A Strapping Bag

If you’re over 5’10, you’ll know that your height-related dilemmas extend further than too-tight shoes and ankle swinging trousers. Over the years on ATTT we’ve looked at wetsuits with give, prams with higher handles, and how to bag yourself some extra legroom on an aeroplane.

As a six-footer, one thing that I often struggle with (and get emails or comments about) is the cross-body bag. Most bags, even when stretched to as far as the strap will allow, will only fall as far as the waist and sit awkwardly above my hip.

This little green number from New Look (£15.99) has plenty of strap and comes in three different colour-ways. There’s even an extra 3 inches available that I haven’t utilised. I know… wowzers.

Furthermore, it’s a lot more practical than some of the miniature-sized satchels of other stores, so it makes a great all-day handbag.

You can now hover over the image for links to products. The shirt I’m wearing is a size Large and the skirt is a size 12.

Anyone else found any pretty cross-body bags on the highstreet that work with your measurements?

L xx

Video Blog: 90s Style and Gok’s Tall Tips

Hey ladies,

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working with a female-founded production company called Zalia Films. They got in touch with me because Julia, a 6’2 film-maker, is a long-time reader of All the Tall things and was keen to collaborate on something.

Over tea at The National Gallery cafe, we decided to create a magazine-style video blog that was purely for tall girls, full of fashion, advice, inspiring stories and a little bit of silliness as well.

This is the first episode, in which we explore ways to work the 90s trend, and I fall a little bit more in love with Gok Wan (he ruddy loves a leggy lovely). Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see more of. If you like it, it’ll become a more regular thing. More celeb interviews, spotlights on new and emerging collections for tall women and advice from those in the know. And if you’ve got an idea or would love to get involved yourself, well… please drop me an email to laura@allthetallthings.com. The more the merrier.

You can also find links to the clothes featured below. If a link is missing, it’s because I’ve not been able to find the product online, or it’s an oldie I’ve added into the mix.

My Outfit

Outfit One (Pretty Sporty)

Outfit Two (Acid Grunge)

Outfit Three (Minimalist)

 

Luckily there is a team of fabulous girl creatives who work on this with me so I don’t need to take time out of blog posts. (I realise I’ve been mega slack lately, but that’s due to day-job craziness and not the Vlog eating up my time). So the idea is for video blogs to bring more content to the blog, not less.

Let me know what your thoughts in the comments below :)

L x

P.S. Special thanks go to Andrew Franklin Photography for use of his studio. Check him out if you’re in need of a super talented wedding photographer (who also happens to be my very helpful nextdoor neighbour).

P.P.S. More thanks to Specsavers for letting me interview Mr Wan. Check out their website for gorgeous specs by Read or Dead, Cheap Monday and Gok himself.

Sarah’s Boot Dilemma

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

We all know that a size 9 in one shop won’t be the same as a size 9 in another shop. Sometimes, the disparity between shoes of the same size is apparent even within a single store. So when ATTT reader Sarah sent me the following email, I felt her pain…

“Hi Laura,

I have been buying and returning boots like these (below) recently as the website says they are a 9 and when they arrive they are a narrow 42 (office) or have 43 printed in them but are small and narrow (next) or don’t go up to a 9.

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Please please can you and the lovely readers of your blog help me find some size 9/43 boots like this that are not too small or narrow because I love them!!”

Well Sarah, it just so happens that I can answer your booty call. (Not like that). I’ve only recently found a gorgeous pair of side-buckle boots from the confusingly-sized shoe department in Topshop.

Now. Before you scoff at the idea of squeezing your feet into a teeny weeny Topshop size 42, please try to trust me on this one…

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Boots, Topshop (Up to a 42) £46

Topshop is — in my opinion — the worst offender when it comes to sizing issues. Its size 9 is labelled as a 42, and I usually can’t even get a pair on my feet, let alone walk in them. But having struck lucky in store with a size 9 boot (and having received some positive reviews of Topshop size 42s from readers who also consider themselves a 43), I’ve continued to persevere and order from Topshop when I see a style I like, with varying rates of success.

These suede boots were a birthday present from my lovely hubby, and though they’re not exactly the same as Sarah’s leather Office pair, they’re wonderfully comfortable on my size 43 feet and the straps extend super far to accommodate a wide foot.

Expect to see them in some spring/summer outfit posts shortly!

Has anyone else found a pretty pair of ankle boots for spring/ summer in a larger size?

L x

P.S. I know size 9 is pretty diddy these days, so there will be larger sized shoes featured on the blog shortly. :)

P.P.S. Gok interview is coming soon… and a whole new video blog. Keep your eyes peeled!

Leggy Lust: New Denim at ASOS Tall

If you’re always faithful to your Leigh jeans, it might be time to venture out of Topshop and give ASOS’s new denim range a try. All the jeans are cut to fit a 36 inch inseam (and that’s an actual 36 inches… not a “to fit a 36 inch leg but in a nice little crop-at-the-ankle style”). *

I love these  high-waisted jeans in the mid-stonewash (below), because they’re super-snug on the leg and the rise is very flattering on a tall figure. They’re not actually particularly high-waisted, but I’m so sick of wearing hipsters that aren’t made for a tall bum, and these have plenty of fabric to stop you thong-flashing.

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Jeans, ASOS Tall, £30

At 30 quid they’re also at the cheaper end of the Tall denim spectrum, and they fit true to size (perhaps a little more generously than Topshop). I would get two sizes if you’re in between though, and take advantage of the free delivery and returns. I’m wearing the 10 (W28). They’re also nice and stretchy (not quite as “jegging” like as some of the Leigh jeans, but still with a bit of give).

Lots of you are already fans. ATTT reader Lydia writes, “Any of the ‘Ridley’ style are amazing!! Had the pair with ripped knees for weeks now and still love them just as much! 10000% recommend!”

Let me know if you’ve also tried the ASOS denim already and tell me what you think. And I know a lot of you are denim obsessives, so please let me know what other jean stockists you’re going gaga for at the moment.

L xx

*You may find that some of the copy on the website says “34 inches” for the Tall jeans inseam. ASOS buyer Gina tells me that this is a mistake that needs correcting, and sure enough, if you click the drop-down “select size” box, you’ll see that all the size options actually come with a 36 inch leg.

Tried It On: One Girl, 4 Dresses

If you wrote off Dorothy Perkins’ Tall collection ages ago, back when it was a barren wasteland where black bootlegs and dodgy cardigans reigned supreme, then it might be time to revisit. Coz it’s had a big old overhaul of late. Yup.

What’s more, 6ft ATTT reader Emma has bought four pretty dresses and still managed to come away with change from a hundred quid. Emma recalls that she had the classic “I’ll just order all these to try on at home, then I’ll return the ones I don’t… Oh” thought. She also writes, “The Daisy print one isn’t from the Tall range but still a pretty good length for us :)”

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Tall Rose Sweetheart Dress, Dorothy Perkins £16/ Tall Black Bardot Dress, Dorothy Perkins £16

Tall Floral Bardot Dress, Dorothy Perkins £18/ Daisy Tea Dress, Dorothy Perkins £38

These four dresses are more summery than a pub garden and a pitcher of Pimms. Love.

Tried on a long-length item and want to share it with your fellow Leggy Lovelies? Email laura@allthetallthings.com or tweet @tallthings

L x

P.S. You can also get a discount at Dorothy Perkins at the mo…

Code TAKE5 gets you £5 off when you spend 25, or more

Code TAKE10 gets you £10 off when you spend £50 or more

Code TAKE15 gets you £15 off when you spend £75 or more.

One M&S Dress and the Clutch that EVERY Tall girl needs

I clapped eyes on this ASOS clutch and knew I had to have it. Not only is it in the oh-so-appropriate giraffe print (if you can’t dodge the comparisons, you might as well embrace them), but it’s also got a lovely, luxe pony-effect finish.

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Bag, ASOS £30/ Dress, Marks & Spencer £23/ Boots, Topshop/ Necklace, New Look £17.99/ Hat, Miss Selfridge/ Glasses, Specsavers

I’m often getting requests to feature long-line skater-style dresses, and this Marks & Spencer number is great for a tall figure, because even though it’s fitted at the top with a nice flare at the hem, it doesn’t have a defined waistline, making it more accessible for the leggier lovely. Plus it’s currently on sale for a purse-pleasing £23.

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Also… make sure you keep your eyes firmly fixed on the blog over the next few days, because yesterday I interviewed a certain Gokalicious fashion expert, and he had a LOT to say on the subject of tall women.

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Have a lovely Friday folks,

L x

P.S. Anyone else found a nice long-length skater frock? I’m currently obsessed.

The ASOS Tall Scuba Skirt

The lovely people at ASOS may not have officially launched their Tall range just yet, but they sure are teasing us with some fab preliminary pieces. This black scuba midi skirt caught my eye, and is so perfect in length that I’m very tempted for the red one now too.

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My midriff is currently in no fit state for public consumption, but it’s possible to work the crop-top trend without baring the wine belly. This dotty ASOS number sits elegantly over the top of the skirt, and you’ll only catch a hint of my upper-tum (the OK bit) in a very sharp breeze. 

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I’ve gone for full-on sparkle in my accessories; a sparkly perspex Coast Cuff (a bit pricey at £35 for bling-bling costume jewellery, but I’ve wanted it for ages and finally gave in this week), a bib style necklace and my silver Next courts (available up to a Euro 43). I picked up my long-line blazer from a random boutique in Hong Kong, but you don’t really need that for party time anyway.

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What would you style this scuba skirt with? And have you made any ASOS Tall purchases yet? What’s your verdict?

L xx

Think Pink

Back in December 2011 my gorgeous Auntie Michele was told that she had Breast Cancer. I’m sure you’ve had a friend or family member who’s been diagnosed with the disease, or even received the devastating diagnosis yourself. You’ve felt the seismic shockwaves and had the “I thought Cancer was something that happened to other people” thought.

My auntie Mic found her source of support through an online forum run by Breast Cancer Care, and connected with a group of women who had all been diagnosed in December (and would come to call themselves “The December Darlings”). They shared stories of chemo together, posted photos of bald heads, compared notes on snotty noses, and supported one another when two members of the group tragically lost their fight against the disease.

Michele considers herself one of the “lucky” ones. Now in recovery, she’s like the old Michele, only a million times more confident, outgoing and downright beautiful. I’ve seen how Cancer has tried to break her, and I’ve seen her tell it where to shove it.

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Last night Cardiff was lit up pink to welcome in the Breast Cancer Care Ball. Cancer survivors and those still battling the disease rocked the fashion runway in front of an adoring crowd of friends and family. This was a night of celebration, but also a reminder that much more is needed to be raised in order to give women (and sometimes men) the support and care they so need.

A night of fabulous fashion called for some serious outfit plannage, and since our table had opted for a self-imposed pink dress code, there was no better time to rock the full-on bubblegum Barbie look. I found my frothy pink number (£55) in Vivien of Holloway,  a vintage reproduction clothing shop specialising in 40s and 50s clothing in North London.

Dress, Viviene of Holloway £55Petticoats (x2) Vivien of Holloway, £59 eachTiara, The Jewellery Channel £9.99 / Shoes, Next £25/ Bag, Next/ Bracelet, Mikey @Topshop

Like most of you, I have a longer-than-average torso, but most of my height is in my legs, so I lucked out with this halterneck number, which fitted me at the waist. I did speak to the shop assistants though, who mentioned that a lot of tall women like to fold the straps down/ have them removed if the halterneck feels too tight. In any case, London-based Leggy Lovelies should definitely pop to the Holloway Road store and give their dresses a try, because the skirts are super long and swishy. You can browse and buy the various styles on their website too.

I wore mine with two massive petticoats in contrasting pink shades. Luckily my mum is also a bit of a vintage vixen so I could borrow one of hers, because the good quality ones aren’t the cheapest — £59. They’re so pretty though that you could layer them up and wear them on their own with a jumper too.

And I completed the “Miss Congeniality” look with the sparkliest size nine shoes from Next, with a heel made for twirling around on.

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A bargainous £25, and I reckon they’d make a stylish pair of wedding shoes if your big day’s coming up.

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Our matching tiaras were a very kind donation from The Jewellery Channel.

Becky, Judy, Me and three of the “December Darlings”: Fi, Auntie Michele and Sue. (Fi’s beautiful daughter Becky is actually 5’11 and her dress is an old buy from Monsoon’s younger range Fusion… one of my fave places for party dresses).

If you want to donate to Breast Cancer Care, you can follow this link.

L xx

P.S. There were models last night who had been through Breast Cancer at the ages of 21 and 27. Get checking your boobs please girlies, whatever age you might be.

P.P.S. Any of you Leggy Lovelies a fan of the 50s silhouette? Where do you tend to buy your clothes?

Tens @ Toms

Toms is so much more than a shoe shop. For every pair of shoes bought, another pair is given to a child in need. Since its inception in 2006, the company has donated shoes to over 10 million children in 60 countries, and has created local jobs by producing shoes in the countries where they give. 

And as well as helping people who are in actual need, they’ve come to the rescue of the larger-footed lady with a HUGE (yes, HUGE) range of sandals, boots and slip-on pumps up to a UK size 10/ UK size 12. To filter results by size, head  to Womens>All Shoes>Size

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I love the Canvas Strappy Wedges (an absolute classic) and Leopard Print Trainers (great to have some girly prints in a larger-sized sneaker style).

Has anyone bought from Toms before? How do you find the sizing measures up? And what are your faves from the current range?

L xx

P.S. Thanks go to ATTT reader Emma for the heads up :)

Tried It On: Wishbone

It’s lovely when a new brand lands on my radar, especially when it turns out to be quite a leggy-friendly sorta place. I’d never heard of Wishbone and its pretty prints and zesty colour palette, until ATTT reader Kathryn pointed me in its direction.

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Kathryn writes, “At last, a midi that IS a midi…! I’m 6ft, size 12, and fell for this dress (£75) from new brand Wishbone (in John Lewis). First dress I feel good in since having my little lad 8 months ago. I’ve got the pencil lime green skirt from wishbone (£85) which also hits JUST under knee. Def a brand for tall girls :)”

Dress, £75, Skirt, £85, both Wishbone @ John Lewis

Thanks Kathryn. And that is one smokin’ post-baby body petal.

Found an amazing maxi dress, a tailored blazer jacket or a pretty tee that looks great on your Leggy Lovely frame? Drop an email to laura@allthetallthings.com with the details.

L xx

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