Finding the right pair often feels like trying to find a needle in a haystack when it comes to jeans. For some tall women, mid-rise skinny jeans are the best middle ground, while others gravitate towards pairs with higher rises that allow them to show off their long and shapely legs.
Whatever pair you choose, there’s no wrong answer. The best thing you can do is determine a style that works for you, then find a pair in that style in a wash and construction that you love.
Today, we’ll talk about how tall women can find the right jeans and showcase one of our most popular styles – classic mid-rise tall skinny ankle jeans.
The Secret to Better Jeans Shopping as a Tall Women
One of the most important things to understand when you’re buying jeans is how they’re sized. As a taller woman, it can be challenging to find the right jeans. Often, if they fit through the waist and hips, they’ll inevitably be too short in the inseam length.
Unlike other types of pants sized using a standard numerical size, jeans are usually sized using two different measurements – the waist width and the leg length. On the tag, this is typically written as 27x30 or 25x29.
Getting the right measurements for jeans is important because of the stiffer nature of denim. In a pair of leggings or yoga pants, the fabric’s stretch helps accommodate various body shapes within the same standard size. However, since denim was designed to be durable and withstand heavy labor, it doesn’t conform to the body as closely. In recent years, jean manufacturers have been incorporating more stretch, but they still can’t match the flexibility of lycra, rayon, or other athleisure-focused fabrics.
There are a few important measurements to keep in mind when shopping for jeans, especially if you’re on the taller side.
The inseam measures the length from the bottom of the crotch to the hem around the ankle. The standard mid-rise tall skinny ankle jeans will end right around the ankle bone.
This is an area where standard mall brands may not give you what you need for taller women. At American Tall, we carry inseam lengths up to 37”, while most mall brand jeans stop at 34”.
If you’re looking for mid-rise skinny jeans for tall women, you’ll need to take a close look at the rise. This is the length between the mid-point of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch.
Many taller women struggle to find jeans with the right rise. Since they have longer torsos, any standard pair of mid-rise jeans will be woefully short. So instead, scope out mid-rise skinny jeans for tall women at specialty retailers like American Tall, where the rise is designed to accommodate a taller torso.
Since jeans fit so closely, you’ll want to find a pair that can nip in neatly at your waist while allowing enough space for your hips. On a pair of classic mid-rise tall skinny jeans, you’ll want to ensure both the hip and waist measurements are accurate. You can do this by measuring around your natural waist, then your hips. To find an accurate hip measurement, you’ll want to measure the fullest part of your buttocks, which is usually 1-1.5 inches below your zipper.
Want to explore the wide variety of tall women's mid-rise skinny jeans that we have available? Shop our full denim collection at American Tall, where we have both mid-rise and high-rise jeans that are specifically designed and tailored for taller women.
Don’t waste your time trying on jeans that will inevitably be too short. Shop American Tall for high-quality, well-fitting denim for women.