What Style Pants Look Best on a Tall Woman?

Think of height as an opportunity to embrace different styles.
Think of height as an opportunity to embrace different styles. (Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Although tall models flood the runways, off-the-rack clothes commonly cater to medium and petite ladies. Not all hope is lost for tall women, however. Realistically, it takes a little more time and effort for longer-legged gals to find pants that fit well, but the effort pays off. With the right styles and cuts, those long legs make many different kinds of pants stand out from the crowd.

Long Pants

Defined, hip-hugging jeans typically do well on tall women; a nicely fitted cut shows off long legs, so if you have gams for miles, stick with skinny jeans or stretch denim. Similarly, fitted slacks or tights emphasize appealing legs. If your height comes more from your torso than your legs, wide-legged pants such as boot-cut jeans and flared slacks can make a long torso appear more proportional.

Short Pants

Do not fear shorts if you're a tall woman. Use those long legs to their maximum advantage with a pair of daisy dukes. If you have long thighs, emphasize the calves with capris. You can also go with a pair of cropped pants, or simply shorten full-length jeans by rolling them up to just above the ankle, to give your legs a shorter look when you want to emphasize the top half of your wardrobe.

Cut, Color and Texture

Whether you are wearing long or short pants, a the cut counts. On virtually any pair of bottoms, a high waist flatters tall frames, as they appear to bring the waist up the torso, which creates an hourglass outline. In general, long bodies are naturally elegant, and simple lines and textures help bring that shape to the forefront. Likewise, subdued hues tend to flatter tall women. Use color to break up long lines rather than closely matching your tops and bottoms.


Many mainstream and specialty clothing companies produce pants cut specifically for tall women in a variety of styles. Whether you buy bottoms pre-made for tall women or take your pants to the tailor, take your time and find a proper fit, as poor fit tends to be emphasized on taller frames. Textured or colored belts often serve as the perfect finishing touch for leggy women. They emphasize the curve of the hip and define the waist, helping your flaunt height rather than hide it. Remember that fashion tips are rules of thumb, not ultimatums; in the end, you want to feel confident and comfortable in the looks you choose.

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