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jeans for tall and petite women

The Best Denim for Tall and Short Women

Kiss your scissors goodbye—these jeans are already the perfect length.

By: Haley Walker

Denim shopping is easy if you’re between 5'4" and 5'7", but for the vertically challenged (and gifted) among us, buying jeans reminds us of the privileges we fail to share with the 28-inch-inseam club. If you are always (or never) asked to reach that inconveniently placed object on the highest shelf, we get you. As summer comes to a close, we want you to slip your stems into some denim that actually fits. We found floor-gracing flares for our six-foot friends, crops that remain crops on people five feet and under, and universally flattering styles that come in all lengths and sizes.

 

Tall

BEST DISTRESSED:

R13 Colleen Jeans

These light-wash, high-rise jeans boast a nearly 34-inch inseam, which means they’ll be below the ankle on even our leggiest friends. With a slight boot cut and a little distressing, these jeans will make all your 1970s Western dreams come true.

BEST WIDE LEG:

J Brand Elsa Monday Jean in Sustainable Workday Blue

Look great and save the planet at the same time? Count us in. These USA-made, part-recycled-cotton jeans feature a fitted, pocketless backside and sky-high 35-inch inseam. Not to mention, the vintage blue washing process uses 90 percent less water than the average denim-washing procedure.

BEST FLARE:

FRAME Forever Karlie Flare

From FRAME’s exclusive collab with supermodel Karlie Kloss, these 36-inch-inseam flares are longer than your last relationship. The super-dark wash and stretch fabric make them universally flattering and undeniably comfortable.

BEST SLIM:

Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jean

There’s a reason why the 501 is the most coveted vintage jean. The slim-but-not-skinny fit is perfect for keeping your look casual, yet still contemporary, and the 100 percent cotton denim lasts forever. With five wash options and the lowest price on the list, why wouldn’t you grab a pair in every color?

BEST CROP:

Madewell Tall Classic Straight Jeans

You want a crop, not a capri. We feel you. Madewell’s classic straight jean is designed to hit right at the ankle in three different lengths: tall, regular, and petite. Better yet, you can feel good about your purchase knowing this style is made at Madewell’s Fair Trade Certified Saitex Factory, which recycles 98 percent of its water and uses renewable energy.

 

Petite

BEST DISTRESSED:

3x1 Shelter Austin Cropped Jean

Up your cool factor with some shredded-hem denim. The uneven cuffs on these 3x1 jeans will rest well above your ankles, even if you’re petite. We can’t guarantee that your grandmother will approve.

BEST WIDE LEG:

Madewell Petite Slim Wide-Leg Jeans

Cure your end-of-summer blues with this perfect indigo-wash wide-leg from Madewell. The Slim Wide-Leg Jeans come in Tall, Regular and Petite, so any height can rock them. Just tuck in a turtleneck, and we guarantee this will be your new fall uniform.

BEST FLARE:

Levi’s Mile High Crop Flare Jeans

You finally bit the bullet and cut your hair into this season's swoon-worthiest ’do—the shag. Pair your newly acquired curtain bangs with this crop flare from Levi’s to complete the ’70s nostalgia.

BEST SLIM:

GRLFRND Helena High-Rise Straight Jean

GRLFRND Denim gets us. Sometimes we just want a slim, no-frills petite jean that will last us through the years. With a cinched thigh and relaxed calf, the Helena Jean flatters your assets like a skinny jean with the updated shape of a straight-leg.

BEST CROP:

AGOLDE Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans

Finally, a crop that’s actually cropped! Short ladies rejoice—AGOLDE’s 26-inch-inseam Riley Jean will give you the ankle room you desire, no cuffing necessary. Plus, with its structured cut and rich, mid-wash denim, this crop is totally office appropriate.

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