Finding Your Perfect Pants Length, Broken Down by Style
It’s pretty clear when your pants don’t fit right. You put them on and they’re too tight around the thigh, or they’re baggy around the waist. Too often, pant length also seems to be a problem.
Pants too short? You’ve got a strange amount of ankle peeking through. Pants too long? You’re tripping over excess fabric. So what is perfect pants length?
We’re demystifying the answer to this question by exploring pant length for both men and women. From skinny jeans to chinos, it’s time you knew what the perfect pants length is for your best fit.
Straight Leg Pants Length
Straight-leg pants are among the most versatile fits, and you can find plenty of options in this style in both denim and dress pants.
For both men and women, straight-leg pants look best with slight to no break at the hem. This means they hit your foot just below the ankle and often right where the top of your shoes are. Measure your inseam length to determine what this pants length would be. Your inseam is the length of the leg from the crotch seam to the hem. You can check out our women's jean size chart or men’s size guide for more definitions and to find your proper size.
For a classic women’s straight leg jean, Kendra Straight Leg In Indigo Supersoft is a timeless style with a comfortable higher rise in an incredibly soft and stretchy fabric. This style is among our collection of 36 inseam women’s jeans for taller women in need of a longer inseam.
Men can opt for slim straight dress pants like Marcus Slim Straight Leg In Gunmetal Supermove, which looks best with no break at the hem thanks to the more defined tapering of the leg. For an option from our 36 inseam mens pants collection, Zach Straight Leg In Beige Twill has the sleek look of a trouser dress pant with all the comfort of a roomy straight leg in ultra-soft twill.
Best Length for Skinny and Slim Leg Jeans
Like straight-leg jeans, skinny and slim styles look best with a pants length that has no break at the hem. Often, these pants look great either cuffed or cropped. The perfect pants length here if opting for a cuffed or cropped look should highlight the skinniest part of the leg, breaking at the ankle or a few inches above the ankle bone. Be careful here in avoiding pants that are too short.
Men can go for a classic look in Jake Slim Leg In Indigo LA Vintage. Easy to dress up or down while always feeling easy to wear, the slim leg and vintage styling offer a streamlined look with retro appeal. As part of our dedication to providing a variety of sizing options, these are available in a 30-inch inseam.
For a versatile skinny jean for women, Alexa Skinny In Mid Supersoft is all about the legs, with a sleek silhouette and tapered fit in a super comfy and stretchy fabric. This style is available in inseams ranging from 28” - 34”, again showing off just how many options we have to find your perfect pants length.
The Right Length for Bootleg or Flared Pants
Pants with a wider leg opening – like a bootcut or a flare – can easily look like they’re too long if you don’t find a pair in the right length. For men, this is an instance in which a full break at the hem, with just enough fabric pooling around the ankle at the shoe. Women’s pants in this style should have just the toes peeking through (unless you’re opting for a cropped style). These are a great style to wear with heels or wedges, in which case the hem should come about 1/4" off of the ground.
Given that for both women and men, the perfect pants length for this style is one that is generally longer, you should likely search for a longer inseam. Our collection of 36 inseam mens pants includes Josh Bootcut In Mid Shaded Stanford. Also note that it’s available in inseams as short as 30 inches so you can be sure to find the right length for you. This signature bootcut jean is a versatile, easy to wear option with plenty of freedom to move and stretch.
Those looking for 36 inseam women’s jeans have Molly Bootcut In Deep Supersoft as a stylish option in the perfect pants length. Like our men’s collection, these come in a variety of sizing options, from 30-36 inseam lengths. The clean dark wash and roomy yet flattering fit make this pair an essential part of our Core Collection.
The perfect pants length doesn’t have to be difficult to find. Once you measure your inseam, you can find your best fit. Plus, we make it easy to find the right pant length with our variety of sizes, from 28 inseam pants for women to 36 inseam men’s pants.