Category Archives: Hats

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

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.

Pleather Pants

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

This new year I’ve gone all Ross Geller and decided to invest in a pair of leather pants. But since I’m an animal lover (ok, skinflint), I’ve opted for a pair of pleather leggings instead.

These ones are from Topshop and plenty long enough to give you a bit of on-trend ruching round the ankles. (And they’re true to size).

L x

Hat, Miss Selfridge/ Coatigan, Long Tall Sally £65/ Denim Shirt, Vintage Levis/ “Boom” T-Shirt, ASOS/ Leggings, Topshop £18/ Necklace and heart ring, H+M/ Watch, Michael Kors £229/ Glasses, Specsavers/ Bag, ASOS/ Boots, Topshop £88

Mad Hatter

I’m not normally one for matchy-matchy styling. But weddings seem to bring out the obsessive-compulsive in me and I suddenly take colour coordination to the extreme. Remember my colour-block Monsoon dress and equally geometric bag? Normally my outfits are a bit “thrown together”, but I believe that a wedding calls for a look that is distinctly high maintenance.

For my adorable friend Katy’s Suffolk wedding a couple of weeks ago, I went for a bit of pastel-blocking, contrasting my pale blue Ted Baker dress with a pink blazer I bought in Hong Kong and matching clutch bag and hat. The Ted Baker number was a chance find in a department store sale in Kingston, and though I’ve trawled the internet to find a link for you, I cannot find it available ANYWHERE. Which is an absolute bummer, because I don’t really like featuring clothes that aren’t available to buy anymore, and it’s one of my fave buys this year. Grrrr. 

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Still, I couldn’t not bring you this post, because I really wanted to share with you all the hat that I made. I made my own bleeding hat!

There was nothing in the shops that took my fancy (or was the right shade of dusky pink), so I used — amongst other craft materials –a coat-hanger, an old sequined dress and a £1 flower from Wilkos to make this sparkly number. It took me two whole days to figure it out, and my dining room looked like an absolute bomb-site, but I did feel a little sense of pride when my husband said, “Oh, it actually looks alright”. YES.

I realise that this is… ahem… not particularly relevant to being tall, so I won’t include a full-on tutorial on how to make your own. Unless anyone actually wants to make their own, and then I could probably knock one up for the blog. I suppose the spin could be… “Tall girls should defo wear hats”. Or something.

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Anyhoo, it was the most perfect day, the hat stayed on, and the bride looked astoundingly beautiful.

katy

L x

P.S. Please do share your wedding outfits from this year. I’ve got a few gorgeous ones from you leggy lovelies and would love to do a big inspirational reader feature 🙂 You can send them through to laura@allthetallthings.com

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. 

Beaches, Lakes and Hibiscus

We’re putting off a beach holiday this year until Tim fully recovers from his operation (sand  + wind + one eye that doesn’t close properly = disaster… boo). But that hasn’t stopped me fantasising about my holiday wardrobe, and I’m still holding on to the hope that we’ll be hopping on a last-minute flight in a couple of months because he’s back to his usual self. (If you could get praying/ crossing fingers/ sending happy thoughts up for that one, I’d be oh so grateful!)

In the meantime, we’ve planned a lovely long weekend in the Lake District, so I’m (rather more hopelessly) praying for a bit of English sun.

If you have got your holibobs booked, then you might want to take a butchers at this uber-pretty Hibiscus Print playsuit (£55) from Long Tall Sally (If you buy it, then please send me your holiday snaps so that I can live vicariously through you).

Hat, ASOS £25/Bag, Topshop £60/ Wedges, Long Tall Sally £45

Perhaps I’ll purchase it anyway. I don’t think I’ll be climbing Scafell Pike in those cork wedges, but maybe the good people of Keswick are ready for a playsuit. Maybe.

L xx

One Black Maxi, Three Chic Ways

Maxi skirt, Tallgirls.co.uk £29

 

 

Take one long-length Maxi skirt (I’ve used this lovely jersey one from tallgirls.co.uk… it has a stretchy waistband so you can wear it as high or as low as you choose) and style it up for three very different days out…

 

 

 

 

Winter Warmer

Festival Cool

Holiday Romance

Marvellous Marks

I have a confession to make.

I freakin’ LOVE Marks and Spencer.

Right, hear me out on this one. There really is more to M&S than Percy Pigs. It’s actually an accessory haven for tall women. Yes it is.

I’ve already blogged about its amazing tights (the “extra-large” fit my 36” legs perfectly with even a smidge of stretch left). This season I’m after the banded (very Cheryl) and mock-stocking styles.

Banded and Mock-stocking Tights, both £9.50

Another confession: I have MASSIVE hands. And they’re a nightmare to find gloves for. I’d recently been looking for a pair of wrist-length, super lady-like leather gloves for winter, but most I’d found couldn’t stretch the length of my fingers. These M+S cuties (available in an assortment of colours, but I rather like the mulberry) fit me in a Large and will ward off the frostbite in style.

Luxury Leather Gloves, £29.50

You might even be able to squeeze into some of their generously-sized shoes. If you’re a UK size 9, then it’s possible that some of their size 8 shoes (particularly boots) will fit. It’s certainly not the case with all of them, but last year I found some lovely military-style heeled boots and a pair of silver ballet pumps that fitted the bill. Worth an occasional look.

All the Tall things reader Eleanor is also a fan, writing on the ATTT Facebook page yesterday; “M& S Autograph Collection have fabulous chunky knitwear with really long sleeves”.

So I’m not the only one 🙂

Bow Cloche Hat, £18

And while it might not strictly qualify as a “tall fashion find”, I NEED this hat in my life. Totally gorgeous for autumn but also perfect for the “Downton Abbey” themed fancy-dress party I’m throwing this Christmas (over-the-top? Moi?!). I think it’s got a touch of Lady Mary Grantham about it. And I didn’t look remotely stupid taking a photo of myself wearing it in M&S. God no…

So there you go. I rest my case. M&S can be sexy. And they offer international delivery too.

 

Anyone else craving Percy Pigs now?

L xx

Stylishly ever after

Top of the morning leggy lovelies!

I’m blogging from Ireland, where I’ve been for the last few days celebrating my first wedding anniversary and visiting my Dad’s lovely (and enormous) family 🙂

Just wanted to take 15 minutes out from drinking fizz, eating strawberries and generally being spoilt silly (yay!) by my lovely leggy husband to share the outfit that I finally decided upon wearing to my friend Jo’s wedding last week. I’ve been trying to make a decision for weeks on the blog (boring the pants off you with wedding talk?!)… seeking out different dresses from the highstreet and featuring them in Tried It On, but in the end I went for a vintage number. The pleats and Betty Draperness were too gorgeous to resist. 😉


I picked it up at the Kingfisher Fair at Bourne Hall in Epsom, Surrey. Anyone who’s anywhere near that neck of the woods should head to one of their monthly Antique Vs Vintage fairs… a pretty mish-mash of reasonably priced clothes, jewellery and household bric-a-brac.

And check out the super happy bride… she looked utterly jaw-droppingly A-mazing.

Lots of big, Oirish potato love… see you for a month of super keen blogging in August… the house move completes in a week (all fingers and toes crossed) so I will be back on this thing like a demon 🙂 Promise!

L xx

Shoes first, Dress second (and why I don’t wear high heels to weddings anymore….)

I don’t know about all of you leggy lovelies, but for me, finding good-fitting clothes isn’t the hardest part of shopping. It’s finding the shoes. If I spend a day trawling the shops, I can usually expect to find at least one dress that fits me, be it one from a specialist tall range or a surprisingly long length number from a regular (oompa loompa) store.

The same cannot be said for shoes. Aside from those rare, heaven-sent moments of sheer delight when Barratts (yes, I might have gone a bit far with the term heaven-sent when referring to Barratts) has a pair of reasonable-ish size 9 courts in stock, I am far from guaranteed to find what I’m looking for on the highstreet. Nor am I always bowled over by the choice on the internet either.

Currently, shoe-shopping when you have plus-size feet is rarely about having those “Oh-my-goodness-I-NEED-those-incredible-shoes” moments and more about having the somewhat less exhilarating “Those-plain-coloured-courts-will-do” experiences. Frequently for me, this means finding the shoes first and building the outfit around them. As All the Tall things reader Alison says: “It’s backwards for tall girls – anyone else buys the dress first!” Booooo!

Last night I switched on my computer in the hope of finding some reasonably priced, mid-heel shoes for my friend’s wedding. The colour was more or less irrelevant (although I did decide that the orange peeptoes from Next might present a greater challenge when seeking out a dress). So with my list of demands not exactly up to Mariah Carey standard, you’d think I’d be ok.

Three frustrating hours later, and I was still looking. My bemused husband (he really ought to be used to my shopping-induced tantrums by now…) kept pulling pairs of shoes out of my wardrobe… “You’ve got millions of shoes… why on earth do you need to buy anymore?”

And the answer? For one massive, 6ft tall reason… Heels. I only seem to possess ballet flats or utter sky-scrapers. The word Moderation has never really formed a part of my vocabulary. And there’s something about a wedding, with its gazillion photographs (including the big group line-ups… oh those bloody line-ups), that makes me want to stick out a little less than usual. At my friend’s wedding 2 years ago, I wore sky-high gladiator heels and an equally ostentatious hat (I blooming LOVE a hat). As fun, magical and wonderful as the day felt, the pictures that followed were a little bit less thrilling. See if you can spot me in this photo…

…Oh yes, there I am.

So for my friend Jo’s wedding in a couple of weeks, I’ve been on the search for some mid-height heels. And a slightly flatter hat.

Naturally, the gorgeous bride in the photo (my lovely and now pregnant friend Sophie) insisted that I hadn’t ruined any of her wedding photos by wearing my ridiculous footwear. And Lordy Lordy, please don’t think this means that I’m no longer an advocate of heels. Heels still do blooming rock.

We just need to give the bride her moment in the spotlight. See?

So mid-heel it is. I’m not talking flats. Doesn’t even have to be kittens. Just a pair that don’t require planning permission from the church. And ones that will be comfortable for all-night dancing.

Anyway… back to last night’s hunt. Eventually I did find a pair of cream, mid-heel peeptoes in a size 9 in Dorothy Perkins. They’re not spectacular or achingly cool. But they’re a bit pretty. And they’ll do.

Cream Peeptoe Mid Court Shoes, Dorothy Perkins £28

I also took the liberty of purchasing four other pairs in different colours and similar styles just in case these didn’t work out. (A back up plan is always essential when I’m buying shoes).

 

 

But what about the hat? As Samantha Cameron discovered — after being criticised by the post-Royal Wedding press — one simply cannot forget the hat.

Hat, Accessorize, Was £35, now £17.50

Luckily Accessorize has a sale on, and while popping in there at lunchtime today, I discovered this little cream head-turner that should go perfectly. It’s still got the wow factor, but I shouldn’t be crashing into quite as many door frames this time.

So I’ve merely added about six inches in total, rather than a full foot. And now I’m ready to choose the dress! MUCH more fun…

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