Enough Length for Swimming Lengths

I am really clumsy. I’ve often blamed it on being tall, but then I meet these wonderfully lithe, 6ft1 dancer types and think it might just be me. Today I have already sneezed while holding a bowl of cereal, prompting it to splash all over my sofa, broken the china light pull in the bathroom by flicking it wildly against the wall while doing my hair, and spilt tomato out of a sandwich onto my friend’s newborn baby. My iPhone (smashed the other week when dropped on a garage forecourt and still awaiting repair) tells me that it’s only 4pm and therefore I should expect more mishaps to come.

Pregnancy has forced my clumsiness into overdrive, and unfortunately, this means that I’ve had to give up running and gymming. And anything else that could see me face-planting on a very hard floor. This isn’t necessary for every pregnant woman. In fact all healthcare professionals will encourage you to keep up with your usual fitness regime. But a fall at 6 weeks whilst out on my usual jog has freaked me out enough to seek alternative forms of exercise.

So I’ve given up my gym membership and now spend three hours a week at my local council swimming baths, and go for (semi) regular power walks with the hubby.

When I started swimming regularly (at about 6 weeks), I hadn’t bought a swimming costume in 6 years. And soon, my old faithful black swimsuit, which wasn’t the best fit to start with, started gaping at the seams. I then wore bikinis for a couple of weeks, until I decided that they weren’t great for serious length swimming and were probably a tad inappropriate for aquafit classes.

So I decided I needed a new one.  But as you all know, long-length swimming costumes are an elusive and expensive treasure in themselves. Throw in a bump and suddenly becoming a couch potato seems like a far less stressful option.

The one-piece is super on-trend at the moment and there are so many gorgeous, boho, fluro and 80s inspired styles that are just perfect for shorties. But I couldn’t find anything that worked for me.

So to combat the problem, I got a Long Tall Sally tankini. The vest is longer in the body than most (and the pants have a super high, 50s style cut), so I should still be covered even when I’m full-term.

I actually got one of the last in stock (thank you to LTS’s Alice for tracking it down!), but there are others on the website, and LTS does have a sale on swimwear at the moment. This new arrival (left — £35) looks great if you’re after a sporty but girly number.





I’m interested to know though where you’ve bought your swimming costumes in the past, especially if you’ve bought one recently that works well on a tall frame. Pregnant or not pregnant, it’s a hard task for a tall woman, particularly if you want something trendy and don’t want to pay through the nose.

A few weeks ago I asked (actually on behalf of a reader) for your long-length swimsuit suggestions. Here are a few gems you came up with:


Sharron and Di both recommend this twist front swimsuit (£59) from Boden. It’s on the pricier side, but comes with the usual high quality fabric you can expect with Boden, and Sharron writes, “I’ve bought it in the long-length and it’s a great fit. I’m 6’2 and it’s the first swimsuit I’ve ever owned.”

Middle Ground


Di sings the praises of M&S Longer Length. This blue striped swimsuit (£32.50) is available, and if you see this long-length ruched swimsuit in store anywhere, make sure you snap it up. My 5’9 sister has it and it’s gorgeous with lots of room to spare (but it’s only currently available online in a size 8).


For pregnant women or those in search of a long-line tankini at very reasonable prices, Rachael suggests this tankini top (£14) and matching briefs (£7.50) from Cotton Traders.




Also highly recommended by you for tallies are Lands End, Sea Folly at John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Freya, Simply BeTallgirls.co.uk and even Tesco.

Let me know what works for you. I know bikinis are generally a failsafe bet, and — unexpectedly — I actually feel more confident in a bikini at the moment than I ever have before. But there are always circumstances when only a one-piece will do.

L xx


23 Weeks Pregnant: Kaftans and Kimonos

Maybe I’ve been watching a bit too much of The Only Way Is Marbs, but since my bump’s been getting bigger I’ve become a bit Kimono/ Kaftan crazy.

I’m also fairly reluctant to buy too many “maternity” specific pieces, and a kimono is super flattering now but still wearable after Baby Schof arrives. This ASOS Tall premium kimono (£65) is a bit more pricey than your average highstreet cover-up, but the embroidery looks very designer-esque and will look just as fab with a bikini and cocktail (mocktail for me).

Try Primark, H+M and Misguided for more bargainous styles. Luckily length is more or less irrelevant, with everything from waist-length to floor-length (and everything in between) considered chic this season. I also took this Ben Di Lisi number (£36) for pool lounging in Santorini.

I have however found a decent pair of maternity jeans (£35 – thanks Ali for the recommendation) by Mamalicious (available at ASOS). I’m edging towards a preference for over-the-bump styles now, mainly because no maternity jeans seem to have a high enough denim rise (these included unfortunately, though they are the best I’ve tried), and the extra bit of stretchy jersey fabric saves my blushes. The 34 inch leg is actually quite generous for a 36-incher like me.

The khaki top (£32) is from Topshop (one of the few maternity tops I’ve bought, but it’s  in a fairly neutral, go-with-everything colour). The chunky, block-heel sandals (I’m refusing to part with heels during my pregnancy, though I do favour an on-trend block heel for safety!) are by New Look and go up to a generous UK size 9, but pssst… you can get them from ASOS for free delivery.

Click on the pictures above for links to everything. Have you embraced the tall-friendly trend for kimonos and kaftans? Please leave links to ones you’ve found and love…

L x


Size Matters at ASOS

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Last week I attended a “Size ASOS” event at their HQ in London (not the ASOS building in Yorkshire that was badly damaged by fire last week — I hear that’s on the road to recovery now though). It wasn’t tall specific, though it was an opportunity to showcase ASOS’s Tall, Maternity and Curve collections to the press and chat about what’s in store for the slightly irregular sized amongst us (my word not theirs).

asos size 5

Not only are they expanding on the success of their current out-size collections with a host of new pieces, but they’re looking at ways to improve fit across the board, beginning with last week’s scanning event. In a joint venture with Manchester Metropolitan University’s “Department of Apparel”, ASOS are on a mission to really get to know their customers, and find out what’s going on underneath everyone’s clothes. 2400 men and women of all shapes and sizes were invited to stand (in their smalls) in an electronic body scanning unit which employed state-of-the-art light technology to take around 150 measurements. The level of detail was immense; measurements you wouldn’t really think about like “ankle girth”, plus ones that us Tall women are only too aware need attention and rarely receive it, like “crotch length front” (and back) and “ankle to floor inside” (and outside).

ASOS size 1

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to raise the average height findings for the nation by stepping in there myself, because pregnant women aren’t allowed to be exposed to the technology, but I got to watch the analysts in action and find out a bit more about how it will inform their clothes.

Interestingly, I’m told that when ASOS first launched their Tall range, it borrowed measurements from other retailers who were already making clothes for tall women, and through its own independent and thorough research it hopes to improve those measurements and tailor clothes to fit a more genuine representation of a tall body-shape. While this won’t replace the age-old method of “fit modelling”, where clothes are tested out on a real-life human bean, it will help to set the marker for what makes a tall woman “tall” and therefore draw up the parameters for measurements required within the Tall range.

And speaking of the Tall range, there is a whole lot of pretty landing there over the next couple of months, including a beautiful floor-length (below front — and actually floor-length) embellished black dress and tight-fit black biker jacket.

Tall PR Georgie explained that ASOS had noticed a real lack of nice going-out and occassion-wear for Tall women and that it hopes to address that over the coming months with some slightly more glamorous pieces.

Best of all, absolute top-end prices should be around £90, even for the uber-glam gowns, so hopefully we’ll have a bit more cash to play around with next time we’re at a friend’s wedding/ prom/ ball.

I’m also going to be showcasing some pretty ASOS maternity clothes on the blog (some of the forthcoming collection seen below) over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled. I have weddings to dress for and a couple of fancy-pants parties and bump isn’t getting any smaller!

So I’m interested to know from you ladies… when it comes to fit, what is it that even the specialist Tall retailers are getting so wrong? Is it arm length, crotch-length, too many cropped tops? Let me know what really gets your goat…

L xx


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


21 Weeks Pregnant: The Search for Long-Length Maternity Jeans

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the blog, Facebook and Twitter following my pregnancy news. I’ve read them all and been so very touched by your kind words and helpful advice. I’m also still in the process of getting back to emails as well, so apologies if you haven’t had a reply just yet.

Fashion-wise, I feel somewhat fortunate that the majority of my pregnancy will be during the summer months (Baby Schof is due in October). I realise I may look back on this statement as rather naive when I’m sitting in a beer garden, drenched in sweat and eyeing up my friend’s glass of Rosé as the condensation trickles down the glass, but it does make dressing rather more easy and a damn sight less expensive. I doubt, for instance, that I’ll be buying too many coats and jackets, preferring instead to wear my current jackets open (perhaps with a light scarf). I’ve been living in elasticated maxi skirts (some nice ones available at New Look Tall and a surprisingly long jersey skirt at H+M) that sit under the bump, and I’ve been stretching any pre-maternity purchased lycra-infused dresses as far as they can bear.

But there is always a need for jeans, and while the weather has been mostly glorious of late, grey skies are looming. Herein lies the problem; most Tall ranges don’t have a maternity section, and those that do carry a very small number of bump-friendly pieces. Particularly for women like me who are fussy about the wash and cut of their denim. At 21 weeks, I’ve hit the point where I can’t wear my favourite jeans anymore. As most pregnant women seem to find, my bump is smaller in the morning and gets progressively larger as the day goes on. While I can still comfortably do up my stretchy Topshop Leigh Jeans when I wake up, I’ve unbuttoned them by lunchtime. And I have no hope of fastening my favourite ASOS Ridley jeans. So I’m on the hunt for a dream pair of maternity jeans or two, to last me until the end of my pregnancy. And given that last week I spent just shy of a thousand pounds on a buggy/ pram/ carseat travel system, a purse-friendly pair would be lovely.

The Bump Band

I’ve bought the ASOS Jersey Bump Band (£7) to wear over the top of my non-maternity jeans so that I can continue to wear them with the zipper down. It’s not ideal, but it saves a heck of a lot of money and means I don’t need to discard all my favourite pre-maternity purchases. It’ll also be useful later on, to layer under tops as they rise up over the bump. Depending on the stiffness of your jeans and shape of the hardware, you might be able to still see some lumps and bumps through the band, but I’ve only been wearing it to add a little extra coverage under longline tops so no one would notice. I’m also considering getting two (perhaps one in a different colour — they do them in nude and black) so that I can thicken them up or wear with other colour jeans.  They’re also useful when you’re not pregnant to add a bit of length under your tops.

I’ve worn them here with my ASOS Ridley jeans (you can hover over the pictures for links to products).

I’ve also worn a burnout Topshop t-shirt (neither Tall nor maternity), one of the many I bought to wear on holiday with my maxi skirts and elasticated H+M shorts.

ASOS Maternity Jeans

I do want a couple of pairs of maternity jeans though that will see me through to 40 weeks, and I think it’s worth buying sooner rather than later to get as much wear as possible out of them. I’m a 36″ inseam, but thought I’d give ASOS Ridley Maternity Jeans (£30) a go in  the Long (34″) length. They’re actually a very generous length (think Topshop Leigh jeans), and the waistband fits under your bump, which is a bit cooler for summer than the over-bump styles. I’ve bought them in my usual size 10.

However, they are majorly, majorly hipster, and while the length is great in the legs, these aren’t made with a tall bottom in mind (anyone else have one of those? I definitely do) so sitting down can be very revealing. I am actually meeting ASOS tomorrow, and plan to beg them to make a few Tall maternity pieces. I’ve worn them with a long-length Mamalicious T-Shirt (£25) (ideal if you’re pregnant or not, as the ruching at the side isn’t obvious, so I’ll continue wearing it as a baggy-style tee after pregnancy).

So while I will carry on wearing my hipster-rise ASOS jeans for now, the search continues for the perfect, comfort-fit maternity denim. I’ll definitely be pursuing a few of your ideas over the next few weeks…

Advice from Other Tall Mums about Maternity Jeans

H+M: Michelle recommends them for maternity jeggings in long lengths and Jane for their 34″ maternity jeans.

Noppies: 6ft 2 Louise founds maternity jeans by this Dutch brand. They deliver worldwide (and by Royal Mail within UK so you won’t get stung with huge postage).

Tall Maternity Store: Kimberley found her jeans in Mummy Long Legz (now Tall Maternity Store).

Mamas and Papas: Struggling to find a fashionable fit? Helen praises M+P skinny jeans as “the only ones skinny enough”. I love the look of their Boyfriend jeans.

Mamalicious: Ali says Jeans-wise, Mamalicious is our friend, with skinnies in a 34 inch, that are more like a 35-36 in some styles. I’ve just ordered the slim-leg jean so I’ll keep you posted on that. It’s available at ASOS so you can try different sizes and styles with free delivery.

Gap: Danish ATTT reader Katherine loved her Gap Maternity jeans when expecting.

Vero Moda: Another Katherine tip, Vero Moda makes long-length maternity wear in Denmark. But they’re not available in the UK. Hmph.

Topshop: Becca found Topshop’s 34 inch Maternity jeans long enough. Worth a try.

Thanks girlies. If you have any advice to add, please pop it below. And let me know if there are any other maternity fashion dilemmas you’d like me to investigate.

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!


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


H&M shorts that aren’t too short

… because we’re sick of wedgies and looking like giant-sized Kylie Minogue wannabes.

Whilst doing a spot of holiday shopping last week, I found some lovely, loose-fitting shorts in H&M. I bought the same pair in three different colour ways (I’ve also got the monochrome zig-zag pair, and ended up buying a dress in the same print because I love it so much), and each cost just £12.99.

The shorts also have an elasticated waist, so you can wear them higher or lower, depending on the kind of look you’re going for (some of you might really want to look like Kylie after all), and are therefore also great for any of you pregnant tallies to wear under a bump when the weather gets hotter.

I can’t find the above shorts online, but they’re in pretty much every H+M store at the moment.  I’ve also added the links to other products that are available online to the pictures above (hover over for details). The black and white block-colour top is from Next (non-tall), but it’s not particularly long-length so I’m not going to go all-out recommending it. The woven clutch is an oldie from Primark, and the big hat is another current H+M piece. The denim shirt in the bottom pic is a vintage Levis charity-shop buy.

Have you found any shorts on the highstreet? Or been disappointed by any that definitely DON’T fit? Share share…

L xx


Sleeves that actually make your arms feel short.

Are you constantly making do with three-quarter length sleeves in tops, blazers and dresses because they’re the only kind that look half decent? Or buying your jumpers super over-sized so that the sleeves meet your wrists, only to find they end up looking a bit mis-shapen and tent-like?

It’s a real novelty when I find long sleeves that actually fit. It’s not something you see much of in our “Tried It On” feature, because while you can occasionally find a long-enough maxi or a pretty knee-length skirt on the “regular” highstreet, it’s nigh-on impossible to find a jacket or top that fits in a long-sleeve style.


Loose in the body but fitted in the sleeves, this ASOS jersey is a great piece for layering under jackets or over blouses and pairing with jeans or skirts.

You can hover over the picture below for links to products that are available. This mint ASOS Premium full midi skirt is in a fab heavy-weight flocked fabric that’s made for running about in stilettos along Bleecker Street in NYC.

These Laboutin-style shoes  are a cheap-as-chips £35 from Next and available up to a size 43. They even make my alien toes look almost earthling-like.


Have you found any long-sleeve jackets/ tops or dresses that fit your never-ending limbs? In the specialist Tall ranges or otherwise? Please share!

I’m also in the midst of summer-shopping for a forthcoming sunshine break to Santorini, so expect some pretty maxi skirts and floaty dresses to appear over the next few blog posts. Let me now if you’ve found any yourself. 🙂

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).

You can hover over the picture below for links to the products featured:

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

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