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Non-Maternity Maternity-Wear

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

After a long time chatting about maternity wear, I thought it was about time I popped something on the blog that was appropriate for all of us gorgeous leggy lot.

In any case, when I first announced my pregnancy, so many of you told me not to bother with maternity clothes because they’re a big old waste of money. And, especially since I’m pregnant during the summer months and dress reasonably casually for work, you were absolutely bang onThere are plenty of clothes on the highstreet that will accommodate a growing bump, but still look perfectly lovely after baby’s arrival.

While I’ve bought two pairs of skinny maternity jeans (one under-bump pair by ASOS, one over-the-bump pair from Mamalicious @ASOS, the latter of which I prefer), and a couple of nice maternity dresses for special occasions, I’ve tried to stick with my old wardrobe, and buy things that I’ll be able to wear post-pregnancy too.

I also wear the items I do buy and that do still fit in much heavier rotation, so I don’t feel like I’ve spent lots of money on things that I’ll hardly get any use out of.

My best buy was an ASOS bump band for £7, an absolute money-saver because it has allowed me to wear most of my old jeans and shorts open and adds extra length to t-shirts that creep up over my bump. It’s not a completely seamless solution (literally), but it’s a great little piece for layering. I’ve worn it with my non-maternity Topshop shorts below.

My absolute godsend this summer has been the kimono… light enough to wear during these balmy summer days and fits at every stage of my pregnancy. Unlike a dress, I can also mix it up much more easily with other pieces in my wardrobe too. I find the long-line ones super flattering on a tall figure, and this Topshop number (£46) with its pretty, art-deco style bird print, is one of my faves and has been well worth the splurge.

If I have indulged a little bit, it’s been more on accessories like jewellery and handbags. Luckily I seem to have avoided the curse of going up a shoe size, although with 2 and a half months still to go until my due date, I realise there’s still plenty of time for that to happen. I have my husband’s Converse and Havianas on standby.

I’ve also arranged my wardrobe at home with a section of my tried-and-tested maternity-friendly outfits, to avoid hours rummaging through before work every day and tearing my hair out when nothing fits.

You can hover over the images above for links to products. The giraffe print clutch is no longer available, but if you want to splash the cash, I love this blue giraffe print clutch from Ted Baker. And neither are the boots, though Topshop does have a strappy pair with the same metal-capped heel in a size 42 here. Prescription sunglasses are by Tommy Hilfiger at Specsavers.

L x

P.S. How many of you went up a shoe size or even grew taller during pregnancy? Let me know if this has or hasn’t affected you.

P.P.S. I’m looking for more pretty logo and typography tees to wear under shirts and kimonos. Have you found any pretty ones lately (doesn’t necessarily need to be a maternity piece)?.

The LTS Jumpsuit

Hey you bunch of leggy beauts,

Hope you’re all very well indeed. I want to say a big THANK YOU to those of you who have leapt to the rescue of your fellow Leggy Lovelies on the ATTT Facebook page recently by coming up with solutions to their fashion dilemmas. It’s been a big help and certainly given me lots of new ideas about where to find long-length clothing. Make sure you sign up to the Facebook page for regular updates if you haven’t done already!

ATTT reader Krista recently posted a request for a long-length jumpsuit, and wasn’t having much luck with her search. I’ve since discovered that you can avoid camel toe, chilly ankles and looking like you’re wearing an adult-sized baby grow in this loose-fitting black LTS number.

You can keep it looking smart with a blazer and flats for the office, or wack on the heels and chunky jewellery for evening time. There’s a conspicuous zip detail down the front that keeps things looking fresh and utilitarian too, and as reader Charlotte writes, “It’s got a zip so I’d still be able to breastfeed.” Genius.

I’ve added a bit of an Ibiza spin to mine with a beaded cascade necklace from Miss Selfridge and and metallic flats from New Look.

Excuse the mental hair (this photo was taken by my hubby after our night out last night and mid-takeaway so I’m a little bit frazzled from the rain and slightly bleary-eyed. Never a good way round to do things.) You can hover over the image above for links to the accessories. I can’t seem to add the jumpsuit link above but you can buy it here. The model on the website wears hers nipped in at the waist, but I find mine fits better and balances my proportions when I wear it a bit drop-waisted.

Anyone else found a decent long-length jumspuit? Or got another fashion dilemma you’d like readers of All the Tall things to solve? Let me know below…

L xx

Summer Brights

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Recently I’ve really begun to feel like the tide is changing. We might not have as much choice on the highstreet as the average-Joanne (and I don’t expect we ever will), but there is definitely something in the water. More and more retailers are launching (or relaunching) Tall ranges, and the specialist Tall brands seem to be getting a bit trendier in response. 

Where I live — in the UK — I suddenly feel much less invisible to retailers. If you haven’t read Frances Perraudin’s Guardian article “Tall to Petite: Why does the British Highstreet do Niche Fashion so well?” then make sure you have a look. It’s a little reminder of how far we’ve come.

So with this in mind, and while I’m almost spoilt for choice, I thought it was about time for a wardrobe overhaul. Looking over the last few posts and scanning my wardrobe, I’ve realised that I’ve forgotten to dress in colour. So I’m hoping to bring you a little bit more sunshine on these very blog pages over the next few weeks.

This pretty ASOS Tall kimono adds the perfect mix of tropical brights and neons to my jeans-and-tee combo. If you’re a slave to the blazer or cardi, then consider switching yours up for the on-trend kimono shape in 2014. Perfect if you’re arm or hip conscious, and this one is super long-line.

I’ve just purchased the matching shorts for when the weather’s a bit warmer because they look really striking together. The rolled-sleeve borrowed-from-the-boyfriend style tee is from ASOS (well worth investing in the twin-pack because they’re pretty with floaty summer skirts too), and the minty green perspex necklace is  from New Look (bought in store last week and seemingly unavailable online). My favourite tall-appropriate giraffe clutch has now sold out, but there is a very similar one here. The jeans are stolen from my hubby (and he won’t know unless he reads this because I’m out with the girls tonight, so we’ll see how much he really reads this blog).

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I’ve also popped on some pretty coral strappy pumps (£15.99) from New Look.

What are your thoughts on the developments occurring online and on the highstreet for tall women? Is shopping really getting a whole lot easier? Or is there still a very long way to go? Let me know your thoughts…

L xx

The ASOS Tall Scuba Skirt

The lovely people at ASOS may not have officially launched their Tall range just yet, but they sure are teasing us with some fab preliminary pieces. This black scuba midi skirt caught my eye, and is so perfect in length that I’m very tempted for the red one now too.

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My midriff is currently in no fit state for public consumption, but it’s possible to work the crop-top trend without baring the wine belly. This dotty ASOS number sits elegantly over the top of the skirt, and you’ll only catch a hint of my upper-tum (the OK bit) in a very sharp breeze. 

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I’ve gone for full-on sparkle in my accessories; a sparkly perspex Coast Cuff (a bit pricey at £35 for bling-bling costume jewellery, but I’ve wanted it for ages and finally gave in this week), a bib style necklace and my silver Next courts (available up to a Euro 43). I picked up my long-line blazer from a random boutique in Hong Kong, but you don’t really need that for party time anyway.

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What would you style this scuba skirt with? And have you made any ASOS Tall purchases yet? What’s your verdict?

L xx

Think Pink

Back in December 2011 my gorgeous Auntie Michele was told that she had Breast Cancer. I’m sure you’ve had a friend or family member who’s been diagnosed with the disease, or even received the devastating diagnosis yourself. You’ve felt the seismic shockwaves and had the “I thought Cancer was something that happened to other people” thought.

My auntie Mic found her source of support through an online forum run by Breast Cancer Care, and connected with a group of women who had all been diagnosed in December (and would come to call themselves “The December Darlings”). They shared stories of chemo together, posted photos of bald heads, compared notes on snotty noses, and supported one another when two members of the group tragically lost their fight against the disease.

Michele considers herself one of the “lucky” ones. Now in recovery, she’s like the old Michele, only a million times more confident, outgoing and downright beautiful. I’ve seen how Cancer has tried to break her, and I’ve seen her tell it where to shove it.

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Last night Cardiff was lit up pink to welcome in the Breast Cancer Care Ball. Cancer survivors and those still battling the disease rocked the fashion runway in front of an adoring crowd of friends and family. This was a night of celebration, but also a reminder that much more is needed to be raised in order to give women (and sometimes men) the support and care they so need.

A night of fabulous fashion called for some serious outfit plannage, and since our table had opted for a self-imposed pink dress code, there was no better time to rock the full-on bubblegum Barbie look. I found my frothy pink number (£55) in Vivien of Holloway,  a vintage reproduction clothing shop specialising in 40s and 50s clothing in North London.

Dress, Viviene of Holloway £55Petticoats (x2) Vivien of Holloway, £59 eachTiara, The Jewellery Channel £9.99 / Shoes, Next £25/ Bag, Next/ Bracelet, Mikey @Topshop

Like most of you, I have a longer-than-average torso, but most of my height is in my legs, so I lucked out with this halterneck number, which fitted me at the waist. I did speak to the shop assistants though, who mentioned that a lot of tall women like to fold the straps down/ have them removed if the halterneck feels too tight. In any case, London-based Leggy Lovelies should definitely pop to the Holloway Road store and give their dresses a try, because the skirts are super long and swishy. You can browse and buy the various styles on their website too.

I wore mine with two massive petticoats in contrasting pink shades. Luckily my mum is also a bit of a vintage vixen so I could borrow one of hers, because the good quality ones aren’t the cheapest — £59. They’re so pretty though that you could layer them up and wear them on their own with a jumper too.

And I completed the “Miss Congeniality” look with the sparkliest size nine shoes from Next, with a heel made for twirling around on.

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A bargainous £25, and I reckon they’d make a stylish pair of wedding shoes if your big day’s coming up.

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Our matching tiaras were a very kind donation from The Jewellery Channel.

Becky, Judy, Me and three of the “December Darlings”: Fi, Auntie Michele and Sue. (Fi’s beautiful daughter Becky is actually 5’11 and her dress is an old buy from Monsoon’s younger range Fusion… one of my fave places for party dresses).

If you want to donate to Breast Cancer Care, you can follow this link.

L xx

P.S. There were models last night who had been through Breast Cancer at the ages of 21 and 27. Get checking your boobs please girlies, whatever age you might be.

P.P.S. Any of you Leggy Lovelies a fan of the 50s silhouette? Where do you tend to buy your clothes?

The New Look Waterfall Jacket

Since its relaunch last year, I’ve been a smidge underwhelmed by New Look’s Tall range offerings. But this season, lurking between the basic tees, seemingly endless cardigans (what is that about?) and skinny jeans, are some proper gems.

This Waterfall jacket with leather-look sleeves looks more Zara than New Look, and much prettier than the £34.99 price tag gives credit for.

I’ve styled it up with jeans for a night out at Dirty Dancing with the girls, and added a bright floral clutch and big statement necklace (also New Look bargains with a bit of a Zara flavour).

The fluttery front adds interest and breaks up a long torso, and while some waterfall-style blazers are cut too short at the back for us leggy lovelies, this one is perfectly proportioned for a Tall figure, just skimming over the top of my bottom.

Tall Waterfall Blazer, £34.99Clutch Bag, £15.99 / Necklace, £17.99 (all New Look)

Jeans, Gap/Top, Topshop/ Shoes, Barratts (All oldies)

What are your favourite picks in New Look’s Tall range? Has anyone had any success there recently?

L x

The Winter Pencil Skirt

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

I always find that winter is the trickiest season to dress for when you’re a tall woman. Perhaps it’s because the need to find anything with long enough sleeves makes it nigh on impossible to achieve a chic and tailored look. Perhaps because knee-high boots are never knee-high. Perhaps because you just need to wear even more clothes, and the expensive specialist clothes we often require become even more ruddy expensive.

But this year the highstreet seems to be heaped full of prettiness for the leggier lovely. This tartan skirt is my fave piece in Topshop’s current Tall collection. Super long and stretchy without being too flimsy or clingy, and you could obviously make it look mega sexy for work too if you wear it with a nice blouse and pair of black courts. Go for the size down if you’re between sizes.

I paired it with this cutesy Topshop tee, but It just wasn’t quite warm enough, so I threw on my husband’s jumper (from Next, long enough in the sleeves and surprisingly fitted in a medium). He doesn’t know I’ve stolen it and won’t find out until he reads this blog post on the train home. Sorry Tim. I promise to wash it so it doesn’t smell like girl.

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The bling ring and bracelet are from Marc Jacobs’ Greenwich village boutique (a must-visit if you’re over in NYC, for its edgy and surprisingly affordable pieces), and the Michael Kors watch was a Christmas prezzie from the hubby. The Lucky penny necklace is still available at ASOS.

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I’m living in various forms of ankle boot at the moment. These chunky could-be-weapons-of-torture are from Topshop. A little tight for a size 9 when they first arrived, bit a few walks around the house have stretched them out a bit.

Tartan skirt, Topshop £24/ Boots, Topshop £88/ Jacket, Topshop/ Jumper, Next £35/ Necklace, ASOS £6/ Other jewellery, from a selection at Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.

What’s your go-to outfit when the weather gets chillier?

L x

A fabulous flapper dress, a ma-hoosive necklace and a very camp cake

Hey Leggy Lovelies!

How the ruddy hell are you? I’ve got a bit of a back-log of outfit photos to share with you because of day-job craziness right now, but I thought I’d skip back in time to my friend Jen’s 30th a couple of weeks ago, since I’ve had a lot of questions about the outfit I put on Facebook. Again, excuse the blurriness of my desperate-for-an-upgrade-iphone.

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I didn’t have a chance to take any more pics on the night (mainly because I was carrying a MASSIVELY camp birthday cake that I’d made, so I couldn’t cart along a blogger-style camera too), but luckily we’d all chipped in for a professional photographer to take some snaps for Jen on the night, and I thought I’d share any where I and my massive New Look necklace feature. 

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I absolutely LOVE this Topshop dress (£70). I highly recommend that we all get it and dance around together, because the drop-waisted, flapper girl thing is something us tall girlies pull off so well. 

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And here’s the cake I made Jen. I don’t think I was exaggerating about the campness…

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The birthday girl had also just got engaged, and since I’d set her up with my friend Mark six years ago, I was needless to say, QUITE excited when I found out. I’m wearing my black Topshop biker (currently on sale here).

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I also wore the dress this weekend with a little black sparkly H+M jacket to attend my friends’ nuptials in Henley on Saturday. (Dress-code was laid-back and hat-less, in case you’re freaked out by my lack of headgear. I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I haven’t changed that much.)

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Birthday Party: Dress, Topshop £70/ Jacket, Topshop Was £58, now £40 / Necklace, New Look £24.99/ Shoes, Very/ Bag, ASOS

Wedding: Jacket, H&M

Tune in tomorrow for a spectacularly gorgeous Tried It On from ATTT reader Kemi. Later this week, I’ll also be talking long-length knitwear. So have any of you found any pretty jumpers/ cardis that I can wack on my shopping list?

L x

Cheap and Cheerful

Hey leggy lovelies,

The Nine West competition closes at midnight tonight, so make sure you get your entry in! One of you lovely lot is going to win yourself a £100 voucher. I have been absolutely blown away by the honesty and heart-felt words in the entries received so far, and I’ve had a good old knowing chuckle at some of your memories of being the “awkward one”. Well worth a read if you haven’t had a look already… some might even make you weep a happy tear.

What with it being June and all, the sun was almost kind enough to shine in London yesterday. Which was enough of an excuse for wine outside the Charlotte Street Hotel with the girls and a summery outfit.

I’m definitely feeling the post-holiday, pre-tax bill pinch, so these recent buys are seriously bargainous. The whole outfit below cost £60 (although I did cheat by paying Vietnamese prices on the shoes).

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Pretty laser cut details are all over bags at the moment, and I spied this seriously bold pink number whilst doing my trolley dash in Sainsburys. (If you forgo the brand names in the condiments aisle and buy economy loo roll, you can totally justify the £20 spend).

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New Look’s 3-pack of Tall T-shirts is well worth the investment. Although they’re not quite as long as the “super vest” in Miss Selfridge, They work out at just over 4 quid each and you can dress them up with statement necklaces, like this bright blue one. I’ve tucked mine into this floral New Look skirt (it’s not from the Tall range but the proportions looked reasonable on the website so I gambled).

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I had these leather sandals custom-made to wear with my maxi dresses and I love them, even if my toe is doing a “Julianne Moore” in the picture above. They’re a bit like my Henry Holland ones I featured ages ago that sadly died a death after getting caught in a pavement slab. Sigh.

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Tall Top, New Look £12.99 for 3 pack/ Skirt, New Look £16.99/ Tall Biker Jacket, Topshop £58/ Necklace, New Look £9.99/ Bag, Sainsburys £20/ Shoes, Custom-made in Vietnam £10

What do you think? And would you like to see some more budget-friendly pieces on the blog or is it leggy luxury you’re after?

L x

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. 

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