Category Archives: Skirts

Write your LTS Wishlist

Have you checked out the new TTYA collection at LTS yet? It’s definitely my favourite so far, so I was very grateful when the lovely LTS team gifted me this 70s inspired outfit combo, which has already seen a classy night out at Clapham Grand with the girls and a rare date night with the hubby.

The suede skirt (£85) is the perfect mini length on a tall girly, and having a black polo jumper (£50) with sleeves that I can almost hide my hands in is another  #lifegoal realised. 

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The fashion choices available for extra-tall women like us have massively increased over the last few years, but there’s definitely still a long way to go. I would LOVE to see more of this sort of thing at LTS. Which brings me on to my next question. What would you like to see more of? Tall workwear? Runway-inspired evenings gowns?

If you get a spare minute, I’d love you to pop your LTS wishlist in the comments below. If you don’t mind, I’d also be really grateful if you could let me know your age as well.

L xx

P.S. This isn’t research that LTS has commissioned me to do. I just a) am nosey and b) think it’s a great way of getting our voices heard.

Sleeves that actually make your arms feel short.

Are you constantly making do with three-quarter length sleeves in tops, blazers and dresses because they’re the only kind that look half decent? Or buying your jumpers super over-sized so that the sleeves meet your wrists, only to find they end up looking a bit mis-shapen and tent-like?

It’s a real novelty when I find long sleeves that actually fit. It’s not something you see much of in our “Tried It On” feature, because while you can occasionally find a long-enough maxi or a pretty knee-length skirt on the “regular” highstreet, it’s nigh-on impossible to find a jacket or top that fits in a long-sleeve style.

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Loose in the body but fitted in the sleeves, this ASOS jersey is a great piece for layering under jackets or over blouses and pairing with jeans or skirts.

You can hover over the picture below for links to products that are available. This mint ASOS Premium full midi skirt is in a fab heavy-weight flocked fabric that’s made for running about in stilettos along Bleecker Street in NYC.

These Laboutin-style shoes  are a cheap-as-chips £35 from Next and available up to a size 43. They even make my alien toes look almost earthling-like.

Almost. 

Have you found any long-sleeve jackets/ tops or dresses that fit your never-ending limbs? In the specialist Tall ranges or otherwise? Please share!

I’m also in the midst of summer-shopping for a forthcoming sunshine break to Santorini, so expect some pretty maxi skirts and floaty dresses to appear over the next few blog posts. Let me now if you’ve found any yourself. 🙂

L xx

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

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

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

The New Look Denim Skirt

It’s always good when an online shopping gamble pays off. This button-down midi skirt wasn’t in the Tall range, but it’s a fab knee-length piece that makes a great in-between seasons buy. Today I’m wearing it with my biker and beanie, but I think it would look lovely with a soft blouse and sandals for summer time too.

Skirt, New Look £22.99/ Beanie, River Island £7/ Jacket, Jumper, Boots and Belt, Topshop/ Blouse, ASOS/ Bag, Zara/ Glasses, Specsavers

Found an item of clothing outside of the Tall ranges that works for us leggy lovelies? Share them on All the Tall things by emailing laura@allthetallthings.com or tweeting @tallthings.

L xx

The Winter Pencil Skirt

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

I always find that winter is the trickiest season to dress for when you’re a tall woman. Perhaps it’s because the need to find anything with long enough sleeves makes it nigh on impossible to achieve a chic and tailored look. Perhaps because knee-high boots are never knee-high. Perhaps because you just need to wear even more clothes, and the expensive specialist clothes we often require become even more ruddy expensive.

But this year the highstreet seems to be heaped full of prettiness for the leggier lovely. This tartan skirt is my fave piece in Topshop’s current Tall collection. Super long and stretchy without being too flimsy or clingy, and you could obviously make it look mega sexy for work too if you wear it with a nice blouse and pair of black courts. Go for the size down if you’re between sizes.

I paired it with this cutesy Topshop tee, but It just wasn’t quite warm enough, so I threw on my husband’s jumper (from Next, long enough in the sleeves and surprisingly fitted in a medium). He doesn’t know I’ve stolen it and won’t find out until he reads this blog post on the train home. Sorry Tim. I promise to wash it so it doesn’t smell like girl.

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The bling ring and bracelet are from Marc Jacobs’ Greenwich village boutique (a must-visit if you’re over in NYC, for its edgy and surprisingly affordable pieces), and the Michael Kors watch was a Christmas prezzie from the hubby. The Lucky penny necklace is still available at ASOS.

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I’m living in various forms of ankle boot at the moment. These chunky could-be-weapons-of-torture are from Topshop. A little tight for a size 9 when they first arrived, bit a few walks around the house have stretched them out a bit.

Tartan skirt, Topshop £24/ Boots, Topshop £88/ Jacket, Topshop/ Jumper, Next £35/ Necklace, ASOS £6/ Other jewellery, from a selection at Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.

What’s your go-to outfit when the weather gets chillier?

L x

Colour Pop

Bleurgh. It’s cold. “Highs of five degrees today” apparently. Yay. *

It’s a bit of a cliché, but sometimes a lovely antidote to the grizzly grey weather is a bold pop of colour. To present a Christmas light switch-on last week I wore this tangtastic top and black faux leather skirt from Whistles. I’m not entirely sure how I fitted under that door with four inch heels and equally statuesque hair.

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Inspired by Prada, leather (or faux) skirts are on-the-knee for this season. I reckon this one would look especially lovely with a knitted jumper, tights and brogues for daytime too.

Top, Whistles £75/ Skirt, Whistles £95/ Necklace, H+M/ Shoes, Dorothy Perkins (oldies!)

Have you made any good leather (real or faux) purchases fit for tall girlies recently?

L xx

*Having said that, I have the bestest and warmest winter coat to share with you all in my next post. Stay tuned.

Kilty Pleasures

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Question. Who was your first ever style icon?

For me, the answer is easy. Way before there was Rita, Lana, Alexa, Cheryl and Victoria, there was Cher.

Nope, not the big-haired “Turn Back Time” warbler.

Cher in Clueless. Alicia Silverstone at her absolute peak; all glossy blonde hair, knee-length socks and tartan.

I watched that movie and dragged my mum to C&A to buy a tartan minidress. I remember wearing it over a polo-neck jumper to Pizza Hut and thinking I was the coolest kid, like, ever. Now, thanks to Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood, everyone is set to look totally Clueless again.

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So I HAD to have this tartan kilt (£40) when I saw it on the ASOS website, and thankfully it’s long enough that it doesn’t look too slutty school disco costume.

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I’ve worn it today with this chiffon ASOS blouse (£32) — I love the cute bow-tie! — and a bit of bling, but you could totally rock this skirt with a t-shirt if you wanted to keep things casual. (I recommend the New Look Tall 3-pack of tees… a bargain at £12.99)

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This scallop-edged ASOS satchel (£25) is a fairly neutral colour so it works with most things in my wardrobe, and while a lot of cross-body bags tend to sit on my waist rather than my hip, this one has a long enough drop on the strap for us leggy folk.

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These boots (£40) were probably my best buy of 2012. They’re so versatile; great for punking up a pretty dress and with enough of a heel to work with a pencil skirt.  They’re still available up to a decent size 9 at Topshop.

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Skirt, ASOS £40/ Blouse, ASOS £32/ Boots, Topshop £45 (Available up to a UK size 9)/ Bag, ASOS £25/ Necklace, H+M (Old)

Will you be tartan-ing it up this season? And what’s your favourite Clueless moment?

L x

Leggy Lust: The New Look Maxi Skirt

Each of these maxi skirts has an elasticated waist, so you can wear them Simon Cowell stylee or low-slung on the hips to get the length you’re after.

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£14.99 each, New Look

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