“I am a 26-years-old but I am extremely petite – I’m 4’11” (59 in) tall and I weigh ~92 lb. I have an hourglass figure: a small waist (23″) and I carry my weight in my butt (hips measure 33″). I have spent hours researching brands online, trying on jeans in stores, posting on petite forums, etc and I am constantly frustrated that everything I try on just turns out to be too big. I feel like I’ve hit a dead end. I’ve accepted that finding jeans that fit my inseam is a fools errand so I own a sewing machine and hem the length of all my denim myself. My problem is finding jeans that fit my waist. As I’m sure you know and have experienced, ordering a certain waist size often proves to be arbitrary and varies across brands – A “24” waist could be huge in one brand and small in another….”

When we received this desperate plea for help from our reader, H., we decided that this is not cool. Why, there are jeans in super skinny sizes, long inseams, curvy, and plus sizes. And even though a lot of brands are offering shorter inseams, the proportions never seem to be right.

So we went on a “petite hunt”, checking out tons of reviews, and also talking to a lot of petite lady denim aficionados. And here are the results.

Let us know if the below worked or didn’t work for you. Our readers will be super grateful for your honest opinions. Just leave your comment below the post and we will follow up.

Happy shopping!

petite skinny jean
Express Petite High Waisted Denim Perfect Jean Leggings h

Skinny Jeans are a staple. The distressed finished hem is ankle length, sizes range from 00 to 16

petite straight leg jean
Topshop Editor Jean

A rad take on the trendy straight leg jean, inseams come in 28″ and 30″ and sizes go up to 34

petite ankle skinny jeans
Kut from the Kloth Reese Side Slit Ankle Straight Leg Jeans

Cropped jeans with side slits are cool and edgy, sizes range from 00 to 18

petite wide leg jean
Paige Nellie High-Rise Culotte Jeans

Wide leg jeans are tricky if they’re not proportional in waist and length – these do have a great fit.

petite black skinny jean
Liverpool Abby Skinny Perfect Black

Who does not need a perfect pair of black skinny jeans WITHOUT any frayed hem or distressing. With an inseam of 27″, you don’t need to cut them off :-), available in sizes 0P to 16P

Citizens of Humanity Demy Ultra High-Rise Cropped Flare Jeans

Slightly distressed and in a beautiful light blue vintage wash with a finished hem – no need to cut off, they come with a 24″ inseam.

cropped bootcut jeans
Eileen Fisher Cropped Bootcut Jeans in Aged Indigo

If you are over unfinished and frayed hems, with this 25″ inseam, the cropped bootcut will be in just the right length and – most important – in the right proportion.

rigid denim
Grlfrnd Rigid High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans

If your thing is rigid denim in a skinny fit, then these will be perfect with an inseam of 24 1/2″.

grey jeans
Wit & Wisdom High Waist Slim Crop Straight Leg Jeans

In a light, washed-out, grey with embroidery, this jeans are going to be your fave spring jeans. Featuring an inseam of 26″ you won’t have to worry about cutting them off.