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I’m 5' 2"—These Are The Best Jeans I’ve Found for Petite Women

Vogue logo Vogue 9/26/2021 Julie Tong
© Photo: Acielle / Style Du Monde

As a woman who stands five feet two, I can firmly attest it’s been a challenge to find the best petite jeans to fit my short frame. I’ve often been let down when ordering a pair online (in the hopes it would magically fit me) or when I would take a pair to the dressing room, only to find the jeans far extended past my ankles. Of course, a trip to the tailor is always an option, but when it comes to something as practical and universal as denim, it’s neither cost-effective nor efficient to do so each and every time. The key? Pay attention to the inseam length. If you’re like me, stick to inseams between 25 and 26 inches and under; if you’re five feet three, you can go up to 27 inches. Whether you’re searching for a style that is high-waisted, boot cut, flared, or distressed—the perfect pair of jeans awaits. Ahead, shop the 11 best petite jeans for women I’ve found over the years. 

The High-Waisted

Levi’s Wedgie jeans have been a wardrobe staple of mine for years. Not only do they hit my ankles perfectly, but they’re comfortable for all-day wear. Shop them in a variety of shades, from classic blue and washed black to white and more.

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Levi’s Wedgie high-waist cropped straight-leg jeans

$98.00, NORDSTROM

The Cropped

Naturally, this pair by Mother says it all in the name. Not only does it put an extra pep in my step when I slip these on, but I love that they have a frayed hem for a bit of extra edge too. Shop it in seven different shades and 12 different sizes.

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Mother The Insider cropped step fray jeans

$205.00, MOTHER

The Mid-Rise

Ask any fashion editor, and you’ll find Frame is often at the top of their denim list. Offering supreme style, quality, and a seamless fit, it’s no surprise I love Frame’s cropped boot-cut jeans. They hit at the perfect mid-rise height, falling neither too low nor too high, right before my ankles. I like to pair these with my Proenza Schouler x Birkenstocks during the summertime and look forward to swapping them out for a pair of shearling shoes in the fall.

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Frame Rosalie cropped boot-cut jeans

$228.00, FRAME

The Straight-Leg

For a reliable pair of classic petite straight-leg jeans, try Madewell’s denim section. It caters to women of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re petite, tall, plus size, or just in between, there’s a pair of jeans for you.

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Madewell petite classic straight-leg jeans in Corson Wash

$128.00, MADEWELL

The Skinny

For the best petite jeans for women at the best price point, look no further than Gap. Its denim collection is a fan favorite of our own accessories director, and I’ve found the brand’s skinny jeans a pair I can rely on all year long.

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Gap high-rise true skinny jeans

$70.00, GAP

The Vintage Wash

If you’re eyeing something with a vintage feel, Slvrlake is a denim line that offers a wide mix of cuts and styles. I especially like this light-wash vintage version. Just remember to pay close attention to inseam lengths, as they do vary by style.

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Slvrlake Hero frayed high-rise straight-leg jeans

$270.00, NET-A-PORTER

The Wide Leg

Calling all clog connoisseurs: Chances are you might be a fan of wide-leg jeans too. Rag & Bone’s Maya jeans may seem overwhelming at first glance to any petite woman, but because of the cropped silhouette, I promise they will fit your frame seamlessly.

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Rag & Bone Maya cropped high-rise wide-leg jeans

$225.00, NET-A-PORTER

The Year-Round White

And because one pair isn’t enough, Frame makes a really good pair of white denim. Its Le Pixie cropped jeans in white is my go-to summer pair. But you can wear them all year long, because the no white after Labor Day rule is not one we like to follow here at Vogue.

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Frame Le Pixie cropped boot-cut jeans

$235.00, FRAME

The ’90s Slouch

For a boyfriend-style fit, Everlane’s ’90s slouch jeans help give an easy, relaxed fit. Pair them with a chunky knit sweater and Chelsea boots during the fall, or tank and slides in the summer.

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Everlane The ’90s Slouch jeans

$98.00, EVERLANE

The Boot Cut

Khaite may be known for its RTW and handbags, but don’t sleep on the brand’s denim line. Its Vivian jeans in black rinse are one of my favorite pairs. They give a tailored trouser feel (minus the trousers and tailor) but all-around jeans comfort.

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Khaite The Vivian jeans in black rinse

$235.00, KHAITE

The Low-Key Distressed

Citizens of Humanity’s Daphne distressed jeans give off a worn-in feel instantly. Once you slip these on, it’s as though you’ve owned them for years. Dress them up or down; you can balance out the distressed details by styling them with a pair of glitzy heels and a crop top for an unexpected evening-out look.

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Citizens of Humanity Daphne high-rise distressed cropped jeans

$290.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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