For as long as I’ve been working as a blogger, you’d think I’d be able to find the best jeans in a heartbeat, right? Unfortunately even for me, the jeans struggle is so real! For something we wear almost everyday, it’s amazing how hard it is to find that perfect pair. This whole task is made even more challenging by the fact that I’m petite and just a little bit curvy.
So how to find those elusive, flattering, lengthening jeans that make you feel amazing as soon as you put them on? Luckily, I have a few tips for finding the best jeans for petite women (and women of all sizes!)
1. A dark wash is always lengthening.
I love a good distressed wash, but if I want to feel taller and slimmer, I reach for dark wash skinnies. For the same reason that black looks amazing, darker wash jeans are always a good option. Not only are dark wash jeans more polished, they’re chic and flattering!
2. A body-skimming silhouette looks good on everyone.
I don’t mean the skinny jeans that take a gymnastics routine to get into. I mean the pair that’s flattering in the right places. Jeans should always fit properly on the waist, hips, and thighs, whether you’re going for skinny jeans or wearing vintage Levis. This is especially important if you’re petite—poorly fitting jeans will take over your frame!
3. Check the inseam.
For all you petite girls, this is key! Your jeans should be cropped at the ankle or just above the ground. I love wearing ankle length jeans—showing just a little bit of skin at my ankle is so slimming and it makes me look taller! On the other hand, jeans that hit right above the ground make your legs look a mile long. Just make sure to take into account whether you’re going to wear your jeans with heels or flats when shopping and tailoring.
4. Look for a mid-rise.
For a good all-around pair of jeans, you don’t want a rise that is too high or too low. Look for jeans that hit around the top of your hips or just a little higher. This will create the most flattering line, making your legs look longer without the awkward gaping and bunching that can happen with a super high rise.
5. Find a label you love.
Once you’ve found the perfect pair, they’ll likely become your go-to jeans, so stick to them! I’m all about the skinny jeans from Madewell, so I have them in a few different washes. (They also offer free in-store hemming!) Like bags, shoes, and leather jackets, jeans are often worth the investment. A good pair of jeans will wear well and look better with age!
I hope this guide helps you find your best jeans yet! Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? Tell me all about them in the comments!