Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
When I was growing up, I had an uncle who would call my sister and I Amazons. He did so because we were tall. Because of him, I grew to resent that name, especially when I read that in Greek mythology Amazons were a nation of all female warriors! Subsequently, when I heard the term Glamazon, I embraced it. Therefore, if you happen to be tall and curvy, perhaps you too will embrace this newer term, while tossing, or forgetting inhibiting and self-effacing monikers.
Sure, we as women can allow others to define us. We can let the media, our mothers, our lovers, even our children, or our significant others define us; or ... we can dig deep. We can find a place inside us that has a style and a significance that is all our own. We can resist slouching and hiding, because we will now be known as Glamazons! We will forget images of wild women swinging through the jungle, half-clad, and half out of their minds, with rage. We are the new breed, and as such, we must think outside the box. Since we, as intelligent women, have outgrown outmoded, outdated ideas, we will now allow our hearts to tell us what we really like, and what we really want.
Perhaps we will gravitate to a seemingly sinful, scarlet-red slip dress, or a long romantic chiffon skirt. Or you, the tall curvaceous ethnic beauty, may find that you really like mid-heeled sensible shoes. Hey, if you like peep-toes or Mary Jane's, then why not ask for your size and try them on? Then if they, or something else, cause you to catch your breath, you'll know. That particular object contains the 'wow' factor, for you.
At many retailers, spring styles will appear. In Kohl's stores, there will be terrific tops by Dana Buchman. There are appealing Daisy Fuentes Long Bottoms jeans, and ultimate no gap waistband jeans by Lee. At other retailers, Lee offers their Platinum Label Secretly Slender jeans. Check them out. And not to be missed are Metro Twills Curvy Fit Pants by Dockers. I happen to like the A.N.A. brand bottoms. They come in tall (among other sizes), and are sold at JC Penney stores nationwide. Check them out online. Then save on shipping sometimes. Allow your purchases to be delivered to your local store, where you can pick them up. Croft and Barrow should be looked into, as well as items by Gloria Vanderbilt. The list of manufacturers is endless...
Or, in the comfort of your home, peruse online retailers such as OneStopPlus.com. They have reasonably priced noteworthy clothing for women sized 12W to 44W. Or check out SimplyTall.net where a lovely white blouse will have sleeves long enough that you will either be able to wear them down, or folded back to form cuffs. Don't forget Dillards and Macy's department stores, or even retailers like Ross or TJ Maxx and specialty boutiques.
Dare to look. Then dream. Allow your true self to emerge. Listen to her, as she speaks, in your heart and mind. Allow her to guide you in how you'd like to adorn your tall and curvy bod. Understand though, that sometimes it will not be easy to find what you've seen in the eye of your mind. However, searching is half the fun. Then walk proud. And if you happen to pass a mirror, join others in checking out the Glamazon--the tall and curvy new you!