15 Best Petite Jeans for Women 2023 for a Perfect Fit
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I’m 5' 2"—These Are The Best Jeans I’ve Found for Petite Women

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As a woman who stands five feet two, I can firmly attest it’s been a challenge to find the best petite jeans to fit my short frame. I’ve often been let down when ordering a pair online (in the hopes it would magically fit me) or when I would take a pair to the dressing room, only to find the jeans far extended past my ankles. Of course, a trip to the tailor is always an option, but when it comes to something as practical and universal as denim, it’s neither cost-effective nor efficient to do so each and every time. The key? Pay attention to the inseam length. If you’re like me, stick to inseams between 25 and 26 inches and under; if you’re five feet three, you can go up to 27 inches. Whether you’re searching for a style that is high-waisted, boot cut, flared, or distressed—the perfect pair of jeans awaits. Ahead, shop the 15 best petite jeans for women I’ve found over the years.

At a Glance: The Best Petite Jeans for Women

The High-Waisted

Levi's high-waist jeans

  • Why it’s worth it: Levi’s Wedgie jeans have been a wardrobe staple of mine for years. Not only do they hit my ankles perfectly, but they’re comfortable for all-day wear. Shop them in a variety of shades, from classic blue and washed black to white and more.
  • Inseam: 27"

The Cropped

Mother The Insider cropped step fray jeans

  • Why it’s worth it: Naturally, this pair by Mother says it all in the name. Not only does it put an extra pep in my step when I slip these on, but I love that they have a frayed hem for a bit of extra edge too. Shop it in seven different shades and 12 different sizes.
  • Inseam: 26"

The Mid-Rise

Frame Le Crop mini boot jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: Ask any fashion editor, and you’ll find Frame is often at the top of their denim list. Offering supreme style, quality, and a seamless fit, it’s no surprise I love Frame’s cropped boot-cut jeans. They hit at the perfect mid-rise height, falling neither too low nor too high, right before my ankles. I like to pair these with my Proenza Schouler x Birkenstocks during the summertime and look forward to swapping them out for a pair of lug sole boots in the fall.
  • Inseam: 26 1/2"

The Fray

Madewell The Petite Perfect vintage flare crop jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: For a reliable pair of petite flare-leg jeans, try Madewell’s denim section. It caters to women of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re petite, tall, plus size, or just in between, there’s a pair of jeans for you. l especially love this pair, which comes with a chic frayed hem. 
  • Inseam: 24 1/2"

The Skinny

Gap high-rise true skinny jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: For the best petite jeans for women at the best price point, look no further than Gap. Its denim collection is a fan favorite of our own accessories director, and I’ve found the brand’s skinny jeans a pair I can rely on all year long.
  • Inseam: 24 1/2"

The Vintage Feel

Re/Done high-rise jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: If you’re eyeing something with a vintage feel, Re/Done is a denim line that offers a wide mix of cuts and styles. I especially like this light-wash vintage version. Just remember to pay close attention to inseam lengths, as they do vary by style.
  • Inseam: 27"

The Wide Leg

Wandler Lotus cropped wide-leg jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: Calling all clog connoisseurs: Chances are you might be a fan of wide-leg jeans too. Wandler’s Lotus jeans may seem overwhelming at first glance to any petite woman, but because of the cropped silhouette, I promise they will fit your frame seamlessly.
  • Inseam: 25"

The Year-Round White

Madewell The Petite Perfect vintage straight jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: And because one pair isn’t enough, Madewell makes a really good pair of white denim. Its Perfect Vintage straight-leg jean in white is my go-to summer pair. But you can wear them all year long, because the no white after Labor Day rule is not one we like to follow here at Vogue.
  • Inseam: 26 1/2"

The ’90s Slouch

Everlane The ’90s Slouch jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: For a boyfriend-style fit, Everlane’s ’90s slouch jeans help give an easy, relaxed fit. Pair them with a chunky knit sweater and Chelsea boots during the fall, or tank and slides in the summer.
  • Inseam: 27"

The Boot Cut

Khaite The Vivian jeans in black rinse

  • Why It’s Worth It: Khaite may be known for its RTW and handbags, but don’t sleep on the brand’s denim line. Its Vivian jeans in black rinse are one of my favorite pairs. They give a tailored trouser feel (minus the trousers and tailor) but all-around jeans comfort.
  • Inseam: 26"

The Office-Approved

Rag & Bone Casey high-rise flare jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: With its dark indigo wash and ankle flare, this pair of Rag & Bone jeans is a reliable pair for the office. Style it with a crisp white button-up shirt, blazer, and heels, and you’re ready to take on a day of meetings.
  • Inseam: 27"

The Weekender

Frame Le Jane crop jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: These tried-and-true blues from Frame are made for slipping on for a weekend stroll, heading to lunch, or running errands. Style it with your favorite striped sweater and loafers for a no-fuss weekend formula.
  • Inseam: 27"

The All-Black

La Ligne The Meredith jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: If you’re like me and already a fan of La Ligne’s covet-worthy striped knits, their newest foray into denim will not disappoint. I’ve been wearing La Ligne’s Meredith jean non-stop. The ink-colored jeans have a slight flare and cropped hem, which fit my 5’2” frame easily, despite being ½ inch longer than my usual 27” rule. Style it with a pair of loafers and a blazer for the office or a pair of slides and a white tee for a winning weekend ensemble.
  • Inseam: 27 1/2"

The Slouchy Straight-Leg

Mother The Ditcher crop jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: If you prefer a boyish denim style with a bit more room in your jeans, try Mother’s Ditcher Crop jeans which have a slouchy straight-leg silhouette. The denim is more rigid, so note it will take some time to break in. 
  • Inseam: 26"

The Everyday Jean

Isola raw hem crop bootcut jeans

  • Why It’s Worth It: If you’re looking for a pair of jeans to wear year-round, Citizen of Humanity’s Isola jeans are a must. They are comfortable and have that perfect vintage style wash that feels worn in, but still modern. 
  • Inseam: 27"