Longest Leggings Ever

Since I got back on the workout train last December, I have been working on increasing my collection of leggings. Having amassed quite the selection of black reversible Lululemon leggings with the basic black and patterned waistband options, I decidedly skipped Lululemon entirely and shopped other brands. I passed on another pair of from the Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaboration, as they did not hold up the way I wished.

 

Enter Alo. I was skeptical that the 34″ inseam that the item description cited was a typo. I was pleasantly surprised that the 34″ inseam was spot on, with the potential for the leggings to stretch further. The rise on these leggings is higher than the rise on the standard Lululemon Wunder Under. This style fits true to size.

I purchased two pairs in this style. I have worn each once a week since the end of December to either barre, yoga, and namaste + tone. The waistbands in each pair stay in place while going through a vinyasa flow. There is no inching downwards. Perhaps most crucial is that neither pair are see-through in down dog. Especially, when there is a mirror at the back of the class, opaque fabric on the backside is key.

With multiple solid and print combinations, these leggings are a no-brainer for the tall girl whether she is sporting these to the studio or to brunch.

tank // legging // yoga mat // yoga towel // water bottle

Workin’ On My Fitness

While I promise that this blog will never lose it’s focus from tall style and other height-specific interests, I will absolutely check in with my 2017 commitments throughout the year. Being that one of these commitments was a rededication to living healthier, I want to revisit my physical fitness goals. I tracked my fitness class attendance for 2017 and so far I have made it to 22 fitness classes in 26 days.

I wore the New Balance x J.Crew perfect tank to yoga Sunday morning and it is indeed perfect. I layered the seamless hoodie from the same collaboration on top of the tank, until the studio heated up. The style is great for to / from the studio, so much so that I just ordered another one in bitter lemon. I wore the seamless tank from the collection to Bootcamp, Namaste and Tone, and Yoga; again so many times that I just ordered a second one in mauve.

I have sang the praises of Lululemon Wunder Unders in prior blog posts. On Sunday I wore my favorite printed cropped pair. I usually do not go for cropped styles as they tend to hit too high on my calves for my liking (#tallgirlproblems, amirite?) but the print is so awesome I had to make an exception.

There are accessories to consider when planning for a workout.

  • S’well water bottles are amazing; they tend not to collect condensation and the contents remains cold. Just buy the largest option.
  • A headband is necessary for keeping the little hairs too short for a ponytail from getting in the way and distracting from your workout. My favorites are from Lululemon and Victoria’s Secret Sport.
  • As far as yoga mats go, I bought the most affordable model at Target which was of the Gaiam variety.
  • I invested more in the yoga towel. For those who are unaware, the yoga towel is a complete and total game changer. I used to slip and slide around my mat once I would work up a yoga glow. Cut to me being completely paranoid of my hands slipping out from under me during down dog. That all changed on one fateful day back in the Spring of 2012 and my yoga practice was transformed.

I read that January 18 is the most common day that new year’s resolutions are dropped. Not this girl, not this year!

tank // hoodie // wunder under crop (similar) // headband // S’Well bottle // yoga mat // yoga towel

A Fab Collab: New Balance x J.Crew

 

If there is one thing I love, it is a good brand x brand collaboration. Lanvin x H&M? I experienced extreme remorse that I did not get in line for that. L’Wren Scott x Banana Republic? I absolutely bought every item released in tall. (RIP L’Wren Scott. You were my tall woman spirit animal and your collab with BR was absofuckinglutely ingeneous.) Lilly Pulitzer x Target? My alarm was set for the early morning online release and once I realized what a dumpster fire the Target website had become, you bet your money that I sprinted to be first in line at the Hyattsville, Maryland Target and had the then-boyfriend / now-fiance stalk his then-local Target on the west coast for the items that I hadn’t procured (nail polish, hats, headbands).

You can understand that I was thrilled when my go-to brand, J.Crew, collaborated with New Balance, to release an active line. As difficult as it is, I have done my best to put out of my mind the political stance of the New Balance brand, as touched on in What I Returned and Why: A Feedback Story. As a result, I have become especially discriminate in whether I keep items from the line.

As discussed in a prior blog entry, I returned the seamless pants. Something about sporting a unibutt is just unsettling. The tops, however, were a homeIf there is one thing I love, it is a good brand x brand collaboration. Lanvin x H&M? I experienced extreme remorse that I did not get in line for that. L’Wren Scott x Banana Republic? I absolutely bought every item released in tall. (RIP L’Wren Scott. You were my tall woman spirit animal and your collab with BR was absofuckinglutely ingeneous.) Lilly Pulitzer x Target? My alarm was set for the early morning online release and once I realized what a dumpster fire the Target website had become, you bet your money that I sprinted to be first in line at the Hyattsville, Maryland Target and had the then-boyfriend / now-fiance stalk his then-local Target on the west coast for the items that I hadn’t procured (nail polish, hats, headbands). run. I purchased two hoodies of the same style and two tanks of different styles. I love that all of these items run long in the torso. What I love even more is that the tanks do not let gravity take over while I am in down dog.

I bought the colors that I just had to have during my initial New Balance x J.Crew haul. I am keeping my eye out for the yellow hoodie and tank and any other items that get marked down. Let me know if you catch on to a sale before I do, because these items have made getting ready for a work out all the more fun. As far as I am concerned, if that makes me motivated to work out, then count me in!

Featured items: hoodie // ruched tank // basic tank


The items on my shopping list: jacket // tank with built-in bra // printed long sleeve tee // printed sports bra // running shorts

What I Returned and Why: A Feedback Story

I just received an order from J.Crew and unfortunately, a couple of items that would have to be returned. This is out of the ordinary, as the clothing sizing is typically spot on. I hope my feedback may be helpful to others –

I love velvet. I love it so much, I would take it behind the high school bleachers and get it pregnant. This top seemed like a no brainer. I ordered it in my typical sleeveless size, which is a 4 tall. Unfortunately, since there was not a button or zipper opening/closure, it did not fit over my shoulders. I fear going up a size or two in order to accommodate my shoulders would only make the top too big through the body.

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My love for New Balance is a bit more complicated. Real life is so heavy, so I like to keep this blog light; however, I know (at least, I hope) my readership is diverse and therefore I feel that I must address this issue. I used to love New Balance for being an American heritage brand. In the past month, the company has found itself entangled in scandal after a company vice president made statements supporting the current president-elect. In turn, the alt-right has adopted it as it’s official outfitter. Unfortunately in addition to tainting my impression of them, this also slightly sullies my image of J.Crew, since they collaborated with them. (I am aware that the collaboration was released prior to these statements going public. I have been waiting for a J.Crew to issue a formal statement.) To my audience, please don’t read to much into this purchase. I am grappling with it myself. Black, white, gay, straight, I am with you.

Now that I have prefaced my reservations about the collaboration, I need to talk about the pants. I am returning the New Balance for J.Crew seamless leggings. I didn’t love wearing pants without a center seam. Have you heard of uniboob, the effect of wearing a sports bra? These pants were like unibutt. Additionally, I found that there were irregular dye marks. Back to the Lululemon Wunder Unders and debating on whether to keep the other New Balance x J.Crew items I ordered, which admittedly fit a tall frame pretty amazingly.