I do not have, as you may have noticed, the most professional style. I don’t think that I’m unprofessional in my dress, but at my old job there was no real dress code and I could wear what I liked when I liked. So I wore stuff like this:
Oh, and this:
Man, those were the days.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be so loosey-goosey with the dress code here in Pittsburgh. I start my new job Monday, and at the interview for that job, they mentioned slacks as appropriate attire. Which made me laugh because, well, I don’t do slacks. Of course, they said skirts were fine as well, but even I don’t want to wear skirts and dresses all the time.
So, what do I do on those days I don’t want to wear a skirt or a dress and it’s not Friday, so jeans are out of the question? Well, I get myself some slacks. Or, at least I try. As it turns out, tall slack are not the easiest to find. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are actually quite a few options out there, but tall slacks that I actually want to wear? That’s proven to be a different story entirely.
Still, I need some darned slacks! So I’ve done some shopping, and I’ve actually found some darned pants!
To date, I’ve purchased these three pairs of slim fitting slacks:
I just ordered the plaid pair from Long Tall Sally the other day, so I’m not sure how they’ll fit, but I’ve had pretty good luck with their clothes, so I think they’ll be good. The other two pairs are from LOFT, and I’m very happy with them. The top pair is a blue-gray tweed that I love and the bottom pair is made from an all-season wool that is happily non-itchy.
I do not, however, just want slim cut slacks; I’m looking to add some boot cut and wide-leg versions to my wardrobe as well. So far, I like these pairs:
You can’t see it very well, but the LTS pair actually has a subtle stitch spot print and I think they’re a bit high-waisted as well. Hooray! The top LOFT pair is great because it looks like denim, but it’s not, so the man can’t do a darn thing to stop me from wearing them. And I’m obsessed with the color of the bottom pair of LOFT pants; I very much like the idea of a colored trouser for work.
The above pairs are basically my picks for tall trousers. And I also have a few tips, based on my rather harrowing experiences, for shopping for tall slacks:
- Long Tall Sally is great because they offer three different inseams on most of their pants (34″, 36″ and 38″) so you can find an inseam to fit you. Or fit the heels you like to wear.
- Long Tall Sally runs a size large; size down and you should be fine.
- The Chambray Fluid Trousers from LOFT (not pictured) are very, very itchy. I do not recommend them.
- LOFT pants also seem to run a size large, so I’d recommend sizing down there as well.
- For more traditional picks that mine above, Long Tall Sally has some great options but I also recommend JC Penney.
- And for more casual options, like chinos/khakis, give Gap a shot.
What about you, Reader Friends? Do you have any tips/recommendations for shopping for tall slacks?
Thanks for reading, all!
Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.