Flattering distressed denim // 2 petite friendly options

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Express jeans 00 (also in petite), Soludos shoes 5, H&M nursing tank xs, Baublebar necklace, J.Crew coat (old; similar), Hermes belt

For fans of distressed denim, I wanted to share two affordable options with slightly different cuts!

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Ann Taylor top xxsp c/o (my review). Also check out this similar top which is a fitted thick tee w/ higher neckline

1. Express Raw Hem Cropped Legging Jeans

First up, these by Express are some of the best jeans I’ve found in a while. I first posted them last month on Intsashop – if you’re not familiar with this page, I try to update there right when I discover a good find, while items are well in stock (so bookmark it and check every so often!). Small sizes in these jeans sold quickly, but I did see 00 and 0 pop back several times last week!

These jeans are very cropped in length with a mid / high 9″ rise. I tried them on in petite as well as regular, and while both fit me well, I decided to keep the regular as a full length jean. 00 petite has a 23” inseam and 00 regular has a 25” inseam, and note that inseam usually increases a bit with waist size. The waist felt true to size, and the material is a very comfortable, stretchy medium weight denim.

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PETITE (left) vs. REGULAR (right) // Express jeans 00, BP sweater, Marc Fisher pump 5.5


As an alternative, LOFT (40% off this weekend!) is another one of my favorite spots for affordable petite jeans, with tons of washes / cuts and even maternity petite! This style below has a very similar wash with subtle distressing, but a slightly longer inseam (26″ on 24 Petite) and slightly lower rise (with a 1-2″ waist gap on me).

I kept the Express ones since they fit me best, but these might suit some ladies better depending on your body type! It also comes in curvy if you have a bigger waist to hip ratio. For fit reference, I’m a little under 5 feet tall with 24″ – 32″ waist to hip.

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LOFT jeans cuffed up, Ann Taylor sweater, JCrew coat, Banana Republic pumps (all old)

Excuse the mess here…#momlife Below is a comparison of the Express cropped jeans in 00P vs. LOFT jeans in 24P:

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EXPRESS (left) vs. LOFT (right) // Gibson top xxsp, Express jeans 00P, LOFT jeans 24P, Marc Fisher pump 5.5

Here’s another easy look from last month featuring the Express jeans:
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Banana Republic pumps sz 5 (so comfy!), Express jeans 00, Theory trench (old, similar), Quay sunglasses, Gucci belt sz 70 (my review)

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  1. Alice wrote:

    Hi Jean, I know you are quite busy and congratulations!! I am trying to decide between the 24 mm and 32 mm Hermes belt. Can you please kindly tell me which one you are wearing here?

    Posted 9.28.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Alice!! I’m wearing the 24 mm belt here.

      Posted 9.30.20 Reply
  2. minau wrote:

    Great style!

    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  3. Eva wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your story, Nori is absolutely beautiful like her mama. You are helping many out there by being so open.
    I have never made a comment before but wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and IG posts. I especially love your casual outfits with high end accessories, your Gucci belt post was excellent (and I like to add that all the previous Paris shopping reviews are so fun) I really enjoyed your recent posts on heels vs flats/sneakers, super helpful, more please! Your attention to detail is so appreciated. Thank you for a fun, well written gorgeouos blog and thank you for being REAL. Also wanted to let you know that your cooking posts are very appreciated too.
    Makes me mad that you have to endure those nasty comments from miserable people with no life.
    Please know that your loyal followers of your blog and IG are here for you and we absolutely love what you do.

    Posted 3.21.19 Reply
  4. Thanks for always sharing these great finds <3 🙂 Definitely need to check out these jeans from Express!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  5. Ellie wrote:

    Those distressed skinny jeans are soooo gorgeous! Love how you have styled them


    Ellie xx

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  6. Marta P wrote:

    Lovely outfit. Where did you get the belt?

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  7. Briana wrote:

    The denim looks so great on you!


    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  8. Susan wrote:

    Do you think 52 is too old to wear distressed jeans? I’d like to look stylish without going overboard.

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
    • Oona wrote:

      I’m 64 and wear modestly distressed jeans… Do what you feel suits you, and forget about age limits! I love Jean’s style, which seems agelessly classic to me, but if you want to take a look at additional ways a mature woman can rock fashion, take a look at Accidental Icon’s blog. And remember to have fun!

      Posted 3.17.19 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      No it’s not too old!!
      I’m 48 and I love the look…you can stylish in these jeans at any age

      Posted 8.9.19 Reply
  9. Katy wrote:

    Jean, I love the distressed denim look! But as a young mom, I spend a ton of time on my knees (e.g. to pick up toys, play with baby etc.). The constant kneeling down makes “distressed” patches quickly turn into gaping holes, so I end up with big holes at the knees. I’m not sure if it is just me (maybe I have pointy knees?!).

    Any recommendations for distressed jeans where the distressing is NOT located on the knee area? Or any suggestions for preventing distressed knees from turning into knee holes?

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  10. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:

    These distressed denims are so cute, and they look so great on you too!
    Happy Sunday!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  11. I’ve never tried Express or Loft’s products before! I get all my denim pieces from the kids’ sections of brands – right now I’m wearing a pair of pants for 7 year olds from Forever 21 Girls, haha! ❤️ Definitely going to check the options you mentioned out, thanks Jean! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  12. Rena wrote:

    You look fantastic in both options!

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  13. Janine wrote:

    I love a good distressed skinny jean! The Express one looks just perfect, I really like the raw hem!
    xx Janine

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
    • tes wrote:

      Hello – What color/brand eyeshadow are you wearing? It is lovely for the spring. Thanks!

      Posted 3.17.19 Reply

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