Buying Petite Jeans: A Look at Some Options From Popular Brands in the UK

by Julie 1. March 2011

There’s nothing like a great-fitting pair of jeans, but it seems most jeans are designed with taller than average women in mind.

The definition of what height is considered “petite” in the UK is 5’3" or 5'4"and under. However, even women who are around 5’5” can have trouble finding jeans that don’t drag the ground, especially if they like to wear flats with their jeans.

So how do you find jeans if you’re not supermodel tall? Here are some brands that offer good options for shorter women.

CC Fashion

CC Fashion have a small selection of petite jeans with an inside leg measurement of 27”/70cm. If you’re looking for a smart-casual jean then it is worth checking out CC Fashion Petite Jeans

Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins Petite JeanPetite jeans at Dorothy Perkins are stocked in sizes 4 to 18 with an inside leg length of 73.5cm (29 inches). They stock a range of jean styles including skinny, super skinny, bootcut and wide leg jeans. See Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans here.

Lands End

A good selection of classic, understated and comfortable petite jeans from Lands' End, many with a choice of 26", 28" or 30" pre-hemmed leg lengths and priced between £29 to £59


M&Co appear to carry a smaller range of jeans in their Petite Collection than previously although they also offer a ‘Shorter Length’ within their core department. The inside leg length of the Petite Jeans is 27 inches and the Shorter Length within the core department is 29 inches. The M&Co Petite Jeans are here and the Shorter Length Jeans here.

Miss Selfridge

Trendy petite jeans at Miss Selfridge in sizes 4-14 - mostly skinny jeans or super skinny.

The Jacques Vert brands: Precis Petite & Just Last Season

Precis Petite offer two lengths of jeans although both are designed and cut for the petite frame. Their standard petite has an inside leg length of 75cm (29½ inches) and their shorter range leg length is 72 cm (28¼ inches). Both leg lengths are available in sizes 6 to 18. See Precis Petite Jeans.
Just Last Season features end of season and previous season stock from Jacques Vert Plc brands including Precis Petite at savings of up to 75%. Stock is available in sizes 6 – 24. View the shorter jeans length range here.


The petite range from Wallis claim to be cut for a height of 5'3"/157.5cm and under and their trouser length shortened by 7cm but the petite jeans appear to quote a leg length of 75cm (30 inches) which is more suitable for a taller petite or to wear with heels. See Wallis petite jeans.

Petite jeans available in department stores

Viyella Petite Jeans has a small selection of smart jeans with a 28” leg length and can be found in Viyella Petite at John Lewis. A little pricey but worth a look if you’re after a smart petite jean. As well as Viyella Petite John Lewis also stock Precis Petite and and Fenn Wright Manson Petites. John Lewis full petite range.

Minuet Petite is another brand offering smart petite jeans. Their sizes range from 8 to 20 and are well cut for women 5’3” or under. You can find Minuet Petite Jeans at Debenhams as well as Petite by Ben de Lisi, Rocha.John Rocha Petite, J by Jasper Conran Petite (petite inside leg length: 74cm/29"in sizes 8P to 18P). See here for the full range of petite jeans in store at Debenhams.

Marks & Spencer

The leg length of Marks & Spencer’s short jeans depends on the style of the jean; For Slim & Classic fit it’s 68cm (26¾"), for Straight, Wide, Bootleg and Kick Flare it’s 72cm (28¼"). At the moment they have just two pairs (slim leg or straight leg) although they look good quality and sit on the waist (so much more confortable that hipsters) and at £25 a pair not a bad price.

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