Read my thoughts on the 5 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 they’ll always be a staple in my wardrobe – 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 ended up ordering 4 pairs to test out that you can see in action in this reel. I wore this top and these shoes with each one so the jeans were the main focus and 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!
5 Best Straight Leg Jeans for Petites
These are absolutely my new favorite jeans. I’ve noticed that most of you in my question box or DMs are really fearful of straight leg jeans but these really aren’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 went with a 27 petite. You can also see how I styled them with different shoes in this reel! (Also the full look above is linked here!)
I’ve been hearing about these jeans from other petite ladies for a while now and I always resisted because of the price… but WOWZA they live up to the hype. According to Shopbop, it has a 24″ inseam while Nordstrom says 26″… but it doesn’t really matter because it’s a GREAT length on me. The wash I got is called “The Confession” and I got a size 27.
I’m so glad I decided to overlook the price and treat myself to these because I really think they’re the best straight leg jeans for petites if you’re looking for something casual that you can wear all the time. Update: I wear them ALL THE TIME. So worth it for me!
As you guys know, I’m a big fan of Everlane’s jeans. They are reliably high quality, and always under $100. The original cheeky jean is my favorite straight leg style of theirs that I’ve tried. I’m usually between a 26 and 27 and the 26 fit me perfectly.. If you’re petite, just be sure to get the 26.5″ inseam instead of the 2 longer ones. Full outfit is linked here.
Right off the bat, it’s nice that these jeans are under $100. They are definitely a stiffer denim than the previous two, and a 27 in these fit a little tighter. That being said, the placement of the knee rip is magically excellent, and the 25.5″ inseam is great! If you prefer a more rigid denim and you’re on a budget, this is a great buy.
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 😉