The Best Jeans for Tall Women in 2021 That Fit Perfectly
It took me a long time to learn how to dress for my height. For years, I believed that the best jeans for tall women were jeans that could be shoved into boots to conceal how short they were, lest one’s exposed ankles succumb to frostbite—or worse, ridicule!
At five feet eleven inches, I’ve always towered over my friends, and by my mid-twenties, I’d accepted my destiny as someone whose jeans would always be just a tiny bit too short. Tailoring each and every pair of pants I purchased felt time-consuming and financially irresponsible. Instead, I’d resigned myself to a life of pulling awkwardly at my clothes, convincing myself I could pass off full-length trousers as “cropped” and forgoing heels in an effort to keep my hems as close to the ground as possible.
But even as I made peace with what I considered a cruel twist of genetic fate, I wondered why women’s sizing is so much less straightforward than men’s. Their process just seems so simple: waist, inseam, voila! A perfect fit. After years of watching the men in my life purchase jeans without even bothering to try them on, I figured it couldn’t hurt to start approaching women’s pants the way men approached theirs: by shopping—and searching—strictly by inseam.
It may not seem all that revolutionary, but by moving my denim search entirely online and paying closer attention to inseams before ordering, I was able to find denim that actually fit. I quickly learned which inseams would work for me, where they would hit, and that pants from retailers that don’t specify an inseam will almost always be too short. After years—nay, decades!—walking around with exposed ankles, I discovered it’s absolutely possible for tall women to find a perfect fit without visiting the tailor. You just have to know what to look for. Ahead, nine pairs of the best jeans for tall women.
Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans
If you’re above five-nine, you’re no doubt already familiar with Madewell’s tall and taller sections. With dozens of styles available in not one but two additional inseam lengths, the brand’s comfortable and consistently sized selection is a go-to for tall women. I just started wearing their perfect vintage jeans, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Mother Super Cruiser
Why stop at wide-leg when you can go full-on flare? I’ll admit it’s taken me a minute to embrace the return of flare and boot-cut denim, but now that I’ve dipped a toe, I figure I might as well go big. These high-waisted flare jeans have the perfect amount of stretch, along with a generous 35.4-inch inseam (the longest on this list!).
Frame Le High Rise
It’s not every day I speak to strangers in line at Sweetgreen, but when I saw someone looking insanely put together in these 70s-inspired jeans, I had to ask where she’d purchased them. If you’re not ready to go full-on disco with the pair above, this more subtle silhouette is a good place to start.
Gap High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans With Secret Smoothing Pockets
Gap has one of the best inseam selections out there, with a majority of their styles available in short, petite, regular, long, and tall sizes. These high-waisted cigarette jeans have just enough stretch to fit like a glove, but last several wears without starting to feel baggy.
Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jean
That said, I realize the millennial crowd (myself included) may not be ready to completely abandon skinny jeans just yet. This pair from Everlane comes in a generous 30.5-inch inseam and is available in five different washes.
Agolde 90’s Pinch-Waist Jeans
Before I made inseam stalking my part-time job, I nearly swore off Agolde denim after inadvertently ordering a pair of their jeans with a 26-inch inseam. With three and a half more inches to spare, however, this vintage-inspired pair is an honest-to-goodness gamechanger for tall women on the hunt for wear-everywhere straight-leg jeans.
Mango Wide Leg High Waisted Jeans
Is it just me, or has everyone suddenly started dressing like a cooler version of Travis Birkenstock? I’d barely finished mourning my robust collection of skinny denim, when suddenly, every Cool Teen™ in New York City started wearing the same pair of effortless loose-legged jeans. While I was hesitant to invest in a style I was sure would hover awkwardly several inches above the ground, this affordable pair from Mango proved to be surprisingly flattering, and long enough to pool nonchalantly around my sneakers.
Levi’s High Loose
Not only does Levi’s ultra-soft High Loose style come in both 29 and 31-inch inseams, but with a 13-inch rise and just the right amount of stretch, these pants are comfortable enough to withstand an eight-hour remote workday (you know, for days when you feel like pushing yourself).
Denim Forum Boyfriend High Rise Loose
Tall women rejoice: nearly every style from Aritzia’s in-house denim collection, Denim Forum, is available in more than one length. This ’90s-inspired pair makes me feel like Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding—you know, when she’s chasing Dermot Mulroney’s character down Michigan Avenue in a stolen bread van?