I have a rocky relationship with Mr. Jeans. I remember the first time I tried on skinny jeans, I forcefully yanked on the pants and put myself into all sorts of contortions in an effort to get the jeans on. Despite all of my squirming, I was only able to get the jeans on as far as my knees. Ugh! I finally gave up for fear that I might seriously injure myself whilst hobbling around the dressing room trying to yank them up. Then there are the times that I breathe a sign of relief that I was able to get the jeans all the way up only to find that there is a waist gape the size of Texas in the back. And of course there’s always the length issue.
Enter Tallwater Jeans founded by 6’2 and 6’3 twin sisters Lynn and Kate from my home state of California. Tallwater offers fabulous made-in-America jeans with an inseam of 37″-38″ so that you can tailor the jean to your perfect length (if need be). Or, just leave them as is so you can flaunt those 5 inch heels you’ve been dying to wear! Tallwater has collaborated with a veteran denim master to create a line of jeans that doesn’t just have a longer inseam but also longer rises and runs, wider leg openings etc. In short, the jeans are tailor made for a tall woman’s body. Ummmm…yes please!!!
This all sounds fine and good on paper but would these jeans REALLY look good on my hard-to-fit size large thighs and bonbon, size small waist and long legs?
As part of this year’s Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, I first ordered the Kimora Slim Bootcut Jeans in a size 10. True confessions – I couldn’t get them completely over my hips and backside no matter how much I jumped around, wriggled and writhed. It was not a flattering scene and Mr. L3 was feeling rather sorry for me while trying to stifle a giggle. I almost threw a fit and was having traumatic flashbacks to my skinny jeans dressing room debacle until I remembered that I have gained 10 lbs in the past few months and it was probably time to accept the fact that I needed to go up a size. I exchanged the 10 for a size 12 and – VOILA – they fit PERFECTLY and are oh-so-comfortable!
|Perfect length even when sitting down!|
|Figured I ought to show you how the jeans look whilst I’m trotting around|
|The jeans look perfect with my fav 2″ heels from Paul Green.|
Fit: I already gave you a sneak peek of the jeans in all of their 38″ inseam glory before I took them to the tailor to shorten them a bit. The inseam is now a smidgen above 36″. This length is perfect for 2-3″ heels (like the Paul Green sandals with a 2″ heel that I’m sporting in the above photos), and the length also works just fine with flats too. When wearing flats, I’ve been cuffing the jeans ever so slightly at the bottom so that they don’t drag on the ground and get frayed. Since the jeans are a slim bootcut style, I also plan to wear boots over (and under) the jeans in cooler temps. The generous mid-rise hits me right at the sweet spot of my waist so that I don’t have to fear that I’ll flash my bum at someone when I sit down, nor do I experience the dreaded waist gape.
Fabric: I can tell that the wonderfully soft 98% cotton/2% spandex fabric is very high quality and will last a long time. The dark indigo is a classic color that can span all seasons and looks great dressed up or dressed down.
Wearability: If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I typically like to test drive new clothes before I review them. I wore my Tallwater Jeans while doing some chateau gawking in the Loire Valley of France last weekend and was THRILLED with how comfortable they were and how great they looked. Stay tuned for my next installment of Tall Travel Style which will focus on my meanderings around France in my new jeans.
|Basking in the sun outside Chateau Chenonceau and marveling at how long my jeans are!|
What’s the longest inseam you’ve ever bought for jeans or pants? Have you ever had a traumatic fitting room experience while trying on jeans?
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