How Pants Inseam Length Can Make Or Break Your Outfit

Let’s consider tall in this article as being over the height of 1.88 meters (6’2”) for men and 1.73 meters (5’8”) for women. For someone being short in stature we will assume under the height of 1.65 meters for men and 1.60 meters for women. Ok, so now that those numbers are out of the way, let’s talk a bit about pants and inseam length.

Inseam length is the measurement from the upper inner thighs (crotch) to the bottom of your ankles. Major retailers have began to change their act in their pants sizing, now recognizing that there are actually tall men and women. There is not really a problem for finding clothes for short stature people because the majority of retailers cater to people under the height of 1.70 meters for both men and women.

Tall men and women in particular have a really hard time finding pants with an inseam long enough to fit them properly. Which has lead to decisive fashion decisions such as cutting a pair of denim jeans to turn them into shorts or just rolling up the pant ankles to create a unique look. These tactics are well known to anyone who is tall, with regards to pants.

In this article we will discuss how choosing the correct pants inseam will benefit your outfit and see outfit ideas to remember when wearing certain pants.


Any tall man who was in school more than 10 years ago can tell you the embarrassment they had to go through with their pants being incredibly too short for them. Why you say? Because the retailer were not making pants specifically for tall people. There was big & tall sections which was actually ridiculous and have since all but vanished. 

Levi’s Skinny Jeans

The Best Inseam For Tall Men

Typically pants such as denim jeans, dress pants, and even athletic pants come in a 86cm (34 in) inseam which can fit comfortably on any man up to the height of 1.88 meters (6’2”). Any man taller than this height is recommended to select a 91cm (36in) for a more fitting pants.

Levi’s 514 Straight Cut Jeans

Short Men

Major retailers have not really focused too much on the short man for obvious reasons. Such as pants can always be made shorter by tailoring and also if a man is extremely short they can buy pants from the boys section which should fit perfectly fine.

Levi’s 501 Original Jeans


Tall women have recently begun to see a wide variety of pants that are catered to their height. No more wearing a regular fitting pair of denim jeans and turning them into capris. Although showing your ankles has been trendy for some time, not all tall women are with that look.

Levi’s Skinny Jeans

Short women on the other hand have the complete opposite problem, pants that always bunch up at the ankles. Although this can be easily rectified with a quick trip to get an alteration.

The Best Inseam For Tall Women

Tall women are better suited to get pants in a 86cm (34in) inseam. Many major fashion brands in USA offer this size. One popular brand where variety and quality are abundant is Levi’s.

Levi’s Denim Jeans

Short Women

Your best bet for a short inseam is to go with an inseam of 63.5 (25in) which can readily be found at retailers such as American Eagle, H&M, and Levi’s. Shorter pants are a common occurrence on the continent of Air but has take a bit longer to show up in North America.

Levi’s Skinny Jeans

#1 Tip to remember is that you can always make pants shorter but not longer.

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