Closet Classics, Tall Sizes: White Blazer

You guys!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photos of celebrities and models in a white blazer and thought, “one of the tall shops really needs to makes a stylish white blazer.” But I’ve never seen a great one.

So imagine my excitement when I found out the newest collaboration between TTYA x Long Tall Sally included a white blazer! It was a great day, and I immediately got online to buy one.

White Blazer

I love it.

It’s worth noting that it runs just a bit big, so think about sizing down. I’m fine with it a little big, but I am going to have it nipped in a bit at the waist at my alteration place. Otherwise, it’s perfect, and I’m so excited to finally have a white blazer that works for a tall person. All my Pinterest-fashion-board-dreams will finally come to life!  (I didn’t buy the pants, but I’m thinking about it.)

Have you guys seen any tall-sized white blazers at other shops? If so, let us know in the comments.

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Closet Classics, Tall Sizes: Winter Coat

Over the weekend, it got really cold for the first time this fall.  So much so that on Saturday night, I actually went with a winter coat. My classic belted camel coat.  But it’s not in great shape anymore.  The thing I never realized growing up in Oklahoma, and then living in Texas, is that when you have to wear a winter jacket every day for at least 4 months, it is going to wear down really quickly. Or that you might need more than one winter jacket!

So yesterday, I went winter jacket shopping online.  I ended up ordering this one from J.Crew because it was a style I didn’t have, but I LOVE all the others I’ve linked to below as well.  (I will say, Long Tall Sally absolutely has the best selection of winter coats for tall women – no one else even came close.)

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I really love this classic navy pea coat from Long Tall Sally and I think this one is great if you’re commuting to work, or need something a bit more formal.  Loft also has a really fresh take on a classic winter coat that I think will last for seasons.

Closet Classics, Tall Sizes: The Espadrille

A few years back, the only wedge espadrilles I could find in a size 12 weren’t really even an espadrille – these Toms wedges just sort of fit the bill. So I bought them, desperate to bring that late-1970s/1980s preppy aesthetic into my wardrobe rotation.  (I still really like these Toms – they are very, very comfortable.) Nowadays, espadrilles seems ubiquitous. Everyone has a pair – you can buy them as slippers, you can buy them in the traditional style – with ankle binding, or you can find them as wedges.

But there’s a reason espadrilles are a classic. They have such a casual cool vibe that is just perfect for summer. Mentioned in 1980’s The Official Preppy Handbook, a quick Google search attests to their long-time appeal. One 1981 article noted, “It seems women have developed a special relationship with espadrilles – those usually square-throated, closed-back casual shoes with fabric uppers and woven hemp bottoms. They love them, they hate them. And they keep buying them.”

Of course, this pair of wedge espadrilles by J.Crew is my favorite. It evokes a classic, Jacques Cohen vibe. I have a pair in the vintage sandstone color, and they are really comfortable.  However, they only go up to a size 12.

espadrillesI also really like these sandal-style espadrilles, also from J.Crew, in black or flax.  Long Tall Sally has a pair of red slipper espadrilles that are really cute. If you like the slipper look, and can stomach buying men’s shoes, I also like these Zabattigli’s espadrilles – a couple colors go to a men’s size 13. Finally, Zappos is selling a Fitzwell espadrille that comes in black, tan, navy and white – and that goes up to a size 16!

Let us know how you feel about espadrilles in the comments!

Closet Classics, Tall Sizes: The Little White Dress

During the summer, the little white dress (LWD) is just as – if not more – essential than the little black dress.  It’s great for weekends – BBQs, brunch, church, day trips, whatever.

I already bought a white dress for Italy so I think I’m set for the summer.  (The one I purchased wasn’t a tall-size, but it fits great and hits at just the right place.) But if I was still in the market, I really love this dress from LOFT.  You can’t tell from the picture below, but the close-up embroidery detail is just amazing for a dress at this price point ($98).

White DressI also love the simplicity of this dress from J.Crew and the structured neckline of this one from asos.  Plus, you could definitely wear the asos dress to work.

Finally, this LWD from Anthropologie isn’t tall-sized, but you guys!! It. Is. Amazing. I love the eyelet lace, and the back is truly amazing.  Truly.  If anyone has it, let me know if it’s as wonderful on!

What’s In My Bag: Italy!

I’m in Italy! And it’s amazing!

I agonized for at least a month over what to pack – and ended up buying myself several new items in the process…don’t tell my husband! We’re here during that spring-summer between period, so that made it a little tougher to figure out what to bring.  And I really wanted to look pulled together – it’s Italy after all! But I DID NOT want to overpack and have to lug a heavy suitcase everywhere. So I plotted out most of my outfits in advance and tried to stick to items that go well with black so I could mix and match.

I thought I’d give you a peek inside my bag.  This isn’t everything, but it does include some of the newer things I purchased for myself with this trip in mind.

Italy Packing

Yellow Asos Skirt / Wayfarers / Loft Striped Dress / White Dress / Long Tall Sally Maxi Skirt / J.Crew Minnie Pants / J.Crew top / Birkenstocks / Vans / MICHAEL Michael Kors Sandals

P.S. I’ll be sure to share some pictures when we get back – or you can check out @mytalllife on Instagram for a few I’ve already been posting – but in the meantime, if you have any amazing packing tips or must-have items, let us know in the comments!