On a recent shopping escapade with my mother to Southampton's shopping mall I went on the, what seems like a never ending, search for clothes that actually fit me. As most of you know, I am a lady of size that is not often represented by the high street or any clothing retailers really, and often rely on my mum to make me lovely garments. I am 6' tall, with 34" legs ending in (large) size 8 feet, and an hour glass figure that has bust and hips of a size 14 and the waist of a size 10. Yeah. Can you see why I generally detest shopping? And vintage shopping is a no-go area, which makes me sad because we all know how much I love vintage! I am, sometimes but rarely, saved by the tall section of high street stores, plus the one and only shop for taller ladies, Long Tall Sally. I say sometimes but rarely because according to these sections and stores long-legged ladies are only allowed to wear a maximum of three outfits:
1) The trouser suit.
2) Jeans/'Lounge wear':
And 3) Evening Dresses - never full length though, that would be far too much fabric (Shops listen up: a 6', size 12 lady uses much less fabric than a 5'5", size 18 lady)
|This is quite nice actually...|
I have spared you the monstrosity of the shoes...
Moving on to my next point: not only is there a lack of choice in the stores that DO provide taller ladies things, there is just a general lack of stores that provide anything at all. New Look, I am looking at you.This brings us neatly back to the beginning of our story...
New Look and Topshop were the only shops (to my knowledge anyway) that regularly provided a tall section (complete with the three permitted outfits), but as I searched for the section in the blindingly bright white Southampton branch my quest returned fruitless. New Look had stopped their tall section.
Now, I am left with only one shop that is willing to clothe me. They all seem willing to clothe small ladies - every shop seems to have a petite section! So where is my section? Any other tall ladies (and gents! I know you have this issue too!) feeling my pain? And, if anyone knows any vintage repro/rockabilly stores that do a tall section, you will be my hero if you inform me!