Example of good website navigation

I’ve spent a great deal of time in earlier posting talking about website design and how it adds to or detracts from the ecommerce experience. A lot of big box and department store retailers have slow systems that push the customer to serve themselves. Only if they have an issue can they then call a customer rep. In some cases (like Amazon) you can’t even call drone to fix thing. 

Cue in a store that seems to be getting it right:

The main issue with tall clothing is that there is oftentimes uncertainty about its fit and the length of an inseam or dress .  Long talk Sally above does a good job at providing a clean layout and system in which you can filter down quickly. While I do know that they do not have the burden of having a tall line alingside a regular or petite type, the user interface on the app and computer are helpful. Additionally the live chat fuunction makes things easier. 

I just wish they had a physical brick and mortar store in Chicago. More to come about this store. I’m looking to purchase some items from them soon. While some of the clothing on their site is a bit drab, many items seem fashion forward. 


An ode to highwaters

Oh fragile ankles

Your graceful dignity

Are fully on display for all to see 

Whispering winds lick at you

Yet no one else comes out of their mole hills to see

For they neglect to care

With this new ankle pants craze, even they are flouncing around in high waters

From flooding pants to floating dreams

Dreams where perceptive glances fall away 

To ankles, dainty ankles

For all to see. 

On the Hunt: A Winter Coat

Maybe it’s because I’m cold and the winter just won’t let up….but I really want a winter down coat that keeps ALL of me warm. Not just my upper body.

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Now you might be thinking, “Is this a bear? The wolf eating Red Riding hood? An Eskimo?” Well it’s my attempt at drawing a concept design for a winter coat. One thing I haven’t included in the drawing is an inner pocket or two. I think that’s incredibly important for commuters. But even coats with that feature tend to make the pockets too small or oddly placed.

For now I’lll make due with go-to down black coat that has an inner pocket (great for stowing away my valuables) and hits below my hips. Also I do love my new acquisition from J. Crew. The zipper’s ability to zip from the top or the bottom is a lifesaver when I want to get my Subway card out fast.


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J Crew, Stadium-cloth Hooded Zip Coat in Colorblock, 35 1/4″ Body length



Someone great once said that you can’t wait for the world to change. Instead, you must change it yourself. While I cannot exactly pinpoint the source of this great wisdom, I embody it as I play around with some sketches. I’m not sure if this blog could eventually spur a clothing line or just one staple product that could solve my long limb problems. 🙂

The sketches aren’t perfect, but its a start…

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Mini party dress to show off the legs (even though they aren’t shown). Tulle skirt for dramatic effect.



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Cut out dress with pleated shirt. This could also be a cropped top with a pleated skirt.


On the hunt for a long, fit and flare sweater dress

The other day, I day dreamed about finding a professional-looking sweater dress that could hit above my knee (at least 40″ from shoulder to hem), yet not make me look like a burlap sack, matronly, or as if I was headed to bed. I kept finding midi sweater dresses on the internet that were less than desirable:

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ASOS Midi Dress In Knit, $70. The model is 5’8.5″, no length dimensions given.

Moving from my thoughts to my sketchpad, I came up with something that wasn’t revolutionary. Just a simple, belted sweater dress with a stretchy enough fabric to make the bodice form-fitting while the skirt flowed freely.

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After a few Google searches I was able to find a few things like this on the ASOS website, but all of those options were out of stock. Bummer. The closest thing I could find was a JcPenny dress measuring 37″ from shoulder to hem. That simply isn’t long enough considering the dress may shrink and the quality isn’t guaranteed. Oh well. Still on the hunt for the perfect, fashionable sweater dress.

If you have a go-to sweater dress that covers your limbs and emphasizes your figure, please let me know.