I woke up on Monday morning in The Netherlands with that giddy “birthday morning and I’m ready for gifts and cake and ice cream and cupcakes and more ice cream” feeling because Mr. L3 and I were about to set off on an hour drive from Amsterdam to Apeldoorn to visit the tall shop Pretty Tall. Am I the only one who gets this excited when experiencing in-person tall shopping?Before Monday, I’d only had the chance to visit a brick-and-mortar shop specializing in tall women’s clothes twice in my 30ish years so it obviously goes without saying that it is a RARE and very special treat. And if I’m ever in Amsterdam again, I won’t have to drive 1 hour to get to Pretty Tall because in February 2016, Pretty Tall opened its second location in Hoofddorp near Amsterdam! Karen from Tall Wife visited the shop and did a fabulous write-up here.
Back to my visit to Pretty Tall…5 years ago, 6’2 (1.90m) Inez Scheper realized her dream of opening a boutique dedicated exclusively to tall women with a wide range of hip and trendy styles. Last year, Inez took the tall shopping experience one step further and added a shop for tall men called Tough & Tall. Don’t you love that name? I was impressed with the size of the store and loved the modern interior as well as the on-trend styles. The store attendant who helped me was delightful – she made me feel very welcome and gave me great style advice.
The first sight that greeted me when I walked in was this cheery rack of bright springy tops and my giddiness increased tenfold! Such pretty patterns and colors!
Yippee! A rack dedicated to my favorite color – BLUE!!
When I went to the other side of the store and saw this jean wall, my jaw may or may not have dropped and I may have drooled a little. Ok…I didn’t really drool because that would be gross but I was definitely awestruck! Inseams up to 38″, several different colors, washes and styles. I think I could have just pitched a tent in the store and tried on jeans for days!
More jeans on another wall and some cute shoes. Speaking of shoes, there were some fabulous looking styles interspersed throughout the store. I only had an hour to shop and was on a limited budget so I didn’t try on any shoes but if I ever go back, I will have a shoe trying on fest!! And speaking of jeans, these two photos only show SOME of the jeans in the store. Believe it or not, there were more pairs in other areas.
Now let’s get to some of the stuff I tried on and bought. This mint textured blazer caught my eye because I’m in the market for some bright blazers. It fit great and I loved the color, texture and details, but I knew I needed casual summer tops more than the blazer. Since I was on a budget and only had my birthday money to spend, I had to prioritize and ultimately didn’t get the blazer.
My visit to Pretty Tall was actual quite momentous because it is the place that my years-long search for white jeans ended. I’ve ordered and sent back several pairs of white jeans and, although I always admired them on others, had basically decided they weren’t for me. Since Pretty Tall had such a vast selection, I figured I might as well try on a few different styles, including a pair with a 38″ inseam! I ultimately settled on a pair of Mavi skinny jeans (Sophie style) with a glorious 36″ inseam and a perfect mid-rise. The day after I bought the jeans, I threw them on to see how they’d hold up while exploring the Champagne region of France. I am happy to report that I was quite comfortable in them while walking approximately 8 km all around Reims and taking a couple of different tours.
Here I am again in the Mavi skinnies with a lightweight patterned tunic that I also scored from Pretty Tall. I adore the light blue print and easy-going fit of this tunic and will be getting a lot of wear out of it this spring and summer. It has a zipper in the back and can be worn slightly off the shoulder, belted as I’m doing here or in a half tuck style.
I always love it when a top looks somewhat unassuming in the front but has a little party going on in the back. When I saw the lace detailing on the back of this bright tee at Pretty Tall, I knew it was just the everyday top I was looking for. The front is a blank slate for all manner of necklaces (although I didn’t wear one in these photos since most of my day was spent in the car). It’s hard to tell in the photos but it has a slightly crinkly texture which means it’s perfect for traveling because it’s absolutely acceptable (and actually advisable) for it to get a little wrinkly in your suitcase. If anyone raises an eyebrow, you can just show them the care instructions on the tag that says “Do not iron after washing. By ironing the crinkle will disappear. Dry and store twisted”. Perfection!
All three of my fabulous purchases were handed to me in this adorable reusable shopping bag which I will indeed be using again and again!
As I (reluctantly) left the store, I snapped a few photos of the outside storefront so you can get an idea of how big it is (and these photos don’t even include the Tough & Tall storefront). If you are within easy driving/flying distance or ever plan to visit The Netherlands in general, make sure you put Pretty Tall on your travel agenda. You won’t regret it! I’m already scheming about how I can make a return trip to The Netherlands for more tall shopping. Shhh…don’t tell Mr. L3.
Have you ever been to a tall store? Would you go an hour out of your way on vacation just to do some in-person tall shopping?
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