As a woman who is five foot two, I can firmly attest that it has been difficult to find the best petite jeans to fit my petite frame. I’ve often been disappointed when ordering a pair online (hoping they’ll magically fit me) or when taking a pair into the dressing room, only to find the jeans way off. beyond my ankles. Sure, a trip to the tailor is always an option, but when it comes to something as practical and universal as denim, it’s not cost effective or efficient to do it 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 foot three, you can go up to 27 inches tall. Whether you’re looking for a high waisted, bootcut, flared or distressed style, the perfect jean is waiting for you. Ahead, shop the 11 best skinny jeans for women I’ve found over the years.
The high waist
Levi’s Wedgie jeans have been a staple in my wardrobe for years. Not only do they hit my ankles perfectly, but they’re comfortable to wear all day. Shop them in a variety of shades, from classic blue and faded black to white and more.
Naturally, this pair of Mother says it all in their name. Not only does it give my step a bit more pep when I put them on, but I also love that they have a frayed hem for a bit more edge. Shop it in seven different shades and 12 different sizes.
The average size
Ask any fashion editor and you’ll find that Frame is often at the top of their denim list. Offering supreme style, quality and a seamless fit, it’s no wonder I love Frame’s cropped bootcut jeans. They hit the perfect mid-height, falling neither too low nor too high, just before my ankles. I love pairing them with my Proenza Schouler x Birkenstocks during the summer and can’t wait to swap them out for a pair of sheepskin shoes in the fall.
The right leg
For a dependable pair of classic straight leg jeans, try Madewell’s denim section. It caters to women of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re petite, tall, tall, or just in between, there’s a pair of jeans for you.
For the best women’s skinny jeans at the best price, look no further than Gap. Its denim collection is a fan favorite for our own accessories director, and I’ve found the label’s skinny jeans to be a pair I can rely on all year round.
The vintage wash
If you’re looking for something with a vintage feel, Slvrlake is a denim line that offers a wide mix of fits and styles. I particularly like this slightly faded vintage version. Remember to pay close attention to inseam length, as it varies by style.
The wide leg
Calling all clog connoisseurs: chances are you’re a fan of baggy jeans, too. Maya jeans from Rag & Bone may seem overwhelming at first glance for any petite woman, but due to the cropped silhouette, I promise they will fit your figure perfectly.
White all year round
And because one pair isn’t enough, Frame makes a really good pair of white denim. Her Le Pixie cropped jeans in white are my favorite summer pair. But you can wear them year-round, because the no-white rule after Labor Day isn’t the one we like to follow here at vogue.
The Slouch of the 90s
For a boyfriend-style fit, Everlane’s ’90s Slouchy Jeans offer a simple, relaxed fit. Pair them with a chunky knit sweater and Chelsea boots in the fall, or a tank top and sliders in the summer.
The boot cut
Khaite may be known for its ready-to-wear and handbags, but don’t sleep on the brand’s denim line. Her black rinse Vivian jeans are one of my favorite pairs. They give a tailored trouser feel (minus the pants and suit) but the comfort of jeans all around.
The discreet in distress
Distressed Daphne jeans from Citizens of Humanity instantly give off a worn-in feel. Once you put them on, it’s like you’ve had them for years. Dress them up or down; you can balance out the distressed details by pairing them with a pair of sparkly heels and a crop top for an unexpected evening look.