While shopping for plus size clothing can be comparable to getting a root canal, for many extra tall curvy girls, it is nigh unto impossible to find clothing that fits and flatters. Shirts and pants are too short. Bust lines do not fall where the bust should fall. Full length sleeves become three-quarter length. It is enough to make a big and tall woman scream. Many women have even resorted to wearing men’s clothing to find the right fit. How unfeminine is that? Men’s pants do not allow for the natural curve of woman’s hips, let alone offer femininity and beauty. Most big & tall stores cater to men. For years, it has been acceptable for a man to be husky, beefy or brawny. Yet the lack of big & tall boutiques for women is evident. There are an abundance of specialty shops for the tall and lanky, but what about the tall and curvy? Where are the boutiques for a beautiful woman who celebrates her Amazon ancestry? Many specialty shops for tall women offer sizes up to 16, 18 or 20. But what about the tall, curvy girl who wears a 22 or larger?
Designers have recently started to realize a real need for longer shirts and inseams in the plus size industry. They have started to add clothing designs that flatter the waist, while enhancing the bust, for a longer torso. Designers have also realized the need for convertible or adjustable styles that would accommodate women of all body types and sizes. There are more clothing lines that offer a tailored shape, while adjusting for long legs and long arms. While this is mostly, as yet, an unexplored niche, there is a thrill in discovering a big & tall women’s boutique. However, this thrill is short-lived, as the prices in these exclusive boutiques are quite outrageous for the average curvy Amazon. Who wants to spend a mere fortune for a few pieces of cloth? Tops and blouses can range anywhere from $50 to $150, while nice trouser or jeans can run, on average, $90 to $250. Add a pair of shoes, a belt and accessories, and a curvy girl can pay around $500 for a single outfit. Mind you, that outfit will fit like a glove, look amazing and exude confidence, but what will she wear the other six days of the week?
I have talked to several tall curvy women who exceed 5 feet 9 inches, and they seem to have two main complaints. Designers, pay attention! These curvy Amazons are demanding plus size clothing that elongates the body and enhances the natural curve. They want fashion forward styles that allow for longer, wider legs. They are calling for longer flowing shirts, knee length dresses and cute skirts. Tall, curvy women want business apparel that commands attention and yet is feminine. And, yes, shockingly tall women love high heels! There is nothing more classy that a tall, curvy woman in a fitted, belted tunic top, a-line, knee-length skirt and high heels. Long legs and tailored curves are still yet to come in the fashion industry, yet with a little determination and time, big and tall woman can find several jewels among stores, with extended and special sizing.