Recently, I was hanging out with two other fellow petite ladies (they are about 5’2″-5’3″), who routinely shop for regular sized clothing. They dress fantastically, however, when I pointed out to them how my regular size jeans (that I hemmed to wear with heels) are improperly proportioned for my petite size, they both looked at their own jeans and were surprised to find the same thing happening to themselves!
I’m very guilty of this improper fit offense, because I’ve yet to find a fit in petite jeans that I like better than the fit of my regular size Paige Premium Denim, so I deal with this, but it still bothers me. I think it’s important for petite women to know how regular sized garments are not meeting their needs, and let them choose to be concerned about the fit or not.
So…here are my Paige regular size 24 jeans that I’ve had hemmed and the waist taken in. Can you spot what offense I’m talking about in the fit of these jeans? Click “Continue Reading” to find out what I’m taking about.
If you think the knee is to low, as evidenced by the extra low fading…then you’re right!
Check out how low the fading on these jeans go. It’s more than 1/2 way down my shin! To prove my point, here is a comparison of my regular size jeans, to a pair of petite Gap jeans I recently tried on:
Fading on regular sized jeans tailored down for a petite woman
Fading on petite size jeans (not tailored) on a petite woman
Do you see the difference between the fading on the regular jeans and the fading on the petite jeans? Fading on jeans should end a little below the knee, around the spot where the jeans would see sun fading when you are sitting down. Because the petite size jeans are made for petite women, the knee has been raised, and the fading has been raised along with it.
The regular sized jeans are made for a woman of around 5’5″-5’6″ tall, which means the knee has been lowered to accommodate the longer legs of a taller woman. Thus, the fading is way lower on me than it should be.
This is just another example of improper fit of regular sized garments on petite women, even after tailoring. Sometimes you just can’t get that perfect fit unless you are purchasing petite sized garments.