Searching for the perfect pair of jeans

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I like to think I’m fairly normal shaped. Fair enough I’m short. I’m only 5ft 2 inches. So, that’s below average, I know that. I’m happy with that. Honest. Well, happy until it’s time to go shopping for clothes. More specifically, jeans.

My favourite pair

Went shopping this week to try to completely update my wardrobe. (I tend not to shop throughout the year, just massive blow out shopping trips a couple of times a year.) I desperately needed to replace quite a few pairs of jeans. The jeans that are so lived in they are falling apart.

Went into shop after shop after shop. Did I find any pair of jeans that fit? Hardly. All too long or couldn’t get them past my knees. Which is always a nice feeling!

I hate going to a petite section in a clothes shop. Yes, I can get jeans that fit. But they fit too perfectly! The length is just a little too short for my liking. I like jeans a little longer. Picky? Probably. But everyone’s got their own taste!

So now I’m still in my jeans I’ve lived in for far too long. I spent a ludicrous amount of money on a pair of trousers, only because they actually fit. Though, they weren’t a pair of jeans.

My only option seems to be is to get custom-made jeans or make my legs longer.

I understand this is a strange little rant. Surely I can’t be alone on this though?


  1. As a fellow 5ft 2incher, I can safely agree that it is, indeed, a friggin’ nightmare. And can I add sleeves to that rant? I saw the most beautiful jacket a few months back but when I tried it on the sleeves were so ridiculously long. I left that shop with some serious frownage going on.

    • I’m glad I’m not alone – even on the frownage aspect! Walked into River Island, and I know that their trousers are long on me. Even the short sizes. But i don’t listen to me, try loads on and, yes, frownage. Ugh. Need my clothes maker!

      I bought a short jacket for myself and i think the sleeves are a tad too long. I’m ignoring that fact. Trying to.

  2. Yay! I’m in the 5 foot 2 club as well. For years I thought I was only 5 foot, cos my mum’s like an inch shorter than me, but turns out I had a growth spurt from 16 – 24 and I was 2 inches taller! (Maybe I was that tall all along, but I like the growth spurt story better!)

    I too share your pain, as my jeans are falling apart as well, so I’m dreading going jeans shopping. I don’t mind shopping from petites section mainly cos I wear flats or trainers a lot in jeans, so I need them to be a little shorter, but sometimes with having a pear shaped body, they don’t fit properly, and then you just give up and buy whatever you can.

    • Seems there’s more of us in this club than i thought! I don’t think we get badges though.

      See that’s another thing i get mildly frustrated about. I don’t think i have a body shape that’s any of the identified ones. I think I’m a mix of 3!

      I really want some flat shoes to wear with skirts, but i just feel so incredibly short when i wear flats. It cuts me in half again.Could be my imagination, but it feels like it for sure.

  3. Wow, this is like reading about my own shopping trips. Although I’m slightly taller than you (5′ 4″), I find it a big problem getting jeans that fit well. Like you, I only do a couple of massive shopping trips a year. And, like you, I also like my jeans quite long. I hate jeans that are short and show my heels. I always think they make me look like a potato. A few weeks ago I went shopping specifically for jeans and came back with nothing. Arrghhh!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like a potato – that’s happened more times than I would like to remember! It’s crazy. It’s not as if the world is filled with 5’6″+ height women. Though, it’s what the majority of shops seem to cater for. Very annoying.

      Going out shopping and coming back with nothing is one of my biggest hates – it’s probably why I only go shopping a couple of times a year!

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