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Christmas Party Countdown

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Tis nearly the season to be sparkly and I haven’t bought a single pretty dress. So if you have any kick-ass party outfits to share then please send them my way.

In case you’re looking for full-on G.L.I.T.T.E.R — and why not spend the party season beaming like a Colombian emerald? — then here is a fancypants one from Coast (£180) that I wore for a recent shoot. I think my agent must have written the words WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT A BEEHIVE into my contract. Not that I have trouble getting under doorways in five-inch heels already or anything…

A lot of sparkly shift dresses on the highstreet are a little bit on the titchy side, but this one saves you from “doing a Madonna”. (Have you seeeeen her recent tour pics? You can’t fault the woman’s bravery, but there are some things that should be kept between you and your gynecologist).

Wear with…

Jacket, Topshop £65/ Earrings £7.50 Topshop/ Bag £35 Miss Selfridge/ Boots, Topshop £45

(I have the boots and the 42 is actually a really decent size 9).

So please let me know if there are any spingly-spangly party dresses that you are loving by emailing laura@allthetallthings.com. Share with the sisterhood…

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

Hippy Dippy

I never know what to blooming well put on in the mornings at the moment. Last week I was talking about frost, and this week the “Indian Summer” we were all promised seems to have actually arrived. Blimey.

One Tall piece that will work well for these in-betweeny times is this dip-dye maxi-skirt from Topshop. The jersey fabric makes it super casual too, so it’ll look great with a pair of battered old Converse. Team with a cheeky tee (and a denim jacket or fine-knit for warmth), and a big slouchy over-sized handbag.

Tall Top, Dorothy Perkins £15/ Converse (Up to a UK 12, £44.99)/ Tall Skirt, Topshop £32/ Bag, Miss Selfridge £39

Isn’t the Converse trainer a tall girl staple? Available in big sizes and lots of pretty colours. Mine look very well loved.

L xx

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

London comes out to play

There are times when I mega hate London. Squeezing onto a tube carriage with 657 other angry commuters. Slow walking people. The price of houses. The price of mojitos. The price of… everything, actually.

Then the sun shines and all is forgiven. The city looks positively jubilant at the moment, and this week, Londoners broke out of their offices to eat al fresco and photosynthesise after weeks of gloomy downpour .

I haven’t dared to purchase any shorts, vests or summery dresses yet due to the hideous weather. So currently my summer wardobe is just my winter wardrobe without tights. But I relished the opportunity to whip my pasty legs out and head to Green Park for a picnic with my lovely friend Liz.

The skirt is a Topshop Tall one from last season, and the bag is actually a charity shop find from about a year ago. But I am wearing one new item; this exceedingly long sleeveless shirt is a recent purchase from H&M. I’ve tucked it in, but it really is long enough that a seven-foot girly could wear it, so I’m a bit  ruddy peeved that I can’t seem to find it online. Anway, I bought it in the Angel store last week, and I highly recommend.

I also tried to steal Liz’s gigantic Zara bag, but I just wasn’t stealth-like enough. Boo.

I’m quite obsessed with the reasonably priced jewellery in Joy at the moment. I bought this necklace in store the other day, and it sits beautifully under collars to add interest to your outfit in a Caroline-Flacky-sorta-way.

Oh, and plaits. What is it about summer that turns us all into absolute GIRLS?

Any other tall girls living in London*? What’s your favourite place to go when the sun starts shining?

L xx

* I have to confess that I did actually move to Surrey last year, so I’m technically a home counties girl. But I was born in Tooting. And I still live in an Oyster zone. And I work in London. Got it? I’m well London.

I heart Ally McBeal

I always imagined that when I grew up, I’d wear a suit to work. Perhaps my teenage obsession with Ally McBeal was to blame. People just dress smart, go to the office and dance to Barry White in the toilets all day, right?

Anyway, it’s so rare that I ever get the chance to get properly suited and booted, and I sometimes look at the women on the Waterlo0 and City Line — with their pencil skirts and pointy heels — and feel a little twinge of envy. Yes, I’m sure I’d be craving ballet pumps after a week of commuting to my big glass office in Bank, but suits make you look so big-time.

Unfortunately — when you’re a woman over 5’10 — it’s tricky to find a suit that… erm… suits. Not good if you’re a clever-clogs solicitor type and are required to wear a matching jacket-and-trousers combo every single day.

This classic black number from Long Tall Sally would be a good starting point though, and you can dress it up with chunky jewellery and the obligatory Mulberry handbag (pssst… buy one from Bicester Village instead of re-mortgaging your house). It also has a matching skirt, in case you’re wanting to do the sexy secretary thing. And why wouldn’t you? Hell, I could just do that at home… who needs a big fancy job in the city?

Why am I still writing this on my blog? Stop, woman, stop.

Aloha!

My lovely friend Beth (that’s the bridey from my most recent wedding-outfit-meltdown post) came round to mine yesterday, fresh from her two-week honeymoon in Hawaii. Hearing of sunshine and posh hotels, I naturally didn’t feel a single twinge of jealousy. I’m that selfless.

But, let’s suppose for a moment that I was five percent bitter and twisted. If that were the case, I really ought to inject a little bit of tropical fever into my own tragically cloudy life, right?

Luckily, all things “Aloha!” are in. Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Salvatore Ferragamo seemed to take inspiration from the big, bold flowers of Hawaii for SS 2012.

When you’re next out for drinks with the girls, wear a bright floral-print dress or simply add a vivacious bag to an all-black ensemble. Remember to stick a cocktail umbrella in your glass for maximum impact.

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Coachella Cuties

Over the past two weekends, the world’s coolest and kookiest celebrities have turned out in their festival finest for Coachella. Katy Perry drew headlines for a very see-through frock, Vanessa Hudgens went hippy, Emma Watson flew the Brit flag in Burberry, Kate Bosworth accessorised her outfit with a hunky male and Rihanna wore… not that much again.

Here are three celeb festival looks that can be yours after a quick spree in the Tall specialists.

Kate Bosworth

Vanessa Hudgens

Rihanna

If you want to check out the original outfit photos, then head to Vogue. Anyone else muddying up at a festival this year?

Fifties Americana

Tall South Print Dress, Very £45

 

Cadillac-motif clutches at Prada, preppy checks at Jil Sander and kitsch prints at Proenza Shouler signalled a step back to 1950s America for Summer 2012.

If you’re worried about looking like an extra in Grease, then just add a little hint of USA retro with some cats-eye sunglasses or a flirty full skirt. Or any of these lovely long-length items.

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Five NEW ways to Work It

Warning. I’m about to say something a little bit ‘out there’.

*Deep Breath*

I’m a tall woman. And I DON’T WEAR BLACK BOOTLEG TROUSERS.

There, I said it.

Am I alone in despising the bell-bottom trouser trend? The one that died a death in the early noughties but still comes back to haunt us in the majority of Tall specialist websites?

Alright, I suppose they kind of balance out a tall figure, they disguise a clumpy shoe and they sort of “go with everything”. But that doesn’t make them FABULOUS. And ladies, there is absolutely no reason why you should be going to the office looking anything less than that.

So here goes. Five fun, sexy and MODERN office outfits, without a black bootleg in sight.

This work-wear post comes at the request of the lovely Ralista. If you’ve got a suggestion for a post, hit the Facebook page or Tweet me.

L x

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