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Where to Buy Women’s Plus Size Jeans

Jeans are a staple in every closet, no matter the size or shape of a body. While it can be tricky to find cute plus size jeans that fit well, more and more online retailers are carrying good options today. Keep reading for recommendations on where to buy women’s plus size jeans.

Here are the best websites we’ve found for women’s plus size jeans:

    1. Search By Inseam is great because the site allows you to search multiple online stores at once, saving you time and money. You can select your exact inseam length, favorite brands, high/mid/low rise, and price range, and easily compare the results. Inseam lengths typically range from 24 inches to 37 inches, with new inventory being added all the time. You can also sign up for new product alerts so you know as soon as something gets added that meets your criteria. Don’t know your inseam yet? Check out the page on how to measure your inseam."<yoastmark
    2. Silver Jeans Co. allows you to search by waist, inseam length, leg style, rise, color, wash, style and fit. Waist sizes are generally 12-24 and inseam lengths are typically 27-35. Silver offers free standard shipping and free returns within 30 days.
      Silver Jeans Plus Size Avery High Rise Slim Bootcut Jeans
      Silver Jeans Plus Size Avery High Rise Slim Bootcut Jeans

       

    3. Old Navy sells women’s plus size jeans in sizes 12-30, and in inseam lengths up to 36 inches. Shipping is free on all orders over $50 if you are a rewards member (it’s free to join) and $9 on orders if you’re not a rewards member. It pays to sign up! 🙂 Returns are free on all orders.
      Old Navy's Plus Size High-Waisted Wow Flare Jeans
      Old Navy’s Plus Size High-Waisted Wow Flare Jeans

       

    4. Avenue carries plus size denim in sizes 12-34 and in inseams of 26-34 inches.  Everything on the site is made to fit plus size women, so you won’t need to hunt around for a subsection of plus size clothing. Get free standard shipping on orders over $100, and $7.95 for orders under $100. Returns are free at select Happy Returns bars in the United States within 90 days or $5.95 by mail.
      Avenue's Knit Plus Size Pull On Jean in Black
      Avenue’s Knit Plus Size Pull On Jean in Black

       

    5. Nordstrom.com has a good selection of plus size clothing, with jeans commonly ranging from size 16-28. Check out Nordstrom’s house brand Wit & Wisdom in plus sizes here. You’ll find a good selection of well made denim styles under $90. Nordstrom has free shipping and returns, plus an awesome rewards program that gives you free alterations and Nordy Notes. It’s a free program and totally worth signing up for here.
      Nordstrom's Wit & Wisdom Plus Size Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans
      Nordstrom’s Wit & Wisdom Plus Size Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans

       

    6. Long Tall Sally is based in the UK and has plus sizes up to 28 and inseam lengths up to 38″. The whole site is designed for tall women, so you won’t find inseam lengths shorter than 32″. You will pay for shipping and returns, based on the weight of your order.
      LTS Tall Indigo Blue RAE Bootcut Jeans
      LTS Tall Indigo Blue RAE Bootcut Jeans

       

    7. Gap.com offers jeans up to size 35 (waist) and the ability to see products on a model wearing a size 16 or a size 4. Shipping is free on orders over $50 for rewards members (it’s free to join) and $9 on orders if you’re not a member. It pays to sign up! 🙂 Returns are free on all orders.
      Gap Mid Rise '90s Loose Flare Jeans with Washwell
      Gap Mid Rise ’90s Loose Flare Jeans with Washwell

       

    8. Macys.com has a plus size category from the main “women” tab on their homepage. From there, select “jeans” and view hundreds of plus size denim options. Sizes typically go up to size 28. Be sure and check out the brands INC International Concepts and Style & Co, both created for Macy’s. The store offers free shipping for Macy’s Star Rewards Platinum and Gold members when they use their Macy’s credit card. Silver and Bronze members get free shipping on $25 orders, and all other customers get free shipping when they spend of $49 – contiguous U.S. only. All returns are free.
      INC Plus Size Pull-On Flare-Leg Jeans, Created for Macy's
      INC Plus Size Pull-On Flare-Leg Jeans, Created for Macy’s

       

    9. Express sells women’s jeans in sizes up to 25, but the selection isn’t great at the larger sizes (especially sizes 24 and 25). There is a good selection of trendy denim in sizes that are smaller than 24. Express also has longer inseams that can reach up to 36″ at times, depending on the style of the jean. This store offers free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.
      Express Mid Rise Light Wash Ripped Raw Hem Skinny Jeans
      Express Mid Rise Light Wash Ripped Raw Hem Skinny Jeans

       

    10. Lands’ End offers a large selection of women’s plus size clothing, including tall plus and petite plus. Jean sizes go up to 26 and inseam lengths are typically between 28″ and 32″. Shipping is free on orders over $99 and returns are free.
      Lands' End Women's Plus Size Recover High Rise Bootcut Blue Jeans
      Lands’ End Women’s Plus Size Recover High Rise Bootcut Blue Jeans

       

What other online stores do you like for women’s plus size jeans? Please tell us in the comments! 🙂

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Review of Old Navy Tall Linen Pants

As I mentioned in my post, What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation Using Only Your Carry-on, I bought these Old Navy Tall Linen Pants for my upcoming trip to the South Pacific. I actually bought two pairs because I love linen pants. 🙂 Here’s my review of Old Navy Tall Linen Pants in green. Since I’m packing light and only taking one pair of pants, these didn’t make the cut for trip. I’ll only be taking the black pair because they go with all the tops I’m packing.

Review of Old Navy Tall Linen Pants
Review of Old Navy Tall Linen Pants – photo credit Jason Henderson

OK. First of all, these pants are a linen and rayon blend and they sit low on the waist. They have a drawstring waist and a relaxed fit. I love linen pants and have quite a few colors already. Black, white, tan, and a blue and white stripe pair are already hanging in my closet. I decided to try this sage green and am happy I did! It’s a great neutral and goes well with blue (as pictured), orange, yellow, pink, white and black.

The most noteworthy thing about these pants is the inseam length listed is incorrect! I ordered a tall small and the Old Navy tall size chart says these pants should have a 36″ inseam. Yet when I got them, I measured the inseam length at only 33.5 inches. What a difference! This length actually works well for me. I am 6′ tall and normally need a 35″ inseam for bootcut jeans and pants, but these are a loose drapey fit so a shorter inseam works well.

Why is this? When measuring the inseam length you need for a pair of pants, you measure from the crotch seam to the hem. In a drapey pair of pants like these linen pants, the crotch seam is not tight to your body like a pair of fitted pants. Rather, it drapes down several inches and as a result, the inseam length needed is much shorter than normal. Also, it is important to keep in mind the type of shoe you will most often wear with pants when determining the length of inseam you’ll need. Due to the fact that I’ll be wearing these with flat sandals, I didn’t need to account for extra heel height.

Buy linen pants in the exact length you need right now at SearchByInseam.com. Linen pants won’t be available much longer because it’s getting late in the season. The best selection is in early to late spring.

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39″ Inseam Yoga Pants

39″ inseam yoga pants exist! Yes, they actually do! I couldn’t believe it when I saw these yesterday. I added them to SearchByInseam.com right away. They are the longest pair of yoga pants I’ve ever seen.

These Victoria’s Challenge Tummy Slimmer Compression Flare Boot Cut Black Pants come in inseam lengths of 39″, 37″, 35″, 33″, 31″, and 29″. They range in length from super long to quite petite. After you select the length, you can choose mid-rise or high-rise. I’ve never seen that option before! There’s a 30 day money back guarantee and the description says the compression fabric supports your muscles. I think my muscles need all the support they can get. 🙂

39 Inseam Yoga Pants
Yoga pants in inseam lengths of 39″, 37″, 35″, 33″, 31″ and 29″.

These multi-length yoga pants are available on SearchByInseam.com, where you can search for workout pants,  jeans, pants, and shorts quickly and easily for the exact length you need. We have plus sizes, maternity sizes, and men’s sizes as well. SearchByInseam.com is for anyone having trouble finding the right length of jeans, pants, or shorts. Start your search now!

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Wearing a Shift as a Top Works Well for Tall Frame

Yes, I’m wearing a shift as a top instead of a dress – and it actually works! I’d normally nix the idea of wearing such a short dress because I’m so tall it would be super short. But I’ve been following Tanasha of Pretty Tall Style for a few weeks now and she pulls it off so well! She’s 6’4″ (which is 4″ taller than me) and I love how she wears this blue mini dress as a top. I’ve never thought of wearing a short dress as a top before, but it works so well with skinny jeans! I decided to try the trick of wearing a shift as a top for myself and ordered this Corey Red Kendra Shift from Rent the Runway as part of my Unlimited subscription.

This shift is the best, brightest color of orange. I love it how pops! It has a perforated pattern that is really fun and has handy side pockets. There is lining from the shoulder to the hemline. The three-quarter-length sleeves aren’t lined, so your skin is visible through the holes on the arms. I received a lot of compliments on the shift and I liked how it looked with my Hudson Nico Elysian Mid Rise Skinny Jeans that I reviewed here (available on SearchByInseam.com in a 30″ inseam) and my Earthies nude flats that have amazing arch support (and are available in sizes 5-12).

Other Rent the Runway reviewers wore this as a short dress. I think I’m the first one to wear it as a top with jeans! I’m going to have to try this again! No more ruling out short dresses; I’ll just re-purpose them! Thanks to Tanasha of Pretty Tall Style  for letting me in on this fashion secret for tall women. 🙂 Photo by Jason Henderson.

wearing a shift as a top
Wearing a shift as a top
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Review of Vince White Geo Lace Overlay Top

I rented this Vince White Geo Lace Overlay Top from Rent the Runway as part of the Unlimited program. It was a fun rental that I wore a couple of times while I had it. The top is structured, albeit a little boxy on my hourglass frame. (Tops with cinched/fitted waists look best on an hourglass figure.) But I like that this top is more dressed up than just a simple t-shirt. It has a white cotton weave on top with a really cool geometric design. It’s partially lined and was perfect for my son’s spring birthday party. I was baking up a storm for his birthday brunch party and this kept me cool and comfortable while also still festive. It was long enough in the torso for my 6′ frame and I received several complements. I did have to be careful not to snag the lace overlay, especially when hanging it up. I paired this Vince top with my Paige Transcend Manhattan Boot Cut Jeans that I reviewed here and continue to keep getting compliments on! They are my favorite pair of jeans right now, although I’m venturing in to my cropped jeans on warm sunny days. Sun, please stay! These tall Paige jeans are available in a 34.75″ inseam and you can find them at SearchByInseam.com.

Vince Top and Paige Jeans
Vince White Geo Lace Overlay Top and Paige Transcend Manhattan Boot Cut Jeans
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Designer Maternity Jeans: Are They Worth It?

Are designer maternity jeans worth it? I mean, you only wear them for a few months, maybe longer if you’re pregnant more than once… But the price tag is steep – usually around $200. That’s a lot when you’re looking at setting up a nursery and acquiring all that necessary baby gear.

When I first started Search By Inseam, it was about 2 years before I was pregnant. I wasn’t shopping for maternity jeans for myself yet, but I was adding them to the site. I was also shopping for tall women who needed extra long maternity jeans. It was tough to fill their requests, as there just wasn’t much out there in longer lengths. There were usually a couple options of long maternity jeans in a 34″ inseam, but not anything longer. What I noticed then was that anything longer than a 34″ inseam tended to be a designer maternity jean. And the price jumped by at least $100 on average to move into that designer jean category.

Why are designer maternity jeans so expensive? It’s simple: you are paying for quality. In many cases, you are also paying for USA craftsmanship as well. The denim is high quality, the buttons are high quality and the big thing – the elastic belly panel – is much higher quality than a non-designer maternity jean’s belly panel. If you try on regular maternity jeans and designer maternity jeans, you’ll know right away that the belly panel on the designer pair is going to stay up. It’s not going to fall down on you and it’s not going to stretch out like a regular maternity jean panel will. It hugs your baby bump and provides so much support that you’ll want to wear that panel all. the. time. I’m  not kidding. Designer maternity jeans fit in the butt and the gut. They flatter your shape and the denim is soft and comfortable.

I have a 35″ inseam, so when I was pregnant my only options were designer maternity jeans. That was just fine with me, because I loved my Citizen’s Bootcut Maternity Jeans so much! They made any outfit flattering. I only needed to add a pair of comfortable flats and a maternity top, and I was good to go. I wore them for about 8 months total over two pregnancies. My belly never got very big. I think that was because my torso was so long and both boys were so low in my uterus that it took forever to really look like I was pregnant.

I paid about $180 for the jeans and wore them for about 8 months, which comes to $22.50 per month for a great pair of jeans. To me, that price was totally worth it. If you’re unsure if designer maternity jeans are worth it for you, I’d encourage you to do the math. Figure out how much they cost, how many months you think you’ll wear them, and what that works out to per month of wear. I only needed one pair of maternity jeans (no other pants, skirts, or dresses were needed) and a few tops, so I actually spent very little overall on my maternity wardrobe.

Here is an example of designer maternity jeans: Paige Denim Transcend Manhattan Bootcut Maternity Jeans in a 35.5″ inseam length. I’ve reviewed Paige’s Transcend Manhattan Bootcut Jeans here before (the non-maternity version) and they are an amazing pair of jeans – currently my favorite! The denim quality is excellent and you can tell by zooming in just how supportive those belly panels really are.

Designer Maternity Jeans
Paige Denim ‘Transcend – Manhattan’ Bootcut Maternity Jeans in a 35.5″ inseam

Whether you are going to splurge on designer maternity jeans or save on regular maternity jeans, you can search by your exact inseam length and price range here or at https://searchbyinseam.com. Please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know if you think designer maternity jeans are worth it or not. You’ll find other jeans, reviews, and helpful articles at blog.searchbyinseam.com.

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Tall Women’s Fleece Pullover – Review

tall women's fleece pullover
Patagonia Re-Tool Snap Pullover

I’ve been looking for a tall women’s fleece pullover that’s super soft and I found a good one!

After a really long winter spring has finally sprung in Seattle. I haven’t put away my winter clothes just yet, though! I get cold easily and I love to be warm and snuggly when I’m at home – or really anywhere I guess. My two sweet boys each have a fuzzy children’s fleece pullover from Hana Andersson that they love and affectionately call their “Fuzzy.” I kept telling them, “I want my own Fuzzy!” 🙂 This Women’s Patagonia ‘Re-Tool’ Snap Pullover in coral fits the bill for a fuzzy tall women’s fleece pullover. I’m crazy about the vibrant coral color which is perfect for spring and makes me think that it’s not too late to be buying a warm, cozy fleece pullover – even though it IS April after all…

The details:
This pullover has a kangaroo hand-warmer pocket in front that is similar to the front pocket on a hooded sweatshirt and is great for feeling snuggly. The snap pocket is a bit retro and the neck snaps all the way up to keep you even warmer. While it’s not marked as a women’s size tall, the body and sleeves fit my long arms and long torso on my 6-foot tall body, so I think I can safely say that this is approved for tall women out there like myself! Hurry, run – get your own Fuzzy before it’s too late! 🙂

In the photo above, I paired this tall women’s fleece pullover with my 35″ inseam Joe’s Jeans. Joe’s were my first designer jeans and they are still a favorite brand of mine for comfort, fit and length. You’ll find Joe’s Jeans and other 35″ inseam jeans at SearchByInseam.com. Read more reviews of tall women’s clothing at blog.searchbyinseam.com.

 

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Review of Petite Plus StayShape Jeans

This is written by Amanda, who is a childhood friend and was given a pair of petite jeans in exchange for writing this review. I’m too tall to review petite jeans myself! 🙂 

Worst things to experience for me: 1. wet socks; 2. bra shopping; 3. jeans shopping…until I discovered Search By Inseam!

For me, it has been challenging since junior high school to find jeans that fit my inseam. Then, since my curves have grown curvier in my thirties, the challenge to find jeans that fit both my waist and inseam – and that don’t have too much stretch that cause sagging crotch – has become even greater.

Finally though, the solution has been found! Eddie Bauer StayShape Jeans live up to the promise to be jeans that “fit you perfectly, and always keep their shape.” I have been wearing the petite jeans with a 30 inch inseam, straight leg, and dark wash once a week for just over a month. The jeans have been washed a few times and have kept their shape.

Initially, I was shocked at how dark the dark wash really was. All my other dark washes at least have had a faded area at the top of the thighs. Once I got over the shock of an all-over dark wash, I found that I really had several items in my closet that work well with the look, and it’s a more professional look than the others in my collection. [Amanda is a teacher.]

I chose straight leg because everything else I have is either skinny or boot cut and I wanted something more versatile with my footwear. I can wear the jeans with flats, ankle boots, long boots (under the pant leg – haven’t tried over the leg yet and probably won’t) and on those days when I’m walking right after work or running errands with my four year old, sneakers.

Did I mention that the jeans really are comfortable? No sagging crotch. The waist band stays in place – no hiking up the waist every time I stand up or as I’m walking.

Best things to experience for me: 1. hugs and snuggles with my son; 2. everything about being a mom to my son; 3. jeans shopping through Search By Inseam.

PETITE PLUS STAYSHAPE JEANS
PETITE PLUS STAYSHAPE JEANS
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Update on my New Year’s Resolution

Can you believe the first quarter of 2017 is already in the books? Crazy. I thought it would be good to check in with myself and see how I’m doing on my new year’s resolution. How’s that for accountability? 🙂

My goal for 2017 was to review more products for my customers and readers. So far this year, I’ve posted 14 reviews. Last year, I wrote 4 reviews total. Yay me! The thing that’s been most surprising to me is how fun it is to do the reviews. Yes, I get to try out new clothes and I knew that would be fun, but I’ve really enjoyed writing up the reviews, having new and interesting content, and working with my friend and husband who’ve both been photographers for me. It’s really nice working face-to-face with people when the majority of my work on the site is just me and my computer.

Expect more reviews in the next three quarters because it’s fun for me and I’ve seen positive feedback and site traffic trends. Thank you to reader Carol for contributing her review in the first quarter, too!

collage of jeans

Photo credit: Amber Wimber Photography for the top left 2 pictures and Jason Henderson for the rest.

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Review of Tall Gap Utility Jacket

I bought this Gap Women’s Utility Jacket in Spring Coral last month and it’s huge! I love the color, but how can this be a small? I cinched it up as much as I could, but it’s just too bulky to be flattering. The fabric is stiff, which I expected, but smells like petroleum. It also looks like it’s all pockets to me. So I’m sad to be sending this back, but it’s just not going to work for me. Gap, when you make something this oversize, please make it in a Tall Extra Small. That might have worked for me. You make a Regular Extra Small, so why not do that with a tall size as well? Just because we are tall doesn’t mean we are also large.

TALL GAP UTILITY JACKET
TALL GAP UTILITY JACKET