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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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