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.


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.



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

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14 Responses to The Winter Pencil Skirt

  1. I’ve been eyeing the skirt too and it loves fabulous on you! Great pairings!

  2. allthetallthings

    Thanks Krista. It’s a nice thick fabric… not always the case in Topshop! x

  3. I find a long skirt with tights to be remarkably warm. The dead air around my legs is excellent insulation.

    I lost a lot of weight (160 pounds) a couple of years ago, so I’m always cold and live in sweaters most of the year anyway. 🙂

    • allthetallthings

      160 lbs. Wow! I hope you’ve got a teeny little layer of blubber left so you don’t completely freeze! I hate the cold! x

  4. I’ve just discovered your blog and love it. I’m 5’10” with size 9 feet and it’s great seeing somebody tall look fashionable and really owning your height.

  5. I got that skirt too and I love it but I think I love your husband’s jumper more! Haha, boys get all the best clothes. I’ve been picking up loads of tees from the River Island mens dept; great length, gorgeous on trend prints and happy price tags too. I used to hate wearing boys clothes as a teenager but now I find myself actively seeking them out.

  6. lovely look! I really like the skirt! Have to recommend the new longer skirts at H&M Divided. They only come in sizes S-L, but I wear a 46 and it fits well! I always wear my woolen skirts with a blouse and thermo leggins and nice knee high boots. Legs are warm and I feel pretty for work.

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