So, you’ve been born over the average height range. Good for you! You’re destined for a life of kicking the end of the bed frame, an overwhelming amount of WNBA jokes, and oh how can we forget - shopping in the tall section. Where is this magical, mythical “tall section” you ask? Well even I still struggle with that question. Throughout my life growing up in Toronto, I have yet to come across many stores that were accommodating to “my kind”. Brands such as Rock and Republic and 7 For All Mankind offer styles in a longer length, but I was looking for jeans that did not have to be considered “an investment”. Most stores would only carry up to 34” length pants and with the introduction of that dreaded Ankle Jean fad hemlines just kept getting shorter and shorter. Thankfully, in my 21 years of experience I have mastered where and when to shop for longer length pants that have countered the stress associated with Spring and Summer fashions (aka non-boot season) without spending a month’s rent.
1) TopShop - A store only recently introduced to the Bay in the Yorkdale and Eaton’s Centre Shopping Centre’s in Toronto. This store is a rare breed of awesome as they include a Tall section in each of their stores. They carry many options of jeans, cords, jeggings, high waisted black plants and longer length shirts to fit most taller heights. The pants each have a 36” inseam and a mid-rise, and in the summer they offer a selection of shorts with longer lengths to accommodate long legs.
2) American Eagle - American Eagle is an inexpensive American retail store that sells casual shirts, pants and outerwear. The selection in store offers several of their popular jean styles in 36” lengths, however online at www.ae.com they have much more selection in X-LONG lengths. The shipping to Canada is still $15, however it is a small price to pay for the reliable service and low prices to begin with.
3) Gap - Similar to American Eagle, Gap offers many of their popular styles in store in LONG length and many more are available online. I was disappointed to discover how many more options there were for our tall American counterparts both online and in store, so sometimes I will splurge for the extra shipping for that perfect ripped skinny jean only available in the states. If you do not want to spend the extra time and money on American shipping, the everyday blue “Always Skinny” style is usually a safe bet for long lengths.
4) Old Navy - At an even lower price point than the past two, I was shocked to discover that OldNavy.ca offered 36” inseams on a few of their styles, most notably the Rockstar Super Skinny Jean. Once again, the U.S. website carries many more options, but I did find the perfect pair of the perfect black “going out” jean for only $34.99 on the Canadian website.