“So how tall are you in heels?”

Wearing flats, I stand at 6’2. 90% of the time, I’m wearing flats. Partially because I keep my day to day wardrobe fairly casual and it’s easiest to get around in flats. Partially because I don’t want to deal with what comes with wearing heels.

I don’t avoid wearing heels because of insecurities. I love my height. And I LOVE wearing heels, so when an outfit needs them, I will wear them. But committing to an outfit with heels is like committing to WAY more social interaction than I’m ever prepared for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a people person. It’s the unsolicited interactions that I’m not a huge fan of.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been playing with my outfits more often, and in turn, wearing heels more often. The beauty of not having to wear boots and 500 layers to survive. I hadn’t worn any heels throughout the winter, and was reminded how great it feels to strut down the sidewalk with a bangin’ outfit complete with a great heel. You instantly feel more poised, more put together, almost more powerful. But the further I walked I became increasingly aware of the attention I was drawing. People always notice that I’m tall. But add 4 extra inches and suddenly people start to notice out loud. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a tall lady in heels, here is an account of just SOME of the interactions with strangers that I’ve encountered:

  • Man walks by me on tip toes
  • ENDLESS comments from strangers “Wow, you’re tall!” Really? I hadn’t noticed.
  • “You must be a basketball player.” No. No I mustn’t.
  • “You should be a model!” Funny you should say that. Most agencies tell me I’m TOO tall. *GASP* No no,  it’s okay. I’ve gotten over it. *consoles stranger*
  • On the subway the other day, a man relentlessly tried to look around, over and under other passengers to get a clear view of me feet. At the time, I was NOT in heels.
  • People talking among themselves, “whoa that girl is so tall.” Hey. I can hear you.
  • I heard someone one time passing by with his kid and comment “did you see that?!” That. THAT?! Like I’m an attraction to be gawked at.
  • “Why are you wearing heels?!” Look at this outfit! That’s why!
  • Awkward and extended eye contact with the other tall person in a bar or room. There’s no one else in our line of vision so this happens repeatedly. It’s especially awkward when it’s a guy and they start looking at you like “omg. It’s meant to be. A girl as tall as me!” After which I actively try avoiding eye contact which, you’d be surprised, is much more difficult than  you think when there’s no one else to look at at that eye level.
  • “So like how tall are you?!” Tall.
  • Open mouth stares. So many stares. All the stares. Take it in friends, I look pretty dang fabulous! (mixed with OMG is there something wrong with my hair? makeup? Did I spill on my outfit? Was this outfit too much?!)

You’d think I would have gotten used to these types of interactions by now. They don’t really surprise me anymore, I’m just rarely ready or mentally prepared to deal with them, and giving the same answers over and over is anything but fun. But I’ve really been enjoying heels lately and have been thinking I’ll be rocking a lot more of them this Spring/Summer so I guess I need to just brace myself for the season. Bring it on. But if I know you, please spare me and just compliment my outfit. The rest of the world has already reminded me I’m tall. Again.

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NRT Fashions

Spring has sprung! Even though I see potential snow in the forecast over the next few days, I refuse to acknowledge or accept it and I’m in full jacket mode. Goodbye winter coats!

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If you read last week, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of local talent when it comes to shopping for my wardrobe, especially when I find someone who will make something long enough.

I came across NRT Fashions for the first time on Instagram a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. I also happened to meet the designer, Nicole Rita Tomney, very briefly at the Calgary Tattoo convention just over a year ago, but didn’t buy anything at the time. A few months ago, I finally decided to splurge and buy myself a belated Christmas present after I wrote and asked if she could extend the sleeve length. I had been eyeing the Vengenance Coat for a long time so that was the piece I decided to add to my closet! Though the coat turned out to be much thinner than I originally thought, it’ll be perfect for spring weather. AND THE SLEEVES!! Nicole made sure there was extra length on my sleeves and it fits perfectly!!

Jacket: NRT Vengence Coat
Pants: TopShop TALL MOTTO Joni Jeans
36″ inseam
$75
I wear a 28.
Shoes: Freda Salvador
(I got them for 50% off at a Hudson’s Bay Company sale)

 

Photos by Justin Robinson

MASHA Apparel

Yesterday I attended the model casting for FAT: Fashion Art Toronto. FAT, if you are unaware, is just as it sounds; a week full of fashion and art, held every April here in Toronto. This year’s event will run from April 12th-April 16th.

Last year I walked for 11 different shows (day 1, day 2, day 3day  4, day 4 finale). While I absolutely loved everything I got to wear throughout the week, I was very excited for one outfit in particular, which eventually made it’s way into my own closet.

DSC01705As soon as I put on the skirt I wore for the MASHA Apparel show (day 1, 3rd look), I fell completely and utterly in love with the garment. I don’t think I’ve owned a full length formal dress or skirt since probably 8th grade. Not because I prefer shorter lengths, but because finding one that is long enough is the never ending struggle. This skirt was not only beautifully fitted with a high waist, but still floor length in a pair of 5 inch heels (yes, sometimes I wear 5+ inch heels!).

One of the best parts of shopping from a local designer, is that they can often be accommodating to more detailed sizing requests. While I couldn’t find this particular skirt on her website anymore, she has many other beautiful options available from  her newer collection.

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I’m looking forward to seeing who I get to wear this year for FAT! Who knows, maybe I’ll find something else to add to my closet. If you’re in the city, don’t miss out and come check out a few shows. Tickets are already available here. The countdown is on: less than a month to go. See you there!

Alternatively, Toronto’s FW 2016 Fashion Week starts today. As of yet, I’m not sure I’m able to go to any shows with my busy schedule, but I’m so looking forward to seeing photos. Next season, I’ll make sure The Tallest Mermaid gets in on the action!

 

Photos by Justin Robinson

Mom Jeans

Dear Mama, I take back everything I ever said about mom jeans!

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Once upon a time, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of pants that came up anywhere CLOSE to my bellybutton. I can safely say that as fashion has evolved, so have I (thankfully), and the majority of my pants, shorts and skirts happen to be high waisted cuts. Just look at my go-to pants.. and last week’s crepe pants!

I can actually see my mom laughing to herself as she reads this post, because as a kid, I would make a huuuge deal about only wearing low rise pants. Every time I’d complain that a pair were much too high on my stomach, she’d proceed to tell me about the pants she used lay down to zip up to her belly button or higher! At the time, I rolled my eyes and maybe even cried, and refused to give in. Now, I’m doing the exact same thing.

My new fave mom jean is from Long Tall Sally (which, by the way, has a location here in downtown Toronto!). I get compliments on them every time I wear them, and I think they look pretty darn cute with my Calvin Klein set! I’ll definitely be getting a LOT of wear out of these come Spring time.

TTYA Borro Jeans
Price: C$35 (on sale from C$119!!)
Inseam: 36″
I’m wearing a size 6.

 

Photos by Justin Robinson