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.