Sick of hemming/cuffing your jeans, and/or spending a fortune getting them altered? Here’s a list of some great petite-friendly jeans for your next denim purchase!
I had actually planned to do this post some time ago but never got around to doing it… you know, giving birth and all.
However, I recently purchased these jeans from eBay and they reminded me of the intended blog post. They were the PERFECT length, hitting at the ankle, just above my flats. Hence, no alterations required!
Being 5’0″ means pretty much ALL of my pants and jeans need to be altered. Thankfully I can do some of them with my trusty sewing machine, but sometimes I want a more professional finish and that means taking the time and spending money for a tailor to do it.
But what if us petites could find the Holy Grail of jeans… you know, the ones that don’t need to be altered at all?
With my long and often stressful experience of trying on jeans, as well as a little knowledge from some Facebook groups, I’ve put together a round up of jeans that are the right length and fit for my fellow shorties out there. I’ve split them up by budget as well so you can either save or splurge on the perfect pair of jeans that don’t ever need hemming!
Budget-friendly (up to $150)
Topshop Petite range – these are surprisingly really good quality jeans for the price point. I love the petite Mom jeans (as worn here) which for me still need cuffing, but I actually prefer this style of jean with cuffs anyway. I also love the Jamie jeans for a skinny style (here’s the maternity version).
Asos Petite range – not bad for the price point, the denim quality probably isn’t as good as Topshop though. I like the Farleigh style for high-waisted Mom-style jeans, but find they do lose shape after a few wears. The skinny jeans are good for everyday wear.
Forever New Petite range – I have to admit, I had not heard of this until some Facebook peeps started talking about it. As far as I can tell they’re only available online, but if you can find a store that sells them it’s worth trying them on. In fact, the Ankle Grazer style (from the “regular” length range) works well for petites too. I’ve tried Forever New jeans on before and find them very stretchy and comfy, it’s worth trying a size down because of the stretch.
Uniqlo – check out the ankle length jeans, and if they’re still a little too long, the stores offer a free alterations service (WIN!). I personally like the cigarette jeans, the stretchy ones seem to lost shape after a few washes.
Dr Denim – mixed reviews on this one. The Cropacabana style is the perfect length for petites, BUT some people have mentioned they don’t wear well after several washes.
My picks below:
Now here are a few that MAY break the budget a little bit, but if you can, it’s definitely worth saving and buying one or two pairs. OR if you’re thrifty scour the markets, eBay and other second hand channels for these because some of my absolute favourites are on this list!
Nobody Cult Skinny Jeans (ankle length) – these seem to be the Holy Grail of jeans for petites. The perfect length, great cut, and hold their shape really well according to those in the know. Apparently they’re true to size, but I’ve had mixed experience with Nobody sizing which is why I’m hesitant to buy them without trying them on.
Paige Denim – I’m actually wearing Paige jeans in the photos of this post and I LOVE them. These are the cropped Margot Ultra Skinny style and I was incredibly lucky to buy them second hand on eBay. Hoxton is another style of Paige’s jeans which are very flattering.
GRLFRND – the cropped styles work well for petites, but the Kendal petite jeans are perfect.
AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans – this brand uses really high quality denim and the shape hold incredibly well. gain look for cropped styles that are the right length for petites.
Frame Denim – look for cropped styles in the Le Skinny de Jeanne or Le High cuts. Like AG the denim quality is lovely – if you’re after non-stretchy jeans that aren’t rigid, Frame are your best bet. I find Frame sizing a bit hit and miss, sometimes it’s true to size and sometimes I need to size down, depending on the style.
Mother Denim – admittedly I’ve never tried this brand before, but Facebook people rave about it, so I’ve included it in this list.
Dejour – if you live in Melbourne then lucky you. Dejour tailor-make jeans just the way you want them, which means the RIGHT LENGTH for petites! Bring in some inspiration for jeans and the experts will take your measurements and make the jeans to fit you perfectly. While they’re actually a reasonable price point, the flight to Melbourne may make these jeans a little more expensive.
My picks (there are a few, so press the arrow button to view more!)
What I’m Wearing