i'm 5'1 and 3/4 of an inch (or we can leave it that i'm 5'2), which i've grown to love. i can get away with some dresses that may be too short for those who are 5'7, i can wear heels and not tower over most guys, etc etc.
but buying pants?
...don't. even. start. me.
most stores don't cater to petites and it can be really. really. really. aggravating. it's amazing to notice the difference of a petite cut. if you're my height, you completely know what i'm trying to say. petite dresses just fit better. petite pants actually don't look create horrendous proportions. and so on.
when you're petite, it's hard to walk into a store and buy a pair of pants to wear immediately. i always need to get my pants hemmed. i'm not exactly the most patient person to begin with, so waiting for my pants to get hemmed is another drawback. especially with jeans, haha.
often times, even if you do get your pants hemmed..they still don't look right. jeans that are made to fit someone 5'7 still don't look 100% right on a 5'2 frame. they just don't. and certain pants look downright awful hemmed (read: anything akin to yoga pants)
during my struggle with finding the perfect pair of pants, more specifically denim, i've learned a few lessons.
7 for all mankind lexie-gwenevere skinny stretch jeans
i'm obsessed with jeans. if i'm not at work or not wearing a dress, you will likely find me in jeans. a lot of people may not agree with me, but i find a major difference between jeans you'd buy at a regular store (whether it be target or forever 21) and designer denim. i'm a sucker for designer denim. i can justify the price because i wear my jeans so often and in my experience, it holds up better (for me) due to overall better quality.
many designers have began to acknowledge petites. i'd recommend 7 for all mankind petite denim. i personally have petite skinny jeans from them and i adore them. i've had them for almost two years.. i think. lol. anyway, i've had a lot of luck with petite designer denim at nordstrom.. click here to view their selection.
still, there are a lot of designer lines that do not acknowledge petites.
william rast (uhh justin timberlake and trace ayala), i'm talking to you.
william rast is one of my favorite designers when it comes to denim. the solution for me is to get them hemmed. again, i've had my best luck at nordstrom. i'm not sure if their policy has changed, but nordstrom used to do a free basic hem if you purchase the denim from them.
miss-treated skinny jean
simply put, if you find a skinny jean that fits you properly, you can make it work. i know most assume "okay, skinny jeans aren't going to work unless i'm like, a toothpick." but they do. trust me. i have a kim kardashian booty and i still love my skinny jeans.
also, a lot of people don't buy the correct skinny jeans. they should not be loose...hence the name. they SHOULD be tight around the ankles...and if you're petite, there is going to be a bit of bunching, but it shouldn't be too much. for me, i'd rather have a bit of bunching than waiting to get my pants hemmed. plus, it's totally versatile to have them a bit longer if you're planning to wear them with different shoes that may be different heights.
jolt pick-me-up denim legging
the best advice that i could ever give to someone who is super petite looking for the perfect jeans? don't be afraid of the jegging.
i know, i know. jeans + leggings = jeggings = that name just sounds gross. but trust me. it works.
you have to look for jeggings that are more like jeans, not leggings. look for faux pockets and real jean-like details. don't go for options that are simply a blue color with no details. that's when you can say "ew, jeggings are kind of horrendous.."
my personal favorite is pictured above. i ordered them expecting to hate them (read more here) and i instantly fell in love with them. i can't tell you how much use i've gotten out of these since i bought them. they're absolutely amazing and easily my current favorite pair of denim (or leggings? your call.)
the best part about them (besides the price, which i think is great) is the fact that they REALLY look like jeans. no need to worry about having to cover your butt (which you should do with leggings..lol). the pockets look legit. you can wear these as regular jeans.
in my opinion, they're a lot more comfy than regular jeans too. i've worn them a lot and they still haven't done the whole dreaded "ugh, how'd my favorite jeans get baggy and gross" thing.
again, you don't have to be super thin to pull off this look (remember, i have a whole kardashian thing going on and these work for me..haha.)
and...for the fifteenth million time..they're my favorite jeans (or leggings) .. like ever. haha
that's pretty much all of the tips that i could think of (for now at least). hopefully i'll be able to do some more tips one day. it's not easy finding denim that fit you perfectly if you're petite, so i hope this helps! :o)
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TIPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT FIT?