Denim Fit and Style Guide for Petites

Finding a pair of jeans that fits in the right places is hard enough, especially if you’re petite. Fast-fashion stores generally sell clothes with generic sizes that can make your denim hunt more challenging. So, keep on reading for our denim fit and style guide for petites.

Go for a waistband that fits perfectly on you.


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Unless you’re going to wear your jeans with long tops, go for a waistband that fits you perfectly. You must wear belt as an accessory or finishing touches, not for preventing your jeans from falling. Jeans too tight around the hips will flatten your backside and too loose look like you’re playing dress-up. Apart from the waistband, make sure your jeans fit through the hips and thighs. If not, you can take it to a tailor to alter that.

Pay attention to pocket and detail placement.

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Besides an obviously bad fit, pay attention to pocket placement. If you have an ample bottom, don’t draw attention to it with large pockets emblazoned with embroidery and embellishments. Instead, go for back pockets sewn just above the mid-cheek mark which is the strategic placement that makes the entire area a bit perkier on a petite frame. Or, if you’re on the lean side, try using a buttoned pocket flap to build mass.

Go for straight-leg or trouser style of jeans that’s most flattering for you.

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Don’t slip into a skinny jean unless your legs are long as they call attention to the hip, thigh, and bottom. One of the best styles for petites is a straight cut that falls straight down from the knee to the floor that will create a long, lean look. Also, a trouser style is another option, especially if you’re shaped more like an apple than a pear as this cut fits from the widest part of the hip and goes straight to the floor, adding balance. Cropped jeans with hems that hit between the knee and ankle were once a deal-breaker for petite women, but it looks like that’s all starting to change. Like fashion blogger Jenny Tsang, wear boots or shoes in the same color of your pants to add length to your legs.

Go cuff-less on your denim jeans.

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When it comes to jeans, go cuff-less as the extra flap of fabric will only add bulk and interrupt the visual line of your leg. If your jean hems drag the floor, ask a tailor to alter it for you. Just go for a length that hits just above the knee. It’s a universally flattering fit. Once you figure out which styles flatter your petite shape the best, you’re sure to find your new “go to” jeans.

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