Do you ever think about what niche you would fill were you to start your own tall clothing line? The niche I’d love to fill always makes me blush a smidge which is why I’ve kept it a secret. Well today I’m spilling the secret – I’d love to start an intimates and hosiery collection for tall women since finding well fitting unmentionables has always been a source of frustration for me. I also adore all things delicate and lacy and think it would be amazing to design some of these items. I am not in the least entrepreneurial and I don’t have any plans to start said tall underthings line, but let’s get personal for a bit and talk about what has worked for me and what has worked for you and see if we can’t help each other out on the topic of undergarments for tall ladies.
The Bottom Half
I don’t know about other tall ladies but I have a rather long rear. I remember Laura from All the Tall Things talking about “tall bum” awhile back so maybe it’s not just me and really is a “tall” thing? My backside also happens to be quite ample. Since I was three years old, my buns have peeked out of my bathing suits and even when I played volleyball in high school and weighed 50 pounds less than I do now, my buns STILL tried to make an escape from my spandex shorts every now and again. Bun-peek has always been with me regardless of my weight or age and, lest you think I’m complaining, I like having a round, not-so-teensy bonbon. However, the combo of a long and large backside often makes it difficult to find underwear that fits properly.I FINALLY found a solution for underwear that will cover my whole long backside. RETRO BRIEFS! I bought some of these retro briefs from Blush and they’ve worked out great so far. The last thing I want is for my briefs to ride up and cut my buns in half. Who needs 4 buns? Not me! Two are enough, thank you very much! Thankfully, the Blush briefs stay put and fully cover my rear. You might be thinking that these briefs are kind of frumpy and huge but they actually look really great thanks to the polka dots, lace, bows etc. and you exude that whole retro, pin-up vibe when wearing them.
I’ve had some luck with finding tall hosiery (mostly from Hue, DKNY and Donna Karen), but I feel like there is still a lot to be desired in the tall-sized hosiery selection. Or maybe I just need to explore the hosiery scene more. One of my issues is that my thighs are a size large and as I pull the tights up they start getting rather thin not too far above my knee as they stretch both vertically and horizontally to cover all of my leg real estate.
The Top Half
Do you find yourself having to let your bra straps out all the way and even then the straps still dig into your shoulders? I’m not even that well-endowed and I still have this problem, so I can’t imagine how uncomfortable the bra-strap-shoulder-dig might be for someone more well-endowed than me. If you think about it, all areas of a tall lady usually involve more real estate so it would make sense that there would be a longer space from under our bust or from our upper back to the top of our shoulders. I don’t really have a good solution here. Don’t even get me started on sports bras! Those are THE WORST. Do you struggle with finding bras that don’t give you the bra-strap-shoulder-dig? Do you have any tips on finding well-fitting bras for tall ladies?
The Full Kit and Caboodle
Is it too much to ask for a pretty, lacey nightgown or slip that actually falls somewhere around mid-thigh rather than mid-bun or extends (gasp!) to to the floor? Or, let’s face it, sometimes us tall ladies want something a little sultry to wear like a bustier but I have yet to see one that would fit a long torso. I’ve already written about my bustier shopping debacle for my wedding. I still get a little cranky when I think of my poor mom trying to cram me into that torturous garment and the dressing room attendant eyeing me up and down and saying “This is hitting you in all the wrong places because your torso is too long for it. It’s smushing your sides and giving you chubs.” Because THAT’S what you should really be saying to an obviously stressed bride-to-be. BAH!!!
Even basics like cute tall PJs can be hard to come by. My sister has been hunting for a PJ shorts set for the longest and finally found one that worked at a recent Long Tall Sally pop-up. She says “I love my new pajamas. I bought a size medium and they are super comfortable. The light fabric will keep me cool on those warm summer nights. I’ve had a hard time finding pajama shorts that are long enough for me and these are the perfect length“!
Help is on the way!
After I’ve finished a blogrant, I usually try to end on a positive note. As part of my Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, I came across VeRaf Clothing and noticed that they are launching a nightwear collection soon. Judging by the slipdress in this photo, this nightwear line might be the answer to some of the problems mentioned above. I hope to have more info on this launch soon. Stay tuned!
|Image courtesy of VeRaf Clothing|
Let’s chat! Do you find it difficult to find the kind of intimates and PJs that you want? Do you also have “tall bum” like me?
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