Contemporary Tailoring for Tall Women

Contemporary Tailoring for Tall Women

Contemporary Tailoring for Tall Women

A tall woman’s guide to student fashion!

Our 6ft ambassador, Katy, has returned to university. Here’s her account of mastering the dress code:

Student life! Not something I thought I was ever going to return to, but here I am once again.

I have always been very conscious about how I look and dress each day with confidence and ease but, starting back really threw me. I didn’t have a clue how to dress.  Fashions have changed immensely since I last studied.  I decided for my first day to go smart but casual in jeans and a blouse. I needn’t have worried as ‘student fashion’ is extremely diverse.

Fashion styles tend to differ according to what students are studying as their course. The arty students tend to dress quite casually, the fashion students are extremely eclectic and there are also students in sportswear.  Then there are those like me who are smart casual.

Katy in student mode

She teams her Moreton blazer with jeans and a casual top for a ‘smart-casual’ look

I have worn my pink Moreton blazer on a few occasions. Each time, I have received lovely comments such as “oh that colour!” And “you look so smart”.  Tutors even compliment me on it.  I think the colour really helps it to stand out and being 6 foot tall, wearing it can be quite a head turner. I instantly feel super-confident when I am wearing it. I recently wore it with black jeans and a black long sleeve top. It’s was so warm and comfortable perfect for these autumn days.

You can tell blazers are back in fashion: a lot of students are wearing them in all different styles. I think blazers are great as they go with many things. Jackets are a big thing now it has turned to autumn. It’s not cold enough to wear something heavy so people seem to be wearing light jackets and knitwear. The Blewbury jacket would be perfect for a lot of students on these warm autumn days. It’s quite similar in style to the jackets a lot of students are wearing, especially the younger ones. Me personally, I’m a smarter girl and love the jeans/blazer combo and it fits perfectly into my student life.

Our Launch at Henley

So, that’s our Henley launch done and dusted. Phew! Our first pop-up shop and chance to meet potential customers got off to a flying start and we made our first sales! Not only that, but we also had the chance to get some feedback on the jackets and are delighted to report that almost everyone we spoke to loved them. The colours, fabric, working cuffs and piping trims seemed to win approval across the board, so it was very gratifying to know that you all feel the same as we do: tall women need more choice of clothing and want to see some good quality products coming onto the market.

For anyone who was unable to make it along, here’s a taste of Allta’s launch, including a visit by world record-breaking trans-Atlantic rower, Kiko Matthews:

We’re now also up and running with the shop here on our website. Our military jacket in olive is not yet in stock but we are expecting to get delivery of that by the end of August and will let you know as soon as it’s in.

We’re now reviewing our next steps and how we proceed with new garments. We’ve had three shirts sampled: a gingham shirt with contrasting buttons and plackets, an oversized linen shirt with multi-coloured buttons and a white broderie anglaise blouse with a peter pan collar. You can get a flavour of them here in our look book.

We now need to so some work on the manufacturing cost to make sure we can offer them at a price to suit your budgets.

We’d also love to hear from you about what you would like to see from Allta. You can drop us a line via the contact page here on the website.

Looking forward to launch

Hello again and can you believe it’s February already?! Which means that in less than five months’ time we’ll be launching Allta at the start of July! It’s hard to think about the summer when it’s still so cold outside, but we are making progress and sticking with our goal of using natural fibres and materials where possible and trying to make Allta a sustainable business.

We are super excited that we’re about to sign off our jacket samples which have been made in London and will be manufactured here, too.

Just some final tweaks to make to the length of the body and the position of the button fastening on the blazer and we are there! Exciting times…


Jackets will be the focus of the launch: a blazer and military style jacket, which should meet all your layering needs for the summer and into autumn. We’re launching the blazer in 4 colours and the military jacket in 2 colours and they will both be produced using natural fabrics: 100% wool for the blazers and 100% cotton for the more casual military jacket. Both with breathable linings made from natural cellulose. Once we’ve signed off the samples, they’ll be photographed in early March. Then we can get some pictures up on the website so you can finally see what’s coming! We aim to have some shirts & blouses to offer later in the summer and are working on a couple of dress designs, too.

All in all, we’re on course to help widen the choice of good quality clothing available for tall women, which we’re looking forward to sharing with you soon. In the meantime, here’s an article from Glamour online posted in January of last year listing some of their resident tall writer’s favourite places to shop:

That’s all for this month. Let’s start looking forward to the spring and I’ll have more news about Allta’s launch plans in the coming newsletters. But if you have any comments in the meantime, you can always drop me line using the contact button at the top of this page.

Mind your head!

Wherever we go, the doors are too small?