Monthly Archives: March 2013

How-To: Pulling off Military Jackets as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 1

Gap Military Jacket (similar here); Forever 21 Graphic Tee (similar here); Forever 21 Skirt; Hue Tights; Tory Burch Reva Patent-Leather Ballet Flats; Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses; Forever 21 Necklace (similar here); Forever 21 Rings; Leather Clutch c/o Aneleise

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A good military jacket will make you look like a rock star if you wear it the right way. Who doesn’t want to look like a rock star? Here are some quick tips I’ve learned over the years for pulling off a military jacket as a tall woman:

  • Pair with a fitted bottom to balance out the bulkiness of the jacket. A tight skirt or dark skinny jeans will do the trick.
  • Pair with something girly to balance out the masculine vibe. A fun color, a slinky silhouette or a feminine texture (like lace!) work well.
  • Choose a jacket that finishes at the slimmest or most flattering part of the body. For me, I made sure that the jacket fell above the widest part of my hip/thigh area.

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You can see another way I styled this jacket here.

Also, just wanted to point out that I am not wearing anything J.Crew in this post. Aren’t you proud?!

Readers: Do you own a military jacket? What do you pair it with?

Fashion Event: Live Runway Show at the Liberty Hotel

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Last Thursday night I attended the Liberty Hotel’s Fashionably Late event, a weekly showcase of top Boston designers and boutiques. The dark, jail-turned-hotel atmosphere couldn’t have been more exciting. At 10 p.m. the hotel’s balcony transformed into a live runway show featuring the designs of Callula Lillibelle. Pictured above, you can see us enjoying the high fashion, loud music, and bottles of bubbly, among the ghosts of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Readers: Do you attend local fashion shows?

Review: J.Crew Tall Toothpick Jean in Polka Dot

Elevated Style | J.Crew Tall Toothpick Jean Polka Dot Review 1

J.Crew Tall Toothpick Jean in Polka Dot; Gap Tall Chambray Tailored Shirt; Banana Republic Factory Jacket; Etsy Necklace; Banana Republic Factory Shoes; Forever 21 Rings

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Spring is just around the corner so I thought I’d liven up my wardrobe with a pair of polka dot jeans. Tall-sized polka dot jeans. Here are my thoughts:

  • Size: I’m wearing a size 30 tall from J.Crew. The inseam is 30″ long, just barely grazing my ankles. The length is fine for me, but for someone else with longer legs, these pants would likely be too short.
  • Fit: The overall fit is okay. The photos don’t really show it, but the pants are two inches too big around my hips. I have this problem often because of my body type. The fit through the thigh is great—not too tight and not too loose—but I do plan to return these for a smaller size. Hopefully my thighs will still be able to squeeze into a smaller size!
  • Material: The material is cotton with a hint of stretch. This makes the pants fairly comfortable and easy to move around in. It also makes the pants look like dress pants even though they are jeans. Win!
  • Pattern: The polka dots are a little crazy, but who doesn’t need a little crazy in their life?! The small scale of the polka dots makes them a little less crazy.

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Surprisingly, these pants are rather flattering. Typically, you’re not supposed to wear pattern on your trouble areas, but I think the busyness of the polka dots actually distracts from those areas.

Readers: Would you wear these crazy polka dot pants? In your experience, how has the fit of the J.Crew toothpick jean worked for you?