comprehensive guide that covers all sizes for Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Swimwear, outerwear, shoes and accessories. Tall size guide for tops is shared below:

TALL SIZES
SIZE (US) NUMERIC SIZE (US) BUST NATURAL WAIST
XXS 00 31.5 24
XS 0 32.5 25
XS 2 33.5 26
S 4 34.5 27
S 6 35.5 28
M 8 36.5 29
M 10 37.5 30
L 12 39 31.5
L 14 40.5 33
XL 16 42 34.5
XXL 18 43.5 36

Tall sizes recommended for women 5’9″-6’0″.Source J Crew

 

Size guide for dresses:

TALL SIZES
SIZE (US) NUMERIC SIZE (US) BUST NATURAL WAIST HIP
XXS 00 31.5 24 34
XS 0 32.5 25 35
XS 2 33.5 26 36
S 4 34.5 27 37
S 6 35.5 28 38
M 8 36.5 29 39
M 10 37.5 30 40
L 12 39 31.5 41.5
L 14 40.5 33 43
XL 16 42 34.5 44.5
XL 18 44 36 46.5
XXL 20 46 37.5 48.5

Tall sizes recommended for women 5’9″-6’0″.Source J Crew

 

Size guide for Bottoms:

The following diagram gives a good indication of what one should look for when checking for fit.

Women's bottoms J crew
Source J Crew

 

 

For more information visit the site at https://www.jcrew.com/sizecharts/main.jsp?sizeChart=1,1

 

3. GAP

GAP also have tall styles and their style chart is seen below:

Determine your waist, hip, and thigh measurements with the help of our measuring tips. Then find your jean sizes in the charts below.

Long & Lean and Curvy Jean Sizes Regular Petite Tall
  Waist Hip Thigh Waist Hip Thigh Waist Hip Thigh
00 24 23″ 35¼” 20¾” 22½” 34¾” 20½” 23″ 35¼” 20¾”
0 25 24″ 36¼” 21¼” 23½” 35¾” 21″ 24″ 36¼” 21¼”
2 26 25″ 37¼” 22″ 24½” 36¾” 21¾” 25″ 37¼” 22″
4 27 26″ 38¼” 22½” 25½” 37¾” 22¼” 26″ 38¼” 22½”
6 28 27″ 39¼” 23″ 26½” 38¾” 22¾” 27″ 39¼” 23″
8 29 28″ 40¼” 23¾” 27½” 39¾” 23½” 28″ 40¼” 23¾”
10 30 29″ 41¼” 24½” 28½” 40¾” 24¼” 29″ 41¼” 24½”
12 31 30¼” 42½” 25¾” 29¾” 42″ 25½” 30¼” 42½” 25¾”
14 32 31½” 43¾” 26¾” 31″ 43¼” 26½” 31½” 43¾” 26¾”
16 33 33¼” 45½” 28″ 32¾” 45″ 27¾” 33¼” 45½” 28″
18 34 35¼” 47½” 29¼” 34¾” 47″ 29″ 35¼” 47½” 29¼”
20 35 37¼” 49½” 30½” 36¾” 49″ 30¼” 37¼” 49½” 30½”

Source: Gap.com

For more information visit the site at http://www.gap.com/products/size-chart.jsp

 

So there you have it!

A brief round up of sizing charts and tall guides for the tall lady to refer to and some great websites for more information and resources.

I hope this will be information that you can use when you are hunting for the clothes to fit your beautiful self.

 

NB: Whilst these stores do not have physical presence in these parts(*sigh*), they provide much needed information and guidance when figuring how sizes match up.

 

Happy shopping!

 

Mercy

 

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