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Tall Women’s Clothes and Resource Guide

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Introduction

A woman’s shirt or sweater is the quickest way to communicate the occasion the woman is preparing for. If a woman is dressed in a monogrammed button-down cotton periwinkle shirt, black fitted pants, and a pair of black heals, she is communicating that she is on her way to the office.  Take that same woman and change only her top, to a hot pink silk halter and she is communicating that she is ready for a night on the town.

 

Tall women and tall girls have many options to choose from in selecting the right blouse/shirt/top; there is the halter, tank, short sleeve, and ¾ length sleeved styles. Some challenges do exist in finding shirts for tall women and tall girls and that is with finding long sleeved shirts with sleeves that are long enough for us, as well as finding tops that are long enough in the torso. I have lucked upon a small share of long sleeved shirts with sleeves that were long enough in local retailer’s shops, but typically, tall women and girls will get the length needed in shirts that are labeled “tall sized” shirts. When shopping off the rack, your saving grace will be the halter, tank, short sleeve, and ¾ length sleeved style blouses/shirts/tops.

 

Shirts & Sweaters – Length and Fit Suggestions

Length

  • Who hasn’t worn their boyfriends’ or husband’s shirt? Men’s shirt gives us the length we desire. Look to your tailor to alter the fit if the shirt is too big
  • In cuffed style shirts, let the cuff out to gain an inch or two in sleeve length
  • And of course, shop specialty stores, online stores and catalogs that carry tall sizes. To find retailers that specialize in women’s tall sized clothing. See question 1 – “Where do I Find Women’s Tall Sized Clothing” of the F A Qs pages of this site. 

Fit

  • The shirt is too big if it drapes the body like smock; try a one to two sizes smaller
  • The top should not smash the bust, try the next one to two sizes up
  • For button up shirts there should not be any gaps or spaces between the buttons this means the shirt is too small try the next size or two up
  • For pullovers, If bulges are visible try the next size up

 

Shirts & Sweaters- Fashion Tools Table

For more detailed information on understanding what works for your tall body type and why, check out the Tools to Use – Tops: Shirts/Blouses/Sweaters Choosing What Works for You section in One Size Does Not Fit Tall –Tall Women’s Fashion Guide and Resource”. The Tools to Use sections of the book outline precise information on why a cut will work on your body type. Knowing this information will simplify your shopping experience; you will find what you are looking for with great ease because you will know what fits well on your body with a quick glance.

 

  • R = Recommended
  • OK = Okay
  • NR = Not Recommended

 

Shirt/Blouse/Sweater Types & Fit Descriptions

Button Up - This style has buttons along the front, side or back of the body, and body fit can vary from close to loose fit:

 

  • Shirts
  • Blouses
  • Cardigans

 

Pullover - This style is streamline and tends to fit close to the body, it is usually designed without buttons or zipper closures, and you can find the pullovers in the neckline styles like V, Scope, Turtle, Cow, Low and Square:

  • T-shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Tanks

Close Fit - The close fit shirt/blouse/sweater fits near or clings to the body. You can choose a close fit in both the Pullover or Button-up styles

 

Loose Fit - The loose fit shirt/blouse/sweater fits baggy on the body. You can choose a close fit in both the Pullover or Button-up styles

 

For a description of the body types and dimensions outlined, as well as, determining what applies to you, visit the Body Type Page.

 

Type

Standard

Curvy

Top-Heavy

Apple

Pear

Button Up

R

OK

OK

R

R

Pullover

R

R

OK

OK

R

Close Fit

R

R

R

OK

R

Loose Fit

OK

OK

OK

R

OK