It's time! I can feel The Circle of Life thrumming in my ears! No, nothing to do with The Royal Baby™, but that magical time that happens after a few seasons of crap clothing when it all comes up trumps for tall women's clothing. The new Long Tall Sally collection is OBSCENELY GOOD.
There hasn't been much around to tickle my fancy for the last couple of years, so the fact that I ordered over a grand's worth of clothes to try on in case it wasn't in stock - I know. Most of it's going back. I promise. - is a clear indicator of something magical at work. Even the London store is lovely. I last went in a few years ago when it was basically a haven of polyester and disappointment. It's had a fantastic makeover and just reopened this week with the incredibly glamorous manager and style maven Marsha (love her blog) at the helm once again. Simply put, it's a shop you want to go into.
For starters, we have proper trousers in shit-hot patterns and designs that aren't just the usual wide-legged black polyester efforts. There are really wantable, wearable jackets, sexy dresses, excellent boots and did I mention the seriously excellent trousers? I really feel that those need flagging up again.
7/8 check trousers (£55) are the bomb. I don't even care if we're not saying the bomb any more, because they take me back to a time when you really could get enthusiastic about clothing and say it was so. I love the length, the check is much less fussy in the flesh - screens do not like check print - and the fit is incredibly flattering on the leg. Top marks.
extremely positive about body con, as long as you suck your stomach in when walking around. This shutter dress (£100) is utterly brilliant. Ridiculously slinky on - the model's one looks a smidge big for her - it is clingy yet demure in all the right ways. Try this on immediately. Also, the blessed joy of sleeves that come all the way to the end of your arms and slightly beyond.
check trousers (£60) in a 38" leg by accident - the joy of trying on trousers I actually liked and them being too long was quite immense. I've ordered in some in my correct length, and if they're anything like the ones I tried on in-store, but a bit shorter, I'll be happy as a clam.
jeans (£65), made in a red flocked leopardskin pattern. I've been so wedded to my increasingly decrepit Baxters from years gone by that I never really thought I'd have another set of jeans again. These however are smashing. The pattern is actually really flattering, and where LTS's skinnies used to have a very weird fit, these are great on the leg, with some give around the thighs.
7/8 snakeskin trousers (£65) look a bit weird on the page. On, however, they are gorgeous; the material is slightly sheeny and feels very luxurious and special.
green boyfriend blazer (£65) too is on my ordered list. I loved it so much that I tried it on a size larger in store, and it was so gorgeous on that I am practically clapping at the prospect of trying on my actual size. I've always avoided double-breasted in the past because of some ancient law saying tall people shouldn't wear them. That is a stupid law that I am cancelling now.
horse print jumper (£48) is blissfully snuggly and has such magnificently long arms that pulling it on is a total joy.
suede ankle boots (which go up to a 45). They come up incredibly small. I tried on a 43, aka a 9, and it felt very much more like an 8, so do go up a size. They're also an investment for party shoes, as they're a) £120 and b) made of the aforementioned suede, one of the world's most un-Britain-friendly fabrics. That said, they are utterly gorgeous, and I can't wait to try some on in my actual size.
buckle ankle boots (£70) in a flash. They're made of leather, are really sturdy without being ungorgeous, and come low enough on the ankle that you can wear them quite happily with skirts and dresses without feeling like you've turned your legs into extended sausage rolls. They're incredibly good quality for £70 and my 9 fit beautifully. I'd probably give them a good polish and shine, as they're not the shiniest of leather.
leather zip back boots (£180) as my beloved DUO over the knee boots have been repaired and repaired to death - top tip for tall girls, they're the only sort that actually come right under your knee. Good heel height for endless walking around, no annoying side zips to snag on your tights, and just rather handsome. That ankle also looks nicely fitted. I loathe a baggy boot.
Right, so that's my little pick from the new collection. There's absolutely loads more in, so go and have a look. Long Tall Sally is back on track again, and it's tremendous news for all of us!