- August 21, 2021 at 6:14 am #533639Jamie WilliamsParticipantRegistered On: July 26, 2021Topics: 16Replies: 169Has thanked: 405 timesBeen thanked: 1269 times
For the taller ladies…
how many times have you seen a nice blouse that you would love to wear, but you either passed on it because you knew it would ultimately be to short on your taller frame? Or you order it in plus size hoping it would add an inch or two to the length only to receive a top that is wider than it is long?
I’ve found a partial solution. I was browsing the endless aisles of Amazon and did a search for Tshirt dresses. These are basically the same casual tops that look cute and comfortable, but with an extra 6 to 8 inches of length. So a ‘dress’ that comes down just past mid-thigh on the cute young model now becomes a shirt that actually fits like a shirt on our longer, larger frames.
I’ve struggled with this for so long, and have several cute blouses in my closet that are just too short to look good. Now I have something that I can feel comfortable wearing without looking like a big guy in a crop top.
what other solutions have you girls found?
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- September 24, 2023 at 5:06 pm #768451HarrietteLadyRegistered On: April 22, 2023Topics: 16Replies: 982Has thanked: 3517 timesBeen thanked: 2408 times
Look for long or tall items. I am 6’2 with a long back.
In Old Navy, for example, I bring a tape measure and look for a minimum 32″ inseam. Lots are up to 31″. I am really happy to find a 33″ inseam, usually a “long”. I just bought my first skinny jeans this way. Tops are a different matter.
As an aside, today I saw a relatively short young woman waiting for a bus. Her nice, white pants were so long that she should have cut 4″ off of the pant legs. As they were, the bottom hem is going to get dirty, ground to shreds, and maybe trip her. I have never seen such a thing before. ;)
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- September 11, 2023 at 8:39 am #765720Becky DavisLadyRegistered On: February 10, 2022Topics: 0Replies: 229Has thanked: 3450 timesBeen thanked: 963 times
I buy a lot of clothes on E-Bay and when I see cute tops I always check if the seller has put the measurements for the item I am looking at I prefer to have my tops 30″ or longer. Other sites don’t tend to put the length of the top or dress in the descriptions. Tunic’s are a good bet to be sure that they are longer. I like wearing leggings and with a shorter top it gives a better look for your tush!!!!!!! LOL
- September 11, 2023 at 8:26 am #765719Cathy HarperLadyRegistered On: November 18, 2022Topics: 3Replies: 51Has thanked: 68 timesBeen thanked: 205 times
Beware of blouses with button sleeve cuffs, my wrists are usually too large to be able to button them up. I am probably slightly smaller than average for a guy and in fairly good shape.
- September 11, 2023 at 8:12 am #765716Coleen EdinburghLadyRegistered On: November 27, 2019Topics: 1Replies: 89Has thanked: 668 timesBeen thanked: 369 times
Very good tip my problem is most blouses have wonderful patterns but so do most of my skirts. The pattern is different in both. Would you wear two different patterns together or just forgo buying patterned blouses.
- September 24, 2023 at 4:50 pm #768450HarrietteLadyRegistered On: April 22, 2023Topics: 16Replies: 982Has thanked: 3517 timesBeen thanked: 2408 times
For the most part, no. Don’t mix two (probably) clashing patterns together.
If your skirt has the pattern, for example, then make the top a solid colour. The pattern will help draw attention to that area.
If you underdress, then the right pattern will help camouflage your breasts. Match the top with a plain bottom. This takes some experimentation.
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- August 24, 2021 at 8:11 pm #535173Jess SecretLadyRegistered On: February 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 628Has thanked: 1559 timesBeen thanked: 2787 times
Haven’t had a fit issue with any of the lingerie I’ve bought over the years, I know my size when shopping in stores, and online I’ve found it helpful when in the description it says “runs small” or “fits to size” etc. I usually go a size up when it comes to some of my PJ sets but I know my exact size in bedtime lingerie.
- August 24, 2021 at 6:21 pm #535124Jamie WilliamsLadyRegistered On: July 26, 2021Topics: 16Replies: 169Has thanked: 405 timesBeen thanked: 1269 times
Another tip that I’m getting some mileage out of is ‘athletic bras’. I’m on a work trip where wearing a bra during the day really isn’t practical, but a basic athletic bra is is much easier to wear under my work clothes without suspicion. I still enjoy the feeling of a bra around my chest, but without worrying if a strap or clasp is visible. I wish I could have more freedom in work environments such as this. But alas, I have to be ‘professional’.
- August 24, 2021 at 7:46 pm #535156Vecca SennLadyRegistered On: February 22, 2021Topics: 12Replies: 328Has thanked: 2655 timesBeen thanked: 1334 times
I only own two “real” bras and one is in the mail. My others are sports bras for this reason. I’ll sometimes wear bra pads pilfered from my wife for a small breast look and feel while fitness walking in areas where there is very minimal traffic.
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- August 21, 2021 at 5:08 pm #533847Alice UnderwireLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2019Topics: 102Replies: 6406Has thanked: 8142 timesBeen thanked: 17002 times
Try a tunic. They run longer through the torso. Look for the length measurement in the description. If not specified ask the on line customer agent.
Some stores carry tall sizes. If you find a style you like that might be an option.
- August 21, 2021 at 7:16 am #533662AnonymousLadyTopics: 0Replies: 0Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 0 times
I am a 4-5x and when I buy clothes online, I look for sites that state whether it fits to size or fits small or fits big. Rarely does it fit big. Most of the time I have to buy one size up. Shein you have to buy 1-3 sizes up.
I also buy used clothing on Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji. There are a lot of plus sizes for clothes bought online that fit small.
The really nice clothes are online exclusives and it is a flip of the coin whether it will fit right. I do prefer buying clothes in-store but the selection is limited.
Even if you are not particularly tall, short tops don’t cover down far enough when you are sitting.
- August 21, 2021 at 6:44 am #533649Brianna RizzoliDuchessRegistered On: November 10, 2020Topics: 10Replies: 63Has thanked: 205 timesBeen thanked: 370 times
I may be muscular, broad-shouldered and well defined but my overall frame is fairly small. I stand 5’7 3/4″ tall and weigh about 161lbs. I maintain and extremely low body fat percentage also. Though I have to say that it is not easy, especially with me pushing 60 years old. The downside to a low body fat percentage is that I have NO hips at all. I have a cute, little butt that I do a ton of deadlifts and squats to get but absolutely zero side to side volume. I can rock a body con skirt under certain conditions.
What does this mean for me on the subject at hand? This puts me solidly within reach of a size 10 or so, depending on the designer. I can wear more generically sized outfits in medium of large. Seldom do I have to go larger. I have all my measurements on hand at any given time…
BUT… the real secret to me getting a good fit on Amazon is…
I read the reviews. Especially the ones with pics. I look for a woman who has a similar build as me and I take into account the differences in hips/butt. That gives me the very best clues as to what will fit best. It has cut down tremendously the wasted purchases of clothes that simply do not fit. If you go through those reviews, look for the ones that come from men. YES!!!! Other CD’s will review items. In fact, many times you can find pics of someone (CD’s) actually WEARING the clothing as part of their reviews. Most of the time, each review will have what size the person ordered. It gives me a major clue along with what women will say about the fit. They are so much better at describing fit than cis-males.
My height makes me a “tall” woman. I understand that many of us out there are pretty substantial males at times. I used to despair at not hitting 6′ tall. Now I am thrilled. Anyone of us who is 6′ or taller is going to run into some fit issues. Still… read the reviews. Oh, and I always try to go for anything that has a bit of stretch to it. Combine that stretch with rusching and you can hide a multitude of sins. One last thought… there are some outfits/elements on Amazon that are specifically made for the asian market. Watch out for these. They almost ALWAYS run small.
Anyway, that is what works for me.
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