I’m always so last minute with Halloween and therefore usually resort to pre-packaged costumes. I know, boring. And every year, all of the pre-packaged costumes I try on are way too short (like barely cover my butt short)! I don’t know how women over 5’10” do it! Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years:
- Size up. The costume I’m wearing is a large, even though I usually take a size small or medium in dresses.
- Look for something that you can wear black leggings or tights with.
- When wearing it, try not to bend over!
This year, the flapper costume fit the bill and above are some shots from this past Saturday night. I had a fabulous time and was surrounded by some of my favorites (namely, a punk princess and the Morton’s Salt Girl)!
Hope you all have a happy Halloween!
Readers: What workarounds do you have for dealing with short Halloween costumes?
Finding a flattering blazer when you’re tall is not easy!
Let me set the scene. I had been searching for a blazer for months. I wanted something longer that I could wear with skinny jeans (to work) or with a short skirt and boots (for the weekend). I tired on a number of tall blazers, but none were long enough for the look that I was going for. Just when I had given up hope, I saw this CRAZY LONG blazer in the final sale section of the Ann Taylor website. Here are some tips for finding a perfect blazer if you’re tall:
- Look outside of the tall section. The blazer I’m wearing above is from the regular section. On anyone shorter than me, I’m convinced this would look like a lab coat.That’s probably why it was in the sale section!
- Look for something long, hitting just below the widest part of your hips. This helps create the illusion of a more slender silhouette.
- Look for buttons that fall at your natural waist. Stay away from buttons that hit too high.
- Stay away from boxy silhouettes and try to find something more tailored. Tall pear-shaped women (like me) should try to find blazers that have an a-line shape.
Readers: Have you found the perfect blazer?
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)
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.
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?