When was the last time you felt like the shortest person in the room?
For me that was on Sunday at the Tall Society London Brunch. The Tall Society is the brainchild of Bree Wijnaar, a US-based 6’4” woman who has made it her mission to bring like-minded tall women together to network, share stories, laughs and clothing tips. Bree was back in London for the second of her Tall Society London Brunches on August 18th. 50 tall women gathered at the W Hotel, Leicester Square to enjoy some prosecco, a delicious buffet and do a bit of shopping.
What a great experience it was, too. After a bit of networking and retail therapy, the group was treated to a great speech from Laura Schofield, the brains behind the All the Tall Things fashion and lifestyle blog, who is about to launch her own footwear brand, Otto + Ivy. Laura spoke about the connections tall women make with other tall women: those who actually get what it’s like to stand out from the crowd. She spoke about ‘tall shaming’ and how it is, actually, a thing. You can see and hear Laura in action by going to her Facebook page, here.
I spoke to women about various tall issues they have from the struggles they face raising their tall daughters, how difficult it can be finding party clothes with a wow factor in longer lengths and how difficult it is, generally, finding good quality clothing that fits.
And that, in case you had forgotten, is why Allta came into being. We recognize that finding good quality clothing made from top quality fabrics that is designed to fit a taller frame is difficult and we want to help. After years of not being able to find shirts and jackets that weren’t either too short in the arm or made from a shoddy polyester blended fabric, we decided that enough was enough. We wanted to wear jackets that would actually fit us, flatter us, be made from great fabrics and come in different colours to the standard black, navy and brown.
So, here we are, one year on from our launch and with our gingham shirts newly released to add to our collection. The focus is still on getting things long enough in the arms and the body (and we’ve added a couple of extra centimetres on to both in our shirts to allow for the fact that they are made from cotton, which is prone to a little shrinkage), and on being made from the best quality fabrics.
Our Aston shirt is made from cotton gingham, a perennially popular fabric that is light-hearted and versatile enough to work either for a day out in the country or a day in the office. It always looks crisp and fresh and we’ve added contrasting button plackets and cuff insides as well as contrasting mother-of-pearl buttons for that extra bit of interest.
I was wearing one on Sunday, which is maybe one of the reasons why I felt ‘normal’ height: I am 6ft tall and was wearing a shirt and jacket that actually fit!