LLBean & Flannel Lined Jeans 25 Years Later :(

When I was in college, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I loved flannel-lined jeans.  I ordered 3 pair from L.L. Bean – one black, one cream, and one blue.

This was back in the days before low-rise waist appeared for women’s pants.

I am short-waisted.  I always have been.  Back in the 1990s, all ladies’ pants were cut high-waisted.  Which meant that when I sat down wearing pants, my pants were sitting on my rib cage.  (I inherited this trait from my mother.  She was short-waisted as well.)

Can you imagine having your pants sit on your rib cage?  Yes, it’s uncomfortable.

At some point in the last 20 years, some designer got a clue and figured out that women’s bodies were different.  Low and behold, lower waists on women’s pants appeared on the market.

I’m also long-legged.  My inseam is 32″.  This makes me a medium tall size.

I still have a pair of my flannel-lined pants from L.L. Bean from college to remind myself that I want a pair of flannel-lined jeans.  This time, I want a pair that fits my body.

Every once in awhile, I check L.L. Bean’s website, just to see if anything has changed.

November 2016 – L.L. Bean does have a pair of flannel-lined jeans in a lower waist.  They even have a medium tall length.  (1912 jeans)

Unfortunately, L.L. Bean assumes that if you want flannel-lined jeans in a medium tall length, you must be a size 12 or above. 

Did I mention that I’m most likely a size 8, maybe even a 6, depending on how the pants are cut?

Weirdly enough, if you want to order the 1912 jeans without being flannel-lined, you can order them in a medium tall length and be any size you want.

25 years later, and I still can’t order a pair of flannel-lined jeans for the winter that fits my body from L.L. Bean.