Category Archives: Shirts and Blouses

Can an average tall girl wear Taller than your Average?

Leggy brand Taller Than Your Average has been bringing high fashion to Long Tall Sally since the end of last year. After a flurry of media hype and a certain Jourdan Dunn rocking up to London Fashion Week in a shirt from Long Tall Sally (who would have seen that coming?), the range finally landed, with burnout fabrics, catwalk-worthy silhouettes and a neutral colour palette made for mixing and matching.

But there was a lot of flesh on show in its lookbook (golly LTS… I can see her crotch! That is so unlike you!), and the looks were bold. There were RIPPED JEANS for flip’s sake. Which made me wonder: had LTS gone from safe and reliable to… a little too fabulous overnight? Were its pieces (that look oh so uh-mazing on super skinny Jamie Gunns) actually wearable for a regular tall girl? Could they even be (and I realise I’m stretching things a bit here) suitable for a 30-year-old mother like me?

Thankfully the lovely Alice at LTS sent me a couple of my favourite pieces to try. Let’s see how my roadtest went…

The Duster Coat, £80

The Duster Coat has been a massive trend since the autumn, and since it is typically lightweight in style, works perfectly for spring’s in-betweeny, unpredictable weather. From my sweaty, under-the-duvet post-baby haze I lusted after the pastel blue number Kylie Jenner has been effortlessly sporting with jeans, dresses and just about everything else, so I was really pleased when LTS/TTYA released its own, especially since it’s a true mid-calf length on a six-footer. It’s super soft too.

Coat, Long Tall Sally £80/ Shirt, Dorothy Perkins £22/ Old: Bag, Oasis/ Boots, Topshop/ Glasses, Specsavers

The Sheer Shirt Dress, £65

After spending ages wondering how I was going to wear it (with a bra and knickers on Croydon highstreet perhaps?) I realised that it works best on me when used as an alternative to the cardigan or kimono. It’s more sophisticated and classic than either of those options too, so I reckon it’ll work well beyond the current season. It looks good thrown over jeans or a lacey festival dress and adds some decency and decorum to a shorts and vest combo (I am a mum now after all).

Sheer Shirtdress, Long Tall Sally £65/ Flat Buckle Boots, New Look £27.99/ Shorts, Topshop/ Top, ASOS

What are your thoughts on TTYA so far? Anyone made any purchases?

Got so much to share with you after a big long break, including my 30th bday outfit details, some other clothing pics, and a great way to buy and sell second-hand tall clothes coming shortly to ATTT. Stay tuned.

L xx

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

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

Tried It On: The Classic Denim Shirt

The denim shirt has been a firm fixture on the fashion scene for a few years now, but in 2013 it’s practically a  legal requirement to own one.

I wear mine open over dresses, tucked into skater skirts, decorated with statement necklaces and, lately, with denim on the bottom half too. Crumbs.

My favourite is a battered old Levis one that I share with Tim, that he bought in a charity shop a few years ago for 50p to wear to an 80s fancy dress party. We argue over who gets to wear it all the time. He says “But I BOUGHT it” (and yes, that would stand up in a court of law), but I say “I’m the one who started wearing it every day and made you realise it was actually cool”. We probably ought to have drawn up some kind of rota by now.

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But 6’2 cutie-pie Mandy may just have sorted out our marital issues once and for all. She’s found a very pretty denim shirt from Next (£20), with long enough sleeves for the leggiest of lovelies.

Mandy writes, “The sleeves are super long (they cover my wrists!!!) And it is long enough on the torso to tuck into a skirt. I love it!!! And it’s not from their tall section. The shirt fits true to size, but it’s a generous 14. I always find places like Next and M&S good for my self esteem as I am more often a 12 (compared to H&M where I am a 14). I have quite broad shoulders though, and while the 12 fit, and gave a great silhouette, the 14 was a little more comfortable.”

Thanks Mandy! And I am desperate for your Red or Dead specs too. Think it’s time to give up the contacts…

L x

P.S. Get your tried-and-tested outfit pics in for Tried It On to laura@allthetallthings.com aand help out your fellow leggy lovelies!

Leggy Lust: The Tall Topshop Spot Shirt

If you liked my Big is Beautiful post but want to go for a slightly less daunting white-on-black option, Topshop has it covered.

Topshop £38

WIN a pair of Shoesissima Shoes

Ever seen a shoe competition in a  blog or magazine and thought, “Yup, I’d LOVE to win that beautiful pair of shoes… but as if there’ll be a pair in my size…”

Me too.

So I thought I’d right some wrongs.

This week, All the Tall things is offering you the chance to win a gorgeous pair of chunky-heeled sandals worth £79.99, courtesy of lovely large-size shoe brand Shoesissima.

Chunky-heeled sandals are everywhere thanks to the likes of Isabel Marant, Marni and Rag & Bone showcasing such styles on their S/S runways, but there are very few pairs available for us larger-footed ladies.

Enter the leather platform called “Kim” . If you’ve read my previous shoe posts, you’ll know I have something of a nudey fetish already, so this pair has fitted in to the family rather well. And it’s so versatile. Here are three ways I’ll be rocking mine this summer… (links to other products included where available.)

Beer Garden with the Mates

Top, Skirt & Bag, Primark/ Hat, River Island £16/ Necklace, Ark/ Bracelets, Republic

Date with the Boy

Top, Warehouse/ Tall Jeans, Topshop £40/ Earrings, Miss Selfridge/ Bag, Primark

Marbs* with the Girls

Dress, ASOS £25/ Necklace, H+M/ Bag, Next

*Technically I’ll be going to France with the girls this year… but I do wish I’d had this outfit when we were in Marbella…

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning, is drop a comment below telling us what you’d wear your pair with.

Good luck girlies! 🙂

L xx

Ts & Cs

The competition is open to all Leggy Lovelies, regardless of where in the world they live. You must include your email address in the relevant box with your comment, but this will NOT be visible and will only be used if you are the winner and we need to contact you regarding your prize. Shoes are available in UK sizes 8-12. Regrettably we cannot offer bespoke sizes. Competition closes at midnight on 18/4/13. Winner will be announced on the All the Tall things Facebook Page on 19/4/13. 

Birthday Lunch

If there’s ever a time when you can eat yourself senseless, it’s your birthday (or Christmas, or a hangover day, or a Tuesday…). I turned 28 today, so I went out for a lovely lunch with the mother to celebrate.

As well as taking me out for some insanely yum grub (I recommend The Canopy in Epsom… have the duck), Mum also played photographer this morning and snapped me in her garden using my snazzy new birthday camera from the hubby.

I have a couple of new pieces to share with you, like this lovely knee-length pencil skirt from ASOS. I love the current trend for all things monochrome and geometric, and this one, with its on trend front-split (“No Mum, I know how to put my clothes on, I’m 28… it’s supposed to look like that…”) is perfect for leggy lovelies. 

I’ve added an old Mango blouse and Next jacket, and accessorised with my new ASOS clutch bag.

Top, Mango/ Jacket, Next/ Skirt, ASOS £32/ Bag, ASOS £35/ Boots, Topshop (Up to a Euro 42 — a LARGE 42), £45

Now I need to decide what to wear for birthday drinks tomorrow night. Any ideas??

L xx

90s Grunge

Best get yourself a fizzy Panda and a Pop Tart. There’s a WHOLE lotta 90s goin’ down in this post.

Forget the bubblegum pop princess style of the Spice Girls though, because this year’s 90s trend takes inspiration from a very different scene. Think Nirvana, Hole, Mother Love Bone and Soundgarden.

Are you scared yet?

If you need some serious style inspiration, watch epic nineties films like The Craft and Cameron  Crowe’s 1992 romcom Singles. If you haven’t seen the latter, it’s a good ‘un… not least for the very cool Pearl Jam soundtrack. (My husband will give me a lot of respect points for saying that…)

I found a gorgeous skull skirt from H+M (be careful not to put your heel through it, as I nearly did a million times), and wore it with my denim Forever 21 shirt and Topshop biker.

If you’re looking for a super long-line vest (aren’t we always?), this grey one is from Miss Selfridge where you can currently buy 2 for £12.

The chunky necklace (and gold tone ring) hail from H&M, while the giant perspex cocktail ring is from Miss Selfridge.

Anyone game for grunging it up with me? And which of you leggy lovelies remember wearing this look the first time around?

L xx

Dallas-worthy Denim

I don’t need to tell you how terribly tricky it can be to find a sexy, tight-fitting shirt with arms that are long enough. But this one from Forever 21 has stone-washed denim (yum), studded shoulders (Dallas) a lovely nipped-in shape (finally), a long body and sleeves (hurrah)… and is only £16.99. A.MAZE.BALLS.

It’s definitely time for us to all give in and enter dodgy double-denim territory. Fingers crossed that the contrasting black jeans make it all look slightly less “Britney and Justin circa 2001”-ish. You can also tuck it into a circle skirt for a relaxed, girlier look.

And no, my bathroom isn’t that clean and sparkly. I’m up in Nottingham doing some presenting for the lovely Remington team this week, hence the bad-ass beehive — which comes courtsey of the supremely talented Chris Appleton, the man behind Cheryl Cole’s Loreal looks. I loved my hair so much yesterday, that I wore it to the gym, and out to dinner afterwards.

It stayed intact. The man is a genius. Hand him over Chezza, he’s mine now.

L x

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