The Three Titans of Affordability, Irregularity and No Promises: Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic

With legs for days, I have a 35″ inseam. I must say that it’s pretty damn hard to find pants that comfortably cover my ankle. I make due by buying pants that sit a bit higher and wear tights. Whenever I do find tall pants, I run into road blocks: the pants aren’t proportioned well, the designers forgot that real women have hips, the quality is horrible, and the list goes on….

While this is the case for me, I thought it’d be helpful to lay out the landscape of stores that actually carry tall pants and other clothing. Most importantly, you’ll get my feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

The Websites:

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Each store within the trinity of this fashion empire claims that they offer tall clothing that will eliminate the need for tailoring. They truly make an effort to hit this niche market. However, I have noticed a few things.

The Gap considers 32″ to be a tall inseam. This may be great for a nice summer pant, but it doesn’t help as winter winds lick at my ankles as I shuffle through a drafty hallway in the office. They are also having a supply chain issue at the moment. Their “Ultra Skinny Pants”, the most fashionable in my opinion, are out of stock until mid-March or even May in certain sizes. Womp! They used to offer a longer version of this same pant, but reviewers that were 5″10 and up complained that the pants were too long. While refreshing to hear of a pant that can be easily hemmed, it shows that the brand suffers to make clothing for the range of women 5″10 and up.

Old Navy’s tall section is less work inclined and better if you’re looking for jeans.

Banana Republic does have long inseams for their dress pants, BUT you will not find this by clicking “Tall” on their left navigation pane. Instead, you have to manually sort through pants and hope that they have a “long” inseam option within the product detail. Come on Banana! You can do better.

 

Let’s not even get started on how the pants options get longer, but do not necessarily take proportion changes into mind. Beyond these flaws, the most interesting tidbit is the fact that the quality of the clothing is not guaranteed. You can’t predict which material will attract too much lint or what material may stretch out during the course of the day and become unwearable.

 

The tall pants game may seem pretty bleak when looking at these retailers, but I do appreciate their efforts. I just hope that they are better guided in the future.

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