Jeans Shopping For (Really) Short Women

Date Fri, April 11 2014

As I type this, I’m wearing a pair of $10 jeans from Goodwill. Surprisingly, I found a pair of petite jeans there that were short enough and fit all my curves. I never find jeans at thrift shops because I’m so short. To be honest, it’s difficult enough to find them brand new. So I figured I’d write this post to help you all learn from my experience because there’s nothing wrong than wearing too-long jeans and walked all over the hem until they’re ripped up, am I right? Right!

Maurices jeans come in short and extra short

Maurices jeans come in short and extra short

To Hem or Not to Hem

The issue with buying jeans is that they are not easy to hem well. No matter what anyone says, it’s hard to replicate jean hemming at home. Why is this? It’s because jeans are folded over twice, tightly, hemmed with contrasting stitching and then distressed. When you simply fold it over to hem, you can tell it was a DIY job. This is why people use the original hem to shorten jeans. Even if you use matching thread — and it can be difficult to find the right hue and weight — it shows. I’ve tried before, and people not only noticed but pointed out that I had done it myself. The result isn’t professional or attractive to me. I just don’t have the skill to hem jeans, but maybe you do! And maybe you don’t care, which is great. If that’s the case, hem it yourself. If you want well-fitting jeans and don’t have a tailor or hemming skills, this article is for you!

What About Petite?

For some reason, young women (my peers) don’t tend to use the word “petite” or really understand it. The women’s petite section is intended for us shorties out there, and it doesn’t necessarily mean “skinny,” too. However, I have found that most of the jeans available as petite are kind of bland. In fact, I’d go so far as to call them Mom Jeans. Dun dun dun. Nobody needs those.

However, this isn’t to say that jeans in the petite section are terrible. They often fit better because women’s sizing (even numbers) is more true to size than juniors sizing, which uses odd numbers and tends to be much smaller. I am currently wearing petite jeans from New York & Company. I do like them, but they’re also a little more bland than you might like — especially if you’re like my good friend Ashe and love blinged out pockets! ;)

Series 31 jeans come in half a dozen cuts

Series 31 jeans come in half a dozen cuts

What If I’m Too Short for Short Jeans?

I have a dirty little secret. Literally little. I am not only short. I am extra short. Many times, even short jeans are too long. This is the case for jeans from Vanity, Maurices and even Rue 21. Have you heard of Series 31 jeans by Amethyst? They exist specifically for people who are 5’4″ and under. They’re too damned long for me! Fortunately, some companies make extra short jeans. These include Maurices and Vanity.

If you fall into this category, it’s important to know how long your inseam is. Extra short jeans measure 28″ or 29″ while most short jeans are a full two inches longer. 33″ is the standard for “regular” length, by the way.

My Go-To Brands

Torrid Denim - Rinse Skinny Jeans (Short)

Torrid Denim – Rinse Skinny Jeans (Short)

So, I’ve discussed why I have to buy short jeans and why short jeans sometimes just don’t cut it. What brands do I got to because I know they’ll work?

Other brands that have short inseams that I have yet to try include Torrid  (BOGO 50% off at Torrid with code REBEL1) and Old Navy.

None of these brands are going to cost you in three digits because, let’s get real. Real women can’t afford $200 jeans!

Oprah’s stylist also recommends these brands:

Vertical stripes lengthen legs

Vertical stripes lengthen legs

A Few More Tips for Short Jeans

As always, vertical stripes give the appearance of longer legs. When it comes to jeans, consider a lighter line down the center of the leg and thigh. This can also help to make your thighs look slimmer. Avoid cuffs at the end of your pants legs as this will make you look even shorter. Heels elongate your leg, as does a mid-rise to your jeans because it gives the appearance of a longer lower body.

You’ve all heard the old adage about good things in small packages. Of course, it doesn’t mean that we don’t deserve good jeans, too! Ladies, have you tried any of your brands? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Responses

  1. Jessica (Savory Experiments) April 17 2014 @ 9:37 am

    I’m not sure if I am “super short”- but I can never find the right length. Regular is way too long, but short is often too long as well. Where do they get the measurements they use for normal?

  2. Jessica Jones April 17 2014 @ 11:54 am

    I have such a hard time trying to find jeans that actually fit. I love this post!

  3. Cole April 17 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    I hope it helps!

  4. Cole April 17 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    I’m not sure where they landed with 33 as regular. Probably someone did a survey once that the fashion industry took as gospel, heh.

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