When it comes to being petite, there are a few things I have learnt to accept. For example, I know I’ll never be able to reach the top shelf of the kitchen cabinets or have a perfect unobstructed view at a music concert. And in pre-pandemic times, I knew that getting on the tube in peak hour would often result in being squished in between other people’s shoulders (or worse, armpits).
While I am perfectly content with my smaller stature and the compromises that it forces upon me, there is one thing I am not willing to settle on, and that is ill-fitting clothing. I stand at just 5’1″, and finding clothes for my size can often be a challenge. And although I’m happy to style an oversize blazer or slouchy knit from time to time, tracking down the perfect pair of jeans can be a very time-consuming endeavour.
Options are quite limited when it comes to jeans for petite women. Though, there are a few high-street retailers that are managing to fill the gap in the market. From Reformation to H&M and ASOS, several brands have created dedicated petite options, and believe me when I tell you it has taken the hassle out of finding jeans. Unfortunately, more often than not, petite sizes can only be found online and aren’t readily available to try on in-store, which can make sizing a little difficult.
With this in mind, I decided to track down a few pairs of petite jeans and offer my honest opinion in an effort to create a curated list of the best high-street options around. Keep scrolling to see my take on petite jeans from H&M, ASOS and Topshop.