New Tall Shopping Challenge (and Some Soul Searching)

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.

Faux Leather Bomber Jacket from Talltique (This item just arrived and will be the first review in my Tall Specialty Shop Challenge!)

Talltique Bomber Jacket
Talltique Bomber Jacket

Fun Lace Tank from Tall Snob Store (Also shown in above photo under the Talltique leather jacket)

Tall Lace Top
Lace tank from TallSnob.com

Workout tops from Elle Mayers Tall Activewear

Tall Activewear Jacket
Elle Mayers Everyday Jacket…Look at how long the sleeves are!
Elle Mayers Activewear
I have a grand total of TEN Elle Mayers tops.  Can’t get enough. Woohoo!

Boyfriend jacket from Long Elegant Legs

Long Elegant Legs Jacket

Tunics from Long Tall Sally (The two on the left are still available on the LTS website)

Tall Tunics

Long Coat and 36″ Joe’s Twiggy Jeans from Tall Couture (Recently out of business…sigh!)

Tall Joe's Jeans
Joe’s Jeans
Tall Coat
Bought this coat several years ago from Tall Couture and it remains one of my fav tall pieces

What do you think? Am I nuts for doing this?  Leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂

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8 Comments

  • Reply prettytallstyle February 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I think this is an awesome challenge! I look forward to seeing your finds and reading your reviews. 🙂

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks Tanasha! I'm now furiously pinning stuff to the Pinterest board I created. 🙂

  • Reply Abs February 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I think it's a very admirable goal! I look forward to seeing what you find! Btw I love that orange print tunic with the black belt.

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 23, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Thanks! That tunic is one of my favs as well! I wear it a bunch

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  • Reply Kirstie September 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Ok, ok, I may be a little obsessed with your site… I LOVE this challenge! What a great idea! I think I am going to go broke very quickly! Have you posted anywhere about your bike? In addition to a sad looking wardrobe, I would LOVE a bike that is my size!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures September 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Hah! Obsess away! I’m glad you like the challenge. It’s been really fun. I have a couple more items I need to review. Just need to take the photos. I do have a photo of the bike on my Instagram. I ended up getting a man’s bike because I couldn’t find a lady’s bike big enough. The brand I bought is Müsing. Good luck on your bike and clothing search.

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