Entertainment Fashion & Style The Best Jeans for Petite Women Share PINTEREST Email Print The right jeans can do wonders for a petite frame. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Fashion & Style Jeans Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Catherine Jacobs Updated July 18, 2018 01 of 05 Jeans That Flatter a Petite Figure The right jeans can do wonders for a petite frame. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images If you're a petite woman, you've probably been on a life-long hunt for the perfect jeans to elongate your legs, streamline your figure, and make you look well proportioned. But because not all short women are made the same, neither are the jeans made for petite bodies -- so it’s super-important to know which denim brands and styles will flatter your shape best. Whether you're a petite who’s short and curvy, or small all over, we've got fashion suggestions -- and shopping links -- for the best jeans for short women of every shape. 02 of 05 Petite Curvy Figure - Try Bootcut Jeans Paige Petite Hidden Hills Boot Jeans. Paige Denim Curvy women of all heights can benefit from the way a bootcut jean balances out rounder hips. For petite curvy women in particular, though, you'll look best in a slimmer fitting bootcut. Avoid wider leg or super flared styles, which can detract from the long and lean effect you're trying to create. Make sure the hems just hover above the floor, too. In terms of fabric washes, you'll want to choose a slimming dark wash for your jean. Your midsection will benefit from jeans with plenty of stretch and a contoured waistband that's higher in the back, such as the 7 for All Mankind Slim Illusion Bootcut line (available in a short inseam, for petite leg lengths). Shopping tip: It's worth your effort to shop until you find the perfect inseam length in bootcut jeans. While many jeans can be tailored at the bottoms to fit, hemming this particular jean style can throw off its overall look and fit. When you head out shopping, bring along a pair of shoes that you'll wear most often with your jeans, so you can choose a pair with hems that fall to the perfect length. (Hint -- that's between 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch from the floor). Get outfit inspiration for styling bootcut jeans here. Jeans to Try: Paige Petite Hidden Hills Boot Jeans 7 for All Mankind Petite Tailor Less Bootcut Jean Joe's Jeans Flawless Provocateur Petite Bootcut Jean 03 of 05 Petite Curvy Figure - Try Straight Leg Jeans NYDJ Petite Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans. NYDJ Jeans with a straight leg silhouette that falls evenly from the hips to hems can be very flattering to a short and curvy frame. These jeans work to make your figure look good, by creating an unbroken, vertical line that slims your body, while helping you look taller. To make the most of this style, choose darker wash denim jeans in a floor-grazing length. If you're not married to flats, wear them with high heels for an extra boot of height (and fashion style). Shopping tip: A petite straight leg jean that sits higher on the waist can be a curvy woman's best friend for sucking in your mid-section when you wear denim. Get outfit inspiration for wearing straight leg jeans here. Jeans to Try: NYDJ Petite Hayley Straight Jeans Lucky Brand Sweet N Straight Jeans James Jeans Hunter Petite Straight Jean 04 of 05 Petite Slender Figure - Try Skinny Jeans Joe's Jeans Petite Skinny Jeans. Joe's Jeans Skinny jeans are a short, slender woman's fashion ally, for the way they extend the look of your legs. This popular style gives short women great height, especially in a leg-lengthening dark denim wash (wear them with high heels for an extra boost). You can choose a pair in a clean finish to wear to work and sophisticated evenings out, or opt for a sexy pair with distressed details, such as the Joe's Jeans style pictured here. If you're a slim petite who craves a curvier backside, you can look for jeans with flap pockets, fancy stitching or embellishments that draw attention and emphasize that area. Learn more about which jeans back pockets flatter your butt shape. Shopping tip: Buy these jeans in a snug fit, as most skinny jeans give over time and become more relaxed. Your body shape looks best in denim that conforms closely to your silhouette. Get outfit inspiration for wearing skinny jeans here. Jeans to Try: Lucky Brand Lolita Skinny Jean Joe's Jeans Acacia Petite Skinny Jeans Mavi Petite Adriana Skinny Jean 05 of 05 What to Avoid in Jeans (For Every Petite Body) True Religion Becky Petite Boot Cut Jean. True Religion Whether you're curvy and short, a slender petite, or something in between, you'll look best in denim styles that elongate your legs as much as possible. For that reason, steer clear of super cropped (or capri) jean styles, which can visually shorten the line of your legs. You'll also want to pay attention to jeans detailing. Over-sized pockets or buttons can overwhelm your style, so keep things simple in darker wash jeans without too many extra details. The one exception is distressed jeans, which can look modern and stylish on petites, without taking away from your height.