“Be a Stiletto in a Room Full of Flats” is quote that I absolutely love!
I stumbled across this quote (not sure who the original author is) but I felt this was a powerful quote that could apply in many different areas. But today I want to talk about it in reference to physical height and discuss some of the shops that carry tall sizes so that every tall woman can be confident in being a “STILETTO in room full of flats!”
The meaning of this quote is to stand out in a crowd. When you are 5’10” or above, we tend to do this quite naturally, don’t we?! So many people would like to be tall, but probably did even know that tall people, at one time or another, had deal with their own insecurities of their height. Cindy long legs, burnt toothpick, giraffe, scarecrow, sticks, beanpole, Cindy the beanstalk…. I could go on with the various names I was called when I was younger and as an adult. When I was I school, it bothered me until I heard the next new name I was called… a GLAMAZON! (Glamourous + Amazon (giant) = Glamazon)
This new name changed it all for me! And I began to embrace my height and look at it on a more positive light! Then there was the clothes – more particularly pants. ” Oohhh Cindy is floodin’!! Look at those high water pants! HAHAHA” Some of you are probably nodding your head because you probably heard the same comments too. Pants that are not long enough. When I was in elementary and middle school in the 90s, there were hardly any stores that carried long inseams. I remember going to the store with my mom and asking if they carried long inseams and the lady says “Oh yeah, we sure do!” Goes to the back and brings me a 34″ inseam flared pants! LOL LOL! 34″ inch inseam barely hit my ankle!! We bought it anyways and then this became my new best friend…
Yep, a seam ripper!!It didn’t matter how small those hems of my jeans may have looked! In my mind, EVERY MILLIMETER of fabric made a difference! I let out all my hems! Then at 14 years old, I discovered the online company that saved my life and I still shop there today. ALLOY APPAREL! 37″inseam!!! I couldn’t believe it! Not only were they long and carried good brands, they had stretchy jeans which when you are skinny meant no more saggy booty in the back! 🙂 Today Alloy’s style is not only targeting teens but for adults too. Also their inseam goes up to 39″! They consistently have sales and coupons so sign up for their emails. In addition to jeans, they have longer lengths in maxi dresses, skirts, tops and extended shoes sizes up to size 13!
Below is a list of stores that sell longer inseams that you may not have heard of or knew carried long sizes! Also a blogger friend Tall Fashion Adventure has a great post where she lists all the tall stores by country. I know some of my followers are not in the US and not all stores provide international shipping so definitely check her out for an extensive list at this link here! In addition, being tall also means needing to find extended shoe sizes. I find plenty of size 10 & 11s on JustFab, Target and instagramer Amanda with Bigfeet34 keeps a running page of sizes 10 and up. For my UK followers, check out Tall Girls for extended shoe sizes too! I hope you find these lists helpful!
~The Glamazon Store List~
- Alloy Apparel – Pants up to 39″ inseam, extended sizes for tops, dresses and skirt, shoe size up to 13 and plus sizes
- Boohoo Tall – UK based site with for heights between 5’7 o 5’11”. Men & women apparel and international shipping available
- Buckle – Jeans up to 37″ inseam. International shipping available.
- Jesse Queen – Pants up to 42″ inseam
- Model Atelier – Extended lengths for dresses, skirts and pants. Pant inseam up to 38″
- New Look – UK based for tall men & women; International shipping available
- Search by Inseam – Think of this site as the Google search engine for long inseams for both women and men.
- Target – Yes, you read correctly! Target actually sells short and tall inseams. In the location I visited I saw up 36″ from 00 to 18 in the extended lengths. Online inseams go from 21.5″ to 38″! Read this to learn about Target’s International Shipping options.
- The Limited – Online they have a tall shop which includes pants that are 35″ inseam
One thing I wanted to mention is this hashtag that us tall folks like to use. #tallgirlproblem. I was thinking about this awhile ago and I feel that it gives a more negative connotation. And it s probably not encouraging to those who may still be struggling with embracing their height. So I want to stop using this hashtag and replace it with #tallgirlsituation! As tall women, we are always presented with different situations, BUT we find ways to deal with them or how I like to say- we find ways to “WERK it out” and continue to move forward. I feel the word situation sounds less negative than the word problem.
We are faced with the situation of sleeves not being long enough, so we roll them up. Oh look! Its now a fashion trend/style called 3/4 length sleeves! 🙂 We are faced with the situation where we can find a long enough inseam so we may make a small cuff in the pant leg or just wear them with a pair of heels. Oh look! It’s now fashion trend/style called boyfriend jeans, crops, capris & ankle pants! 🙂 I truly believe that all of our #tallgirlsituations have started many fashion trends. So as Jesse Queen’s positive motto goes “TALL WOMEN dress well BECAUSE of their height, not IN SPITE of it!” Remember, you too are a GLAMAZON so be proud to be a STILETTO in a room full of flats!
Stay fresh + FIERCELY you!