Personally, I’m a sucker for online shopping. In my mind, there’s nothing better than browsing the web on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee while you are immersed in your couch. Besides the fact that you can do it in your pajamas, here’s a list of reasons why I prefer it:
ALWAYS Know Your Measurements
This is the most important. When people tell me they are a size 8 at ABC Company, so they are going to order a size 8 with XYZ Company, I cringe inside. Once you get over the fact that you will not be one size at every single store, I promise you will find peace with online shopping. The truth is, each brand determines their own unique size chart. At some stores, you might wear a smaller size, and at others, you might wear a larger size. This has nothing to do with you or your body, so don’t hate on yourself. Another thing to be aware of: one individual retailer can carry multiple brand names. While the retailer might have a general size guide for their site available, be cautious as again those measurements can vary from brand to brand. On our website, we have it structured so that each item is linked to the individual brand’s size chart – easy peasy!
Ok, so – what measurements are important and how do you take them? I’ll tell you, but you should know that you will need a measuring tape. Also, shed most of your clothing for the most accurate measurements.
Educate Yourself on Fabrics
Most retailers put the content descriptions of the products online, but how will you know if it works for you? This is important stuff to know when it comes to determining your size. For example, a rayon fabric is very loose, stretchy and drape-y, as opposed to something that made from cotton, which is more structured and less forgiving. I could talk about fabrics for a long time, but the best way to determine what works best for you is to go to your own closet. Pull out 3 things that you love. Look at the tag – what it is made of? Take note. Do you prefer items that don’t wrinkle or that you can throw in the washer? Find those items in your closet and look at the tag – note what it’s made of. Do you have something that started pilling in your closet after a few wears? Broken record here, but make note of it, and be aware before your next purchase! Simple as that.
Understand Silhouettes + Other Tips
Certain measurements are more important than others depending on the type of silhouette you are buying. For example, if you are looking to buy a body-hugging pencil skirt, it is key to make sure your waist and hip measurements line up with the correct size on the chart, as opposed to a free-flowing maxi dress, where the bust measurement is the most crucial. Assess the silhouette accordingly to understand what measurements will make or break the purchase for you.
If your measurements fall between two sizes online, be sure to read any style tips or customer reviews that websites have to figure out whether the item is TTS or not. On our website, we have a ‘questions about this item’ link on each product page so that you can email us with any fit or sizing questions (and we always get back to you). If you’re still feeling uncertain, and if your bank account allows, the best option is to order the item in 2 sizes and send back the size that doesn’t work for you. The exchange process can be more time consuming, so this is the best option if you need the product quickly.
Last but not least, create an account with the website you are purchasing from. This allows you to have access to a history of purchases where you can easily see what brands and sizes have worked for you in the past.
Have any more tips for your fellow tall girls? Share them in the comments below! Also, be sure to check out our website for clothing specially curated and created for tall women: www.amallitalli.com.
Happy Shopping! Xo
They say the only thing constant in life is change and when it comes to launching a new business change is the name of the game. After months of contemplation, we have made a pretty major decision that we are eager to share with our tall girl family. Though our Amalli Talli brick & mortar store is truly our little baby, our labor of love and undoubtedly our home away from home (or maybe more accurately, it’s our first home), we have made the bittersweet decision to transition our business entirely online in the next two weeks. Saturday, February 18th is the final day the store will be open.
2016 was an interesting year for us in a few ways, as we started the year with a completely revamped website and also launched our private label. We’ve never been afraid to admit that a lot of this journey is brand new to us & that we are learning much along the way. Many of our successes have come after monster failures, but we embrace the challenges and are always pushing ourselves to make the business and what we offer our customers better. In the past year, we have continued to grow our online business and also completely immersed ourselves in the design and manufacturing world. The truth is we feel very strongly that those are the two areas where we need to focus our time & energy going forward. While we are so proud of the store and community we have built here in Minnesota, we believe we have a chance to reach and help more of our fellow tall girls via our e-commerce platform. Who knows, you may even see us at a pop-up in the future!
We know this may be met with some disappointment from local customers who have always been so grateful for the chance to try things on in person, and we share many of those sentiments with you. It has been one of our favorite parts getting to know & help so many of you in the store, but unfortunately as a small business (which has always been just the two of us plus some helping hands on occasion), it has become increasingly difficult to justify the cost and grueling hours a storefront in a mall requires. Those two factors were truly the driving force behind our decision.
Though this chapter is closing, we are incredibly excited for the future. We have teamed up with some enormously talented and experienced people to continue to develop and expand our private label, and have some great pieces currently being produced (rompers, anyone?!). Our vision is to continue to offer fabulous hard to find pieces at affordable prices. As always, we love to hear from our customers on what they would love to see so please continue to share your wants & needs with us!
For any local customers who have returns or exchanges after February 18th, we can still absolutely take care of you! We will have you follow the same steps as our online customers and send items back, along with a copy of your receipt & contact information, to our Returns address. We will process your return/exchange and notify you to confirm its completion. The address for returns is:
PO Box 377
Savage, MN 55378
All gift cards are redeemable online! Simply enter the last 8 digits of the numeric code on the back of the card (in the upper right-hand corner) into the "gift voucher" box at checkout. If you have any problems, please contact us immediately, and we will resolve it for you.
For any questions or concerns with respect to returns/exchanges/gift cards/online shopping in general/etc., please don't hesitate to reach out to us! Our email address is email@example.com or you can give us a call at 952-405-8137.
Thank you so very much to everyone who has supported and shopped in our store, it has meant the world to us. We would love to see as many people as we can in the next few weeks, so please pop in if you get the chance….especially since we have a mega-sale going on! And if buying online feels a little daunting, please know that we personally respond to all product inquiry emails so don’t hesitate to ask questions about sizing or fit when shopping with us online. We also love a good phone call so feel free to give us a ring if you prefer! We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you the past two years and look forward to exciting things to come.
Amy & Alli
Every woman's closet needs several basic pieces to build the rest of their wardrobe around. Our favorite basic piece is the striped tee (shop it here: http://bit.ly/28YAB7n) If it wasn't highly frowned upon to wear the same shirt every day of the week, we probably would! There are so many fun ways to style your stripes - get some inspiration from our looks below:
This just in: The Hadley Dress. Flirty, Flowy and downright Fab-u-lous!
Even though this dress has sleeves and a full lining, do not be deceived: the knit fabric is lightweight and very breathable, making it a great piece for summer. It is elegant yet effortless. We love it paired with a skinny lasso belt to define the waist and add a little pizazz. The shape of this dress looks stunning on all body types and comes available in sizes Small - XXL (true to size).
The kimono cardigan is a trend that is still popular as ever this spring & summer, and we are true enthusiasts for them ourselves. They are a fun way to interject some color and pattern into your wardrobe, plus because they are lightweight and airy so they are a good option during the heat of summer. We often hear from women in the store that they want a way to cover their arms & shoulders – and these are a great route to go for that.
The Camryn Top is a new arrival we just got in and we styled it up for a day by the lake last week. We paired it with the royal blue color of Dani Tank (available here) and our Alexa Midrise Skinny jean in the Light Brush Shanti wash (available here).