Category Archives: Blouses

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: Another Option

A lot of you left comments on my Tallgirls blog post, and though you liked the blouse I featured, a few of you thought it was a little bit too frilly. Horses for courses and all that. Luckily ATTT reader Silvia has been in touch with a paired-down alternative in the same ethereal hue.

Silvia writes, “I follow your blog from Italy. I’am 26 years old and 5’11” tall (180cm). I’ve just seen the blouse you posted and I would like to suggest to you and your followers this green blouse (£35.99) from the Italian brand Intimissimi.

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The colour is great with black, blue and cream shoes and accessories! I lived in Glasgow for a year and there I discovered New Look, so exciting to buy size 9 low cost shoes!”

Thanks missus, totally with you on New Look too. Love the colour of this top (I’m actually about to paint my front door in that smokey green shade!), and I think there will be some serious hair envy going down right now. The Zooey Deschanel style fringe and big wavy locks are seriously cute.

Has anyone bought from Intimissimi before?

L xx

If you’ve found an item of clothing on the highstreet that works for us tall girlies,  send your snaps to laura@allthetallthings.com or tweet @tallthings

Leggy Lust: The Tallgirls Blouse

A whole heap of pretty just landed on tallgirls.co.uk. Here’s my pick of the bunch.

What would you wear this sheer green blouse with? And have you bought anything before at tallgirls.co.uk?

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Blouse, Tallgirls £35

L x

Win a £100 voucher to spend at Nine West

Long time readers of the blog will remember me getting just a tad excited about buying a pair of buttery-soft leather boots from Nine West back in 2011. Well, the boots are still going strong, and so is Nine West’s range of size nine shoes: it currently consists of 83 pairs in a UK size 9.

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Now Nine West has teamed up with All the Tall things to give one lucky UK or Ireland based reader a £100 voucher to spend online, with free delivery. And since we wouldn’t want to leave out those leggy lovelies whose feet are bigger than a size 9, the voucher can be spent on any of Nine West’s fabulous bags or accessories too. Hurrah.

Nine West

I road-tested its best-selling Flax pair of courts (£95). Fortunately for me, they come up in a generous size 9 (think Next rather than Topshop), and the cushioned sole kept my feet feeling supported and comfy; qualities that are often lacking in cheaply made courts.

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Top: Embellished blouse, Mango £34.99/ Black shift dress, Long Tall Sally £75 / Bag, Zara £49.99Shoes, Nine West £95. Bottom: Red jacket, Miss Selfridge/ Blouse, H+M/ Necklace, Vietnam/ Jeans, Topshop £40/ Shoes, Nine West £95

These courts are ideal for the office but are built for walking and dancing too, with a sturdy heel, soft leather, and no pinching at the sides or the opening. It’s only in my late twenties that I’m starting to realise a little extra investment in quality shoes goes a very long way.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning the voucher, answer this question in the comments section below this post.

What advice would you give your younger self? 

Give us your wise old words about height, love, life or style. The best answer wins the spree!

L x

Ts & Cs

Due to licensing laws, this competition is only open to residents of the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. 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. Prize consists of a £100 Nine West voucher and free delivery. No cash alternative can be given. Competition closes at midnight on Sunday 2nd June. Winner will be announced on the ATTT Facebook page on Monday 3rd June.

Big is Beautiful

Fashion has gone over-sized this summer; voluminous coats, giant trapeze dresses and slouchy shorts graced the LFW pavements, and labels that used to say “size 14” will now say “10”. As Vogue’s Sarah Harris puts it; “If it doesn’t fit, it’s a good fit.”

Fine for the size-zero pocket-belles, but not such great news for tall women, who are already struggling to find items that fit properly, let alone something that looks two sizes too big. Doh.

But I’ve scouted this shirt by Glamorous (£22) on the ASOS wesbite, and not only is it beautifully billowing, with long enough sleeves for the leggiest of ladies, but it also ticks two other trend boxes for summer; print and monochrome.

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Besides, you know I’m a sucker for a (fairly) silly shirt, and this one with its triangle/circle/square pattern is perfect for the nerd in me.

I wore it tucked in to my favourite Topshop acid-wash jeans for my friend’s birthday drinks last night, but it’s long enough to drape over your hips.

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I’m a size 10/12 and went for a 12 to ensure that the shirt was roomy enough and the sleeves were super long. (The model on the website had lots of room to spare though, which made me take the precarious online-ordering plunge in the first place).

I also strapped on my custom-made Vietnamese wedges to add a little pop of colour too. (They are comfy as a cloud, amazing to run for a train in, and I’m obsessed with grey and blue colour combos at the moment).

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Shirt, Glamorous @ ASOS £22 / Tall Jeans, Topshop £40/ Bag, Zara £49.99/ Wedges, custom-made.

Anyone else found any fab shirts for tall girlies? And do you like going over-sized with your outfits? I think us tall girls can carry off the extra volume, but perhaps you prefer to stick to a more polished and tailored look?

Share share! 🙂

L x

Leggy Lust: The ASOS Curve Blouse

Curvy leggy lovelies may like this lace-detailed dip-hem blouse. As worn by a 5’11 ASOS model…

ASOS Curve £30

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

Tried It On: Euro Fash

Like me, you’ve possibly found that that the European stores — such as Mango and Zara — tend to be a bit more generous in the old leg length. I used to think that it was because people were taller on the continent, but apparently it’s just more common for people on the mainland to have pieces tailored according to their height and shape. So most trousers in European stores will default to a longer leg-length, despite the fact that a lot of shoppers will have a few inches lobbed off.

A win for us. 😉

ATTT reader Jessica got in touch a little while ago, sending in a picture of some sexy long-length jeans from Blanco.

Jessica writes, “I’ve found jeans that fit in Spain at a store called Blanco (pretty good in a land where the average height for women is 5  feet 4 inches!), and they’re cheap…
 
These (my “New Year’s jeans, hence the slightly drunk-looking photo) were 16 euro, now on sale for 8! And I can wear them with a heel. I’m just under 6 feet, and the jeans have a 35 inch inseam. This is their basic boot cut, low-rise 5-pocket stretch jean. Super comfy and they can definitely go from parties to the classroom (with a shirt change). The quality is better than what you’d expect for the price – good sewing, nice texture, and the dye does not rub off on everything.

Many of their jeans (except skinny jeeans, but they look good cuffed anyhow) have a 35 inch inseam, so if you’ve got readers in Spain, I’d suggest they check this place out!”

Thanks Jess. Blanco is actually one of my favourite shopping haunts whenever I’m in Spain. And if you’re a Londoner, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s now a Blanco store in Westfield shopping centre (Shepherd’s Bush).

You can send pics of your long-length clothing finds for Tried It On to laura@allthetallthings.com.

Anyone else had more shopping success on the continent?

L xx

Leather & Fur

Maybe I’ve been watching a bit too much Game of Thrones, but this winter all I want to do is layer up with tactile leather and fur pieces.

If – like me – you prefer the faux variety, then have a butchers (of the vegetarian kind) at today’s outfit.

I featured this faux leather Topshop skirt (£38) a little while ago and have barely taken it off since. It just works with everything. If you haven’t got yours yet, then make sure you do before it sells out. You will suddenly find yourself wearing so many of the tops/ jackets/ shoes in your wardrobe that you never had anything to wear with. 

I actually picked up the fluffy, Angora-style gilet when I was on a Christmas shopping trip to France with the girls in December. It’s from a shop called Jennyfer and is currently less than 20 euros.

There are loads on the highstreet right now; try Zara’s (£25.99) for a classic, long-line piece. Belt it in at the waist and keep things fairly slim-fit on the bottom half to retain a bit of shape. Gilets of any kind are great for us tall women because we’ve got the length to balance out the extra bulk, and they add a bit of interest to a willowy silhouette.

The burgundy knit is from Ark, and the necklace and blouse are oldies from H&M.

Bit of reader style coming up for you shortly. If you want to share any of your outfit photos, then send an email to laura@allthetallthings.com 

Anyone else addicted to Game of Thrones? No spoilers please! I’ve still got two episodes left of my Season 1 box-set. Not seen it? Get involved… it’s ludicrously watchable, and you may find yourself falling for the charms of a dwarf.

Yes, really.

L x 

The best Gothic-Style Shirts for leggy lovelies

At school I never really went through the Goth phase. I never dyed my hair purple, listened to emotional rock or found myself a grubby, eyeliner-wearing boyfriend.

And I feel a bit like I missed out.

Maybe it’s the Kristen Stewart effect, but I suddenly want to dabble with the dark side. (And I don’t mean I want to cop off with a director, sleep with vampires or, um, actually do anything remotely dark. I just quite like the idea of buying one or two of the blouses below).

Lace, ruffles and sheer fabrics at Alexander Wang and Valentino signalled that the vamp is well and truly back. So this coming season, a gothic-style top is a must. Wear with opaque tights and a similarly morbid-looking skirt, or pair it with skinnies, spikes and a sweep of black eye-shadow.

Top L-R: Dorothy Perkins £28/ Topshop £38/ Topshop £32. Middle L-R: Long Tall Sally £40, Topshop £32, Topshop £36. Bottom L-R: Next £10/ Topshop £36/ Topshop £28

Anyone found any other pieces on the highstreet suitable for a leggy Twi-hard?

L x

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