I have a jeans confession: until recently, I’ve only worn jeans bought at kids’ stores because they fit so well. But now, that’s about to change.
If you read my previous post, you know I’m on a mission to overhaul my denim collection. Right now, I have a closet full of youth-sized jeans that I’ve amassed over the years from shopping in the juniors’ section.
Whenever I tried looking for jeans in grown-up stores in the past, the experience has typically led to disappointment in the fitting room. Way too long. Too baggy in the butt. Too wide in the waist.
But recently, I mustered the determination to try, try again. I decided to check out the petite section of LOFT. I was skeptical because even petite sizes are sometimes too big on me. But I was pleasantly surprised by the jeans I tried on:
These are LOFT’s Petite Modern Skinny Jeans in size 24/00. And they fit me better than I expected.
The waist fits perfectly – true to its advertised 24-inch sizing. It’s also fitted throughout the hips and legs. And they feel “broken in” already, making them so comfy I couldn’t resist buying them and putting them into my wardrobe rotation right away!
If I’m going to be picky, these jeans are a teensy bit long for my short legs, but it’s not unmanageable. In the photo above, I’m wearing the jeans 3 different ways to give myself some flexibility with this length.
- LOOK #1: I don’t mind a little fabric scrunch at the ankles when it comes to skinny jeans. The style lends itself to that pretty well. And some girls prefer their skinny jeans that way. I pair this look with tall heels because the scrunched silhouette can make my lower legs look squat.
- LOOK #2: Cuffing the jeans just a bit at the bottom is an easy way to pull off effortless chic. It takes care of the excess fabric, and it still looks polished. Because this look exposes the ankles and feet so much, I try to wear attention-worthy shoes.
- LOOK #3: This one’s not my favorite option, but it works in a pinch. When I want a smoother look to my jeans, I’ll just fold the hem under. With boot-cut jeans, this hasn’t worked so well for me because the fabric starts to come loose after walking around. But with skinny jeans, the fold tends to stay put. And with this look, I feel sleek enough to wear flats and still feel svelte.
By the way, I also tried on LOFT’s Petite Modern Skinny ANKLE Jeans (pictured below), and they were awesome because the length was perfect – absolutely no excess fabric at my ankles. Let me say that again – no excess fabric at my ankles! As a petite, I had to relish that rare moment.
These ankle jeans are advertised as a slightly cropped style, so it ends up working well for those of us with shorter legs. On the LOFT models, these pants stop just above the ankle, but on my shorter frame, the length looks like normal-fitting pants, thanks to the shorter inseam.
Unfortunately with this style, the smallest size available in my local store was a 25/0, so the waist was too roomy for me. You can’t tell in this photo, but I could have tucked a small can of hairspray into the back of the waistband. I’m considering ordering this ankle style in my size online because I loved the fit otherwise so much.
I have to mention I also had a good experience at Anthropologie, trying on the Adriano Goldschmied Legging Ankle Skinny Jeans. They fit like second-skin (maybe even a tiny bit too tight?), and the fabric is really comfy:
The fit is very snug, and the length is reasonable, given the shorter inseam because, again, it’s a cropped ankle-cut style. (From now on, as a petite, I’m just going to read “ankle-length” to mean “full length for short legs.”)
Sizing note: these AG jeans that I tried on are labeled as a size 25-waist, but they actually fit my 24-inch waist very well. I was very tempted to buy this pair, until I found the LOFT jeans at a lower price. They’re both winners in my book.
By the way, if you’re into splurging on jeans, I found that True Religion carries tons of smaller-waisted jeans in every color, texture, and pattern you can imagine. Their size-23 Halle mid-rise super skinny jeans fit me very well in the waist, hip, and thighs, but the length was a bit too long for me. If you’re a petite with proportionally longer legs, they might work for you.
My denim saga is off to a promising start, but I’ve got a long way to go. I’ve gained new hope in the skinny jeans department, but I’m still looking for good boot-cut jeans now that autumn and winter are around the corner. I’ll keep you posted on what I find.
If you’ve found petite-sized jeans (in any style or brand) that you love, I’d love to hear what’s worked for you! Please share!
- TOPS: Look #1 – Ann Taylor cream tee; Look #2 – BEBE black blouse; Look #3 – H&M pink shirt, H&M green jacket
- BOTTOM: LOFT Petite Modern Skinny Jeans (also available in curvy petite sizes) I’m wearing the “destructed degree wash” for a bit of a tattered, worn-in look. It’s also available in traditional blue wash and deep smokey grey.
- NECKLACE in first photo: Banana Republic
- SHOES: Look #1 – Ivanka Trump metallic toe cap heels (similar version here – sizes limited); Look #2 – Ivanka Trump black pumps (similar style with ankle straps here – sizes limited); Look #3 – Cole Haan flats (similar here)
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