For most of us buying jeans is one of those things we put off because we know that to find the one perfect pair we may have to try on 20 pairs first. Add to that the complication of being tall or not a standard size 12 and it becomes even more difficult especially if your budget is below £100.
Last week I took a friend (H) with just these issues on a jeans hunt at the wonderful flagship Long Tall Sally store in London. (Before you stop reading because you aren’t tall bear with us if you have either long legs for your height or conversely a long body and shorter legs)
Before our arrival Alice the lovely PR for LTS gathered together a range of styles to make sure we had plenty of choice and the helpful staff set aside a double changing room and a rail which we commandeered for a good couple of hours. While H got comfortable in the changing rooms I pulled together a few tops for her to try with the jeans.
H is 5’11” tall, proportionately her body is long, but having jeans shopped with her before I know she often can’t find styles that are long enough for her. Like most of us over 40 she also doesn’t want low rise. Whilst some of the jeans she tried were marked as low rise, because LTS cut for taller women and longer bodies they actually were a good length in the rise.
There is a huge range of jeans available at LTS (see the whole range here) from skinny to bootcut to the new boyfriend style and in a variety of washes and colours. Leg length starts at 34″ and goes up to a 38″ and with prices from £45 to £60 for the standard range they are great value too.
H didn’t want a bootcut style and was worried that the skinny fit wouldn’t be flattering so we started with a straight cut in the butter soft premium denim (still a great price at £90).
We immediately discovered that she needed to go down from her usual size (always a bonus) They had a great fit, sat just below the waist and were a good length. First pair – success.
But we couldn’t stop there…
The Yoga jeans from Second Denim were a little too skinny in the leg making them wrinkle. A great pair of jeans with a quality feel but not right for H,
Another success the Lift and shape skinny jeans with two buttons at the waist fitted really well, although H admitted that she couldn’t feel a lift, they looked very flattering though. She tried them in black and in the washed denim. Another skinny leg that turned out to be more successful than expected. Had she not already got a really good pair of black jeans these may have been a contender.
Again tried in 2 different washes and if the Camden skinny jeans had been a few centimeters higher on the waist would have been a definite purchase.
Finally a revelation – actually I suggested H try these almost as an afterthought not really thinking they would be successful…
The Boyfriend jean. Wow what a surprise H loved them. They fitted really well through the thigh without being too baggy, looked really good with the hem rolled (and there was plenty enough length to roll them) and were on trend without looking like a fashion victim (no rips, not that we are anti ripped jeans just not for H, she’s a classy lady!) and at £50 a brilliant price for an on trend look.
A few pairs that didn’t work:
The crop, which looked like they were too short as they had a slightly boot cut shape and the Camden Skinny jeans in cotton (turquoise and red pepper colours) a different fabric content to the denim versions, they were too skinny on the thigh.
What we learned:
- Be open minded and try styles you may not have considered
- A low rise fits higher than other brands’ jeans so don’t be afraid to try them
- Ditto skinnies – only the Yoga jeans and the cotton jeans were too skinny for H
- Sizes are generous so you may need to size down
- You don’t have to spend £200 to get great quality and fit
Finally another revelation – it was a day for them! The tops. For someone who is longer in the body and is constantly pulling their top down this is the place to buy, as you can see all the tops sat at hip length on H. There is a huge range of tops from simple T’s to shirts and embroidered evening tops to casual knits. The cotton T-shirts and camisoles are great quality for the price, have a good variety of colours and have offers on if you buy 2 (camis £10 each or two for £16 and T-shirts £15 each or two for £25)
So having gone to find jeans we left with a pair of Boyfriend jeans, the dip dye knit shown above, the stripe top and the pretty Delft embroidered top.
If you are tall or long in the body or leg I highly recommend a visit to the flagship store of Long Tall Sally. It’s packed full of gorgeous summer pieces at the moment including maxi dresses, on trend jumpsuits and denim dresses, and smarter wear like this gorgeous tweed coat that would be perfect for a wedding or summer event.
Thank you again to Alice and the lovely staff at the Chiltern street store for looking after us so well.
Long Tall Sally is at 21-25 Chiltern street, W1U 7PH. Or buy online.
Disclosure – this post was not sponsored or paid for by Long Tall Sally. However, we did receive a discount on the pieces we bought.