Often times the requests we receive for our private label creations are the simplest, yet hardest things to find for us tall girls. Hence, the creation of our black maxi dress, which comes in 2 lengths to accommodate a variety of heights (Not sure which length is for you? I'll fill you in below). We wanted to give this piece a dressier feel, with a sheen fabric, high neckline and keyhole back. This is all attained while still maintaining an elegant simplicity, which allows you to play around with different looks and styles to keep it looking fresh and new.
Here are 3 ways we like to dress it up:
Adorn with Accessories
Complement with Color
Mix it with Moto
Determine what dress length by holding a measuring tape from your natural waist down to the floor. Also, be sure to compare your bust, waist, and hip measurements to our size chart. Not sure what your measurements are? Check out this blog post for sizing help.
What's your favorite way to dress up a maxi? Let us know below! Xo
When we stock denim for our site, we have a couple objectives in mind. First – they have to be the right lengths (but I mean…duh.). We also strive to provide denim options that work with every budget. From the beginning, we have partnered with Mavi as one of our premium denim providers, and as our relationship grows with them, we have been fortunate enough to be able to make specific and exclusive requests to them that they fulfill! Translation: we say, “We like this jean, will you please cut it longer for our awesome, leggy customers?” and they say, “Done!” I will say that we both personally love this brand because the fit is spectacular and the fabrics are aahhhhmazing. This is especially true of anything that has “Shanti” in the name of the wash. You may notice that the price of those pairs are slightly higher, but they are the softest and have the most stretch – totally, totally worth the little extra in my book.
I think it’s worth saying that in the world of premium denim, they are also very reasonably priced (let’s face it, most premium denim is $200-$300 these days and Mavi tops out at $118 for the “Shanti” washes). Also – you know that awkward problem where your foot doesn’t fit through the leg opening of your skinny jean? I can honestly tell you that I haven’t had that problem in any of my Mavis. Score one for the size 12 foot!
And because these jeans continue to be such a hit with our customers and we get questions on the differences between the style types, we thought it would be helpful to do a quick summary of the bodies that we carry and what makes them unique so that everyone can find the right fit(s) for them!
Alexa is their “signature” skinny jean. She’s a classic mid-rise and one of our most popular fits. Actually because of how much customers love this body season after season, we continue to stock her in multiple washes, in both 34” & 36” lengths. She’s has a front rise of 8.5” and a back rise of 13.5”. She's the perfect amount of skinny in a skinny jean. Pictured is Alexa in the Deep Shanti wash.
Mavi recently introduced Adriana as a second skinny jean body & I am not kidding when I say this is currently my favorite pair of jeans. I refuse to admit how many times a week I wear them, but suffice it to say….a LOT. Adriana is very similar to Alexa – both are mid-rise skinny jeans. She has the same 8.5" front rise, but creeps up just a tich higher in the back with a 14" back rise. Because of that, these tend to be a great option for curvier women.
Alissa is your skinny jean with just a higher riser. It’s not a “mom” high rise, but just the right amount of high rise that makes you feel all tucked-in in just the right places. ;) She has a 9.5" front rise (so only an inch higher than the other two) & a 14.5" back rise. Currently we only have a few left in stock in a grey wash, although getting a whole batch this fall in a great wash because the customer feedback was so positive. The grey wash is also a fun alternative color to mix up the blues you've got in your closet.
We are breaking the alpha order we’ve had going to touch on Kerry before we get to Kendra. Kerry has also been a HUGE hit with customers & I like to refer to her as the love child between a skinny & straight leg. AKA she is a relaxed skinny. Kerry has a classic mid rise and she is a little fitted through quad, but below the knee she loosens up a bit. She’s extremely versatile, you can wear her leg fully open or roll her up. For women who aren’t on board with a skinny skinny, she’s the go-to 100%. These relaxed skinny fits have become super popular with many jean vendors recently, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them in longer lengths!
And Kenny is the newest lady to join our long-legged party. The reason we hit on Kerry first is because once you have worn and/or understand how Kerry fits, understanding Kendra is simple. Kendra is essentially Kerry….with a higher rise. This pair also has the most incredible fabrication! It’s a Shanti fabric, so therefore as previously discussed, soft as butter. And for Kerry fans, this pair is your next must-have. It is also worth mentioning that Mavi cut this pair in longer lengths, exclusively for us. And she is pretty much sold out on their site in regular inseams because she has been such a hit!
And least, but not least, is the option for the ladies who aren’t on board with anything skinny-ish….or are needing something else to add into their denim rotation. Molly is your standard mid-rise bootcut/straight leg option. I throw the bootcut/straight leg thing together because as you can see from this picture, she doesn’t have as much flare to her as a lot of bootcut styles have. She is also a classic mid-rise, and we always tell people, "She's not too skinny, but also not too relaxed. She's the perfect blend." We have her stocked in two washes, one medium wash and a darker wash.
Want to know more about one of the ladies? Shoot us a note or leave a comment, and we are happy to shed more light!
I think it's fair to say that the beginning of April has us all a little stressed out. It's that dreaded, ugly time of year known as tax season. For me, this is the time of year when I am kindly reminded by my CPA that I'm not as organized as I would like to think I am. This is undoubtedly always made worse by the fact that I procrastinate this process every.single.year. But with a little perseverance and a lot of wine, I made it through! And so did you (hopefully)! If you are lucky, you came out of this with a little extra cash in your pocket. I could tell you how to spend responsibly spend this money, but that's not my forte, so instead I'm going to highlight 5 items that are worthy of your hard-earned money! #treatyoself
This is a tall girl's dream come true. Made for long torsos and available in 35" or 37" inseams.
TANYA HIGH RISE FLARES
These legitimately feel like pajama pants due to a mix of heavenly fabrics.
I love the dramatic silhouette of this piece - if anyone can pull it off, it's us tall chicks!
ALEXA SKINNY IN DEEP SHANTI
The shanti fabrics from Mavi are a must have in your denim collection. You'll fall in love with the soft stretch and the fact that they hold their shape wear after wear.
Because a casual maxi skirt is something we wear on repeat in the spring and summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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