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Tall Trick: Every Tall Woman Should Own a Chunky Heel

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 3

J.Crew Factory Wool-Blend Walking Coat; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; Sperry Topsider Princeton Boots; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf; Hue Tights; H&M Bracelets (similar); J.Crew Factory Earrings

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Do you find that stilettos and dainty shoes look lost on your tall frame?

Your ankles will thank you because sturdy, chunky heels are back in style. AND they are flattering (and functional!) on tall women.

When paired with the right outfit, chunkier heels can help slim the ankle and balance out tall proportions. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years on how to wear chunky heels:

  • Chunky heels under boot-cut jeans is a no-no. This will look too clunky! When you wear chunky heels—especially chunky ankle boots—your pants should stop at your ankle.
  • Chunky heels look best with skinny jeans, cropped pants, leggings, or tights.
  • Chunky heels can also look great with a mini or pencil skirt. Just make sure your hemline falls above the knee.

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Readers: What’s your go-to chunky heel?

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

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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?

Review: J.Crew Factory Skirted Dress Coat

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Skirted Dress Coat 2

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Above, I’m wearing the J.Crew Factory Skirted Dress Coat in Viridian Green. After a number of discounts and promo codes, I bought the coat for well under $100 which is pretty reasonable for J.Crew Factory and for a winter coat. Here are my thoughts:

  • Size: Because I have rather small arms and a small chest, I ordered a size 2. Even though I had tried on other J.Crew Factory jackets in the past, I was worried that the sleeves might not be long enough. Luckily, the sleeves measured to be about 24.5″ and fit me perfectly. The length of the coat is obviously shorter on me than intended (I’m 5’10”), but again, I don’t mind.
  • Fit: The waistband hits me a little bit higher than it’s supposed to, but I kind of like how it becomes more of an empire waist, which lengthens my legs. The coat is particularly slimming, thanks to the a-line shape and gathering at the waist.
  • Material: The material is a combination of wool, polyester and viscose. It’s certainly not the warmest winter coat that I own, but it’s fine for the 40-50 degree weather. Additionally, it’s fully lined.
  • Details: The tabs at the cuffs add some interest and I think the collar is fun to wear popped. It makes me feel a lot cooler than I actually am ;)
  • Color: I LOVE the color. It’s so fun, bright and unexpected. It will certainly cheer me up on a dreary winter day.

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I know I’ll be getting lots of wear out of this coat!

Readers: Would you wear a bright coat like this?