Hi, I’m Tall & On The Hunt For Full-Length Jeans

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Or rather: Hi, I’m tall-ish. 

I feel as though I need to make a quick disclaimer here: Measuring a little over 5’9”, I’m the tallest at TME but hail from a family that, ironically, has me measuring as average. So, I fully understand that “tall” is a bit relative.

Regardless, full-length jeans feel hard to find for my legs, not just because I’m considered taller than average, but especially due to the fact cropped jeans has been a hot trend in recent years. 

While cropped jeans have certainly had their place in my wardrobe, my interest in them has slowly been growing slim — mostly because I can’t help but feel like my height becomes all chopped up visually when wearing pants that aren’t cropped *just right*.

It’s so dang hard to nail aesthetically pleasing proportions when getting dressed with cropped jeans, and frankly, I don’t want my outfits to feel like work, you know?!

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Full-length jeans, on the other hand, elongate the frame. 

I feel tall and beautiful and confident when rocking a long pair of jeans. And maybe the best part? Shoes are easy. In my opinion, almost every shoe goes with long jeans (specifically if the jeans are truly long enough to cover the tops of shoes).

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Best Full-Length Jeans Overall (my personal fave): Reformation Cynthia High-Rise Straight Long Jeans

The Best Full-Length Jeans For Your Booty: MOTHER High-Rise Weekender Heel

The Most Unique Full-Length Jeans: Frame High-Rise Utility Straight-Leg Jeans

The Best Full-Length Jeans Under $100: Abercrombie & Fitch High-Rise ’90s Relaxed Jeans

The Most Comfortable Full-Length Jean (soft & stretchy!): MOTHER Rider Skimp High-Waist Straight-Leg Jeans

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From Straight To Wide-Leg To Flare: I Tried 14 Full-Length Jeans

I’ve been on this search for full-length jeans for a few months now, seeking out pants that hit at my heel rather than my ankle. I’ve found a single pair here and there to try out, and I attempted one big try-on in the denim section of Nordstrom (but it was mostly a flop in terms of full-length options). 

Still determined to see what else is out there, I set off to scour the internet and gather up jeans that promised at least an inseam of 31 inches, from brands like MOTHER, Frame, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and more. I relinquished any restraints of style, so I could focus on length, but I did my best to find the least-distressed versions to keep the jeans more versatile in their wearability.

While 32 to 33 inches is typically what I desire for jeans to reach my heel, the style of the pants (and an individual’s body shape, for that matter) does directly affect how jeans fit and where that bottom hem lands. So, I gave a little wiggle room in my search, scooping up jeans having anywhere from a 31-inch to a whopping 35-inch inseam. 

The verdict? 

I was left feeling rather hopeful after this try-on, realizing I managed to assemble a catalog including everything from baggy to slim to flare, from extra-high-rise down to mid-rise, and with prices ranging from $30 to high-end.

While not every pair is a home run, there’s more than one that made me excited. Let’s get started!

1. Reformation Cynthia High-Rise Straight Long Jeans

Size: 28
Inseam: 33”

I scooped up this first pair of full-length jeans a few months back, and they’re still my favorite — even after countless try-ons. 

Reformation's Cynthia straight-leg jeans are not only sustainably made, but they also have the shape of rigid denim while still feeling relaxed

Reformation

Reformation’s Cynthia straight-leg jeans are not only sustainably made, but they also have the shape of rigid denim while still feeling relaxed — thanks to its makeup of 57% Regeneratively Grown Cotton and 43% TENCEL Lyocell. The inseam is long enough for heels, but I like the way the pant legs sit on top of sneakers. They even look good cuffed. 

Throughout a ton of regular wear, the waistband has stayed true to size, while the fabric relaxes and continuously feels better.

If you’re not as tall as me, Reformation also makes the Cynthia Straight Leg in a 29″ inseam (which can also be found at Nordstrom).


2. MOTHER The Hustler Roller Heel Wide-Leg Jeans

Size: 28
Inseam: 35″

Another pair that I have been testing out for a little while is The Hustler Roller Heel wide-leg jeans by MOTHER. I actually have an older wash that I scooped up on sale, but the latest washes to have been stocked are so good.

These full-length, wide-leg jeans from MOTHER have a long inseams, perfect for humans even a few inches taller than me.

MOTHER | Nordstrom | Anthropologie | Revolve

These full-length, wide-leg jeans have one of the longest inseams of this roundup, perfect for humans even a few inches taller than me. The jeans are stretchy and slightly heavy feeling, with a leg that is very wide without feeling too baggy.

I have a love-hate relationship with MOTHER because its sizing is very inconsistent (maybe more than any other brand). I’ve needed anywhere from a 27 to a 30 in these jeans, and while my true size works here, they feel too loose over time, and I’m finding that I need to size down.


3. Mother High-Waisted Weekender Heel

Size: 28
Inseam: 33.5”

First things first, the Mother Weekender Heel jeans in Belle De Jour run small. I definitely need to go up a size.

The Mother Weekender Heel jeans in Belle De Jour run small. I definitely need to go up a size.

MOTHER | Nordstrom | Bloomingdales | Neiman Marcus

Flare jeans are not my favorite, but if you like the style, these are good. The jeans hit at my ideal length for all shoe pairings and are nice and stretchy.

The best part? THAT BOOTY. I don’t even have a bum, but these make you believe otherwise and hugged me in allll the right places.


4. MOTHER Rider Skimp Straight-Leg Jeans

Size: 28
Inseam: 31”

The MOTHER Rider Skimp straight-leg jeans are one of the better surprises in this try-on for me.

MOTHER | Nordstrom | Revolve | Bloomingdales

I could’ve sworn I’d tried this style in the past and it wasn’t as long — but nevertheless, a 31-inch inseam in these MOTHER jeans hits right between the ankle and heel on me. While not fully reaching my heel, I give these pants a thumbs-up because they look and feel really good.

These straight-leg jeans fit me true to size. There are multiple washes to choose from on MOTHER’s website, and I’m very tempted to try this style in the wash of the previous pair I tried on, Belle De Jour!


5. Frame High-Waist Extra-Long Barrel Jeans

Size: 28
Inseam: 35”

If you’re taller than me, the Extra-Long Barrel Jeans from Frame are for you.

If you’re taller than me, the Extra-Long Barrel Jeans from Frame are for you.

Frame | Nordstrom

In fact, Frame has become a brand I’ve really come to respect; it regularly turns out unique, beautiful pairs of jeans for long legs. I tend to run in between sizes 27 and 28 with Frame denim, but the Extra-Long Barrel Jeans are also extra-high (12.5-inch rise, reaches right up to my rib cage), so a 28 does work great.

This barrel style hangs baggy and loose in the legs, which is rather comfortable and youthful feeling.


6. Frame High-Rise Utility Straight-Leg Jeans

Size: 28
Inseam: 34”

I adore this pair. I scooped up Frame’s Utility Straight-Leg Jeans in wash Primetime a few months ago and have worn them on the regular.

I scooped up Frame's Utility Straight-Leg Jeans in wash Primetime a few months ago & have worn them on the regular.

Frame | Nordstrom | Saks

I stuck with my true size, which is perfect after a wash (and dry), but the waist of these Frame Utilitiy (aka cargo!) jeans does bag out with wear, so sizing down could be an option depending on how you like to wear + care for your denim.

Cargo jeans were initially labeled a microtrend early last year, but Vogue recently stated in an article that it believes the style is now here to stay for awhile. “In” or “out,” I’m a huge fan.


7. Abercrombie & Fitch High-Rise Loose Jeans

Size: 27L
Inseam: 32.5”

Abercrombie & Fitch is a great denim option for anyone who doesn’t want high-end prices but still has high expectations.

Its jean prices typically hovers around $100, but with frequent promotions you can usually score a pair for under $100. And the quality of Abercrombie jeans are honestly a lot better than most others under $100 options (which really becomes apparent when doing huge try-ons such as this).

Abercrombie & Fitch is a great denim option for anyone who doesn't want high-end prices but still has high expectations.

Regular | Curve Love

The High-Rise Loose Jeans have a pretty dang perfect length, a fitted waist, and a loose leg from top to bottom. While Abercrombie has a Curve Love option, as someone without any curves, I feel like there is built-in room in this pair that would flatter a curvy body shape (especially in the thigh area — it’s very roomy).

I ordered a 27 after reading reviews of how “loose” these are, assuming they meant the waist, but after a second pass through, I believe they’re just talking about the jeans overall (which, hello, loose is actually in the name). A 27 worked, but I would probably prefer a 28.


8. Abercrombie & Fitch High-Rise ’90s Relaxed Jeans

Size: 28L
Inseam: 33”

Ohh, baby, I love the 90s Relaxed Jeans by Abercrombie & Fitch. You can grab Abercrombie jeans in multiple inseam options (a HUGE plus considering very few brands do this), and the long inseam is a perfect full length.

Abercrombie jeans come in multiple inseam options (a HUGE plus considering few brands do this), & the long inseam's a perfect full length.

Regular | Curve Love

The waist on these ’90s jeans is maybe a bit tighter than I would like, so if you’re in between sizes, I would recommend trying a size up.

A big win of this pair? You get a loose leg while still having a flattering booty.


9. Good American Good Classic Slim Jeans

Size: 8
Inseam: 33”

After reading reviews on the Good American Good Classic Slim Jeans, I sized up to an 8, and they fit great.

After reading reviews on the Good American Good Classic Slim Jeans, I sized up to an 8, and they fit great.

Good American | Nordstrom

These Good American jeans are very reminiscent of skinny jeans (much tighter in real life than on the model’s legs), and I can’t help but think they would look freaking amazing with cowgirl or wide-calf boots pulled up over them.

The booty these jeans give is a shocking benefit. I feel as though my backside has been Photoshopped — it’s like the denim has some sort of magical plumping affect?!


10. Good American Good Icon Straight-Leg Jeans

Size: 6
Inseam: 32”

The Good Icon jeans by Good American fit well in the waist but pull in the hips/thigh area, and didn’t give me the same look as the model (just as I experienced with the previous pair).

The Good Icon jeans by Good American fit well in the waist but pull in the hips/thigh area, & didn't give me the same look as the model.

Good American | Nordstrom

I feel as though the models might be sizing up a tad, or perhaps my body shape just isn’t ideal for these jeans. To achieve that looser boyfriend look that the model has, I would have to size up one or two.

I thought these were OK but nothing to write home about.


11. Gap Mid-Rise ’90s Loose Jeans

Size: 28L
Inseam: 31.5”

Calling all mid-rise lovers, Gap is making so many great mid-rise jeans right now!

Calling all mid-rise lovers, Gap is making so many great mid-rise jeans right now!

Gap

I’m not personally very fond of mid-rise pants, but I do enjoy Gap’s ’90s Loose Jeans. Since they sit lower on me and I have no hips, I find these are a bit big and that I should’ve sized down (I think that would give me less of a “skater girl” look too).

Gap has a general inseam size guide that lists long inseams at 33.5 inches, but over the past few years of buying from Gap, I’ve realized that its size guide is not accurate, and every long inseam is different depending on the jeans. (A few new listings on Gap’s website have individual inseams listed, but most of them do not.) The ’90s Loose Jeans are shorter than the size guide listed yet is still just about perfect on me, lengthwise.


12. Gap High-Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans

Size: 28T
Inseam: 32”

I cheated a bit here, as the High-Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans by Gap are technically ankle-length jeans.

Gap

I went up an extra size in inseam from my regular (from a long to a tall), and these became a great full-length option. In fact, this pair feels a lot like a dupe for the Reformation Cynthia jeans when doing so.

My true size is perfect, and while this wash is a bit more rigid than others, the Cheeky Straight jeans do break in with wear (I’ve had them for about a month).


13. H&M ’90s Straight High Jeans

Size: 8
Inseam: 31”

While I do often recommend H&M to those looking for jeans under $50, after doing a try-on of this magnitude, it’s very apparent how different the qualities are from this pair to the higher-end ones.

I often recommend H&M for jeans under $50, but after doing a try-on, it's apparent how different the qualities are from this pair to the higher-end ones.

H&M

The fit of H&M’s straight-leg jeans is good, but not as great as others (I’m guessing due to the thinner quality of material used).

While there weren’t any inseams actually listed on H&M’s website, I went off of all the reviews exclaiming how long they were. My own measurements have them coming in at 31 inches. The washes look a bit different in person too.


14. H&M Wide Ultra-High Jeans

Size: 8
Inseam: 31”

The Wide Ultra-High Jeans from H&M are a bit too short on me, but I prefer this style over the previous H&M pair.

The Wide Ultra-High Jeans from H&M are a bit too short on me.

H&M

I would genuinely really like these jeans if it weren’t for them being too short. Depending on your specific height, the jeans have a raw hem for cutting. The pants don’t do anything majorly special for my backside, but they’re soft and easy to wear.

While these ultra-high jeans from H&M still aren’t in the same ballgame as the other brands, for $30 they’re a great wide-leg option for anyone a bit shorter than me!


Outfit Notes:

Sweatshirt – wearing a large.
Sneakers – TTS, and worth signing up for restock notifications/checking back regularly… They sneakily restock quite often, but sizes always go quick!

Xx,
Amy

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ISO: the best full-length jeans for tall women. So, I'm trying all the styles (like straight, flare & '90s) from MOTHER, Gap, Abercrombie & more.

2 COMMENTS

  1. THANK YOU! 5’8” here, and so tired of cropped or “ankle-length” everything. I spent my formative years doing my best to *avoid* high-waters, thank you!

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