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Workwear for Tall Women (And Life Lately)

You may have noticed that things have been a wee bit quiet around the blog of late and I have 2 reasons for that: 1) I started a new job at the beginning of the month; and 2) I’ve had a somewhat entertaining round of bad luck trying to get some outdoor outfit photos.

First, the bad luck! I have an outfit that I really want to show you and have tried and utterly failed on 3 different occasions to get photos of it outdoors. I wore it one day on our recent trip to France only to discover that I’d left the camera on all night and the battery was kaput! Completely dead. Oops! I wore it again while the husband and I went for a countryside drive a couple of weeks ago hoping we’d find a good spot to snap a few shots but that didn’t materialize. And I wore it yesterday to brunch hoping my we would find time for a quick photo sesh, and this time I forgot the camera battery!!! At this point, I was wondering if this is a bad luck outfit?! Turns out that is not the case since a friend and I enjoyed today’s beautiful spring weather by meandering through a local garden. She loves photography and happily took scores of photos of me. Stay tuned for the outfit later this week! I guess the 4th time is the charm, huh? I’m sure some of my fellow bloggers can feel my pain with regard to taking outfit photos. The struggle is real!

Second – the job! Remember my write-up on business suits for tall women that I did back in November? After another interview and much ironing out of logistics, I was offered the job and started on April 1. I’m still pinching myself that I was able to find a job in my field in a foreign country. I feel so fortunate! Of course, the job comes with its own unique challenges. Learning the ins and outs and different systems of a new company is hard enough when working in your home country. Add a different language/culture to the mix and WOW! I’m a teensy bit overwhelmed after my first week. Being in a work environment where English is not the default language (although all of my colleagues speak perfect English) is certainly an interesting situation. However, I’m up for a challenge and hope that I will be efficiently cranking out work in no time.

Tall workwear can be quite hard to find so I thought it would be fun to show what I wore for my second interview and also share a few outfits from my first week of work. Enjoy!

Tall Workwear Outfit #1 – Second Interview
Black suit for tall women

LTS Weekday Suit

Tall workwear for women

LTS Weekday Suit jacket and Lace Top

Weekday Suit from LTS

Weekday Suit from LTS

A black pant suit and a white lace top…could I possibly get any more safe and boring classic? I am feeling very spoiled having Long Tall Sally stores within a reasonable traveling distance from home and I set off for one of the stores a few days before my interview with the hopes of finding a grey, navy or pinstripe suit…something with a bit more personality than plain ole black. Unfortunately, the sizing for the “fun” options didn’t work for me, and I ended up with the basic black “Weekday” pant suit. At first I was pouty that I didn’t come home with something more interesting but it’s grown on me. I know it’s a staple that I need in my closet and I’ve been getting decent wear out of the pieces as separates (as you will see in the following outfits). Overall, I was super happy to have a tall suit to wear to the interview and I felt quite confident and professional in this outfit (although I do wish the pants fit a smidge better in the rise area).

Tall Workwear Outfit #2 – First Day of Work

First day of work jitters! You know the feeling and the last thing you want is to be fussing with your outfit. I didn’t quite know what the day would bring so my goal was to be comfortable and confident. I thought about wearing my black suit again but figured that might be too serious. Instead, I wore the black pants from the suit and paired them with my trusty tall grey blazer from Loft and a tall Banana Republic silky teal/navy chevron top with tiny gold buttons. Both the blazer and the top were purchased during my Project Remix and go very nicely together. Turns out, I was in HR on-boarding presentations most of the day and didn’t really see my colleagues. I am SO glad I wore my Tory Burch pointed toe flats instead of heels because we also took a 2 hour tour of some of the company’s production facilities and heels would NOT have worked.

Tall grey blazer

Trusty grey Loft tall blazer, BR silky chevron top, LTS black pants

Workwear for tall women

Trusty grey Loft tall blazer, BR silky chevron top, LTS black pants

Tall Workwear Outfit #3 – First Day with Colleagues

April 1 was a Friday which meant my first week of work was as short as can be. My first workday with my colleagues was last Monday and I knew I’d be introduced to a bajillion people so I needed to look good. I decided to go with my Ann Taylor tall teardrop lace skirt, Banana Republic tall puff-sleeve blazer, burnt orange Loft top and Tory Burch flats again. Are you noticing a theme here? Blazers for the win!!!

Workwear for tall women - Ann Taylor lace skirt, Banana Republic puff-sleeve blazer, Tory Burch flats

A little lace for my “second” first day

 Tall Workwear Outfit #4 – Half day

I’m only working part time at the moment and Wednesday was a half day. As I was rifling through my closet, I stumbled upon my J.Crew green stovepipe trousers. These pants have a slimmer fit making them a little sleeker than your average bootcut pants and are so long on me, I can only wear them with heels. I think that the green is a nice alternative to black! I paired them with my Long Tall Sally weekday suit coat and a sheer black top with cutout detailing from White House Black Market.

Tall workwear for women - J.Crew

J.Crew tall green pants, LTS suit jacket, WHBM sheer top

Tall workwear outfit #5 – Thursday is the new Friday

Thursday was my Friday and I was feeling a bit springy. I opted for my new LTS blue herringbone blazer, LTS lace top and LTS black weekday pants. I guess you could say I was LTS’d out! I did break up all of the LTS-ness with my Cole Haan flats. By the way, a full review of the LTS jacket is coming in my next post!

Workwear for tall women - Long Tall Sally

Long Tall Sally’d out!

Long Tall Sally Riding Jacket

LTS Riding Jacket and Lace Top

As you can see, the name of the game for me when it comes to workwear is blazers! They up the “polished” factor of an outfit and are great for mixing and matching. The interesting thing about the company I’m working for is that the dress code is very relaxed. The required attire at my previous jobs has always been dressy and a “no jeans” (except maybe on Friday) environment. At my new company, many of my colleagues wear jeans all week and it’s perfectly acceptable. I’m not sure at what point I’ll wear jeans for the first time but – who am I kidding – I’m sure it’ll happen sometime soon. For now, dressing professionally makes me feel confident and I need all the confidence I can get in my new surroundings!

Your turn…

Do you love blazers? Do you work at a company with a dressy or relaxed dress code? Where do you find your workwear?

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8 Comments

  • Reply Business Suits for Tall Women (and How I Cheated on my Tall Specialty Shop Challenge) April 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    […] Long story short, I would prefer to try on a bunch of different styles of tall suits in person rather than undergoing the hassle of ordering suits online (or buying non-tall suits) and possibly having to return them. (Update: I was able to do just that in March 2016. Check out my write-up on the tall black pantsuit that I bought from Long Tall Sally here). […]

  • Reply Andrea@WellnessNotes April 12, 2016 at 1:38 am

    A huge congratulations on the new job!!! And I can totally understand that working in a foreign country can be scary… Are you in the legal field? I’m not sure if you know, but I worked as a paralegal for almost 15 years before I went to grad school. Wishing you all the best!

    Great work outfits! And, yes, I love a good blazer! I’m currently looking for a white one… Yours look great! And I also really like the black suit – you’ll be glad to have such versatile pieces!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures April 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much Andrea! Good guess! I am indeed a paralegal…well at least that’s my title in the States. It doesn’t seem like the position of paralegal really exists in Europe, but I’m still doing the same work that I did in the U.S. in this new job (just under a different title). That’s so great that you have paralegal experience too. I love meeting people who have worked in my field.

      I really need a white blazer too. I’m pining after the white jacket in Marge Clothing’s new line and may just have to buy it with my clothing allowance next month.

  • Reply Lauren April 12, 2016 at 3:47 am

    These are all beautiful outfits on you! Blazers are such a wonderful option for any office environment … they can instantly elevate workwear and also serve as a layer for whacky office temps! So glad to hear that things are going well at your new position. Can’t wait to see more office attire.

    XX,
    Lauren

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures April 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you Lauren! I agree that blazers instantly elevate an outfit and they always make me feel more put together. As far as the whacky office temps, the funny thing is, I used to freeze year-round in my jobs in the U.S. In my new job, I find that I’m very warm. It seems the heat is on a lot and then of course there is no AC, so summer is going to be VERY interesting! Yikes! I will be sure to feature more office wear soon. xo

  • Reply Paula April 13, 2016 at 2:41 am

    You look so good in your work outfits…..hopefully, you will gain more followers from your office!

    I applaud your taking on the challenge of working in a foreign country:)

    Paula

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures April 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Paula! I have noticed a couple of tall ladies in my office and I definitely need to tell them about my blog.

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