Zoe and I are often told that as children, aside from a brief infatuation with cuddly toys, neither of us were particularly interested in the things that seemed to absorb other girls. I can’t necessarily speak for Zo, she seemed so grown up to me at that stage, but I was happiest when huddled up with my brothers in a poorly erected tent in the garden, playing homemade board games and excitedly chewing gum (strictly forbidden after an incident resulting in substantial hair chopping). A lack of interest in stereotypical girlish pursuits extended to my school years. While my peers had posters of Hugh Grant and Ryan Giggs on their walls, I had pictures of cars, my favourite being a silver Dodge Viper with go-faster stripes; a passion, with no obvious origin, that remains to this day.
This tomboyish streak extended to fashion; I wouldn’t have been caught dead in a floral dress. As Zo has said, one of the benefits of age is the confidence it brings to try new things with less of a care that people will criticise you for trying to be someone else. The reality is that no-one really notices. A floral dress was never really in my fashion repertoire (less repertoire, more repetition of skinny jeans and tank tops) but it is now, and I’m fairly confident there won’t be an intervention.
We talk about trends loosely at HøFSisters. We are aware of them but not defined by them and they certainly wouldn’t dictate what we write about in our Tall Fashion Journal. Finding beautiful clothes for tall women with a focus on cost-per-wear is our focus. The trend for floral has been knocking around for a while now, observed in a vague way by Zoe and I. However, the arrival of my new Ted & Muffy boots suddenly made me want to wear feminine, floaty dresses. I love the juxtaposition of smart and casual, masculine and feminine, urban and preppy.
We were moving quickly through H&M, dismissing everything rapidly (neither of us has the patience for shopping – oh the irony), when Zo picked out this surprisingly lovely floral dress. It calls itself knee length, but sits well above the knee on my long limbs, and much for the better I feel. Layering the dress over a contrasting base layer adds interest to the look, and of course, warmth on a gusty day. Black tights, either opaque or semi-opaque are pretty much essential at this time of year – these are a massive win from Calzedonia; super soft, perfectly stretchy and a great length.
The Cassandra tote from L.K.Bennett nods to another A/W16-17 trend, that of metallics, and has the added benefit of making a girly colour a little edgier. The Zara felt hat and ankle boots add an androgynous angle to an otherwise feminine look – which of course is the whole point. I reckon I can wear this and still be allowed a picture of a Dodge Viper on my wall…..?