7 Of The Perfect Pairs Of Pants For Petite Women

I love being short. Well, I love it 99.9% of the time and the other .1% I am probably shopping for petite pants. Now, this might not seem like that big of a struggle considering a lot of department stores have petite sections, but that means very little in the search for pants that are fashionable for a young 20 something. And yes, a lot of companies carry short sizes but again that’s different than needing inseams for someone who is under 5 feet tall.

Let me explain further. I have some issues with the petite sections at most department stores. While I’ve managed to find a few gems, for the most part, the fashion I’ve found in these relatively small sections has been outdated and not age appropriate for young women.

The brands that carry short lengths underestimate exactly what it means to be short. While the 30-31in inseams might seem like they are friendly to someone who is on the shorter side they are still going to be way too long for most of us who are extra petite. This is not a problem that lives in the dark so to speak, in fact, if you look to almost anyone under 5’4 they will experience the same complications. Now, I’m not opposed to getting my pants hemmed so they fit properly, but it would be nice to not have to pay almost as much for alterations as I spend on my jeans.

However, not all hope is lost. I mean I’ve been dealing with this problem for 22 years so you best believe I’ve discovered some great brands and styles of pants that are perfect for those of us that are petite and more than just petite but truly short.

Best Skinny Jeans

We all wear jeans a lot. You probably have several pairs in different washes and cuts laying around your house. When I was younger my grandma used to yell at me for showing up to her house with the hems of my pants all torn up because they were way too long. Unfortunately not much has changed as I still tend to wear my straight or bootcut jeans a little long. I think I’ve gotten too used to it at this point but they are better and now tend to rest nicely on top of my sneakers instead of dragging on the ground. I also wear skinny jeans now more than anything and those are much easier to deal with I feel like.

For a long time, my Levi’s 710 Skinny Jeans were my holy grail favorites and I still think they are a great option for those looking for a great pair of skinny jeans that come in a lot of nice washes. But, a few weeks ago I discovered quite possibly the worlds most comfortable pair of skinny jeans that are dynamite for petite women! It might sound strange but I found these Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Skinny Jeans in the juniors section at Macy’s and I don’t want to wear anything else. Their short lengths are truly meant for someone on the petite end of the spectrum and I am in love with how comfortable they are. I am sure eventually I will end up replacing my current collection as they wear out and thing because I am reaching for these more often than anything else.

Ponte Pants For Petite’s

I am still really not the kind of girl who will wear leggings in public but my exception to that rule is the magical world of ponte pants. I never knew about these amazing pants that are somewhere between the structure of jeans and the comfort of leggings. They are stretch like leggings made of nice material and have pocket details to make them more structured.

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These petite Ann Taylor grey Ponte pants are definitely favorites. I have three pairs because I wear them so often and am obsessed with them. The zipper pockets and high waisted make them ideal for a variety of outfits from casual to business and date nights. I love pairing them with booties and an oversized sweater for a casual yet comfy look that is flawless and ready for whatever plans might get tossed my way. I even rock these for business casual looks!

Colored Pants

I found these navy blue pants at a Bloomingdales Outlet, and I can’t stop wearing them. They come in a variety of different colors making them perfect for whatever style you had in mind. They work just as well with sandals as they do with boots and sneakers. I am wearing a small and they fit perfectly with a little bit of bunching in the ankles which I don’t mind. These have been great for my casual office environment but also running around on the weekends.

Black Dress Pants

Dress pants have probably been my biggest struggle in terms of finding pairs that fit really well. Ann Taylor has been another great spot for finding work appropriate clothes including dress pants. As you can tell I am more into the skinny cut rather than wide leg pants though I do still love those as well. These ankle pants are a life saver when it comes to being pulled together for the office. When I need to dress up more for clients or things like that these are my go to because they are so comfortable and look so flawless and professional.

Straight Leg Jeans

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In terms of bootcut or straight leg jeans, my go to are my American eagle ones. A little long, they make my legs look fantastic and hold their shape really well between washes. I love the different colors they come in so whether you are a light wash or dark wash kind of person you are sure to find the perfect pair for you!

Boyfriend Jeans

It took me a long time and much far and wide searching to find the perfect boyfriend jeans. Distressed, comfortable, and perfect for weekends, casual get together or anything in between. I wanted to be comfortable wearing them boots or flip-flops and be able to style them like I did for this must-have weekend outfit! These jeans from Charlotte Russe are perfection and they have held up surprisingly well for being relatively inexpensive. They are soft, and just the right amount of slightly loose fitting without looking way to big or overwhelming on a small frame.

Where are your favorite places to shop for petite pants? I am always looking for new suggestions! As always share all your fashion with me by following and tagging me @livinglifepetite!

I hope you all have an amazing week!




  1. Eve

    December 23, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Love all the different brands & styles you mention. My fave skinny jeans are from & 2nd favorite are my ankle cut jeans from Banana Republic.

    1. Charlie

      December 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      I love finding new brands to try! I will have to try the Banana Republic ones. I used to like Rue 21 but I am having so much fun finding new stuff I haven’t bought a pair from there in a while!


  2. Margaret

    January 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Charlie, this is you in the pics right? I was just wondering your waist size? I am petite but also have a tummy. It’s so difficult to find nice jeans, that fit length wise and around the waist. Also, I’m not 20 🙊

    1. Charlie

      January 29, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Hi! Yes it is. I wear a 26-27 usually in my jeans and most of these brand go well beyond that in size! If you have any other questions I am happy to help!

  3. Leigh

    January 29, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I am a petite older girl so I love curvy jeans. Nydj, 6 petite , are perfect. I love Ann Taylor and Talbots petite. I need to dress up for work daily and these stores have never let me down. Great to hear from other petite ladies!

    1. Charlie

      January 29, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      I love this! Ann Taylor is a go to for
      Me for business clothes for sure! I got my favorite cashmere sweater from Talbots! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Dell Norris

    April 3, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I’m 5’1″ and have lived the petite struggle for a long time now. Sadly, more and more stores have stopped stocking petite sizes in the store, and it’s difficult to order pants online and know they’ll fit
    I did find some great pants at Dress Barn recently. They have petites, and the Capri length comes perfectly to my ankle where I like to wear slim leg cuts.

    1. Charlie

      June 27, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Hi! Yeah that’s very true. I get your struggle there a few out there that still provide some great options however!

  5. Katina

    July 18, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Hey fellow “little ladies”! ( don’t you hate this term? I do after over 30 years). I just wanted to make sure everyone is checking places such as their local Goodwill and other such discount or resale shops. Uptown Cheapskate and my local Goodwill stores always have a ton of Anne Taylor LOFT and Talbots jeans/colored jeans/pants. I’ll pay what I consider the top end of the budget on a well made good old soft pair of jeans. (that don’t drag the ground under my heel and get all wet or muddy. Because then what happens? It’s in your car and your have to take your jeans off before you walk around the house etc. So, go check all your local Goodwills and places people sell their gently used items for cash. Summer is when everyone sells to make Vacation money etc..

    1. Charlie

      July 21, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      This is also great advice! Always good to check these places!

  6. Laurie Witt

    October 21, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I have gone down 9 clothing sizes in the last 18 most, so lucky for me I actually have found some of these brands, and love the fit. Am approaching my ideal weight so I am just finishing up hemming 12 pairs of Jean’s and dress pants! Thank for the info Charlie. I’m also 4’10”.

    1. Charlie

      October 24, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      Awe yeah! Congrats girl!

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