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Does pregnancy make it EASIER for Tall women to buy dresses?

I was supposed to do sooo many posts this week. But for some (satanic?) reason my broadband has decided to become excruciatingly slow, and this (rather miniature) post has taken me THREE WHOLE DAYS. Rubbish internet + hottest week of the year + pregnancy hormones = seriously crazed leggy lovely. Excuse me while I go and sit in a bathtub of ice now that this is finally done.

Since becoming pregnant I’ve realised that I’m not a fan of tent-like clothes. I thought it would be my pre-pregnancy baggy shirts and dresses that I’d be glad of when I got a lot bigger, but I actually feel more confident in body-con styles. Six months ago, I would have had to be having a seriously “thin” day to even think about squeezing myself into anything containing a hint of elastene, but pregnancy, with its ‘I’m actually supposed to be this fat and I quite like it’ mentality, means that I’d rather be seen in fitted things.

I’ve also discovered that the whole waistline-being-too-high issue ordinarily encountered by tall women is pretty much non-existent with maternity styles, because so many have an under-bust line instead (and normally quite a generous area for growing pregnancy boobs). So I’ve surprisingly fallen in love with the empire-line shape too, and found that pregnancy has has made it- dare I say it– easier to buy dresses, and me more confident in the ones I have got.

I’ve been doing a lot of shopping on the ASOS  maternity website (it just seems to have the widest and most affordable selection of trendy bits) and searching out ‘midi’ and ‘maternity’ so that the lengths are a bit longer. While a lot of the midis in the regular section are waisted, and irritatingly so, the maternity ones obviously aren’t, so they’re pretty much all wearable for a leggy lovely.

I wore this hawaiian print number (£38) to my work summer party (and to a Backstreet Boys concert in Hyde Park — don’t judge me), last week, and it’s possibly even wedding-guest worthy.

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Have any of you tall mummies or expectant tall mummies found that dress buying is a little bit easier during pregnancy? Or have you been hugely underwhelmed by the choice available? Let me know in the comments below.

L xx

P.S. Anyone having trouble finding well-fitting maternity lingerie or feeding camis for a tall figure? Tune in to the next post.

Tried It On: Summer Basics

When finding on-trend clothing is tricky, it’s always handy to have a few basics in your wardrobe that you can accessorise. It’s even better when those basics are a bargain to start with. ATTT reader and blogger Leonie has found two sundresses on the Very website that NEED to be in your suitcase this summer.

Leonie writes; “I recently bought two dresses (as part of a 2 pack) from South (ordered form very.co.uk) and wanted to let you and others know about them! 

The deal is 2 100% cotton, lightweight dresses that reach a little bit higher than my knee (I’m 6ft 1) for only £25! They have pockets and are SUPER comfy  -  my summer staples!

There is an elasticated band just below the bust so maybe not suitable for well-endowed leggy ladies BUT it removes the worry of finding a dress that has a lower waistband! I wear mine with my LTS denim jacket and sandals most of the time so super fast to put an outfit together.”

Gorgeous holiday essentials, and perfect for jazzing up with a bit of statement jewellery. I reckon I might even be able to squeeze a bump under there too.

Found any other pretty sundresses that work with your height? Send a photo to laura@allthetallthings.com or drop the details below.

L x

Tried It On: Wedding Guest Midi Dress

Wedding season is in full swing, and 6’2 ATTT reader Sarah is here to help you out with your long-length wedding guest fashion dilemmas.

Sheer is a key trend for this season, and Sarah’s managed to nail the look with a dress that’s still demure and ladylike enough for a wedding. She found this amazing electric blue stripy number in Warehouse at a not-too-ridiculous-for-a-special-ocassion price of £50. Love the length and the fact that it nips in exactly where Sarah’s waist is supposed to be.

Extra bonus points for wearing chunky high heels (New Look, £19.99) and colour-blocking to perfection. Sarah, ordinarily a size 43, writes, “The shoes are wide-fit and an 8/42 was plenty big enough, but they do a 9/43 which was massive”.

I think those shoes would look just fabulous with skinny jeans for a girly night out too. New Look actually do this shoe style in 3 other colours up to a size 43, if you’re looking to co-ordinate/ colour-clash with your own outfit.

Let me know if you find any pretty wedding-worthy dresses or shoes that will fit a tall figure. You can email laura@allthetallthings.com or tweet @tallthings

L xx

I have some news…

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine. I’ve just returned from a relaxing holiday on the Greek island of Santorini, so apologies for my little hiatus.

There is another reason why I haven’t been posting too much recently. It’s because I have been getting bigger. And I wanted to wait until the right moment to share with you my very happy news. I’m 20 weeks pregnant.

Dress, Long Tall Sally £45, available here. Necklace, Miss Selfridge £14.50, available here.

The fact that most of the things I’ve been showcasing on the blog of late have been elasticated in the waist or a little bit loose and flowing has been of no coincidence. There’s a little leggy lovely growing in there. A PINK one! We’ve just had our 20 week scan, so I feel a lot more comfortable about sharing the amazing news, and besides, there is slim chance of my expanding waistline going unnoticed now.

I hope you’ll agree that this will add an interesting new dimension to the blog. Tall maternity-wear isn’t something I’ve ever been able to chat about in much depth, and now I’ll be able to dedicate a lot more time to the fashion dilemma that is being tall and being pregnant (a physical state that must be so rare most retailers don’t seem to acknowledge exists).

Since I plan to wear as much non-maternity attire as possible so that I can continue wearing pieces long after pregnancy, I’m hoping that those of you without protruding tummies will still continue to read All the Tall things and find plenty of useful information and ideas. The maxi dress in the photo above is a Long Tall Sally number (also available in a beautiful jewel green tone) that I’ve been wearing long before the bump appeared.

Thank you for your continued support of the blog. I can’t wait to take you on this little adventure with me.

L x

P.S. A lot of pregnant women complain about all the relentless “advice” they seem to get from other mothers when they’re expecting. However, I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY welcome any tall maternity fashion suggestions you have! So please do share your words of wisdom here!

Tried It On: One Girl, 4 Dresses

If you wrote off Dorothy Perkins’ Tall collection ages ago, back when it was a barren wasteland where black bootlegs and dodgy cardigans reigned supreme, then it might be time to revisit. Coz it’s had a big old overhaul of late. Yup.

What’s more, 6ft ATTT reader Emma has bought four pretty dresses and still managed to come away with change from a hundred quid. Emma recalls that she had the classic “I’ll just order all these to try on at home, then I’ll return the ones I don’t… Oh” thought. She also writes, “The Daisy print one isn’t from the Tall range but still a pretty good length for us :)”

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Tall Rose Sweetheart Dress, Dorothy Perkins £16/ Tall Black Bardot Dress, Dorothy Perkins £16

Tall Floral Bardot Dress, Dorothy Perkins £18/ Daisy Tea Dress, Dorothy Perkins £38

These four dresses are more summery than a pub garden and a pitcher of Pimms. Love.

Tried on a long-length item and want to share it with your fellow Leggy Lovelies? Email laura@allthetallthings.com or tweet @tallthings

L x

P.S. You can also get a discount at Dorothy Perkins at the mo…

Code TAKE5 gets you £5 off when you spend 25, or more

Code TAKE10 gets you £10 off when you spend £50 or more

Code TAKE15 gets you £15 off when you spend £75 or more.

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.

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?

Tried It On: Wishbone

It’s lovely when a new brand lands on my radar, especially when it turns out to be quite a leggy-friendly sorta place. I’d never heard of Wishbone and its pretty prints and zesty colour palette, until ATTT reader Kathryn pointed me in its direction.

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Kathryn writes, “At last, a midi that IS a midi…! I’m 6ft, size 12, and fell for this dress (£75) from new brand Wishbone (in John Lewis). First dress I feel good in since having my little lad 8 months ago. I’ve got the pencil lime green skirt from wishbone (£85) which also hits JUST under knee. Def a brand for tall girls :)”

Dress, £75, Skirt, £85, both Wishbone @ John Lewis

Thanks Kathryn. And that is one smokin’ post-baby body petal.

Found an amazing maxi dress, a tailored blazer jacket or a pretty tee that looks great on your Leggy Lovely frame? Drop an email to laura@allthetallthings.com with the details.

L xx

Tried It On: The Oscars Gown

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a Leggy Lovely like the prospect of a black-tie ball. Back in 2011 I recalled my experiences of my school prom, and having to have my floor-length skirt made especially by my Auntie Anne.

Occasionally though — with a bit of perseverance — you can strike gold, and even buy OFF.THE.FLIPPIN.RACK.

6ft ATTT reader Katie shows that a good old scavenge can really pay off, after chancing upon this beautifully embellished dress from TK Maxx.

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Katie writes, “I recently had a late works Xmas do, with an Oscars theme. So the impossible task of finding an evening dress long enough. I found this one in TK Maxx, luckily it was reduced to just £32 too. I wore it with 4 inch heels and am 6ft. Other than my wedding dress I have never found a dress this long without having it made for me.”

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Thanks Katie. You’ve nailed the perfect Oscars starlet look. And I ruddy LOVE that you’re rocking four inch heels under there too. 

If you’ve got the patience to root through the rails, TK Maxx can yield some gorgeous long-length pieces. Over the years I’ve found a coat, jeans, maxi skirt and numerous summer dresses. Don’t give up after your first try. It’s one of those places where one day you’ll find diddly-squat, and another where you’re wishing you had a trolley.

What amazing long-length bargains have you found in TK Maxx? And have you spotted any other tall-friendly ballgowns on the highstreet?

L x

P.S. This dress is available online in a size 18, but it’s not at the discounted price. Worth a rummage in store though.

Dear ASOS. You are whipping us into a FRENZY.

Rumours of an ASOS Tall range have been circulating online since the early days of All the Tall things, and now it’s finally happening. I’m a little bit giddy with all the excitement. I think you might be too…

Like Game of Thrones Season 4, we have been waiting for this for a very long time. 

Dedicated readers of ATTT will know that ASOS is one of my favorite brands already, but the launch of the new specialist Tall range should hopefully streamline my shopping experience and save me many hours of trawling through the “midi dresses” in the hope that something might work. 

However, a few pieces have already landed on the website (a bit prematurely), and I feel like some of our original excitement has been replaced by worry. Aren’t the trousers, like, very short? Why are some of the models on the website 5’6? Is this going to be another Tall range full of cropped tops? And will this range pop up and dissolve like so many others before it, simply because it is not bringing us what we want?

Right. Stop panicking. Here are the facts:

  • The collection officially launches 17th April, although there are a few preliminary pieces live now.
  • All trouser lengths will be 36″. (I know you’ve noticed that the trousers on there currently are shorter, so the lovely ASOS Tall buyer Gina is looking into this because she thinks there may have been an administrative error. It might be that those trousers do infact have 36 inch inseams. I’ll let you know when I have an update).
  • Gina says “Newness will be added each week, our collection will be fully stocked with everything from playsuits to WOW pieces including amazing dresses”.
  • The fit-models (women who wear the clothes in the manufacturing process to help the designers know where all our lumps and bumps are), are all over 5’10.
  • For those who don’t know, ASOS deliver worldwide for FREE! So we can finally try on long-length clothes without being stung with a delivery charge.
  • The ASOS Tall team are watching All the Tall things very closely, so make your feelings about the range — and requests for particular pieces — ABUNDANTLY clear! (And no, they haven’t paid me in any way to write any of this, so you… and I… can be as HONEST as we like).

I’ve also rolled my sleeves up and decided to do some research of my own. Last night I got a tad click-happy on the website…

Trend-Led

Tall Acid-Wash Dress, ASOS £30, Bandana, ASOS £6

I love this acid wash 90s style body-con dress. Even the circular zipper looks like something I’d have worn while getting thoroughly down on it to Outhere brothers at my primary school disco. The bandana (coz every majorly Ghetto girly from Surrey like me needs a bandana), is also an ASOS buy. Go a size down on the dress if you’re between sizes (this is the 10).

Basics

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Tall Cami, ASOS £8

It’s always good to find some long-length camis for wearing with my bulging collection of jackets and blazers. I went for a 12 because I’m normally that in tops, but it looks like this one is actually sized for a tall girly, and I should have bought the 10. The fabric is a bit flimsy (you can see the tell-tale roll at the bottom), but it’s a useful addition to my wardrobe and a snip at 8 quid.

Workwear

Four days of my working week are spent presenting The Jewellery Channel. (If you’re interested you can find out a bit more about my work on my dayjob website). I have to wear dresses with a slightly open neckline to show off necklaces (but not oodles of cleavage), and a nod to the trends (without a busy and distracting print). It’s often ASOS that I go to, because I can get it delivered next-day, and it means that I can change my outfits regularly without breaking the bank. I have to dress a little more conservatively than is perhaps my off-duty style, but that’s probably the case with most jobs. So I think there’ll be something here that works for the office too…

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Tall Peplum, ASOS £42

I spied this Tall peplum dress that ticks all the above criteria. This one is the size 10. I think I’d still want the flappy “peplum” bit to be a little lower, but it’s a lovely shaped dress regardless.

These two aren’t actually in the Tall range, but they’re recent ASOS buys that I bought for The Jewellery Channel (bit of decolletage showing/ plain simple colours) that work perfectly on a tall figure…

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Tall Lace Bardot Dress, ASOS £30

The lace one is a big fave; I’ve got it in the purple and red. (Buy up a size in the lace… mine’s a 12)

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Tall Black Sweetheart neckline dress, ASOS £25

… and this LBD (which I’ve bought in the “longer length”) is great for layering up with jewellery or wearing under blazers. This one’s a size 10.

Soooo… the big question is. WHAT do you want to see in the ASOS Tall range when it officially hits on the 17th April?

Let me know in the comments section below.

L xx

P.S. Also I made the epic fail of not cleaning my mirror before taking selfies. And that big white smudge basically makes me look like I have a willy in a couple of the photos above. WOOPS. I don’t have a willy.

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