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. (P.S. Be sure to read to the end for some brands that are offering tall and tall-friendly intimates options!)
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The Bottom Half – Tall Underwear and Tall Hosiery
I don’t know about other tall ladies but I have a rather long rear. I remember Laura from All the Tall Things blog (now owner of Otto+Ivy footwear) 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 my round bum just fine.
However, the combo of a long and large backside often makes it difficult to find underwear that fits properly. 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! I FINALLY found a solution for underwear that will cover my whole long backside…searching for either retro briefs or pretty post partum briefs! I know wearing post partum undies doesn’t sound sexy but I bought some of these lacy ones from Kindred Bravely and they’ve worked out great so far. Other tall ladies have recommended briefs from Natori, Pact, Arq, Huha and Soma.
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. Many tall ladies I know swear by Snag tights but I have yet to try them. Exciting update as of 2023…Tall Size now carries high quality made-in-Italy tall hosiery from a brand called Threads!
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The Top Half – Bras for Tall Women
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? 2023 update! American Tall now carries sports bras!
The Full Kit and Caboodle – Tall Lingerie and Tall PJs
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. Luckily, brands like Lola Long, American Tall and Simply Tall currently have some nice tall PJs, and I’ve also heard good things about the tall Cozy Earth PJs.
Help is on the way! Brands with Pretty PJs and Sexy Nightwear
After I’ve finished a blogrant, I usually try to end on a positive note. Here are some tall brands that offer pretty PJs and sexy nightwear.
Maxxiii Collection, which is based in the U.S., offers some beautiful satin PJs and sexy lounge sets and more. Definitely keep an eye on this brand!
Hot Knickers Lingerie – This brand will do made-to-measure bespoke lingerie! Imagine getting lineage and underwear specifically for your measurements…a tall girl’s dream.
|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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