Tallwater Jeans review

Tall Clothing Review: 38″ Inseam Slim Bootcut Jeans From Tallwater Jeans

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!

Extra-Long Jeans for Ladies
Tallwater Jeans for Tall Women
Perfect length even when sitting down!
36" Inseam Jeans for Women
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.

Tall 38" Inseam Jeans for Ladies
Basking in the sun outside Chateau Chenonceau and marveling at how long my jeans are!

Your turn…

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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  • Reply The Tall Mama May 22, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Those jeans look great on you!! I'm still in pursuit of my perfect pair and would love to give that brand a try. Buying jeans is almost as hard / traumatic as buying swimwear!

    Allison @ thetallmamastyle.blogspot.com

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Allison – Thanks a bunch for the compliment! I COMPLETELY agree that jeans shopping is as traumatizing as swimsuit shopping. Sigh! Hope you find your perfect jeans soon!

  • Reply Sara - Girl in the Pretty Dress May 25, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Lovely jeans – I have exactly the same issue with my derriere. I gave up on jeans a few years ago and switched to jeggings to avoid 'the gape' at the back, but I really missed proper denim. Which chateau is that in the last photo? It looks familiar… x

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures May 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Sara! Jeggings are a great idea. Now that I wear skinny jeans more, I have had luck finding super stretchy jeans that fit. Actually, I've mostly been wearing stretchy skinny jeans lately which is why I was so thrilled to find a pair of non-skinnies that fit. The chateau in the last pic is Chenonceau. 🙂

    • Reply Sara - Girl in the Pretty Dress June 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I thought it looked familiar – I think I visited it when I was little. x

  • Reply Patricia F. May 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Great pictures and even better review! You look gorgeous, those jeans suit you perfectly! I'll keep in mind visiting Tall Water for my next jeans purchase! Thanksa lot for sharing!!

    xxPaty @antesAltaquesinsilla.blogspot.com

  • Reply Dawn Lucy May 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Those jeans look fab on you, Beautiful! Thanks so much for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy


  • Reply Alice Warren June 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

    These jeans look fab on you!


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

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  • Reply Anett August 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great jeans that fit you perfectly! Buhu, I get so jealous of all these tall brands that are available in the US. Still, I have my amazing Frame jeans that are a mile long so I shouldn’t be jealous — it’s not like I actually NEED a new pair of jeans. Like you, I’m going to rehem the Frames a tad shorter, so I’ll get more wear out of them. And I’m feeling your pain in gaining weight and conveniently forgetting about it. We’ve all been there. I think it’s called denial… 😉

    Anett | Tall Girl’s Fashion

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