How does that saying go?
“You always want what you can’t have.”
As a tall(ish) girl measuring 5’9”, it’s long jeans that pool around my feet that I really want — and can never seem to find. I expressed this sentiment during a TME Zoom call once, only to be met with (lovingly) rolled eyes from the majority of the crew as they explained the pains of having to cut/hem/roll for the ages.
I Struck Gold With These Pairs Of “Tall Girl” Jeans
We all just really want jeans that fit. So imagine my surprise when the two pairs Shana recommended for tall girls in her long, loose fit jeans post actually ended up being…uh, really freaking awesome (spoiler alert: one of them pools at my feet like perfection).
Annina Trouser Jean (left) | Melanie High Rise Boot Cut Jean (right)
Cropped lengths have been queen in our recent history, yet as the long, loose styles of the late ’90s and early aughts have come back around, I have mostly struggled to find a pair from my go-to favorite retailers that actually achieve the look I want. The GRLFRND Melanie High Rise Boot Cut Jean and Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser Jean, while very different from one another, make me feel as though I struck GOLD.
GRLFRND Melanie High-Rise Boot Cut Jean
Shop the jeans: Revolve | Bergdorf Goodman | FRWD
Coming in at a whopping 34.5” inseam, these would be perfect for anyone even a bit taller than me. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that I’m the shortest woman these would work for and only when wanting this particular baggy look. I’m afraid anyone smaller than me would actually trip over them (tall girls everywhere can only dream of something like that).
If you like this look but not quite so much the extra length, GRLFRND does happen to make a different blue wash and a black wash with a 33″ inseam and slightly less rise. This same wash I’m wearing is also available in a petite version, having only a 30″ inseam and more than an inch less in the rise…a little something for everyone!
Styling these up has been way too fun since the length is so different from any other pair of jeans I own. I love the way they pool around all my tennis shoes, and they were practically made to be worn with a chunky lug sole or platform sneaker.
While an obvious choice to some might be to pair these with a heel, all I want is to wear these casually — favoring an undone look over a chic one.
Hoodie (similar) | Vest | Jean | Sneaker
I immediately tried these on with my go-to look, a hoodie with a vest thrown over. I’m wearing a low profile sneaker with a very minimal sole, and the ultra baggy look that appeared was just what I wanted!
If you’re taller than me and not looking for jeans to pool at your feet, I imagine these would lay perfectly for someone around 6’1″.
I think the reason this pair specifically works so well in the way I want to wear them is because they are a looser structured pair of jeans throughout the entire leg, but not so wide that I’ve completely lost all shape. In fact, these are the perfect jeans to stuff into cowboy boots a la Princess Diana, one of my favorite looks to rock (when not living in heaps of snow).
Fit Notes: The size 28 in these jeans fits me perfectly, which is where I land in most denim brands these days. The rise is quite high, which made me feel as though they could be a little loose at first, but once I wore them around they settled and are truly just right.
Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser Jean
Shop the jeans: Revolve | Evereve | Shopbop
The second pair of jeans, while not as long, still gives off a full length look that is ideal.
The Annina Trouser Jean is listed on Revolve as having a 34” inseam, though it didn’t appear that way after I tried them on (and from my quick at home measurements, they come in closer to 32”). They were so soft, however, and incredibly perfect for my height, that it was an immediate decision to keep them (you can also scoop them up in a dark wash that looks glorious).
Sweatshirt | Jean | Bag | Sneaker
This Citizens of Humanity pair is outrageously soft for being 100% cotton that I almost don’t believe it. They wear light and airy, and feel good enough to curl up in for a snooze…however, this pair does wrinkle easily. These photos were taken after a quick, steam…quick because I’m not used to actually having to steam my jeans, but this is something to consider if wrinkles worry you.
Blazer (similar) | Top | Jean | Sneaker
The Annina Jeans are so fun to wear with an oversized blazer — it’s that effortless off-duty model vibe I’ve been loving on Pinterest lately.
Jacket | Sweater | Jean | Boots
I’ve actually repeated this outfit numerous times, and while I didn’t come from the generation that wore heels with loose jeans, I am loving it with this pair.
These heeled boots are one of the only two pairs of heels I’ve ever truly LOVED. They’re comfortable, more sassy than they are chic, and truly easy to walk in.
Fit Notes: Wearing a size 28 in this jean, and consider it perfect.
Both jeans are a fantastic investment pair. While the Citizens of Humanity denim works great for my height and even a few inches shorter, the GRLFRND pair takes the cake for being the answer to those real long legs, 5’10” and up.
Maybe tall girls can have what they want after all.
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