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TS Elliot quote

 

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” -TS Eliot

 

Each one of us holds an infinite amount of creativity, passion, purpose, and motivation within ourselves. Have you used yours lately? 😉 It’s easy to brush away and continue about our usual standard boring day – but as the quote above implies – the only way to grow is to stretch out and reach for those more distant goals. If we consistently put in the practice, soon enough that stretch goal will come within reach. If we take a leap and dive off into the deep end, we might just discover a new world.

 

It’s not until we push ourselves outside out comfort zone that we really start to find out what we are made of.

 

Jump. Leap. Stretch. And grow taller 😉

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Tall Style with Nichole of Alluring Heights

neon coral burnout

Nichole of Alluring Heights recently took our neon coral burnout long sleeve tee for a spin! She created two different styling options for this versatile t-shirt – keep scrolling to see which one you like best!

women's extra tall tee

First, she went for a sporty look with white tennies, casual ripped jeans and a sports bra/bralette under the top. Add a knot tied in the side of the shirt hem, and you are ready for casual, relaxing Saturday afternoon out with friends!

women's tall long sleeve top

Then Nichole dressed up the top for date night with her husband, changing into dark wash skinny jeans, heels and adding some statement jewelry.  The bright coral color is flattering on all skin tones and guaranteed to be a showstopper!

coral burnout tee styles

Still reading and wondering what this “burnout” description is all about?? Burnout, or devoré technique, is when a fabric made of 2 or more fibers (say, a natural fiber like cotton, and a synthetic fiber like nylon) has a chemical applied to the fabric in a specific pattern, to dissolve some of the fibers and create translucent areas. This top has various triangle shapes “burnt out” of the fabric, creating a dynamic fabric with tons of layering options!

 

Visit the six and a quarter shop to get your own neon coral burnout tee! With extra-extra long sleeves to fit your extra tall frame!

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Meet Your Tall Sisters Chicago

tall women in heels at The Tall Society brunch

 

This post is waaaay overdue, but I wanted to tell you about the fun we had at the Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch in Chicago with The Tall Society!

 

Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakeshore Navy Pier and Lae Michigan

 

We had a beautifully sunny February day, and the brunch was held on the top floor of the W Chicago Lakeside, which provided us with a gorgeous 360 degree view of Chicago’s Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, and downtown!

 

Winter view of Navy Pier

 

I attended the brunch as a vendor and brought with me a selection of items from my shop for everyone to peruse. I met so many amazing lovely ladies and thoroughly enjoyed myself! The mimosas of course helped get the conversations started, and after a some time to meet and chat, we were served a delicious buffet brunch that ran the full gamut from sweets to savory, and from perfectly healthy to maybe a little indulgent. 😉

 

extra tall clothing for women 5'11" and up

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vendor at Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch Chicago

 

Bree was an amazing host, and I really appreciate what she is doing by building a women-focused ‘tall club’ that helps us tall ladies that usually stick out in a crowd to finally feel like we belong – and not only belong, but she’s helping us embrace, and be proud of, and celebrate our height. Let’s be honest – usually when I’m standing around talking with folks at an event, I’m looking down, or bending my head down to better hear the conversation. That wasn’t a problem here! I was wearing heels, plenty of other women were too, and I still actually had to look UP to hold the conversation. Incredible 🙂

 

six and a quarter & The Tall Society

 

I can’t wait for the next Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch to come out to the Midwest! Thanks to The Tall Society for setting everything up!

 

Meet Your Tall Sister Brunch Chicago

Tall Style: black marl cowl sweater dress

Why yes, I would take the most "refined" of these three dresses and add an almost obnoxiously bright pink blazer to it! If you haven't noticed yet, at six and a quarter we like all things BRIGHT and BOLD. Be daring - go for something a step outside your comfort zone! All the black grounds the bright pink and so it still makes for a very classy work-appropriate outfit. Trade in that stuffy sheath dress for a soft (and stretchy!) sweater dress.

Clothing

Featuring six and a quarter's Women's extra tall cowl neck black marl sweater dress -  cozy cowl, 3/4 sleeves, black + silver-grey marl print- size S-2XL 

Featuring six and a quarter's Women's extra tall basic black leggings -  37" inseam - size S-2XL

Hot pink wool blazer - tall sizes

Shoes

The Lofty Bootie

Accessories

Hot pink teardrop earrings

Vegan leather tote

Initial notebook

Neon pink pen

 

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Tall Style: indigo ikat floral princess-seamed dress

 

We all know matching accessories are not required, but sometimes it might just make up the perfect look! Our princess-seamed ikat dress includes multiple shades of blue - from light to medium to dark blue, to purple-blue indigo and deep deep blue to black. Cobalt, navy, royal blue...and the golden background pairs perfectly with these lapis lazuli gold-wrapped accessories. (Suddenly I find myself a bit obsessed with lapis!)

Winter dressing in dark mornings can get tough and I often find myself reverting to a dark grey and black super basic winter wardrobe. This ikat floral dress + leggings is a super easy throw-it-on outfit that will keep you warm and comfortable while adding a pop of color to break through the dreary grey winter. Flattering princess seams and a fit that skims your curves, in a knit fabric with a bit of stretch that is as comfortable as wearing your favorite cozy sweatshirt!

Best enjoyed with a hot cup of afternoon tea catching up with your best girlfriends. 🙂

 

Clothing

Featuring six and a quarter's Women's extra tall princess seam winter dress - indigo ikat floral on a golden background - princess seamed sweater dress - size S-2XL 

Featuring six and a quarter's Women's extra tall basic black leggings -  37" inseam - size S-2XL

Shoes

Inky Navy Suede Ankle Bootie

Accessories

Lapis Drop Earrings

Deep Blue Lapis Cocktail ring

Indigo Blue Pashmina

Slovakian cross body bag

Lapis + gold teacup

Teavana tea sampler

"Pure blue" teapot

 

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Tall Style: red mod a-line dress

 

Not sure how to wear a bold print like this minidress? Tone it down with neutrals, and you'll be all set! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Clothing

six and a quarter - Women's extra tall red mod dress - a-line, mockneck, short sleeve minidress - size S-2XL

six and a quarter - Women's extra tall charcoal grey leggings -  37" inseam - size S-2XL

Cream chunky knit cardigan

Shoes

Cognac suede scrunch boots

Accessories

Short leather gloves

Camel knit hat

Cork clutch

Large leather tote/laptop bag

14K Gold hammered earrings

Gold leather wrap cuff

 

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Conversations about armspan

armspan

Does your armspan match your height? For most people, these two measurements are the same. For some, though, their armspan will be longer or shorter than their height. My armspan is a whopping 4 inches greater than my height – my arms belong on someone who is 6’4″! This is definitely why I’ve always had problems buying shirts and sweaters with long sleeves that actually cover my wrists. Even tall sizes don’t quite make it!

When I started sewing and started making shirts for myself, I always made sure to add several extra inches to the pattern, and would try on the almost-finished shirt to get the correct sleeve length before hemming the sleeves. Being able to make and wear long sleeves that fit was a HUGE breakthrough for me! No more tugging and stretching sleeves, or pushing sleeves up to try and hide the too-short sleeves and too-long arms!

We all know it’s hard enough to feel good in your own skin when you automatically stick out in a crowd – but to also constantly feel like a kid who has outgrown their clothes is uncomfortable and a detriment to your self-esteem. It’s tough to feel confident in ill-fitting clothes, but on the flip side, it feels SO fantastic to put something on that fits and flatters! A power suit can come in all shapes and styles 🙂

Leonardo da Vinci - Vitruvian man
Leonardo da Vinci – Vitruvian man

 

I’ve often joked that I have ape arms, and it turns out that “the ape index” is an actual thing! There’s even a website that will calculate your ape index for you! A longer armspan can be quite advantageous in many sports, like boxing, swimming and rock climbing –  or, you know, just being able to reach items on the top shelf at the grocery store!

However, it can also be a disadvantage in basic things, like finding sleeves that fit! If you have struggled with cold wrist syndrome like I have, or are perpetually wearing bracelet length sleeves that were never meant to be bracelet sleeves, then I suggest you check out the shirts I’ve designed – they will always have sleeves that are plenty long enough. I’m also currently working on a few more winter items that will be coming your way soon! Check back again in the next few weeks, or sign up for our newsletter to be notified when they are added to the shop.

I’d love to hear from you, so we can do a very unscientific study to find out whether the armspan-equals-height rule is actually true. Tell me in the comments – are you on #teamapearms, #teamtrexarms, or #teamperfectlyequal?

 

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