Picking Up the Slack

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:

Gracey the Giant wears lightwash double denim


Oh, and this:

9.17.14 scalloped skirt, shark tee & Splendid booties 2

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:

Long Tall Sally check pants, LOFT tweed pants and LOFT seasonless wool pants


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:

Tall wide-leg pants from Long Tall Sally, bootcut trousers from LOFT and bootcut double dobby pants from LOFT.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Long Tall Sally runs a size large; size down and you should be fine.
  3. The Chambray Fluid Trousers from LOFT (not pictured) are very, very itchy.  I do not recommend them.
  4. LOFT pants also seem to run a size large, so I’d recommend sizing down there as well.
  5. For more traditional picks that mine above, Long Tall Sally has some great options but I also recommend JC Penney.
  6. 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!

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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.

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16 Responses to “Picking Up the Slack”

  1. what not

    Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pant styles come in long lengths, though I haven’t tried them myself. (The petite M fits me!)

    • fashionforgiants

      Definitely going to look into this brand; I love the idea of a dress yoga pant!

  2. mendotawaves

    The coral moto jacket on your blog would look fab with the grey pants.

  3. Thekat

    Rats, I’ve been eying the Loft Chambray Fluid Trouser…Thanks for letting us know that they’re itchy!!

    • fashionforgiants

      So itchy! It was such a disappointment, but trust me, there was no way I could wear those all day and I’m not really sensitive to itchy fabrics.

      • Thekat

        Thanks to stupid taxes, the last thing I need to be doing this month is shopping, so really, you’ve saved me from myself. I’m sorry you had to suffer through the itch, though!

  4. Zannah

    Have you discovered Betabrand’s dress pant yoga pants? They make the world a better place (and make me less cranky at work). https://www.betabrand.com/collections/dress-pant-yoga-pants-collection.html
    They aren’t necessarily for the tall, but I’m a long-legged 5’8″ and I have to wear 3″ heels to keep the hems from dragging on the ground. (Who needs a tailor when you have tall shoes, right?) And they have several cuts and colors and patterns now. They’re not super cheap, but they are insanely comfortable and well-made, and they use PhDs for their models (or did; the company has grown a lot recently and may have changed that).

    Seriously, dress pants yoga pants. Do it.

    • fashionforgiants

      What?!! What is this magic?! I have not heard of these, but I am definitely going to give them a try!

  5. Kate McIvor

    My super tall daughter just had me clean out her closet for her. She is an executive assistant in Washington, DC, so she can only wear dresses, skirts or slacks. She has A LOT of dresses and skirts, but only 3 pair of slacks. They are so hard to fine if you are over 6′ tall!

    • fashionforgiants

      So hard, but I’d recommend Long Tall Sally – they do actually offer a 38″ inseam! And I find that many of their pieces run long on me.

  6. Lisa Zieger

    Gracey! Welcome to Pittsburgh! We moved here 10 months ago and are loving it – even more so now that it’s not below 20 degrees everyday! I hope that you are finding yourself at home here!

    • fashionforgiants

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much. We got here during the winter and that was rough, but it’s getting to be absolutely gorgeous now and I’m so excited for my first summer in the city!

  7. InMyJoi

    How fun the attire was at your old job! I too struggle with “professional style”. Thanks for the info!

    • fashionforgiants

      My old job was kind of the best because they really didn’t care what you wore, as long as it wasn’t too scandalous. It’s a completely different story out here!