Today my assistant Laura is taking over Get Dressed With Merrick to talk about all of her tall girl favorites.
Hi, fellow tall girls! I’m Merrick’s assistant, Laura, and I’m sharing all of my favorite places to shop for tall girl clothes. I am 5’11 (and have been since the 6th grade) so I am well versed in what stores work and don’t work for my tall frame. I’ll be sharing my favorites and some pictures below, but so you can use my body as a frame of reference when you’re shopping, here are my measurements:
- 5’11 height
- 33 inch inseam (find out how to measure yours here)
- My most worn sizes are medium, 6/8 or 28. I rarely vary from these sizes. However, if something is fitted in the shoulders, I like to size up.
- I am an inverted triangle/hourglass hybrid. My shoulders are the widest part of my body but my waist and bust are more narrow than my hips. Merrick did a whole post about finding your body type here.
- Allllll of my height comes from my legs. My torso is not as long as most 5’11 girls. If you have a long torso, check out Tall Blonde Bell.
- Like Merrick, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and wear religious undergarments, so I always make sure my clothing items are long enough to keep them covered.
Tips for Shopping for Tall Girl Clothes
There are 3 key things I use or remind myself of when shopping:
- Acceptance – I just have learned to accept that maybe some midi dresses aren’t going to be exactly midi on me, or that I just can’t shop at some stores or buy certain styles.
- Measure – Your most trusted tool as a tall girl will be a fabric measuring tape. 99.9% of clothing retailers will share the measurements of an item on their website. If something seems like it might be too short, I always use a fabric measuring tape to compare the clothing dimensions on my body.
- When in Doubt, Go Long – Even though I am tall, there are still some sizes that are just too long on me. You can always tailor a dress or give your jeans a raw hem (tutorial here) but you can’t make a short garment longer.
The Best Places For Tall Girl Jeans
Jeans can be the hardest thing to find for tall girls. My top three stores for jeans are Old Navy, Madewell and American Eagle. Every one of these stores offer tall sizes, and that’s what I order in each style. Here’s some notes on sizing for each:
Old Navy – This is definitely where I get my “trendier” jeans because the pricing is so great. The bootcut flares I’m wearing in the above picture are from Old Navy. I prefer my flare jeans pretty cropped, and ordered the 8 Tall but cropped to my desired length. I am usually either a size 6 tall or size 8 tall – I stick to 6’s in pants that have a lot of stretch and 8’s in sturdier denim.
Madewell – Madewell is my go-to for classic jeans. I’ve had some of my Madewell jeans for years and years, and they’re still great. I order a size 28 Tall always, and the length is perfect. I own 4 different styles of Madwell jeans and the sizing is consistent for me. They are pricey but so worth it for quality jeans.
American Eagle – A great option if you need really tall jeans because they have longs and extra-longs available in most styles. I’ve been wearing AE jeans since I was a teenager, and don’t plan on stopping. I typically order a 6 or 8 Long, depending on the stretch in the denim. I have skinny and mom jeans from AE and love them both.
Abercrombie and Good American are both honorable mentions – I don’t personally own jeans from either place but have tall friends who swear by them.
The Best Places For Tall Girl Dresses
I’m going to break this down into two categories – casual dresses and more dressed up dresses.
Casual Dresses – Hands down my favorite place to buy casual t-shirt dresses is Old Navy. I own about 5 of their t-shirt dresses in a Medium Tall and swear by them. They hit me about an inch or two above my knee which is perfect for me. A word of advice – buy their tall dresses early on in the spring and buy them fast. The pink dress I’m wearing above is no longer available in a tall, and I’m relieved I bought it early in the season!
Dressed Up Dresses – This can be tricky – I’ll be honest that I usually just buy non-tall sizes of midi and maxi dresses from boutiques, Old Navy, Target, Nordstrom – everywhere, and am usually fine. Yes, it’s not a true midi on me, but it works. However, for long knee-length dresses, I love ASOS and Abercrombie. ASOS has an entire tall line that is easy to filter on their website. They also have tall midi (what I’m wearing above) and maxi dresses that will be true midi and maxi’s on a tall frame.
The Best Places For Tall Girl Pants
For work pants, linen pants, and casual pants, I shop at a lot of the same places I get jeans. If a pant description has “Crop” in the description, always, ALWAYS go long! If it’s too long on you, you can tailor it to your perfect length.
Madewell – Madewell definitely has a more casual feel, so I wouldn’t advise buying work pants there. But for non-jean casual pants, they are a great option. Unlike their jeans, not all of their pants come in a Tall size, so just keep an eye out and snag some tall ones while you can!
Loft – Loft is known for its wide selection of petite sizes, but don’t dismiss them as a tall girl! When I worked in an office setting, they were my go-to for business casual pants. Not all of their selection comes in a longer sizes, but they have enough and are always running sales.
Old Navy Stevie pants also get an honorable mention – I’ve never tried them myself but have heard great things!
The Best Places For Tall Girl Exercise Clothes
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but Old Navy is one of my g0-to’s for exercise clothing. I, unfortunately, can’t buy all these cute workout brands on Amazon because they’re just too short! But, Old Navy has a tall size in almost all of their workout leggings.
lululemon also sells most of their leggings in a 31″ inseam, which is just slightly cropped on me but still a perfect fit. I’ve had a pair of leggings from there for years that are still in great condition.
Here are some questions from you guys that aren’t addressed above:
Q: What are your favorite places to find shorts?
I’ll be honest, I don’t typically buy long sizes for shorts. I do stick to longer styles for religious purposes, but this is where my fabric measuring tape comes in handy. My favorite pair of shorts are from Old Navy with a 7″ inseam, and cover me great.
Q: How do you find jumpsuits that are long enough?
Abercrombie and ASOS both sell long jumpsuits and are my go-t0!
Q: What are your favorite shoes to wear?
I love wearing heels – I know it makes me crazy tall but I learned to get over that a long time ago. I don’t let myself not buy a certain pair of shoes in fear that it will make me too tall.
Q: Do you have recommendations for shopping at specialty stores/boutiques that don’t sell tall sizes?
I love shopping at smaller boutiques and online stores, and those of course don’t always sell tall sizes. I stick to mainly shirts, blouses, and midi/maxi dresses from those places. Like I said above though, I use a fabric measuring tape to compare the length and size of the piece on my own body. My favorite online boutiques are Roolee, Clad & Cloth, and Soel Boutique.
Q: What do you do about swimming suits?
Like I said above, I do not have a long torso so I don’t need to buy long sizes in swimsuits. However, Aerie sells long one-piece swimsuits and I have heard that they are fantastic!
What are your favorite places to shop as a tall girl? Share below! I’ll be doing a try on of my favorite tall brands on Merrick’s Instagram Stories today, so stay tuned for that! If you missed it, here’s a video with all the advice in action: