The 11 Best Jeans of 2022 for Tall Women Fit As Good As They Feel

Believe it or not, Abercrombie Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean impressed us with their ample inseam lengths

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Everybody needs a good pair of jeans. But whether you’re petite, curvy, or tall, it’s actually one of the most difficult items to shop for. While each body shape poses its own challenges, any tall gal knows the struggle of finding jeans that fit perfectly through the waist but ends up accidentally cropped. 

In order to find the best jeans for tall women, we interviewed a few professional stylists for their best advice when making your next denim purchase. Susan Moses, professional stylist and author of The Art of Dressing Curves recommends paying close attention to your measurements. “If you're tall, the most important things to look for are the inseam, the length of the jeans, the rise, or the measurement from the top of the waistband to the center of the crotch seam, and your waist size,” she says. Knowing your measurements will help immensely when shopping for the perfect-length denim. We were impressed with the inseam lengths from Abercrombie’s Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean, which comes in both on-trend and classic denim styles.

But for the rest of our list, from a splurge-worthy fit to a sustainable solution, keep scrolling for our favorite picks.

Best Overall: Abercrombie & Fitch 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans

Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean

Abercrombie & Fitch

What We Love: It comes in a wide-variety of washes, so you can own more than one.

What We Don’t Love: This pair of jeans is so popular, it frequently sells out. Make sure to check back often for restocks.

The mall brand of your youth recently underwent a makeover, and this time around, they are focused on fit. With five different lengths ranging from petite to tall, not to mention along with 15 different sizes and washes ensure there is an option for everyone. The crisscross waist creates cinching around the waist. LA-based stylist Vanessa Powell says “High rise jeans work well for long-torsoed tall women. This rise helps balance the proportions of the body and creates the illusion of a longer leg.” Created with the perfect amount of stretch, we promise you’ll keep these on long after you’ve returned home for the night. All of this coupled with an under $100 price point earned this pair the top spot on our list.

Price at time of publish: $89

Inseam: 32.5 in. | Sizes: 23W-37W  | Washes: 15

Best Value: Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle Jeans for Women

Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle Jeans for Women

Old Navy

What We Love: Too often, we are forced to pay more for size inclusivity. Old Navy offers a wide selection at an accessible price point.

What We Don’t Love: This style sells out quickly, so check back often to find your size.

Denim is often priced at a premium, but it is possible to find quality options at a bargain price point — case and point, this pair from Old Navy. With so many styles and washes, we struggled to pick a favorite, but the O.G. Straight Ankle impressed us overall with its versatility. Gen-Z tried to convince us that skinny jeans were “out”, but we aren’t ready to let go just yet and actually think the staple still deserves a spot in your closet. At $50, these offer the most bang for your buck.  

Price at time of publish: $50

Inseam: 32 in. | Sizes: 2-20  | Washes: 2

Best Splurge: Paige Manhattan 32” Boot Distressed Jeans

Paige Manhattan 32” Boot Distressed Jeans

Zappos

What We Love: The ample amount of stretch allows these jeans to mold to your body without losing its shape.

What We Don’t Love: The raw hem might come undone over time.

A bootcut style of jeans is a staple for your denim wardrobe, but for tall women, finding the right length can be difficult. This flexible option from Paige offers a comfortable and classic silhouette. Six percent polyester and two percent elastane give this pair the perfect amount of stretch for comfortable wear without losing their original shape. Because it has a raw hem, it might unravel the more you wear them, but by taking good care of them — and following the proper washing instructions — you won’t have to worry.

Price at time of publish: $229

Inseam: 32 in. | Sizes: 23-34  | Washes: 1

Best High-Rise: Gap High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans with Washwell

Gap High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans with Washwell

Gap

What We Love: Made with the perfect amount of stretch, this flexible pair of denim looks sophisticated without compromising on comfort.    

What We Don’t Love: We wish this pair was available in more washes.

Gap has been a go-to spot for closet staples, and their denim selection is no exception. Professional stylist Susan Moses keeps this pair in rotation. “Unbeknownst to many, the Gap has one of the best selections of inseam offerings and they include tall sizes. Their high-rise vintage slim jeans have smoothing pockets that are great for tall women that want a comfortably fitted silhouette without them being too tight or too baggy.” We’re fond of this classic dark wash, but we wish they had more options to choose from.

Price at time of publish: $70

Inseam: 31 in. | Sizes: 22-35 | Washes: 1

Best Flare: ASOS Design Tall 70s Flare

ASOS Design Tall 70s Flare

ASOS

What We Love: These jeans are already a bargain, but they frequently go on sale. 

What We Don’t Love: Because of their great price, many sizes sell out quickly.

The verdict is in: ultra skinny denim is out and wide legs, flares, and flouncy hems are in. When looking to add a trendier style to your denim lineup, check out ASOS. Traci Franklin, a New York City-based stylist, loves ASOS for tall women. Their tall collection includes options with a 36-inch inseam at $50 or less. Need more convincing? Their denim goes on sale regularly so you can snag it for even less.

Price at time of publish: $50

Inseam: 36 in. | Sizes: 24-38 | Washes: 1

Best Straight Leg: Everlane The Way-High Jean

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Everlane The Way-High Jean

Everlane

What We Love: The straight-leg cut is super forgiving. 

What We Don’t Love: This pair requires a bit of breaking in. On first wear, they may feel a little stiff.

Calling all long torso-ed ladies. These ultra high rise pants promise to reach your waist. On top of that, the straight-leg style makes this pair of denim super versatile. For those with longer legs, an extra inch or two around the ankle for a cropped look. For those with wider hips, check out their curvy fit style.    

Price at time of publish: $98                

Inseam: 29.5 in. | Sizes: 23-35  | Washes: 8

Best Mid-Rise: Madewell The Tall Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Jean

Madewell The Tall Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Jean

Madewell

What We Love: The website size finder makes picking out your size super easy. 

What We Don’t Love: We wish this was available in more washes.

For tall ladies, the rise of the jean is super important, and mid-rise denim is the most versatile of all. Georgia-based stylist McKenzie Crouch went viral on Tik Tok for her video on how to find your next favorite pair of jeans. Madewell is one of her go-tos. “I love Madewell’s jeans for tall women because they have two categories: ‘Tall’ for women who are five-foot-eight to five-foot-11, and ‘Taller,’ for women over six feet,” she says. This gives tall gals extra options when it 

Price at time of publish: $128

Inseam: 30.5 in. | Sizes: 23-33  | Washes: 1

Best Black: Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans

Levi's WEDGIE STRAIGHT FIT WOMEN'S JEANS in black

Levi's

What We Love: Designed to deliver extra lift, these jeans boost your bum. 

What We Don’t Love: Upon first wear, the jeans can feel stiff. 

Another one of stylist Moses’s faves, Levi’s offers the option to mix and match between a variety of fabrics, lengths, and styles. We are partial to the Wedgie Straight Fit in the classic black wash denim for its extra lift on your backside. While the fabric feels stiff at first, it loosens up a bit after a couple of wears. We recommend wearing them a few times to break in properly

Price at time of publish: $98

Inseam: 30 in. | Sizes: 23-34  | Washes: 13

Best for Curvy Figures: Torrid Bombshell Skinny Premium Stretch High-Rise Jean

Torrid Bombshell Skinny Jean

Torrid

What We Love: These jeans frequently go on sale, so you can get an even better price.  

What We Don’t Love: We wish this style came in more than one wash.

Stylist Moses swears by this pair of jeans as the most complimented denim in her closet. “If you are a curvy tall woman, Torrid offers stylish options with inseams up to 33 inches,” she says, “Complete with smoothing panels for your tummy and stretchy, compression denim, these jeans deliver a sleek yet comfortable fit.”

Price at time of publish: $90

Inseam: 33 in. | Sizes: 10-30  | Washes: 1

Best Extra Tall : American Tall Women’s Tall Jada Mom Jeans

American Tall Women’s Tall Jada Mom Jeans

American Tall

What We Love: Available in two inseams: 33 and 35 inches, American Tall designs denim for women up to 6’6” tall. 

What We Don’t Love: These tend to run a little large, so we recommend sizing down.

We love this modern take on a mom jean for its loose fit but structured design.“I've styled women of all heights and sizes,” says Moses, “American Tall has denim options for women that are six-foot-nine to six-foot-six. Their sole focus is on tall individuals which creates a better fit.” 

Price at time of publish: $79

Inseam: 35 in. | Sizes: 25-34  | Washes: 5

Best Made-to-Order: Unspun Light Loose Fit Jeans

Unspun Light Loose Fit Jeans

Unspun

What We Love: Unspun doesn’t use sizing. Each pair of jeans is made specifically to your body type, so you get the best possible fit.  

What We Don’t Love: Since these jeans are made to order, shipping time takes around 3-4 weeks.

We get it: $200 plus is a steep price to pay for a pair of jeans, but hear us out: Appalled by the amount of clothing ending up in landfills each year — or worse, burned — Unspun set out to reduce waste in the clothing industry. Instead of choosing a pair of jeans based on your size, Unspun develops a mold with your specific measurements to create their denim. All you have to do is take a video on their app and choose which style, wash, stitching, and hardware. The jeans are made to order, so there is no excess inventory buildup. Although this majorly cuts back on waste, it does increase ship time. Prepare to wait up to 4 weeks to get your order. 

Price at time of publish: $215

Inseam: N/A | Sizes: N/A  | Washes: 5

What To Keep In Mind When Shopping for Jeans for Tall Women

Inseam

The inseam is the measurement from the top of your thigh to the bottom of your pants. Stylist Crouch recommends knowing your inseam length before going shopping for jeans. “​​The most common denim fit issue for tall women is the inseam length. Most brands only offer petite or plus size denim which limits the style options for tall women.” Powell suggests tall women look for inseams starting at 30 inches. 

Zipper

Another thing to keep in mind when shopping is the zipper length. “It is important for women, tall women especially, to pay attention to the length of the zipper,” says Crouch, “Short zippers that are not covering at least three-quarters of the denim can give the appearance of bunching or worse, camel toe.”

Your Questions, Answered

What are some common fit issues tall women face when looking for jeans?

Fit issues for tall women range beyond jeans appearing too cropped or hitting an awkward spot on your ankle. Stylist Franklin believes paying attention to the rise of the jean is super important when picking out your next pair. “A longer inseam is important,” says Franklin, “but a higher rise is just as important. This ensures a high-waisted jean is actually high-waisted, and it isn’t hitting you below your belly button.” 

When should you save and when should you splurge on denim? 

Powell has a few tips for when it makes the most sense to splurge on denim. “Splurge on a classic pair of denim in a light to medium wash that fits your body comfortably. Don’t pay too much attention to trends, and just focus on what works for you,” she suggests, “It might be a bit of a treasure hunt to find that perfect pair, but it’s worth the time and splurge once you meet your match. If you get overwhelmed by all the options, stick to the middle man: a medium wash, mid-rise, relaxed straight leg. These will never steer you wrong.” 

How to best care for your denim?

“Don’t overwash your denim. A good pair of jeans should get better with each wear,” says Powell, “When you wash them, flip them inside out and wash on cold. This will prevent fading and shrinking. A good pair of jeans should last for several years.” 

Why Trust InStyle?

Former Real Simple beauty editor, Anneke Knot is currently a full-time freelancer, based in San Francisco. She writes beauty and fashion stories for outlets like Health, Forbes, Real Simple, and more. For this piece, she also interviewed Georgia-based stylist McKenzie Crouch, New York City-based stylist Traci Franklin, and LA-based stylist Vanessa Powell.

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