The cropped pant trend has been a boon for me. at 5’1″ I find many styles labeled as “cropped” hit me just above the ankle, which is my preferred length. No hemming required! 😉 But many of you have mentioned that you just can’t with the cropped pants. Either they don’t work with your proportions, or they remind you of having to wear something you’ve outgrown.
Full-length pants for women
So at your request, I’ve searched out some good basic full-length pants styles. For this roundup, I’ve tried to stick with pants that have at least a 30″ inseam. Many styles are available with a longer inseam.
Above, these relaxed cotton-blend windowpane pants have a 30″ inseam, and are available in sizes 23-33.
If you’re looking for denim, you’re in luck, as longer and bootcut styles have been on-trend, so are more widely available.
These are just about everything you could want in a jean: a medium wash, high (but not too high) rise, and a versatile straight leg. Inseam is 30″ and these are available in sizes 23-33.
A longer inseam, you ask? This bootcut style has a 33″ inseam in the regular size. It’s well-reviewed too, and well under $100.
Here’s another straight leg style, with a 31″ Regular inseam. Similar in Plus here, has a 32″ inseam.
I’ve featured the cropped version of these pants before (most recently HERE) and find them flattering and comfortable. This is the full-length option. It’s available in several colors, and in Regular (30.5″ inseam), Petite (28.5″ inseam) and Tall (33.5″ inseam).
This trouser-style pant is available in four colors, in Classic (30″ inseam), Petite (28″ inseam), and Tall (33″ inseam) sizes.
Here’s a more relaxed pull-on style, offered in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Tall sizes, in Black and Navy. Inseams: Misses 31″, Petite 28.5″, Plus 31″, Tall 34″.
Here’s a slim trouser style in summery stretch linen. It’s also offered in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Tall sizes. Inseams: Misses 30.5″, Petite 28″, Women’s 30.5″, Tall 33.5″.
Here’s a 5-pocket style in buffalo check corduroy. These are available in Misses (31″ inseam), Petite (28.5″ inseam) and Plus (31″ inseam).
To wrap up, here’s something with a stripe! This style has a wider flared leg and a 33″ inseam.
A few more sources to check out for full-length and Tall pants:
What is your preferred pants style?
Hi Susan I bought the Madewell plaid pants but return them because they run large. The pants are a great pant and I will probably rebuy them in a smaller size.
Once again, Susan, I admire your responsiveness to readers’ interest.
It is often difficult to find pants that fit me well due to my apple shape, short waist, flat rear and skinny legs. I have come to the place to just accept a tailoring fee to most pants because something isn’t going to work- if the waist fits, the rear and hips are too baggy.
As a brand, Eileen Fisher stretch crepe and lantern pants work best for me. I do enjoy this moment that wide leg styles, as the proportions are most flattering for me.
oh my goodness, Susan, thankyou! I am looking for jeans, here are lots to choose from here. My 5’10” legs really appreciate it! I rather like those Madewell windowpanes – so thankyou also, Robyn, for letting me know to size down, as there are no other reviews on the site yet. Well done, Susan!
Perfect. Sane is in again.
Ideally, my pants are straight leg or bootcut, mid-rise, minimum 32″ long, and must have functional pockets. Speaking of pockets, which were absent much of the time, now seem more prevalent. But, many are too shallow.
I HATE ankle pants, because for years I’ve had to by-pass pants that looked like floods on me. And, cropped pants are boring, and not very flattering on most women.
Thanks for al the options. I may have to stock up on the longer length while they are available. I was never a fan of an above the ankle length on me.Good to know there are choices for everyone out there.
One online store where I have shopped for years stopped listing pant inseam lengths on its website. Talk about frustrating. This is almost as bad as the companies that list sizes without a size guide and measurements, which has also happened lately. I read reviews, but these are entirely unhelpful when it comes to basic measurements. “Five inches of extra fabric” means what, exactly? I could email and wait for response, but instead I’ve moved on.
I’ve always liked pants that cover the shoe, like men’s slacks do, I like the longer leg line. I only use slim pants to tuck into knee high boots. Is there a practically to ankles showing, that I’m missing? I know ankle pants were popular during the 1950’s, I usually can’t get my calves into the narrow legs like those.
For someone petite like me, having a bit of ankle or wrist showing creates definition and keeps me from looking like I’m being swallowed by my clothing. Everyone’s style and proportions are different, and it’s a boon when we all have choices.
I’m 5’4″ with short legs. My favorite skinny jeans hit right above the ankle and are 27″ inseam. For bootcut, not a dramatic flare, 28-29 for petite is a good length, 30 might require a low heel. I own 3 pair of capris, including a buffalo check in blue and white; unlike a lot of cropped pants on me, they don’t look like what we called “floods” in the 70s.
Thank you for this! I like cropped pants but they require going sockless — in the northeast, that’s only comfortable May through September, at most, well, for me at least. I can only bear bare legs in skirts and dresses during those months too.
I wear socks with ankle pants and loafers all the time. As a child and younger adult we always wore socks. It seems that the sockless style has been a somewhat recent thing. But I like the librarian chic look.
And I think it’s more of an American thing too. I’ve noticed lots of visible hosiery in the parts of Europe we’ve visited, often in a pattern or color that coordinates with rest of the outfit.
Hi Susan…I agree totally with your comment on having a bit of wrist/arm and or ankle showing. Clothes can really swallow a petite or just smaller person. Thank you! Enjoy your blog!
I really like the black and white checked one.
Thank you for this, Susan! I’ve been one of those readers frequently complaining about the prevalence of cropped pants lately. I’m not even super tall (5’7”) but so often the crops just look silly on me. For me, it depends on the shape of the pants. A narrow leg pant works with a 29 or 30 inch inseam, but wide leg pants need to be at least 32”, and cover the shoe. I love the look of a wide leg pant that nearly hits the floor, topped with a close fitting top. Those proportions are very flattering, I think.
Thanks! At 5’10” so ma my pants are almost cropped on me though not meant to be !