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Pretty Tall Style

PRETTY TALL STYLE

As I have been working on connecting with the tall ladies community I have loved getting to know and see all the tall bloggers out there. Confession…I’ve never been much of a blogger reader before this and I don’t know why! There is just so much fun stuff out there and so many people sharing such great information. I want to highlight one blogger a month because…sharing is caring! In college when I was dating I used to say, “there is someone out there for everyone”. It soothed my soul on those lonely Friday nights. Haha! I just knew someday my someone would come and one day he did! And I digress….what I’m going for here is that there is a blogger out there for you and me and knowing where to find them is half the battle.
Pretty Tall Style

Today I want to introduce you to Tanasha of Pretty Tall Style. She is one of the first women tall bloggers I found, and I have loved following her. You just feel so warm inside and happy when you see that bright smile of hers. I found her on Instagram, but you can see her in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube as well. If you haven’t gone to her website, though, I highly suggest it. She puts together the cutest outfits for all kinds of occasions. She always helps you to find out where to go for everything she has on and if she doesn’t have the exact link anymore she will help you to find something similar. I LOVE it when she highlights certain colors. It’s just so fun and I imagine her closet looking like a rainbow of joy.

Here is some more information you can find at Pretty Tall Style:
• Sewing– If you like to sew then you will find some great resources at Pretty Tall Style. Tanasha has whipped up some great outfits and, as always, gives you the info on where to get the pattern to make one for yourself.
• Tall Girls Resource—Tanasha has put together a long list of resources for you to find all your tall girl needs
• Hugs—every post ends with a Hug from Tanasha 😊
Thanks for doing what you do Tanasha! Go check her out. I think you will be glad you did!

Hugs (there’s one from me, too!),

Elisha

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Where it all Started

It all started about a year and a half ago when I was trying to find a dress for my sister’s wedding.  I wanted a dress!  Not a skirt and a top, I didn’t want to wear a skirt extender slip and a shirt on the top half of me as well to make the top long enough either.  I could find nothing.  I probably didn’t search very hard, to be honest, because I had been there…done that.  Frankly, I don’t really like shopping.  It is hard to find cute clothes that are my size and fit right.  So I ended up wearing a hand-me-down skirt and plain black t-shirt to the wedding.  My aunt Andrea was at the wedding and I told her of my woes.  Then I asked if she wanted to start a company with me that designed dresses specifically for tall women in mind.  My Aunt Andrea has a wonderful talent of sewing and designing, and she received her college degree in Fashion Design.  Right away she drew up some sketches and we were going to do it!  Andrea knew exactly just what to do.  The dresses we design are with the tall girl or lady in mind.  Anyone 5’9” and above.  I am 5’11 ½” tall and the things that I wanted to be mindful of was the length and where the waist hits.  I have tried on dresses before and looked like a ridiculous little school girl with the waist coming inches above where it should and fanning out in the middle of my ribs and the dress hitting at the middle of my thigh.  I felt like the Beast when he looks in the mirror and Lumiere says, “You look so, so…”  and then the Beast says, “Stupid”.  I am really exciting for this venture.  I hope to be able to provide tall women with fashionable clothing that will fit well and last for years to come. 

One consideration when making the dresses is the shoulder length.  Many tall women also have broad shoulders that make it hard to fit in clothes and especially ones made from nicer fabric that is not very stretchy.  Our first two dresses are made with the Raglan sleeve design that makes it easy for women with broad shoulders to fit in comfortably and provides comfortable range of movement.  The fabric is a material called Scuba Knit.  It is light and stretch without being see through all at the same time.  This fabric makes it easy to wear in the winter and summer.  Our dress designs are made to be classic and unique so that you can be sure to wear them for years to come.  I can’t wait to see what you think and see pictures of tall women all over in our dresses.

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Tall Tales

 

Well hello.  Welcome to this site.  We are so excited to get started on this little project of ours and hopefully spread some relief and joy to tall women everywhere.  But to start, I must reverse just a bit.  Cue sound of rewinding tapes…(blweedeeweep!)  See this picture, that’s me in the back row in kindergarten with the side pony tail.  Cute huh.

I could show you examples of this time and time again.  Okay, so I’m not as tall as they come and in all honesty, I’m really not even 6 feet.  My actual measurement is 5’11 ½”.  In high school there were two girls taller than myself (shout out to Kristen and Ricky!!), of which I was kind of grateful.  We went to school in a rural community with about 800 people in the high school total, which meant that tall boys were FEW!  I remember going to college and walking around with my eyes bulging out of my sockets to see so many tall men around!  It was so amazing!  I probably ruined any chance of dating I had then simply by the drool hanging out of my mouth while I gawked.

Haha.  Just kidding.

 

I don’t THINK I did that, but I’m sure I felt like that.  I actually have never loathed being tall, rather, I’ve kind of owned it as a unique aspect about me that people that was cool, I think.  Everyone thinks tall people play sports, and I did.  But the truth is that I didn’t ever consider myself to be a natural athlete.  I was just tall, so the coaches would say to me, “stand here, and put your arms up”.  And that is what I did.  Occasionally I would jump if I felt it was necessary.  I played volleyball, and in fact, I never wore knee pads because I knew I wasn’t diving to the ground to get a ball.  I always figured someone else would get it as it was a much longer distance for me to go.   I would work harder if I could go back with the knowledge I have now, but we live and learn.  And speaking of going back….let me introduce you to my high school wardrobe.  Here is a bad picture that I found in my yearbook-

 

 

Eek!  Kind of embarrassed here.

 

So I was looking at these pictures and trying to decide if the reason for my outfit was the style, my lack of style, or my serious lack of options as a tall teen-ager.

Number one, the shoes.

I can blame that on my lack of style, well my lack of insisting upon a style, and the fact that my dad bought me some school shoes.  Typical dad.  A very functional hiking boot to wear in high school.  Thank you.

Number two, the pants.

I vividly remember shopping for pants in the men’s section.  I don’t really know why.  Well, actually, I do.  It was because they were long enough.  Were there long enough pants for me in a women’s size?  I don’t know.  I also wore men’s shirts, I think.  WHY WHY WHY Parents!!  Seriously, my mom was a beauty queen, a model, and 5’10”.  Didn’t she care about me????

 

So long story short is that I dislike shopping.  It’s not that I dislike style, but NOTHING FITS!  Typically, clothes are “regular” size which means for me that pants are too short, shirts are too short, and the waist on a dress comes about to my 10th rib.  I remember in high school wearing a pair of shorts that were not short, but they were not 4 inches above the knee, which was the dress code.

I remember having to kneel down and the vice principal getting out a ruler to measure my shorts, which were obviously “too short”.  I remember being SOOO MAD about that.  I argued with him that if some other random girl put on my very same shorts they would most definitely be long enough and that it was such discrimination towards tall people.  I could tell these stories time and time again, which I’m sure we all could.

I decided on day to make a dress for me that fits me and it is glorious (except for the fact that I made up the sleeves and I really can’t raise my arms up too high in them).  The waist is lower and actually fits at my waist.  The dress is longer and, other than the sleeves, it just feels better.  Andrea and I want to do more of that and to bring dresses tall people can wear and fit well in.  I promise the sleeves will work too.  So there it is…more to come.  We hope to build a community of tall clothing wearers and get your ideas on what kind of styles you would like to see fitted more to you.  Stay in touch and we can GROW together.

 

Haha, see what I did there, GROW…

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On Being Tall

You haven't created any blog designer shortcode. When I was in college, I really didn’t date a whole lot.  I like to think that I walked tall and proud of who I was.  Maybe I wasn’t very confident about dating, but I was confident about a lot of things.  Like my ability to work hard, make friends, laugh, play volleyball, get good grades, etc.  One day a friend told me that my “problem” was that I was tall, beautiful, and confident.  What?!  I promptly let him know that none of those things seemed like a problem to me.  I wasn’t going to walk around with my eyes on the ground and there was nothing I could do about my height so if that was intimidating to the male population, then holy cow…man up!  I’m sure there were other things getting in my way of dating, like being clueless about what flirting looked like, but it doesn’t really matter now because I found a man who wasn’t intimidated by my awesomeness and we got married ten years ago and have 4 lovely children.  Being tall has always been a part of who I am.  You can tell on every class picture since Kindergarten.  My position in basketball was a post and a middle blocker in volleyball.  People have been asking me to reach items on the top shelves at the grocery store for years.  The pew at church comes to the middle of my back.  Seats on a plane are super tight.  The list can go on and on.  So being tall is who I am.  It is a part of my identity as much as being female is.  I love it and I love everything that I am able to do with it.  I have a daughter that is tall and I hope to show her how to walk tall, look forward, and smile with confidence.

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Andrea’s Bio

Andrea Densley, designer, is a short person from a tall family. Although she is 5’4”, she has sisters and nieces who hover around the 6-foot mark. She understands the challenges presented by mainstream fashion no matter what your height. Andrea was born in Seattle, WA and at a very young age began drawing and sewing. While still in high school, she won a design award in a national contest sponsored by Levis. In college, she earned a designer’s Assistantship position and was chosen “Costume Designer of the Year” by the Theater Department of Brigham Young University.

“I’m a person with non-stop creative ideas who is easily side-tracked by my own amazing brainstorms. It is great experience to work with Tallidarity and stay on task and nurture projects through to their happy conclusion, “ Andrea says. “It is fun collaborating with my very tall niece, Elisha, who is the daughter of my also very tall sister. We have already worked with many talented people who made our first fashion shoot a super success.”

Andrea lives near Olympia, WA and designs dresses, plans patterns and sews the first round of dress samples for Tallidarity. Those prototypes are plotted by a professional patternmaker, and then sent to a manufacturer, all the production steps are kept in the United States.

Along with fashion design, Andrea is a performing jazz singer, an elementary Fine Arts teacher, and a newbie grandmother of almost 11 grandbabies. She and her husband Jim are active in their Church community and assist with the event “The Festival of the Nativity” every December.

An inspirational speaker, Andrea is a collector of quotes and anecdotes. She has struggled in her life with health concerns including cancer, depression and anxiety. She shares a thought that she heard from, then 17-year old Rebecca Murdock, who referenced the quote “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” Rebecca said, “Sometimes we are so busy staring at the door that just got slammed in our face; we don’t even bother looking for a window.” Andrea enjoys looking for the open windows in life.