When it comes to buying high street coats, as a tall girl you’ve just got to bypass 95% of the rails and go straight for the oversized styles. They usually have much better sleeve length and the lack of a waist allows you either to wear it loosely or belt it yourself. Luckily for us, oversized, mannish styles are on trend so they can be found in a number of high street and online retailers, including ASOS, Topshop and H&M. Our oversized wool coats are from the latter.
Our HøF challenge was to see if we could dress ourselves warmly with coats and jumpers long enough for tall women from the high street. We admit to often getting our knitwear from non-high street retailers, particularly The Outnet. Brands such as T by Alexander Wang, Joseph, Rick Owens and Vetements produce knitwear which is typically made from high quality natural materials (e.g. cashmere, wool) and offer generous sleeve lengths. The Outnet helpfully provides sleeve length measurements for individual garments – anything greater than 19-20″ is ideal. While jumpers made from manmade fibres often feel soft and look great, they don’t breathe so well – that rapid overheat when you transition from cold to hot is exacerbated by polyester and acrylic – and they can lose their shape.
That said, you don’t necessarily want to take the dog for a muddy walk, or even chill in the pub, in your Joseph cashmere. In fact, the jumper I’m wearing most so far this winter, and in this week’s outfit, is a mixed blend, oversized roll-neck from H&M. It’s enormous, ridiculously comfortable and best of all, I’m not precious about it. Zoe’s knitwear is from Gap, which has a fantastic collection of well-priced cotton, wool and cashmere knitwear, perfect for long arms. We picked up our scarves from a selection at H&M, perfect for accessorising any outfit. Zoe’s knitted tube scarf, which I have seen her in every day since it’s purchase, was an almost unfeasible £12.99. The key, when you’re wearing oversized on top, is to keep the lower half slim-fitting or cropped – Zoe in ankle-grazing boyfriend jeans from Zara and myself in Dr Denim skinnies.
Zo and I were having a laugh the other day about how bloggers all wear their coats over their shoulders and never use the sleeves. It looks great but does it work in the real world? Well, we wore our coats ‘sleeveless’ all day and can reveal it is rather addictive. Particularly if, like me, you struggle with the hot/cold winter dilemma and regularly end up red faced and rapidly shedding clothes. So maybe give it a go, or instead just wear a sleeveless coat. So, there we go, a nugget of HøF wisdom we’ve handed out for free. You’re welcome.
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