Read my thoughts on the 6 best straight leg jeans for petites!
It’s impossible to deny that straight leg jeans are the new “it” jean right now. I refuse to say that skinny jeans aren’t cool anymore because I’ll always keep a pair in my closet – but I’m also really into the straight leg trend.
There’s something really effortless about the relaxed silhouette, and I love that you can make them super casual or dress them up.
The only issue? Most popular pairs right now are way too long for petites. I am 5’2″ and there are few things I hate more than spending money on a nice pair of jeans, and then spending MORE money to get them hemmed! And cutting them myself scares me if they’re pricey.
Luckily, there’s a wide assortment of jeans that come in petite sizing, ankle lengths, and shorter petite-friendly inseams!
If you’re looking for petite-friendly options vs. petite-specific sizing, I recommend checking the inseams. While they aren’t always 100% accurate, I’ve learned that any inseam between 24-26.5 inches is worth a shot for me. I am usually a 26 in jeans with a lot of stretch and 27 in more rigid jeans. I hope this post is helpful for you!
6 Best Straight Leg Jeans for Petites
Madewell is one of my go-to stores for petite jeans because I don’t have to worry about inseam lengths at all – I can just buy the petite sizing! This pair is a great classic straight leg style that can be dressed up or down.
They have a little bit of stretch to be super comfortable, but they still have some structure to them. I got them in a petite size 27 and they fit perfectly. A little relaxed without gapping at the waist. Ideal!
As you guys know, I’m a big fan of Everlane’s jeans. They are reliably high quality, and always under $100. Their original cheeky jean has been a favorite straight leg jean of mine for years. I’m usually between a 26 and 27 and went with the 26 on these… they’re a little snug on me now but I can still wiggle into them. If you’re petite, just be sure to get the 26.5″ inseam instead of the 2 longer ones.
Okay I know these jeans are a splurge but I am in LOVE. As you can tell in this post, I love a structured jean – but sometimes you just want a soft pair that stretch easily and feel comfortable even when sitting… and that’s what these are. They’re also the perfect dark wash for both day and night wear, and they’re a straight without being too wide. Think of them as a gateway if you’re having trouble saying goodbye to your skinny jeans 😉
They’re a little long on me so I will probably get them shortened so they’re a better length with sneakers, but for the quality, comfort and wash? Worth it!!! I got a size 27 and they’re literally the most comfortable jeans I own now.
Worn with this cropped sweater!
I love these jeans so much, I own them in both this wash and a black wash! This is another pair that isn’t that much different from skinny jeans – they’re just a little wider at the ankle, that’s all! This style comes in petite, standard, tall and plus. I am usually between a 26 and 27 and I have this wash in a 27 petite and the black wash in a 26 petite.
Okay I know this post is about straight leg and these jeans are called wide leg – but stick with me. Since I’m only 5’2″, I usually stay away from wide leg jeans because I feel like they make me look shorter and wider. But I ordered these in a regular size 26 instead of petite and I actually LOVE them.
This was my first pair of MOTHER jeans and they felt like such a splurge at the time, but I have worn them SO MUCH that the cost per wear is so low! The exact pair I have is old but these jeans look very similar and the wash has the same name (The Confession) – I just can’t find an inseam listed anywhere. I got a size 27 and they fit perfectly.
Right off the bat, it’s nice that these jeans are barely over $100. They are definitely a stiffer denim than the previous two, and a 27 in these fit a little tighter. That being said, I love the super high waist and the 27″ inseam doesn’t feel long on me at all. If this pair is too light for you, you can shop their other washes here!
I was skeptical of these after their shorts that everyone loves didn’t live up to the hype for me… and honestly I just don’t think this brand is for me. I got the Riley crops in the ‘Frequency’ wash and while the denim is really nice and feels high quality, they’re snug around my thighs.
I’m still including them here because they look SO GOOD on so many other people, though! And the 25.25″ inseam is ideal for petites! I also liked the way my butt looked in them too, so that’s gotta count for something 😉