Winter Casual

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

8 more sleeps til Christmas! I trust you are all on the naughty list ;)

Getting another little person ready (and often, ready again) before leaving the house can mean that I’m lucky if I get to put a bit of slap on or a chance to blast myself with dry shampoo. So usually an easy-to-put-together outfit is in order.

Here’s one I wore earlier…

Cape, Topshop £35: Occasionally I wear this belted too; it’s a great piece to layer over chunky jumpers and cardis as an alternative to a coat.

Jeans: Asos £32. I cannot go on enough about how bloody brilliant ASOS Ridley jeans are. They’re my favourite Tall jeans on the market right now; stretchy but more jean-like than the Topshop Leigh variety. The high waist also puts an end to the builder’s bum issues we all suffer. (Right?)

T-Shirt: Burton £9.60. I’m loving the trend for Chanel-esque black-on-white typography tops and jumpers right now. This is actually a men’s tee from Burton, hence the length. I’m wearing the Large and I’ve layered it over an old ASOS jersey top.

Bag: Primark, £12. I’ve never in my life travelled light, but having a baby has taken the whole handbag-meets-luggage thing to a new level. This snake-effect Primarni number has all the compartments I need for nappies/ muslins, etc.

Boots: Topshop, £45. These are cute black Chelsea boots with a bit of a twist. The leather is also super soft and supple, so expect it to stretch a little — mine did. Available up to a roomy Euro 42.

Glasses by Roxy @ Specsavers and Jewellery from TJC.co.uk

Has anyone purchased a pretty cape? Or found some fab winter boots? I keep getting questions about the knee-length variety (they need to be long in the leg AND in the foot), so it’d be fab if you have any leads…

L xx

What to Expect When You’re (Tall and) Expecting.

Hello Leggy Lovelies!

So my little madam is six weeks old today (yesterday by the time I’ve had a chance to post this), and I’m grabbing those rare moments of quietude as she snoozes in her moses basket next to me to check in and see how you’re all doing. For those who didn’t see my Facebook and Twitter update, Matilda May Schofield arrived into the world on 27th October 2014 at 11.31am. And she is brill.

I could throw every cliché at you and mean it; the love is overwhelming, your life changes beyond recognition, you’ll never sleep again, you won’t EVER stop worrying. They’re all true, and yet still nothing quite prepares you for you how challenging, tiring and ruddy amazing motherhood is (another cliché in itself perhaps).

From today I’m going to be easing myself back into blogging, and hoping to post a bit more routinely now that I’m on maternity leave. I’ve also started a new Instagram account to fill in the gaps between postings. Admittedly, most of the entries so far are photos of Matilda looking cute, but there will be grown-up outfit shots (some without vomit) and other tall-relevant material landing shortly! I would love it if you could add me to your list of people to follow by heading here.

I realise All the Tall things has been quite preoccupied with tall maternity style of late, but I’ll now be returning to my usual outfit updates, and details of where us non-expectant peeps can find long-length clothing (with perhaps a few of Matilda’s snazzier outfits thrown in for good measure!).

But before that, I wanted to share one last post with an emphasis on motherhood; with all my thoughts about dressing a bump when you’re tall, the interesting quirks of tall pregnancy, and a little bit about nursing. This is by no means a conclusive list, nor is it a “one size fits all” story for tall women (we all know that no such things exists), but this has been my experience. And if you have been through the process of pregnancy, labour and feeding your baby and feel like you’ve got something to add/ query/ downright disagree with, then please do add your twopence in the comments below. :)

Tall women have easier labours.

At least, that’s what the research says, and what my midwife seemed to think. And while there will be many tall women who still don’t have the easiest of times, (probably reading this with gritted teeth… sorry) I was definitely evidence of the rule. I actually enjoyed my labour. Yup. Call me mental/masochistic, but I LOVED it.

I’m not saying I would choose to push a head out of my frou-frou every day of the week, but I can’t recall a more exhilarating or rewarding experience.

For those planning a baby in the future, I can’t recommend hypnobirthing enough. I used to listen to a cd regularly, and while I never really bought into the idea that I was actually being hypnotised, continuously listening to the affirmations gave me the confidence to believe that I was capable of getting through it. And if you’re lucky enough to get into the birthing pool, don’t hesitate.


Sidenote: This picture may seem like a massive overshare to some, but to those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you may realise why I just love it to bits. Three years ago life was a bit bleak with Tim’s brain tumour surgery, and now he’s healthy and happy and our baby girl just arrived into the world looking like an absolute GANGSTA. Life can suddenly get amazing again and this photo proves that to me. 

Tall women often have smaller bumps.

I was told all the way along that my bump was too small, and that it wasn’t measuring in line with the length of my pregnancy. Which freaked me out BIG TIME. But as the ultrasound lady reassured me when I was sent for a growth scan, there is plenty of room for the baby under your ribcage so often your bump doesn’t grow too far outwards. She’d seen a lot of tall women sent for growth scans unnecessarily. It’s also a proportions thing. (If you’re tall and lucky enough to have been blessed with a mahoosive, beautiful bump, I’m sure you carried it off splendidly).

You don’t need to spend a fortune on new clothes.

Unless you want to that is… and far be it from me to stop you shopping. Assign a section of your wardrobe to your pre-pregnancy clothes that still fit you. You might be surprised how many do (thanks in large to the point I make above). I realised that a few clothes I’d consigned to the back of the wardrobe because I’d once gotten bored of them/ was never in the mood for wearing stretchy body con, actually looked different and preferable when pregnant. If I did invest in new clothes, they tended to be loose fitting shirts or kimonos that I could wear post pregnancy too. The dress below was an old ASOS number that had enough give to (just about!) get me to my last day of pregnancy. Matilda popped out the day after this photo was taken.

It’s worth buying a few staples to see you through though.

Invest in a few maternity-specific bits that you can accessorize cheaply or wear with your existing bits n bobs.

Jeans: I bought two pairs of maternity jeans which saw me all the way through my pregnancy. My fave were by Mamalicious, £35. Their 34 inch leg was long enough for me (I’m usually a 36 incher) and skinnier than most maternity styles on the market.

Bump band: Asos, £8. This was particularly useful for giving a bit of coverage in the earlier months, when I could still squeeze into my jeans but needed to undo the zip.

Feeding Vests: If you’re planning on breastfeeding*, these are great for layering under baggy t-shirts and shirts. I LOVE the Emma Jane longer length feeding vest (£25) so much that I’ve bought four and rotate them with all my outfits. For nighttime, I love the slightly cosier (but also super long) seamless nursing cami (£39) by Amoralia.

I was probably quite lucky in that I did most of my heavily pregnant months over the summer, and therefore didn’t need to look for a coat. I’d have probably worn my existing ones open and layered up with jumpers and chunky scarves, but do let me know if you’ve come across a decent maternity style coat that works for tall women.

Buying dresses is EASIER when you’re pregnant.

Yup, I did mean to say that. A lot of people may scoff at this thought, but I genuinely loved dressing my bump and found it a lot easier than previously in the frock department. Because a lot of maternity dresses cast an empire line shape from underneath the boobs, I didn’t have to worry about waistlines being in the right place.

I also wore a lot more of the stretchy, bodycon styles than I’d ever have been comfortable with wearing previously. I was never much of a tummy flaunter pre-pregnancy (and I highly doubt I will be post pregnancy either!).

You will never be more glad of your long limbs than when you’re feeding a baby.

Whether you feed by breast or bottle, once your fussy baby is finally latched and in position for a long feed, you will be so glad you can reach that half empty box of chocolates, the glass of water when you’re gasping for it and the remote control on the other side of the coffee table.

Your baby might actually NOT be massive.

When I first fell pregnant, a lot of people told me to expect a really big baby. Matilda was 7lbs 8oz. Pretty average. (This might have also contributed to the fabulous labour part). But she’s exactly the same weight that I was when I was born, and we all know what happened there. Incidentally she does have very big feet and quite long legs, and she’s already outgrown a fair amount of her baby grows, so she’s headed in the right direction at least.

Your Feet May Grow

Yup, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your annoyingly big feet might just get bigger. Mine swelled a little in the last two weeks and I ended up borrowing my husband’s converse (sexy). Thankfully they should shrink back to normal size (normal for us, anyway) a week or two postpartum. A cheap pair of large-size flip-flops would also do if you’re pregnant in the summer and find yourself with bigger-than-usual feet.

Asos is just freakin brilliant.

I got so many bits from its maternity section (including a super sparkly dress for my friend’s wedding, below). So affordable and on trend in a world where maternity clothing just isn’t.  Check the heights of the models where they are listed too; the main one is 5’11 which proved very useful. 

So those are my experiences of tall pregnancy, and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.

And lastly, how the blinking heck have you all been?

L (and M) xx

*If you’re planning on breastfeeding at London’s Claridges Hotel, please don’t bother with a vest top and just get your whole tit out.

Leggy Lust: Winter Coats

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

If you tend to get chilly wrists come Christmas time, then this post is for you. I’ve been scouring the specialist Tall ranges for their chicest cover-ups. You can hover your mouse over your favourites for links.

I especially love this long-line biker style jacket from New Look. I bought  the shorter version last year and it remains a wardrobe staple, and still looks far pricier than what I paid for it.

Pastels and soft neutral colours are key in coat trends for Winter 2014/15. The colour of this blush pink New Look number is fabulously at odds with its boxy, boyfriend silhouette.

I bought a thick padded Next coat for a Christmas trip to New York last year, and it kept me super toasty. This down-filled one is perfect for Christmas shopping and chilly football mums.

Anyone else found any fab coats on the highstreet that work for us Leggy Lovelies? Let me know below.

L x

Shoesissima Twitter Competition

The leaves are turning golden brown and I’m about to pop. Which can only mean two things: 1) Autumn is here and 2) You probably need a new pair of boots.

Luckily large-size shoe brand Shoesissima is on hand to help in that department, with various styles available in a UK Size 8 to 12. I love the very Alexa-esque Chelsea Boots (£139), available with free delivery and returns at ASOS.

The lovely people at Shoesissima are giving away one pair to an All the Tall things reader. You could win a brand new pair of leather ankle boots worth £139, just by briefly describing your dream pair of shoes.

How to enter:

1) Follow @tallthings on Twitter (if you’re not already)

2) Tweet @tallthings and describe your dream shoe. It can be anything from the sublime “lime green and pink polka dots with LED heels” to the downright necessary “a flat, studded black boot”. What do you WANT to see in your shoe size? Let us know.

3) Use the hashtag #bootcomp

e.g. @tallthings Midi heeled chunky black boots with steel capped toes #bootcomp

One winner will be picked at random from your entries (we’re looking for honest, not necessarily witty or clever answers, because we REALLY want to know what kind of shoes you’re after. Who knows, you may see Shoesissima creating that shoe you’ve been hankering after for years…).

(For links to other products featured, hover over the pictures above. The checked shirt is from ASOS Tall and YES, the sleeves are super long).

Ts and Cs:

The competition is open to all Leggy Lovelies, regardless of where in the world they live. Shoes are available in UK sizes 8-12. Regrettably we cannot offer bespoke sizes. Competition closes at midnight on 17/10/14. Winner will be announced on All the Tall things Facebook and Twitter page on 18/10/14.

Tried It On: H+M Shirt Dress

Get yourselves to H&M and grab this cheap and chic shirt dress, as recommended by 6’2 ATTT reader Catherine. Super premium looking, despite the bargain price tag, and ready to take you from office to bar with a few well chosen accessories.

Catherine writes, “At £20 each I thought they were an absolute bargain and they both fit beautifully; I’m a size 12 but quite curvy, so I usually wear dresses that are cinched at the waist to avoid looking like a sack of potatoes, and the tie belt that comes with the dress is an absolute godsend. I’m 6’2”, by the way and 22 years old.

In the pictures, I’m also wearing the jeggings from New Look that one of your readers recommended a few weeks ago (also bought the black pair).”

Dress, H+M £20/ Jeggings, New Look £14.99

Thanks Catherine. Everybody loves an H+M bargain. How cute would this look with tights and ankle boots for autumn, or a pretty pair of heels for office glam?

Anyone else found any tall friendly pieces in H+M lately?

L x

P.S. You can send photos of your long-length finds to be included in Tried It On by emailing laura@allthetallthings.com or tweeting @tallthings

Sleepwear for Sleepless Nights

Hello gorgeous Leggy Lovelies,

One of the questions that gets asked a lot on the Facebook page or via email is “Where the ruddy heck does one buy pyjamas when they’re over 5’10?”

With only three weeks left until my due date, I realise that I’m going to be spending a lot of time in my jim-jams over the coming months, so I need to invest in some nightwear that won’t make me feel completely grotty and may even help me hold on to some semblance of glamour (who am I kidding?).

There are some lovely specialist tall pyjamas out there, but they tend to make more of a dent in the wallet than the abundant non-tall options (us leggy lovelies can’t stock up on Primark sleepwear it seems), so I often look to men’s departments for their girliest offerings.

I’ll be wearing these checked Next pjs (£18) with a variety of t-shirts and feeding vests when Baby Schof arrives.

The “Long” in this style drapes the floor on my 36 inch legs, and the fabric feels lovely as well (they’re 100% cotton, so none of that icky static-against-the-bed-sheets feeling) and available in 3 other colours.

I also like a good chunky alpine slipper (it’s been my slipper of choice for the past few years), and while having a further perusal of the men’s section in Next, came across this burgundy pair (£20). They reach my girly-enough standard and are available up to a Euro 47.

There are lots of long-line vests and tees available at H+M to pop on with your PJs, so there’s no need to go spending a fortune to look boudoir beautiful.

I’m interested to know where you buy your nightwear though. It’s all very well throwing on an old manky t-shirt in the privacy of your own home, but what about when it’s hen-do/ slumber party/ new man over for the weekend time? Where do you find your pretty sleepwear or hungover Sunday attire? Have you bought your pjs in Long Tall Sally? Tallgirls? What’s your verdict?

Ooh, and I need a dressing gown. I’ve ended up buying a size 16-18 Primark number to get the sleeves long enough, but a lovely long-line tall friendly one would be far superior. Let me know if you’ve got any leads.

L xx

TTYA @ LTS

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

It can’t have escaped your attention that a new brand has landed at Long Tall Sally. Even model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn has been spotted wearing its black and white shirt (much to the lovely Alice at Long Tall Sally’s delight).

I first blogged about TTYA after its initial launch back in June 2013, and since then, leggy ladies have been scooping it up at Selfridges, ASOS and Barneys NYC.

Now, Long Tall Sally has teamed up with 5’11 TTYA founder Irene Agbontaen to bring the entire collection and a few exclusive pieces.

Modelled by uber hot commercial model Jamie Gunns, the range boasts all the pieces that founder Irene says she “always wanted to have in [her] own wardrobe”, hence the long fitted sleeves and long-in-the-body basics.

To celebrate the launch and preview the collection, I was kindly invited along to an intimate dinner at the London Edition Hotel, along with members of the fashion press.

LTS2

LTS1

Most popular with LTS customers on the day of release was the very Victoria Beckham esque Removable Collar Dress (£90). I also have my eye on the Scuba Biker Jacket (£100) and long sleeve jersey body (£35). LTS3

lts6 lts7

Pieces start at £24 for this burnout tee (below) which is perfect for layering and will no doubt become one of my most worn pieces. 

T-shirt, TTYA @LTS £24/ Scarf, Zara/ Earrings, ASOS £8/ Metallic Flats, New Look @ ASOS £17.99 (available up to UK 9)

(Sizes come up nicely large in the above tee. I’m 8 months preggo in the pic above, even if my height somewhat disguises it, and the Small is roomy enough for me).

What do you think of the collection? Has anyone made any purchases yet?

With thanks to the gorgeous Alice @ LTS and Irene @ TTYA for your very warm hospitality.

L x

The £24.99 New Look Blazer every Tall girl needs

I LOVES me a blazer. Not only are they useful for weddings/ funerals/ bar-mitvahs, etc, but they’re great for these weeks of in-betweeny weather. I have a large selection for layering at work, but with my super-long limbs, I usually have to settle for a 3/4 length sleeve look.

To tell you the truth, a decent, long-sleeved black blazer is something I’d be happy to fork out for, but when there’s a New Look one going for £24.99, I’m not about to complain.

This black waterfall blazer is roomy in the shoulders, as well as long in the arms (I’m wearing a 10; it seemed to look more fitted than the 12, which is the size I’m normally in at the moment). The waterfall detail also adds levels and interest to a long torso.

You can hover over the pictures for links to other products.

Are decent, long-sleeved blazers and suit jackets something you struggle with? Anyone got any top tips of where to look? There’s a Topshop blazer here that also has fantastic reviews and looks very designer-esque.

L x

Here’s a tip: Buy the New Look one here from ASOS and save yourself the postage too. Free delivery worldwide.

Wedding Guest Wear at 7 Months Pregnant

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Hope you’re all wonderfully well.

Last weekend I was hitting the lemonades at my friends’ wedding in Scunthorpe, but not before much deliberation over what to wear. While I’ve not struggled anywhere near as much as I expected in finding long-length maternity wear for day-to-day, I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by the party and occasion-wear on offer for leggy lovelies sporting a bump.

Maternity occasion-wear in general is akin to specialist tall wear; it tends to err on the safe side of fashion, presumably to appeal to everyone, and therefore likely appealing to almost no one. Most dresses contain cheap fabrics or oddly placed lace, and are usually wildly over-priced in comparison with their bumpless counterparts.

A lot of the ASOS maternity dresses look like they’d be total bum-flashers on me, but I did find this sparkly chiffon number there, and at £60, it was even less expensive than a lot of non-maternity options. I’m sure I’ll wear it to another party before Baby Schof arrives too.

I wore it to the wedding of my lovely friends Jen and Mark, who I introduced 6 and half years ago. (I spent most of the day feeling like a very smug cupid). My hubby Tim conducted the ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Jen’s parents’ home and made a very dashing vicar indeed.

I colour-blocked with some teal shoes (oldies from Dorothy Perkins), a teal bag (found in the sale last week at John Lewis, £25), and a hat-inator from KCMode. You can find the ASOS dress here.

Have you found any wedding guest outfits recently that would work for leggy lovelies (with or without a bump?). Please share your sources below! And if you do know of any maternity lines that make pretty ocassion-wear for tall mamas, please pop those in too :)

L xx

Non-Maternity Maternity-Wear

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

After a long time chatting about maternity wear, I thought it was about time I popped something on the blog that was appropriate for all of us gorgeous leggy lot.

In any case, when I first announced my pregnancy, so many of you told me not to bother with maternity clothes because they’re a big old waste of money. And, especially since I’m pregnant during the summer months and dress reasonably casually for work, you were absolutely bang onThere are plenty of clothes on the highstreet that will accommodate a growing bump, but still look perfectly lovely after baby’s arrival.

While I’ve bought two pairs of skinny maternity jeans (one under-bump pair by ASOS, one over-the-bump pair from Mamalicious @ASOS, the latter of which I prefer), and a couple of nice maternity dresses for special occasions, I’ve tried to stick with my old wardrobe, and buy things that I’ll be able to wear post-pregnancy too.

I also wear the items I do buy and that do still fit in much heavier rotation, so I don’t feel like I’ve spent lots of money on things that I’ll hardly get any use out of.

My best buy was an ASOS bump band for £7, an absolute money-saver because it has allowed me to wear most of my old jeans and shorts open and adds extra length to t-shirts that creep up over my bump. It’s not a completely seamless solution (literally), but it’s a great little piece for layering. I’ve worn it with my non-maternity Topshop shorts below.

My absolute godsend this summer has been the kimono… light enough to wear during these balmy summer days and fits at every stage of my pregnancy. Unlike a dress, I can also mix it up much more easily with other pieces in my wardrobe too. I find the long-line ones super flattering on a tall figure, and this Topshop number (£46) with its pretty, art-deco style bird print, is one of my faves and has been well worth the splurge.

If I have indulged a little bit, it’s been more on accessories like jewellery and handbags. Luckily I seem to have avoided the curse of going up a shoe size, although with 2 and a half months still to go until my due date, I realise there’s still plenty of time for that to happen. I have my husband’s Converse and Havianas on standby.

I’ve also arranged my wardrobe at home with a section of my tried-and-tested maternity-friendly outfits, to avoid hours rummaging through before work every day and tearing my hair out when nothing fits.

You can hover over the images above for links to products. The giraffe print clutch is no longer available, but if you want to splash the cash, I love this blue giraffe print clutch from Ted Baker. And neither are the boots, though Topshop does have a strappy pair with the same metal-capped heel in a size 42 here. Prescription sunglasses are by Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers.

L x

P.S. How many of you went up a shoe size or even grew taller during pregnancy? Let me know if this has or hasn’t affected you.

P.P.S. I’m looking for more pretty logo and typography tees to wear under shirts and kimonos. Have you found any pretty ones lately (doesn’t necessarily need to be a maternity piece)?.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...