Monthly Archives: October 2012

How-To: Pulling off Peplum as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | Topshop Tall Jersey Peplum Top 1

Topshop Tall Jersey Peplum Top; William Rast “Jerri” Stardust Ultra Skinny Leg Jeans; J.Crew Booker Tall Mid-Heel Boots (similar); ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag (c/o my beautiful friend Emilie); Express Necklace (old)

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This is the first time that I’ve tried wearing peplum. I always stayed away from it, thinking that the extra fabric around the hips would be a bad idea. I decided to try it, however, after seeing it all over the fashion blog world. Here are some tips for pulling off peplum if you’re tall:

  • Stay away from tops that have short peplum (the flared ruffle part of the top) because it will look disproportionate on us tall women.
  • Always pair a peplum top like this with something streamlined. Here, I paired the top with a pair of skinny jeans. A pencil skirt would work just as well.
  • Make sure the length of the top doesn’t hit at the widest part of your hips. I find that peplum gives the illusion of a smaller waist, but does accentuate the hips.

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The top I’m wearing could stand to be a few inches longer, even though it is a tall size. It’s hitting me at the widest part of my hips, which isn’t very flattering. I can’t image how short a regular size would be!

Readers: Have you tried peplum before? Have you been successful?

Review: Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s

Elevated Style | Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s 1

Tall J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf; J.Crew Polka-Dot Bag; J.Crew Factory Bracelets

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Above, I’m wearing the tall size J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress in Super 120s. It’s the same dress I featured in this post back in August. I apologize for not getting a review out sooner…I had to order three different sizes before I found one that fit the way I like. I find that J.Crew sizing is inconsistent and it’s tough because you can’t try on tall sizes in store.

First off, this dress is way more flattering on me than the J.Crew Memo dress I reviewed here. Why? There is no weird pleating or bunching around the waist! Here are some other things to note:

  • Length: The tall length is fine on my 5’10” frame and hits just above the knee. I did try on a regular size in store and found the length to be too short (about 2-3 inches shorter than the tall size).
  • Material: The material is gorgeous (Super 120s merino wool) and looks and feels expensive. It’s silky to the touch but has enough structure to be work-appropriate. It’s also fully lined.
  • Cut: It’s a shift-silhouette with a straight skirt. These types of dresses are typically more flattering on women without curves, but I wanted to try anyway. I ended up going with a 4T. I think the hip area might be a little tight on me, but if I went with the 6T, the bust would have been way too roomy.

Ultimately, I liked the dress, but I wasn’t in love. I think I’m going to return it, because I don’t think I can justify the price for something that’s not quite perfect. On a positive note, however, there are plenty more J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses to try!

Readers: Have you tired any of the J.Crew Wear-To-Work dresses? Which silhouette do you like the best?