Finding Maternity Clothes for Tall Women
If you are above average height, it may be hard to find maternity clothes for tall women. Shopping online or visiting favorite tall stores may be the easiest way to find clothes that fit you correctly.
Is your height borderline? If you are around 5 foot 7 inches tall (a frequent cut-off for average versus tall jeans), you may want to opt for the tall length. While the average length may fit perfectly for a few weeks, the legs may get a big short after a few washings. If the pants are a style that goes above your tummy, the pants may become even shorter as your baby belly grows. To combat the problem of length before they shrink, consider cuffing the pants.
In addition to jeans, you will want to look for the following items made for tall people:
- Dress/work pants
- Swimsuits (long torso)
- Long-sleeved tops
Buying a versatile wardrobe can make getting dressed each day easier. Look for basics bottoms in a neutral tone like black, beige, tan, brown, navy, or dark green. Then add some flair with your top.
What to Buy
Having a list of items you will need during your pregnancy can make shopping a lot easier. While the following list is not comprehensive (you may need more of less of certain items depending on your situation), you will find it is a good starting point for most maternity wardrobes:
- 2 pairs of work pants
- 1 skirt
- 1 suit jacket
- 2 long sleeved tops
- 2 short sleeved tops
- 2 pairs of stylish jeans
- 2 bras
- Special occasion outfit (dress, skirt and top, or pantsuit)
Armed with your list, you can now begin shopping. Some stores and online retailers offer both dress and casual clothing. Others seem to focus on one more than the other.
Tops often cost less than pants and are usually easier to find. You will want to start by looking for pants. If you find a brand or store that seems to fit you well, stick with them. Try on several pairs of pants in different cuts to find your most flattering fit.
When shopping for maternity clothes for tall women, keep in mind that each manufacturer may have a different idea of what constitutes "tall." Some designers designate that at a 33, 36, or 37 inch inseam. If you try on a few pairs of pants and they all seem exactly the same amount too long or too short, then move on to a different brand.
Places to Shop
To find the best retailers of maternity clothes for tall women, ask your tall friends who have been pregnant where they shopped. Ask salesclerks in the stores where you normally shop for their recommendations. Department stores and boutiques may carry maternity clothes in tall sizes. Online retailers are a good place to go for tall clothing if you do not live close to a brick and mortar store that offers your sizes.
Visit the following stores to find tall sizes for your maternity needs:
Also check out this link for a listing of retailers who cater to tall women. Some offer maternity and nursing clothing for tall women.