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.
First & most importantly, we get you.
Believe us when we say, we completely understand your shopping frustrations as a tall woman. Unfortunately the "normal" clothing market is not at all catered to your needs. The average national height is 5'4", and that is reflected in the apparel industry today. We are two tall sisters, Amy & Alli, who launched this company in 2014 to fill a void that we had always experienced personally.
Amy (left) & Alli (right) - 2 tall sisters who founded Amalli Talli, an online clothing retailer for tall women.
We understand "tall" from both sides of the spectrum.
At 5'10", Alli had always struggled to find stylish, trendy & well-fitting pieces in traditional stores but yet had never been able to walk into another shop for tall women and have success, where she felt they always catered to women well above 6'.
At 6'3.5", Amy has always wanted more variety in the selections and styles available to her at tall girl shops.
Between the two of us, there are over 5" in height, plus extremely different proportions (more on that below), so we take all of that into consideration when curating and designing our clothes for tall women.
You don't have to be a certain height to shop with us.
Here's our biggest philosophy: We strongly believe that tall isn't solely defined by height and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. What do we mean by that? Most people ask us what HEIGHT they have to be when they shop with us. Truth is, we don't like to give a definitive answer. To us, height alone might not be the only reason for women to seek out a tall girl shop. We always tell the story of a customer who was 5'8" but in need of 36" length inseam jeans. To us, she wasn't overly tall, but she was blessed with longer legs and therefore had a hard time finding denim that fit her.
It's actually really common for women to be built disproportionately. Alli (5'10") wears a 34" inseam jean but carries most of her length in her torso and her arms.
...But it's also common to see women who are long and tall everywhere. Amy (6'3.5") wears 37" inseam jeans, but is also built long in her torso and requires extra long sleeve tops.
No matter your height, your shape or your size - we focus on providing a great mix of inventory so every woman can find pieces that will work for her.
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It's a family business - Amy's baby girl, Perry, helping us making fabric decisions.
We categorize our tall inseam jeans with a number, not a label.
It's true that some big box retailers provide tall clothing online. This may or may not work for you, depending on your height, your proportions and what "tall women's jeans" means to YOU in terms of inseam number. Most retailers like to define the word tall as being one height, usually around 5'9" or 5'10". If you google GAP Tall or Old Navy Tall, you will find that instead of custom inseam options, you only have one category to choose from - "TALL". We recently clicked into the jeans that first pop up when you use these google search terms, and found that these tall inseam jeans ranged from 29" - 34". If that's not what your definition of tall is, you've found the right home at Amalli Talli. We offer jeans for tall women in 34" - 38" inseams and allow you to shop by your inseam length.
We're not here solely for business.
Yes, our mission is to change the shopping experience for tall women, but it's also so important to us to create a community where tall women feel confident and inspired to be the best version of themselves. Need more tall women to relate to, share stores with or encourage you? Join us on Instagram and Facebook, where we have more than 39k members combined!
Work hard, play hard is our motto!
We genuinely value your business.
Have you heard that saying "When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance" ? This is SO spot on! As women of height ourselves, we are so passionate about the business we've created and we will always go above and beyond to make sure your experience with us is a great one.
Online shopping for tall women is tough and as we said above, we totally relate to your struggles. In an attempt to try and help out as much as we can, we created this online guide. But because we do genuinely value your business, we are also always available to help you! When you call us, it's like talking to a good girlfriend. We'll help you with size & fit recommendations and give you our honest advice. We're also available 24/7 at email@example.com.
Last but not least, we listen to our customer's feedback and take it to heart! We're still in the early stages of designing the Amalli Talli private label (custom made tall women's clothing), and we really appreciate hearing your comments and/or concerns. This is as much your store as it is ours. We sincerely care about providing items you've always wanted but could never find, and crafting those items to fit your longer proportions at an affordable price point.
When you support a small business, you're supporting a dream. Thank you so much for supporting ours!
Amy & Alli
We are the two sisters behind the tall clothing brand, Amalli Talli. Enthusiastic about wine, travel and of course, tall fashion.