How to Shop Online for Tall Clothes Without Spending a Fortune (Sort of - more on that in the "TIPS" section)
All of the following stores have special “tall” sections in their online shops (typically not in-store, unfortunately). So on with the reviews!
American Eagle Outfitters - HOLY CRAP do not go ANYWHERE else for jeans. I was literally at my wit’s end for pants until I discovered AEO. They have long and x-long lengths and a vast array of fits and styles. Lots of times their pants are on sale, too - always check the clearance section using the size filter! I can wear a pair of their jeans almost every day for a year or more before the knees get holes.
Old Navy - Cheap quality clothes, but really cheap price tags. I generally buy things like tanks and camis from them - stuff that has to be long enough for my obscenely long torso, but that isn’t the centerpiece of my outfit.
GAP - Higher quality than Old Navy, but also more expensive. Button-down shirts there typically run $45 or more, but I would say they are worth the price.
Banana Republic - Even higher quality than GAP, and hence more expensive, but they do have lovely stuff. Worth a look if you want clothing that will live long and prosper.
The Limited - Fantastic place for working women with tons of professional clothing, including suits! They’re running sales all the time, so if you see something you like, try waiting a bit and it might be marked down.
J. Crew - This place is on the swanky and expensive side, but if you’re into quality, J. Crew is the place to be. Their clothing is beautiful and built to last.
Land’s End - Their target audience is middle-aged women, so don’t be surprised if their clothing tends to run short and wide, even in the tall sizes. I have had some good luck with their sweaters in their past, particularly “tunic” sweaters.
Eddie Bauer - Lots of classic pieces and clothing intended for travelers. High quality stuff, so tees run in the $30 range and nice shirts are closer to $70.
-Take some time to take accurate measurements of your body. Get someone to help you. Because you’re going to be buying online so much, having accurate measurements is critical to making sure you get the right size.
-Accept that buying clothes costs more money because you can’t just buy random shirts from Target. But it’s okay - you’re actually ahead of the game, because buying high-quality clothes that last saves you money in the long run. Plan ahead, buy only what you need and enjoy what you wear! If you don’t like something, replace it!
-Buy dresses from regular stores. Unless you need something for work, it shouldn’t be a problem if your dresses are a bit shorter on you. Modcloth has dresses that are a little longer if you’re worried.
-Invest in a pair of Skimmies from Jockey. They’re slip shorts that will help keep you covered in case your skirt/dress flies up or something.
-Finding long-torso swimsuits is a royal pain in the ass. My advice is to wear a bikini. If you must cover your belly, however, L.L. Bean has decent suits for under $50.
-Always check online stores for a tall section! I’ve run across them in surprising places (and then forgot them when I was writing this list).
-Brand names have given up on you. Get designer handbags, if you must, but realize that hardly any label caters their clothing to women your height (in spite of the fact that their models are as tall as you). Crazy, I know.
-Tunic sweaters will save your life.
-AEO has yoga leggings in a “long” length. I haven’t found 36 inseam leggings anywhere but Long Tall Sally, and they are hella expensive so I’ve held off.
-Finding tall tights/hosiery is just annoying. For tights, you’re going to want a specialty tall size from somewhere. With hosiery you can sometimes squeak by figuring out what size you would be if you were shorter and then going up a size to account for the extra height.
-Styles that are meant to be shorter, like ankle pants and crop tops, will work for you.
-Elbow length sleeves are your friend.
-Always top off your outfits with confidence and a smile! It honestly makes such a difference. People will respect you only if you respect yourself.