27th April 2020

The Tall Trouser Style Guide: Seven Definitive Essentials

The Tall Trouser Style Guide: Seven Definitive Essentials

Seven trouser styles; the foundations of the optimal wardrobe. And if you’re over 5’10”? Each of them needs true tall tailoring. It’s more than just extra length, these new season staples are proportioned with the perfect tall fit. Let’s take a look at the key trouser styles defining 2020 in this tall women’s trouser guide. 


tall black leggings

Tall gym leggings

Call it the lockdown effect, but our appreciation for tall gym leggings has reached all-new heights. We’re wearing them for early morning yoga sessions and staying in them for the rest of the day because they’re Just. So. Comfy. Designed with longer length, longer rise and firm control to hold, lift and minimise, a good pair of tall sports leggings is the ultimate go-to.

  • Perfect for: Both sporty and not-so-sporty days
  • Loves: Loungewear and stretching (in the studio and on the sofa)

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Tall womens slim blue trousers

Tall slim fit trousers

Legs as long as yours look their best in a pair of tailored tall slim-fit trousers. With a snug fit from hip through to ankle, this is a true all-rounder, from work to weekend. Choose a clean-waisted style for minimal distraction from the smooth aesthetic and pair with everything from easy knits to tees, demi-tucked shirts to smart blazers.

  • Perfect for: Anytime, anywhere, any way dressing
  • Loves: Work, play and flattering your figure

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Tall tapered jersey trousers

Tall Tapered Trousers

And the award for most comfortable goes to the tapered trouser. With a relaxed fit through hip and thigh, this effortless style tapers slightly at the hem. If you’re lounging or travelling, choose stretch jersey fabric for the win. Wearing to work? Choose a structured woven fabric for 9am-9pm polish.

  • Perfect for: going, well… everywhere
  • Loves: All the shoes: fresh loafers, white trainers, summery sandals

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Tall womens linen blue trouser

Tall Straight Trousers

A good, honest, straight up style that’s at its best on women of height. Fitted through the hips and thigh with a straight silhouette from knee to hem, its denim counterpart is enjoying a 2020 resurgence (note the ‘fashion-girl uniform’ of straight leg jean with slouchy blazer). The beauty of the straight leg trouser is its willingness to play with textures: linen, cotton sateen, print, jersey.

  • Perfect for: That coveted smart yet laidback look
  • Loves: Lightweight knits and mid-morning lattes

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Tall black bootcut trouser

Tall Bootcut Trousers

As evidenced on the catwalks of Celine and Emmanuelle Alt, the bootcut is very definitely back. And when it fits just right, it’s the most flattering of them all, giving you curves in ALL the right places. If you’re tall, the perfect knee positioning is essential. The flare should begin exactly at the knee – not above or below. Whether you choose a slim bootcut trouser or a more dramatic flare, try tucking in your top for a strong silhouette.

  • Perfect for: Waking up your work wardrobe
  • Loves: Western boots and suiting every body shape

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tall womens black linen wide leg trouser

Tall Wide Leg Trousers

A classic, wide leg trouser will never go out of style. As on-point now as it was in Greta Garbo’s 1930s heyday, the most flattering of all wide leg trousers combines a waist-cinching cut with a voluminous leg. Channel Riviera vibes with a floaty linen palazzo or choose a denser fabric (crepe, satin, jacquard) for a more structured look. Definitely one of our favourite tailoring looks is a nipped in jacket with a chic wide leg trouser.

  • Perfect for: Making clean cut tops instantly cooler
  • Loves: Receiving compliments and imitating French style icons

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