First things first ~ if you had been eying this flattering belted dress from my blog post earlier this year, awesome news: it’s now available in petites! When I bought this dress a while back, it was only available in regular sizing but I liked it enough to get it hemmed. I recently tried on the xxs petite which fits like a glove and hits right at my knees. For a professional office setting, if I were buying petites I might even do 1 size up so that it’s less curve hugging (for sizing reference I’m currently about 5′ tall, 96 lb).
For today’s post I’m partnering with Express to share about their denim, which regular readers know are a staple in my wardrobe. They’re one of my top recommendations for good jeans that are size inclusive (00 to 18, with some inseams as short as 22″ for extra petite ladies) and don’t break the bank. They have so many style choices, I wanted to share a few tips below for navigating the options! They are also having a denim sale on select styles.
- Denim fabrication
My favorite are their legging jeans which tend to have more stretch and are comfortable enough for long travel days! They are usually medium to thicker weight, not at all thin like legging jeans from some other brands.
I usually stick with their medium or high rises which are both flattering and not so high that they swallow up a petite torso. Their high rise styles taper in more at the top, and leave less of a waist gap on my body type compared to mid rise.
- Sizing Type (Regular, Tall, Petite, or Short)
In my experience, the same waist size under each of these options fits similarly throughout, with the main difference being length. Their Petite runs a tad longer than Short. I own Express jeans in both Short and Regular sizing depending on the style.
- Length Type (Cropped, Ankle or Full Length)
This is where it can get confusing, but length is different from sizing. Look for either Cropped or Ankle specified in the item listing title. Full length styles are usually a little too long on me, even in Short or Petite sizing. Cropped styles run shorter than Ankle. So for Cropped styles I will usually order size 00 Regular (Cropped styles in Short tend to be too short on me!), whereas for Ankle styles I will usually order a 00 short. If you are extra petite (~ under 5 feet tall) and jeans are always too long on you, I would recommend trying their Cropped length jeans in Short sizing.
Whew! If I haven’t confused you further, I wanted to share two suggestions from their new arrivals:
High Waist Ripped Stretch Ankle Leggings
The jeans I’m wearing in this post! I like the casual ripped knee, and size 00 Short hits above my ankles to show off chic ankle booties and heels. I’m carrying a little more of my weight at my waist these days and need comfort in that area, so note this style runs a touch bigger at the waist than some of my other jeans but is still slim and fitted through the legs. Measurements of sz 00 Short: 13″ across the waist, 9.5″ rise, 24.5″ inseam.
High Waist Denim Perfect Cropped Leggings
These are part of Express’ Denim Perfect line and are truly flattering. In comparison to the above pair, these have minimal distressing, a thicker stretch denim fabric, and run a little smaller at the waist. Since they are a Cropped style, if you are my size you could do either Regular or Short depending on the look you want – Regular fits like a full length pair of skinny jeans on me, while Short is a true cropped look that hits over an inch above my ankles. Measurements of sz 00 Regular: 12.5″ across the waist, 10″ rise, 25.5″ inseam. Measurements of sz 00 Short: the same except the inseam is much shorter at 22.5″ long.
Thank you to Express for partnering on this post. You can use code 7416 for $25 off $100 either in-store or online (see coupon terms and conditions).