Tall Personal Shopper: Do I Wear Misses or Plus Sizes?

I received a personal shopper request from Kareen. She is a 47 year old woman, who is 5’10” tall and is looking for general ideas on how to dress. Kareen’s pants size is a 16-18 with a 36″ inseam. She has a large chest so tops can vary between 16-20 or up to 1X. She wears a size 12 shoe. She gave me a few more details of what she likes vs. what she hates. She doesn’t want to wear really “girly clothing” and loves the colors black, red, white, orange and some African patterns.

When you are this size, it can be confusing of whether to buy misses sizes or plus sizes.  Some items in misses are too tight-fitting, and some plus sizes are too big.  But, I do think you can wear a mixture of both and end up with a lovely wardrobe by getting creative.  It’s been my experience that in your size some of the “tall” tops are not long enough and that often plus size tops can give you the extra length you need as a tall woman.

First off, I want to make sure you are aware of my other website Plus-Size-Mall. I created it due to many requests from plus size women who need additional help finding clothing that fits. All of the pants, jeans and maxi dresses are sorted by lengths.  So here are the plus size 36″ inseam jeans and plus size 36″inseam pants. Of course, Tall Clothing Mall also has women’s 36″ inseam jeans and 36″ inseam pants.

I’ve come up with a complete tall, plus size wardrobe based upon the info you gave me.  I’ve tried to give you items that can mix and match for easy dressing.

complete tall plus size wardrobe


Pictured in rows form left to right:

Row 1: Perfect 3/4 no-iron shirt. Charter Club 3/4 Sleeve Printed Top. Long Tall Sally African Print Maxi Dress. Paisley Border Tunic.   Poplin-Stretch Tall Dress Shirt.   Graphic dots wrap top – Custom Sized

Row 2: MICHAEL Michael Kors Kimono Sleeve Tunic.  Long Tall Sally Wide Leg Linen Pants – 36″ and 38″ inseam in cocoa, black, mushroom, blue/green or white.   Brown Wedges. Red Wrap Top – Custom Sized to Your Measurements.  Long Tall Sally Basic Bootcut Pants – 36″ Inseam. Sleeve Studded Tank Top.

Row 3: Presidio trouser style jeans custom sized to your measurements. It’s worth the investment to get a great fitting pair of jeans.  (I’m sorry to announce that IndiDenim has gone out of business). Michael Kors Tote.  Black Lace Smocked Tie Front Top. White Lace Trim Baby Rib Tank Top.   Torrid – The Boot Pant (Extra Tall) 36″ Inseam.  Fitzwell Vincent Pumps available to size 13 in many colors – great reviews. Naturalizer Reconnect Sandals.



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