If denim is the basis of all wardrobes, long denim (meaning skinny styles of 34 inch inseams or longer and all other cuts of 36 inch inseams or longer) is the holy grail for any lady topping six feet.
The first pair of long denim that I ever scored was from Abercrombie & Fitch at the New Orleans Riverwalk before Hurricane Katrina hit and before the Riverwalk was converted to an outlet mall. So clearly I remember going back-to-school shopping with my mom, her friend, and her friend’s daughter. Her friend’s daughter insisted in stopping at Abercrombie and Fitch to which I was neutral about, until I found the slouchy bootcut style jeans of my dreams that came in a 36 inch inseam. Initially I saw the darker wash but became especially jazzed when I found the faded blue. At the time, the sticker price of $59.50 seemed expensive, to which my mom’s friend remarked that I should look at Eddie Bauer again regardless of the fact that we had just been there and I noted that the denim did not come longer than with a 34 inch inseam.
I now realize that my mom buying me a pair of pricey denim probably put her friend on the spot to buy her daughter the same or comparable pair, despite the fact that she was not in need of jeans to accommodate her six foot stature. Because you know, she was like 5′-5″ tall.
My mom bought me the jeans and I got every cent worth of that $59.50 plus tax. I do not think I retired them until four years later, but in those four years I wore them no less than twice a week. A little bit of math: 4 years * 52 weeks * twice a week wear = 416 wears. $59.50 / 416 wears = fourteen cents per wear!
It is my firm belief that well-fitting denim should not be contingent on one’s height or one’s wallet. I included denim that is no shorter than 34 inch inseams for the skinny cuts and 36 inch inseams for all other styles with price points starting in the $45 range to the $200 range and everywhere in between.
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