Standing just above six feet tall, I never need help reaching for highly-stacked clothes while shopping, and strangers frequently flatter me by asking if I’m a model (which, by the way, I’m definitely not). But while being tall has its advantages, my height isn’t always ideal when it comes to buying denim. Over the years, however, I’ve managed to amass a collection of jeans that all stretch the entire length of my extremely long legs. If you’re tall like me, here are some tips to help you do the same.
Know your inseam
This sounds obvious, but it’s easy to assume that all long inseam jeans are long enough for you, and that’s not always the case. My ideal inseam is 36″–yours may be 34″. Those two inches could be the difference between looking incredibly chic or looking like you just hit a random growth spurt.
Spring for premium denim
Most premium denim labels make jeans in a variety of lengths, including often hard to come by longer inseams. Two of my favorite labels that consistently roll out ultra-long jeans are Joe’s and MiH. Premium denim can be pricey, but jeans that fit well, look great and will last for ages are a worthwhile investment.
Don’t dismiss all short styles
I have a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans that I love, despite the fact that they barely graze my ankles. However, they look amazing with a wide cuff, so that’s how I wear them… all the time.
It’s also easy to get away with skinny jeans and cigarette styles in shorter inseams since they’re meant to hug the ankles and in some cases, scrunch up at the bottom.
Look beyond long pants
Finding jeans may be a challenge, but you’re likely to have good luck when you turn your attention to denim shorts, skirts, dresses and jackets. Your amazing height may still play a factor, but not nearly as much as when you’re shopping for pants. Trust that for every pair of jeans that’s a bit too short, there are tons of denim looks that will fit just right.
Chime in tall ladies! How do you brave denim shopping?