I remember when I was in high school, my mom and I made the 1+ hour trek to Pasadena, CA to visit a tiny little store that only sold tall women's clothing. On one of the visits, I bought a beautiful floor-length red gown that I still haven't worn to this day. I was just awestruck that a dress would actually be a little bit TOO long for me and I simply HAD to have it (you know...in case I ever needed to just throw a formal red gown on). Miraculously, it still fits so if I ever need to bust that bad boy out for a special event, at least I'll be ready. My point is, when I walk into a tall store or a tall pop-up shop, I tend to get SO excited and overwhelmed at having tall options right in front of my nose that I often make impulse purchases. Anyone else feel that way?
I am happy to say that, for the most part, I kept my impulse purchasey self in check during my first visit to a Long Tall Sally store. This was no small feat however. When you are greeted with this type of a selection ALL in tall sizes upon entering the store, it's kind of hard NOT to want one of everything, right? This was just the front part of the store by the way. There were a bunch more items in the back.
What I really wanted/needed was a knee-length down winter coat since I managed to spill some European Christmas Market street food on my current down jacket resulting in a rather stubborn stain. Unfortunately, the store didn't have my size. Undeterred, I went straight to trying on some faux leather jackets (because those are really going to keep me toasty in the winter, right)? Not so much, but they were sure fun to try on.
The white "Textured Leather Look Jacket" is a new arrival. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on it and might snag it online once it goes on sale. I think it would be perfect for spring. I loved the snug, cropped fit, the longgg sleeves and the off-center zipper.
|Wow! That harsh dressing room lighting is really not doing my hair any favors in this photo|
You can tell I was really into the dressing room selfies, huh? Once the very helpful sales attendant saw that I was loving the white textured jacket, she brought me a blue biker jacket to try on since it was on sale. Again, I loved the fit and details (like the quilted shoulders, cuffs and back panel) but just wasn't prepared to pull the purchase trigger for a thin jacket in the dead of winter. It appears I'm not the only one to love this jacket since it has rave reviews online (4.5/5 from 14 reviews). As you can see, there's quite a disparity in the color of the jacket in the two photos thanks to differences in lighting. The LTS website calls the color of the jacket navy but I would say it's more like royal blue as shown in the second photo.
As you can probably tell, I LOVED LOVED LOVED both of the jackets but couldn't justify the expense when I wouldn't be able to wear them for a good 3 months. Aren't you proud of me for resisting?
So, what in the world did I buy? I knew I was in the market for some of the long-sleeve scoop neck tees for layering since I've basically worn my white one to death. I bought the "tall essentials" tops in grey and black. Total snoozer of a purchase but I've already worn both in the past week.
On the more impulsey side, I bought this "Deluxe Laser Cut Blouse" to wear on date nights with Mr. L3. I like that the cut-out detailing allows me to show a hint of skin but the top has long sleeves which makes it winter appropriate. The laser cut detailing is much more attractive in person than on the website. In fact, when I was trying to find the blouse on the website, I breezed right past it the first time. I guess seeing items with my own little eyeballs in the store rather than online really does make a difference.
The top comes with a black camisole but I decided to use my beige camisole to better highlight the pretty laser cut detailing. Last night, Mr. L3 met a friend for dinner and I wore it as shown below with my Banana Republic skinny jeans (although I knew we would be doing a fair amount of walking out in the elements so I wore my new long sleeve black LTS layering tee for extra warmth and black boots instead of the Corso Como plum heels).
|The whole backside of the shirt has the laser cut detailing|
I figure I can ramp things up yet another notch and pair it with my Loft tall leopard print pencil skirt, Hue tights and Corso Como booties.
|Love the long long sleeves!|
Overall, my visit to the Long Tall Sally store was quite pleasant. The store was very well-organized, the sales attendants were friendly and I was thrilled to see several other tall ladies in there shopping up a storm. I left the store a happy camper and definitely plan to pop into an LTS store again whenever my European travels take me near one. Have your wanderings ever taken you near a store with tall offerings? How was your shopping experience?
|Happy happy happy|