I’m a tall woman. The kind of tall that, when you overhear someone describing a girl as “tall, but not, like, freakishly tall, like probably 5’10″”, I fall into that “freakishly tall” category. I was 14 years old when I hit 6 feet tall. Now I’m 6’4″.
I was always a tomboy. I still prefer jeans & a tshirt to any other outfit. But there are times when a girl likes to wear something flattering, and men’s jeans, while long enough, were definitely not flattering. Unfortunately, neither were the extremely matronly clothes that were the staple of “tall women” selection anywhere we were lucky enough to find it. Downright dowdy. And everything else was a compromise in size. To get sleeve lengh anywhere close, I wore shirts 2 sizes too wide. Shoes were just plain impossible. I even had a sales person laugh once when I told her what size I needed.
Then my grandfather went to England & found an amazing place: Long Tall Sally. He brought a catalog home, but they didn’t deliver to the US at the time. Luckily, we were planning a trip across the pond ourselves &, at age 16, I finally got to walk into a store where I didn’t have to compromise on size. At all. It was amazing! I even still remember what I picked out; a set of silk pj’s, a pair of dress pants, a pair of jeans, & two long-sleeved, ridiculously soft shirts. And look!
This is me in one of those ridiculously soft shirts. Today (age *cough*34*cough). I still have both of them! Look at the length on those sleeves! They’re still some of the longest, comfiest, softest sleeves ever.
Today I’m lucky enough to have a Long Tall Sally in my city. I still can’t describe the level of appreciation I have to be able to walk into a store & know I will find clothes that fit & flatter without having to compromise. I tell every long-legged, long-torsoed, long-armed, & big-footed chick I meet to go check out LTS, too.
Happy Birthday, LTS! Here’s to 40 more years, so I can still be stylish & comfortable even when I’m old & grey.