13 Brands of Jeans for Long Torsos That My Long-Waisted Bod Loves

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You found your perfect swimsuit, you long-waisted woman you, so maybe now you’re ready to put on some pants, one generous abdominal section at a time, and join the rest of us here on dry land? This survey of the best jeans on the market right now is just for you, fellow torso-blessed person; we hope you find your perfect pair like we did, so you won’t have to endure that muffin top or, heck, even 8-pack abs getting exposed beneath your slightly cropped t-shirt. While this list mostly skews toward denim with a bit of stretch, there are some stiff-denim and lightweight jeans-adjacent materials noted. Pro tip: Act fast, because everyone is shopping for fall denim right now, since we’ve all forgotten what we even liked to wear before pandemic. (And don’t forget your jacket.)

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1. levi’s Ribcage

That’s right, this Levi’s line’s name evokes just how super-high that waistband goes (a 12-inch front rise!). The seasonal collections include boot-cut shapes, printed denim and even a utility pant variation that’s a super-cute throwback to 70s painter pants. Well-priced (from $70 to $148) and including pairs made with sustainable cotton, this collection is a great alternative to resorting to wearing men’s Levi’s with a belt (which we’ve been known to do to accommodate our long torsos).

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2. madewell Perfect Vintage

Never one to rest on its laurels, Madewell has innovated the ideal compromise between fitted and fit-for-lounging, with their new Perfect Vintage silhouette. It’s an 11-inch rise, so if your natural waist is long, these won’t ride up over it when you sit down, and since there’s just a touch of stretch, you can actually eat a meal in them without that I must unzip these jeans immediately panic. Between the white distressed, summerweight crop and even leather iterations, this fit has us coveting more than one pair. But the buck doesn’t stop there. We also love the Baggy Tapered style, with its carrot leg shape and ‘80s throwback appeal as well as the Dadjean, with its 11.5 inch rise and zero stretch (which isn’t necessary anyway because it’s so delightfully slouchy without being sloppy).

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3. frame High Rise

This Los Angeles-based premium denim maker has branched out into non-denim (shirts, shoes, trousers), but it’s staying true to its roots from 2012 when it was founded on Euro-styled jeans. The Ultra-High-Rise Barrel is the news loose-leg style that’s so popular now, here with a 11-inch front rise, while Le Drew is a slouch jean that’s cut extra soft and roomy so that you can wear it slightly down on your hips—but still with plenty of midsection coverage, since it boasts an 11.75 front rise. (And the matching oversized jacket? C’est magnifique!)

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Rag & Bone

4. rag & Bone Miramar

Sleek and urbane jeans in skinny and straight iterations have long been this New York-based brand’s signature (we’re loving the exposed buttons on this pair). And now the brand has innovated the perfect new line for those of us who’ve been living in sweats for months and aren’t longing to pour ourselves into snug denim. The Miramar line is a series of pants designed not of denim but of flowey Lyocell that’s printed to look just like denim. In the palazzo and jogger iterations, the effect is that you’re wearing super-soft worn-in denim. All this, plus 10.5- to 11.75-inch front rises? It’s a long-waisted person’s dream.

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Rachel Comey

5. rachel Comey

Want denim that’s more interesting-arty than figure-hugging and sexy? Rachel Comey has your number. Her popular denim designs are resolutely high-waisted and loose enough so that they are comfortable, and what’s more, they are so architectural that you can throw them on with a white t-shirt and flip-flops and look fashionable. Super wide legs? Check. Crops with a 13.5-inch rise? Here for it. Or, why not really make a statement with an exposed zipper along the entire 15.5-inch front rise of a pair in black denim? Oooh, yes, we’re already saying “Our eyes are up here,” when all the envious fashion crowd sees us in them.

6. everlane Way-high

This affordable online brand has gone in on the generous inseam trend, big-time. While most pairs in the collection, from stretch high-rise skinnies to non-stretch ‘90s-inspired straight jeans, have at least an 11-inch rise, the Way-High collection is the real standout for long-torsoed individuals. They are designed to fasten at your natural waist, which means the inseam is 12.5 inches. Not only that, but there are fits for seemingly every woman’s preference. Will you opt for the charming Way-High Baggies, the straight-leg model that has a 12 1/8 rise (and 2 percent elastane for comfort) or the super-soft skinnies that blend cotton with viscose, recycled polyester and modal, as well as 3 percent elastane, to create a flat-front jean that feels like a lightweight jogger (because the brand wanted to help us wear denim with the comfort we’d grown accustomed to during all those months at home).

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Citizens of Humanity

7. citizens Of Humanity

Taking a page from the V-front leggings that captured the imagination of TikTok last year, this West Coast luxury denim brand has intro’ed the Ellee V-Front, an all-cotton jean that has an 11.75-inch inseam in front and is even longer in back (so there’s zero chance of stretching forward and having your knickers show). The Charlotte High-Rise Straight is just cropped enough to show off your boots, the Emery High Rise Relaxed Crop is a bit looser and the Annina Jean, with its full-length wide legs and 12-inch inseam, is the stuff of comfortable denim uniforms everywhere.

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8. grlfrnd

This premium denim brand based in L.A. has a fun flex—a Levi’s 501-sized patch on the waistband in solid white (IYKYK, right?). Besides killer slouchy boyfriend styles, this brand has really perfected the boot cut and flare leg styles for long torsos; the net effect is that even legs on the short side look longer in these jeans. And the Piper Super High Rise Stretch Slim has a generous 12.5-inch rise, which along with the 27-inch inseam is the sweet spot for figure-flattering comfort with a touch of spandex.

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9. dl1961

Let’s say you’re long-torso’ed and also long-legged. Lanky types know finding jeans that are long enough can be a challenge, which is why we appreciate this family-run line’s 31- and 35-inch inseam denim. Rigid denim is distressed then sewn into high-waisted jeans that look like you’ve owned them since forever; black stretchy denim is wax-coated then sewn into 10-inch rise vintage-inspired ankle crops. And wearing any of these feels good in your soul as well as your rear end, because the fabric is recycled from discarded denim.

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Free People

10. Free People

So many on-trend styles, most of them with generous cuts of rigid denim, stand in stark contrast to the last decade’s industry-wide emphasis on tighter, stretchier and more cropped. The Theo Denim Trousers have an eye-catching balloon shape; Graceland Relaxed Flares have adorbs patching and the Youthquake Crop Flares are going to have you reconsidering whether you can really wear such an edgy shape (um, yes—they’re surprisingly flattering).

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J. Crew

11. J. Crew

There’s something really reassuring about the no-frills minimalist design of J. Crew denim. The High-Rise Classic Straight, with its wearable 11-inch rise and one-percent of stretch mixed into its organic cotton or a similarly proportioned contractor-styled pair in natural denim. Even the boyfriend jean is high-waisted, but still slouchy and distressed, beckoning with its comfortable folds like your favorite striped shirt and beat-up sneakers. The 10” vintage slim jean in white is way flattering with its row of buttons along the fly and stretch fabrication.

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Abercrombie & Fitch

12. Abercrombie & Fitch

Great fitting high-waist jeans for under $100? Yes please. That's what's on offer at A&F, where the Curve Love 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans and Curve Love Ultra High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans are specially designed to eliminate the gapping that occurs in high-rise jeans. Multiple lengths and washes allow you to get as close to a custom pair of jeans as you can, for an off-the-rack price and ease. And stretch? There's enough to let you sit comfortably, as well as look sharp coming and going.

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13. Hudson

Maybe the Platonic ideal of the vintage boyfriend jean for women, the Remi High-Rise Straight Crop Jean has a generous 11.25-inch front rise and is made of soft stretch denim, so no midsection discomfort. And Hudson's High-Rise Bootcut Crop? It's the kickiest denim you'll find anywhere, and would look chic with mules as well as sport with sneaks.

dana dickey

Senior Editor

Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...