Jeans and Pants for the Fall Season

Evidently, it’s officially autumn! It’s sweater weather! I’m putting away my shorts and sizing up jeans and pants for the fall season. The weather changed quite suddenly here in the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve certainly plunged into cooler temperatures and rain. I don’t know about you, but after I’m done back to school shopping for my kids, I feel like it’s my turn for a closet refresh! 😉 Fall is such a great time for new clothes. The rich colors of these pants remind me of fall’s changing leaves: yellows, reds, browns and greens. As a matter of fact, we have all of these pants and jeans (and more!) at, where you’ll find short and tall inseams – and everything in-between for men and women of all sizes. Not sure what inseam length you need? Watch our new video on how to measure your inseam.

Firstly, these Tall Alina Wide Pants are a beautiful mustard yellow, which is a great color for fall. They have an extra long inseam length of 37″ and come in women’s sizes S-XXL. More colors are also available.

Tall Alina Wide Leg Pants
Tall Alina Wide Leg Pants

Corduroy is a classic fall fabric, and these men’s Cooper Straight Leg Corduroy Pants in Curry are going fast! They would be perfect men’s attire for a fall family photoshoot because of their rich curry color. Check out Seattle Family Photographer Ling Ling Zheng‘s blog post for more fall family photo outfit inspiration. These men’s cords come in inseam lengths of 32″ and 34″. More colors are also available.

Cooper Straight Leg Corduroy Pants in Curry
Cooper Straight Leg Corduroy Pants in Curry

Another great color for fall is dark green, as can be seen in these men’s Obey Easy Cord Pants in Dark Cedar.  They have a comfortable elastic waist and an inseam length of 29.25″.

Obey Easy Cord Pants
Obey Easy Cord Pants

Next to corduroy, leather is also a popular fabric for fall. And if you’re trying to be animal-friendly, want a low-maintenance fabric, or just on a budget, faux leather is the way to go! These Tall Khaki Green Stretch Leather Look Leggings are fun, unique and come in 34″ and 36″ inseam lengths.

Tall Khaki Green Stretch Leather Look Leggings
Tall Khaki Green Stretch Leather Look Leggings 

Rust is another great color for fall and I love it in these ribbed flare stretch pants! These come in a 33″ inseam and can be dressed up or down; they’re super versatile.

Ribbed Flare Stretch Pant
Ribbed Flare Stretch Pant  

Brown can be such a warm and rich color. It’s softer than black and is perfect for fall. These Tall High Waist Flare Dress Pants in Brown have an extra long inseam length of 37″. More colors available in sizes XS-XXL.

Tall High Waist Flare Dress Pants for Women in Brown
Tall High Waist Flare Dress Pants for Women in Brown

As far as jeans go, I love dark wash denim and fun colors for fall. These men’s Skinny Caramel Brown Hyper Stretch Jeans are an unexpected shade of brown. They would be great for a causal office, dinner date, football game or family photoshoot. Men’s inseam lengths come in 30″, 32″ and 34″.

Skinny Caramel Brown Hyper Stretch Jeans
Skinny Caramel Brown Hyper Stretch Jeans

Dark wash denim is classic and classy. Furthermore, a pair of straight leg or bootcut jeans in a great navy hue will never go out of style. These Wrangler Women’s Retro Mae Mid Rise Stretch Boot Cut Jeans come in over 20 shades of blue, inseam lengths of 30″, 32″, 34″ and 36″ and regular and plus sizes.

Wrangler Women's Retro Mae Mid Rise Stretch Boot Cut Jean
Wrangler Women’s Retro Mae Mid Rise Stretch Boot Cut Jean

Finally, if you’re in the market for maternity jeans this fall (BTW congratulations!!), check out these dark wash Wrangler Women’s Retro Mae Maternity Boot Cut Jeans. They come in two colors and 30″, 32″, 34″ and 36″ inseams. Visit for more maternity jeans in hard to find inseam lengths.

Wrangler Women's Retro Mae Maternity Boot Cut Jean
Wrangler Women’s Retro Mae Maternity Boot Cut Jean

Do you think you would you wear any of these jeans and pants for the fall season? Tell us whether you would or not in the comments below!

Before and After Jeans Makeover

I love a good before and after makeover, don’t you? It’s so fun to see the comparison pictures and see how much better the after photo looks – at least most of the time. 😉  Well here is a before and after jeans makeover that I’m excited to share with you!

Dale contacted me recently and said, “Even though 30 inch inseam is not an unusual size, it is hard to find none the less. Lately I have had to buy long ones and feel like a 1950s kid with cuffs.” He included this picture of his jeans that were too long and had to be cuffed:

Dale's jeans are so long, he had to cuff them.
Dale’s jeans were so long, he had to cuff them.

He went on to say, “Looked at your business web site. Easy to navigate… Went to men’s pants and could not find 30 inch inseam carpenter pants.” I always love to help people find exactly what they are looking for. It’s the reason I started Search By Inseam! 🙂 So I searched online and found these Levi’s Gold Label Carpenter Jeans for him that I thought would be perfect. I sent him the link and I got this “after” photo a few days later with the words “Satisfied customer.” That was music to my ears!

Dale with the perfect fit for his before and after jeans makeover!
Dale with the perfect fit for his before and after jeans makeover!

Are you looking for a pair of jeans or pants that are hard to find? Let me know! I’m happy to provide extra personal service and I’d love to help you find the perfect fit.  Everyone deserves to look and feel good in clothes that fit them well. Would you like a before and after jeans makeover?

Shop Search By Inseam for the exact inseam length you need. And check out this related blog post on Best Stores for Men’s Shorter Inseam Lengths.

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. 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. 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. 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! 🙂

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 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.

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 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, 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. is for anyone having trouble finding the right length of jeans, pants, or shorts. Start your search now!

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 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

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

Vince Top and Paige Jeans
Vince White Geo Lace Overlay Top and Paige Transcend Manhattan Boot Cut Jeans

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 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

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 Read more reviews of tall women’s clothing at


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.