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8 Feb 2010

Levi's Jeans : Buying tips for tall men

As I write, 'double denim' is back in fashion. Instinctively, the idea of wearing denim trousers and a denim top sounds like a recipe for fashion disaster, but you can read articles like this one to make up your own mind.

Denim jeans, however, are clearly a must for almost anyone's wardrobe, and Levi's are probably the first denim brand you'd think of. So where can a tall man find a good selection of long Levi's jeans?

With a 36" inside leg, I have always been able to find one or two pairs in a Levi's store, but not a wide selection. You can also try a major department store like Macy's or John Lewis, but the selection there is also likely to be limited (as I chronicled in San Francisco).

Going online is definitely your best bet. To check what style you want, Levi's have a fit guide to compare the different fits. Avoid a skinny fit as this can emphasise a 'beanpole' effect of long, thin legs. Some of the styles available in both 38" and 36" inside leg are:

  • 514 : Straight fit with a low waist and straight leg.
  • 501 : Straight fit but slightly different waist.
  • 550 : Relaxed fit designed for more comfort.
  • 560 : Plenty of space all round in this super relaxed fit.

A wide selection of Levi's long inseam jeans can be found at Amazon or Zappos. The selection below are some of the 38 inch inseam styles currently available from Zappos, but take a look for yourself.

559™ Relaxed Straight - 38 inch tall inseam 517® Boot Cut - 38 inch tall inseam 541™ Athletic Fit - 38 inch tall inseam 560™ Comfort Fit - 38 inch tall inseam 514 - 38 inch tall inseam 541™ Athletic Fit - 38 inch tall inseam 559™ Relaxed Straight - 38 inch tall inseam 559™ Relaxed Straight - 38 inch tall inseam 541™ Athletic Fit - 38 inch tall inseam 514 - 38 inch tall inseam 559™ Relaxed Straight - 38 inch tall inseam 541™ Athletic Fit - 38 inch tall inseam

Levi's do have an online store with a Big & Tall section, but styles like the 560 are more geared to the 'big' rather than tall man, and jeans with a 36" leg are in the normal section so the site is quite difficult to use.

Outside the US

You can try the Levi's international site, although other online shops probably offer better value.

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