We did a Top 5 post recently about great coats for tall frames. It didn’t go unnoticed, and quite rightly so, that the price points we presented jumped from high street tall ranges to luxury without much in the middle. This is a problem we come across often. If you’ve got loads of money to spend, being tall is a great thing when it comes to fashion. Runway collections and many designer labels are designed for leggy catwalk models, and tend not to have the same cost constraints forcing them to scrimp on fabric. Beautiful high end labels such as The Row, Rick Owens and Alexander Wang all fit into this latter model. Great if your bank balance is as solid as Donald Trump’s toupee. But what about a quality, well-cut coat that doesn’t cost a very long arm and a leg? One that’s, well, just right?
Don’t despair because there may be a solution. HøFSisters met the founder of Tall Order, Alison Lavenant, a few weeks ago. At 6’2 she is well placed to design fashion for the taller frame, although this is something of a dramatic career change after 20 years working for the BBC. But us HøFs are big supporters of people who take dramatic career changes – it is utterly terrifying!
When browsing the collection we were particularly taken by the Corrine Long Coat for its elegant cut. We love the sleeve “vent”, a deep slit which looks fantastic with a crisp white shirt poking out. The coat comes in two colour ways, two-tone grey and navy so we decided to style one each.
I had this image in my mind for a while of a high-waisted skirt, paired with a blouse and over-the-knee boots for a great day-to-night look. Of course, this can be tricky. Mini skirt and over-the-knee boots aren’t necessarily something you want to be commuting in (see Thigh High Empowerment). However, styled the right way I genuinely believe that this is a look that can be more chic and sophisticated than sexy.
The military-style brass buttons (purely aesthetic of course) make for a grown up skirt from J.Crew and complement the sharp, sleek cut of the Tall Order coat to perfection. The blouse is from a relatively unknown London brand called Pyrus, stocked in the wonderful Question Air in Wimbledon. Show-stopping boots like these burgundy Lordes from L.K.Bennett are hard to find when you’re tall and I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with an item of footwear. I never want to take them off.
I am continuing my love affair with boyfriend jeans, and found this super comfy pair at Banana Republic. Wearing jeans with a deep cuff may be bang-on-trend, but this is a trend that I find incredibly flattering, and, more importantly, it allows the long-legged amongst us to buy jeans on the high street. Result! These metallic multi-strap flats from Next were also a fantastic find. Versatile and flattering (and a snip at £32), they reminded me what an excellent resource Next is for the fashion-conscious and budget-strapped. A note with regard to sizing, they are generous and if between sizes, you can afford to go smaller.
The beautiful blouse is from a Danish brand called Second Female, of leather leggings fame; well worth considering for delicate blouses and knits as well, as they usually, although not always, have decent length sleeves.
The Corrine Long Coat has a retail price of £199, but Alison is offering an exclusive 25% discount for HøFSisters readers using the code HOF25 at checkout. At that price it’s a lot of bang for your buck, so get Christmas shopping!
Let us know how you get on. H&Z xx
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This post is in collaboration with Tall Order.