I’m 5’4″ – Here Are The Best Petite Jeans To Shop That Actually Fit Well

From skinny to baggy, here are the very best styles.

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by Emma Richardson |
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As someone whose legs are shorter than average, I know how disheartening it can be when you discover the perfect pair of jeans, only to find that they come up far too long. Unwilling to spend an ungodly amount at the tailors, back to the hanger they go. Luckily, more and more brands are stocking petite jeans, so you can say goodbye to changing room meltdowns and say hello to denim that actually fits.

Brands like M&S, River Island and Kate Middleton's go-to denim brand, FRAME stock petite jeans a-plenty, in a range of sizes, but also a plethora of styles. From baggy to flared jeans, straight to skinny jeans, there's sure to be pair of denim jeans that are a perfect fit for you - even if you are vertically, well, challenged.

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In terms of trends, we've seen skinny jeans and low-rise jeans make their dreaded comeback (as made apparent by Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen runways) but timeless silhouettes such as straight leg and flared jeans aren't going anywhere anytime soon. To help narrow things down, I searched for hours, and found the best petite jeans that you can buy right now.

Shop below.

SHOP: The Best Petite Jeans To Buy That Actually Fit

M&S know a thing or two about inclusivity when it comes to sizing. The majority of its jeans are stocked from sizes 6 to 24, in lengths short, regular and long. These shaping straight leg jeans work well in any existing capsule wardrobe, paired with a white shirt and classic sling-back heels.

Ripped jeans are somewhat of a controversial denim choice, but one I particularly enjoy. Opt for this River Island pair for a slightly grungey take on the classic straight-leg denim.

Similar to a bootcut jean, a flared jean is a timeless classic. Inspired by the 60s and 70s, flared jeans have remained a denim favourite throughout the decades, and we can see why. They're flattering and suit everyone, no matter your body type.

Another fan favourite from M&S - the wide-leg jean. These jeans come in five different washes (including ecru) and are stocked in short, regular and long. They're stylish, but don't compromise comfort, thanks to their stretch denim material.

One pair of jeans we never thought would circulate back into our wardrobes are skinny jeans, especially after the rise of wide-leg and baggy denim. But, the fashion tides have spoken, and these classic black skinny jeans from River Island are made with bum sculpt technology that lifts and sculpts for the ultimate flattering fit.

Kate Middleton's go to skinny jean brand, Frame, has a range of petite friendly jeans available to shop. These Palazzo flared jeans are crafted from a stretch cotton modal blend, perfect if you're looking for a comfortable pair of denim jeans.

A classic bootcut jean, as timeless as they are versatile- just ask Emily Ratajowski. These jeans from M&S are made with super stretchy and soft denim for a comfortable fit and feel.

While the thought of wearing white jeans may seem dangerous, it's certainly worth it when it comes to these. The barrel leg jeans is made with organic cotton, and offers a comfortable fit despite being made from non-stretch denim.

White Stuff, Tia Wide Leg Crop Jean
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Cropped jeans are great for those who are on the petite side, particularly if you want to pair them with strappy heels or sandals. These White Stuff jeans are made from cotton, making them especially comfortable come summer time.

Abercrombie jeans, are, for all intents and purposes, some of the best - the low rise baggy is no exception. With lengths ranging from extra short to extra long, you needn't worry about these coming up too long.

Straight leg jeans are perfect if you're looking for a timeless pair you can style with everything in your wardrobe. These jeans are made with 100% cotton for a comfortable fit that's equally sustainable as it is stylish.

If you prioritise comfort when it comes to denim, a baggy 90s-inspired baggy jean is your safest best. These A&F ones are top of our list due to the sheer choice when it comes to wash, length and sizing.

Who are petite jeans for?

Petite jeans are typically made for women who are 5'4" and under.

What size are petite jeans?

Petite jeans come in the same size as regular jeans, which is typically size 6 to size 20.

Emma Richardson is a Beauty & Fashion Products Writer for Grazia. She covers shopping, lifestyle, celebs and anything trending.

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