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Independence Day

I will never forget the day another tall woman came up to me and told me that I shouldn't be wearing red because it would bring MORE attention to me (it was a super cute shirt btw). I was baffled, astonished, mad and then sad. Before I could even react, she was off. Clearly she tried to paint her insecurities on me. Thank God they didn't stick.  I hope they aren't sill stuck with her.

I am all about red (really any color) this season.  It highlights your amazing presence.  I LOVE these pants from Ann Taylor LOFT (10T). They are super flattering and the fabric is comfy (it's almost like wearing sweatpants).  The pants were long enough with flats (36") but I wanted to wear them with the platforms (Payless pick-ups) so I had a tailor bring them down (a good tailor should become your best friend.  I wish I could legally adopt mine).

The shirt is also Ann Taylor LOFT.  I really bought it because I had a promo code and needed $10 more dollars to make the $20 off quota (I live for a sale).  So really, I feel like I almost got the shirt for free (which we know isn't really true but I'm going to roll with it).  However, I wear the shirt all the time.  With jeans, skirts, suits, you get the drift.  Most of the time I keep it tied but I also leave it long for a "tie" look.

Last but not least, my baby, the vintage blue handbag.  Can you believe I picked it up for $12!?! I was as shocked as you are.  I stumbled upon this watch repair shop by my office that doubles as a vintage handbag shop (SCORE) and have been going weekly ever since.  

I say all of that to say this. No matter what ANYONE says, rock whatever you want to rock when you want to rock it. That is all.

PS. Don't sleep on the bracelet.  It was the perfect period to the fit and is a Candid Art origiNAL. 

Shirt and pants - Ann Taylor LOFT/Handbag - Vintage Corelli/Bracelet - courtesy of Candid Art/Shoes - Payless

Photo credit: Kate Bower (Ybowyer Photography)  

Lofty Idea

AnnTaylor LOFT has amazing tall clothes.  They are taylored beautifully (pun intended), cut longer (hence the tall) and are somewhat affordable.  I say somewhat because right now gas is so high that NOTHING seems to be affordable to me, but with prices like $49.99 to $128, somewhat affordable seems appropriate.

Last time I filled my car up it set me back $80 and it pains me that I could have had a great pair of tall jeans, fierce dress or slouchy pants. SMH.  I guess this means I have to buy a bicycle because Alicia Jay needs some AT LOFT in her life!

TALL at Featured items from left to right: Tall Everyday Blazer ($128), Tall Zip Pocket Sleeveless Dress ($79.50) and Tall Julie Herringbone Trouser Pants ($69.50, 36" inseam). Click the pic for all that's tall from Ann Taylor LOFT.

Pick from the pic:

TALL EVERYDAY BLAZER at $128. Online exclusive. Lightweight stretch cotton. Longer in the body. 3/4 sleeves. Shown in boardwalk beige. Also comes in black and lead grey.

TALL ZIP POCKET SLEEVELESS DRESS at $79.50. Online exclusive. 24" length from waist seam. Shown in light red passion. Also comes in black.TALL JULIE HERRINGBONE TROUSER PANTS at $69.50. Online exclusive. 36" inseam.

Your Boyfriend's Back

Top summer trend = the boyfriend jean.  Ann Taylor LOFT has exactly what you need.  They have tall boyfriend jeans in 4 different styles and washes with inseams up to 36".  Click the pics to get your boyfriend, or boyfriends, back.

TALL DARK WASH RELAXED BOYFRIEND JEAN. $79.50. 35" inseam. Sizes 25 to 34.

TALL BLEACHED LEAN BOYFRIEND JEAN at $79.50. 35" inseam. Sizes 25 to 34.

TALL PAINTER LEAN BOYFRIEND JEAN at $69.99. 33.5" inseam. Sizes 25 to 33. TALL LEAN BOYFRIEND JEAN at $79.50. 36" inseam. Sizes 25 to 34.