I'm not sure how, why, or when 5'4" became the average height of American women, but I'm choosing to embrace it. Sure, I wouldn't mind having a few extra inches to work with sometimes, but it is what it is. I used to think that I was resigned to a lifetime of visiting the tailor every time I purchased a pair of pants or jeans, but I think that most brands have caught onto the fact that a lot of us aren't 5'9" and therefore 32-inch inseams probably aren't gonna work.
Speaking of inseams, I always check them before ordering an item. I typically stick with cropped or ankle-length pants and jeans because they usually end up full-length on me. (I've been avoiding very cropped pants as of late, though, as trends are shifting to longer styles.) My sweet-spot inseam is about 27 to 29 inches. I find that this length can accommodate both flats and heels for someone of my height, without baring too much ankle.
Through some trial and error, I've come to find 14 pairs of pants and jeans that are truly perfect for someone of my height. Keep scrolling to shop them all (and see my 5'4" self wearing lots of them).
A Who What Wear editor favorite, Agolde's Pinch Waist Jeans hit me at just the right place—not too short and not too long. Plus, they now come in a brilliant comfort-stretch version.
Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Kick Jeans ($178)
I don't wear a lot of skinny jeans, but I discovered this pair last winter and quickly fell in love with them. I love that they don't seem cropped but I didn't have to get them hemmed.
Citizens of Humanity Olivia High Waist Slim Jeans ($268)
Reformation has a lot of jeans with my ideal inseam. See how perfect this pair looks with ankle boots?
Reformation Eloise Jeans ($128)
These pants are a staple item in our namesake line (sold at Target!). They're as comfortable as leggings but offer a lot more structure and polish.
Who What Wear Skinny Ankle Cropped Pants ($33)
Also available in additional sizes.
A lot of wide-leg jeans make me look even shorter, but not this pair. I think they're about an inch longer than many cropped wide-legs, and it goes a long way. That said, I prefer wearing them with flats or low heels.
Mother The Loop de Loop Fray Jeans ($258)
I wear these cargo pants often. I rolled them up a bit here, but it's definitely not necessary.
Re/Done Cargo Pants ($250)
Another pair of jeans that aren't cropped yet didn't require a visit to the tailor, J Brand Jules jeans are just right. Plus, they're nice and stretchy without losing their shape.
J Brand Jules High-Rise Straight Leg Ankle Jeans in Metropole ($248)
Since the utility-pant trend shows no sign of fading, I had to have these Aritzia ones. I'm wearing them with low heels here but could definitely get away with wearing them with flats or a higher heel.
Aritzia Modern Utility Pants ($110)
With a 27-inch inseam, these Reformation pants are about as cropped as I go lately. I think they look especially cool with slim-fitting ankle boots.
Reformation Marlon Pants ($158)
Shop More Pants and Jeans I Highly Recommend
Totême Black Novara Trousers ($270)
I just purchased these, and they've become a fast favorite. They're definitely a cool-girl basic.
7 for All Mankind Cropped Alexa Vintage Cord in Penny ($195)
With a 27.5-inch inseam (the model is 5'10"), these are just the right amount of cropped, and they're perfect for the cold-weather season.
Re/Done High Rise Stove Pipe Jeans ($250)
Of all of the Re/Done jeans I've tried (it's a lot), the Stove Pipes are my favorite. If you're on the short side, take my advice and try them.
Levi's Dad Jeans ($98)
Besides being ridiculously soft, these are the perfect loose jeans if you're petite. I've found that a lot of other loose jeans on the market are very long. (For reference, they're 28.25 inches.)
Alo Airbrush 7/8 High Waist Leggings ($78)
When Alo answered my prayers and started making my favorite leggings in 7/8 length, I was thrilled. Trust me—they're really good.
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