When you can't find maternity options that work for you, here are 6 styles and tips that worked for my nearly 6'4" frame during my recent pregnancy.
We get a TON of requests to produce maternity clothes from tall women frequently and truthfully, that is the motivation and inspiration for this post. As someone who has a now 1 year old daughter myself, I totally 120% understand WHY we do. It’s tough, it really, really is. Tall maternity jeans and pants tend to be available in inseams that still don’t really work for a majority of tall women. And knowing that, every time we respond, my heart aches a little bit because I totally know the struggle and have walked the same path.
My sweet little girl. (And my shirt & sweater are two styles from pregnancy that I still wear all the time today!)
Just speaking from my own experience, the moment things start to not fit how you are used to them fitting, you kinda hit the panic button a minute because it’s not like you can walk into a maternity store and say, ‘I’ll take all of your tall maternity pants in 37” inch inseam length, please.” It’s work to find tops that are long enough to not only cover your extra long torso alone, but then also with a growing baby bump as well. To be honest, I attempted some maternity shopping because I wanted to learn and conduct a little market research while I myself was pregnant to know how big of a need there is. I was shocked that even maternity length tank tops were really not all that long. Not helpful!
Which probably begs the next question, “So why not start producing our own tall maternity wear?” And the good news is, we really do have plans and goals to add tall maternity options someday or as soon as we can. So future pregnant tall girls…..we’ll be there for you down the road! But why not now to solve the immediate need? Truthfully, it’s for a few reasons. Within this past year, we have become tremendously dedicated to and focused on the growth of our private label line and ensuring the best possible fit of everything we produce. We are quickly trying to ramp it up and add as many different styles to it as we can (i.e. tall tops, tall dresses, extra long jeans, longer length pants for work, more maxi dresses, coats with longer sleeves, etc.). For as many tall maternity requests as we get, we get many requests for other types of tall styles, as well, and we are trying to quickly chip away at the list of what all of our customers would like to see. Once we feel like we have a good foundation of styles and have perfected the fit of all of those garments, we will start to branch out and look at incorporating other types of clothing into the mix. Learning and improving with our standard tall product line is essential before we turn and adapt them for maternity styles. We don’t have a time frame or an estimation of when it might be, but just know that we will do it as soon as we feel like we can take it on and do it justice. <3
That being the case, I wanted to share some specific styles and tips that helped me through my recent pregnancy as a 6’3 ½” tall woman because the few items that I tried on from a maternity section didn’t even come close to working for me. Unfortunately I wasn’t thinking ahead enough to snap pictures of my pregnant self in these styles, but they really were my tall maternity lifesavers.
1. Basic Camis & Crew Tanks - I can’t stress enough – my torso is extra extra LONG. I’m one of the women who carries their height evvvvvvverywhere. I wore one or a few of these styles together almost every single day. In the winter and early spring, I would wear them under cardigans, jackets or button-down shirts. Then in the summer, I would wear the crew tank alone many days. They were long enough to cover my bump throughout my entire pregnancy. I personally felt like it is more flattering to wear a fitted style over the bump versus something flowy, and these were a perfect option. I actually compared them to maternity tanks and these were a far better option.
The basic cami was one of my favorite styles throughout my pregnancy.
The crew neck tank, layered under another button-down shirt. (PLUS - an Olympic gold medal from Rio & two of our favorite WNBA athletes!)
2. Scoop Neck & Delaney Top – Two more awesome basics that have enough length in the torso but have long sleeves for colder months. Plus if you have never tried the Delaney Top – the sleeves are pure magic and GOLD. We are planning a massive restock of that style in the next few weeks & if you would like to be added to our email list to be notified when all sizes are back in stock, shoot us a note at email@example.com. The Scoop Neck can intimidate people because it’s a one size fits all scenario, but generally once people try it on it’s a moot point. The reason it’s a one size fit is because it’s intended to be a very fitted style, appropriate for layering. There’s enough spandex in it that it accommodates a wide range of body types, however.
3. Jeans with Stretch – Before I dive into this, I know this may or may not work for everyone. But it worked really well for me in my pregnancy so I feel compelled to include it in the list as something to try. In the event you cannot find tall maternity jeans in your necessary inseam length, the next best option may be to find a jean style that has a TON of stretch to it and then size up a few sizes. I found a few good pairs of Alexa jeans and some Royal Blue jeans in my needed 36” inseam & 37” inseams and then sized up about 3 sizes. Even if you can’t get them buttoned normally, this is a good route to go with the hairband trick or incorporating the belly band. Trust me, the more elastane or spandex that’s in the fabric mix, the happier and more comfortable you will be. Here’s a few that worked for me: Alexa, Sienna, Sophia.
4. Leggings with Elastic Waist – They may not have the expandable maternity belly, but with the elastic waistband, I could position them where I wanted them and be done with it. I would also advise sizing up a little bit here, but not as much because the elastic waistband is obviously more forgiving than a denim button-closure on a pair of jeans. With these styles in a 35” & 37” inseam – length is not a problem. They also come in two colors – black and merlot, so you have a good staple color and then fun color option to mix it up. Plus, with the price being under $50 on these leggings, you aren’t investing tons of money on pants that you will only wear for a few months.
5. Cardigans & Buttondowns – Here’s the thing, you do not have to worry about trying to wear these buttoned up. Throw them over the tops from bullet point #1 and wear them open! It’s so cute and really so easy to throw on. Within our collection, here are a few choices that I would recommend. The other benefit is that these are styles that you wouldn’t have to size up in, meaning they would likely still work for you in the post-pregnancy chapter. Monroe Button Down, Fuzia Sweater, Mo Long Cardigan, Scarlet Chiffon Top, Kari Sweater, Verana Sweater and Bev Top are all great options.
6. Maxi Skirts – I opened and closed this list with my most favorite styles from my pregnancy. I know that dressing for work as a tall pregnant lady is the hardest task, and it was a little different for me because I wasn’t in a corporate environment with a strict dress code. I know women are dying for some tall maternity pants for work, but that being said, do not forget about the versatility of a long skirt. Unfortunately I didn’t have our extra-long maxi skirts for my entire pregnancy or that literally would have been all that I wore on a daily basis. I think a lot of women reserve their maxi skirts for casual wear or even just for the summer, but that’s such a mistake. They are a great option year-round and pair beautifully with cardigans, jackets, etc. so there’s no reason they can’t be office-appropriate. The best part: nothing on this earth is more comfortable around the bump. I stand by that. The waistband is SO light and stretchy that it won’t push or become uncomfortable as the day goes on. I wore them to events requiring me to dress up more and it worked great. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
There, in a nutshell, is what got me through my 9 months of pregnancy. Without any other maternity styles that were long enough for my legs or my bump, this is truly all that my wardrobe comprised of during that time (Alli can vouch as my witness, ha!). But actually, once I put this pregnancy capsule together – it made getting dressed super simple every day. I think the basics are what’s most important because then you can add to them with styles that aren’t necessarily maternity specific. And by the end of my pregnancy, I had whittled this down to basically just the tanks and the maxi skirts because they were the most comfortable. Plus, if you have the lovely swelling of the ankles that happens at that stage, the maxi skirt hides it all.
And I’m actually to throw in three more bonus suggestions! We didn’t have these styles when I was pregnant so I didn’t want to include them in my list above, BUT if we would have, I would have rocked them hard.
1. Renascentist & Chronicler Dresses - There are two sweater dress tunics that both have the length to compensate for a bump. If you are looking for some actual sweater options for this winter, give these a look. These are some slightly older styles so the range of sizes aren’t as fully rounded, but could be a great pick-up if the sizes left could work for you!
2. Sweater Ponchos – Both the Dexterity Poncho and the Oslo Sweater have the length to be able to fit that growing bump, so they would be excellent options to add for some additional styles, too. Plus, you could throw them over either the Delaney or Scoop Neck Tunic mentioned earlier.
3. Maxi Dresses – We don’t have them to preview online yet, but there will be more casual maxi dress options available online for the next spring and summer seasons. The styles and fabric content will allow for a growing baby bump, so definitely plan to keep these in mind for that time of year!
As always, if we can help with any size and fit recommendations, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, be sure to take a peek at our tips and recommendations for online shopping here, also.
And PS – congratulations to all the tall mamas and mamas to be out there! XOXO
Amy & Alli
We are the two sisters behind the tall clothing brand, Amalli Talli. Enthusiastic about wine, travel and of course, tall fashion.