Non Mom Jeans for a Petite Woman

Updated on February 21, 2012
A.V. asks from Silver Spring, MD
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Okay, so I'm short with a 28" inseam. I'm also a woman, not a stick figure adolecent. Any suggestions on where to buy jeans that won't break the bank with tailoring (my tailor is $10 for hemming and $15 for the gap in the back. Last time I did 4 pairs of work pants and 1 pair jeans it cost nearly $100) or upfront cost? I love, love, love my Petite Sophisticate jeans but they went out of business and my jeans are getting holes. Any suggestions? I went through an entire mall and struck out. Either the petites section was full of old people jeans (high waist, elastic, tapered legs) or the other stores didn't fit my body at all or were skinny leg. Um, no. I prefer suggestions where I can return to a store or try on in a store even if I then shop online. I struck out at Old Navy, H&M, Pennys, Macey's, Express, DEBs and Target, to name a few.


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answers from Chicago on

With jeans, you get what you pay for - 100%.
So my suggestion would be to invest in a few pairs that might "break the bank", and will last for years without wearing holes in them.

Seven for All Mankind has fits for every body, and a petite line. You can find them in Macy's, Nordstrom, etc... They are anywhere from $158-$300/pair, but you can ALWAYS get them on sale for ar0und $100.

Go the store, find the fit/style that you like, and then order it online and on sale. Seven's website always has a sale, and then there are tons of discoun sites as well.
For me, Dojo is the fit I love, but there are many.

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answers from Norfolk on

Hi, AV:
Go to your local thrift stores.
If you have to alter, it won't cost
you as much.
Good luck.



answers from Minneapolis on

I'm in the same boat - short and with my share of junk in the trunk. I just bought a pair at Talbots - the petite side. Stright leg, mid rise and uniform dark wash. Kinda spendy but worth it for fabulous jeans that are hard to find.



answers from Washington DC on

LOFT!!! I'm not petite, but from what I've seen it looks like they have a great petite section (and all the same stuff as on the regular side) I love my LOFT jeans :)



answers from Houston on

I am curvy, too. Before baby, I was able to get away with low- or mid-rise jeans. These days, I need for them to come a little higher. Not Your Daughter's Jeans work very well for me. They can be pricey, but I don't have to tailor them, and I look great.



answers from San Diego on

I'm petite and have a little curve and only wear Lucky Brand jeans. Little Maggie. Try them, haven't worn anything else for years!



answers from Phoenix on

I'm curvy and petite too and have always had a terrible time finding jeans to fit. I love Eddie Bauer jeans in curvy petite. Best wishes!


answers from Dallas on

I am petite, usually a size 0-2, no junk in the trunk

You get what you pay for... It is worth investing in a few good pair to use for years.

I LOVE my Stevie jeans from Anthrolopogie. They are the most comfortable I have ever owned. I paid $170 but they are SO worth it.

I still wear my favorite Guess jeans that I paid $125 for 12 years ago. Look at the long run... I got my money out of them and they are great jeans.

Do you have a Nordstrom's? They have a good selection and personal shoppers can help you figure out the best style for your body.

Good luck!


answers from Houston on

Banana Republic is stylish, and they have petites. You have to order them online, but if they don't fit, you can return them to the store.



answers from Sheboygan on

I like Jag Paley jeans. I bought them online from Zappos for $59, but I think you can also buy them at Nordstroms. They pull on like yoga pants, but look like regular jeans. They are super comfortable. They are available in a petite length, but I think it is 30 inches long, so you might need to hem them if you are going to wear flats. I don't think you would need to fix the gap in the back because the waist is stretchy. I never thought I would wear pull on jeans, but I think they look really stylish and I get a lot of compliments when I wear them.


answers from Kansas City on

Maurices? I love, love, love them! I'm short and curvy...I seldom buy jeans or pants anywhere else. They are a bit pricey but they last forever!



answers from Chicago on

Try Ann Taylor Loft jeans. (Not Ann Taylor jeans -- their inseams are a tad longer.) Ann Taylor Loft jeans/pants for petites have the shortest inseams. I have a 29 in inseam, and I can't wear Loft jeans with heels. They have lots of different cuts to choose from too.

Don't buy from Gap petites either. They are 29"-30" inseams. (Unless you want to wear them with heels.)

NY&Co jeans/pants have 28" inseams for petites too.

Good luck!



answers from Eugene on

Not your daughter's Jeans: I paid $100 for my last pair and had them hemmed for $10. Really comfy, great fit in the butt, no gap in the back.

Chico's: They sell jeans by size and length. I don't have to hem my chicos jeans, no gap in the back either. $85 for my last couple of pairs. These pants are also comfy with a little stretch in the fabric. Mine have held up well, over 2 years, color good and knees have not bagged out.

I'd rather buy one pair of great jeans than 10 that don't fit or look so great. I've found that the more expensive jeans use better fabric and not only last longer but continue to look new longer.

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