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 pants would always be just a little bit too short. Tailoring every pair I purchased felt overly aspirational (not to mention expensive). Instead, I’d resigned myself to the fact that I would never wear the wide-leg, floor-skimming trousers immortalized by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, and seemingly every style influencer on TikTok.
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. The process of purchasing a pair of men’s pants 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 revolutionary, but by moving my denim search entirely online and paying closer attention to inseams before ordering, I was able to find jeans that actually fit. I quickly learned which inseams would work for me, where they would hit, what shoes they would look best with, 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 possible for tall women to find a perfect pair of jeans without visiting the tailor. You just have to know what to look for. Ahead, ten pairs of the best jeans for tall women.
At a Glance: The Best Jeans for Tall Women
- Why it’s worth it: Several styles from Khaite come in “heel” length, meaning a longer inseam for those of us who may need it without the extra height. This wide-leg, high-rise pair looks great over a pair of chunky boots or, depending on how much length you need, with sneakers or flats.
- Inseam: 33”
- Why it’s worth it: 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 interested in a wider leg but you’re not ready to go full-on disco, this subtle silhouette is a good place to start.
- Inseam: 35”
- Why it’s worth it: Speaking of flares, 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, there’s no going back. These high-waisted flare jeans from Ami hugs perfectly in all the right places, along with a generous inseam and a flattering high rise.
- Inseam: 35”
- Why it’s worth it: I’m obsessed with these stiff (and I mean absolutely no stretch) high-rise jeans from Ulla Johnson. These heavy hitters have worked their way into my weekly rotation. Something to note: if you’re like me and have gotten a little too used to some stretch in your denim, save yourself the hassle of an exchange and order a size up.
- Inseam: 30.25”
- Why it’s worth it: Reformation has one of the best inseam selections out there, with a selection of colors, lengths, and styles suitable for every occasion. After months of searching, these high-rise jeans were one of my first truly successful forays into slouchy straight-leg denim.
- Inseam: 32”
- Why it’s worth it: Say hello to your new go-to errand-running jean—three colors! Three inseams! A sculptural silhouette! Tall women really can have it all.
- Inseam: 34”
- Why it’s worth it: If you’re above 5’9″, you’re no doubt already familiar with Agolde’s wide selection of tall girl-friendly jeans. With dozens of styles available, 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.
- Inseam: 32”
- Why it’s worth it: 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).
- Inseam: 32-34”
- Why it’s worth it: Tall women rejoice: Everlane has been steadily expanding the number of styles it carries in longer lengths. 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?
- Inseam: 29.5”
- Why it’s worth it: Is it just me, or has everyone suddenly started dressing like a cooler version of Travis Birkenstock? I’d barely finished mourning my collection of skinny denim when suddenly, every cool teen on Tiktok started wearing the same pair of loose-legged jeans. In my view, a slightly-too-short skinny jean is forgivable, but the wrong inseam on a pair of baggier pants? We can’t go there. While I was hesitant to invest in a style I was sure would hover awkwardly several inches above the ground, this affordable pair from Zara jeans proved to be surprisingly flattering. If you haven’t already, check out their denim collection.
- Inseam: 28.8”