The hunt for trendy work pants begins. I’ll start with retailers that only offer tall sizes online, but have nice return policies just in case the pants don’t fit.
Loft: Larger range of colors and fits! Pretty exciting!
Tall Plaid Skinny Pants in Julie Fit, $74.99, Extra 60% off with Code FLASH.
Cons: Only 31″ inseam.
The Loft really seems to be pushing the envelope for tall pants with some interesting patterns and fits. I say this because its easier to find a tall pant in black than any other color and near impossible to find one in plaid! My main concern are the inseams that they are designating as “tall”, but in terms of fashion, they are light years ahead of some other retailers catering to clean, cut and basic work attire. I cannot speak to the quality of these pants. I’ve bought sweaters from the Loft and have noticed that they tend to warp easily or shrink.
Top Shop: A Promising Fail…Where’s the product detail?!
Tall Floral Bloom Cigarette Trousers, $84. These pants are so unique and definitely a statement piece. BUT a reviewer (who does not disclose their height) states that the pants are too short. This ambiguity about this piece could be alleviated if Top Shop published inseams on their website. The rest of their tall offering here.
Express: Potentially Confusing Website Navigation
Herringbone Slim Leg Columnist Pants, $88, 33″ inseam
Express has a solid product offering, but not an explicit tall section. Instead, you navigate to the pants section and then filter down for long pants sizes. I think this could be improved so that tall users are not confused. Also, it seems that they reserve the more vibrant colors and slim fit combinations for regular sized pants. Most of the tall pants are bootcut.
New York and Company: Land of the Bootcut Pants
The tall section is definitely a go-to if you’re a fan of boot cut pants. However, ankle pants and slim cuts are in. I chose the brook plaid pant mostly because it was a refreshing twist from the mostly black, navy, and tan product offering.
J Crew: Inseams on the Short Side
Tall Resse Pant, $98
These pants are a little risky with the elastic band, and I wonder if they could come off like track pants. But that side view is amazing and pretty edgy. My only complaint is that they have a 28″ inseam. Many of the other tall pants offered, like the Tall Ryder Pant, go up to a 32″ inseam…great for short/almost capris pants.
Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap – Tall Inseams at 32″ and sometimes taller, but not always included in the product detail. Most fashionable item:
Ultra Skinny Pants, Gap, $59.95 – Good if you can handle a 32″ inseam. Reviews on quality are mixed. Only available online
Ann Taylor: Their basic, clean cut pant
Tall sleek stretch pants, $98 but 40% off with the code Power40.
Here is the rest of their product offering of tall work pants. They seem to carry either boot cut, straight leg, or slim cut.
Pros: The pants fit different proportions! However, this may further limit the tall offering if you fit into a certain category. All the pants are not made to accommodate curvier figures.
Cons: I see many ankle pants that may not fly for the winter and still be too short. Their website doesn’t seem to change when you toggle from tall to regular on certain products. Sometimes you cannot tell what the final inseam is for the tall pants.
Honorable mentions: Edie Bauer, Land’s End, Sears, Kohl’s, The Limited