Category Archives: Trousers

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.

Filling the Gap

In search of some quality basics in longer lengths? ATTT reader and fellow blogger Jessica has spotted that Gap’s Tall Collection is now available in the UK and Europe.  I love the cute printed racer-back dress and classic trench.

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Most of the trousers are cropped for summer, but at an on-trend ankle-grazing length rather than a full-on pedal-pusher.

Great to have another go-to for long-length staples. Plus, if you enter GAPSTYLE at the checkout, you can get 15% off your purchase today.

Has anyone bought from the Tall range before? Perhaps you Statesiders — for whom Gap’s Tall range is mega old news — can give us your verdict.

L xx

Tried It On: (Almost) EVERYTHING in New Look Tall

When a Tall range launches exclusively online, it can be a wee bit daunting making that first order. Will the clothes really be cut for a genuinely tall woman? Or will I be spending a fortune on postage and packaging and ending up with more ankle-swinging trousers and crop tops that would look just perfect on a 5’8 pseudo-leggy lovely?

That’s why you’re going to LOVE this next Tried It On feature, sent in by the amazing Mary (who at 181cm is just shy of the 6ft mark). Get ready for one of the most useful ATTT posts yet…

“Hi Laura. After a disappointing trip to LTS where everything was too big for me – I don’t have the gorgeous curves some taller girls have, I am a quite boyish straight up and down – I gave in to a bit of a online New Look Tall Shopping Spree! Unfortunately I cannot afford to keep them all!!! But am definitely holding on to a couple of bits!! It was free delivery over £45 so I just kept adding things to the basket… ooooppps.

Blue Feather Print One Shoulder Belted Maxi Dress, £22.99

FEATHER DRESS

I really like this – it has a split down the front, but has a blue under layer a bit above knee length so no embarrassing flashing moments in the wind hopefully! It has a chain effect belt. It is a tight squeeze as the waist is fitted and there is no zip, so trying to get it either over your hips or rib cage is a bit tricky.

Tall Black and Teal Jersey Belted Bandeau Maxi Dress, £16.99

Black Bandu Maxi 1

Teal Bandu Maxi 2

I am keeping the black one of these- though was tempted by the teal one to wear on holiday! Maxi dresses do not tend to suit me – but this one fits me well, and the length is perfect. The material has a stretch to it but has some weight to it as well so it doesn’t show every lump and bump.

Tall Black Off the Shoulder Midi Dress, £14.99

Black off the shoulder Midi

This is definitely made for the tall ladies! It is long for a midi dress, my sister who is shorter than me at 5’8 tried it on and it practically came to her ankles!!!

Unfortunately it isn’t very forgiving on lumps and bumps – but if you’re happy with your shape and want something that is actually long enough not to be flashing your thighs then its a nice little piece. I love the off the shoulder look – or you can wear the shoulder straps higher.

Tall 36in Blue Ripped Turn Up Boyfriend Jeans, £15

Back Boyfriends

I was actually looking for a pair of boot cut jeans – but these skinny/boyfriend were in the sale and jumped out at me. I gave in and they are definately not going back. They have a turn up so are very generous in length. They dont fit as tight as skinnies as they have a boyfriend slouch to them, so much more comfy after a Sunday Roast!

Tall 36in Navy Bootcut Jeans, £9.99

Dark Jeans & Jean Jacket

Boot cut Jeans were actually what I had been shopping for originally before the other things sucked me in! I’d been avoiding these boot cuts as the material collects every bit of animal hair going. But after a long search for boot cut jeans  these ones fit me the best and at £9.99 I can afford a few lint rolers to get off the cat hair that they collect. Definitely a bargain!

Tall Pale Blue Denim Jacket, £17.99

Dark Jeans and Jean Jacket closer

Like you I was not really sure why Tall Sections were bringing in cropped tops for us. Surely I can buy a regular size if I want a crop?!!!  But this cropped Jean Jacket showed me actually how much better it is when a crop is made to fit and tapers in at the right places.

I like the way the jacket fits on the body, I like the colour. The sleeves for a tall garment are on the short side – just about fitting my arm length – but could do with being a tad longer. However I noticed online that they roll the sleeves up – so if that’s the look you are going for then I LOVE THIS jacket! I haven’t quite decided whether I am keeping this one yet – its the sleeves that are my catch.”

Phew, I’m exhausted just looking at all that shopping. Mary, I think I speak for everyone when I say a big fat THANK YOU. And give you a little round of applause. Totally in awe of your model-like figure too.

What’s your favourite piece in Mary’s loot? And have you bought anything from New Look’s revamped collection?

L x

Leggy Lust: The Tall Topshop Floral Print Trouser

Long-length trousers just got a whole lot prettier. Add a cami and heels for  a new twist on evening wear.

flower print trews

 

Trousers, Topshop £35

Big is Beautiful

Fashion has gone over-sized this summer; voluminous coats, giant trapeze dresses and slouchy shorts graced the LFW pavements, and labels that used to say “size 14” will now say “10”. As Vogue’s Sarah Harris puts it; “If it doesn’t fit, it’s a good fit.”

Fine for the size-zero pocket-belles, but not such great news for tall women, who are already struggling to find items that fit properly, let alone something that looks two sizes too big. Doh.

But I’ve scouted this shirt by Glamorous (£22) on the ASOS wesbite, and not only is it beautifully billowing, with long enough sleeves for the leggiest of ladies, but it also ticks two other trend boxes for summer; print and monochrome.

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Besides, you know I’m a sucker for a (fairly) silly shirt, and this one with its triangle/circle/square pattern is perfect for the nerd in me.

I wore it tucked in to my favourite Topshop acid-wash jeans for my friend’s birthday drinks last night, but it’s long enough to drape over your hips.

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I’m a size 10/12 and went for a 12 to ensure that the shirt was roomy enough and the sleeves were super long. (The model on the website had lots of room to spare though, which made me take the precarious online-ordering plunge in the first place).

I also strapped on my custom-made Vietnamese wedges to add a little pop of colour too. (They are comfy as a cloud, amazing to run for a train in, and I’m obsessed with grey and blue colour combos at the moment).

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Shirt, Glamorous @ ASOS £22 / Tall Jeans, Topshop £40/ Bag, Zara £49.99/ Wedges, custom-made.

Anyone else found any fab shirts for tall girlies? And do you like going over-sized with your outfits? I think us tall girls can carry off the extra volume, but perhaps you prefer to stick to a more polished and tailored look?

Share share! 🙂

L x

Dated Denim

I recently saw a lovely trapeze dress in Topshop’s Tall range (see middle of pic below), that I’m pretty sure I wore to a disco in a scout hut in 1995. I was dancing to Outhere Brothers at the time and eating a push-pop.

There are a few 2013 twists on the current trend for 90s denim though; the classic denim jacket is back, but this time so is the acid-wash jumpsuit, the bodycon skirt, and just about every single style of dress imaginable; dungaree, t-shirt style or shirt.

Shade is more or less irrelevant, but blue is the colour of choice. Luckily Topshop has almost everything covered in its Tall range, so you can choose your basics from the selection below. Wear them with a roll-neck crop top, band tee, or double up and really live the denim dream. 

All items above from Topshop Tall

Tried It On: Trolley-Dash-Trish

You know I like a good supermarket sweep, and I’m LOVING the contents of Trish’s trolley…

6ft Trish writes, ‘Erm why has nobody told me about Asda long length jeans & trousers??? £14!!! A bargain, and there are lots of colours & designs. These are actually electric blue, even though they don’t look that bright in the pic.’

Found a top next to the tomatoes? Or a bikini near the bananas? Or a dress by the… er… dressings? Share your supermarket discoveries (or any other long-length finds) in Tried It On, by emailing your pic to laura@allthetallthings.com

L xx

 

Stylist’s Picks

I don’t really chat about the day-job much on All the Tall things, but there are definitely times when my working life crosses over into my blogging life.

About a third of my working week is spent on modelling assignments. Usually they’re more of the “lifestyle” or “commercial” variety, (i.e, “we need a smiley looking girl-next-door type to look like she’s having the time of her life while eating in this restaurant/ wandering down this sand dune/ talking to this bank manager.” I’m not your stick-thin, edgy looking trendy model type. I’m more of a girl-nextdoor, enjoys the occasional cheese ‘n’ pickle sandwich kinda gal. And that suits me just fine. (And yes, I’m aware that the suggestion I could be considered anything other than super skinny is really quite ridiculous. But the fashion world is a ruddy ridiculous place.)

For a super-tall girly like me, what’s great about being this type of model is that my shoots aren’t normally about the clothes. Usually it’s more about playing a part; I might be a student, an office worker, a mum (yes, I’m even starting to get those parts now at the grand old age of 27) or on a date with some handsome chap, smiling like a crazy loon and cracking out a fake laugh every now and again. It’s not rocket science. And about 70% of the time, I can wear my own clothes.

But occasionally there’s a bit more of a fashion edge, and it’s in these instances that the clothing side of things can be a bit of a pickle. I’m a 10/12 girl, with size 9 feet (but usually manage to squeeze into an 8 for shoots when is absolutely necessary… just for a circulation-cutting twenty minutes or so). As with shopping in the real world, being dressed for shoots can be a bit of a headache when you’re 6ft tall. It can be bad enough looking for clothes yourself, let alone turning up to a shoot where a complete stranger is styling you and hasn’t bothered to check your measurements.

Claire Wasey... amazing style, amazing hair colour.

Which is why it’s lovely to work with a stylist who knows my quirks, understands my proportions and can cope with my long limbs. I’ve worked with the lovely Claire Wacey a few times over the last year-and-a-half on a shopping centre ad campaign, and she’s developed a great eye for what will fit and suit me. And since I’m always desperate to buy everything she puts me in, I thought I’d share a few of her clothing choices from yesterday’s studio shoot.

I’ve never owned a pair of leather (or indeed pleather) trousers before, but after seeing these long-length beauties from Oasis (which fit my 36 inch pins), I think it might be time to make a Ross Gellar-style resolution. They look super hot with this chiffon Warehouse top and Oasis jacket too.

At the moment I’m also rather drawn to little collar adornments – any jewellery that makes a feature of your shirt neckline. Claire pinned a little chain of bling to the blouse and gave it an edgier look.

Claire says “Harem pants are great for tall women, because they work at any length”. Don’t worry if the hem of your trousers sits above your ankles. The billowing hips and tapered bottom will stop them looking like ankle swingers. Plus these leopard-print lovelies from Zara really show off the gorgeous shoe boots that Claire brought in (available up to a size 43 from Next, and the slit at the front makes your ankles look super slender). I ADORE this Republic necklace too; it’s one of those pieces that will transform a tired looking vest-top.

And I’m loving this figure-hugging red number from Zara with its racer-style neckline. Perfect for girls with a bit of shape and ideal for those parties when you know you’re going to bump into the ex.

You can check out Claire’s fabulous style blog here.

L xx

Tried It On (Or Try Something New Today…?)

Before my hubby and I hit the supermarket on a Saturday morning, his words to me are always the same. “We’re going in and getting it all done as quickly as possible. You are NOT looking at the clothes.”

But those damn trollies are always so bleeding wonky aren’t they?

You push them towards the fruit and vegetable aisle, but the wheels send you careering off in the opposite direction, and before you know it, you’re trying on bikinis.

Last week — prior to stocking up on carrots and instant mash (don’t judge me on the latter… the Sainsburys version will change your LIFE), I found these jolly lovely palazzo trousers. They’ve got a little anchor print all over them and (when worn a size or two up and on the hips) fall to the ground on my six-foot frame. I think they look particularly swish with my new Henry Holland size 9 flats too (you can check those beauts out below).

Oh and yes, I can see you panicking. But I’ve had my roots done since the first photo was taken. Phew-eee. So it’s just the instant mash thing that you’re judging me for now, right?

Anyone else found any great clothes at Sainsburys/ Tescos/ Asda?

L xx

P.S. These trousers aren’t on the website — hardly any of the clothes are — so you’d best head to Sainsburys and let your trolley do the rest.

The New Black Bootleg

A little while ago I had a teeny weeny rant about black bootleg trousers. You can read my somewhat OTT outburst here.

But as ATTT reader Lauren pointed out, some people have to wear black trousers for work. And what does a leggy, trend-aware amazonian wear then, when all the Tall ranges are so preoccupied with the bellbottom?

Tall Tapered Trousers, Topshop £38

Thankfully Topshop’s Tall range has provided us with a 2012 alternative. So if you’re a waitress/ hairdresser/ shop assistant and share my disdain for the black bootleg trouser, then snap up this tapered pair.

L xx

P.S. If you do like black bootlegs and want to wear them, then just ignore me and blooming well do so. Tall women can get away with anything really.

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