Greetings fellow tall folk and other readers. I know it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet but I’m already thinking about my holiday outfits and I’m still head-over-heels for lace. Last year, I was a complete stress ball trying to find a dress to wear for some of our holiday outings in NYC. Fortunately, I had an 11th hour stroke of luck while shopping in NYC and found a beautiful lace dress that I had been lustily eyeing online for awhile. Side note – I wore the dress last week to work with a black blazer and felt like a million bucks! I made sure to make Mr. L3 aware of this since he almost choked on his gum when he found out the (sale) price of the dress. I AM getting wear out of it, thank you very much!
Anywho – back to lace and the holidays. This year, instead of looking for dresses, I’m trying to experiment with skirts and tops to better accommodate my figure (size 6 upper half and size 10 lower half). As is my usual custom, I’d been eyeing the teardrop tall lace skirt from Ann Taylor for awhile before I pounced on it during one of the 40% off sales.
I was hoping it would be both office appropriate and dress-up-for-the-holidays appropriate (like last year’s lace dress), and I’m thrilled to report that it is indeed both! Not only is it beautiful but it’s also insanely comfortable and fits perfectly. I’ve realized that the Ann Taylor pencil skirts that I own that have two layers (i.e., a lining and then overlayer such as lace) fit great because the bottom layer is the layer that gets a little wrinkly over my thighs but the top layer lays nicely and covers up the crinkliness of the bottom layer.
First up – An office look.
I paired the skirt with my new tall wool blend turtleneck (size medium) from Ann Taylor as well. The skirt is pretty long and falls just above the knee. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I almost wish I’d bought the regular size so that it fell a smidge more above the knee but I really can’t (and shouldn’t) complain. I love the wide waistband because you can tuck in your blouse without having to worry about a belt (although I’m sure a belt would look great too).
Next up – Holiday partay look.
For my holiday look, I switched to the Ann Taylor tall strapless peplum top (size medium). (Be sure to click on the link to see some better photos of this top as mine don’t quite do it justice). I like that the top is rather fitted through the bodice giving it a nice fit and flare silhouette, and I love the longer peplum hem in the back. I paired it with black tights and my Corso Como booties. I admit it is an awful lot of black for one outfit, so I think a fancy red cardigan or cropped jacket might brighten the outfit up a bit. I could also add color by buying a bold statement necklace. As I’m sure you can imagine, this top also looks great with jeans and other pants and will be good for layering! Very versatile.