I'm 5'4"—These Are the Only Pants and Jeans I Wear

I'm not sure how, why, or when 5'4" became the average height of American women, but I'm choosing to embrace it. Sure, I wouldn't mind having a few extra inches to work with sometimes, but it is what it is. I used to think that I was resigned to a lifetime of visiting the tailor every time I purchased a pair of pants or jeans, but I think that most brands have caught onto the fact that a lot of us aren't 5'9" and therefore 32-inch inseams probably aren't gonna work.

Speaking of inseams, I always check them before ordering an item. I typically stick with cropped or ankle-length pants and jeans because they usually end up full-length on me. (I've been avoiding very cropped pants as of late, though, as trends are shifting to longer styles.) My sweet-spot inseam is about 27 to 29 inches. I find that this length can accommodate both flats and heels for someone of my height, without baring too much ankle.

Through some trial and error, I've come to find 14 pairs of pants and jeans that are truly perfect for someone of my height. Keep scrolling to shop them all (and see my 5'4" self wearing lots of them).


Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans
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A Who What Wear editor favorite, Agolde's Pinch Waist Jeans hit me at just the right place—not too short and not too long. Plus, they now come in a brilliant comfort-stretch version.


Citizens of Humanity Olivia Jeans
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I don't wear a lot of skinny jeans, but I discovered this pair last winter and quickly fell in love with them. I love that they don't seem cropped but I didn't have to get them hemmed.


Reformation Eloise Jeans
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Reformation has a lot of jeans with my ideal inseam. See how perfect this pair looks with ankle boots?


Who What Wear Skinny Ankle Pants
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These pants are a staple item in our namesake line (sold at Target!). They're as comfortable as leggings but offer a lot more structure and polish.


Mother The Loop de Loop Jeans
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A lot of wide-leg jeans make me look even shorter, but not this pair. I think they're about an inch longer than many cropped wide-legs, and it goes a long way. That said, I prefer wearing them with flats or low heels.


Re/Done Cargo Pants
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I wear these cargo pants often. I rolled them up a bit here, but it's definitely not necessary.


J Brand Jules Jeans
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Another pair of jeans that aren't cropped yet didn't require a visit to the tailor, J Brand Jules jeans are just right. Plus, they're nice and stretchy without losing their shape.


Aritzia Modern Utility Pants
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Since the utility-pant trend shows no sign of fading, I had to have these Aritzia ones. I'm wearing them with low heels here but could definitely get away with wearing them with flats or a higher heel.


Reformation Marlon Pants
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With a 27-inch inseam, these Reformation pants are about as cropped as I go lately. I think they look especially cool with slim-fitting ankle boots.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.