As recommended by Diane
I am being very self indulgent this week looking again at fashion for tall girls (I haven’t forgotten about my petite girls – your day will soon be here on this Blog too!) but when I saw the New Collection at Long Tall Sally my instinct was to wardrobe plan my own AW13. I have put together a few looks below that I personally would wear, and complemented these with accessories and footwear from Marks & Spencer, Madeleine Fashion, and SimplyBe. So although you may not be a tall girl, you may find inspiration from the look, and will definitely be able to wear the footwear and accessories also featured. Remember you can shop online from this website from any of the Retailers listed under the category headings at the top of your screen. You are not limited to just the products featured each week on my Blog posting.
At Long Tall Sally the new autumn colours and hues of teals and purples are in the Collection along with structured styling in traditional black and navy. I have been able to plan a formal, semi- formal, and more casual look from only a selection of this impressive Collection.
If you have been following this blog you will recall a previous blog post about me trying to find a dress for my problem middle. At Long Tall Sally I am excited about 3 dresses that should fit my frame and profile, paying attention to minimising my middle area.
I love the elegance of this dress. This is a body con tiered dress in Navy. I have chosen this as a very probable contender to wear at my Graduation in December 2013. The body con lining should give a slimming effect, aided by the dark navy colour, whilst the lace detail on the wide neck line and upper chest area, and the full length sleeves add a sense of opulent elegance to the overall look. Although I will be wearing a Gown over this dress for the Graduation Ceremony, when I de-robe I will have a stunning dress to wear to the after event Dinner.
The dress is available to purchase now in sizes from 10 – 22. The overall length of the dress from shoulder to hemline is 45″.
Click Here to buy the dress – £100.00
I recommend wearing this dress with these Navy patent leather shoes. This is one occasion when I want to present a streamlined look (and I don’t mind looking taller too) Available in sizes 42 – 45, with a 3.5″ heel.
Click Here to see a clearer picture of the Navy Shoes from Long Tall Sally and to purchase – £100.00
The second sensational dress that I am excited about is the Peacock Skater Dress (available from size 10 – 22). Lace detailing is the predominate feature of this dress. This is a trend that is not showing any signs of departing the fashion consciousness soon.
Click Here to buy Peacock Skater Dress – £85.00
I love the fit and flare of this dress and the lace overlay. Given that I already have approved a skater dress fit (on my first ever blog posting on this site) and I have also looked at the way that an overlay can accentuate the overall femininity of a dress, I feel that this dress will also be an elegant addition to my wardrobe. The colour of this dress is described as Peacock which to me means a greeny/bluey hue. This in itself sounds very interesting, especially for Autumn. I also think that a Red Head would look particularly sensational in this colour. The dress is 44″ in length from shoulder to hemline.
So far I am undecided about shoes to wear with this dress. Ideally I want to wear an ankle strap court (no more than a 3″ heel). Given my own personality I would rather NOT stick with traditional navy (although it would match and I could get away with the Navy patent court shoes described and recommended above for the Navy body con tiered dress). I do feel that the dress requires a patent look finish. This dress is very elegant and I am looking forward to seeing what other retailers bring forward in their AW13 collections to try and find the right shoe. I am thinking that I need to wear a berry colour patent shoe to complement this overall look.
The third dress from Long Tall Sally is a berry fit and flare dress. This dress is similar in cut to a skater dress. The addition of the belt may cause me some difficulties (ie drawing attention to my Middle) so I will have to see how this looks on, and whether I can work this look without the belt. The fit and flare styling however should be fine, and I love the (almost) sweetheart neckline giving this dress a very feminine touch. The dress is 47.5″ from shoulder to hemline so potentially a very elegant flow on a tall girl. I have not yet found the correct shoes either, but I am looking for a block heel (no more than 3″) and again I fancy something with an ankle strap OR a Mary Jane. This dress is less formal than the other two dresses profiled above. It is definitely a more wear to the office, semi-formal occasion dress.
Click Here to buy Berry Fit and Flare Dress – £75.00
This black leather pencil skirt (27″ long) looks amazing (available from size 10 – 22)
Click Here to buy leather pencil skirt – £150
…………………………………………………………….but just wait to you see the fabulous shoes that will really rock this outfit
Click Here to buy black and red shoes – £149.95
A good pair of black trousers is a must for all girls wardrobes. Smart trousers such as these below can be dressed up for a formal occasion and worn with a silk long sleeve blouse, or worn with a chiffon/sequin top to give an instant Evening look, OR worn with a fine knit for a more day wear to the office look.
Click Here to buy black wide leg trousers – £65.00
I have also found a brilliant Italian Leather and suede handbag to complement the formal and day look
The dimensions of this bag are H25cm x D 13cm x W39cm
Click Here to buy Italian black leather and suede bag – £171.75
I also think these shoes are gorgeous (although they have a 4″ heel!!!) They are made from black kid leather and have a metalic effect detail at the toes. They are available from sizes 42 – 45
Click Here to see a clearer picture of shoes and to buy – £110.00
This pink Cowl silky touch half sleeved top is also very charming and would look great with the black trousers AND the black leather skirt. The back length is 28″ with 11″ sleeve length.
Click Here for a clearer picture of the cowl neck top and to buy – £45.00
….and now for my casual looks
I love this forest green boyfriend jacket (back length 27″)
Click Here to buy Forest Green Boyfriend Jacket – £65.00
My casual looks are where I like to quirk it up, and for me this casual look needs to have the addition of some wonderful orange leather gloves, and an orange belt, some great jeans, and the option of wearing an eye-catching scarf
Click Here to buy Orange leather gloves – £59.96
Click Here to buy orange leather belt – £59.96
Boot Cut Jeans available in sizes 8 – 24 with inside leg lengths 34″, 36″, 38″)
Click Here to buy Boot Cut Jeans – £50.00
Click Here to buy lime and black scarf wool/silk mix scarf – £79.95
As the colder days approach this parka style coat (with the option to remove the fur detailing around the neck and hood area) is ideal.
Click Here to buy Parka – £110.00 (the black and lime scarf above would also go well with this coat, especially worn without the fur collar and hooded trim)
Click Here to buy cashmere beanie – £39.50
The bag is H20cm x W20cm x D 5cm
Click Here to buy bag – £79.00
….and just a few more options to add to the casual look with the jeans and boots above. This look is effortless and will take you to meeting the Girls for coffee after the school drop off!!!!
Click Here to buy bag – £39.50
Quite a lot to digest this week. Sorry if I have gone on a bit. I can’t contain my enthusiasm for clothes shopping at times. Have a look at Long Tall Sally to be inspired by other items from their New Collection. Keep your eye on both Simply Be, and, M&S as well (I know they both have an exciting new collection coming on stream soon), and, as always, my long time tried and trusted Madeleine Fashion never disappoint with styling, ranges, colours, fabrics, and that little bit of difference which sets them apart from the High Street. Thank you for reading my blog this week. You can always get in touch with me via Twitter @plussizecouk. Diane xxx