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.
When it comes to us tall girls, over 90% of us have a problem with our posture.
Alright, we totally made that up - but we are positive that more of us than not have an issue with what has been deemed the "Tall Girl Slouch" (add that to the #tallgirlproblems list). Some of us may have developed this habit unintentionally, while others may acknowledge it's from many years of purposefully trying to appear shorter. Unfortunately, the effects of bad posture are vast and some can be very serious (read more here). Thankfully, with some time and effort, your posture can be corrected. Brittany Jones of Brittany Jones Wellness (@brittanyjoneswellness) shows us how to reverse our hunching ways with a variety of exercises. The best part? None of them require a gym membership or fancy equipment! Now that's a tall girl solution we can get on board with!
Here's what Brittany has to say about working with tall women:
"Training a tall girl brings an extra element into the training program - the "Tall Girl Slouch". Rounded shoulders, head protruding forward and a posterior tilt in the pelvis (hips rolled under). When designing a fitness program for women of height, it is essential to first work on mobility and emphasize correct posture and form. Our body is in a disadvantage when posture is not aligned. However, there are a few things you can start doing today to put yourself on the right track towards better posture and standing tall and proud!
There will be some very specific muscles to stretch and strengthen for a tall girl! I won't go into all of the science-y details, but we need to stretch the chest + upper shoulders/upper back + hip flexors AND strengthen the mid-back + glues + hamstrings. Let's take a look at how you can do just that!"
Lifts for Tall Girls
BENT-OVER FLY: In a strong, bent-over position, ensure that pressure is through your heels to engage the glutes and protect your low back. Bring palms to face each other and bring a micro-bend into your elbows. Hold that micro-bend. Engage the muscles of your mid-back and lengthen your spine. You will strengthen your posterior deltoids by bringing the arms out wide and creating a letter 'T' with your body. Be sure to keep your chest open and avoid dropping your shoulders during the movement.
BAND WIDE ROW: Seated on your sits bones with legs straight out in front of you, wrap your band around the bottom of your shoes. Ensure your posture is tall. Then drive your elbows back behind you and squeeze the bottom of your shoulder blades together by engaging the muscles of your mid-back. Be sure to hold form here, there will be no movement outside of your arms pulling back - keep the chest open and the spine straight! [Note: This exercise can also be done the same on a seated cable row machine]
DEADLIFT: With feet a bit wider than shoulder distance and toes forward, find length in your spine. Your weight will be right between the balls of your feet. Bend your knees and hips at the same rate [while maintaining a straight spine] and lower down to pick up your weight. Be sure to keep your weight 80% in your heels and 20% in the balls of the feet. Lead this entire movement with your hips. Hips reach back and down, then hips drive forward. You will be using your glutes, hamstrings, quads and many muscles in your back + core! With good form, this exercise will strengthen your entire body!
Yoga for Tall Girls
HALF MOON: Front knee is directly over the ankle with weight on the heel to engage the glutes, and back leg is softened on your mat. Ensure your hips are aligned by pulling your front hip back and your rear hip forward. Shoulders are positioned over your hips while you reach and extend your arms overhead. Pull your shoulders away from your ears and soften your face as you hold this deep hip flexor stretch.
CHEST OPENER + WIDE STANCE FORWARD FOLD: Feet are wide with heels wider than your toes and pressure even on both feet. Bring hands behind your back and interlace your fingers. Lengthen your spine and slowly hinge at your hips to reach your chest towards your mat. When you can no longer hinge forward, then round the back and relax into this deep stretch. To open your chest and shoulders even further, keep the fingers interlaced and pull your hands towards the sky. With every inhale, lengthen your spine. With every exhale, deepen your stretch.
Other Stretches for Tall Girls
DOORWAY CHEST STRETCH: Standing tall into a doorway, have your arms out into a goal post position (elbows + shoulders at 90 degree angles). Maintain your posture as you slowing push your body forward. This will bring a deep stretch into the muscles of your chest - pectoralis major and minor.
LEVATOR SCAPULA STRETCH: Either sitting or standing, come into good posture. Bring your right palm to touch the base of your neck, turn your head left about 45 degrees, then lower your head another 45 degrees. From here, take your left hand and very gently assist your head down to feel a deep stretch in the back of your neck on your right side. Do not put this one, the levator scapula muscle is very small and sensitive. Slowly come out of the stretch the same way you entered, and repeat on the other side.
So...how often should you perform these exercises to see results?
Well, there you have it: a simple and effective tall girl solution. Always remember to stand TALL, walk with confidence, and practice self-love daily! Your height is a blessing and not a curse. Have a great day, tall babes!
Amy & Alli
We are the two sisters behind the tall clothing brand, Amalli Talli. Enthusiastic about wine, travel and of course, tall fashion.