This post is a love-letter to all apparel that accommodates vertically enhanced individuals.
If you are a soul who happens to fall into the ‘excessively long of limb’ spectrum (first of all – welcome!) you may understand the GRIEF and dare I say the AGONY of finding apparel that covers you much less flatters you. Being 5’10 has it’s perks – don’t get me wrong. I utilize all cupboard space in my kitchen. I never need a ladder. When meeting people in crowded spaces I tell them to look for the beacon of red hair towering over… everyone. If we are talking useful life hacks – being tall is aces. If we are talking general coverage of body parts – tall has it’s drawbacks. Lordy, the number of times I’ve tried to will length into clothing… ‘if I just maintain a deep squat in this dress for the duration of the party… TA-DA! It’s floor length now!’ or how often I have excitedly tried on a jacket only to curse at my exposed forearms. Needless to say – it can be a wee bit challenging to find clothing that properly envelopes long limbs/bodies and is visually tolerable to boot.
Two simple items in my closet (cough* floor) that fit this miraculous description are a trusty jean jacket and pair of black jeans. These items have been such dependable staples in my wardrobe. I have arms and legs like a giraffe and these beauties gobble up my longness with dignified ease. The jacket goes past my waist (!!) and wrists (!!) and the pants are cuffable (nothing tickles my fancy more than the option to cuff my pants – I lead a wild and reckless life). These qualities are enough to send right me over the edge of wardrobe bliss… So much so that I hardly notice comments like “DID YOU KNOW YOUR PANTS HAVE HOLES IN THEM!?” or “DID YOU HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR THAT?!”. Hilarious people. Hilarious.
I have no doubt there are more of you out there who struggle with long-limbness so I implore you – share your clothing haunts! Life is too short not to help the tall, awkward girl in flood pants and crop tops that were NEVER intended to be crop tops!
The Cat Burglar ensemble:
Jean Jacket – Topshop
Jeans – Topshop
Toque – MEC (cozy merino wool @ $16 – wiiinnnnnnn)
Sunnies – Thrifted
Turtleneck – Thrifted
Shoes – Thrifted