Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jean Petite ~ The Denim For You

Jeans are a wardrobe staple every woman wants and must have.  We love the luxury of being able to go casual or dressing it up with a flirty top or jacket, jewelry and smashing heels.  There is just something about the look and feel of denim and how it compliments our figure when the fit is purrrfect.

Those of us who stand a mere 5'2" and under face more challenges than most ranging from no waist ... long legs, thick waist ... short legs ... big bootie ... flat bootie ... wide hips ... thin legs and simply being too dang short.

Not to worry though.  Designers have finally come to realize a whole other market is out there needing to be serviced and won over.  Just because they're designing them, doesn't mean that the style is right for you.  Jeans can be expensive and because of the issues we have to contend with, choosing the correct style begins with knowing what is right for your particular body shape.  Listed below are some great tips which should help you accomplish just that.

Petites who are extremely slender in the hips and legs and even have particularly long legs for their short height will do well in the skinny jean fit.
Got a curvy figure?  A boot cut will definitely help balance out an hourglass figure for sure.  Keep in mind, however, that you want to stay with a slight boot cut and not a full bell bottom variation as too wide will detract  from the long, lean line that short women need to establish in order to look taller.


Perhaps you weren't blessed with those ultra skinny "genes" and have a petite or fuller frame.  You can opt for straight leg because they are flattering for short women and form a vertical line that makes petites look longer and leaner. You'll do well to find jeans that sit higher on the waist though.

This tapered jean can help achieve a curvier look for hips that are relatively narrow. If the jeans also have some embroidery or other embellishment on the back pockets, this styling touch helps too.
 Other Key Points

1.  Selecting jeans with a dark wash, rather than a lighter or stonewashed blue denim will create a longer silhouette and make your thighs and buttocks appear slimmer.

2.  The strip of fabric located between the waistband and back pockets of your jeans is called a yoke.  You want to find jeans with a "V" shape in the back as it will give a lifted and curved illusion at the top. 

Knowing the secrets of the trade will definitely make you feel awesome in a style that compliments your figure.  Happy shopping!


Lauren E said...

Hi, I stopped by from your comment on my profile on MBC. I'm from Boston area too! :) I actually grew up right outside of Boston, but moved out to western ma 2 years ago. I really miss Boston.

I'm over 5'2(5'4") but was given a longer torso and short legs. My inseam is about 29-30. So I usually have to purchase petites or short sizes for jeans if I want them to fall properly. Some things I don't mind. The downside being if I wear flats I'm dragging jeans on the ground.
Skirts definitely require a P size for me, regulars do not fall properly and make my body look all wonky.

If you want, come check out my blog

SweetAl said...


Thanks for welcoming me to MBC! By the looks of it, your blog will be my new bff. LOL.

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Elle said...

I so needed to read this post a week ago. I just purchased a skinny jean and they are not doing much for my petite thin frame. Oh well, you have gained a new follower with your practical information.

lotus82 said...

Great post, so glad you invited me to your blog for us short Seriously I have a small waist and a huge booty and it used to be so hard to find pants to fit both, not it's like the JLO butt is in style and it is way easier...but I still have to stick to the boot cut. I tried on a pair of skinny jeans and was like...NO WAY.

Check out my blog if you get a chance, I've got some great giveaways going on right now, if youre into those :)