Sustainable Fashion Week: Fashion Conference

Last Thursday, I attended a Fashion Conference for San Francisco’s Sustainable Fashion Week. This was an evening to experience the Industry experts share professional perspectives on current affairs and future of Fashion in the Industry. This was an insightful evening and an opportunity to network with the Fashion industry professionals. The panelist included the following:

Julia Lam

Founder and CEO of Tara & Co. This company caters to women on the go. This is a newer company and it created their first product the Tracy 2-in-1, stylish convertible bag. The were able to sell this bag with crowd funding and pre-sold over $100K before it launched. Learn more by clicking here.

Janet Wu

Co-Founder & CEO of SilkRoll. This company was created to allow fashionable women to trade their high quality fashion clothing online through a points program. Their vision is to build the world’s largest shared closet. They are committed to lengthening the life cycle of quality fashion through a unique recirculation methodology, and redirecting textile waste from landfills. I love this concept and it reminds of the Tall Swap that I attended a few weeks ago but online. To learn more about this company click here.

Whitney Cathcart

Founder and CEO of Cathcart Technologies. This is a consulting firm that is bridging the gap between technology and the fashion industry using AI, machine learning, computer vision, 3D and XR. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer of 3DLOOK, an AI driven technology company who is transforming the way people interact with their smartphone to solve everyday problems. She was describing this technology as it using your smartphone to scan and measure your body for the most accurate body measurements. I think this technology will really change the way we shop online and will take out all the surprises around fit when we purchase online. I am looking forward to learning more about it and hopefully bring it as a shopping feature as part of Longings Clothes.

Evelyn Zoubi

Founder and CEO of Inc. (GLANSE). This is a Business-to-Business (B2B) service for fashion buyers and merchandisers. The service leverages the extensive data-set collected from the Fashion App GLANSE to provide detailed analytics that help buyers and merchandise planners make more accurate decisions about when & where to launch product-lines. This reduces the amount of guesswork that goes into figuring out a region or other demographic that a product line will be successful in. To lean more click here.

To Conclude

The common denominator with all the panelists is sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing overall waste. This can be done by re-using previously owned clothing, making better decisions when purchasing online with using technology such as 3D Look to reduce the number or returns, or companies having better insight as to which regions and demographics their marketing will be most successful in.

Tall Women’s Clothing Swap Experience

Tall Clothing Swap for Tall Women

On March 3, 2018, I attended my first ever Tall Clothing Swap in Oakland, CA. I purchased the mix, mingle and swap tickets for $15 each. This was an amazing event and was created to swap tall clothing that you no longer wear for some other tall clothing or accessories (5-10 pieces). I met so many beautiful and wonderful tall women. For the first time in my life I felt like an average height. It was hosted and sponsored by Alicia Jay from TallSWAG and Carly Bialosky from Consciously Connected.


There are several reasons why I thought this was a brilliant idea. However, below I outline the three main reasons why this event was so important to me.


As the world’s population continues to increase and as climate change progresses we need to be more conscious now than ever at achieving more sustainable clothing sources. There are so many controversies at what is sustainable when it comes to the fashion industry. But I am not going to go over them now because that is a whole article in itself. Most importantly, there is no argument that the most sustainable source of clothing is to reuse existing clothing. Therefore, a clothing swap easily achieves this sustainability goal.

Eliminates Thrift Store Blues

I have nothing against wearing previously owned clothing because after a good wash and press the item can seem like new. However, I do have a problem with spending hours going through massive amounts of clothing to come out completely empty handed. I call these the “Thrift Store Blues” because the issue of finding clothing long enough for me. I am sure from time-to-time you can find some nice garments that fit but at this point I avoid thrift stores when it comes to clothing. A tall swap takes that piece completely out of the equation.

Meet other Tall Women

One of the best features of this clothing swap was the social aspect. At the beginning of the event while your items you brought to swap were being set-up in the back, we were able to mingle with each other with food and drinks. I always feel like automatically connect to other tall women because we share similar struggles and challenges when it comes to our height. It was nice to have the opportunity to connect and chat about our similar experiences especially towards fashion.

There was also a panel discussion of successful tall women which included Alicia, Carly and Tray from The Conversation Piece. The discussion included some of the struggles and challenges that they faced with confidence, dating, fitting in and how they learned to embrace their height. The discussion was so inspiring and I wished I had experienced this when I was much younger.

From left to right, Tray from The Conversation Piece, Alicia Jay from TallSWAG and Carly Bialosky from Consciously Connected.


I almost forgot to mention that they had a raffle for two Doubs Clothing gift certificates,  a Long Tall Sally gift certificate, two beautiful jewelry gift sets from Candid Art and a pair of Warrior Basketball tickets.

On our way out there were gift bags for all the patrons to take home.   In them were these adorable canvas bags as shown in the picture below.

Other Options

There’s a good chance that you are not going to find a Tall Clothing Swap in your local area. But if the first two options above are still important to you then there are online options to purchase or trade tall clothing. There is a Facebook Group called “Tall Women USA: Clothes to buy/sell/trade” this does give you to opportunity to buy or trade tall clothing with tall women around the world.

Another option is to try renting clothing. I have not tried this option yet so I cannot vouch for it but Gwynnie Bee offers tall clothing that you can borrow by paying a monthly subscription fee. Click here to learn more.

What I Did Right During the Swap


Before I attended the event I did some planning ahead of time. I thought about what season we are going into and what I need more of in my closet. Since the event occurred at the beginning of March I knew that spring was right around the corner. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to find skirts and dresses that would easily transition from spring to summer.


Additionally, I know I have way too much black, white and gray in my closet so my main goal was to come out with some bright colored items.  Moreover, as I was browsing through the clothes I was trying to think about what I had in my current wardrobe that would compliment each piece.  I only brought in five items so I was able to obtain five items during the swap.

Here is what I found.

From upper left to right – Lime Green Shirt, Floral Skirt, “No Climbing Allowed” T-shirt, Floral Maxi Dress and Maxi Skirt

Here is what look like in the  lime colored shirt.  I absolutely love the color especially when pairing with my navy blue trousers.  As you can see the the arm length fits me perfectly.  However, I am big busted so with many shirts I wear, I have to wear a camisole underneath otherwise everyone will get a peep show.

I fell in love with this dress at first sight.  It was far from being black, gray or white so I achieved my color goal here.  Since it gets extremely hot where I live in the summertime this dress will be perfect for those hot days.

This is a maxi skirt from Long Tall Sally.  As soon as I saw it I had to grab it.  I haven’t had too many maxi skirts in my life that I could wear as a maxi skirt instead of midi skirt.  Actually, this is only the second maxi skirt that I have owned that actually fits.  My first maxi skirt was one that I just recently purchased from Amalli Talli.  I love that maxi skirt too and I will need to share that one in a seperate blog.

They also had these t-shirts there that said “No Climbing Allowed.”  I thought it was hilarious and I can’t wait to wear it.

What I Did Wrong During the Swap

Passed on VIP

For an additional $10 you could purchase VIP tickets which gives you extra time to shop before the main crowd. I easily saw that the best items were picked over by the time I was able to browse. After peeping at some of the VIP participants I found, I saw that the extra $10 was well worth the price.

Passed on Trying On

I am normally really good about trying on clothes but fitting rooms weren’t offered and the bathroom stalls were already packed with other women that got there first. Therefore, I passed on trying on items and the floral skirt didn’t end up fitting me.  As you can see below it puckers at the hips.  I did love the floral colors for spring and I had the perfect lilac top to go with it.

Didn’t look at Fiber Content

I was not paying enough attention to fiber content of the garments as I should have been. I know my body doesn’t breath very well in polyester but I can normally handle a polyester blend.  Since I was so enthralled by the floral maxi dress I did not realize it was 100% polyester. However, I still love the way it looks and I am not going to give up on it just yet.

To Conclude

I tried to plan ahead as much as possible about what I need in my closet but my swapping experience wasn’t perfect. I know for next time to take advantage of the VIP, try things on on and read the tags! Overall, the experience was priceless and I hope there will be more of these events going forward. It would be great to see these swaps start around the country.  To see footage of the event via TallSWAG’s Instagram page click here.

Tall Fashion Brands Created by Tall Women

Build Awareness

I didn’t realize how many independent tall fashion brands are out there that have been created by other tall women until last year when I started doing market research in this area. What is frustrating is when you try to Google tall fashion brands it is really hard to find these brands because all of the big brands rank first in the Internet searches. Therefore, the main purpose of this blog is to build awareness about these wonderful brands that are bringing changes to the tall women’s clothing market.

No One Knows a Tall Woman More than Another Tall Woman

As many of you may already know, I am in the process of starting my own fashion brand called Longings Clothes for Tall Women that will focus on Coats and Jackets for tall women.  I was inspired to do this mostly due to lack of stylish coats and jackets that I could find. I would buy from a big brand offering tall sizes but not specializing in them. Whenever I bought from these brands I was constantly faced with disappointment. For example, the jacket sleeves would not be long enough or the overall portion was off. The nice thing about buying from one of these brands is that nobody knows our clothing needs and challenges better than another tall woman. They are not just adding inches to patterns, they are using actual tall fit models during their development process.

Filling Gaps in the Market

From coats, plus sizes, lingerie, casual wear, sexy dresses and jumpsuits, luxury dresses, pants, jeans to professional work wear these women started these brands to provide unique shopping experiences to fill the gaps that we have in the tall women’s clothing market. We no longer are subject to non-stylish, unimpressive and ill-fitting clothing.

Tall Women Supporting Tall Women

I am big believer of women supporting women and it is needed now more than ever. These women are taking major risks to bring needed changes to the tall women’s clothing market. Please see the brands below for yourself and help spread the word!

All Things Tall

All Things Tall® is a value-oriented online platform that specializes in creating and providing clothing and shoe brands for taller women. Our mission is to insure tall women have access to the highest quality styles. Tall women are beautiful and their closet deserves to reflect the beauty of their height.

Lauren, the proud founder and creator of All Things Tall, has a lifelong mission to provide chic clothing to the modern day tall woman that empowers her to not only feel comfortable in her own skin, but to exude an unapologetic sense of confidence. This one-stop shop for women over 5’9” (and up to size 20) bridges the gap between exclusivity and innovation, offering an optimal, tailored collection of trendy pieces. Above all, All Things Tall® celebrates fierce women who stand tall in both height and life. Our motto “Why fit in, when you were born to STAND OUT?”

Shop online at They ship in the U.S. and Canada.

Offers plus sizes.

Founder – Lauren Givonne



Amalli Talli is an online retailer providing a different type of shopping experience for tall women. Started by two tall sisters with a 6” height difference between them, we strongly believe that tall isn’t solely defined by height alone, and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and proportions. Our mission is to provide trendy, well-fitting options, no matter where you may fall on the tall spectrum. Additionally through our online community, we aim to be a support system and source of empowerment for tall women to love their height.

Shop their clothing online at  They ship worldwide and offers free shipping for over $75 in purchases and $6.50 flat rate shipping below $75.

Offers plus sizes.

Founders – Amy & Alli

Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter


Dellez Fashion For Tall Women

Adelle Prime is the founder and designer of Dellez Fashion for Tall Women, a contemporary clothing line in Trinidad and Tobago designed for women 5’ 10”and taller. Dellez clothing line is not just made longer but correctly proportioned to suit a tall woman’s frame.

Standing tall at 5’ 10”, Adelle struggled over the years to find clothing that fit well since many designers and retailers cater to women of average height. As a result, many tall women are forced to wear ill-fitted clothes that are not designed for them.

Currently, their clothing line is available online at and shipped to the Caribbean, United States and Canada.

Offers dresses and jumpsuits up to 2XL and pants/jeans up to U.S. size 18.

Founder – Adelle Prime


Doubs Clothing

Doubs Clothing was started by Sammie, the wife of a 6’10” man. After countless shopping trips, nothing was ever long enough & when it was a good length, it was too wide. Eighteen months after releasing the men’s line, she felt comfortable exploring women’s clothing. We make women’s clothing that fit women that are between 6’0″ – 6’10”. Most importantly, we are completely ethical based. We make 95% in Australia by beautiful Machinists that are paid above award wage using the best fabric sourced. You can shop online at We ship free worldwide!

Offers plus sizes.


Height of Fashion

Height of Fashion is a new fashion label designed specifically for tall women. The label is born from a personal need and inspired by confidence, uniqueness and versatility. Founder Natalie Matthews, who stands at 6’3″, has curated a range of signature styles that can take you from day to night and provide both timeless and effortless style for your everyday need. You can shop their clothing online at For all Australian orders, they ship free standard delivery. They ship worldwide free when you spend over $100 AUD.
Founder – Natalie Matthews

Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter

Longings Clothes for Tall Women – Coming Fall 2018

Longings Clothes is being created to provide professional tall women with stylish jackets and outerwear that focus on quality and fit. Maintaining a price point that will make the clothing accessible to tall women that are just starting their careers and those that been in their professions for several years. It is important that tall women to appear polished and professional in their careers and can dress for success!

Founded by Lori Reposa. As a 6’ tall woman, I had dealt with many challenges throughout my life. My goal is to help other tall women find fashionable clothes for the workplace that will make them feel good about how they look.

Founder – Lori Reposa

Instagram & Facebook

Meghan Evans Clothing

Meghan Evans is designed to take the tall, professional woman from desk to drinks. We believe clothes should make you feel confident and ready to conquer the day without sacrificing style, comfort, or quality. That’s why we offer clothing that is designed and ethically manufactured in Washington, DC in limited quantities. We take extra care to select unique, quality fabrics to compliment our pieces’ flattering silhouettes that are both feminine and classic. You can shop our pieces online at Currently we only ship in the U.S.

Offers dress sizes up to U.S. size 18.

Founder – Meghan Evans

Instagram & Facebook


Inna Panchuk is the Founder and Creative Director of Shpala. She is 6’2’’ and has experienced firsthand the challenges of being tall and shopping for clothes that fit properly.

Unlike other brands that stretch existing standard patterns, we use true-tall fit models in our creation process. Made in one of the leading production factories of NYC’s Garment District using only exemplary fabrics, our clothes accentuate and flatter the above-standard frame. We are proud to dress tall women, to help empower them, and always consider their height a superiority, not a disadvantage.

You can shop their our dresses online at We ship to both U.S. and international addresses. U.S. standard shipping is offered free of charge.

Founder – Inna Panchuk

Instagram & Facebook


At Talltique we provide tall women, 5’10” and up, with stylish and high-quality tall clothing. We specialize in chic clothing for women 6’0″ and over, including jeans, pants, jackets, maxi dresses and skirts and other hard-to-find items in extra long lengths. Many of our garments are handmade in the USA, some using organic fabrics and low-impact dyes. The unique selection of our extended length garments have been handpicked by our 6’4″ owner Helen Pappas.

You can visit their showroom by appointment only located at 7815-A Old Georgetown Rd., Ste. 210, Bethesda, MD 20814 or shop online at We ship in the U.S. and internationally. We offer free shipping on all U.S. orders over $150 USD.

Offers plus sizes.

Founder – Helen Pappas

Instagram & Facebook

Veraf Clothing

VeRaf Clothing was founded in 2010 by Verona Lynch, a Property Surveyor cum Fashion Designer based in London. As a tall woman of 6’2, Verona continues to face the challenges of finding suitable, fashionable and affordable clothing to fit her tall body.

Veraf clothing for tall women is an ethical brand in the United Kingdom, dedicated in making classic styles into sophisticated contemporary clothing. Our collection is for the fashion conscious tall woman looking for daywear and nightwear pieces, which is available for international delivery via our website


Instagram & Facebook

To Conclude

As you can see, these brands provide a wide variety of clothing in various sizes.  They are filling the holes in the tall women’s market.  If you you have a favorite independent tall fashion brand that I didn’t include above, please add a note about them in the comments below to help spread the word.


Please see a recent blog I wrote about “Shoe Stores Dedicated to Women with Extended Shoe Sizes”  which most were founded by other women too.

How to Repurpose your Suit

Repurposing your Business Suit

I used to have a bad habit of shopping all the time and at least once a month I had to buy a new outfit. I would easily get bored with what I had so I was continuously on the hunt for the next big thing. After starting my own business and learning about the fashion industry, I have a new understanding how wasteful that lifestyle can be.

I have put my shopping on hold and I have been trying work with what I have and repurpose items to figure how to wear differently. I am going to take you through a couple examples of how you can repurpose one suit.

The Suit

Like most other professional women, I have a few suits hanging in my closet. Unfortunately, they don’t get worn too often because I work in more casual office environment now. Buying a good quality suit is a great investment that allows you to wear this timeless piece for many years. Since I don’t need to wear them very often I hate for them to collect dust in my closet.

I purchased this suit in a tall size from Ann Taylor. The pants have a 36″ inseam. The jacket fits without needing further alterations. The quality is average. It is made out Polyester, Rayon and Spandex but they do suggest dry clean only.

Three Button Navy Blue Jacket

This three button jacket can easily be converted to a more casual look with pairing with jeans, a white boat neck top or even a white t-shirt, and a pair of nice booties. The jacket with just a white top is too bland so adding scarf for additional color will give it an additional wow-factor you need to stand out. I really prefer one button jackets because they look more modern. However, if you have a three button you can just button once or leave open.

The Trouser Pant

To make the pants have a more casual look you can pair with a nice shirt and long-sleeve cover-up cardigan.

I have a blouse that I bought a few years ago when it was trendy to wear long shirts and blouses with skinny jeans or pants. I don’t really wear this blouse anymore but I am not ready to get ready to get rid of it yet. So I tried wearing it with these trouser pants and a cover-up cardigan but tucked it in. I absolutely love the way it came out.

It just needed a nice necklace and wear with a pair of nude pumps. Every woman should have a pair of nude pumps in their closet because of the versatility. They can go with so many colors and they aren’t as boring as your usual black pumps.


Just remember not give up on the clothes you have too soon. Try wearing them with different jewelry or scarves to shake it up. Some days I remind myself when I was a kid and would play dress-up. I still like to do this and mix and match pieces that I own but I don’t normally wear together. You should try it because you don’t know what amazing outfits you can come up with for free!

The Oversized Blazer – Stay or Go?

The Oversized Blazer

I absolutely love blazers!  They can enhance any basic work look.  Now, most of you have probably seen the new trend that started in the fall of 2017 and that is the oversized blazer.  These blazers can be seen on anyone from the work wear to the street wear scene.  As a kid growing up in the 80’s, I can remember this look very well.  However, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of this new trend and think they should stay in the 80’s.

Do you have to like new trends?

As a new designer getting ready to start my own fashion line consisting of jackets, blazers and coats, I have been wondering if I am being too close-minded not to consider these looks.   So I keep wondering, “do I need to conform to new trends in order to keep up with my target market.”

Last week I went to a seminar called “Fashion Talk Series 1.0 – How To Get People To Buy Your Fashion Product” organized by the  San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Inc. (SFFAMA).  It included keynote and special guest, Project Runway’s Jenni Riccetti and other featured panelists.  One thing they talked about is how to stay true to yourself as a designer while incorporating new trends.  They mentioned that you don’t need to jump full board on the bandwagon but bring in bits and pieces into your collection.

It was a relief to hear this!  So I thought to myself is there anything that I can like about these pieces or is it more about how they are being styled.  After some thought, I concluded that is more about how I am seeing them styled.  I see pictures of these oversized blazers worn with big baggy pants and to me that just looks frumpy and sloppy.

How to wear

These blazers can look good with you pair the them slim or skinny pants/jean.  This will give more balance to the look.

Oversize Blazer for work


Another nice way to wear these blazers is with a mini skirt and booties.  Wearing it this way can be a hit for a tall woman and her long legs.

Oversize Blazer with Skirt


Oversize Blazers for Tall Women

Since these blazers run large, women with longer arms may be able to get away with wearing the average sizes. However, if you don’t want to take that risk, below are some options for tall women.

Vero Moda Tall Velvet Jacket

Vero Moda Tall Longline Check Blazer

What’s Next?

Now, the real question is whether or not this trend is going to stay and I don’t think it will stay very long.  I could be wrong but please leave a comment and let me know you think they will stay.

How Long is Long Enough?

Have you ever purchased a jacket from an online store that stated the jacket had “long” sleeves but they didn’t provide any additional information or measurements. Out of desperation, you went ahead and purchased the jacket to find out that the sleeves were just not long enough.

I have experienced this disappointing feeling so many times in my life. Tall women should not have these problems when shopping. I purchased a jacket from a larger brand’s website that provides tall sizes. In the description, it only stated that the sleeve length was “long” but there was no additional information as to how they define long. Even their Size Chart did not have any information about the sleeve lengths.   Below is an example of one of their product descriptions.

I went ahead and purchased the jacket not knowing exactly how the sleeves will fit. As soon as it was delivered, I tried it on and was instantly disappointed that it didn’t fit me. I now know better than to try to buy “tall” jackets from that store again.  As you can see from the pictures below, the jacket wasn’t long enough for my arms.

In case you are wondering if I tried to ask customer service to see if they can provide me with a better description, I didn’t when purchasing the jacket above. However, I did try to ask about the sleeve length on another jacket and below shows the response I received. I was told that they appear to fall at the wrist? What…Who’s wrist? It must be for a 5’9″ women.  This is very frustrating!


As a tall woman, I don’t have the luxury of going in stores and trying on jackets because most jackets sold in stores are for average size women. For the most part, I get free shipping on my orders but most stores charge for shipping on returns. Therefore, I now pay much more attention to the size descriptions that online stores provide so that I don’t have to incur additional shipping fees.  If I can’t get clear measurements then I am not purchasing it.

It really surprises me how few tall online retailers offer sleeve length descriptions. One online retailer that does a good job of providing a description about the sleeve length is Long Tall Sally. Other retailers such as Ann Taylor and Banana Republic don’t put the sleeve length in the product description. However, they disclose the sleeve measurements in their size chart which is not as helpful as it being under the product description but better.

It is also important to understand how you are supposed to measure your arm length to match their measurements because there are two common methods to measure your arm length.

1) Most Common Method – From the Back of your Neck

Place your hand on your hip with your arm bent at 90 degrees. Measure from the middle of the back of your neck, across your shoulder and down your arm to the wrist.

2) Less Common Method

Standing with arms against your sides, this measurement is to be taken from the apex of the shoulder to the wrist.

The store should state how you should measure your arms in order to match their measurements.

How Longings Clothes will be different

Longings Clothes will be different because we will always put the sleeve length and the jacket length right in the product description. Additionally, we will make sure to disclose how to take your measurements to match our measurements. Finally, we will also provide the model’s measurements. With the combination of these three items, you will feel confident that you will know your jacket will fit before physically receiving it!

The Poncho – Keeps any Tall Lady Warm

There are still 57 more days until Spring ladies. Which means there is time to have fun with winter fashion and stay warm at the same time! 2018 is all about layers and the poncho is great for adding on layers. However, the best thing about a poncho is that it fits most women of all sizes. I have to say though, a tall woman can really strut herself in a poncho paired with a nice pair of skinny jeans or wear to work with a nice pair of pants. Ponchos can be so much fun to wear and accessorize!

How to Wear

To Work

Cashmere-Blend Poncho

When wearing a poncho to work you should try to invest in more quality fabric such as a cashmere or a cashmere blend if you have a lower budget. I recommend wearing a poncho that gives a nice pop of color to your look like a red or other bright color. Below is an example of a look that you can pull off for work. The best way to accessorize a poncho is wear a nice necklace in front of the poncho. To really stand out, top this look with a black beret!

Poncho Work Look

Cashmere Rib Pullover Poncho

Another way to wear it to work is by pairing it with a nice pair of wide leg pants and a white shirt underneath. Below is a look that I pair a grey cashmere poncho with a maroon wide leg pant. To really get a polished look for work, add a nice nude pump and a long necklace in front. Not only is this a nice chic look, it is also comfortable and warm.

Poncho Work Look

Casual Look

Turtleneck Knitted Poncho

I just recently purchased a turtleneck knitted poncho. This poncho is very warm and comfortable but gives me a cool chic look at the same time. I love to wear this poncho on the weekend. It is very versatile and can be worn out to dinner with your partner or a night out with your girlfriends. Below is a picture of me in my turtleneck knitted poncho. I decided to wear it with a pair of black velvet pants and boots. It would also look great with a pair of white jeans!

Fringe Knit Poncho

Last year a purchased a fringe knit poncho and I have been having fun wearing this one as well. It is great to pair with a pair of jeans and black booties. This one is a little more casual than my turtleneck poncho so it is great to wear to run errands in.

Shop the looks

Winser London Cashmere-Blend Poncho

Winser London Cashmere-Blend Poncho

Kinross Cashmere Rib Pullover Poncho - One Size - Sterling - Women's Sweaters

Kinross Cashmere Rib Pullover Poncho – One Size – Sterling – Women’s Sweaters

Simplee Apparel Women's Chic Turtleneck Knitted Poncho Pullovers Sweater

Simplee Apparel Women’s Chic Turtleneck Knitted Poncho Pullovers Sweater

Just Jamie Fringe Knit Poncho

Remember ladies, the best part about ponchos is that they are a one-size fits all option so even as a tall women with long arms I can shop for these at any store. There is still plenty of time to grab one and enjoy wearing before winter is over!

Disclaimer: I have not personally tried any of the pieces under the “Shop the Looks” sections except for the “Simplee Apparel Women’s Chic Turtleneck Knitted Poncho”nor do I get paid any commissions for any of the items listed.

Shoe Stores Dedicated to Women with Extended Shoe Sizes

From when I was a teenager until I was pregnant with my first son, I wore a size 10.   I felt so lucky to wear size 10 with being 6′ tall.  I had some issues finding shoes but for the most part I could walk out of a store with shoes that fit me.

Then the most unfortunate thing happened to me.  My feet grow a whole inch while pregnant with my first son!  I was shocked at how hard it was to find size 11 shoes.   There goes the times of walking into Macy’s and walking out with a great pair of shoes.

Disheartened by this new experience, I came to terms that I could no longer shop in stores for shoes that fit me and I started finding online retailers that worked for me.

Last week I was talking to my 6’2″ co-worker who wears a size 13.  She shared with me her hardships and challenges that she has endured since she was a teenager with finding shoes that fit.  Most of her shoes were men’s sneakers.  Hearing her story really saddened me.  She informed me that she still wasn’t aware of too many places that only sold extended sizes for women.  Since I have been engaging on social media so often now that I have started my own business I know I have come across stores that sell extended sizes.

Therefore, I decided to curate a list of stores for her and then I thought why not write a blog about it and share with more women.

Most of us tall women know of the typical places to buy extended shoe sizes are such as Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Payless and Zappos.  However, my list is going to focus on online boutiques and brands that are specifically for women with extended shoe sizes in the U.S.

Smash Shoes  

I was so excited when I came across Smash Shoes.  This is a contemporary brand dedicated to women wearing size 10+.   Now, if you are looking for knee high boots that actually cover your knee then this is the place to shop.  I flipped out when I saw the Kyla Boots on the Tall Swag Blog.   This boot can bought in sizes 9-14.

Kyla Boots

Zofie Shoes

Zofie shoes have created a line of shoes that are designed specifically for women that wear sizes 9 through 13.   You will find beautiful contemporary shoes on this website.  It was love at first sight when I saw the Adelia Fuschia Suede Pump.

Adelia Fuschia Suede Pump

Xtend Soles

Xtended Soles is an online store that specializes in women’s contemporary footwear for sizes 10 through 14.  You will love the styles that they offer.  I have to get my hands on the Python Low Heel.  It is too cute and will be great to wear to work.


La’Cole Shoes 

La’Cole Shoes is an online shoe store that sells shoes that range from size 9 through 14.  They are devoted to bringing fashion-forward shoe-nistas the latest and cutest in women’s footwear!  This first pair of shoes that really stood out to me are the Tribal Print Flat.  This shoe will really pop with a great pair of jeans.

Tribal Print Flat


Longstride Footwear was established to cater to ladies who wear shoes size 10 and up.  They specialize in trendy stylish shoes.   If you want a bootie that is different from the others and something you will stand out then you will need to check out the Ratch Bootie on their website.  You can get it in size 10 through 13.

Ratch Bootie


Lonia is a one-stop shop for high-quality and elegant extended-size shoes for women. Established in 2015 and specializing in large size women shoes ranging between 10 – 15, their mission is to help classy large feet women complete their ensembles, reduce their stress, and grow their shoe collections.   I was intrigued when I saw the Maisie booti on their website with gold studs on the heels.  I need  a pair of these in my closet!

Maisie Bootie

Shoes of Prey

Shoes of Prey is unique because you can actually customize your shoes and receive them in 2 weeks from when you placed your order.  The shoe sizes can go up to size 15.  I first discovered them in Foreign Fresh Fierce’s Blog -Become a Designer with Shoes of Prey .  In this blog, Cindy goes through her experience of customizing their Kiel 70 Bootie.   This is such a great concept!  You have to check it out!

Kiel 70

10th and Sole – Coming in 2018

Here is a store to keep your eye on that is planning to launch in 2018.  It is an online boutique specializing in women’s shoe sizes 10 & up.  I can’t wait to see what they will have to offer so I subscribed for their Early VIP Access on their website

I hope you find this list helpful and good luck with your shoe shopping!

Disclaimer:  I have not personally tried any of the  shoes listed nor do I get paid any commissions for any of the shoes listed.

Metallic Silver Shoes for Tall Women

Happy New Year!

It is New Year’s Day!  After seeing all the silver disco balls, silver metallic party hats, sequin dresses, confetti, bubbling champagne and glass flutes all around, I can’t help but think of my favorite color shoes: the silver metallic shoe.

I love silver metallic shoes not only for bling that it brings to my outfit but it is a great neutral and goes with almost anything.  They not only look great on but they can also be a lot of fun to wear.

Silver Metallic Flats

I have a great pair of silver metallic flats that I love to wear.  On more casual work days, I like to wear my silver metallic flats with a black blazer and jeans as shown below.

They also work well with pants.  Another look that I enjoy is wearing my metallic flats with my velvet black pants.

Silver Metallic Pumps

I adore flats because they look great but they are also very comfortable.  As a tall woman, I use to be scared of wearing heals because I already felt like I stood out and I didn’t want to stand out any further.  But now I have realized that no matter what I am going to stand out so I might as well stand out looking great!   With that  being said, the silver metallic pumps are great too and they can still go with jeans but they are also great with skirts.  You will stand out and look great in these shoes!

Silver Metallic Pumps


These pumps will also go really well with a maroon colored skirt like the one I show below.

Silver Metallic Pumps

Silver Sneakers

Silver sneakers are a lot of fun and can be worn in the office on casual Fridays.  You can wear them with jeans and pair with a nice wool coat.

Metallic Sneakers


These sneakers look great with jeans but you can also wear with midi dress.  Add a biker jacket and a large tote bag to give it a cool chic look.

Silver Metallic Sneaker


Where to shop:

I know as a tall woman how difficult it can be to find good shoes that but one brand I absolutely love is Nine West and many of their shoes go to size 12.

Nine West Speakup Flats $69.00
Nine West Tatiana Pointy Toe Pumps $59.99

For the Sneakers, I found these TOMS Lenox sneakers on Zappos and they go up to a size 12.

TOMS Lenox Metallic Sneaker $89.00

I also found on Zappos these Keds x kate spade, however; they only go up to size 11.

Keds x kate spade new york Champion Silver Metallic Sneaker $90.00

Silver metallic isn’t just for New Year’s Eve, let’s keep it going all year long!


Disclaimer:  I have not personally tried any of the pieces under the “Where to Shop” section nor do I get paid any commissions for any of the items listed.

Last Minute Gift Idea

Last Minute Shopping Stress

Did you wake up this morning and realize that it is December 17th and there are only seven more days to Christmas shop?  If so, welcome to my world!  No matter how much I tell myself I won’t wait last minute this year to complete my Christmas shopping, I always seem to procrastinate and put it off last minute.  Then I get stressed out thinking about what I need to buy and where. I really hate crowds too so I have been lucky the last couple of years to at least give myself time to buy online.

Great Gift Idea!

Relax and don’t panic!  There is one item that doesn’t have height or size requirements.  Therefore, they are great for any woman whether she is tall, short or average size.  Drum roll please…it is the blanket scarf!   This scarf is great to keep you warm on these cold winter days plus they can make a great fashion statement.  They are on the casual side but that makes them great to wear on casual Fridays or on the weekends.  Most importantly, they are budget friendly and you still can find plenty of them in stock at most stores.

How to wear

There are many different ways to wear a blanket scarf.  Three favorites that I enjoy are the Bandana, the Belted Shaw and the Pull-Through Loop.

The Bandana

Step 1: Fold into a triangle.

Step 2: Hold the triangle in front of your chest and wrap around your neck.

Step 3: Bring the ends around to the front of your chest and tuck underneath the triangle.

The Belted Shaw

Step 1:  Fold into a triangle.

Step 2:  Pull the triangle behind you so that the bottom part of the triangle is pointed down towards the ground.

Step 3: Hold the ends and drape over your shoulders.

Step 4:  Tie the belt around you.  I don’t like to include the back of the scarf when tying the belt so I let it hang over the back of the belt.

The Pull-Through Loop

Step 1:  Fold the scarf in a triangle.

Step 2:  Keep folding until you make the scarf look like a long noodle.

Step 3:  Hold the noodle up and fold in half.

Step 4: Take it and hold behind your neck.

Step 5:  Wrap around your neck and take the bottoms and pull through the top part which is like a loop.

Step: Adjust and fluff it out.

There are so many more ways to wear these lovely scarves.   Below is  a great video to watch on YouTube that shows you 12 different ways to wear a blanket scarf.

Where to buy

There are so many places to buy these  budget-friendly fabulous scarves.  I bought mine at Charming Charlie.  I just bought two days ago in the store and there were plenty of scarves in stock still.

I really like this scarf.  It is extremely soft, warm and cozy.  It feels great on and I love the way I look in it.

Charming Charlie

If you don’t want to go out in the crowds you still have time to buy online through Amazon and have it delivered by Christmas.  I haven’t personally tried any of the scarves below but they have great prices and reviews.

Dimore $12.99
Hitop $13.99

Neal LINK $12.99

Even if you did miss the cut-off to buy online, there are so many stores such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Old Navy, and JC Penney that should still have some scarves in stock.

So here is one great idea that will help with your last minute Christmas shopping.  Good luck to you!


Disclaimer:  I did not get paid any commissions for any of the items listed in this blog.