Ugh, jeans. My lifelong nemisis. I know hubs even dreads it when I am in need of a pair or two. At 5'2 the entire denim process takes sometimes a week or two. Who wants to go shopping and not be able to wear your new duds for a week (at the earliest)?? Being preggo last fall left a serious gap in my "blues" for this season, so I have to remind myself of a few things before the hunt begins.
Rule # 1, have a good tailor. Being petite can be a nightmare, but having a good tailor (and patience - unfortunately) can ease lots of stress.
Rule # 2, ALWAYS pay the extra money to have the original hem sewn back in. There is nothing that can take beautiful designer denim and make it look like poo poo than a generic light blue hem that the seamstress puts in - a good tailor will know exactly how to re-attach without any puckering. Even Nordstrom charges extra for this but believe you me it is a must.
Rule # 3, pay attention to inseam length. Believe it or not skinny jeans are a godsend for little ladies. An ankle length or in some cases a "cropped" length in a skinny is exactly the correct inseam for a shorter frame, and since they are the same fit all the way down you wont appear to have an 80's style "tapered look"
Rule # 4, there is a difference between "petite" and "short" or "ankle", a "petite" cut is going to be smaller overall (you may want to take a size up if you don't fit in this category and just want a shorter length) an "ankle" or "short" will fit just like a regular length but with a shorter inseam. Unfortunately many of us fall somewhere between the two, which is wear Rule # 1,your trusted tailor, comes in to save the day!
Rule # 5, shop around and try to have fun. Knowing that the process will take a while ahead of time will help to lessen that bummed feeling with a heavy bag, empty pockets and still zero to wear that night.
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