Tall Travel Style – Visiting the Keukenhof

I always find it useful when bloggers show how they wear their clothes while out and about because it’s nice to hear about how the clothes held up throughout the day.  Was the jacket enough to fend off chilly weather? Did the cute shoes tear up your feet or were they comfortable after miles of walking? You get the idea.

Along those lines, I figured it might be fun and useful to start a series about how all of my tall styles hold up when I travel.  I will definitely sneak some travel photos in this series too just for fun.

My packing M.O. to date has been to throw a bunch of stuff in my suitcase and hope I can create some outfits once I arrive at my destination.  I took a different approach for our recent trip to The Netherlands and actually thought about what activities we had planned for each day, picked an outfit and wrote it down which took all of the stress out of the “what the heck am I going to wear” franticness every morning.  Except for the fact that I overstuffed my suitcase a bit, this system worked quite well for me.

The Activity: On a Friday morning, we took a 30 minute bus ride from Amsterdam to the Keukenhof (AKA tulip heaven) to behold the 7 million (yes I did just say SEVEN million) tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and more. Visiting the Keukenhof in April to see all of the tulips has been a longtime dream of mine and it was simply splendid. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity.

J.Crew tall jacket

What I wore:

J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket
Long Tall Sally Scallop Stitch Sweater, (Size Small; gift from LTS)
Banana Republic Tall Skinny Jeans (Size 31 Tall)
Sperry Top-Sider “AngelFish” Boat Shoes (Size US11)

Why I wore it: 

It was chilly with a stiff breeze, and I knew layering a sweater and a light jacket would be smart. We planned to ride bikes out in the tulip fields, so I chose a long sweater to avoid worrying about panty peek. Don’t you hate it when you have to tug on and fuss with your top to keep it pulled down over the top of your pants?! Bah! It’s one of my pet peeves. We decided not to ride bikes because we were both getting over bad colds and riding into the stiff breeze didn’t thrill us. However, the long LTS sweater did come in handy when squatting to take photos of the tulips. In hindsight, I don’t think the J.Crew jacket would have been comfortable on a bike ride. It’s a bit stiff and fitted and with a sweater underneath, I’m not sure I could have bent my arms very well which is sorta kinda a problem when trying to ride a bike. The BR skinny jeans are über stretchy and comfortable.  They were the perfect pants for hours of walking (and would have been great while riding bikes). My Sperry boat shoes were quite comfortable for four hours of tromping around the gardens and held up well in wet grass thanks to the water and stain resistant nature of the shoes.

Posing with my favorite mixed flower bed:

J.Crew Tall Downtown Field Jacket

J.Crew Tall Clothing

And now just for fun, here are a few of my favorite flower photos from the Keukenhof:

Your turn…
What is your packing strategy when you travel? Have you ever taken the time to plan an outfit for each day?  Do you love tulips as much as me?

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  • Reply tallwife.com May 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Gorgeous pics!! 🙂

    I always try to pack a few versatile items in basic colors that I can combine, as I prefer carrying handluggage only, yet I often still take too much! It does also, obviously, depend on the weather on my destination. I do always struggle with shoes though! They take up so much space. When I want to bring my boots to my destination, I always wear them on the plane to save space in my luggage!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Oh yes! I agree. If I'm flying, I try to only do carry-on luggage as well. Since we've been able to drive on a lot of our trips lately, I've been overpacking a bit. Oops! The shoes are SO tricky for us tall ladies because…well…they're rather big, right? Wearing the boots on the plane is a good idea. I frequently do that as well.

  • Reply Tall girl May 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Packing tips aside, I love your photos from Keukenhof! I've wanted to go for years, as it just looks to pretty — it's like a sea of differently coloured tulips!

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Anett! I really hope you get to experience it sometime. It's absolutely stunning and it wasn't even if full bloom when we were there because the weather had been cool. I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around what it would look like in full bloom!

  • Reply carina May 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    It was beautiful isnt it. You have find our shops specialy for tall girls in holland? Im sure you dint feel verry tall any more because we are here with a lot of tall girls:) excuses for mine poor english. A great from here carina

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Carina! The Netherlands is just lovely! I did notice plenty of other tall people during my visit and I really liked it. And yes! I did find several tall speciality shops and visited Pretty Tall in Apeldoorn. It was a wonderful boutique! I did a couple of blog posts about the visit to Pretty Tall and a map with all of the other tall shops I found on the internet. A lot of options for tall ladies!

  • Reply Sara - Girl in the Pretty Dress May 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Gorgeous photos of the flowers. I can practically smell the hyacinths! X

  • Reply Dawn Lucy May 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    What a great idea for a series. I'm hopeless when packing for traveling, so I can use the tips.Plus we get to see pretty travel pics too!
    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Really glad you liked it Dawn Lucy! It turns out packing can be A LOT of work if one takes the time to think about it rather than just throw some stuff in a bag like I've done in the past. Not sure which I prefer… 🙂

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