Category Archives: Coats

Winter Casual

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

8 more sleeps til Christmas! I trust you are all on the naughty list 😉

Getting another little person ready (and often, ready again) before leaving the house can mean that I’m lucky if I get to put a bit of slap on or a chance to blast myself with dry shampoo. So usually an easy-to-put-together outfit is in order.

Here’s one I wore earlier…

Cape, Topshop £35: Occasionally I wear this belted too; it’s a great piece to layer over chunky jumpers and cardis as an alternative to a coat.

Jeans: Asos £32. I cannot go on enough about how bloody brilliant ASOS Ridley jeans are. They’re my favourite Tall jeans on the market right now; stretchy but more jean-like than the Topshop Leigh variety. The high waist also puts an end to the builder’s bum issues we all suffer. (Right?)

T-Shirt: Burton £9.60. I’m loving the trend for Chanel-esque black-on-white typography tops and jumpers right now. This is actually a men’s tee from Burton, hence the length. I’m wearing the Large and I’ve layered it over an old ASOS jersey top.

Bag: Primark, £12. I’ve never in my life travelled light, but having a baby has taken the whole handbag-meets-luggage thing to a new level. This snake-effect Primarni number has all the compartments I need for nappies/ muslins, etc.

Boots: Topshop, £45. These are cute black Chelsea boots with a bit of a twist. The leather is also super soft and supple, so expect it to stretch a little — mine did. Available up to a roomy Euro 42.

Glasses by Roxy @ Specsavers and Jewellery from TJC.co.uk

Has anyone purchased a pretty cape? Or found some fab winter boots? I keep getting questions about the knee-length variety (they need to be long in the leg AND in the foot), so it’d be fab if you have any leads…

L xx

Leggy Lust: Winter Coats

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

If you tend to get chilly wrists come Christmas time, then this post is for you. I’ve been scouring the specialist Tall ranges for their chicest cover-ups. You can hover your mouse over your favourites for links.

I especially love this long-line biker style jacket from New Look. I bought  the shorter version last year and it remains a wardrobe staple, and still looks far pricier than what I paid for it.

Pastels and soft neutral colours are key in coat trends for Winter 2014/15. The colour of this blush pink New Look number is fabulously at odds with its boxy, boyfriend silhouette.

I bought a thick padded Next coat for a Christmas trip to New York last year, and it kept me super toasty. This down-filled one is perfect for Christmas shopping and chilly football mums.

Anyone else found any fab coats on the highstreet that work for us Leggy Lovelies? Let me know below.

L x

The Alexa Trench

I can be a bit of a stinge-bag sometimes. Since I’m all-too-aware of how us Leggy Lovelies can get well and truly stung by the price of specialist shoes, extra P+P charges that “normal” sized shoppers don’t need to worry about, and paying for custom-made wedding dresses, I’ve tried to keep the majority of items I feature on the blog towards the more bargainous end of the shopping spectrum. And I will continue to do so.

But there are certain times when I feel that a little bit of luxury might be justified. Over the years I’ve made some slightly more splurgey purchases that have definitely paid off in the long run: a buttery soft leather handbag, a couple of amazing pairs of size-nine boots and a need-to-have-it watch. I’m a fuss-pot when it comes to parting with my cash though, so if I’m going to spend more than a hundred quid on an item, it’s got to be worth it. 

The trench coat is a wear-forever piece. My Dad used to have an amazing one in the late 80s/ early 90s. He’d wear it with glasses and a leather briefcase on his way to work at The Daily Telegraph, and I’d convince myself that he was Clark Kent. Various designers throughout history have given the trench a little bit of a “twist”, but the basic structure of the coat has barely strayed from the original designs that were worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War.

Clockwise from Top Left: Marlene Dietrich in “Witness for the prosecution”/ Early Aquascutum and Burberry adverts/ Emma Watson/ Emma Stone/ Alexa Chung

It’s a spring staple, but I’ve only owned one in the past; a rather ill-fitting Topshop Tall number in blue, with a waist belt that — despite the Tall label — sat just under my boobs. This version by new-Tall-range-on-the-block One Seven Three couldn’t be more different. 6’1 Founder Clare employs “a team of people who are dedicated to cutting the garments specifically to fit taller women, taking into account all key proportions”.

Alexa Trench, £225

The One Seven Tree collection is small (very small), but founder Claire describes what’s on her website now as “a taster of what is to come”.

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And hopefully there is indeed more where this came from, a place where they make super long sleeves, beautiful buttons and hardware, and belts that sit on the waist.

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And the fabric of this “Alexa” trench is soooo soft. Forget the starchy, shiny fabrics of many a highstreet version. This coat is made in the UK with a beautiful cotton blend, and everyone I hugged yesterday (I’m a hugger) ended up stroking my arms and commenting on how lovely my coat felt. (I realise I need feely-vision on this blog, because the photos don’t do it justice, but my sister described it perfectly when she said it felt “a bit like a moleskin notebook”.)

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And one more because I realised you’d probably want to see it buttoned up as well. Voila…

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Alexa Trench, One Seven Three £225/ Shirt, Levis (vintage)/ Jumper, Urban Outfitters/ Bag, Michael Kors £310/ Watch, Michael Kors £229/ Boots, Topshop £88 (they have them in leather in the size 42 still but currently not the suede).

How would you style this Alexa trench? And what long-length staples or gorgeous accessories have you splurged on in the past?

L xx

Happy New Year Leggy Lovelies

Hey gorgeous girlies,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

This Christmas I got a coatigan. I wasn’t sure about it initially; firstly because it resembles an enormous Navajo teepee, and secondly because the word “coatigan” is just one portmanteau too far. But I think it has a certain thrift-shop feel to it, and teamed up with ankle boots and skinnies, will be perfect when I trek through the cold to all those gigs that I never actually go to but really ought to start making more of an effort to see in 2014.

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I hope you’re all feeling good about this year. I’ve decided to only make resolutions in which I stand to gain something rather than give things up. I kick-started one of mine — to go to the cinema more — by watching two films last night: Walter Mitty (a brilliant New Year feel-good film — Kristen Wiig is her usual amazing self and Ben Stiller is oddly hot) and Anchor Man 2 (also good, and also featuring the brilliant Kristen Wiig, but I’m sure I missed a few vital bits owing to my husband’s incessant wailing with laughter and stamping his foot on the floor).

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Coatigan, Long Tall Sally £65/ Jumper, Vintage/ Bag, ASOS/ Jeans, Topshop/ Boots, Topshop/ Headband, Urban Outfitters

I also want to apologise for my lack of blogging in the last couple of months. I haven’t lost my passion, but for a while I definitely lost my confidence with All the Tall things. Falling behind on posts thanks to the dayjob schedule and a few techy issues behind the scenes have contributed, but thanks to some lovely emails and some gentle prodding in the right direction from very good friends, I’m ready to get back to what I love best. After all, life is short… even if I’m not. Right?

Here’s a to magical 2014; walk taller than you ever have before, and make it your mission to help a fellow tall girly feel ruddy amazeballs about her height.

L xx

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

Coat, Bag & Shoe Combos for every Leggy Lovely

Was going to be really thrifty this winter and get last year’s coat re-lined.

Then started writing this post.

Started wondering if I’m a Vintage Vixen, a Parka Princess or a Military Mama.

Came to the conclusion that I’m a bit of all three.

Uh oh.

Vintage Vixen

Tall Coat, Topshop £110/ Bag, ASOS £65/ Shoes (Up to a UK size 9), New Look £9.99

Parka Princess

Tall Jacket, Dorothy Perkins £55/ Bag, ASOS £75/ Trainers (Up to a UK 11), Converse £35

Military Mama

Tall Jacket, Topshop £89/ Bag, ASOS £38 / Boots (Up to a UK 12), Amber & Jade £169

Have you got your long-length winter-coat sorted yet?

I’m also on the hunt for a warm one. Like, toasty warm. So if anyone can recommend a great quality padded/ feather-filled/ faux-fur-trimmed or similarly insulated garment that will keep out the blusterriest of British winds, then please give me a shout!

L x

Happy Birthday Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge turned 30 today, and our media’s enthralment with her shows little sign of waning. A headline on the Daily Telegraph website at the moment reads “Kate Middleton ‘cries’ at film”. I know. Big news.

But it’s not her affection for Warhorse, her “common touch” with the public or her penchant for Abba that delights us the most.

It’s her ludicrously perfect wardrobe. Whether she’s working Zara or Whistles (great highstreet havens for tall girls by the way), Alexander McQueen or Jenny Packham, or even WEARING THE SAME THING TWICE, our future queen consort barely puts a nude-courted foot wrong.

So I decided to get into her head (no mean feat when I currently own the purse of a pauper and I don’t have a future king for a husband/ designers all over the world lending me dresses/ thick glossy hair… etc etc), and find some Kate-worthy clobber from the Tall ranges.

It’s been reported that Kate Middleton is 5’10 (Prince Willliam is thought to be 6’3… and is therefore set to be the UK’s tallest monarch yet), so if she can rock a nude high heel… then you totes can too.

Dresses

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Happy Birthday Kate.

L xx

P.S. If you’re feeling flush and want to finish your look with a designer handbag, then check out the duchess’s favourite brands; Mulberry and Tods. One of their leather lovelies will make the perfect investment — whatever your height 😉

Tried It On: Very Heritage

Hey leggy lovelies,

Please forgive me for being a bit quiet on the blogging front this week.

But I’ve been working hard on a very exciting new development for All the Tall things. More will be revealed very soon… and I promise it will be worth the wait!

I thought I’d put an end to my mini hiatus with a Tried It On feature.

Fearne Cotton Cape Coat, Very.co.uk £50

Here is an ever-so-over-exposed-it-could-almost-be-one-of-those-fancypants-histogram-photos-but-it’s-not picture of me in my checked cape from Fearne Cotton’s range for Very. The heritage trend is still strong for winter… and this little number puts a modern spin on traditional checks and plaids. I’ve featured a few capes on ATTT; they look great on us tall girls because we can carry the extra volume without looking like we’re wearing a tent. And if you manage to get the length right in the body (this one’s nice and long), then you can just pair it with one of your long-length jumpers to keep you toasty.

I shall be sporting this little number when I head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for some mulled cider and (slightly early but what the hell) Christmas cheer next week. (Though this time I’ll be wearing a cross-body bag… I made the mistake of wearing it on a country walk the other day and couldn’t get my bag on my shoulder. Holding it in the crook of your arm like the queen mother might look chic… but not when the nearest country pub is an hour’s walk away. Massive fail).

LOTS more posting next week!

Tonnes of love,

L xxx

Another lovely cover-up from LTS…

Parka, Long Tall Sally £120

Blimey. Long Tall Sally means business this Autumn/Winter. It’s just churned out a second lust-have coat in the form of this Fleece Lined Parka.

A classic style and great trans-seasonal piece that will see you from those autumnal weekends right through to the icy winter months.

And if — like me — you’re living in the UK right now… you’ll probably need one of these already. (Was that summer we just experienced? Erm… ok then…)

The Cape Crusade continues…

Double Breasted Cape, Long Tall Sally £85

It’s a well known fact in Fashion Land that The September Issue of Vogue is THE most important indication of the trends we can expect to be wearing over the next couple of seasons (anyone who watched the docu-film of the same name will understand the level of sheer hard work, attention to detail and downright ferocity that goes on in the editorial process).

So I won’t argue with page 215 of my UK edition, which suggests that capes are STILL having a fashion moment. How thoughtful then, that the lovely people at Long Tall Sally have created a DELICIOUS navy blue one.

I first encountered this military-buttoned wonder at LTS’s A/W previews… and have been waiting patiently to make my purchase ever since. Is anyone else reminded of The Duchess of Cambridge’s beautful McQueen coat, worn on her visit to Windsor’s Victoria Barracks in June? Light enough for the end of summer and baggy enough to wear over a jumper come winter time. Cracking.

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