100 lb. Club - Clothing for the Plus, but Tall

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04-03-2008, 05:59 PM
I've never started a thread before, but I've been unable to find the questions and answers elsewhere on the site. Here's the problem: I have over 100 pounds to lose, I'm taller than average, I work in a professional setting, and I can't find clothes. I can find places with the large, but then they're not tall. I can find tall, but they stop at size 22 or 24 (right now I'm size 26-ugh!). I can (gasp) occasionally find something that is both big and tall, but it's so unprofessional that I could not wear it to the office. Does anyone have any ideas? While we're at it, and at the serious risk of TMI, does anyone know where I can find a bra that (a) doesn't ride up in the back and (b) doesn't feel like its trying to push my chest up under my chin (short straps!). Many thanks and sorry for being so darn confused!:?:

04-03-2008, 06:28 PM
I'm 5'10" and a year ago I wore a 26 tall. I got my dress pants from Lane Bryant. Shirts though are harder to find. And long sleeves are impossible. It sounds like you need to get measured for a bra.

04-03-2008, 06:33 PM
Thanks. I have had good luck with the "bend over" (not a great name) pants from Lane Bryant. Maybe I'll just stick with those and try and find some spring-y blouses/jackets (the black and white I wear gets a bit old for folks in the nice weather). Also I'm curious about the icons. I know that yellow in an egg means on line and an empty means not. But when I scrolled over the red dot in my egg it said I was invisible! Don't I wish!

04-03-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm a tall woman, too. I'm watching this thread! :)

charisma classic
04-03-2008, 07:31 PM

I'm 5'10" and I'm the shortest woman in my family, so I'm well-versed on the search for tall-sized clothing.

I recommend a website called www dot tall women dot org. I can't post links yet (:() so remove the spaces and make the dots into dots. The site has links to lots of clothing stores that you can look into online and in person.

Presently most of my clothing is from Banana Republic or New York and Company. I also frequent a store called Tall Girl which I know has a wider range of sizes, though I am not sure what that range is. Before I started dieting I also shopped at Lane Bryant and a store called Avenue.

04-03-2008, 07:36 PM
I'm tall too and always struggle with clothes. Pants that start off OK-then shrink up and I'm left with floods. Shirts that aren't quite broad enough across the shoulders and not quite along enough in the arm. "Sigh". Many years ago I worked at Lane Bryant and was always pleased with their generous true to size clothes. I haven't been there in years (my local store closed a few years back) but I've been checking out some of the clothes online and was thinking about putting and outfit together for when I get down a couple of more sizes.

Walmart also has some tall jeans in their Faded Glory Brand ***WARNING*** the last pair I picked up though I had to go up 1 size to get them to fit :( I have a pretty generous spare tire though so I struggle with pants in that area anyway :o

I'm keeping my eye on this thread too!!!

04-03-2008, 07:40 PM
Okay, since I can post links, I will -- that tallwomen.org (http://www.tallwomen.org) site is great! What a resource! :carrot:

04-04-2008, 09:46 AM
Well I had a reply written, but it was in the "quick reply" section and it didn't have the smiley faces. Of course, when I went to copy it, I managed to delete it. Anyhow, thanks for the leads. I'm going to try those links. Perhaps its just an excuse to shop, but I think that if I dress better I will feel more positive, and if I feel more positive I will actually start exercising and eating better. :^: Good thought anyhow.

Goddess Jessica
04-04-2008, 11:11 AM
I'm on the cusp of being considered "tall" by the fashion industry. Which means, if I buy regular pants, they are too short but if I buy tall pants, I have to have them altered by a half inch!:dizzy:

Anyway, what I have found is that several places don't carry the tall size in the store but they have them online.

04-04-2008, 11:28 AM
I hear ya! I'm 5'8 which means my ankles get a breeze (oh yuck) if I try to wear any of the "average" pants. I also can find nothing in the stores but rely solely on catalogs unless I get lucky in finding an acceptable skirt. I think I'll just get a few basics (LB "bendover" pants, a couple coordinating jackets from there, and some long-sleeve collared blouses/shirts). I'm wondering if the Big&Tall catalog, even though its for guys, would have the lightly patterned, jersey knit shirts I'm thinking of. Can't stand anything that doesn't move with me. Geez, no wonder my kid is so picky about clothes. It's probably hereditary!:o

04-04-2008, 12:24 PM
Hmm, I think some people in this thread are talking about different stores/catalogs and I'm not sure who is who... haha. The Lane Bryant catalog has now changed its name to Woman Within, so that it doesn't get confused with the store. Personally, I much prefer the store and they do have tall sizes in their pants... also, the material their new dress pants are made out of (it's a little bit stretchy, but thicker so it doesn't cling to anywhere unflattering) looks fabulous on me, if I do say so myself ;), so maybe you'd have luck there!

04-04-2008, 10:57 PM
6'1" and a size 20 tall...

I buy almost ALL my pants from Lane Bryant in their tall size... as for shirts--- I'm also very large breasted, so that doesn't help at all.

In terms of professional clothing--- I have a few choice pair of Lane Bryant dress slacks and I thank GOD for the creation of 3/4 length shirt sleeves!! Otherwise, anything "long sleeve" is always bunched up to my mid forearm so it's not blatently too short. :)

04-05-2008, 11:00 AM
I'm also on the cusp between regular and tall. I usually buy my pants in tall and hem. I wear a lot of skirts which I've found make me look slimmer and I don't have to worry about looking like a flood is coming. ;)

I get my bras at Lane Bryant and love them so much.

04-05-2008, 01:10 PM
I haven't seen anyone mention Catherines, but they have career slacks in tall. (I know this, because I've seen them when looking for Petites.) They also have a website, in case there's not one local to you. I think they go up to a size 32.

04-05-2008, 03:23 PM
I am not really that tall..5'8" and all pants fit my length. But I do know about fashion, well a little anyways! heh.

Have you considered a well tailored skirt? Those can be just as professional as pants! Have a few basics and use accessories! Belts, necklaces, jackets!

As for your bra, it sounds like you need to be fitted for the right bra. If you don't want to get fitted, here are some tips (I used to fit bra's) when you put a bra on you want to make sure the straps are half way or more loosened, and you want to do it up on the middle hook. Move around as much as possible, you don't want the girls to pop out or anything, heh.


04-05-2008, 06:53 PM
Hi, I'm 6'0" and I agree with the others; Lane Bryant stores and the Woman Within catalogue I have found to be the best for true to size tall sizes, and Woman Within often offers several colors and fabrics (mostly in jeans but some in professional as well). Also I've had some luck at Torrid and Target but sizes and lengths are inconsistent so it's a crap shoot. If your really desperate look for pants with deep hem or cuff detail and alter.

If your having trouble with broad shoulders or to small arms-eye (the place where the sleeve meets the body) then keep an eye out for Raglan sleeves (sleeve meets body at an angle and becomes part of the neckline, like a baseball jersey) these are very comfortable and forgiving to broad shoulders and large upper arms.

If you have a big bust (like me), then for Bob's sake avoid empire waist shirts, I don't care how popular they are right now they never fit a large bust (or a small bust for that matter) without tailoring unless you're very lucky. And to make matters worse the current style is to have gathering under the bust seam front and center, you might think it's providing belly camouflage but 99% of the time it makes even the skinniest girls look pregnant. Look for the new square yoke tops, fitted button fronts, wrap tops (watch the placement of the tie), Princess seams and square necklines are always very flattering.

For bra's you really just have to shop around until you find the right cut for you. I've found several styles at Lane Bryant that work for me. In particular I like the molded cup Balconette by Cicique. If your looking at plunge front bra's I recommend large bust's go a size up and remove push-up pads to prevent spill over and the unsightly double bump.
And if you've lost the weight but still have a large bust it can cause more problems because the sizes can be hard to find (Lane Bryant is not good for this). My mother has this issue (she's a 34 DD) strangly she's had good luck looking at Ross, particularly with the Bali brand but her favorites have been discontinued.

See Spot Shrink
04-07-2008, 12:26 AM
I know it won't help too much now, since they only go up to about a size 20 or so, but JcPenney has a substantial tall selection online, including some items in "Ultra Tall." I just ordered about five pairs of work pants from the website and am very happy with them! I have a 35" inseam, so any pants I can get that come where they are supposed to, even when I'm wearing heels, is like my birthday and Xmas rolled into one! :D

Best of luck!

04-10-2008, 08:54 PM
Thanks, See Spot--- I didn't know JCPenney had "ultra tall" sizes!!!! Holy cow!

04-10-2008, 09:17 PM
I'm 5'10" and get a lot of things from oldnavy.com. I believe they have some talls in the stores but not much. Walmart has "longs" but I've found they are not long enough.

Apple Cheeks
04-11-2008, 03:47 AM
After seeing a few of their items in Glamour magazine, I checked out the avenue.com website. It's a clothing company geared towards plus-sized gals, and they sell shoes and accessories as well. They have a lot of cute things, and they carry tall sizes, too. :D

I haven't ordered anything yet, though, because I'm on a budget. :(

04-11-2008, 10:02 AM
I fall into the inbetween size too. Tall is too long and average is too short. So annoying!!!!

04-11-2008, 06:49 PM
OK - I am not sure if anyone mentioned this but Old Navy has a tall option for pants. I am NOT tall...but I was looking at their website today and saw the option. Also - they have a bunch of really cute jeans and pants on sale and most of the sizes are tall. :D