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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

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 2

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 4

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 5

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 6

Elevated Style | Gap Utility Jacket 7

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?

How-To: Finding the Perfect Black Opaque Tights as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 1

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 7

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 6

If you haven’t noticed, I LIVE in black opaque tights during the winter. They’re most definitely a wardrobe staple for me and many of my outfits are built around them. It’s not easy though, finding black tights that are opaque enough, especially as a tall woman.

Here are some tips I’ve learned for finding the perfect black opaque tights:

  • Check the “denier” (fiber density) on the package. The higher the number, the more opaque. I like 90 denier or more.
  • Look at the spandex-to-nylon ratio. Generally, I prefer no more than 91% of the tights to be made of nylon. I’ve found that the higher the nylon percentage, the quicker the tights rip. Sometimes materials other than spandex will be used. This is fine, but again, make sure that the percentage of nylon is no more than 91%.
  • Buy the largest size possible. The more fabric you have to work with, the more opaque the tights will be. I like Hue Super Opaque Tights Non-Control Top and I wear the largest size (size 3).
  • When you’re in the store, put your hand in the tights and stretch as much as you can to gauge how opaque they will look on your skin.

[spacer size=”20″]Once you’ve found the perfect pair, take care of them by not putting them in the dryer (been there, done that) and by wearing slippers or shoes with them at all times to avoid snags (obvious, but this happens!).

Since I’m on the shorter side of tall (5’10”), I’ve always been able to buy regular-length tights.  I haven’t been to the land of tall-sized tights, but would be willing to do some research, if you’re interested. Let me know!

Readers: What brand of black opaque tights do you recommend?

How-To: Layering Garments as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 1

J.Crew Factory Wool-Blend Walking Coat; J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel; J.Crew Teddie Dress; J.Crew Indian Voile Popover; Tory Burch Patent Reva Ballet Flat; Hue Tights; J.Crew Factory Bracelets

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 3

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 4

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 5

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 6

Elevated Style | J.Crew Teddie Dress 7

Happy Monday and congratulations to Stephanie, you’ve won the $25 giftcard to J.Crew!

And now on to layering, which is no joke. The key to layering as a tall woman is to avoid looking too bulky at all costs. Here are some quick layering tips I’ve learned over the years:

  • Wear the heaviest and loosest garments on the topmost layer. In other words, the thinnest and tightest garment should be worn closest to your skin. The point of doing this is to reduce the appearance of bulk. Above, you can see that the blouse is the first layer, followed by the dress, and topped off by the heavy blazer.
  • Don’t use too many layers. I usually stick to around three layers max. Again, to avoid looking too bulky.
  • Layer longer layers underneath shorter layers. See above how the dress is layered underneath the shorter blazer.
  • If you’re layering up top, keep it streamlined down below. A form fitting dress or skinny pant will do the trick.

[spacer size=”20″]Feel free to mix and match the layers with fun colors and patterns.

Readers: Have you tried layering?