How to Style Straight Leg Jeans + a Tee

how to style straight leg jeans petite outfits

One of the main reasons why it took me so long to embrace non-skinny jeans is how unflattering most pairs look on me right out of the package! The right length can be critical for a flattering look, and most jeans on the market require a little adjusting for petite ladies. Thankfully, whether it’s via cuffing, cutting, or hemming the bottoms – it’s an easy fix. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a video of these looks!

P.S. Levi’s wedgie jeans in “better weatherhead” (see on me here) are a similar alternative to these Everlane cheeky jeans. The Everlane denim has stretch to it and a zipper fly, while the Levi’s are a thicker denim with minimal stretch and a button fly. The length on both jeans need to be shortened for someone my height.

Adjustments: Tuck + Hem

how to style everlane cheeky jeans petite

Before diving into styling ideas, start by adjusting your straight leg jeans to hit at a flattering length, and make sure your waistline doesn’t disappear amidst a loose top and loose bottoms. I always go for a higher rise to elongate the leg line, and prefer the length to hit above my ankles for some balance.

Below are 4 outfit ideas with the same jeans and tee shirt! I really love these straight-cut Everlane tees as a wardrobe staple and have them in multiple colors, with and without pockets. The length runs on the shorter side, and I went a size up for a relaxed fit.

Look 1: Moto Jacket +Tucked Tee

how to style straight leg jeans with moto jacket
On major sale: Blank NYC suede jacket xs (sleeves shortened), Express sandals (my review), Celine sunglasses

Look 2: Trench Coat + Nude Pumps

how to style straight leg jeans trench coat
A&F trench xxs petite (similar), Ann Taylor pumps (similar – love this cut) sz 5, $15 sunglasses, Chanel bag

Look 3: Sweater + Flat Sandals

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Look 4: Blazer + Leather Sneakers

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  1. Doreen wrote:

    I know this post is from a while back, but how do you know how short to cut the jeans when you cut them yourself. I know you said to the length to what you like, but any suggestions? Like where they should hit on the ankle/leg? Thank you for your help. Happy New Year! 🙂

    Posted 1.9.22 Reply
  2. Laura wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Have loved your site for so many years. Thank you so much for recommending the Levi’s Wedgie. I’ve been searching for a more straight leg jean for a while. Just received my pair and was thrilled to find they were exactly what I was looking for. Keep up the great work!

    Posted 12.16.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Laura, I’m so glad to hear that you love them! I really appreciate your kind words and your support over the years. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

      Posted 12.21.21 Reply
  3. Steph wrote:

    Hi Jean! Did you end up cutting the hem off of these, as shown in the trench coat pic?

    Posted 9.9.21 Reply
  4. Josey Thong wrote:


    I just found your site and love it! I’m quite short and am definitely not great at dressing for my height. Are the Everlane cheeky jeans in regular or ankle? Thanks!

    Posted 8.8.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Josey, so glad you’ve found my blog! I wear the Everlane cheeky jeans in ankle

      Posted 8.9.21 Reply
      • Josey Thong wrote:

        Thanks so much, I’m obsessed with your blog 😆. I know you mentioned the difference between the Everlane cheeky jeans vs. the Levi’s Wedgie jeans but do you have a preference between the two?

        Posted 8.28.21 Reply
        • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

          I reach for the Levi’s more because I like the look but the Everlane are actually more comfortable, especially if you’re going to be sitting a lot throughout the day because they’re so stretchy!

          Posted 8.30.21 Reply
  5. Cynthia wrote:

    Thanks so much for your great posts. They’ve been so helpful to me over the years! Quick question – can you recommend a straight jean for those of us with shorter torso? Thank you!

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for following along over the years!! I would recommend looking for something with a mid-rise instead of high. I personally go for a high rise, so don’t have a mid rise to recommend from experience but I believe both J.Crew and Madewell offer straight cuts with midrises

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply
  6. Erina wrote:

    I love how you style in different ways!

    Beige blazer one is my favorite 💗

    Thank you always for your sharing all the tips including baby and kids ☺️

    Have a wonderful weekend 💕

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Erina!

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply
  7. Rachel wrote:

    These look great but I have a question: Is there just no hope of having warm ankles if you’re a short person wanting to wear these pants? All these styles look to chilly for winter…

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Kristin wrote:

      Yes! This!! Love all these tips, and would love even more practical advice– whenever I leave the house I’m walking 2 miles minimum to/from the train. In all sorts of weather. Would love more looks that include shoes you can walk fast in all day, and for all types of weather. Whether going out to a fancy dinner or to the office.

      Posted 7.25.21 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        Hi Kristin! I think sneakers like the ones shown in this post or a flat shoe totally work with cropped straight leg jeans. A lot of Bostonians commute / walk a fair distance each day and typically keep a change a shoes at our desk or in our purse that can be more office or fancy dinner appropriate.

        Posted 7.26.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I love straight legged jeans with a fitted shaft ankle boot, such as sock style booties similar to Stuart Weitzman booties I showed earlier this year. I will show how I’d style that when it gets a little cooler!

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply
  8. Brandi wrote:

    Thank you for this post! Ive been hestitant too to try different pant leg styles because i felt like it made my short frame look shorter and frumpy. Your styling of them even with basic tees make them look so much cooler!

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      You’re too kind, thank you Brandi!

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply
  9. Ziulyn C. wrote:

    Is great to see straight jeans styling for petites. Is hard to find a good pair w/out modifying hems.

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
  10. Rash wrote:

    Love this Jean! How do you decide the correct length to cut your jeans to? And then how do you stop them from constantly fraying further and looking a complete mess?

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you! I think the exact length comes down to personal preference. I always recommend trying jeans on with shoes and simply folding the hems at first to find the length you like best before cutting. The hem will fray a bit if you put it in the machine dryer, I personally like that look but you can simply trim off any threads that get too long. Another option would be using an anti-fray product, which you can find at any craft store!

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply
  11. Emily wrote:

    Love this! What is your trick to keeping the T-shirt tucked as a crop top (like in Look 1 with moto jacket)?

    Posted 7.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you! I tucked my shirt up into my bra band for the cropped look

      Posted 7.26.21 Reply

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