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Tall Travel Style: Chateau Gawking in my Tallwater Jeans

A couple of weekends ago, we trekked over to the magical Loire Valley of France for some chateau gawking and general meanderings through the French countryside.  I was eager to take my new Tallwater Jeans for a test drive and ended up wearing them two different ways.  While I adore the jeans, I ended up kinda sorta loathing one of my outfits and loving the other.

Overall, my Tallwater Jeans held up great for my excursions, were super comfortable and made me remember why it’s sometimes nice to shed my skinnies for a pair of bootcuts every now and again.

What I Wore (the outfit I kind of loathed):
Loft (Traffic Cone Orange) Tall Linen Blazer 
Navy Polka Dot Top (Gift from Long Tall Sally)
Tallwater Jeans
Leopard Print Skinny Belt
Cole Haan Air Ballet Flats

Why I Wore It:  To be 100% honest, I wore this outfit on our visit to the beautiful Chateau Villandry because I was hoping to get some good photos of the jacket for the How I Wear My monthly feature.  June’s theme for HIWM was “spring jacket“, and I figured I’d showcase this blazer…until I realized I kind of hate it now.

I was OBSESSED with this Loft linen blazer last year and wore it incessantly.  This year, the blinding brightness of the blazer is majorly on my nerves for some reason.   I swear the traffic cone orange was so bright that it caused everyone around me to squint and avert their eyes.  As you can see by the clouds in the photos, it seems like the sun felt like my jacket was exuding enough brightness and took the day off.  Conceptually, I like this navy/orange/neutral outfit with the subtle pattern mixing of polka dots and animal print, a (major) pop of color, comfortable jeans and cute flats, but this is one outfit I will not be repeating anytime soon.

Who needs an orange traffic safety vest that so many European countries require should your vehicle break down when I have this jacket?  

Giving the bright orange flowers a run for their money.

The gardens at Chateau Villandry are SO delightful and well groomed.  I imagine the gardeners kneeling down with their little clippers, their noses right above the hedges trimming every tiny stray leaf that dares to grow.  While the gardens seem to be the main draw here, the chateau itself is beautifully decorated on the inside and worth a look.

Chateau Villandry

Garden maze with chateau in the background

Always love some flowers growing on a wall.

What I Wore (the outfit I loved):
Basic White V-Neck Tee (T.J. Maxx)
Talltique Bomber Jacket
Tallwater Jeans
Leopard Print Skinny Belt
Kate Spade Turquoise Necklace
Cole Haan Air Ballet Flats

Why I Wore It: After my annoyingly bright outfit the day before, I decided to swing the other way and go über basic with a plain white v-neck tee and jeans for a visit to Chateau Chenonceau.  I loved this classic and comfortable outfit.  There’s just something about a fitted white v-neck tee that is so perfect. The turquoise necklace added a bit of color and the leopard print belt a hint of print.  As the day warmed up, I was very glad I was wearing a light short sleeve tee as I shed my bomber jacket to bask in the sun.  We did a lot of walking and the Cole Haan Air flats were insanely comfortable as always.

In the end, who cares what I’m wearing when I get to look at pretty gardens and castles all day…

Basking in the sun and marveling over how long my Tallwater Jeans are (even when I’m sitting down).
I don’t have an outfit photo from our visit to Chateau Chambord because we had left the house at 5:30 a.m. to drive there, and I didn’t figure you’d want to see me in all of my bleary eyed glory.  Instead, you can feast your eyes on this pretty photo of the chateau.

Your turn…

Have you ever had a clothing item go from hero to zero in your closet like my orange linen blazer?  If so, did you ever love it again?  Ever been to a castle or chateau?  Which one(s)?

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  • Reply auntp June 9, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I love this post because I have fallen in love with certain items only to find later on that I didn't see things the same way. Sometimes you just know upon first sight that something will be just right, but other times, it seems to take more time and thought. I have made that mistake more times than I would like to admit:) I definitely agree that your second outfit was more flattering!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures June 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in falling in and out of love with clothing. I'm hoping I love this blazer again at some point. I'm just favoring neutrals and muted tones more this year.

  • Reply Tall girl June 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Great chateaus!(?) I can't believe the size of the gardens and the maze in that first one! Some people had way too much money for their own good, didn't they? At the expense of all the poor farmers surrounding the castle, no doubt. Since I can't take a vacation this year, I love to travel through your photographs, so keep them coming! Btw shouldn't you have been sipping wine in some of the photos, considering you were in the Loire? 😉

    Anyway, I like both outfits — it's nice to switch things up a bit and you probably brightened lots of people's day wearing the orange blazer! I think it's a great colour, but sadly I can only wear it when I have a tan, otherwise I look sick. Have you tried pairing it with white or pale grey trousers? Would probably look very summery and pretty.

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures June 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I agree! Talk about excess. Sheesh! I'm happy to provide vacation photos for you to live vicariously through and I'll be sure to keep em coming. Re the wine, there was indeed a lot of sipping throughout the trip…just none caught on camera. 🙂

      You make a really good point about pairing the blazer with lighter colors. I think one of the reasons I didn't like the outfit is because the jeans and the polka dot top were basically the same colors so it was like navy, navy, ORANGE. A lighter color would have evened out the look more. I have worn it previously with lighter colors and liked it better.

  • Reply tallwife.com June 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Great pics, gorgeous gardens and chateaus! I love that orange blazer, very bright and colorful, suits you well!!

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