How to Develop Your Style- Step 4: Research

Hello again!

This Zip Front Maxi Dress by Long Tall Sally is perfect for taller ladies.

This Zip Front Maxi Dress by Long Tall Sally is perfect for taller ladies.

We’ve come a long way. We’ve made our style diaries, purged old clothing, and taken a good look at our body types. Now it’s time for investigative work: research!

So many women and men get irritated and give up on shopping because they can’t find anything in the stores. Why? Simple put: They were in the wrong store for their price point, body type, and personal style. 

This is where research is needed. A more petite lady will need a store that sales items for petite frames. Likewise a curvy woman will want a store that is designed for a more curvy figure. A taller woman, like myself, will need to find a store that carries taller clothing.

I’ve recently be introduced to Long Tall Sally, a website that specializes in clothing for women taller women.  I love their new Zip Front Maxi dress! I’m 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing size small. I’m wearing a small 1.5 inch kitten heel so my dress doesn’t drag the ground.

How did I come to learn about Long Tall Sally? My sister! She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and has purchased items from Long Tall Sally for years. She recommended this London based company to me. At first, I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone, but I fell in love with the pieces once I saw them on her. This lead me to find out more about Long Tall Sally. How can you do research to find stores that carry items you’d like?


Research Tips:

1. Ask! If you see another women with a similar body type as yours wearing an item you like, ask her! Give her a compliment and tell her that you’ve been looking for a clothing for taller/curvy/petite women. Many times the individual will happily state where they purchased the item. Now you know which store is on your radar.

*Don’t ask him much she paid for the item. In many areas it’s considered rude, and you risk embarrassing the person. Look online or visit the store to discover the prices.


Long Tall Sally makes clothing for ladies with “long elegant legs.”

2. Look Online. Using your favorite search engine, look for stores that carry petite, curvy, tall, etc sizes.

3. Window Shop. Make time to window shop at your nearby mall or shopping center. Go with the idea of researching cost, quality, and fit. Wander around and see what’s available in your area. Many times you will also learn about seasonal and store sales.


By researching all 3 areas: cost, quality, and fit you:

  • Save time by shopping at stores that don’t carry styles you like.
  • Avoid sticker shock. You now have an idea of what an item should cost. Most importantly you know what you’re willing to pay. (Example: I love beautiful handbags, but I know that window shopping at Louis Vuitton is completely unrealistic for my wallet. )
  • Discover which stores carry the quality you desire.
My younger sister, who is much taller than me, recommend Long Tall Sally as a place to shop for taller ladies.

My younger sister, who is much taller than me, recommend Long Tall Sally as a place to shop for taller ladies.

In conclusion, don’t skip this all important step.  Do your research, just as you would if you were traveling to a new vacation spot. It will help you out in the long run. By employing this method you may be able to discover such wonderful stores and websites, such as Long Tall Sally, who offer stylish modest clothing for tall ladies.  You too can find what you’re looking for with a little investigation. You may find the dress I’m wearing by clicking here. Zip Front Maxi Dress. Stay chic!



  1. Mel
    July 21, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    How tall r u, with no heels… It is helpful for me so I know if we have a similiar frame. Also would be good if you post sizing that you are wearing if you are promoting a specific outfit. Thanks!

    • July 21, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Mel! I’m 5 feet 7 inches tall. I’m wearing size small on this dress. I chose to belt or because I think it looks better to cinch my waist. It also makes makes the “skirt of the dress” fuller.

    • July 22, 2016 / 12:17 am

      Thank you so much Rachel!

  2. July 22, 2016 / 2:26 am

    You are so beautiful and this dress is stunning! I, too am tall and can sympathize with having trouble finding length in clothing. Glad you found such a beautiful company xoxo

    • September 1, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Please check out Long Tall Sally! I’m very pleased with the quality!

  3. July 22, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    oooh, I am so tall, so I appreciate finding dresses, especially Maxi dresses that are actually long enough. Thankfully my bestie is also tall so we always chat about our finds! Can’t wait to share this with her!
    xx, Lauren {}

    • July 22, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I’m happy my sister introduced me to Long Tall Sally. I will be looking at more pieces by them. Thanks for sharing this with others.

  4. Angelle Marix
    July 22, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    Beautiful dress!!! I’m short {not tall} and have to be careful too. It can make shopping for jeans a huge ordeal. Lol. I stick the same stores to make life easier.


    • September 1, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Me too! I moat od my blue jeans are from Express because they fit my height perfectly.

  5. July 25, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Great post! I need to order from Long Tall Sally! Its been on my list to go online and check out what they have! Being 5’11” and always wearing heels, length is important to me. Great tips! Yes I agree too, you gotta do your research!


    • September 1, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I love hearing everyone’s thoughts.

  6. September 15, 2016 / 2:31 am

    Varinhas de teixo estão entre os tipos mas raros e também seus colaboradores princípios
    são também incomuns, fortuitamente notórios.

  7. November 1, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I’d join a blogger community! Its been very helpful to me.

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