Thursday, 24 September 2015

Autumn essentials with Long Tall Sally

I'm slowly beginning to accept that summer might be over for another year, even if it still feels like it never quite started.  Never mind, eh?  With autumn comes cool walks through the crunchy leaves, Christmas crafting schedules and new jackets.  Long Tall Sally seem to agree since they sent me a few items from their new collection to encourage me to accept my fate and drag the tights out again.   

zip detail skinny jeans m&s blouse tan loafers long tall sally autumn collection 2015

loafers tan college green M&S blouse zip skinny jeans long tall sally autumn collection 2015

First up is the cornerstone of any good wardrobe - jeans.  I'm not sure it's possible to have too many pairs of jeans, especially of the dark rinse, slim fit variety like these beauties.  The zip pockets mean any bulkiness is gone from around the middle (ie the place where I have a tendency to store some extra poundage) but also gives them a flash of interest when I decide to show off my waist.  Also, how cool is this shirt?  I got it from a charity shop in Brighton for a very reasonable £2, and I was swayed by the quirky design despite its obvious fit issues...  Apparently I have a weakness for that sort of thing though.

I've worn the jeans a couple of times already and love the fit.  I'm interested to see how they keep their shape after multiple wears, although Long Tall Sally has definitely improved the fit of their denims in recent years.  Both my Camdens (red and polka dot) are prone to stretching and have to be reined in with washing after a couple of wears, but the Hoxtons keep their shape flawlessly and are only now (after almost two years of regular use) starting to show some fading on the knees.  The structure of the new range feels like a better fit already compared to my oldest pairs so fingers crossed they see me through a few more seasons!

blouse - M&S via charity shop
zip detail skinny jeans - c/o Long Tall Sally
loafers - College Green via TK Maxx

check skirt sweater shirt layers long tall sally autumn collection 2015

brogues clarks loafers college green tan

Then there's the check pull on skirt.  My favourite thing to wear in the rotten weather, due to the speed at which tights and jersey dry off!  This skirt is the perfect addition to the somewhat lacking bottoms section of my wardrobe.  I was a bit worried that having hips would be a hindrance as far as the pattern goes, but it wasn't an issue.  If in doubt, sizing up would help, but Long Tall Sally tend to cut their clothes pretty generously and I found this just right.

sweater - EWM via charity shop
shirt - M&S
check skirt - c/o Long Tall Sally
brogues - Clarks

wrap coat camel jeggings ankle boots long tall sally autumn collection 2015

camel wrap belted coat long tall sally autumn collection 2015

Finally, there's this camel coloured wrap belted coat.  I must admit, I feel pretty chic in this!  It's unlined, so it may not be much use to me in a wintery downpour, but right now it's a perfect top layer over jumpers and shirts.  I love the big dramatic collar, the lack of fiddly buttons and the fact that it goes splendidly with my most worn scarf, this big plaid almost-blanket.  Hopefully I won't need that pairing for a while though...

wrap coat - c/o Long Tall Sally (also in black)
jeggings - Long Tall Sally
boots - H&M
scarf - M&S
Long Tall Sally seem to be going from strength to strength as each new season's looks are released.  I love their seemingly limitless denim selection and how they have a coat for every occasion.  It really is my first stop for anything I need (and don't need, if I'm being perfectly honest).  It's great to see somewhere that caters exclusively to us tall ladies and doesn't treat us as an afterthought, with a few longer garments tacked onto an existing collection.  They even have their own blog now, so it's easier than ever to find out what goes on behind the scenes - I loved reading the interview with stylist Christine Delassus (dream job, anyone?) and their Models of the Moment post, with illustrated versions of all the great supermodels of the past eight decades.  Who knew Twiggy is only 5ft 6.5?  Never mind, she's still ace.

*I was sent three items from Long Tall Sally in exchange for an honest review*


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