Lately, I’ve been on the prowl to find as many tall specialty shops as I can. I don’t mean big international brands that happen to offer a tall line buried somewhere on their website (although those certainly have their place in the tall scene). I’m talking tall entrepreneurs who have noticed a gap in the tall clothing market and have taken a chance on starting their own companies. I currently have 19 tall specialty lines on my Shopping List. NINETEEN companies solely catering to tall women!!! Isn’t that exciting?
What are these “tallpreneurs” doing for us tall ladies? Here are a few things I’ve noticed:
- trotting all over the country in order to personally measure and try on clothing at markets expos to ensure proper fit for customers before they stock these items.
- carefully and thoughtfully designing their own clothing lines (including a lot of really unique and beautiful pieces)
- scouring their local areas for high quality manufacturers and suppliers
- promptly replying to any questions from customers
I’ve been doing some soul searching about my shopping habits and have decided it’s time to re-focus on all of the fabulous tall specialty companies that are pouring their blood, sweat and tears into their businesses. True confessions – I was
not very good downright crappy at keeping up with all of these tallpreneurs in 2014. I fell into a habit of mostly ordering from the tall lines of international brands because it was so convenient to be able to return items to the stores. As I mentioned above, the tall lines from bigger brands certainly have their place and we definitely need them in the tall scene. But I’ve had my fill of big brands for now and am ready to dive into the world of tall small businesses to see what treasures I can find (and what fabulous tallpreneurs I can meet).
New Tall Shopping Challenge
This brings me to my new shopping challenge. Back in 2011, I embarked on a 4 month shopping challenge which involved only buying tall items from either tall specialty shops or big brand tall lines. I’ve decided to up the ante this time and only buy my clothing from tall specialty shops for 2015. Yikes! Do you think I’ll be able to find everything I need for my wardrobe for the rest of the year by only shopping at tall specialty shops? It might be tough but that’s why it’s called a challenge, right?
I hope that seeing reviews of items from some of the small companies will inspire you to give them a try. After all, we need them to stay in business so that we can continue to have tons of options.
And since I hate to do a photo-less blog post, I leave you with photos of a few of my favorite items that I’ve bought over the years from tall specialty shops.
Fun Lace Tank from Tall Snob Store (Also shown in above photo under the Talltique leather jacket)
|Lace tank from TallSnob.com|
Workout tops from Elle Mayers Tall Activewear
|Elle Mayers Everyday Jacket…Look at how long the sleeves are!|
|I have a grand total of TEN Elle Mayers tops. Can’t get enough. Woohoo!|
Boyfriend jacket from Long Elegant Legs
Tunics from Long Tall Sally (The two on the left are still available on the LTS website)
Long Coat and 36″ Joe’s Twiggy Jeans from Tall Couture (Recently out of business…sigh!)
What do you think? Am I nuts for doing this? Leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂