Denim for Long Legs and Everything In Between

Apr 30, 2019

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Denim options have been broadening and lengthening for some years now, and I must admit, I am tickled to see it happen. From longer inseams, to extra long inseams, curvy styles, plus sizes and a variety of washes and styles, it seems denim is becoming tailored to what we are shopping for.

Having been shopping for a pair of black skinny jeans for my fall and winter wardrobe, I returned to Madewell as I have a pair of these from Madewell in dark wash and am loving their fit. The price is nice as well – $128, and with as much as I wear denim, the cost-per-wear will be in the single digits in no time.

While there are many different details to consider when shopping for the best fitting denim for you, below are the details I consider and now know based on my tastes are what I prefer:

  • % of stretch
    • Some denim can be wonderfully stretchy and feel as though you are wearing a thick pair of leggings, while others can be stiff and sturdy. My preference is somewhere in between as I like some structure and already have leggings to wear, but don’t need to wear leggings when I want to wear my jeans. So I took a look at the blend-percentage to determine what I need to shop for as I loved the jeans I mentioned above (also shown below). The percentage – 88% cotton 12% elastane.
  • Rise
    • I used to wear low to mid-rise jeans in my 20s; now, I am loving high-rise, not sky-high rise mind you, but 10″ rise, as it silhouettes the waist comfortably and attractively.
  • Inseam
    • I have purchased and loved Frame’s Karlie Forever jeans (shown below). While 34″ inseam is a bit too long for me, it gave me the option of tailoring them precisely to the length I wanted with a quick trip to the tailor.
  • Wash
    • There are as many washes as there are colors in the rainbow and then some, but my go-to washes are dark denim for year-round wear, black for fall/winter and a vintage or lighter wash for summer/spring.
  • Style
    • Each of us will choose a style that flatters our figure. As well, depending upon our height and the shoes we prefer to wear, this will also determine our style/cut. Skinny as well as slim cuts are something I gravitate toward due to not only my height (5’11”), but also to provide balance with a looser blouse or structured blazer or oversized sweater that I tend to pair with my jeans.

With all of the brands shared below, they not only offer extremely long inseams (I have listed them with each pair), but when you click on the brand name above the image, you will be directed to the page with oodles of styles to choose from which include in nearly each style and wash a petite, regular, tall, as well as curvy.

A variety of price points are found amongst the list below, so I do hope you find a pair you feel most confident and effortlessly chic wearing. Having worn and loved all of the brands listed below except Paige and L’Agence, I am included these two as they are trusted brands I look forward to exploring.


~Madewell’s Taller 10-inch High Waist Skinny Jeans (Hayes Wash) 33 1/2″ inseam, more here~


~Frame Forever Karlie Skinny Jeans, 34″ inseam (more colors and style)~


~GAP Mid Rise Best Girlfirend Jeans with Raw Hem, Tall 31.5″ inseam; use promo code THEBEST to enjoy 45% off denim~

Paige Denim

~High Rise Leggy Extra Long Ultra Skinny (more colors) inseam 35 1/2″~


~L’Agence Marguerite High Rise Skinny in Dark Vintage, 30″ inseam~

7 for All Mankind Jeans


7 thoughts on “Denim for Long Legs and Everything In Between

  1. Nice selection Shannon. I am of the school you get what you pay for. I have a few pairs of JBrand and Frame jeans which I love wearing but was looking for some responsibly sourced denim at a reasonable price which I found in Marks and Spencer.(UK) I bought 3 pairs as they fit so well and at £15 per pair I am so delighted?

  2. Good morning Shannon! Great post! I was wondering if you have the link for the jeans shown in the top first picture of your post? It’s the one with the model wearing a blue button down shirt and leopard print flats. They are really nice looking. Thank you!

    1. Kathy, there is no link for the jeans unfortunately in the top photo, but Madewell and other brands have a raw hem option. Karlie Forever are also raw hemmed jeans. Be sure to check them out. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Shannon. Thanks for the options. As someone who is 5’9″ and a size 2 I spend large portions of my shopping life looking for pants and jeans that are long enough. Many calls start with a size 6.I have had luck with the tallers at Madewell. I’ve been looking for a couple of years for tall khaki jeans. If you or your readers run across any I would be grateful for the info.

    1. Lisa, Thank you for stopping by TSLL. 🙂 While I don’t know the exact brand of these particular leopard ballet flats, I know where you can find similar pairs. Check out Rothy’s – (I have a pair in camel and LOVE them). If you want leather flats, try Sarah Flint – Cole Hahn also offers a classic pair – And if you want to invest a bit more – these from Christian Dior are stunning –

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