I’ve already spoken of the perils of navigating workwear wardrobes when plus size. Add being tall to the mix and you’re even more limited if looking for workwear that is both chic, fashionable, and practical.
Unfortunately, tall items are rarely size inclusive! Most retailers cut off their tall range at a size 20 which is RIDICULOUS – it’s like you can’t be fat and tall! Hello – fat and tall person waving right at you here!
My first fat & tall look to share with you is a go to look for me in the office – a camisole, skirt and blazer combination. It’s an easy look to put together as the blend of skirt, blazer, & camisole works well in multiple different combinations.
I love the geometric print of this New Look mini skirt which is a jersey blend material with faux zip pocket details. It’s very 60’s inspired but, being from the tall range, is just long enough to be work appropriate (only just though).
The skirt is a size 16 and is very stretchy and generous so, even though the skirt only goes to a size 20, I think it would stretch to fit 22 or a smaller 24 (I think the 14 would have encompassed my hips and belly and I’m never a 14).
A blazer really is my go to wear to lift any outfit from casual to the office. This New Look Jersey Blazer is really easy to throw on top of any outfit to make it that little more structured. The lightweight jersey fabric means it’s cool enough for wearing through spring and summer to protect you from the over zealous office air conditioning without getting too hot when stepping outside of the office.
This jacket is a size 18 which is the largest size it goes to – again, it is generous so would probably fit a 20.
I paired the blazer and skirt combo with a longline camisole that I tucked into the skirt to keep my silhouette sleek and uncomplicated. I love the bright pop of coral against the monochrome palette – it makes things more fresh and summery during the transitional months.
The camisole is an 18 and fits fairly perfectly. I’m not sure I could size down as a 16 would likely be a little tight across the chest. The camisole is made from a lightweight chiffon material so has very little stretch!
I love the back of this camisole and will also be pairing it with cigarette pants and a pastel blazer for summer workwear (maybe I’ll have to show that combo at a later date).
I keep my accessories minimal in the office – black tights and courts for colder months, nude tights (or bare legs) and pastel courts for through the warmer months. I will, no doubt, be switching the black tights for thinner, more neutral, palettes very soon!
I have just bought a new handbag for spring after falling for mini satchels over heavy arm candy – it stops me carrying so much junk around and the smaller the bag the less problems it causes with bashing against my crutches!
So, that was my first workwear outfit inspiration for you and I will, over the next few weeks, be following up with some more workwear outfits for you all so don’t forget to check back!