In the South-East, September was a beautiful month – the gift that kept on giving. I went to the wonderful marriage of two friends, Sam & Ceci, and the temperate weather in Kent meant bare legs and a lightweight dress were still very much on the agenda. Given the bride and groom’s love of great booze, food and music, I was in no doubt that this was going to be a party of legendary status. As if I needed any other reason to celebrate, it was also my birthday, so whatever the outfit I would need dancing shoes on call in the evening and paracetamol in the morning.
Working Backwards: Red Statement Accessories
My outfit choice for this wedding, unusually, started with the accessories. A pair of Jimmy Choo heels have been on my wish list since I first slipped a size 9 foot into the elegant suede Agnes pump a few years ago. This is the updated Romy 85 in the Pre Fall 2016 collection and it truly is a thing of beauty – on occasion you just have to fork out for beauty when it fits. 85 denotes the heel height – it also comes in a 100 and 110 but Zo and I tend to put our soft limit at 85 so as not to completely block the view for those behind us 😂
The matching clutch was a treat to have and, between the Jimmy Choo accessories, Sophie Harley earrings and bright MAC lipstick, this dramatic red statement really made me stand up tall – as Dad would have said “shoulders back, stomach in, chest out”. This is not something you can carry off without anyone noticing. Wear with determination.
The search for the perfect Wedding/Birthday outfit to match my red accessories came to an end with this eye-catching monochrome print Hale Bob dress from Subcouture in Notting Hill. Helpfully, the kaftan-style dress comes with a detachable tie – perfect for us tall girls, since it can be waisted wherever we like. Monochrome with statement accessories is a failsafe look and allows you to experiment with bright colours if you are traditionally more into neutrals.
If you find yourself in West London, do pop into Subcouture – every time I go, there are other tall women browsing the rails due to the selection of tall-friendly brands and styles. Be warned, however, the lovely owner, Louise, won’t let you go until she’s found you something perfect – whether it be a floor-length Onjenu jumpsuit or a glove-sleeved Patricia Pepe jacket. You will be leaving with a bag in hand.
As for the wedding, once the banjo-wielding folk band had warmed us up with a a spot of barn dancing and the groom had set up his decks for the drum & bass nightcap, perhaps I wasn’t standing up quite so tall. I had long since forgotten to reapply my red lippy, switched my beautiful Jimmy Choo’s for the Superga in the back of my car and was being drunkenly spun around the dance floor by the charming, tall man I had been seated next to at dinner. Happy Birthday, Me.