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Tips for stress free tall clothes shopping

Tall girl's fashion // How to make tall shopping stress free

Last Saturday, I gave you a list of my most common dressing room nightmares and I received quite a few nods of agreement from my tall readers in return. Today, I provide you with the solution to some of these nightmares, or if you’d like, rules to play by in order to make (tall) shopping as stress free as possible. These rules are not just for us tall woman, but will be equally applicable for anyone who has problems finding clothes that suit their body.

We don’t have any tall brands in Norway, so I’ve become really skilled at shopping for my 183 cm/6 ft body amongst regular sized brands. I always try on clothes before I buy them. Online I only buy from brands that I know fit my body and never ever shoes, as they hardly ever fit and need to be returned across expensive international borders (import duties are applied).

Here’s my list of rules for becoming skilled at shopping for your body and make it a stress free experience. So finish your breakfast/lunch, grab a bottle of water and head for the nearest shopping centre:

1. Never give up. Somewhere out there is a blazer that will fit you perfectly, it might just take some time to find it. It’s the rule of numbers — if you try on lots of items, the perfect garment will finally materialise.

2. It’s always the clothes that are wrong, never ever you or your body. Love your body.

3. Visit specialty shops that have multiple brands in the same category, so you can try on lots of brands to find the brand/s that suit your body better.*

4. Try on lots of shapes/cuts of a garment to see which cut suits you — and you like — better.

5. Visit lots of stores to see which ones carry the brands (and cuts) that you now know fit you.

6. Become a regular customer in these stores — sign up to their newsletter, like their Facebook page and follow their Instagram account. Befriend the staff and ask them for recommendations – they can even send you a text when new merchandise arrives.

7. Once you have identified “your” brands, like the agencies that distribute these brands on Facebook and Instagram. At least twice a year they run sample sales where you can buy the products at 50-70 % off. They will also post when new merchandise arrives in store.**

8. Tailor items to fit you perfectly. It might only take you 30 minutes to make that wide top perfect or take down the hem of those trousers. Either learn to tailor yourself (your mum or a friend might be able to help you get started) or find a skilled tailor in your area.

9. If you see a tall woman wearing something gorgeous, run over and ask her where she got it. She’d most likely love to share, as she probably searched for ages before she found the garment!

10. If your budget is unlimited, head straight for the luxury brand stores — many luxury brands fit a tall body and some even offer trousers that are not yet hemmed and are a mile long. Be prepared to pay Nok 4.000+ for a pair of trousers — but you’ll love them forever.***

Happy shopping!

*Scandinavian brands like H&M, Gina Tricot, Cheap Monday, COS, Lindex, Cubus, Selected Femme, Ganni, Designers Remix, By Malene Birger, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, Bruuns Bazar, etc tend to fit longer, as they are made with the taller Scandinavian women in mind.

**If you live in Norway, I can email you a list of the major agencies in Oslo with links to their Facebook account.

***Some luxury brands that fit long: Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, Costume Nationale. Reaching for a Northern European brand is a good tips, as people are taller up North.

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