A general rule of thumb: The best cropped jeans hit just right above the ankle. It’s a proportion that’s perfect for petite women but equally as stylish on all heights. With the summer season in full swing, cropped jeans are the ideal wardrobe staple. You can pair them with a simple white T-shirt for a casual weekend outing, or they can just as easily be elevated for a return to the office with a blazer and a low heel. Dressed up or down, cropped denim remains a timeless classic for all seasons. My own search for the best cropped jeans began many years ago. As a petite woman of five-foot-two, I’ve tried on one too many pairs of jeans that puddled on the floor, no matter how high a heel I wore to make it work. Cropped jeans hit my ankles at just the right spot, and they’re not only flattering on petite women but also on all heights—just make sure to check the inseam length to make sure it fits your frame. For further style inspiration, look towards the Paris street style set to guide your next cropped denim moment. Ahead, shop high-rise styles by Khaite, wide-leg versions by Totême, and 24 of the best cropped jeans to add to your cart now.
$225.00, RAG & BONE
$380.00, MODA OPERANDI
Hitting the waist and hem at the perfect length, these high-rise boot-cut jeans offer a flattering fit. You can easily dress them up with a sleek pair of square-toed sandals for summertime or leather boots for the fall.
$198.00, TORY BURCH
$228.00, NEIMAN MARCUS
$178.00, BERGDORF GOODMAN
Sophisticated and elegant, wide-leg cropped jeans offer a tailored silhouette—no tailor required.
Classic and traditional, straight-leg jeans are a closet staple for a reason. However, you can still dress up these styles by opting for those with playful dip-dyeing à la Stella McCartney or choosing a luxe embellished chain-link pair by Givenchy.
$198.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
$279.00, NEIMAN MARCUS
Originally Appeared on Vogue