Finding a quality pair of jeans with a long inseam is the ultimate clothing challenge for most tall men. But high quality, stylish men's jeans are available in extra long inseams (37, 38 and even 40 inch) and here are our best picks.
For fashion jeans without the designer price tag, try Buckle first, or if you are in search of value and a wide range of jeans, try Sheplers. Amazon's Denim Shop also has a wide range. You may need to look no further than these three! Once you get them, remember to wash inside-out on a cool wash (30 degrees Centigrade), stretch and hang to dry to preserve the length.
Levi's Tall Jeans
As one of the oldest denim labels, the red tab of Levi's is instantly recognisable. Unsurprising then that Levi's have one of the best ranges of jeans for big and tall men. Styles with a 38 inch inseam include the red tab classic 501 as well as the 517 and 527 boot cuts and also the relaxed 550, 559 and 560 that often come in larger waist sizes. For the more fashion conscious, Levi's Silver Tab in loose or baggy styles also come in a 38 inch inseam. Some styles are also available in a 40 inch inseam. If you need 36" inseam jeans the selection is even wider.
I have never seen a 38 inseam in stores (even Levi's stores), so you're best off going straight online. Zappos have an excellent selection of Levi's 501 in a range of colors, waists and 36", 38" and 40" inseam (lefthand picture below). Amazon's Denim Shop and Shepler's also have a constant stock of long inseam styles.
BKE from Buckle : Extra Long JeansBuckle started as a denim retailer, but now produce their own jeans under the BKE brand, which includes a wide range of styles in both 36" (X-LONG) and 38" inseam (XX-LONG). Buckle traditionally focus on higher end denim brands and their own label reflects this, with a variety of distressed effects, pocket detailing and dye options that give a more contemporary feel. The styles in 38 inch inseam are Tyler (mid-rise) and Seth (normal rise). The Buckle site is a breeze to navigate, with a specific function for choosing jeans by inseam (why do so few sites offer this?!) but nonetheless you'll find a selection of styles shown below.
Wrangler Tall JeansA classic denim label with a great reputation for comfortable, well fitting jeans, Wrangler boasts a wide range of styles with a 38" inseam, with some styles available in up to 40" inseam and waist sizes from 28 - 48 inches. Styles include 47MWZ and 13MWZ rigid styles (Sheplers have both with a 40 inch inseam) as well as the cowboy cut George Strait (Amazon) and various other styles including the retro relaxed fit below which is one of my favorites. The TwentyX range is also available in a 38 inseam.
Shepler's should be your first destination for tall jeans from Wrangler, with an impressive selection of styles with a 38 inch inseam. Amazon's Denim Shop have some wider waists but a more limited selection overall.
Petrol & Cinch Extra Long Men's Jeans
Both of these denim brands are recent success stories that build on a Western heritage and combine inspiration from the great outdoors with modern denim trends. They are typically available in Western stores (like Sheplers, Cavenders or Drysdales).
Carhartt Tall Jeans
Traditionally a workwear brand, with a range of clothes that includes flame proof jeans and dungarees, Carhartt do produce some more fashion focussed jeans and in Europe, Carhartt has established itself as a major streetwear brand. Both their traditional fit and relaxed fit styles come in a 38 inch inseam, and a wider variety of styles is available in a 36" inseam.
Designer brands for men's tall jeans
At the higher end of the market, only a few dedicated denim labels offer a 38 inch inseam. Rock & Republic currently produce Shasha in a 38 inch inseam, while other designer denim brands such as Hudson and Big Star do offer 37 inch and 38 inch inseam but stockists vary so you will have to search for them.
If you're really seriously into denim, there are some specialist brands that offer long inseams, specially sourced (often Japanese) denim and trendy detailing. But check carefully, because if you buy jeans with 'raw' denim rather than 'pre-shrunk' or 'sanforised' denim, then the denim will shrink between 1-2 inches in length . . . and you have to 'wear them in' without washing for six months! Still interested? Then try Imperial Denim, Samurai, Flat Head or Self Edge.
Michael Kors, Nautica, Tommy Bahama and Joseph Abboud all offer one or two styles of jeans with a 38 inch inseam, typically available only through online big and tall clothing stores with a waist from 36 inches and above. Stock and styles vary in availability, so it is best to seach for the brand directly through a search engine.
Polo Ralph Lauren, the staple of men's smart casual wear, have quite a good range for bigger men which includes 38 inch jeans from specialist outlets. Look for them at Rochester Clothing and other suppliers. Sizes are limited, but you may be able to find Stanton, Ludlow or Essex styles with a 38 inch inseam and waist from 36 - 38 inches.
Budget end brands that offer styles with a 38 inch inseam include Dickies, River Road, Liberty Blues and Greystone, all available through the standard big and tall online stores that you will find with a search query.
If you are in search of something with a larger waist, something practical rather than fashionable, two of the major big and tall clothing outfitters have their own brand jeans. Although most of their business comes from big men, they have styles with inseam up to 38 or 40 inch, and elasticated waists from 36 - 48 inches. Look for Harbor Bay, one of the in-house brands of Casual Male or for the unbranded jeans at King Size Direct.
Long Inseam Tall Jeans in the UK
While Levi's and Wrangler are well known in Europe, I do not know of any suppliers of these or any of the other brands above in Europe who offer a 38 inch inseam. Brands that are frequently available in a 38 inch inseam include better known streetwear labels such as Lee Cooper, Jack & Jones and Sonetti, as well as specialist labels that cater to the tall market, such as Nickelson, KAM, Oakman and Ed Baxter. You can find the biggest range at specialist online sites like Walktall as the only significant chain catering for a 38 inside leg is High & Mighty, whose stock is limited.
Long Inseam Tall Jeans in mainland Europe
Jack & Jones, a Swedish brand, has some 38 inch inseam styles in their online shop. Mustang Jeans, one of Europe's oldest established denim brands, offers 38 inch inseam jeans through the online web store, as do Paddock's and higher end casual wear label Brax (delivery to Germany only, but also available in stores).
The best online source for long inseam Mustang Jeans as well as other brands including G-Star Raw, Paddock and Cross in inseams of 38 inches up to 40 inches is JeansWelt.de.