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The Long And Short Of It: Mad On Magenta Coats

Living on the larger end of the clothing size rack can prove a challenge when you try to find something fashionable to wear, when you then throw another aesthetic into the mix it can prove even more difficult.  A while back Emma and I reviewed a couple of pieces from a high street store's tall and petite range to show how different heights can be styled, something of which we both feel is a huge gap in the plus size market that brands are just not exploiting.  Being such varying heights, we both work our wardrobes and adapt clothing out there on the high street to suit our shapes as best we can.
Emma and I decided to turn this one off post we did into a monthly challenge, both taking at least one  similar garment and styling into an outfit for our size and height.  We're looking to just showcase our love for fashion, but at the same time make a stand when a dress or top just is not quite right - and that's the long and short of it.

Despite our aesthetic differences, Emma and I actually have quite similar taste in clothing and we both picked up this pink coat in the Evans sale in January.  We've both fallen in love with the magenta colouring and nipped it up at a bargain price!
I chose to let this coat do all the talking and simply pop a dark silhouette underneath it, I teamed my Ann Harvey top with my Simply Be skinny jeans in black to do this.  I then simply threw on a pink necklace I picked up (from one of my many trips to Tesco) and kept the make up simply for a bit of an effortless look.  I wore this to my niece's birthday party in January and got nothing but compliments on the look, since then I've been playing around with how to wear it with other colours ready for Spring and think this would look pretty darn cute with some boyfriend jeans and a crop top.

Coat, Evans (similar here) | Jeans, Simply Be | Top, Ann Harvey* | Shoes, George at Asda | Necklace, Tesco (similar here)

Let's talk technical and get down to the nitty gritty - this coat is pretty darn good, it's a good length on my taller body, a great colour and the materials is made of a light weight crepe that will make it really versatile between seasons.  It's true to size and a great fit, the only downside is the length of the sleeves aren't long enough for me.  This isn't such an issue as I can turn them up in the spring and go boyfriend style, but in the colder month I'd be grateful for those extra inches.  Saying that, it's not a deal breaker and I still love it.
The top I'm wearing was originally sent to me by Ann Harvey a long while back which I totally neglected to blog (sorry!), when I first opened the package I wasn't bowled over by it.  It was a draped top with a basic necklace and in black, so not ground breaking but I've worn it to death over the last few months and re-purchased it several times as a basic staple.  Some plus size women swerve away from hanky hems with a hard turn, but I find they work really well on my body shape and I love how loose the fit is whilst nipping me in under the bust so it's a perfect staple.

Go head over to Em's blog now to check out how she styled this jacket on her petite frame and come back to tell us which one you like more or how you'd style it!

Thanks for reading, stay tuned next month for a Spring special!

*Denotes item gifted for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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