Best petite jeans: These are the jeans designed to suit women 5'4 and under

Best petite jeans: 13 pairs of jeans to suit every occasion

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If you're 5'4 or under, chances are you need the best petite jeans for women. With a range of fashionable cuts and style staples, brands are finally producing great denim that considers a broader range of silhouettes. 

If you've struggled to get the best jeans to fit your shorter stature, chances are you need the best petite jeans. With direction designs that give a nod to the denim trends 2022 as well as wardrobe essential silhouettes to underpin your capsule wardrobe, finding the best jeans is no easy feat at the best of times. But when your body type has made finding the right pair even harder, it can be a sartorial nightmare. 

As with the best jeans for curvy women, when it comes to the best petite jeans, we're still after designs that lift, sculpt and shape our bums, legs and thighs, but for those 5'4 and under, jean leg length can create a real challenge. While you might think it's a simple alterations job, true petite clothing is actually cut with height in mind, meaning that seam lines, hems and pockets will all be adjusted according to petite proportions offering a far superior fit.

Whether you're after the best mom jeans, slimming jeans or the best skinny jeans for petites, we've pulled together a list of retailers who have thought about how best to serve the market. 


Best petite jeans according to our fashion team

Gap blue denim petite skinny jeans

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1. GAP Mid Rise Vintage Slim Jeans

Best Petite Slim Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $69.95 / £49.95
Size Range: US: 23-30 / UK: 24-35
Length/Inseam: 62cm

Reasons to buy

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Use water-saving method to wash jeans
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Fabric forms to your shape
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Hidden front pockets that give sleek look

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

American clothing brand GAP, know its stuff when it comes to jeans. Producing some of the best denim jackets, alongside a huge array of jeans cuts - including petite, tall and regular. At 62cm, GAP's petite jeans inseam measurements is one of the shortest on this list, ensuring that petite women can finally have skinny jeans that will fit their legs without that annoying ruching that comes from jean legs being too long. With an ankle-grazing design, there will be no need to turn these beauties up, offering a streamlined finish. A simple and unfussy design, they'll easily pair with everything from your best blazer, to a Breton top or cashmere sweater. 


Banana Republic black denim petite straight leg jeans

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2. Banana Republic The Petite Straight Ankle Jean

Best Petite Straight Leg Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $110 / £79.50
Size Range: US: 000P-16P / UK: 26-31
Length/Inseam: 64.77cm

Reasons to buy

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Made from organically sourced cotton 
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Ankle length means shorter than other petite jeans

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

When it comes to skinny vs straight jeans both can be tricky for petite women. Straight jeans often have to be turned up if not the right length, otherwise they end up sweeping the streets as you walk, turning your best white trainers an unsightly shade of grey. If that sounds like you, then check out Banana Republic's petite denim, stat. With a leg inseam length of 64.77cm, they will actually finish in the ankle-grazing position that they promise. Making them one of the best petite jeans. 

With a slim cut to the thigh, they will hug and shape your curves, offering a flattering fit. From thigh to ankle they give a straight leg finish, which is more relaxed than a skinny jean, but promises not to overwhelm your frame. With some stretch and a high-waist, these organically sourced, cotton jeans, make for a guilt-free purchase.


Anthropologie blue denim petite bootcut jeans with rip in the knee

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3. Anthropologie Joe's Jeans Petite The Honey Mid-Rise Curvy Bootcut Jeans

Best Petite Boot Cut Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $198 (US Only)
Size Range: US: 00P-14P
Length: 63.5cm

Reasons to buy

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Made from premium denim
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Rips are in a good position for a petite stature
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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No international shipping

We love Anthropologie for its bohemian aesthetic that also delivers on quality. With a small edit of petite jeans, they do have a few standout styles. A multi-brand retailer, when it came to the best petite jeans, for us, it was all about the Joe's Jean bootcut. Not a silhouette often associated with petite frames, because a wider leg can be overwhelming, this slim-legged petite jean is ideal for women with fuller hips or bigger busts as the gentle bootcut will help balance proportions. 

Bootcut jeans are the perfect middle ground between flared and straight leg jeans and go well with most types of shoes - although they'll work particularly well with the best Chelsea boots. A versatile design, they're most commonly appropriate for casual occasions, particularly in a light wash like this pair. 

With a petite friendly inseam of 63.5cm, these distressed jeans will actually leave the ripped patches in the right places on your leg - a common issue if you've ever shopped ripped jeans as a petite woman. If you'd like to create your own ripped jeans, check out this guide on how to distress jeans


River Island blue denim petite flared jeans

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4. River Island Petite Blue Mid Rise Flared Jeans

Best Petite Flared Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $63.90 / £42
Size Range: US: 0-12 / UK 4-16
Length: 76cm

Reasons to buy

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Made from super stretch denim
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Uses responsibly sourced cotton
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

British clothing brand, River Island, has an extensive petite clothing range for a host of products. With a pocket-friendly price tag, you can trial trends and new looks without breaking the bank. Similarly to bootcuts, flared jeans, despite their fashion kudos is a style that petite women often shy away from, as they've long been told this style will be too much on a small frame. However, if you opt for flares tailored to petites, this should not be an issue. Universally flattering, worn right, a flared jean can actually elongate legs - just pair this with a summer wedge or your best designer heels. With a mid-rise, you get some midriff coverage, for a waist-defining with. The gorgeous light blue wash, make these jeans ideal for the summer months. Pair with a more fitted top to help balance out your proportions. 

"As someone who is 4 ft 9, I can vouch for these jeans. A shining star amongst the petite options available on the market, they finish at the perfect length and elongate your legs. Well cut, they allow you to try a new trend-led style without worrying that it will look out of proportion."- Eve Edmunds, fashion and beauty writer and petite clothing wearer.


M&S blue embellished petite mom jeans

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5. M&S Mom Embellished Ankle Grazer Jeans

Best Petite Mom Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $77.50 / £45
Size Range: Short/Petite US: 2 - 20 / UK: 6-24
Length: 73.66cm

Reasons to buy

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Made from sustainably sourced cotton
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Added stretch
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Some people might not like embellishment

Mom jeans outfits offer instant style, with a high waist and a relaxed leg shape, this nostalgic '90s design can be a hard one to find in a petite cut. Luckily British favorite, M&S has come to the rescue, with its hardwearing mom jeans in petite cuts. A great brand to shop for all your petite clothing needs, it regularly has short options for trousers, skirts and dresses. With a decent size range, they cater for numerous body types and tastes. 

A fashion-forward design, these mom jeans feature subtle front embellishment, with a sprinkling of rhinestones that render this denim party-ready. Made from sustainably sourced cotton, these jeans will certainly stand out in a crowd. 


NYDJ petite wide leg jeans

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6. NYDJ Teresa Fray Hem Wide Leg Jeans NYDJ

Best Petite Wide-Leg Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $119 / £102.42
Size Range: US 00-18
Length/Inseam: 76.2cm

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy
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Slimming panel that sculpts and flatters

Reasons to avoid

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Longest jean on this list

One of the biggest fashion trends 2022, '90s nostalgia is dominating both the runway and straight-to-market brands. Subsequently, a wide-leg jean is the silhouette to buy into right now, but finding a wide leg for a woman 5'4 or under can seem like an impossible task. 

NYDJ is known for its slimming and sculpting jeans. With high waists and specially developed paneling, the brand's jeans act like some of the best shapewear. This wide-leg pair with frayed hem has the longest inseam on the list, measuring at 76.2cm. However as this look is meant to graze the ground - think Victoria Beckham, then this style is still a possibility for petites. 

To make this look work you'll ideally wear these wide-leg jeans with a chunky-soled shoe, platform, wedge or heel - in other words, it is time to elevate. Keep your top fitted to rebalance your shape. 

Levi's blue denim petite plus-sized jeans

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7. 721 High Rise Skinny Women's Jeans (Plus size)

Best Petite Plus-Sized Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $98 / £100
Size Range: 14S - 26S
Length: 76.2cm

Reasons to buy

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Great size range
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Has supportive stretch
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Extremely soft

Reasons to avoid

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High price point

With one of the best plus size clothing ranges, Levi's is a brand that not only constantly innovates within the realm of denim, but also strives to cater for different bodies. The brand's plus size jeans also come in short, regular or long length so you can get denim that fits like a glove.

With a high-rise - 12.5inches to be precise, these jeans offer great hold and sculpting abilities, in a way only the best plus size shapewear could. Made from Levi's own Sculpt fabric, which is soft and supportive, these jeans promise a comfortable fit.

When it comes to how to wash jeans, the brand recommends wearing your jeans 10 times prior to each wash to help them maintain their quality and structure. 

G-Star blue denim petite boyfriend jeans

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8. G-Star Kate Boyfriend Jeans

Best Petite Boyfriend Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $170 / £80
Size Range: waist: 22-34
Length: 71cm (28-36inch available)

Reasons to buy

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Good size range
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Can choose from five different lengths
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17 different colors to choose from

Reasons to avoid

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 Can't be tumble dried

These G-Star jeans are some of the best petite jeans out there. Offering five different lengths, you can get the ideal hem height for you. With a range of waist sizes too, it's like being your own virtual tailor.

The boyfriend fit of these Kate jeans plays very much into the '90s nostalgia trend we're seeing a lot of right now. With a really relaxed fit, the idea is that it mimics to an extent what it would look like if you 'borrowed' your boyfriend's denim. Due to its more slouchy nature, this style is more suited to casual and everyday wear. The back pockets are positioned at an angle to give the appearance of a higher and more rounded bottom. With an amazing 17 colors to choose from, there's one for every occasion.


Boden white denim petite girlfriend jeans

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9. Boden Girlfriend Jeans

Best Petite Girlfriend Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $90 / £70
Size Range: US: 2-12 / UK: 6 -16
Length: 69.85cm

Reasons to buy

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Five colors to choose from 
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Five pockets great for practicality
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

The Girlfriend Jean, is a slimmer version of the above boyfriend jean. Probably closest to a straight-leg jean in terms of cut, but slightly looser, the girlfriend jean is great for pear-shaped bodies who don't want too much added bulk. Boden has a fantastic selection of petite clothing across a host of categories, including the best petite dresses, but they're particularly good for everyday basics such as the best petite jeans and petite trousers. 

Designed as ankle grazers, you can pretty much guarantee these will be a hit for petites. Wear the leg full or slightly rolled with some new season loafers, to create some of the best white jeans outfits this summer. In five colors, these can form the basis of your capsule wardrobe.


Karen Millen black petite leather jeans

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10. Karen Millen Petite Stretch Leather Five Pocket Jean

Best Petite Leather Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $620 / £365
Size Range: US: 4-12 / UK: 6-16
Length: 70cm

Reasons to buy

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100% made from premium leather
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Made to feel like a second skin

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Learning how to wear leather pants is an art form, but once you've nailed the look you'll never look back. Leather jeans are a great option for a more glam jean look. Full leather designs can be costly, so if you like the look, but don't want to splurge, you'll be pleased to know that coated denim is still a huge trend on the denim market for designer and straight-to-market brands. Offering the same look and feel, a coated cotton denim is often much cheaper. 

Karen Millen offers a diverse range of styles for mainline, petite and plus size silhouettes, but it's these petite stretch leather jeans that have caught our eye. With a polished and luxurious finish, these are ideal for a night out, such as what to wear to a concert, just team with a blouse, your fave heels and best designer bag.

With an inseam measurement of 70cm they're ideal for petites, and give a high-end and premium look and feel. The figure-hugging fit and stitch work is used to highlight, contour and flatter your frame. Made from premium leather, they have a high price point but as with the best leather jackets, they'll only improve with wear and age, making them a sound investment piece.


J.Crew frayed hem petite cropped jeans

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11. J.Crew Petite 9" mid-rise demi-boot crop jean

Best Petite Cropped Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $128 / £143
Size Range: US: 23-31 / UK: 23-28
Length: 59.69cm

Reasons to buy

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Extreme short length so they will be cropped on petite legs
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Contains stretch to make it comfortable for everyday wear
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

American brand J.Crew is well known for great basics, gorgeous tailoring and some stand-out evening pieces. Loved by celebrities and fashion editors, J.Crew know how to pull together timeless styles that you can wear season after season. 

If you've ever struggled with petite jeans or trousers, you'll know that it's even harder to find a pair of cropped trousers that are actually cropped (and not full length) when on. But these J.Crew jeans solve this sartorial dilemma. 

In a summer-ready light blue wash, they have thoughtful distressed patches as well as frayed hems, offering a relaxed look. The kick flare hem will help to balance fuller hips and bigger busts. Pair with your best sandals for a great evening vacation look.


Next light blue denim petite dungarees with rips

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12. Next Ripped Relaxed Denim Dungarees

Best Petite Dungarees

Specifications

RRP: $67 / £44
Size Range: US and UK: 6P-20P
Length: 69cm

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 
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Made from 100% cotton
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Rips in good position on the leg

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

Whilst these aren't jeans per se, they are part of the same family and are a great staple piece to add to your wardrobe. Dungarees used to very much be seen as something you wore for odd jobs or lazy Sundays, but fast-forward to 2022 and they've been given a fashion-forward makeover, teaming up with pussy bow blouses, statement sleeves and show-stopping heels for a comfortable and versatile capsule closet basic. 

Next's petite dungarees feature well-placed rips for a more laidback feel, but these throw-on-and-go denims are essentially a flattering jumpsuit with a cool edge. Specifically designed for petites with a 69cm inseam, they have roomy pockets and easy buckle-fastening straps. As with the distressed jeans, as these dungarees have been cut with petites in mind, expect the rips to fall exactly where they're meant to be.


Kut from the Kloth petite sustainable jeans

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13. Kut from the Kloth Chrissie High Rise Straight Leg, Petite Jeans (Sustainable - Impactful Wash)

Best Sustainable Petite Jeans

Specifications

RRP: $98 (US only)
Size Range: US 00P-18P
Lengh/Inseam: 68.58cm

Reasons to buy

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Sustainable fabric
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Stretchy denim for more comfortable fit
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Good size range

Reasons to avoid

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No international shipping

Denim has a pretty bad reputation for not being the most sustainable of fashion pieces, but Kut From The Kloth has a mission to champion and develop clean, premium denim. One of the best sustainable clothing brands, it makes many of its pieces, including these chic high-rise straight-leg jeans, from recycled materials including water bottles. It uses eflow technology to wash the denim used, which the brand says has reduced its water use by 95%. Something we can certainly get behind. 

These stylish petite, straight-leg jeans are made from stretch denim and have a relaxed fit so they will mold to your body shape and feel luxuriously comfortable. Pair with your best shirt or blouse and a sleek pair of new season kitten heels for a smart-casual look. 

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with over fifteen years' experience in the industry. Having studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, Rivkie fell in love with styling and journalism, covering fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York. 


Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has been a regular talking head on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career. 

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