Long Tall Sally have surpassed themselves this time

(65 Posts)
OctaviaBrennan Wed 10-Oct-12 21:16:54

How gopping is this exactly? Do they share designers with Per Una?www.longtallsally.com/tall/tops/short-sleeve/tree-print-t-shirt/multi?category=f-084_newarrivals

NellyBluth Wed 10-Oct-12 21:37:27

Christ, that made my eyes hurt...

AgathaFusty Thu 11-Oct-12 08:19:56

Ouch.

There was a thread about them a few weeks back. Apparently LTS invited some MNers to try on and review their clothing - there were a few takers, if I remember correctly. I wonder if it went ahead?

WarmFuzzyFun Thu 11-Oct-12 08:30:38

That for forty quid! Wow, who buys this stuff?

QuinnFabray Thu 11-Oct-12 09:14:51

I quite like it. Have you seen all the loud floral prints in the shops recently?

MissPerception Thu 11-Oct-12 10:12:58

Ha ha...horrible but I suppose someone with bad taste will buy it.

Back2Two Thu 11-Oct-12 10:15:37

I' m not long, tall or Sally but. I think if it was on a model with maybe skinny jeans and boots it could look ok

Poledra Thu 11-Oct-12 10:22:44

Well, your link no longer works - I'm getting a message saying they've moved something on the website so it can't find the page I'm looking for grin

LTS have strange sizing now, I find. They advertise themselves for women from 5'10'' and up. I'm 5'10'' with a 32" inside leg. I cannot buy trousers from LTS as they are too long (shortest is 34"). The only thing I buy from them now is pyjamas, as it's difficult to find long leg PJs, and I don't mind my PJ legs being a bit long.

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 12:36:49

LTS used to be great but over priced. Now I rarely bother even looking.

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 12:41:27
ATourchOfInsanity Thu 11-Oct-12 12:46:34

It's so frustrating that anyone over 5ft 7 has such limited choice! Our Top Shop has about 6 items in it's Tall section (roughly the same as for maternity) and I don't want to buy something I've never seen from Next Tall range catalogue. Why can't the actual shops realise a lot of us are taller or would prefer jumpers that don't sit above our wrists?
Sorry, bit ranty, but really think LTS has a market they could do more with and would prefer it if they could keep the prices realistic too

purplehouse Thu 11-Oct-12 12:46:35

I have to shop there otherwise I would be naked grin

The top you linked to is awful and is the sort of thing that ends up heavily marked down in the sales. I have bought one top there recently but it's totally plain so can't go too far wrong.

It is expensive and there are loads of awful items. Apparently they sell in US/Canada and most of their stock they can't sell here does sell over there. They used to have warehouse sales in Croydon but they have stopped as they shift the old stock overseas now.

It is really disappointing, I can't shop anywhere else and have very few items f clothing!

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 12:49:24

LTS used to be great though - good quality classic items, I used to save up for items as I knew that would last and I would always be able to find something nice there whatever the occasion ( 15 odd years ago)

I've been to the warehouse in Croydon many moons ago.

Looks crap now <sigh>

Hey - I was on the thread a few weeks ago! Got a PM from LTS asking if I was interested in going into a store to chat/ talk about styles etc.

I have replied saying I would love to...so just waiting to hear back.

If I do go...would anyone like to give me feedback to pass on?

NL

Grumpla Thu 11-Oct-12 13:20:11

Please tell them that I am tall, not colourblind.

Also that tall does NOT mean skinny and flat-chested! I really struggle to fit my admittedly quite massive boobs into anything they sell that is not made of stretchy fabric.

Poledra Thu 11-Oct-12 13:23:58

NL can you ask them if they'll consider reinstating their 32" inside leg trousers? Also, I seem to recall they used to do trousers with a raw edge at the bottom, so you could take up the hem to the right place yourself - that was a mighty fine idea too...

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 13:24:47

Oh yy - tall does not equate ironing board thin.

A while back they did introduce more generous sizing but then stopped <sigh>

Poledra Thu 11-Oct-12 13:28:42

Oh, and as a suggestion - why bother selling PJs as a set (though this goes for lots of retailers)? Why not sell the tops and bottoms separately as many women are different sizes top and bottom so sets are useless? I had to return the PJs my MIL bought me from LTS for Christmas, as the top fitted but the bottoms were too big. (The Customer Service were great about this, BTW, and as they had very few PJs left, gave me a credit note which I've just spent last month on some lovely PJs).

Yes of course ! I'll make a MN List smile

What I would like from LTS is affordable fashion & good quality basics. I looked in their catalogue last night and their 'essential' workwear trousers were still £50.

I agree on colours/patterns.

I'm not iron board thin - I'm chunky curvacious 6 footer !

Keep em' coming

Kopparbergkate Thu 11-Oct-12 13:34:11

I second the tall does not equal straight-up-and-down figure comment.I have (admittedly huge!) boobs and I've given up buying tops or dresses in LTS ever. They are NEVER shaped for anyone but the flat-chested.

and Bravissimo are shaped for the enormous of boob but short (or at least shorter than 5'7")

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 13:34:34

Definitely need to lower their prices imo, I don't actually mind paying for really good quality but they aren't any better quality than M and S imo.

Really need some more basics too.

BeatTheClock Thu 11-Oct-12 13:37:16

Agree agree with Valiumredhead. I just don't bother looking at LTS these days.

Grumpla Thu 11-Oct-12 13:40:07

So glad it's not just me with the boob issues.

I would say the actual sizes are about right - but the shape...What am I meant to be, a size 16 and completely cylindrical?!?!

thenightsky Thu 11-Oct-12 13:41:23

Ordered three tops from them last week. Every single one has to go back. Shapeless sacks. In the website pics they look lovely and shaped and fitted, so I think there is some sneaky pinning and altering for photoshoots.

BeatTheClock Thu 11-Oct-12 13:44:54

I've always thought they take whatever in generally in fashion and somehow frumpify itconfused

Agree also about not being stick thin just cos someone is 'tall'<if onlysadhmm>

ATourchOfInsanity Thu 11-Oct-12 13:55:06

Northumberland - how fun! You may help bring them back to life!
I actually like Old Navy in USA as it is cheap and good quality plus their tall section is good even just for the sheer amount of choice. The shipping charges are horrid but I have a friend who brings over my jumpers each year when she comes over for Xmas. Here's the link:
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=41728&kwid=1&sem=false

That's the kind of tall women's shop i'd like anyway, somewhere you can get t'shirts/joggers and jumpers without remortgaging your house and having to chose between 3 jumpers every year...

ksrwr Thu 11-Oct-12 14:02:55

Dear NL, i'd really apprecitate it if you could give them my feedback. i am 6 foot 2, and i struggle in there... the quality of the fabrics they use is awful. the seams and stiching are shockingly bad, things fall apart. jumpers are horrible synthetic material which bobbles. its wildly expensive for the quality. the styles are so out of date. the shoes are out of date - tall people dont want big heels!! things are badly cut and unflattering.
i want to come with you, i could go on and on...

valiumredhead Thu 11-Oct-12 14:04:15

The quality sounds awful now! Last thing I bought was years ago and even then it was over priced!

I am very happy to pass on all comments.

I am disappointed that at one time they were the only company catering for Tall Ladies (especially when i was younger, before internet shopping - only 39 btw) but they didn't seem to take advantage of it.

I am looking forward to going to see them.

NL

purplehouse Thu 11-Oct-12 14:24:58

A few things, NL

MIL is 6 foot 1. She really struggles for coats. She wants a basic black coat covering her bum that is warm and practical (casual). Rather like the quilted down coat which is priced at £175. That is way too much for a coat and she would like a basic version of this. I would too. There is too much stuff like this with premium prices and not enough proper basics. MIL will elect to go without or wear a knackered old coat rather than have to pay £175. So will I.

I could not believe my eyes when I saw the new dressing gown (star print superfluffy) had to be HANDWASHED! That is unacceptable, not to mention the price tag at £55 is too much for a dressing gown.

Agree also that there are a lot of "basic" items with huge price tags. I am perfectly happy to see premium items but think that there should be affordable items as well. There were some jersey v neck basic plain t shirt tops in the summer stuff and they were £20 each. A "normal" height person can buy these at £8 for two in a place like M&S. It works out that getting these tops from LTS is five times more expensive than M&S which is a shocking premium to pay for being tall! Personally, I bought them in the sale when they were knocked down to £7 so at least I'll have something to wear next summer! I am actually wearing one of them today under a jacket.

I consider myself to be relatively well off but I cannot afford the prices. I think that LTS caters for tall rich people! I would think that the majority of customers, like me, are buying a very small number of basic items due to the price tags.

I don't buy Boden stuff but the prices of a lot of their tops are similar to LTS. Boden is a premium brand but LTS should be a more mid range brand IMO. Even at boden currently, you can buy a scoop neck long sleeved (essential) tee for only £15.

Sariska Thu 11-Oct-12 14:55:37

NL, Could I pass on some comments too, please?

-Too many synthetics - like most places at the moment. But if the likes of Uniqlo, Gap and sometimes M&S can sell decently priced Merino and Cashmere sweaters, why can't LTS? (says she currently in an above-the-wrist length Pure cashmere sweater....)

-Unhemmed trousers. Please please please. I am 35" so 34" is usually too short and 36" too long.

-More XS and size 8. Some of us are tall and skinny and would love e.g. a summer maxi skirt that was long enough and fitted around the waist. The two I bought two years ago were soon too big around the waist (and thus too long) once I lost the baby weight. Thankfully Fat Face came up trumps.

-Yes, to cheapish long-sleeved jersey tops. It's really hard to find ones that are long enough! I don't mind paying for the occasional premium one from IO but would love a regular basic range in a decent selection of colours.

Chandon Thu 11-Oct-12 15:03:00

tell them they need to be a bit more fashion.

I am not really fashionable, but i find LTS geared towards over 50s (like it has grown old with its customers, like Laura Ashley has). I rememeber visiting their shop in Bath 20 years ago (when I was 20) and liking lots of things. LTS now, to me, seems to target the over 50 woman who does not want to look sexy or stylish. Sorry!

Also, they use too much synthetic stuff.

Polyester and Acrylic are really out, IMO

(I buy tunics and dresses at White Company and Mint Velvet, which often suit tall girls, and skinnies at DP)

Thanks so far for all comments.

Out of interest...where do you buy clothes? it would be interesting to see just how much money they are missing out on!

Mine come from a mix of TopShop Tall, DP, odd bit of New Look and Next Tall. I tend to put up with slightly short arm length and buy most tops from H&M (although I noticed the other day, I'm actually buying dresses & wearing as t-shirts).

AgathaFusty Thu 11-Oct-12 15:34:53

I tend to not buy long sleeved t-shirts/tops. I buy sleeveless or short sleeved and wear cardigans over them in winter. I think it is easier to buy cardigans with longer lenth sleeves than tops/t-shirts, although you have to shop around.

I can't believe how few shops have a tall range, and that range is normally miniscule, in comparison to the number of shops selling petite ranges.

ksrwr Thu 11-Oct-12 16:03:44

i find the only place to get decent long trousers is Zara, i used to persevere with LTS trousers but they never fitted right. Topshop and DP are good for tall jeans. that's about my entire wardrobe!

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 11-Oct-12 16:07:40

I could go on and on too

Awful fabrics In terms of quality and wear
Too many shoes with heels - not keen to be 6" 4 thanks!
Really weird frumpy items
Shoes look cheap and frumpy
Not enough proper work suits with jackets
Not enough maternity wear

I want

Nice fashionable basics pleeeeease

PostBellumBugsy Thu 11-Oct-12 16:11:34

Blardy hell, Octavia's top is hideous. I'm only a bit tall, so can shop in normal shops but my sister is 6ft1" and she does an annual trek to Holland, where they seem to have more tall people & she finds buying clothes much easier. Not sure that is an option for most people - but it might be worth LTS looking at where the Dutch retailers get their clothes from.

purplehouse Thu 11-Oct-12 16:27:03

of my tall family:

MIL shops at New Look tall. She would buy more LTS if nice basics and reasonably priced.

SIL dorothy perkins + a lot of shopping around to locate things that are in ordinary ranges of lots of shops but happen to come out a bit longer (I personally cannot be bothered to do this). She has got suits from LTS. She would buy more from LTS if it was a bit more fashionable.

I have some stuff from M&S which is too short in the legs or arms but since it is from their basic, reasonably priced, easily washable stuff, I put up with the fact that it's too short. In an ideal world, I'd like my entire wardrobe to contain LTS and nothing else. I would buy from there if there were more basic reasonably priced items.

Different tall people have different clothing problems. MIL has very long legs. I have a very long body. SIL has both. So tall people like MIL can afford to get tops from ordinary shops because although they would be better from LTS, since most of her length is in her legs, she can get away with other tops and gets lots in Primark and TKMAXX.

purplehouse Thu 11-Oct-12 16:28:01

I reckon though with the prices at LTS as high as they are that an annual trip to Holland would be a very feasable alternative. I want to do this but have never done it. Are there specific shops in Holland to go to?

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 11-Oct-12 16:30:11

We go to Germany once a year for the same reason.

AgathaFusty Thu 11-Oct-12 18:01:35

One of my current gripes with LTS is their strange need to make their work wear models look like porn star librarians here complete with glasses, stupid poses and 'just waiting to be let free' hair. The catalogue is even worse and makes me cringe.

year2mum Thu 11-Oct-12 18:19:11

I am 5' 11" and mainly shop in NEXT Tall and New Look Tall which is much more reasonable priced than LTS. I bought a maxi dress in LTS sale in a size 12 and it was absolutely HUGE. Had to spend another £30 to get it adjusted twice as it was SO big. I won't be buying from there again.

Sariska Thu 11-Oct-12 18:26:39

I get quite a lot from Jigsaw as their cut tends to suit my height and shape. Also Isabella Oliver, Uniqlo (for knitwear), DP and the occasional dress from Boden and Next Tall. I guess I shop around a lot - would hate to buy everything from one shop - but would love a go-to shop for good quality tall basics. At the moment, though, LTS is too frumpy, ££ and not cut right for me.

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 11-Oct-12 18:56:06

Y y Agatha - they certainly don't look like entrepreneurs, bankers, accountants - serious business women sad

ATourchOfInsanity Fri 12-Oct-12 01:48:53

Sorry - just realised the link earlier didn't work!
oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=41738&nsb for Old Navy stuff. As I said, even jumpers are cheap and the sale stuff is a real bargain smile

ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight Fri 12-Oct-12 02:57:19

I shop here when i feel like spending big money

Its horrible being tall, limited choice, end up dressing like my nan, and horribly expensive.. FI.. just looked at your LTS link and saw some PJ's i quite liked, price inc £4.95 delivery is £64.95!! <faint>

ripsishere Fri 12-Oct-12 03:19:08

I stopped going to LTS years ago. When I first discovered them - probably 20 odd years ago, they had loads of stuff I would happily wear.
The last time I looked, I couldn't see a single thing I wanted. I am not too tall - 5'10 but I am a lard arse - size 20ish.
Holland is great for fat giants wink. You don't need to go to a special shop either. C+A for example have different lengths.
To the poster who is visiting them, ask for more natural fabrics. I can't stand man made fibres.

kiwigirl42 Fri 12-Oct-12 03:33:51

I'm 6'2 and get my jeans from gap in the mens section. All my length in in my legs so can usu get tops from Sainsburys etc. not a posh dresser!

MaureenCognito Fri 12-Oct-12 07:43:39

i dont muind the OP

jeans

blazer etc

EnjoyVampirebloodResponsibly Fri 12-Oct-12 07:56:38

Thing is, if you're tall the last thing you want is treetops on your top. Stick on brown leggings and I'd look like the high canopy in the rainforest hmm

AgathaFusty Fri 12-Oct-12 08:43:38

EnjoyVampires grin - so true.

ThingsThatGoBump - I've bought a few things from Tallgirls, but I have found their sizes a bit hit and miss (like LTS really) and they don't change their stock very often. Some of the stuff on the site currently seems to have been their site for a couple of years now.

Has anyone found anywhere to get tall swimwear from? I usually wear a tankini but the gap between top and bottoms is too much. I've tried swimsuits and tankinis from next tall range, but they are built like tanks and look horrible on - too much padding. I'm not keen on any of the swimsuits on LTS or Tallgirls.

QuiteOldGal Fri 12-Oct-12 09:08:57

Agatha BHS and M&S do longer length swimsuits, I find they are just right for me as a fairly long bodied 5'10". It depends how tall you are. M&S only online I think though for long length.

I also have got a tankini from Boden that came up fairly long.

MrsBucketxx Fri 12-Oct-12 09:14:17

i used to buy lots from there, but its very mumsy

there are much better tall ranges in next, top shop, new look.

the top is horrid though.

MrsBucketxx Fri 12-Oct-12 09:18:51

some of the dresses look nice though, dont have anywhere nice to where them but still.

confuddledDOTcom Fri 12-Oct-12 09:19:59

I used to be a Saturday girl for LTS, I used to love the clothes although many out of my price range! The longer I've not worked for them, the less I've liked their stuff. I'm quite short for LTS, but still too tall for a lot of other shops.

I think they would blame their prices on the quantities they sell.

ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight Fri 12-Oct-12 12:22:28

I'm 6ft 3 with a long body AND long legs <sigh>
I lost count of how many times i've cried in shops
It pisses me off when i go shopping with DP because i see something nice and he eagerly says 'do you want it?' and he would get it for me too, but i have to hang it back up and try not to do the wobbly lip thing.

Its not just that LTS ect are more expensive .. they are double the price on a lot of things.

I have very few clothes as a result.

Whoever said tallgirls like lts is hit and miss on the sizing, aren't they just?!

Tried mens jeans but its rare to get them in a 37-38 inside leg first off then you wear them and as they're cut for men you get a baggy bulge look going on at the front sad

Judging from the size of the kids in just my local school someone somewhere needs to pull their finger out and make something affordable, and fashionable for tall people. They'd be sold out in minutes.
I refuse to pay an extra £20 for an extra 4-5 inches of material.. as a result i wear the clothes i do have to death before considering buying new ones.

valiumredhead Fri 12-Oct-12 13:25:27

I've just been looking at NEXT - anyone know how long their T shirts etc tend to come up? I hate it when they don't say how many inches long something is!

littlemissloud Fri 12-Oct-12 13:30:39

I find it so frustrating that being tall means clothes shopping is a nightmare. Agree with previous posters that LTS pricing is just insane at times. I would also say they are very mumsy, I'm 29, 6'1, curvy 14 with 36 inside leg. I should be their target market, I work in a good job don't yet have children and so have a reasonable amount of disposable income. However I never really buy from them as the style is just awful. Key pieces are not on trend or when they are the interpretation is awful. Classics and basics are unreasonably priced, it's like they w getting it wrong on all fronts. I think their nightwear range is gorgeous, love that they now do seperate pj bottoms but again the pricing is very off putting.

Real shame as they should be top of my shopping list but in reality I check out the catalogue and never really buy.

purplehouse Fri 12-Oct-12 13:30:47

That's what LTS need to realise ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight.

I still wore my last long sleeved top from LTS when it had 3 holes in it. I finally had to stop wearing it when my little DS tried to cuddle me and put a 6 inch rip in it!

There is such a huge market for tall clothes and I would probably own 5x the amount of clothes that I do if I could actually buy things that fit for a fair price.

I think that High and Mighty are guilty of going down a similar route with the premium goods. I saw a short sleeved polo shirt with collar in there for £130! I would have a fit if my H bought that. Well, maybe I would sympathise with the sizing issue when I calmed down, but it is such a rip off.

And yes, this problem needs to be sorted - it is likely that both my DCs will have trouble getting clothes in the future.

Kopparbergkate Fri 12-Oct-12 13:35:31

And just to add to the LTS complaints; I ordered the maternity denim skirt from them 2 weeks ago. It was showing as "in stock" on both the website and the order confirmation email. I've just called to find out when its likely to get dispatched and been told its not in stock anymore and they're going to chase around the stores and see if they can find one but if not they'll refund the money.

I wonder how long it would have taken them to tell me if I hadn't called...

ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight Fri 12-Oct-12 13:58:33

I don't even like going to the store. Often you're the only customer, and they hang round you like flies round poop making you feel under pressure and very uncomfortable, but at least you can try things on (another thing i hate about shopping) and see if they suit you.

The store trip is preferable to paying the delivery charge then returns if something you brought you don't like, but they don't seem to carry the full range instore thats in the catalogue <hair tearing>

Am actually wondering if buying from american sites and paying huge amounts of postage would be preferable!

I have found a few things that fit me in TK Maxx and am thinking about trying TopShop as have seen a few of their things, at least they look nice and in fashion, next tall range is still too short for me. sad

LTS used to do a range aimed at 'younger generation' so it was a choice of looking mumsy or goth.. and neither are my kind of look thanks! They did have a few nice things in either range but it annoys me with the prices, so i often don't bother.

ATourchOfInsanity Fri 12-Oct-12 19:06:32

I wonder if this thread will inspire someone to create a cheap but good quality clothing line for us taller ladies? Wallis is for the bigger lady, most shops do petite, so why not us?

I think the reason I like Old Navy is because they are owned by GAP and therefore probably use the same labourors as quality is good they are fashionable as well as having lots of choice. If someone could do that over here (even Primark quality would be better tbh!) then they would make a mint!

ATourchOfInsanity Fri 12-Oct-12 19:10:59

Things I did this as I figured it was the cost of another jumper, but actually I could afford 3 jumpers for the price of 1 LTS one. I'm a size 10 and Medium tops in Old Navy are loose enough to be comfy (would say size 10-12) so I go with that. Haven't tried trousers though so can't comment there.

BTW reason I keep going on about them is because my friend has just dropped over the latest parcel with 2 jumpers and 2 cardigans for me. Am 5ft9 and a bit and the arms come to my thumb joint. Can recommend the cable knit jumpers (or Sweaters as they call them). Am a bit convert, clearly!

YourMam Sat 03-Nov-12 20:01:02

I agree LTS is awful and getting worse. I am 35, 6ft1, size 16 on top, 14 on the bottom. Their dresses are cut for people with no boobs. They should do wrap dresses like those from Boden. I mainly buy from Boden, Whistles, New Look tall range and TopShop tall. The LTS jeans are particularly awful. Saggy round the bum, and cuts from the 70s. I would happily happily spend a fortune there if anything they had was remotely wearable. It is all unbelievably grundy and hideous. The colours and fabrics are awful. I work in a creative job and need to look vaguely with it. I wouldn't be seen dead in their stuff at the moment.
Such a shame as I would happily spend the money if the stuff was nice.

thenightsky Sat 03-Nov-12 20:03:29

I sent back my last order. There wasn't enough room to put all the codes for 'reason for return' so I wrote them all out across a sheet of paper.

And I had to pay to return the bloody package.

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